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Milton, ON - JUNE 25, 2018 - Driver Chris Christoforou, Jr. had a foolproof map to the Woodbine Mohawk Park winner's circle in Monday night's Gold Series event for three-year-old trotting fillies. Lining up from Post 5 in both $96,400 divisions, the Campbellville resident employed near identical tactics to land Magical Glider and Illusioneesta their first-ever Gold Series harness racing wins in matching 1:55.4 clockings. "Luck. Luck, that's it, that's the only thing I can think of," said Christoforou in the winner's circle. "But it worked out good both trips." In the first division Christoforou and Magical Glider were 11 lengths off the pace when Miss Loo Loo Belle and trainer-driver Per Henriksen reached the opening quarter in :57.4. As Miss Loo Loo Belle carried on to a :57.4 half, Christoforou sent Magical Glider into the outside lane behind fan favourites Alexus Eh and driver Steve Byron. Making steady progress forward, Alexus Eh was less than one length behind Miss Loo Loo Belle at the 1:27 three-quarters and Magical Glider was right on her heels. Seven fillies turned for home in a tight group, but when Christoforou showed Magical Glider open racetrack the daughter of Glidemaster found a whole new gear and powered away to a three and one-quarter length victory over Uvie Hanover and Apprentice M. The 1:55.4 clocking was almost four seconds faster than the 1:59.3 the filly had recorded in a Grassroots victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 7. "When she won the Grassroots she won easy and Chris said there was no sense going any faster," noted Waterdown, Ontario resident Dustin Jones, who trains the long-legged filly for owner-breeder Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. of Lakefield Gore, Quebec. "She's had four starts, two wins and two seconds, so she shows up to race anyway." Unraced at two due to a season-ending injury, Magical Glider trained well all winter, but it was not until he qualified her on May 14 that Jones realised he had a serious Ontario Sires Stakes contender on his hands. "Any time we trained her faster, she would do it, but she would have to chase the other filly (stablemate Fly Fly Selena) you know," Jones explained. "And then when I qualified her, the first qualifier, she won her qualifier in 1:59 and I go, Holy Cripes I can't believe she just did that. "We didn't expect her to be doing what she's doing now, I thought she'd just make money in the Grassroots, so it's a pleasant surprise," he added. In the second division Christoforou and Illusioneesta followed an almost identical path to the winner's circle. Getting away fifth from Post 5 they tipped into the outer lane before the half, following fan favourite Sorceress Seelster and Stormont Chef, and were sitting fourth at the three-quarters. Magical Lady did most of the work on the front end, clocking a :27.3 quarter and a :57.2 half before being overtaken by Sorceress Seelster at the 1:26 three-quarters, but neither filly could withstand the late stretch challenge from Illusioneesta, who powered home to a three-quarter length victory. Sorceress Seelster settled for second and Stormont Chef rounded out the top three. "She plugs on and don't give up, and that's her forte you know," said trainer Per Henriksen. "She's up there every time. She can't leave that much, but then she makes it up down the stretch instead." The win was the dainty filly's first in Gold Series action, but Illusioneesta is no stranger to provincial competition. She started in all five regular season Gold events at two, never finishing worse than fourth, and claimed third-place honours in the season ending Super Final. In 10 freshman starts she earned $106,922 for owners Harbor Racing Stable LLC of Aurora and Asa Farm of Norwood, Ontario and through her first six sophomore stars she boasts a record of three wins, including the May 19 Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association Stake, and three seconds for earnings of $143,746. "She didn't grow that much, she's still kind of small-ish, but she is stronger and she can do a little more than she could last year," said Henriksen. "But I mean she made $100,000 last year and we were all happy - never won a race and made $100,000 - and this year she is plugging on and making us a lot of money and we are all happy." Both fillies will make their next Ontario Sires Stakes start in the third Gold Leg at Georgian Downs on July 21, with Jones planning an additional start for Magical Glider in the coming weeks. Henriksen says Illusioneesta is content training at the farm and will go directly to the July 21 event without an extra start. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, June 26 with two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. The colts will square off in Races 4 and 6 on the Tuesday evening program, which gets under way at 7:30 pm. From the OSS

JUNE 13, 2017 - While three-year-old trotting filly Literally may not be poised to follow in the footsteps of her illustrious elder brother Dont Rush, the Dustin Jones harness racing trainee earned her second Ontario Sires Stakes trophy with a Grassroots win at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. A Justice Hall half-sister to two-time Ontario Sires Stakes division champion Dont Rush, who is closing in on $700,000 in career earnings, Literally sprinted from seventh to first through the final quarter of the first $19,500 Grassroots division on Tuesday. With Jones in the race bike the filly hit the wire in a personal best 1:57.2, two and one-quarter lengths ahead of pacesetter and favourite Expose Yourself. Hudsons Ya Ya also closed well to finish third. "Wayne Henry's filly (Expose Yourself) qualified pretty good, I didn't know whether I would be able to beat her or not, but I thought just following along she'd be as good as they were, as good as the rest," said Waterdown, ON resident Jones, who bred, owns, trains and drives Literally. Tuesday's outing was the filly's first of the season and marked her second lifetime trip to the Grassroots winner's circle; she was also victorious in the Grassroots season opener as a two-year-old. Following that victory Jones moved Literally up to the Gold Series level for the remainder of the season, but he does not expect her to follow the same path this year. "She has a conformation issue that probably stops her from being like her brother," Jones explains. "She's got the heart that she wants to overcome it, but when they have interfering issues it's hard to. She won't probably be able to be competitive in the Gold because of that." Literally Looking ahead to the second Grassroots event of the season, on July 1 at Dresden Raceway, Jones is hoping at least one of Tuesday's division winners decides to make the move up to the Gold Series. Gisele Treelane and driver Jack Moiseyev of Moffat, ON laid down a :27.3 final quarter to take the second split for trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland, ON and owner-breeder Patricia Whittaker Trust of Aspers, PA in a sharp 1:55.3. "Lucky I wasn't in with Murray Brethour's filly, I might hardly get a cheque," said Jones. "That's like a Gold filly." Like Literally, Gisele Treelane reeled in the pacesetter and fan favourite through the final quarter, storming from fifth to first. The Daylon Magician daughter hit the wire one length ahead of You Cant Afford Me with Hilarious Honey eight lengths back in third. The win was Gisele Treelane's second in four lifetime starts and her first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. Gisele Treelane The third division saw Bustingattheseams and Randy Waples find a sliver of daylight in the stretch and sprint under the wire to a 1:56.3 victory, three-quarters of a length ahead of Ticket To Seattle and favourite and pacesetter Anikadabra. Milton resident Waples engineered the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partner Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. The win was the Kadabra daughter's third straight and her first in provincial competition. Bustingattheseams The final Grassroots battle saw another charge from the backfield as Delcrest Magicstar roared home to a 1:56.1 triumph over Crystal Gumdrop and Millers Song, who went off as the fan's top choice and did all the work on the front end. "She got away in a good spot and the trip worked out great, you know it usually doesn't, but today it did and luckily she was good and we capitalised on it," said driver James MacDonald, who landed the filly in sixth from Post 10 and was able to tuck in behind P C Pipe Dream for the journey up the outer lane. "She was stepping down the lane," MacDonald continued. "Last year she was green, she'd kind of blow by and pull up a little bit when she'd clear, and tonight she didn't, she felt like a real horse, she blew by and kept trotting ahead." Guelph resident MacDonald shares ownership of Delcrest Magicstar with Peter Porter of Port Dover and Johnathan McKinnon of Guelph, ON. A winner of two Grassroots trophies last season, including one in the Semi-final, the daughter of Majestic Son and Stars Balance is trained by Lansdowne, ON resident Mark Steacy. Delcrest Magicstar Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, June 22 with the second Grassroots event of the season for the three-year-old pacing colts. For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

JUNE 6, 2017 - Trainer Dustin Jones opened the three-year-old trotting colt Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots season with harness racing victories in the first two divisions, but the Waterdown resident is hoping Tuesday's contest at Mohawk Racetrack will be the only time this season Try Try Again and Northern Major earn him a Grassroots double. "We might give both them colts a start in non-winners of two before the Gold and then make up our mind what we want," said Jones. "Well for sure, Try Try Again's going (to the Gold), and then maybe Northern Major also." Try Try Again earned his promotion to the Gold level with an impressive 1:56.2 victory in Tuesday's first race. Starting from Post 4 with Campbellville, ON resident Chris Christoforou, Jr. in the race bike, the heavy favourite got away sixth and watched Yo Yo Mass, Forte and Parkhill Nonstop battle their way through a :28 opening quarter and :58 half. Heading for the 1:26.3 three-quarters Christoforou sent Try Try Again up the outside and the Kadabra colt rapidly reeled in the leaders and then powered down the stretch to a three and one-half length victory. Parkhill Nonstop settled for second and Masster Blue trotted into third. Jones shares ownership of Try Try Again with Ecuries Daniel Plouffe Inc. of Bromont, QC, Noblock Racing Stable of Collingwood, ON and Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. of Lakefield Gore, QC. Unraced at two, Try Try Again has been flawless through three starts at Mohawk this season, posting a personal best 1:55.1 in a non-winners of two races test on May 29. "I thought he was probably my best horse in the barn last year and he had a knee issue so I had to shut him down for the year," said Jones. "Now he's shown that he's Gold, for sure," the horseman continued. "I'd like to race him in a non-winners of two the week before the (June 27) Gold, that'll be his next start, and then the Gold, hopefully, if everything works out as planned. You have to go week-by-week, but that's the plan for him." Try Try Again Northern Major kept the party rolling for the Jones stable with a tremendous late rush in the second $15,950 Grassroots division. With Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry in the race bike, Northern Major hustled away from Post 7, but found himself parked on the outside in fourth at the :27.2 quarter. Henry eased off the gas and had found a spot on the rail in seventh by the :57.4 half, but at the 1:28.1 three-quarters the pair were out in the middle of the racetrack and seven lengths behind the leaders. As the colts turned for home Henry finally found an open lane and when he asked Northern Major for another gear the Kadabra gelding proved to have a shot of nitro in the tank. Sprinting down the stretch Northern Major reeled in the leaders and hit the wire one-half length ahead of favourite Santini and another length up on Amanforallseasons in 1:58.2. "That was a surprise, because we made a bridle change on him, we went from blinkers to open, and I think that helped him a lot," said Jones of Northern Major's first lifetime win. "Actually that's the fastest last quarter he trotted this year, maybe he's just starting to get into shape. "Last week (June 1) he made a break and, I don't really know, he just sort of jumped it off, or skipped it off," added the trainer. "I'm glad that everything worked out (tonight), because he sort of got a pretty tough first quarter and then he was like four or five wide in the last turn, so it was a pretty good mile actually. We were pretty encouraged with that effort." Owned by Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, Northern Major had been winless through 14 starts prior to Tuesday's Grassroots triumph. With three weeks until the next Ontario Sires Stakes events for the three-year-old trotting colts - Mohawk hosts the Gold colts on June 27 while Hiawatha Horse Park hosts the Grassroots division on July 1 - Jones has time to decide which direction Northern Major will be heading for his second provincial start. "He's a great big tall horse and I think he just needs to come into himself a bit," the horseman noted. "I think once he gets it all figured out he might improve." Northern Major The other three Grassroots divisions saw favourites Warrawee Shipshape, P C Silent Drive and Rose Run Speedster take home the hardware. Warrawee Shipshape and owner-driver Eddie Green of Ohsweken, ON controlled the tempo for the bulk of the third Grassroots division, sailing home one and one-quarter length winners over R First Class and More Than Majestic in 1:58. The Muscle Mass son was also a Grassroots winner at Mohawk as a two-year-old. Paul Reid of De Leon Springs, FL conditions Warrawee Shipshape, who boosted his lifetime earnings to $55,645 with Tuesday's victory. Warrawee Shipshape In the fourth division, P C Silent Drive also did all the heavy lifting on the front-end and then battled down the stretch to fend off challenger Dontcrampmystyle, hitting the wire a neck on top in 1:58.3. Blood Moon rounded out the top three. Curtis Clements engineered the win for his father, breeder and trainer Peter Clements. The Dobbinton, ON residents have guided the Cornaro Dasolo gelding to a record of four wins and two seconds in six starts this season. P C Silent Drive The final Grassroots split went to Rose Run Speedster, who put a nose in front of pacesetter Lucys Man at the wire. Majestic Streak was third in the 1:58.2 mile. Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA trains and shares ownership of the Windsong Espoir colt with Rose Run Speedster Stable of Guelph, ON and Louis-Philippe Roy engineered the victory. The win was the first this season for Rose Run Speedster, who was a two-time Gold Series winner at two. Rose Run Speedster Ontario Sires Stakes trotting action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, June 8 with the three-year-old trotting fillies competing in a pair of $95,600 Gold Series divisions. The fillies will launch their sophomore Gold series careers in Races 1 and 3, with the first race getting under way at 7:30 pm. For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com To view results for Tuesday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – Mohawk Racetrack. Ontario Racing

TORONTO --- Harness racing trainer Dustin Jones hopes no one can get shorty. Jones co-owns and trains two-time Ontario Sire Stakes champion Dont Rush, who is among the 11 horses in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters at Woodbine Racetrack. The colt, nicknamed "Danny" after actor Danny DeVito, is 20-1 on the morning line but has already surprised people --- beginning with Jones. Eleven years ago, Jones bought a filly named Color Me Pretty as a yearling for $18,000 at the Tattersalls Sale. She never raced because of a tendon issue, but Jones kept her as a broodmare. Dont Rush, whose sire is former Italian star Infinitif, is Color Me Pretty's sixth foal. Just one of her previous five foals made it to the races. "It was a free breeding I got from (Infinitif owner) Jean Pierre Dubois," Jones said, adding about Color Me Pretty's broodmare record, "When I was breaking Dont Rush, I thought it was a waste of time. It just goes to show you how much everybody knows. "He's just a short, little, fat horse. We nicknamed him 'Danny,' after Danny DeVito. But right from day one he was a natural. He shows up every week and does his job. He's tiny, but he pumps himself on the racetrack. He looks bigger on the track. He gives you 110 percent every week; it's just sometimes his little legs can't go fast enough." Pinkman, whose wins this year include the Hambletonian, Kentucky Futurity and Canadian Trotting Classic, is the 3-5 morning line favorite from post No. 1 in the Breeders Crown final for the 3-year-old colts and geldings. Muscle Diamond, who finished second to Pinkman in last season's Breeders Crown, is the 9-2 second choice from post four. Dont Rush has won five of 12 races this year and earned $220,881 for owners Jones and Greg Judson. For his career, the colt has won nine of 23 starts and $488,895. All of his victories have been on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit, including the championship for 2-year-old male trotters in 2014. Last year, Dont Rush finished second to French Laundry in a division of the Champlain Stakes at Mohawk. This year, he finished fourth in a division of the Simcoe Stakes and seventh in the Canadian Trotting Classic. He heads to the Breeders Crown final off consecutive wins in the Ontario Sire Stakes, including the championship on Oct. 10. Jones also trained Dont Rush's grandam, the Garland Lobell-sired Mathers Grincheuse. Jones' brother Michael owned Mathers Grincheuse. "She was a $6,000 filly and she made around $70,000," Jones said. "She paid for my brother's house, like a lot of those Garland Lobells did. They did a lot of good things for a lot of people." Jones, a native of Quebec now based in Ontario, trained and drove Emilie Cas El, who was Canada's Horse of the Year in 1994. He has won two Breeders Crown titles, with Martiniontherocks in the 2010 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters and in 2012 with Wheeling N Dealin in the 2-year-old colt trot. He is after his first Crown as a breeder and an owner. Judson is making his first appearance in the Breeders Crown. Judson's father George is a longtime owner, and one of the owners of 2014 O'Brien Award-winning trotter Harper Blue Chip. The Judsons own and operate a funeral home in Athens, Ontario. Jones and Judson also share ownership of Dewdle All Day, who is a finalist in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters. Dewdle All Day is 30-1 on the morning line. All The Time, from the Jimmy Takter Stable, is the 7-5 favorite. "I'm happy that we're in it and can participate," Jones said. "She's pretty honest. If some people make a mistake, she could be there to pick up the pieces. We'll see what happens." * * * * * Pinkman is trying to follow Takter-trained Father Patrick as a Breeders Crown winner at ages 2 and 3 in this division. Father Patrick accomplished the feat in 2013 and 2014. Takter's Malabar Man pulled off the double in 1996 and 1997. The only male trotter to accomplish the feat between Malabar Man and Father Patrick was Greg Peck-trained Muscle Hill in 2008 and 2009. Takter, who is the winningest trainer in Breeders Crown history with 21 titles, has captured this division four times. He also sends out French Laundry (5-1), The Bank (6-1) and Uncle Lasse (8-1) in this year's race. "They all are players," Takter said. "They all belong there. Overall, they've had a great season." * * * * * Slowed by injury and illness this year, Muscle Diamond raced only once prior to July 26. He enters the Breeders Crown off a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Futurity on Oct. 10 at The Red Mile. He started from post 10, the most outside position on the starting gate, and was beaten by 2-1/4 lengths by Pinkman after trailing by nearly nine lengths at the halfway point. A week earlier, Muscle Diamond won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes. "We're hoping for a better draw than the Futurity, that's the first thing that comes to mind," driver John Campbell said with a laugh prior to getting post four. "I was very happy with his race in the Futurity and his race the week before (in the Bluegrass) so I think he's coming into the Breeders Crown in good shape. "We were hoping there wouldn't be eliminations. The week off is going to help him, but it's to help everybody I think. If he had a better draw (in the Futurity) he would have been quite a bit closer, I believe. It's been a struggle for (trainer Brett Bittle) to get him to this point; that's an understatement. But we're moving forward from that." * * * * * Lookslikeachpndale, 20-1 on the morning line, has won five of his most recent seven starts and finished worse than second only once during that span. All of his victories this season have come in conditioned races. He went off stride in his elimination for the Canadian Trotting Classic after following leaders Pinkman and The Bank to the halfway point and failed to advance to the final. "I'm disappointed about the Canadian Trotting Classic because he made a break and I don't know why," trainer Luc Blais said. "He was third behind good horses and I would have liked to see what he could do in the stretch. It was a good chance to evaluate him. Maybe this weekend. We'll see. "He raced last week and he raced good (winning in 1:55.4 over a "good" track at Woodbine). He's better and better, week after week. He's a nice horse. We'll see how far he can go. He started late. We took our time because he was a big horse. We waited for him. It looks like he's ready right now to trot a good mile." * * * * * Infiniti As, 20-1 on the morning line, heads to the Breeders Crown off a win in a late closer at The Red Mile. After winning his seasonal debut in 1:55 at Mohawk in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Series, Infiniti As went off stride in his next five starts. He was gelded and returned with a second-place finish at Hoosier Park. In his following start, Infiniti As went off stride on a track labeled "good" at The Red Mile, but rallied to finish in a dead heat for third, beaten by only a neck. He then won by 5-1/2 lengths in 1:52.2 in Lexington. That win time is seventh fastest among all 3-year-old male trotters this year. "He's been doing good since we gelded him," trainer Anette Lorentzon said. "He was really very good at Lexington. Tim (Tetrick) didn't put the blame on him for the break in the first race there. He thought it was the track. "It's hard to say what kind of horse he is. He was good in his first race this year, but then he decided he wanted to run more than trot. He's got talent, but he's still got to prove it to me. I don't know where I have him. I don't trust him yet. The main thing is for him to behave." * * * * * Fashion Creditor, 30-1 on the morning line, won the $50,000 consolation division of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters on Sept. 19 at Vernon Downs. One of his remaining four lifetime wins also came in New York Sire Stakes action, with the other three triumphs in conditioned races. He finished seventh in his elimination for the Hambletonian, but was beaten only 3-1/2 lengths after trailing by 15 lengths after the opening quarter-mile. "He's good," trainer Tom Fanning said. "He was super sharp when the sire stakes ended. I wish I could have raced him right after the Vernon race because he was sharp as a tack, but there was a gap in the schedule. A big track will help him. He can trot. In the Hambletonian elimination, circumstances went against him. Hopefully he can be a little closer (in the Breeders Crown). He trots hard in the stretch. We're trying to get a piece." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Mohawk Racetrack hosted an Ontario Sires Stakes double header at the harness racing meeting on Monday night as the three-year-old trotting colt and two-year-old pacing filly Gold Series competitors wrapped up their regular season over the Campbellville oval. Last year's two-year-old trotting colt champion Dont Rush had captured one Grassroots and two Gold Series trophies heading into Monday's contest and the Infinitif son captured a fourth with a 1:54.4 effort that trainer Dustin Jones felt was his best of the campaign. "That was his best race of the year. He was first over off a slow half and trotted his last quarter in :27.4," said Jones. "I am real happy with his effort." From Post 3 Dont Rush and driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville got away fifth and the fan favourites started to advance on pacesetter Hemi Seelster heading for the :58 half. Hemi Seelster continued to lead the field at the 1:26.3 three-quarters, with Dont Rush closing the gap on the outside, and when the pair straightened out for home they were separated by a neck. Hemi Seelster put up a fierce battle, but Dont Rush was able to find an extra gear, reaching the wire one-quarter length ahead of his rival. Caulfield finished three and three-quarter lengths behind the battling leaders in third. "He trotted his last half in :55 and change, " noted Waterdown, ON resident Jones, who shares ownership of Dont Rush with Greg Judson of Athens, ON. In 11 starts this season Dont Rush has posted four wins and two thirds for earnings of $161,116. Monday's win bumped him to the top of the division standings with 155 points. Dont Rush Rubber Duck finished the regular season the same way he started, capturing a Gold Series trophy with a first over effort. From Post 2, driver Jack Moiseyev settled Rubber Duck in fourth as Olympic Son rolled out to a :28 opening quarter. When fan favourite Luck O The Irish took over heading toward the :57 half Moiseyev sent Rubber Duck up the outside and the pair were just one-half length behind the pacesetter at the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Powering off the final turn Rubber Duck accelerated away to a four and one-quarter length victory in 1:54.4. Winning Wizard closed hard to grab second, leaving Luck O The Irish to settle for third. All three colts finished in the top 10 and will advance to the Oct. 10 Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack. Moffat, ON resident Moiseyev engineered Rubber Duck's third win of the season for trainer Julie Walker of Carlisle, ON and owners Blair and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, AB. The Muscle Mass son also has one second, four thirds and earnings of $139,724 in 13 sophomore starts. Rubber Duck The other three-year-old trotting colt Gold division saw Setanta go gate-to-wire in 1:54.4 for his first-ever Ontario Sires Stakes victory. Milton, ON resident Steve Condren guided the Kadabra son to the one-half length victory over favourite Muscle Up The Goal and Stormont Wizard on behalf of trainer Alan Richardson of Kirkfield, ON and his partner Jeffery Ruch of Innisfil, ON. The win boosted Setanta from thirteenth to ninth in the division standings, earning him one of 10 spots in the $250,000 Super Final on Oct. 10. Setanta The two-year-old pacing filly divisions saw a pair of sharp front end performances laid down by division star L A Delight and relative newcomer Good Will Hanover. Starting from Post 6 in the first $105,000 division, L A Delight and driver Randy Waples of Milton took command of the race before the :56.4 half and never faced a challenge, cruising home one and one-half length winners in 1:53.3. Free Show was content to trail along behind L A Delight into second and Twin B Thong completed the top three. The victory was L A Delight's tenth straight, a win streak which started in a Grassroots division at Mohawk on July 9 and has extended through two Gold Legs, a leg and the final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series, divisions of the Eternal Camnation and Champlain Stakes, and the elimination and final of the Shes A Great Lady Stake. The Bettors Delight daughter is trained by Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON, who also bred and owns the winner of $579,335 in partnership with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON. L A Delight In the second freshman pacing filly division Good Will Hanover and driver Paul MacDonell of Guelph, ON fired straight to the front from Post 4 and reeled off fractions of :27, :56.2 and 1:24.4 on their way to a three and one-quarter length victory in 1:52.3. Heavenly Hill and Maniana paced into second and third. "The owners are all up here. It's the first time they came up, so they're very happy," said Dr. Ian Moore, who conditions Good Will Hanover for GLB Stable of Lakeview, NS. "We're very pleased and we're looking forward to the Super Finals," added the Guelph resident. "She's the only one we have in any of the Finals this year." The win was the first in Gold Series action for Good Will Hanover, who captured a Grassroots division at Mohawk on Aug.24 and finished second in her Gold Series debut at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 7. In her other three starts, the Big Jim daughter posted a pair of overnight victories at Mohawk and finished second in the Champlain division captured by L A Delight. The feisty filly moved from fifteenth to eighth in the division standings with the win, and Moore is hoping she can deliver a strong effort in the Super Final in spite of the additional challenges she will face at Woodbine. "Those planes are pretty loud and we have to keep her plugged up so she hears nothing, so hopefully that won't become an issue,' said the trainer. "And I can time it so that I get here (Mohawk) say 25 minutes before we need to go out and just throw the harness on and go out, so she doesn't have time to get worked up. Well you can't do that at Woodbine, you've got to be there a little earlier because of the traffic obviously, so I don't know, we'll do what we can do and hopefully she won't tear herself apart. "She's got lots of energy and hopefully she'll conserve it for the race," he added. Good Will Hanover On Tuesday evening the two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old trotting fillies will have their last opportunity to qualify for Super Final night. The trotters are featured in Races 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 on the Mohawk Racetrack program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - September 18 - Dustin Jones was hopeful Don't Rush could be a Grassroots trotter heading into his two-year-old season. Over $400,000 in earnings later, the son of Infinitif will start from post two in Saturday's $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic. Don't Rush won four of 11 starts last season, including his final start in the $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final. Co-owned and bred by Dustin Jones Stable Inc., Dont Rush has been a pleasant surprise for his conditioner. "I was hoping he was going to be a good grassrooter as a two-year-old," said Jones. "He ended up being way better than I thought he was going to be." After a strong two-year-old season, Jones had plans for Don't Rush to explore the Grand Circuit and race in harness racing's most prestigious trot, but those plans changed early this season. "I was hoping that he would be one of the top Ontario Sired and maybe race him in the Hambletonian," said Jones. "But I found out early that he wasn't able to trot in 1:51." Don't Rush has stayed close to home this season and won three of nine starts, including two Gold events, for earnings of over $100,000. While the Jones trainee has proven to be a top performer on the track, the sophomore trotter isn't the most intimidating in person. "He's not a very big horse and if you look at him in the paddock you would be quite surprised how small he is," Jones said. "He sort of pumps himself up on the track when he is hooked up, but he is what he is." The son of Infinitif has stepped up to tackle Grand Circuit trotters in his last two starts and finished fourth in both attempts, including last Saturday's Canadian Trotting Classic elimination. Don't Rush had to avoid a breaking horse at the top of the stretch, which may have cost him a third-place finish, but Jones was happy with the effort. "I thought he raced alright. I think he trotted his last half in :55.4 and with the two-hole I'm hoping to get a cheque." Don't Rush is entering the Canadian Trotting Classic as a longshot against the four-horse Jimmy Takter trained juggernaut, but when the big money is on the line anything can happen. "I'm hoping they go a little faster fractions to the first-half and then maybe he has a chance to pick up a cheque at the end," said Jones, who will have Chris Christoforou handling the driving duties. Following the Canadian Trotting Classic, Don't Rush will finish off the Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, before taking another crack at the sport's top three-year-olds. "I think he still has a good shot to win the Super Final," said Jones. "He's got a Gold here (Mohawk) on the 28th and then the Super Final and then we will probably try him in the Breeders Crown." Don't Rush will look to become the first Ontario Sired winner of the Canadian Trotting Classic since Daylon Magician in 2011. by Mark McKelvie. for WEG Communications

A John Bax trained filly can never be overlooked and once again Monday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack that statement rang true in the final of the Pure Ivory series. A field of ten rookie trotting fillies contested the $35,400 final of the Pure Ivory series. Fresh off her victory in last week's second leg, Pennies From Above was sent off as the 3/5 choice for trainer/driver Dustin Jones. Thisladysdynamite, the first leg winner, shot out to the lead from post ten and posted an opening panel of :28.2. Sound Of Music circled around the leader in the second-quarter from the two-hole to take the field by the half in :58.4. Pennies From Above, who was situated fifth through the opening half, was able to catch the cover of Safekeeping to be second-over at the three-quarter pole. Bax trainee Hills Angel and driver Paul MacDonell got into the outer flow and sat third-over turning for home at odds of 25-1. In the stretch, Pennies From Above flipped off her cover and charged to the lead, but Hills Angel stuck right with the favourite for the stretch drive and eventually overtook the lead in the final sixteenth to score the upset by a length in 1:58.4. Rose Run Reanna got up for third, while Thisladysdynamite took fourth. The upset victory was the first career score for Hills Angel in her fourth start. The daughter of Muscle Hill is owned by Bax Stable - Glengate Farms and was a $40,000 yearling purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Sale. The series finale victory boosts Hills Angel's earnings to $21,300 and the Bax trainee is eligible to the Champlain and Peaceful Way Stakes later this season at Mohawk. A $2 win ticket on Hills Angel returned $55.60. Mark McKelvie

The Pure Ivory series continued Monday night at the harness racing meeting at  Mohawk Racetrack with two $12,000 divisions. The rookie trotting fillies had to deal with fog and a track rated two seconds off due to showers that started in the afternoon and carried into the evening's races. In the first division, Safekeeping went gate to wire to win her career debut for driver Jack Moiseyev and trainer Charalambos Christoforou. The daughter of Muscle Hill was sent to the front by Mosieyev to grab the early lead in the field of six. Rose Run Reanna, who finished second in the first leg, was pressing at the leader around the first turn, but made a break and left the ball in the court of Safekeeping. The Christoforou trainee posted fractions of :31.1, 1:03.1 and 1:33, over the track rated as "Good", before trotting home comfortably in :29 for the 1 ¼ length victory in 2:02. Hills Angel, who was third turning for home, trotted home in :28 to finish second, while Crazy Wild Desire sprinted home in :27.3 to get up for third. Safekeeping, who is owned and bred by Banjo Farms and Christoforou, had qualified twice before making her career debut Monday. The victory earned her a $6,000 pay day in her career debut, while the clocking of 2:02 was a fifth slower than her mark of 2:01.4 taken in a baby race. A $2 win ticket on Safekeeping returned $4.90. The second division featured Thisladysdynamite, the opening leg winner, in a scratched down field of five. Despite finishing third in the opening leg, the public made Dustin Jones trainee Pennies From Above the 3/5 favourite over Thisladysdynamite. Driven by Jones, Pennies From Above got away in third just behind Thisladysdynamite, but the opening leg winner made a quick move in the second-quarter to the front for driver Doug McNair. After posting panels of 1:01.2 and 1:32.1, Thisladysdynamite led the field into the lane with Pennies From Above coming to the far outside to take a shot at the leader. The Jones trainee powered her way up beside Thisladysdynamite in mid-stretch and pulled ahead in the final eighth to win by three-quarters of a length in 2:01.1. Sound Of Music finished third. A daughter of Cantab Hall, Pennies From Above is owned by Jean Pierre Barjon of Vanves, France. The rookie trotting filly is a full-sister to O'Brien Award winner Wheeling N Dealin and was purchased for $120,000 as a yearling at last year's Harrisburg Sale. Monday's maiden breaking victory came in just the second career start for Pennies From above and increases her earnings to $7,440. She paid $3.40 to win. The $35,400 Pure Ivory series final will take place next Monday (August 17). Mark McKelvie

Columbus, OH --- Hambletonian Oaks elimination winner Spirit To Win died Monday in a jogging accident, according to a tweet posted by All American Harnessbreds, which is headed by Spirit To Win’s breeder and co-owner Fred Hertrich III. "We are extremely sad to announce that our filly and 2015 Hambo Oaks elim winner Spirit to Win died this morning in a jogging accident," tweeted Hertrich. Hertrich shared ownership on Spirit To Win (Cantab Hall-Celebrity Spirit) with Noblock Racing Stable. Trained by Dustin Jones, she had five wins in 11 career starts with $185,630 in earnings. Spirit To Win and driver Brett Miller scored in 1:52.2 to win the second Hambletonian Oaks elimination this past Saturday.  Additional information will be posted when available. The post position draw for the Oaks will take place on Monday afternoon and the Hambletonian Society is expected to make a statement at that time. USTA Communications Department

Freehold, NJ --- Fred Hertrich III was disappointed Spirit To Win failed to sell at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale, but the harness racing breeder-turned-owner of the 3-year-old trotting filly has been nothing but pleased with her performance on the racetrack. Spirit To Win, who in her most recent start defeated Mission Brief by a nose at 48-1 odds to capture the Delvin Miller Memorial, was among 16 horses entered Monday for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. The field was split into two eight-horse $35,000 eliminations Saturday at the Big M, with Spirit To Win drawing post eight in the second division. The top five finishers in each elimination advance to the Hambletonian Oaks final Aug 8. Posts for the final will be drawn Monday (Aug. 3), with elimination winners drawing for posts one through five while all other finalists are part of an open draw. Posts for the $1 million Hambletonian, open to 3-year-old trotters regardless of gender, also will be drawn that day. Stakes-winners Smokinmombo from the stable of trainer Chris Beaver and Wild Honey from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter are this year’s top money-earners in the first Oaks elimination. Spirit To Win’s division includes Julie Miller-trained stake-winner Livininthefastlane and Takter’s Sarcy. Spirit To Win is a daughter of stallion Cantab Hall and first foal out of the mare Celebrity Spirit, who is a half-sister to Dan Patch Award winners Master Lavec and Housethatruthbuilt. Spirit To Win, who saw her 2-year-old campaign abbreviated by a fractured pastern bone that required four months of stall rest, has won four of 10 races in her career, hitting the board a total of nine times, and earned $168,130. “We were kind of disappointed that we didn’t get her sold,” said Hertrich, who shares ownership of the filly with the Noblock Racing Stable of Ontario. “She was the first foal out of one of our mares and we thought she would bring substantially more than what ended up being the final bid on her ($35,000). We’re always happy to take fillies out of our good mares or our new mares. If we have to race them, we’ll race them. “She was such a good foal. You like the ones that never have a problem. We were more than happy to retain her at that number. She’s gone out and done very well.” Dustin Jones liked Spirit To Win as a yearling and approached Hertrich about training the filly. Hertrich sent Spirit To Win home with the Ontario-based conditioner. Last season, Spirit To Win won the Pure Ivory Series and finished second to Stubborn Belle in a division of the Champlain in a stakes-record 1:54.2 mile. “As a 2-year-old we were really high on her,” Jones said. “I expect her to race good (Saturday). She’s raced good every race this year. She came out of her last race good and I’m happy with the way she is right now.” Spirit To Win’s victory in the Delvin Miller Memorial was her first win in four starts this season. She finished second by a neck against older rivals in her seasonal debut and then was third by a neck in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. She entered the Miller off a third-place finish in another division of the PaSS, this time at Harrah’s Philadelphia. “If she had gotten through in the passing lane (at Pocono) I think she would have won,” Jones said. “At Philly, she just wasn’t handling the track good. But if she’s close, she always wants to pass another horse.” Her desire to pass horses was on display in the Miller, where Spirit To Win rallied from third place with a :26 final quarter-mile to nip Mission Brief at the wire. It was the first time in her career that Mission Brief was defeated in a start in which she did not go off stride. “She’s got an awful lot of ability, which everyone was able to see,” Hertrich said. “Now it’s just a case of going forward with that. Dustin seems to think we’re in a very good place. It should be a lot of fun. “When you can get a trotting filly that can finish in a mile in 26 (seconds) flat, that’s pretty special. She can kick to another gear and accelerate through the wire. It’s going to take a good filly to beat her. You better be able to come at the end of the mile or she’s going to come and get her.” Spirit To Win will not have to face Mission Brief in the Hambletonian Oaks. Mission Brief, who was last season’s Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter and trotted the fastest mile in history by a 2-year-old when she won in 1:50.3 at the Red Mile, will be entered in the Hambletonian. She will try to become the first female trotter to capture the grand prize since Continentalvictory in 1996. Mission Brief, trained by Ron Burke, was making her first start in seven weeks in the Miller Memorial and rebounded from that setback with a 1:51.4 triumph Sunday in the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Filly Trot at Vernon Downs. “We all have watched Mission Brief,” Hertrich said. “The Burke team has done a great job getting her back. She was so good last year at 2 it was scary. If she keeps progressing she’s going to give the boys all they want. It’s great for the sport. “Kudos to Ron Burke and the other owners, they’ve done something great for the game. They understand this could be something special.” Following are the elimination fields in post order for the Hambletonian Oaks with listed drivers and trainers: Race 6-HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Lady Winona by Credit Winner -Andy Miller-Julie Miller  2-Cocoacabana by Chocolatier -John Campbell-Frank Ingrassia  3-Lock Down Lindy by Lucky Chucky -Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna  4-Smexi by Explosive Matter -Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter  5-Bright Baby Blues by Andover Hall -David Miller-Bob Stewart  6-Gatka Hanover by Muscle Massive -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke  7-Wild Honey by Cantab Hall -John Campbell-Jimmy Takter  8-Smokinmombo by Explosive Matter -Aaron Merriman-Christopher Beaver  Race 7-HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Rules Of The Road by Muscle Hill -Corey Callahan-Janice Connor  2-Sarcy by Donato Hanover -Johnny Takter-Jimmy Takter  3-Speak To Me by Muscle Massive -Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter  4-Magic Marker by Andover Hall -David Miller-R. Nifty Norman  5-Katniss by Credit Winner -Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt  6-Livininthefastlane by Donato Hanover -Andy Miller-Julie Miller  7-Classical Annie by Andover Hall -Aaron Merriman-Jim Arledge Jr.  8-Spirit To Win by Cantab Hall -Brett Miller-R. Dustin Jones Spirit To Win by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

JUNE 30, 2015 - Twelve days ago harness racing trainer Dustin Jones made an unanticipated return to the race bike behind his top trotting colt Dont Rush, a return that had a direct impact on Tuesday evening's Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack. "Chris (Christoforou) had got hurt that night in the parade, and I wasn't really prepared to drive him," said Jones of his last minute return to the race bike in the June 18 overnight. "Chris wanted me to leave with him and I said, you know what, if I leave with him and I get parked I'm going to be mad at myself. I said, I'll just put him in the back." Jones eased Dont Rush off the gate from Post 6 in the three-year-old conditioned event and the pair raced along well behind the leaders before closing hard to finish two and one-half lengths back in third. The mile may not have been the one Christoforou would have crafted, but it did cause Jones to firm up a decision he had been toying with since the start of Dont Rush's sophomore season. "He did trot his last half in :56.1, but I thought he was working too hard, his legs were going fast and he wasn't grabbing the track good enough, so I changed his shoes," said the Waterdown, ON resident. "I've been debating about that all year because I knew he was going to have to gain a few seconds, because he's not a very big horse." Jones switched Dont Rush's front footwear from steel to aluminum, which lowered the colt's gait a little bit, and the result was immediately apparent to Christoforou as he rolled in behind the gate for Tuesday evening's $105,000 Gold Series division. Lining up at Post 9 the Campbellville, ON resident opted to send Dont Rush to the front and the trotter looked every inch a division champion as he cruised home to a four length victory in a personal best 1:54.3. "Dustin made a great change and lightened his front shoes, and the colt's gait was much more efficient," said Christoforou after the race. "I have never raced him that way before, but with 11 horses in the field, and having the 9 hole, I was reluctant to risk getting him caught in traffic. He responded well and showed his class tonight." The win gives Dont Rush one Gold trophy, one Grassroots trophy, and one third-place result in overnight action through three sophomore starts and boosts his season earnings to $63,900. Jones, who shares ownership of the homebred son of Infinitif and Color Me Pretty with Greg Judson of Athens, ON, says last year's division champion will now begin preparations for the July 15 Gold Leg at Grand River Raceway. Dont Rush One race after guiding Dont Rush into the Mohawk winner's circle, Christoforou paraded onto the racetrack with another trotter benefitting from a recent equipment change. Like Dont Rush, Muscle Up The Goal captured his Grassroots division at Mohawk on June 4, but when the colt made a break in his Goodtimes elimination at the Campbellville oval on June 12 trainer Rob Fellows decided to add trotting hopples to his equipment bag. Christoforou and Muscle Up The Goal gave the hopples a test run in a June 23 qualifier at Mohawk, posting a two and one-half length win in 1:57.2, which had fans sending the duo off as their fourth choice in Tuesday's second Gold division. Starting from Post 1, Christoforou allowed the trotter to coast away from the starting gate and the pair was sitting fifth at the :27.2 opening quarter clocked by Raising Richard. With Olympic Son and Rubber Duck serving as a wind break, Muscle Up The Goal stepped into the outer lane heading for the :57.3 half and maintained that position through the 1:27.2 three-quarters. When Christoforou asked the Muscle Mass son for an additional gear, Muscle Up The Goal kicked home to a one and one-quarter length win in a personal best 1:55.4. "Muscle Up The Goal showed a lot of ability early last year then got hurt. It's been a long road back for him, but the addition of trotting hopples has seemed to help him tremendously," said Christoforou. "He got a nice trip tonight and raced very good." Rockwood, ON resident Fellows conditions Muscle Up The Goal for Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON. Before being injured early in his freshman campaign the trotter scored two Gold Series victories. In just seven lifetime starts Muscle Up The Goal now has four wins and earnings of $150,600. Muscle Up The Goal Like Dont Rush, Muscle Up The Goal will now turn his attention toward the third Gold Series event of the three-year-old trotting colt calendar on July 15 at Grand River Raceway. After a break for Canada Day, Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, July 2 with two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

JUNE 4, 2015 - Last season's freshman harness racing trotting colt champion Dont Rush made his Ontario Sires Stakes debut at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, capturing an $18,000 Grassroots division in impressive fashion. In rein to Campbellville, ON resident Chris Christoforou, Dont Rush eased off the starting gate into eighth and then sat patiently in the outside lane until the stretch. When Christoforou asked the Infinitif son for another gear Dont Rush responded with a sharp finishing kick that propelled him to a neck victory over Ontheroad De Vie and Call Me Richard, stopping the Mohawk teletimer at 1:56.3. "He raced really good," said trainer Dustin Jones. "He was out the whole way and he brought it home in 28 flat, which was really good, we were happy with him." Waterdown, ON resident Jones said the colt's next stakes start will come in the Gold Leg at Mohawk on June 30. "We're not going to go to the Goodtimes (June 12) with him, we're going to try and find a race the week before the Gold and go to the Gold here," explained the horseman, who bred Dont Rush and shares ownership of the $305,000 winner with George Judson of Athens, ON. Joining Dont Rush in the June 30 Gold event will be his stablemate One Direction, who finished second in the fifth Grassroots division, two and three-quarter lengths behind winner Muscle Up The Goal. "We'll probably try him in the Gold the next time here too," said Jones of One Direction, a Deweycheatumnhowe son he owns in partnership with Ernst Gerbaulet of Germany. "He raced pretty good, but I knew when I got away third I wasn't going to be able to beat the other guy." Muscle Up The Goal controlled the fractions for the bulk of the ninth race, cruising home to a 1:56.2 win over One Direction and Thoughtful Leader. Milton, ON resident Steve Condren piloted the Muscle Mass son to the win for trainer Rob Fellows of Rockwood, ON and owner Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON. Like Don't Rush, Muscle Up The Goal enjoyed success on the Gold Series circuit last season, capturing two trophies before his freshman campaign came to an early end. Both Dont Rush and Muscle Up The Goal were sent off as heavy favourites, as was Infiniti AS, who clocked the quickest mile of the six Grassroots divisions. Driver Rick Zeron of Oakville, ON sent Infiniti AS to the front heading for the halfway marker and the Infinitif son sailed under the wire eight lengths to the good in 1:55. Pilgrims Joy and Boondock complete the top three. Anette Lorentzon trains Infiniti AS for owner-breeders ACL Stuteri AB of Paris, KY. Thursday's win was the colt's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action and his third in nine lifetime starts. The other Grassroots trophies were taken home by Kadabrasnewrecruit, Eternal Quest and Top Dollar. Kadabrasnewrecruit and driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON reeled in fan favourite Muscle Mack at the wire, earning their first victory of the season with a 1:56.2 clocking. A two-time Grassroots winner at two, the Kadabra gelding is owned by trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON. Molon Lave completed the triactor in the second division. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion opted for front end tactics with Eternal Quest in the fourth $18,000 division, besting New Muscle AS and Gronk in a sharp 1:55.2. The win was the Pilgrims Taj gelding's first in five lifetime outings. Chad Milner of Guelph, ON trains the trotter for owner Murray Ferguson Jr. of Sutton West, ON. The last Grassroots blanket awarded on Thursday evening went home with Top Dollar, who swept from last to first in the stretch under the guidance of Guelph, ON resident James MacDonald. The Deweycheatumnhowe son chased down fan favourite Seeking Steven and Federal Deputy to secure the 1:57.3 victory. Ann Karin Larsen of Norwood, ON conditions Top Dollar for her partners Steve Organ of Aurora, ON and Stig Westrum and Tor Jan Larsen of Norwood. The three-year-old trotting colts and geldings make their second Grassroots start at Grand River Raceway on June 24, while Mohawk Racetrack hosts the second Gold Series event on June 30. The Ontario Sires Stakes program makes one more stop at Mohawk this week, when the three-year-old pacing fillies battle in two $105,000 Gold Series divisions on Saturday. Post time for Saturday's program, which also features the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts, is 7:25 pm. Dont Rush Kadabrasnewrecruit Infiniti AS Eternal Quest Muscle Up The Goal Top Dollar OSS Program Information

There will be an extra buzz at Ontario harness racing tracks this summer as the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association renews the highly successful New Owner Mentoring Program. For an investment of $4,500 nine people will have the unparalleled opportunity to be mentored by Hall of Fame horseman Bill O’Donnell and trainer Dustin Jones as they select an Ontario-sired yearling from the fall sales and train it through the winter in preparation for the 2016 racing season. “We’ll educate them about the ground-up stuff, the grassroots stuff,” explains O’Donnell. “They might be fans that go to the races, but haven’t seen this side before.” In addition to his years of expertise, O’Donnell will also contribute $4,500 to the partnership, and the SBOA will boost the group’s initial operating fund to $60,000 through a $15,000 forgivable loan. “That will allow the group to buy their yearling — and it has to be an Ontario-sired yearling sold at an Ontario sale — and then the first year is covered for training and staking and whatever,” explains SBOA Vice President Tammy McNiven. Horses from the first 11 new owner groups ranged from Grassroots performers to Gold Final winners, earning from $27,000 to $500,000, but one yearling did not make it to the races and McNiven emphasizes that there are no guarantees. “It’s not something where we say you are going to get your money back,” she notes. “It’s a learning experience.” Several graduates of the New Owner Mentoring Program have put their education to work purchasing additional racehorses or breeding stock, including Adriano Sorella. A part of the 2008 Ten Most Wanted Stable — whose M G Home Run earned $142,183 under the tutelage of trainer Casie Coleman and mentor Rick Kostoff — Sorella went on to co-own 2013 Little Brown Jug winner Vegas Vacation. “We have had some success stories over the years,” says McNiven. “We hope we can get people interested, get some new people involved.” Detailed information and application forms for the 2015 New Owner Mentoring Program are available on the SBOA website www.standardbredbreeders.com, or by contacting McNiven at 519-475-4276 or tbf@xplornet.com. Enhanced breeders reward program for 2015 After a series of productive meetings with the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) and Ontario Horse Racing (OHR), the SBOA was pleased to sign an agreement enhancing the current breeders reward program by approximately $3 million per year from 2015 to 2018. In addition to the current Ontario Bred and Ontario Sired rewards, the enhanced program will reward breeders across four levels of participation. The first tier provides rewards to the owners/lessees of eligible Ontario Resident Mares who invested directly in the Ontario Standardbred breeding industry by breeding to an Ontario Sire in 2014. Approximately $1 million in breeder’s incentives will be paid out on a pro rata basis — as determined by the advertised service fee of the Ontario Sire (recorded with the OSS for the 2014 breeding season) — for all foals registered by December 31, 2015 that are both Ontario Sired and Ontario Bred. The first foals eligible for this incentive are the foals of 2015 produced from matings between Ontario Resident Mares and Ontario Sires. Tier 2 sees an approximate $1 million increase to the Standardbred Improvement Program’s Ontario Bred rewards. The rewards will be paid on a pro-rata basis to the owners/lessees of eligible Ontario Resident Mares with purse-winning offspring, which are both Ontario Bred and Ontario Sired, racing in Ontario Sires Sakes races and selected open stake races in Ontario. These rewards will commence with the 2015 stake season. Also beginning in 2015, the third tier will reward the breeders of the top three Ontario Bred performers in each of the eight divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes. A $50,000 reward will be split (First - $25,000; Second - $15,000; Third - $10,000) among the owners/lessees of the eligible Ontario Resident Mares that produce the top three money earners in each division. Finally, the fourth tier will see $100,000 paid to the owner/syndicate of the top Ontario Sires Stakes stallions based on progeny earnings in each of the following OSS categories: 2-year-old trotters; 2-year-old pacers; 3-year-old trotters; 3-year-old pacers. The leading stallions from the 2015 OSS season will be the first group eligible for these rewards.  To qualify for the rewards stallions must currently reside in Ontario. To benefit from the enhanced program, breeders need to enroll their broodmares in the Ontario Resident Mare Program in 2015. To qualify as an Ontario Resident Mare, the mare must be enrolled with the Program each year and meet all eligibility requirements outlined in the Program Criteria booklet produced by the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC).  Further information on the Ontario Resident Mare Program is available at www.ontariohorseracing.ca. Additional information about the enhanced breeder’s reward program can be found at www.standardbredbreeders.com. (SBOA/Sandra Snyder)

Columbus, OH --- Martiniontherocks, the 2010 Breeders Crown champion for harness racing 2-year-old filly trotters, died May 4, 2015, according to her owner, Thomas Cooke. She was in foal to Googoo Gaagaa. The daughter of Conway Hall-Inspired Society won four of 10 starts as a freshman in 2010 while under the care of trainer Dustin Jones. In addition to the Breeders Crown, she was victorious that year in a Champlain Stakes division and a Peaceful Way elimination. Martiniontherocks raced for three more seasons and compiled a career record of 51-8-10-8, with $498,658 in earnings. She took her mark of 1:55.3f as a 5-year-old at Rosecroft Raceway. from the USTA Communications Department 

TORONTO, October 23 - Thursday night was the two-year-old boys turn for round one action of the Autumn Series at Woodbine Racetrack. Three $14,000 divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings and four $14,000 splits for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were completed. In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, two-year-olds must be Ontario sired and be non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of September 30, 2014. In the opening division for the trotters, One Direction broke his maiden with a 1:58.3. Trained and driven by Dustin Jones, One Direction got a two-hole trip and trotted by Numbers Game, who cut the mile, to score an easy 5 ¾ length victory. Numbers Game held on for second, while In Secret finished third. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, One Direction is owned by Ernst Gerbaulet and has now $7,800 earned in five career starts. He returned $6.30 to win. Olympic Son went gate to wire to take the second division in 2:00.1. Sent off as the 2/5 favourite, Olympic Son and driver Trevor Henry charged off the gate to take the lead and never looked back to win by 2¼ lengths over Baudron. William Star finished third. Trained by Paul Reid for owner Robert Key, Olympic Son has now won three of eight career starts for earnings of $41,420. The clocking of 2:00.1 was a new lifetime best for the son of Majestic Son. Olympic Son paid $2.90 to win. In the third division, Namesmuscle prevailed in a win photograph over Muscles All Over. Driven by Trevor Henry, Namesmuscle sat in the two-hole for most of the mile behind Muscles All Over. In the stretch, Muscles All Over tried to kick away from his rivals at the top of the stretch, but Namesmucles grinded him down on the inside and got up to win by a nose in 1:59.1. Jayport All Muslce took the show spot. A son of Muscle Mass, Namesmuscle is trained by Mike Brealey for owner John Patterson. The leg one victory was a maiden breaking score in his seventh start for Namesmuscle and increased his career earnings to $22,000. He paid $12.10 to win. A total of 33 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into four first round divisions. In the first division for the pacers, Sugarsam showed plenty of grit to hold off his rivals and pick up the victory in 1:54.2. Touching down on the lead as the field entered the backstretch, Sugarsam would not relinquish the lead and dug in down the stretch to hold off His Boy Elroy by three-quarters of a length. J Js Delivery finished third. Trained by Corey Johnson, Sugarsam has now won four of ten starts and lowered his lifetime mark by more than two seconds. The son of Sportswriter is owned by Sotirios Anastasopoulos and has now earned $25,475 in his young career. Sugarsam paid $3.90 to win. Making only his second career start, Machnificent reached up late to take the second division in 1:55.4. Trained and driven by Roger Mayotte, Machnificent was second over on the final turn and was just able to get by a trio of his rivals on the outside to win by half a length. Midnight Play finished second, Frankie Boy took the show spot and The Battle Begins finished fourth. All three horses were only beat half a length. A son of Mach Three, Machnificent had finished third in his career debut last week and was the most lightly raced horse in the field of eight. The maiden breaking score pushes his career earnings to $8,680 for owners Just In Time Stable, The Fine Whine Stable and Big Als Stables Inc. Machnificent paid $6.50 to win. In the third division, Halton Hurricane did not disappoint as the 6/5 winning in 1:56.2. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Halton Hurricane got a two-hole trip behind Antar Phil, who made an early break at the eighth pole, but regrouped to pace on to the lead. In the stretch, Halton Hurricane had to wait for the first up challenger, Art Of Luck, to fade away, before finding clear sailing to pace by Antar Phil and win by half a length. Art Of Luck held on to finish third. Owned and trained by Robert Robinson, Halton Hurricane has now won twice in 11 starts career starts for earnings of over $23,000. The son of Santanna Blue Chip lowered his lifetime mark by three seconds with the victory. Halton Hurricane paid $4.40 to win. Robert Hill lived up to his 1/5 billing in the fourth and final division. Driven by James MacDonald, Robert Hill was second over on the final turn and came off his cover to pace by his rivals and on to victory in 1:55.4. Regal Sight made a late charge to finish second by half a length, while Strong Profile finished third. A son of Jeremes Jet, Robert Hill is trained by Tony Alagna for owner Thomas Hill. The leg one score was the third win from ten starts for the two-year-old pacer and pushes his career earnings to $39,150. He returned $2.70 to win. The second leg for the two-year-old boys will go next Thursday, October 30. Autumn Series action continues Monday night with the second leg action for the two-year-old fillies. Post time each night of racing is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

Dont Rush, who came about thanks to a free breeding, closed from off-the-pace to capture Saturday night’s $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for harness racing two-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. The final time of the mile was 1:57.1. In the early going Rise Up Rise Up (Mike Saftic) and Caulfield (Trevor Henry) battled, with the former forcing the latter to drop into the pocket before the :27.3 opening quarter. Alacrity (Eddie Green) had been in fifth at that point, but Green sent him to the outside in the backstretch, and Alacrity joined and then cleared Rise Up Rise Up for the top spot at the :57.2 half. When Alacrity cleared that left Luck O The Irish (Sylvain Filion) first-over, and he would move up on the rim to engage with the leader at the 1:27 three-quarters. Platoon Seelster (Jack Moiseyev) slipped off the rail to grab the second-over trip behind Luck O The Irish, and Dont Rush (Chris Christoforou) was positioned third-over as the field spun for home. Luck O The Irish managed to work his way into the lead in the lane, but Christoforou had Dont Rush in high gear out in the centre of the racetrack, and Dont Rush would go by the leaders inside the final sixteenth on his way to the win by a couple of lengths. Platoon Seelster was up to finish second and Luck O The Irish grabbed third. Also taking home part of the purse were A Little More Love (Randy Waples) and Caulfield. “He’s done really well, and he’s won his last three starts. Usually if I have a colt that does well, they stay well all year long,” offered winning trainer Dustin Jones. “I bought the mare as a yearling in Kentucky. I’ve raised a few colts out of her but nothing like this. This was the result of a free breeding from Jean-Pierre Dubois, so I have to thank him a lot. I was just hoping he was going to be a good Grassroots horse. He really surprised me.” Jones of Waterdown, Ontario, also bred and now co-owns Dont Rush, an Infinitif colt, with partner Greg Judson of Athens, Ontario. Dont Rush, who won in Gold Series action on July 13 at Georgian Downs, on September 30 at Flamboro Downs, and on September 30 at Mohawk, is now four-for-11 in the win column with earnings of $296,985. He’s the sixth foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Color Me Pretty, a half-sister to the likes of Best Image (Balanced Image, $104,110), who was three-for-three during her OSS career. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11. By OSS News

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