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AUGUST 15, 2017 - A pair of $19,150 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions for the harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies served as an appetizer for the third leg of the World Driving Championship at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening. The Ontario Sired fillies opened the program and it was immediately apparent that the track was fast and the racing would be fierce as C Mary downed heavy favourite Shewearsthepants, bringing the division point leader's win streak to a halt at six races. Starting from Post 8, driver Mike Saftic hustled Shewearsthepants away from the gate, reaching the quarter in :27. As Shewearsthepants led the field of nine to the :56 half, Bruce Richardson tipped C Mary off the rail from fourth and the fans' second choice had taken command before the 1:25 three-quarters. A :28.4 final quarter saw C Mary pull away to a four length victory in 1:53.4. Shewearsthepants settled for second, with Thorne Seelster rounding out the top three. The win was the fourth of the season and the second in Grassroots action for C Mary, who was also a winner in the season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on May 29. Tim Myers of Leamington, ON conditions the daughter of Mach Three and Sister Karen for owner-breeder J R Stables LLC of Clinton Township, MI. The second division saw driver Nick Steward put Treasures Pearl on the front from Post 5 and sail through fractions of :28, :57.4 and 1:25.2 on the way to a one-half length victory in a personal best 1:53.2. Pocket-sitter Stellenbosch was second and Maching Me Zilly was three lengths back in third. "The trainer (Ron Adams) said she is really good on the front as long as she gets decent fractions, and it worked out exactly that way," said Steward, who makes his home in London, ON. "When she got to the half in :57.4 I thought she was going to be pretty tough to beat and she did the rest." LaSalle, ON resident Ron Adams trains Treasures Pearl for owner-breeder Donald Leschied of South Woodslee, ON. The win was the third straight for the daughter of Sportswriter and St Lads Treasure and her second in four Grassroots starts. With their wins C Mary and Treasures Pearl both moved up one spot in the three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots standings. C Mary now sits third with 141 points, while Treasures Pearl is fourth with 133. Shewearsthepants continues to hold a commanding lead, with 200 points through five events. The fillies will wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 7 and the top 10 point earners will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 30. Canada's World Driving Championship representative James MacDonald of Guelph, ON finished fifth in the second Grassroots division with Bid Writer and captured the first and third of five World Driving Championship races with Ontario Sired pacer Shemars Lulu and trotter Walk The Plank. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs on Sunday, August 20 as part of the Honourable Earl Rowe Trot program. Sunday's first race goes behind the starting gate at 6 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

JULY 16, 2017 - Trotting filly Stonebridge Rhyme may not have earned back all of her $29,000 purchase price, but on Sunday night the harness racing  two-year-old gave owner Arpad Szabo something almost as a valuable, an Ontario Sires Stakes victory at his local oval Georgian Downs. Starting from Post 1, Stonebridge Rhyme and driver Sylvain Filion were in front for most of the mile, trotting under the finish wire in 2:02.1 to take the second $19,500 Grassroots division of the evening. Division point leader Christmas Candy and fan favourite Kant Afford It were one length behind Stonebridge Rhyme in second and third. "He's a great guy and he deserves to have a nice little horse. He's from up in Bradford there so all his family was there tonight. He just loves the game, he loves the game," said Rob Fellows, who trains Stonebridge Rhyme for Szabo. "That win - at his home track, on his home turf, with all his family - that will be worth him buying that horse, and, you know, maybe she'll have a nice career ahead of her." Fellows said the daughter of Kadabra and Stonebridge Ballad has been a pleasure to train and chalked up a break in the July 6 Grassroots opener at Mohawk Racetrack to inexperience. The filly quickly resumed trotting and finished fourth, so her connections were hopeful she would rebound with a positive effort Sunday. "When she qualified the first time she kind of threw her head a little bit going into the first turn, but kept trotting. But her first race, when they were cutting over in front of her, just being green, she just tossed her head and went off stride," explained the Rockwood, ON resident. "She was better this week so hopefully she can keep going. "You always worry about them getting a little aggressive and that kind of stuff, especially trotting fillies, you have to worry about every step they take," he added. The third Grassroots event for the two-year-old trotting fillies goes postward July 30 on Clinton Raceway's Legends Day program, and Fellows hopes Szabo has another opportunity to gather his family in the winner's circle before the end of the campaign. "This is a nice little filly, I don't know if she has any total package speed to be a 1:54 trotter or anything like that as an aged horse, but right now, in this stage, she's had two starts and she's stayed trotting in one of them and she's won it, so I'm happy," said Fellows. "If I keep her in the Grassroots and manage her properly she might develop." Thornton, ON resident Stephen Byron captured the other Grassroots division with fan favourite Yokomotion in a sharp 2:00.3. The John Bax trainee sailed home two and one-half lengths ahead of Bonnie Breeze and another length in front of her stablemate Gradabra. Like Stonebridge Rhyme, Yokomotion made an early break in the July 6 Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack and had to settle for fifth, but Byron said she was solid, if a little aggressive, in her second lifetime start. "Last week she hit the bike and this week they put a different bike on her, but in saying that she was still a little excitable. She remembered it," Byron noted. "She was a little keener than I would want, but she did race great." Campbellville resident Bax shares ownership of Yokomotion with Goin To The Show Stable and Kenneth Andrews of Peterborough and Happy Trails Stables of London, ON. The partners acquired the daughter of Justice Hall and Yoko Hanover for $22,000 at last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale and she returned $9,750 with Sunday's victory. "She did that pretty easy," said Byron. "She's a big, strong, fast mare, so hopefully she keeps doing it." The Ontario Sires Stakes returns to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, August 15 with the fifth Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing fillies. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing  

JULY 11, 2017 - Defending Lampman Cup champion Sylvain Filion made the trip to Georgian Downs for the the harness racing two-year-old pacing filly Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots opener on Tuesday evening and delivered three trophies into the hands of delighted trainers and owners. A four-time winner of the Lampman Cup as the top driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program and currently sitting third in the point race, Filion opened the Grassroots event with a 1:55.3 score with Azure Seelster. The daughter of Shadow Play made a break going around the first turn, but recovered quickly and was leading the field of eight by the halfway marker. Azure Seelster powered home one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Raven Seelster, with Sunday Afternoon three more lengths back in third. "She's a little aggressive and going through the first turn she just couldn't handle the turn and made a break, but she made the nice recovery and she was game on after that," said Filion. "She held on tough, she raced good, really good." Filion piloted Azure Seelster to her first lifetime victory for trainer Jacques Dupont and owners Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, QC, numbered companies 9099 3833 Quebec Inc. and 2745 5815 Quebec Inc. of Sorel-Tracy, QC and Paul Andre Lehoux of Sainte-Marie, QC. The partners acquired Azure Seelster from last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale for $55,000. The filly's dam, Winbak Alice, is a half-sister to former Ontario Sires Stakes star and $2 million winner Lady Shadow. After finishing third and fifth in the next two Grassroots divisions with a pair of fillies trained by Dany Fontaine, Filion was back in the winner's circle after the fourth division. The Milton, ON resident guided Askmysecretary to a 1:55.3 score over Daily Sports and Shadowofhersmile, who crossed the wire in lockstep, dead-heating for second. "We had a nice second over trip, almost amounted to disaster around the last turn when the horse in front of us (Ovation Seelster) made a break, but she was able to stay at it, and she just flew home," said Filion. "I pulled the plugs at the top of the stretch and she just kicked in another gear." Filion added that trainer Ted MacDonnell had made an equipment change before Tuesday's start that had a positive impact on Askmysecretary. Allenford resident MacDonnell shares ownership of the Mach Three daughter, a $35,000 yearling at the Forest City Sale, with Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke and Tony Lawrence of Hanover, ON. "They were very pleased with that race, she was way stronger than she was the last time I sat behind her," said Filion, who had piloted the filly to a seventh-place result in her first lifetime start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 3. Filion's final mount was the primary reason he decided to make the trip to Georgian Downs. The reinsman had qualified Shower Play twice, and in each mile the daughter of Shadow Play impressed him more. In the last $19,150 Grassroots division the pair went straight to the front from Post 3, fought off a challenge heading by the three-quarters and then sailed home four and one-quarter length winners in 1:56. Write Me A Song finished second and challenger Delaney R was third. "She's a real nice, big, strong filly and every time I've sat behind her, the further she went during the mile, the stronger she got," explained Filion. "Nobody could have went past her tonight I think. She felt real strong still at the wire, and with minimal urging. I see her improving her next couple starts again. I don't know, I might be wrong, but I can maybe see a Gold potential there." Rockwood, ON resident Rene Dion trains Shower Play for his partner Susanne Kerwood of Rockwood and Martin Leveillee of St-Blaire-Sure-Richelieu, QC. The filly was a $15,000 purchase from the Forest City Yearling Sale. Trainer Casie Coleman is also hoping to make a move up to the Gold Series with Play The Bell, who delivered the fastest mile of the five Grassroots divisions, stopping the teletimer at 1:53.1. Play The Bell rang up fractions of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:25 on her way to the one-half length victory over Oxford Comma. Last Symphony, with Filion at the helm, was six and one-quarter lengths behind the leaders in third. "She's been getting better and better. She trained with Summer Travel this week and trained really big with him," said Coleman, referring to a two-year-old pacing colt stablemate of Play The Bell's who was a dominant 1:51.4 winner in a two-year-old contest at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday. "I was mad at myself for not entering the Gold after she trained so well, but her first start (July 3) I wasn't all that happy with her so went Grassroots." Elora resident Bob McClure crafted the win for Coleman, who calls Cambridge home, her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Mac Nichol of Burlington and Calhoun Racing Ltd. of Chatham, ON. Play the Bell, a daughter of Shadow Play and Bell Bottom Pans was a $60,000 acquisition from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. The other Grassroots trophy went home with another daughter of Shadow Play, Shadow World, who scored a 1:56.4 victory over Hammering Haley and Enchanted Eva. Jonathan Drury drove Shadow World to the win for trainer Colin Johnson of Repentigny, QC, Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON and Jean Mondoux of Laval, QC. The filly was a $32,000 purchase out of the Canadian Yearling Sale. The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their second Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 21. The Ontario Sires Stakes returns to Georgian Downs on Sunday, July 16 with the second Grassroots event of the two-year-old trotting filly campaign. Post time for Sunday's event is 6 pm OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

JULY 9, 2017 - Percy Bluechip was the top selling yearling at last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale and on Sunday evening the daughter of Shadow Play and Advantest set a Canadian record for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies at Georgian Downs. Starting from Post 2 in the first of two $96,400 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions, Percy Bluechip got away from the starting gate in second, allowing Kendall Seelster to take the field of eight fillies to a :27.2 opening quarter. Kendall Seelster's tenure on the front end was brief however, as driver Trevor Henry quickly had Percy Bluechip on the move. In control before the :56 half, Percy Bluechip sailed through a 1:23.2 three-quarters and then powered home to a four and three-quarter length victory in 1:51.2. Kendall Seelster finished second and Sudden Passing completed the top three. The 1:51.2 clocking established a Georgian Downs track record and a Canadian record for a two-year-old pacing filly on a five-eighths mile oval. The former Canadian record of 1:51.3 had been set by Ontario Sired Voelz Hanover at Hiawatha Horse Park in 2007 while the 1:53.2 Georgian Downs track record had been shared by Idyllic (2010), Thisorthat Hanover and L A Delight (2015). "It's kind of fast for this time of year, but she did it all on her own according to Trevor," said the filly's trainer, Dr. Ian Moore. "Trevor calls her a natural, says she just sprung the gate on her own and he didn't have to ask her very much, if any really." Moore, who shares ownership of Percy Bluechip with his partners in the Shadow Two Stable of Puslinch, ON, James and Wilma Mackenzie of Ennismore, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC, said the filly was a pleasure to work with all season, and that she had really come into her own in recent weeks. Prior to Sunday's Gold Series opener the filly had qualified twice at Mohawk Racetrack, winning in 1:57.2 on June 15 and 1:54.3 on June 26. Moore also noted that filly reminds him a great deal of her full-brother Arthur Blue Chip, who he trained to earnings of $552,759 between 2013 and 2016. "So many things she does remind me of him, and the most particular is the gait. She's got a kind of a real, long lope-y, very light-footed gait to her and he did too. He was a big horse, but he didn't hit the ground very hard," explained the Puslinch, ON resident. "It just seemed like while I was training him, and she was the same, that they cover so much ground you don't think you're going as fast as you go, you look at your watch at the quarter and say, oh did I go that fast." While Percy Bluechip is well staked, befitting her $110,000 purchase price, Moore said he and his partners will take each start one at a time. "With all two-year-olds it's week-to-week, so we'll see what tomorrow brings and what the week after brings, but we're planning on the Gold at Mohawk (July 24) and then we'll go from there I guess." Big Thong captured the other two-year-old pacing filly Gold division with a sharp late sprint that saw her reach the wire two lengths on top in 1:54.2. Fan favourite and pacesetter Lady Ella finished second and Machnhope was third. Guelph resident James MacDonald crafted the win for trainer Scott McEneny and his wife Michelle McEneny of Waterdown and their partners Teresa Davidson of Milton, Martwest Racing Stable of Mississauga and Cora Marshall of Jarvis, ON. In contrast to Percy Bluechip, Big Thong was a modest $20,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. "She wasn't a flashy filly, she kind of had a little bit of her winter hair on her already at the sale and, you know, she was just a plain Jane," recalled McEneny. "But she was put together well, and I liked her." McEneny says the filly showed a tendency to be aggressive, so he asked MacDonald to handle her carefully through the June 10 qualifier where she finished fifth and her June 22 debut where she finished second. MacDonald eased her off the gate again Sunday, sitting mid-pack through the early going. "We're just kind of making sure we don't get her close to the front right off the bat, we don't want to get her too hot," noted the trainer. "She was a little bit warm there when we got her trained down, so I just made sure James was being a little careful with her." Fordham Road won the sole two-year-old trotting colt Gold division, sailing to his second lifetime victory in 1:57.1. Winning American finished one and one-quarter lengths behind the fan favourite with pacesetter Levitation three more lengths back in third. Trainer Richard Beinhauer piloted the Holiday Road colt to the win for his wife Regina Beinhauer of Venetia, PA and the colt's breeder T L P Stable of Kearny, NJ. Prior to Sunday's $124,200 Gold Series test Fordham Road had posted a pair of qualifying wins, in 2:01.3 on June 2 and 1:58.3 on June 8, at The Meadows in Pennsylvania and a 1:59.1 overnight victory at Mohawk Racetrack on June 29. The wo-year-old trotting colts will make their second Gold Series start on August 1 at Mohawk Racetrack. Next up on Georgian Downs Ontario Sires Stakes calendar is the Grassroots opener for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Tuesday, July 11. The fillies will compete in Races 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9. Post time for Tuesday's program is 7:15 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

JULY 2, 2017 - The upsets continued in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold action on Sunday evening as the harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies battled in two divisions at Georgian Downs. After a mid-card deluge that saw the track downgraded from 'fast' to 'sloppy', the fillies squared up for the first division in the seventh race. Fans had established Magic Presto, a winner in the Gold Series season opener and the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association Stake, as the heavy favourite from Post 5, with On A Sunny Day and the other June 8 Gold winner, Sweet Of My Heart, as their second and third choices. As the gate swept away from the field of eight Sweet Of My Heart left smartly from Post 1, but before the :27.4 quarter the early leader was on an extended break and out of contention. Janderson inherited the lead and took the field to a :57.3 half, but driver Sylvain Filion had On A Sunny Day on the move from third and Magic Presto and driver Trevor Henry were hot on their heels. On A Sunny Day took command before the 1:26.2 half and was almost immediately under pressure from Magic Presto. The fillies matched steps through the final quarter and it took a photo to determine the winner; On A Sunny Day by a nose in 1:54.4. Magic Presto settled for second and Majestic Kat finished well behind the duelling leaders in third. It was the second win of the season for On A Sunny Day and her first in sophomore Gold Series action. As a two-year-old the daughter of Muscle Mass and Dicent No was a four-time winner at the Gold Series level, banking $183,750 for owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC bred and trains the filly. In the second division, the final race of the evening, fans sent Milton, ON resident Filion and his mount Royal Witch off as their top choice, but locked in a battle with Paradise Image for top spot Royal Witch also skipped off stride. Left alone on the front third choice Paradise Image cruised effortlessly through fractions of :28.2, :58, and 1:27.3 on her way to a three and one-half length victory in 1:57.1. Mrstery Bear and Tymal Reign rounded out the top three. "She's a big, good gaited thing and she's so handy, she gets off the gate like a rocket," said driver James MacDonald. "Today she got there easy, and I wouldn't have minded following Sylvain, but his made a break so I just, once he run I just kind of took the front and the rest is history." MacDonald drives Paradise Image for trainer Mike Keeling of Cambridge and owners P C Wellwood Enterprises Inc. of Cambridge, Paradise Stable of Hamilton, Dale McNeill of Campbellville and Ron O'Neill of Puslinch, ON. The Guelph resident stepped into the Kadabra daughter's race bike at the beginning of June and, while they have had success, it has occasionally been a perilous place to reside. "I started driving her a couple weeks ago. She can act up a little bit in the post parade, she can be pretty bad, so they asked me if I minded driving her, and I said 'No,' and she's been good, she's raced good all three times I drove her," explained MacDonald. "She was first up her first start in the Gold (June 8) and was third, and then she win out of the two-hole last week (June 19), and today she win on the front. "She doesn't turn. Turning is a problem. Sometimes she'll run out the gates, and sometimes she'll kick, she's not a real treat in the post parade to drive sometimes," said MacDonald about the filly's behavioural quirks. "Today she was an absolute kitten, she didn't do anything wrong, but she can perform from time to time." MacDonald relied on the assistance of the Georgian Downs outrider to make the turn into the starting gate and to escort the filly back to the winner's circle. They will have another opportunity to be guided to the Gold Series winner's circle on July 22 when the fillies compete in Leg 3 at Mohawk Racetrack. Georgian Downs will welcome the Ontario Sires Stakes program back to Innisfil next Saturday, July 8, hosting the Grassroots debut of the two-year-old trotting colts. The first race goes behind the starting gate at 7:15 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

AUGUST 30, 2016 - After a fierce battle down the Georgian Downs stretch on Tuesday evening, local harness racing filly Sheer Talent rewarded her connections' faith with her first Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots victory. Starting from Post 6 in the third $18,000 Grassroots division, Sheer Talent eased off the starting gate and was sitting fifth when fan favourite Village Jamie reached the quarter in :28.1. Driver Jonathan Drury soon sent the two-year-old pacing filly up the outside and Sheer Talent had taken control of the front-end before the :57.2 half. After rolling through a 1:25.4 three-quarters, Sheer Talent fought off Village Jamie's stretch drive challenge and hung on for a one-half length victory in 1:55.2. White Dancer finished third. "She showed a lot of her inexperience and her quirks tonight," said trainer Carmen Auciello. "She didn't want to sit in a hole, but Jonathan handled her very well with the move to the front. She looked a little green on the front, but once she hit the head of the stretch and JD was able to chase her a bit, she dug back in." The win was the second this season and the first in Grassroots action for Sheer Talent, who is owned by Robert Burgess of Cedar Valley, ON. The Badlands Hanover daughter, a $20,000 acquisition from last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale, had finished fifth, sixth and eighth in her first three Grassroots starts. "She's not a world beater, but I'm confident we still haven't seen the best of this filly," added Stouffville, ON resident Auciello. Tuesday's victory boosted Sheer Talent into the top 20 with one regular season Grassroots event remaining. After the six regular season events the top 20 point earners will advance to the Sept. 15 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final earning a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 24. After three runner-up performances, Odysseus finally took home a Grassroots trophy from the first division. Starting from Post 1, the Mach Three daughter and driver Doug McNair stalked fan favourite Shanghai Sugar from the pocket and then accelerated past the pacesetter in the stretch to record a one and three-quarter length victory in 1:55. Shanghai Sugar settled for second and Dudesalady rounded out the top three. "She's always had speed, she just took a little longer to relax and learn how to race," said McNair of the three-time bridesmaid. The Guelph resident piloted Odysseus to her first victory for trainer Ted MacDonnell of Allenford and his partner Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, ON. A full-sister to $628,083 winner I Found My Beach, Odysseus was a $17,000 purchase from the Forest City Yearling Sale. Tuesday's victory boosted her earnings to $22,900 and moved her into second spot in the division standings with 127 points. The only filly ahead of Odysseus in the point standings is P L Kahluaa, and the division leader captured her third straight Grassroots trophy at Georgian Downs on Tuesday. In rein to Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion, P L Kahluaa led the field to a :28.2 quarter from Post 6, ceded control to Anderson Seelster through a :58 half and 1:26.3 three-quarters, and then powered back to the front to record a 1:54 personal best. Anderson Seelster finished three-quarters of a length back in second and Amulet Seelster was five more lengths back in third. "She's amazing, she still surprises me," said trainer Richard Moreau. "I'm very fortunate to have her in my barn." The Puslinch, ON resident conditions P L Kahluaa for numbered company 9303 3868 Quebec Inc. of Blainville, QC. In six starts the Sportswriter daughter now has three wins, one second and earnings of $32,784 and sits well out in front of her peers in the Grassroots point race with 180. The two-year-old pacing fillies will wrap up their Grassroots regular season on Sept. 8 at Flamboro Downs. For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

AUGUST 29, 2016 - Georgian Downs will wrap up its 2016 live harness racing schedule on Tuesday by giving fans an opportunity to visit the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle. Fans can select their favourite horse in the third two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots division by placing their "Be A Winner" contest ballot in the horse's ballot box. One "Be A Winner" finalist will be selected from each ballot box and each finalist will receive an Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) t-shirt, ball cap and lanyard badge, along with a $15 win-place-show wager on their chosen horse. After cheering home the sixth race contestants, the finalist representing the victorious filly will join in the winner's circle celebrations for a commemorative photograph. The winning finalist will also receive a trophy, an OSS jacket and golf shirt, and a $50 wagering voucher. Among the fillies hoping to be part of the "Be A Winner" celebrations is Sheer Talent, who will start from Post 6 in the third $18,000 Grassroots division. The Badlands Hanover daughter heads into the race off a locked-in sixth-place result in the August 22 Grassroots event at Mohawk Racetrack, and trainer Carmen Auciello believes she is poised for a big outing. "Actually, I think she's good enough to win," said the Stouffville, ON resident. "Last week, if she gets room anywhere, she's probably in the top three easy. So I'm looking forward to seeing her at Georgian, because she can get around any size track, and I think she's a real nice filly." Robert Burgess of Cedar Valley, ON owns Sheer Talent, who was a $20,000 purchase at last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale. The filly was a 1:56.2 winner in an overnight event at Mohawk on August 4, but has yet to crack the top three in three Grassroots outings. "Two of the Grassroots at Mohawk she was locked in, and never had a chance to get out, I think we had a fifth and a sixth, and the one time we did give her a shot she came up sick," said Auciello. "So if you look at her lines, she's a lot better than her lines show." Jonathan Drury will steer Sheer Talent in the sixth race, and the Guelph, ON resident will also be aboard her stablemate Mystical Moon from Post 1 in the second Grassroots division. "She kind of needs it, she has a bit of gate speed, but not quite enough to overcome a tough post," said Auciello of the filly's advantageous starting position. "Looks like she's going to be right beside the favourite (Anderson Seelster) and hopefully follow her all the way around, that would be nice." After a second-place result in the July 8 Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack, Mystical Moon tested the Gold Series waters, finishing eighth in the July 18 event at Mohawk. Back at the Grassroots level the Mach Three daughter made a break and finished ninth at Mohawk on August 11 and was sixth in the August 22 event at the Campbellville oval. "She's a racehorse," said Auciello about Mystical Moon, a $14,000 yearling purchase from the Forest City Yearling Sale who he co-owns with Stephen Klunowski of North York, ON. "I mean she's never been real flashy, she's a little bit lazy, but she looks like she's one that might develop into a nicer three or four-year-old once she fills out. Right now, she has the speed; she's just still learning what it's all about. "Sheer Talent's a better filly right now, she's just a lot more developed and a lot more mature," added the trainer. "If you look at her, she looks like a four-year-old, whereas the other one (Mystical Moon) looks like a two-year-old, so physically she's a lot more developed. I wouldn't say mentally she is, that's kind of what's holding her back. She can look at something and jump over it or just make breaks for no reason, that's her only downfall." Tuesday's test is the fifth on the two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots calendar, with the regular season finale slated for Sept. 8 at Flamboro Downs. The top 20 point earners at the conclusion of the regular season will advance to the Sept. 15 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final earning a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 24. The fillies will compete in Races 3, 5 and 6 on Tuesday's program, with the first race rolling in behind the Georgian Downs starting gate at 7:15 pm. In addition to the Grassroots and "Be A Winner" excitement, Georgian Downs will also announce the winner of the season-long Habitat for Humanity 50/50 draw and treat fans to $1 hot dogs and pop starting at 6 pm. Ontario Racing

AUGUST 28, 2016 - The second straight night of Ontario Sires Stakes action at Georgian Downs featured five $18,000 Grassroots divisions for the harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies. Windsong Magic opened the festivities with her first ever Grassroots victory, taking control of the race before the halfway marker and sailing home one and one-quarter lengths ahead of her peers. The 1:57.4 clocking was a personal best for Windsong Magic, who was piloted to the victory over Treasure Gifts K and Stonebridge Peace by Thornton, ON resident Steve Byron. "She's a lineman, not a wide receiver," said trainer John Bax. "So she can go all day, but she's not going to go any 26 second quarters, that's for sure. "She's just had a lot of bad luck and had a few issues," Bax added. "But things worked out finally." In the five starts prior to Sunday's outing, Windsong Magic had drawn three Post 10s and two Post 7s at Mohawk Racetrack and finished no better than fourth. Sunday's victory vaults the daughter of Kadabra and Diamond Image up the point standings and with one regular season event remaining, Bax hopes the sister to $765,386 winner Windsong Espoir can earn a berth in the Grassroots post season. "I don't know how that does with the points, but we'll try to get in the top 20," said the Campbellville, ON resident, whose other four starters all finished third. "The next Grassroots is at Flamboro, and if she draws the rail, that'll help." Breeder Paulette Loyens of London shares ownership of Windsong Magic with Kristine Hill of Ohsweken, ON. Through 17 starts the filly has tallied five wins, two seconds and one third for earnings of $46,240. The quickest mile of the five Grassroots divisions was clocked by Magical Valentine in Race 4. In rein to trainer Jack Moiseyev, Magical Valentine powered to the front just past the half and accelerated away from the field to a 10 and one-half length victory in 1:56.2. P C Cantore and Bax trainee Windsongmusclelady finished second and third. "She impressed me tonight," said Moffat, ON resident Moiseyev of the filly's first start on Lasix. "She made a big move up the backside and kept trucking." The win was Magical Valentine's second in Grassroots action this season and moved her into second spot in the division standings with 138 points. The daughter of Kadabra and Renees Pockets is owned by breeders M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL and improved her record to three wins, two seconds and one third in eight sophomore starts, for earnings of $36,520, with Sunday's win. "She's learned how to settle down and sit in a hole a little better and learned how to be a racehorse," said Moiseyev of the filly, who made just one start as a two-year-old. "She's a pleasure to be around all week, nice on the track, just a good attitude." Magical Valentine could make her next start against open stake competition in the Sept. 2 Simcoe Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, which would leave the door open for several of her peers to pad their point totals in the Sept. 4 Grassroots event at Flamboro Downs. In addition to Windsong Magic, Roadmapper, Traviata and Trumpets all scored their first Grassroots victories at Georgian Downs on Sunday evening. Roadmapper and driver Rick Zeron of Oakville took control just after the half and then held off fan favourite Magical Steph in the stretch to secure the one-half length victory in 1:57.2. Bax trainee Miami Magic was four and three-quarter lengths back in third. Zeron engineered Roadmapper's first Grassroots win, in just her second provincial start, for trainer Robert Robinson and owners Jacqueline Dinelle of Metcalfe, ON and David Reid of Briarcliff Manor, NY. In 22 starts the Holiday Road daughter has five wins, three seconds and five thirds for earnings of $33,846. In the fourth division Traviata benefitted from a pocket trip behind True Muscle, stepping out in the stretch to best the pacesetter by one-half length in 1:58. Bax trainee Very Classy was six more lengths back in third. Norwood resident Per Henriksen piloted Kadabra daughter Traviata to the first Grassroots win of her three-year-old campaign for trainer Ann Karin Larsen of Norwood and her partners Steve Organ of Aurora, Tor Jan Larsen and Stig Westrum of Norwood. The final Grassroots trophy was awarded to Trumpets, who pulled away from the field at the half and trotted home to a four and one-quarter length victory in 1:57.3. Pointe Shoes and Bax trainee Moonlight Cocktail finished second and third. Joe Pereira conditions Trumpets for The Merks Stable of New York, NY and Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry piloted the Holiday Road daughter to her second win of the season. The three-year-old trotting fillies will wrap up their regular season at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 4, with the top 20 point earners at the end of the six regular season events advancing to the Sept. 16 Semi-final at Mohawk Racetrack. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 24. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, Aug. 30 with three Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies and the "Be A Winner" contest. The first race goes in behind the gate at 7:15 pm and the freshman pacing fillies will compete in Races 3, 5, and 6. Ontario Racing

AUGUST 27, 2016 - Trainer Per Henriksen and driver Chris Christoforou, Jr. had a golden map to the winner's circle at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening, sweeping both $105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions for the harness racing three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. First off the gate from the Henriksen stable was Bee In Charge, who was sent to the front from Post 5 by Christoforou. The pair hit the quarter in :29 and then sailed on through a :57.4 half and 1:26.2 three-quarters. Reigning division champion Tony Soprano pressed the pace through the final quarter, but Bee In Charge dug in and trotted under the wire one and one-half lengths on top in 1:54.3 Tony Soprano finished second and fan favourite Sass was third. "Bee In Charge has raced well this season and continued that tonight," said Campbellville, ON resident Christoforou. "He got off the gate well, made the front and was a very strong winner. He's a very smart colt and has a strong pedigree. He has improved quite a bit in the last three months." Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL share ownership of Bee In Charge, who is a Manofmanymissions half-brother to their $3.9 million winning mare Bee A Magician. Saturday's win was the gelding's second in Gold Series action this season, he and Christoforou were also victorious at Mohawk Racetrack in the June 27 season opener. From five wins, two seconds and one third in 10 sophomore starts Bee In Charge has earned $153,940. On the advice of Henriksen, Christoforou employed similar tactics in the second Gold division, sending Muscle Hustle to the front from Post 1. The colt roared through fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:23.3 and stayed game to the wire for a head victory in a track, Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) and Canadian record 1:52.2. Warrawee Roo was a game second and Dia Monde was just one-half length back in third. "I knew I had two good horses and I thought the first one (Bee In Charge), I thought he was going to win, and the second one (Muscle Hustle), I talked to Chris and I said, I think this horse is very good, I said send him to the front and park them, you've got no friends out there," said Henriksen of the front-end effort. "I knew that Muscle Hustle was a very good horse." Muscle Hustle's 1:52.2 mile lowered the 1:53.4 OSS and Canadian record B Strike Three had set at Georgian Downs in a Gold Final in June 2008. "I don't think any horse every trotted faster, any three-year-old, trotted faster on a five-eighths mile track," noted Henriksen. "I got him last year and understood quite early that he had quite a bit of talent." Henriksen conditions Muscle Hustle for Ecurie Bergh Inc. of Norwood, ON. In 10 sophomore starts the Muscle Mass son boasts a record of six wins and two seconds for earnings of $174,850. He was also victorious in Gold Series action at Mohawk Racetrack on July 11. Through the first four Gold Series events Bee In Charge and Muscle Hustle sit atop the three-year-old trotting colt division standings with 133 and 130 points, respectively. The colts will make their last Gold Series start on Oct. 6 at Mohawk Racetrack and the top 10 point earners from the five regular season events will then compete in the $250,000 Super Final at Mohawk on Oct. 15. So long as they remain healthy, Bee In Charge and Muscle Hustle will spend their Gold Series break competing against the best trotters in North America. On Saturday, Sept. 3 Mohawk Racetrack hosts the Simcoe Trot, and eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic are slated for Saturday, Sept. 10 with the $700,000 Final going postward on Saturday, Sept. 17. "They were sick when the Hambletonian went so we've just got to look forward and hope they stay healthy, and then they will make pretty good money," said Henriksen. "They are both pretty big size, good looking horses, and with a nice gait to them both, and they don't have very many issues health-wise." Both colts had abbreviated two-year-old seasons due to sickness, two starts for Bee In Charge and three for Muscle Hustle, but Henriksen said their limited number of starts and future schedule are the extent of the similarities between the two trotters. "They're different horses. Bee In Charge you can do anything to. He don't care what you do to him, he's laid back, and the other one is a little more high strung and wants to have it his way, and that's also the reason he is a little ignorant and stubborn sometimes," noted the Norwood, ON resident. "That's the reason he is heading for that opening in the first turn sometimes." Muscle Hustle made a break in the August 10 Gold event at Grand River Raceway, attempting an early return to the paddock on the first turn and making a break when driver Randy Waples disagreed with the plan. Christoforou said the colt was flawless on Saturday and expects big things from the trotter through the last two months of stakes action. "Muscle Hustle was tremendous tonight," said the reinsman. "He does have a tendency to try and pull himself up at times, but was all business tonight. Hopefully he's getting over that now and will finish off the season minding his manners. I think he's going to go some big trips before the year is over and proved tonight he is a top flight colt, and not just in the OSS." In addition to Muscle Hustle's three-year-old trotting colt record, Georgian Downs fans also witnessed an all age track and Canadian record in the Honourable Earl Rowe Memorial Trot. Lookslikeachpndale, in rein to Paul MacDonell, scorched under the wire in 1:51.3 to win the $100,000 contest for trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Charmed Life was second and Il Sogno Dream was third. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs on Sunday evening, with five $18,000 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. The fillies kick off the Aug. 28 program at 6 pm and will also compete in Races 4, 6, 8, and 9. Ontario Racing

AUGUST 23, 2016 - Harness racing driver Jody Jamieson made the trip to Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening to drive a quartet of three-year-old pacing colts in their second last regular season Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots start and scored two wins, one second and one third. Jamieson posted his first win with Piranha, guiding the Badlands Hanover son to a front-end victory in a sharp 1:50.4. The gelding hit the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Arsenic, who pursued the fan favourite from the pocket. Tango Star finished third in the $18,000 Grassroots division. "That was the first time I've driven Piranha and he was ultra-impressive," said Jamieson. "That was a huge mile at Georgian." Jamieson crafted the win for trainer Raymond Farmer of Erie, MI and owner John Turigliatto of Temperance, MI. It was Piranha's second appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle this season; the gelding was also victorious in the season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on June 16. With 100 points earned through those two Grassroots victories, Piranha is assured of a berth in the Sept. 16 Semi-final at Mohawk Racetrack and Jamieson expects him to earn a shot at the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 24. "He'll be tough to beat come the Semi-finals and Final of this series," said the Moffat, ON resident. Jamieson's second victory came with Continual Hanover in the last Grassroots division. After an early skirmish that took them by the quarter in :26.4, Jamieson settled Continual Hanover in behind fan favourite Blaise Mm Hanover and stalked the pace through a :55.3 half and 1:23.4 three-quarters. Turning for home Jamieson pointed Continual Hanover at the wire and the colt sprinted by the pacesetter to a three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51.1. "Continual was back to his harder-trying self," noted Jamieson. "He's been hit and miss this year, with a bit more miss than hit lately. Tonight he beat a well-meant favourite in Blaise Mm Hanover, so I'm hoping he stays with this form until, at least, I'm driving a different horse, most likely his stablemate St Lads Moonwalk or maybe even Piranha." Jamieson pilots Continual Hanover for owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON. The Bettors Delight colt was victorious in the Grassroots season opener and in the July 1 event at Mohawk, but finished third on July 30 at Hanover Raceway and fourth on Aug. 13 at Kawartha Downs. In spite of his mid-season misses, Continual Hanover sits second in the three-year-old pacing colt division with 170 points, five points behind stablemate St Lads Moonwalk. Sent off the favourite in the first division on Tuesday, Jamieson and St Lads Moonwalk had to settle for the runner-up spot as Red Dog Saloon sprinted up from the backfield to grab a head victory in a personal best 1:51.4. Sports Authority finished three-quarters of a length back in third. Erin, ON resident Steven Hudon owns, trains and drives Red Dog Saloon, who jumped into third spot in the division standings with his second Grassroots win of the season. The Mister Big gelding was also victorious in the July 1 event at Mohawk Racetrack. The other Grassroots trophy went home with first-time Ontario Sires Stakes winner Big Place, who watched a speed duel between Wichita Lineman and Day Trade Hanover from the middle of the pack and then powered by the tiring leaders to a one-half length victory in a personal best 1:53. Bettor Memories also closed well to take the runner-up spot away from Jamieson and Wichita Lineman, who settled for third. Alfie Carroll of Iona Station piloted Big Place to his first Grassroots win for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON and owner Roderick Smith of Inverness, NS. In his first four provincial starts the Big Jim colt had posted one second, two fourths and one sixth, giving him a point tally of 94 and a shot at the Grassroots post season. The three-year-old pacing colts will wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 1, and then the top 20 point earners will begin preparations for the Sept. 16 Semi-finals. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will secure a berth in the Sept. 24 Grassroots Championship. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs this Saturday, Aug. 27 as the Innisfil oval celebrates Customer Appreciation Night with Gold Series action for the three-year-old trotting colts and the Honourable Earl Rowe Trot. Saturday's action-packed program gets under way at 7:15 pm. Ontario Racing

AUGUST 9, 2016 - Harness racing driver Alfie Carroll and trainer Bob McIntosh captured two of four Grassroots divisions for the freshman pacing colts at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening. Starting from Post 5 in the first $18,000 Grassroots division, Carroll fired Mc Mach off the gate and the heavy favourites were two lengths in front of the field at the :27.3 opening quarter. Mc Mach maintained control through the :58 half and 1:26 three-quarters and then sailed down the stretch to a one and one-half length victory in 1:55. Heza Big Dealer and Thrownoutofbetter finished second and third. "He showed being on front in Toronto (July 7 at Mohawk Racetrack) and so I figured he'd probably end up cutting the race out, because he was favourite and showed being good on front. So it was kind of easy," said Carroll with a chuckle. "He does it all on his own, I didn't have to urge him at all really." Carroll engineered the win for Windsor resident McIntosh and his partners Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and Randy Liepa of Livonia, MI. The homebred son of Mach Three and Northern Empress now has two Grassroots wins to his credit and currently sits third in the division standings with 100 points. Carroll also employed a front end strategy with Test Ride in the second division. From Post 1 the favourites controlled the tempo through fractions of :27.1, :57.2 and 1:25.3 before accelerating away from the field to a four and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55.2. Kentucky Nick finished second and Brave World was four more lengths back in third. "They said he had lots of talent, he just hadn't been giving 100 per cent, but he raced real good tonight," noted the Iona Station, ON resident. "He had some pressure, a horse first up pressured him, but he fought him off good. "I was pretty confident, he's just a little bit on the lazy side, but he felt good," added Carroll. "I was happy with both of them." Tuesday's win was also Test Ride's second in Grassroots action, and the son of Mach Three and L A Confidential sits just ahead of his stablemate in the standings with 103 points. Bob and Al McIntosh bred and share ownership of the gelding with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. Down On My Luck claimed the third Grassroots trophy, powering out of the pocket to a neck victory in 1:55. Fan favourite Tigers Way settled for second and pacesetter One Source was third. London resident Nick Steward piloted Down On My Luck to his first lifetime victory for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle and owners 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor and David Kryway of Amherstburg, ON. The son of Camluck and False Alert was a modest $10,000 purchase from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale and has banked $13,500 in his first four starts. The final Grassroots division went to Silverinyourpocket and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON, who motored up the outer lane to a three-quarter length decision in 1:55. Tremendous Play settled for second after serving as a wind break for Silverinyourpocket and pocket-sitter Master The View finished third. "This colt has got talent. We don't pretend he's a Gold, but for sure a decent Grassrooter," said trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON. "We're looking forward to his next race." Moreau conditions the son of Badlands Hanover and Fillys Victory for David and Marguerite Ratchford of North Sydney, NS. The colt was a $19,000 acquisition from the Forest City Yearling Sale and boasts a record of two wins and two thirds in five starts. A pair of wins and one third in Grassroots action has Silverinyourpocket atop the division standings with 112 points. The two-year-old pacing colts will make their fourth Grassroots start at Grand River Raceway on August 17. Next up on Georgian Downs' Ontario Sires Stakes schedule is the fifth Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing colts on Tuesday, August 23. Ontario Racing

AUGUST 7, 2016 - Georgian Downs hosted the three-year-old harness racing pacing colts and trotting fillies in Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series action on Sunday evening and the Innisfil crowd were witness to four impressive performances, including the seventh straight victory by North America Cup champion Betting Line. Betting Line and driver Jonathan Drury rolled off the gate from Post 1 in the second $105,000 three-year-old pacing colt division and settled in third as Sintra powered out to a :27.3 opening quarter. Drury opted to put Betting Line on the lead before the :56 half and continued to lead the field through the 1:25.1 three-quarters. Sintra mounted a late challenge, but Betting Line surged forward in the lane to secure his seventh straight victory in 1:51.4. Sintra finished one length back in second and Voracity finished three and one-half lengths back in third. "The horse was awesome, as he usually is," said trainer Casie Coleman of her star pupil. "When I got to Georgian I was not happy at all with the track condition. The water truck broke and the track was really loose and dusty. I talked to JD (Drury) and we were going to scratch him because of it, but then they got a rental water truck in and the track got better, but not great. "I told JD, be really careful and baby him," Coleman continued. "But JD came through and got over it awesome. He was steering and pacing perfect tonight. I'm really happy with him; now off to Northfield." Undefeated since May 14, Betting Line has wins in his Somebeachsomewhere division, his elimination and the final of the North America Cup, and three Gold Legs on his resume this season. The son of Bettor's Delight will make his next start in the Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park on August 13. Cambridge resident Coleman shares ownership of the winner of $1,277,422 with her partner in the West Wins Stable, Ross Warriner of Burlington, Christine Calhoun of Chatham and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. The first pacing colt Gold division went to Gerries Sport, who went gate-to-wire, laying down fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:24.1 before battling down the stretch to a neck victory in 1:52.3. Fan favourite Magnum J closed hard to be second and War N Munn was just one-half length back in third. "Gerrie, he raced good. He got out of the wings real fast and he felt real comfortable, so we just kept going and he held on," said driver Sylvain Filion. "He was a little tired at the end, but that was a great effort in that track condition, and the weather was pretty windy too, so it wasn't perfect conditions. I thought it was a very good effort on his part." Filion engineered the victory for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and owner-breeder Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC. It was the Mach Three son's first-ever Gold Series win, and his fifth victory of the season. Milton, ON resident Filion was back in the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle after the first three-year-old trotting filly Gold division, piloting Emoticon Hanover to a commanding three and three-quarter length victory in 1:55. Catch A Mission and Dewdle All Day finished behind the fan favourite in second and third. "I was a little concerned, because last year she made a break at Georgian. So I kind of had that in the back of my head, so I was trying to be very careful around the first turn and the last turn," noted Filion. "My only anxious moment was when I let Chris Christoforou (with Dewdle All Day) go past the quarter. My mare didn't want to let him go and she kind of chucked her head a little bit, so I had to be real gentle with her to let Chris go, and then as soon as I re-moved she was on her own and we were never tried. "She was real comfortable, she was trotting perfect around the turns, so I was very happy," the reinsman added. Luc Blais of Lochaber Quest, QC conditions Emoticon Hanover for Determination of Montreal, QC. The win was the Kadabra daughter's second in Gold Series action this season and her fourth lifetime. In six starts this year the filly now has three wins, one second and one third. The second trotting filly Gold division was captured by Wanaka and Trevor Henry, who charged up the outer lane to reel in fan favourite and pacesetter Radiant Beam and then powered through the stretch to claim the win in a personal best 1:56. Jangone closed hard to finish one-half length back in second and Dottie was three lengths back third. "She's a nice filly, we just had to get her healthy," said Henry. "She is very fast for a piece and has the manners to go with it. "She was out five weeks," said the driver about the filly's battle with sickness. "I was just hoping she was over it and I think she is." The Arthur resident's wife Shannon Henry conditions Wanaka for their partner, numbered company 1035840 Ontario Inc., also of Arthur, ON. Sunday's victory was Wanaka's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action and boosts the daughter of Manofmanymissions sophomore record to six wins, four seconds and two thirds in 16 starts. The three-year-old trotting fillies will be back in Gold Series action on August 18 at Mohawk Racetrack, while the three-year-old pacing colts make their final regular season start on Sept. 3 at Mohawk. Ontario Sires Stakes action is back at Georgian Downs on Tuesday, Aug. 9 with four Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts. The colts will wage their third Grassroots battles of the season in Races 2, 4, 6, and 8. Post time is 7:15 pm. Ontario Racing

Saturday nights’ pari-mutuel monte handicap contest at Georgian Downs carried a C$5,000 purse and went to the Sarah Town ridden Muscle Matters (5g Muscle Mass-Sister Mary Lindy-Conway Hall), trained by Benoit Baillargeon and co-owned by the trainer with Nunzio Vena, Santo Vena and Richard Thompson. The winner prevailed in a solid 2:01.1f with a final half mile in 1:00,1 in a gate to wire score. Southwind Alice (5f Muscle Hill-Accountability-Pine Chip) closed well with a final :29.3 panel to be second for Evelyn Harms and Marit Valstad teamed Massive Muscles home third. C$8,435 was wagered on the monte event, off as race three on a ten race program on which C$78,391 was handled. by Thomas H. Hicks  

JULY 10, 2016 - Georgian Downs wrapped up its weekend showcase of harness racing two-year-old talent with three $18,000 Grassroots divisions for the novice trotting fillies, and Sunday's outing may be the only time this season fans will see the division winners compete at the Grassroots level. All three winners controlled the tempo and all three impressed their trainers, starting with Man Shes Hot in the first division. In rein to Chris Christoforou, Jr., Man Shes Hot powered away from Post 5 and took control just past the :30.1 opening quarter. From there the pair laid down a 1:00.2 half and a 1:30.3 three-quarters before drawing away from the field to a two and three-quarter length win in 2:01. Hab Faith finished second and Whole Lot Of Sugar was four more lengths back in third. "From the first day I got her after the sale - the first day I put the harness on her and the bike and everything - every day, every training, she never run, she always was a business girl," said trainer Dany Fontaine. "And I always say to my owners, I don't know if she'll be a very good filly, but I know one thing, she do everything right, all winter, mile after mile, week after week, training after training." Fontaine prepped the Manofmanymissions daughter for Sunday's Grassroots debut with two qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack, on June 3 and 10, and two overnight races, on June 21 and 30. Man Shes Hot improved steadily with every outing, impressing both Fontaine and Campbellville, ON resident Christoforou. "Chris Christoforou told me all the time, he said Dany, we're better to have her quiet than too crazy, because when they're too crazy they run from nothing or they scare," Fontaine added. "Her, she's never scared, she's nice and she only trot, so I can't complain about her. I'm very happy about her." The Lachenaie, QC resident shares ownership of Man Shes Hot with Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC, Marco Manna of Laval, QC and Jean Francois Reid of Anjou, QC. The partners acquired the filly from last fall's Canadian Open Yearling Sale for $25,000 and in three starts she has returned $10,120. The second division saw P C Pipe Dream and driver Curtis Clements get away second from Post 2 and take over from Late Shift just after she put up a :31.3 quarter. P C Pipe Dream went on to a 1:03.2 half and 1:33.3 three-quarters and then fought off a challenge from Kendras Coco to claim the 2:02.4 victory by three-quarters of a length. Kendras Coco finished second and Late Shift was two more lengths back in third. "She's a nice filly, she's got a little bit of speed," said Dobbinton, ON resident Clements. "She can leave a little bit and she shows a little bit of class. I hope that she can maybe move up in class, maybe in another start or two, and we'll kind of go from there." Clements pilots the filly for his father Peter Clements, also of Dobbinton, who bred, owns and trains the daughter of Cornaro Dasolo and P C Dreams. P C Pipe Dream arrived at Georgian Downs with just one qualifier under her belt, a runner-up finish at Mohawk on June 24. Finishing behind P C Pipe Dream in that qualifier was the winner of Sunday's third Grassroots division, Literally. Like her peers in the first two splits, Literally and Dustin Jones got away well from Post 5 and took command before the :59.2 half. Literally cruised to a 1:29 three-quarters and then powered home to a 1:58.1 victory, four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Stormont Royalty. Oh Miss Sophie was well back in third. "She sort of surprised me," admitted Jones. "I knew she was fast, because when I qualified her she came back in :27.3, but I didn't think she was that fast. She's pretty good." The Waterdown resident bred, owns and trains Literally, who is a Justice Hall half-sister to his 2014-15 Ontario Sires Stakes champion trotting colt Dont Rush. Jones was originally pointing the filly toward the July 5 Gold Series event at Georgian Downs, but she came up sick after her June 24 qualifier and needed the extra five days to recover from the bug that has impacted many two-year-olds in recent weeks. "She trained really good, and then I qualified her once, and then she got sick, so that's why I didn't put her in the Gold, but her next start will be in the Gold," said the horseman. "She's a pretty nice filly." Jones says the filly is a similar size to her half-bother, who was never known for his height, but has a decidedly different gait pattern. "He had more of a gait that he was in the air a lot, and her she's a more low to the ground gait, more like a Valley Victory gait or something like that," Jones explained. "She doesn't waste as much motion as he did." If they return to the Grassroots program, Sunday's division winners will make their second Ontario Sires Stakes start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 21. If their connections opt to jump up to the Gold Series, they will compete at Mohawk on July 19. Ontario Sires Stakes action does not return to Georgian Downs until Sunday, Aug. 7 when the Innisfil oval welcomes the exciting three-year-old pacing colts and geldings for their fourth Gold Leg. Ontario Racing

JULY 9, 2016 - Georgian Downs showcased the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday evening and Innisfil area harness racing fans were treated to impressive performances by the Ontario Sires Stakes program's future stars. Three $70,000 Gold Series divisions and four $18,000 Grassroots divisions went postward and Mass Production kicked things off in the first race with a commanding 1:59 victory for trainer-driver Rick Zeron. The heavy favourites finished two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Lucys Man and Northern Major to earn the Gold Series trophy. "I was very confident in my colt," said Zeron after the front-end victory. "He's been a great colt since the day we put the harness on him. He's very versatile I can do whatever I like with him; I can go to the front with him, I can race him out of a hole, whatever it is, he just responds so well, he's like driving a four-year-old horse." The Oakville resident shares ownership of Mass Production with James Walker of Port Perry and Bruno Dipoce of Wasaga Beach, ON. The trio purchased the Muscle Mass son for $32,000 from last fall's Canadian Open Yearling Sale and he has already banked $42,000 in two starts, winning both. "I'm very pleased with him and I know he will step up in the near future and trot in 1:55," added Zeron. "I'm quite pleased with him and I'm real happy for my partners Jim Walker and Bruno Dipoce, really happy for them, because, you know, it's a long winter when you buy your yearlings and you take your time." Rose Run Speedster captured the second Gold Series division, with driver Anthony MacDonald employing come-from-behind tactics to land the Windsong Espoir son in the winner's circle. The colt sprinted down the stretch to a one and one-half length victory in 2:00.1. Life Well Lived was second, edging out favourite Uknow What To Do. "This colt has never had a shortage of speed, and has never had to be shown how to win," said MacDonald. "I'm very excited to race this colt all summer." MacDonald's wife Amy conditions Rose Run Speedster for the Rose Run Speedster Stable of Guelph, one of the fractional ownership groups in the couple's new business venture, thestable.ca. "Obviously Amy and I are very pleased to see thestable.ca get its first major stakes win," said the Guelph resident. "Rose Run Speedster was inexpensive in Harrisburg at $14,000, but he has shown just why fractional ownership is so important for horse racing - a large group of owners at the track and in the winner's circle who would have otherwise been at home tonight." Rose Run Speedster also has two starts under his belt, with Saturday's victory and a fifth in a June 21 overnight event at Mohawk Racetrack giving him an earnings total of $9,700. The final Gold Series division saw trainer-driver Luc Ouellette go straight to the front from Post 1 with Speedycrest and sail through fractions of :29, :58.4 and 1:29.4 on the way to a 1:59 victory, six lengths ahead of One Of The Few and favourite Clarion Hall. "He minded his manners tonight, because he's shown a couple times that at the gate he could make a mistake, but I guess he's learning," said Ouellette. "He went a good mile, we're real happy with him." Owned by Ecuries Richelieu Inc. of Venise-En-Quebec, QC, Speedycrest learned his early lessons under the tutelage of Joliette, QC resident Claude Beausoleil. After a pair of qualifiers and one overnight test at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres, making a break behind the gate and being pulled up on May 28, scoring a 2:00.3 win on June 14, and recovering from an early break to be second on June 26, Beausoleil sent Speedycrest to Ouellette's Campbellville, ON facility. "They've been mentioning to me for the last two months how good he's been training, and they were saying that he would do well in the first Gold, and they were right. They sent him, and he was ready, and he did well in the first Gold," said Ouellette. "He got here 10 days ago and he's done nothing but nice things, he's one of those horses that whatever you want to do, he's game for. "I think he's just learning all the time and good experiences will lead to better things," added the horseman. Angus Hall son Speedycrest and his peers will make their second Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 25. In the Grassroots divisions, Tycoon Seelster opened the season with a 2:02.3 effort for driver Paul MacDonell of Guelph, trainer Scott McEneny of Waterdown and owner Chris Storms of Picton, ON. The Angus Hall son overcame an early break in stride to best Pennant Seelster by three-quarters of a length and Kitarro by two and one-quarter lengths. A $23,000 purchase at the Forest City Yearling Sale, Tycoon Seelster is a full-brother to $658,058 winner Traverse Seelster. The well-bred youngster had just one qualifier under his belt heading into Saturday's test, a third-place result at Mohawk Racetrack on July 1. The second Grassroots split saw trainer-driver Ondrej Gois and Mr Marshmellow go gate-to-wire in 2:02.1, hitting the finish five and three-quarter lengths ahead of LMC Mass Gem and six more ahead of My Big Kadillac in a race that was cut down to five starters due to scratches related to sickness. Rockwood, ON resident Gois also owns Mr Marshmellow, a son of Federal Flex and Ultra Chic. The colt made an error in his first qualifier on Jun 24 at Mohawk, then finished second in his July 1 effort, just ahead of Tycoon Seelster. Veteran reinsman Jack Moiseyev also chose to control the tempo with Rosberg in the third Grassroots division. The Moffat, ON resident put Rosberg on the front heading for the half and never needed to glance over his shoulder, sailing across the finish line two lengths the best in 2:02.2. More Than Majestic and favourite Motown Jackpot completed the top three. Moiseyev crafted the win for trainer Julie Walker of Carlisle and her partners Ronald Piers of Georgetown and Layhoon Chan Brunner of Etobicoke, ON. The Manofmanymissions son, a $13,000 purchase from the Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale, prepped for his Ontario Sires Stakes debut with June 24 and July 1 qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack, finishing seventh and second, respectively. Fan favourite Themanofmydreams also cruised to an effortless victory in the last Grassroots division. The Muscle Mass son hit the wire in 2:02.3, four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Critical Mass and Yo Yo Mass, also sons of Muscle Mass. Denis St. Pierre of Guelph, ON piloted Themanofmydreams to the win for trainer Tiffanee Staley of Guelph and her partners Alexandre and Christian Pilon of St-Eustache, QC and Jesse Legault of Lorraine, QC. Like many of his peers, the Muscle Mass son had two qualifiers under his belt, both at Mohawk, a sixth-place result on June 24 and a 2:03 win on July 1. Themanofmydreams was a $22,000 purchase from the Canadian Open Yearling Sale. The two-year-old trotting colts and geldings make their second Grassroots start on July 20 at Grand River Raceway. Having enjoyed the freshman trotting colt showcase on Saturday night, Georgian Downs fans will get a look at the two-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday night as they compete in their first Grassroots event. Post time is 7:15 pm and the fillies will test their skills in Races 3, 5 and 7. Ontario Racing

JULY 5, 2016 - Two-year-old trotting fillies were the stars of the show at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, making their Ontario Sires Stakes debuts in a trio of $70,000 Gold Series divisions. Winter Sweet Frost kicked things off in the first race with an effortless front-end tour of the Innisfil oval, clocking fractions of :30.2, :59.3 and 1:29.4 on her way to a 1:59.3 victory. Lady Justice closed to within one-half length of the pacesetter to secure second-place honours and Gravitator was a length back in third. "She raced good tonight," said driver Doug McNair. "The track hasn't been that fast up there, so to go a mile in 1:59.3, I think that's a pretty good mile for a two-year-old trotting filly's first lifetime start." The Guelph, ON resident piloted Winter Sweet Frost to victory for trainer Paul Reid of De Leon Springs, FL and owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. The Kadabra daughter was sent off as the fan favourite after winning a pair of qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack on June 10 and 24, and McNair said he was impressed with the filly long before she made her public debut. "The main thing about her is she's nice gaited and she's smart," said McNair, who first sat behind Winter Sweet Frost in a spring training mile. "You can make a lot of money with one's like that, rather than a high speed one that's half crazy." After finishing third with Gravitator, driver Sylvian Filion found the winner's circle in the second Gold division, piloting On A Sunny Day to a come-from-behind victory in 1:59. The duo reeled in pacesetter Sweet Of My Heart and pocket sitter Im Peekers, reaching the wire one-half length the best. "She really impressed me," said Filion, who crafted the victory for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and Determination of Montreal, QC. "That was the first time I sat behind her, but Luc always told me he really, really liked her and you know what, he was right. She was real impressive tonight." Blais also bred the daughter of Muscle Mass, who prepped for her Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) debut with qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack on June 16 and 24, finishing fourth and second, respectively. "Her last baby race she came a last quarter in :27.1," noted Milton, ON resident Filion. "She's a handy filly, she's pretty easy to drive, she's pretty mature for her age, and she's got wicked speed, so it's a good combination." Filion, who was the leading reinsman in the OSS in 2015, was also impressed with Gravitator's third-place result. "I really liked the way she raced tonight, we got interfered with, were gapped, and she was still only beat a length and a half or something like that," said the reinsman. "She came a very good last half." Blais trains the Kadabra daughter, a full-sister to former OSS star and $870,153 winner Prestidigitator, for Determination. She was an $80,000 acquisition from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. The final Gold division was captured by Janderson and driver Paul MacDonell, who swept by duelling leaders Mass Psychology and Majestic Kat in the stretch and pulled away to a three length victory in 1:59.3. "The race set up kind of nice for her, she got away third in a nice spot there, and then the first and second horses went at it kind of hard down the backstretch, which kind of made the race for her," said MacDonell. "In her only qualifier she did have a lot of trot on the end of her mile, so I was a little bit confident," added the reinsman, who tipped the filly out three-wide around the final turn to take clear aim on the finish line. MacDonell pilots the Muscle Mass filly for trainer Mike Keeling of Cambridge and owners Dr. Roly Armitage of Dunrobin and James Armitage of Carp, ON. A $14,000 purchase from the Canadian Open Yearling Sale, Janderson learned her early lessons from the Armitage's before making the move to Keeling's barn. "They trained her down in the Ottawa area and then they sent her to Mike just recently," noted MacDonell. "They did a good job with her, a very nice job. "They were pretty pumped, it was a big win for them," the Guelph, ON resident added. The two-year-old trotting fillies will make their second Gold Series start on July 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. This Saturday, July 9, Georgian Down will welcome the two-year old trotting colts to Innisfil for their Gold Series debuts. The evening's first race gets under way at 7:15 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

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