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FRASERVILLE – Kawartha Downs’ leading harness racing drivers, Gord Brown and Reg Gassien, added three wins to their totals on the second of two memorial nights at Kawartha Downs Saturday evening. Each of the 10 races celebrated people who have made an impact at the Fraserville track but are no longer with us. It was a night of mixed emotions for Gassien whose wins came with Wishing Well in the Billie & Ernie Brown Memorial, Lock N Reload in the Bruce Adams Memorial and Galagher Seelster in the Bill Davis Memorial. Gassien, along with his family, also paid tribute to his brother Gary who passed away 20 years ago and his father Paul, a fixture at Kawartha Downs since the beginning, who died in October of 2014. The Gary and Paul Gassien Memorial was won by Brown with Shes Deadly. Brown’s hat trick also included wins with Shopsmagicwand in the Ron Luke Memorial and Salvo in the Doreen & Eric Brock Memorial. Murray Brethour had a pair of winners with See R Chin Win in the Ruby Brown Memorial and Weatherly in the Leona and Nellie Wright Memorial. The Jerry Robinson/Judy Brown Memorial was captured by LDL Gem and Nick Boyd. It was the third straight win for the four-year-old Badlands Hanover mare. The first memorial race of the night, which honoured the brothers Bill, Eric and Roy Given, was won by Bet Till Dawn whose trainer Dave Gibson had a pair of winners on the night. Kawartha Downs will be dark for horse racing next weekend due to the NASCAR Pinty's Series finale race Saturday at Kawartha Speedway. Harness racing resumes Sept. 24 and October 1. Race training will be available Monday and Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reprinted with permission of the Peterborough Examiner  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July11, 2016 - On Tuesday evening the Hippodrome 3R is hosting the Quebec/Eastern Ontario Regional Driving Championship with the eight top harness racing drivers from the region competing in six races to determine two finalists. Those two finalists then go on to the Raceway at Western Fair on Friday, October 14 for the finals to determine who will represent Canada in the 2017 World Driving Championship, which is being hosted in Canada. Nominated for the first time to the tournament is Louis-Philippe Roy, who has emerged as the hottest driver on the Quebec and Eastern Ontario Circuit this season. Roy is not only the leading driver this season at the Hippodrome 3R, but also leads the driving colony at Rideau Carlton. How does it feel to Roy to be invited to the tournament as the leading driver at two tracks this year? "I think this all allows me to be known and noticed," Roy said. "So it might help me to have the opportunities to drive more horses in different locations. "When I started to drive," Roy explained, "my main goal was not really to be the leading driver at a track, but to drive horses every day and earn a living this way. It is going very good this year." Driving at two tracks that are more than a three-hour drive between them can be very taxing not only for the driver, but the car too. "Last year I did 70,000km (44,000 miles) with my car," Roy said. "Now that I have moved near Montreal, I often travel with people transporting horses. My friends would tell you that I'm an easy shipper, as I can sleep almost anywhere, especially in the car!" Perhaps it is time for Roy to look into a small private plane or perhaps a helicopter like Herve Filion had to go from Freehold Raceway to Yonkers and Roosevelt Raceway during his heyday? "I'm not really sure I can afford that yet!" Roy joked. How does Roy prepare for a tournament such as this? He studies the race program, looks at the horses he has driven before and how others might react to them and then he gets behind the starting gate and throws caution to the wind. "I talked with my colleague at 3R, Daniel Delisle on Sunday." Roy explained. "He told me that my odds were not very good for Tuesday. He listed me as the 8th and last at the end of the tournament. But to say that I won't try to be one of the two finalists would be lying! As they say: Winners find a way. Losers find an excuse. "I know that driver Pascal Berube will be well prepared for Tuesday." Roy laughed. "As he took this Monday afternoon off from his job to focus on the tournament! Professor Delisle told me that Jacques Beaudoin might be the one to beat Tuesday night according to him. "I was also told that Professor Delisle had predicted that Sylvain Filion would finish last in the All-Star Tournament at 3R in June." Roy said. "And Sylvain just lost out the championship to Jody Jamieson in the very last race of the tournament. So maybe I do have a chance!" Roy will need to be at his best and perhaps a little luck on his side never hurts as he will be competing against a top flight group of drivers. Along with Pascal Berube and Jacques Beaudoin, Roy will be facing veteran horsemen Gaetan Lamy, Gord Brown, Guy Gagnon, Sylvain LaCaille and Brett MacDonald. The six tournament races are the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th on the program and post time Tuesday night is 7 pm. There are also three divisions of the second round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. Featured will be the return of opening round winner's Y A Jailhouse Jody (race 1), Holiday Pary (race 3) and Wildwild Men (race 6). For a free race program and live video streaming of the 3R races, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

“This might have been just a $3,000 claimer, but it was one of the most important wins of my life,” said Kawartha Downs’ leading driver Gord Brown moments after winning the race named in honour of his late father, Stan, Saturday night at the Fraserville, Ont. racetrack. Brown won the race with Adventure Luck in 1:57.2. It was one of nine memorial races on the program, which paid tribute to several individuals who had tremendous impact on Kawartha Downs since it began 42 years ago. There were many other emotional moments and happy memories shared among the numerous family members on hand including the well known Hie family, who lost the highly respected horseman Roger Hie suddenly earlier this year. Also honoured this evening were Charles Touchburn, an original shareholder and paddock judge, Guy LaRush, one of the best drivers ever at Kawartha, well known horseman Ron Luke, talented farrier Tom Gratton, the first blacksmith at Kawartha Downs, and his wife Ann, sisters and avid harness racing followers and participants Doreen Brock and Leona Wright and former Kawartha Downs’ Telephoto employee and caretaker Brenna Seeley, who was killed tragically in an auto accident at 24. Kawartha Downs is proud to have had the opportunity to recognize their impact on its racetrack. Racing resumes next Saturday night with a 7 p.m. post time. There are just three Saturday nights left of live racing for the 2014 season. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Kawartha Downs. From the press box at Kawartha Downs

A trio of $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series dashes for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers were the marquee races on Sunday evening (September 7) at Rideau Carleton Raceway, and heavily favoured Shadowbriand, Titus Seelster, and Shadow Place did not disappoint their legions of backers in their respective divisions. In the first Grassroots split it was Arrived Late (Sylvain Filion) who chopped out fractions of :26.4, :55.3, and 1:23.3 while Shadowbriand (Mike Saftic), who had gotten away third, was able to get himself into the pocket spot just past the half. Shadowbriand would remain in that position until the passing lane became available at the top of the stretch, and once it did, Saftic guided Shadowbriand to the clearance. Shadowbriand had plenty of pace to go with the space, and he would go on to prevail by two and a quarter lengths in 1:53.3. Major Homer (Gord Brown) was up for second and Sanattle Slew (Billy Davis Jr.), who wound up first-over in the final half, was third. Jack Darling of Cambridge, Ontario, owns and trains Shadowbriand, a three-year-old gelded son of Shadow Play. This was Shadowbriand’s third win from 15 starts this year and his fourth career victory. He has earned $91,608 in 2014 and $152,293 lifetime. This was Shadowbriand’s first OSS win of the year. Last year he won once in OSS competition, that coming in a Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack. The second Grassroots flight saw Titus Seelster (Filion) on the point through panels of :27.3, :57.4, and 1:25.1. Titus Seelster would put away a first-over try from Star Messenger (Trevor Henry) past three-quarters, and then he left the remainder of his foes in arrears through the stretch as he reported home two lengths to the good over Shadios (Davis Jr.) in a final time of 1:52.2. High Flier (Jonathan Drury) checked in third. Stephane Larocque trains the victorious son of Artistic Fella for owners Brian Paquet of Quebec City and Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, Quebec. Titus Seelster, making his tenth trip behind the gate this year, has three wins this season, and it was his fourth lifetime tally. He has banked $41,187 this year and $81,312 lifetime. Titus Seelster also won in Grassroots competition on August 3 at Hanover Raceway and on August 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. Shadow Place (Trevor Henry) also went right down the road in the Grassroots nightcap. He was hustled to the lead before the :26.1 opening quarter and then went on to reach the half in :55.2 and the three-quarters in 1:23.4. Blacktree (Doug McNair) gave way from first-over before the top of the stretch, and although pocket-sitter Cluster Hanover (Mike Saftic) had room in the passing lane, it was to no avail as Shadow Place went on to triumph by a pair of lengths in 1:52.3. Cluster Hanover was the runner-up and OK Galahad (Davis Jr.) nabbed third. Richard Moreau trains Shadow Place, a son of Shadow Play, for owners 9174 7998 Quebec Inc. of St-Janvier-Mirabel, Les Ecuries Bruce of Piedmont, and Henri Hebert Jr. of Papineauville, Quebec. Shadow Place has now won four times from 11 tries this year, and he has six career victories. He has put away $43,840 in 2014 and $71,922 lifetime. This was Shadow Place’s third Grassroots success this year, joining his victories on August 3 at Hanover Raceway and August 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. Tonight concluded the Ontario Sires Stakes season at Rideau Carleton Raceway and the regular season for the three-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series. The next time they will be in action is in their Semifinal events on September 20 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results and charts of Sunday evening’s races, please visit – http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0907ridcfn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Torches Star maintained her position atop the leaders in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division for three-year-old trotting fillies with a comfortable victory in one of five $18,000 divisions tonight at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Kadabrina and Gord Brown grabbed control early in that split and hit the quarter in :28.3. She was passed by Wings Of Ballykeel before the :58.1 half. At that point Steve Condren pulled the right line on Torches Star and she took over confidently and hit the third marker in 1:27.4 and was an easy winner in 1:57.3 over Watch Her Dangle and Northern Secret. Torches Star, who came into the contest with 105 points, was recording her second straight Grassroots victory. The second place filly before tonight’s races was Love Detective who also competed in this race but broke stride and finished last. Ben Wallace trains the daughter of Angus Hall for Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario. Condren controlled the tempo in the fifth and final division with Lenny Mac through fractions of :28.3, :58.2 and 1:27.3 but was hauled down late by Wonderland Snow who scored in 1:57.2. Right there for place was Lenny Mac with Evolution of Dance third. Bob McClure drove the winner, a daughter of Angus Hall bred and owned by Bob Key of Pennsylvania and trained by Ronald Parsons. It was the filly’s fourth win of the season. In the first and fastest test Thisgirlisonfire cleared the lead by the opening quarter in 28.4 but was covered up by Audrey Pearl well before the half in :58.4. Missys Ga Ga pulled from third before the 1:27.3 third panel and took over control down the lane to win comfortably in 1:56.4. Chelseas Chance finished well for Condren to take second while Capturethememory was third. It was the second win in eight starts this year for the daughter of Kadabra owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc., of Montreal, Quebec and trained by Rene Dion. The second division saw favourite Mystical Wishes take herself out early with a break. K D Bella and Steve Byron were in charge through the early going, hitting the first quarter in :28.3. She turned back Diamonds For Life to reach the half in :57.1 and the three-quarters in 1:26.1 and was first to the wire In 1:58.1. Jayport Princess was second with Muscle Girl edging out Diamonds For Life for third. Dr. Peter Johnston of Cavan, Ontario, trains the homebred he co-owns with fellow breeder Watkins Equine of Newcastle. Unraced last year at two, the daughter of Pegasus Spur, a half-sister to $520,000 winner Watkins, was recording her second win in 17 starts this year. I Jasmin refused to give up the rail spot in the third division, hitting the first marker in :28.2. She continued on top for Denis St Pierre and trotted by the half in :58.2 and three-quarters in 1:27.1. She managed to get to the wire in front in 1:57.2 with a blanket finish of fillies a half length behind her. Wawona and Dream Act took second and third spots. Ming Siu of Richmond, BC, bred and owns the winner, a daughter of Muscle Mass trained by Michael Bourgeois. This was her first sophomore win. This group will meet next on September 2 at Mohawk. To view the complete results from tonight’s races, please click Rideau Results - August 24. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Reg Gassien, a long time favourite driver at Kawartha Downs, recorded his 4,500th driving victory on Saturday night in the 10th race and was right back after the 11th to notch win 4,501. Gassien’s first win came courtesy of P H Cakeboss, who was home first in 1:58.3. The win was the third in nine starts this year for the three-year-old son of Well Said owned by trainer Mike Brealey of Campbellville, Ont. and Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. Gassien returned to the winner’s circle following the next race thanks to Toughest Of All, who completed the mile in 1:54. John MacMillan trains the seven-year-old gelding by Camluck for Faith McMahon of Ottawa, Ont. The final race on the card was the $10,000 Preferred Pace, which saw Tony Kerwood and Calgary Seelster go gate-to-wire in 1:53.1 to defeat Tendtown and Jolt Of Whiskey. The win was the sixth in 24 starts this year for the six-year-old Modern Art son, owned by Glenview Livestock of Guelph, Ont. A great crowd was on hand once again at the Fraserville, Ont. oval with many families enjoying a myriad of activities for the young and young at heart. “I enjoyed Family Night very much, I especially liked the bouncy castle and the face painting. I had a cat painted on my face. And I got to ride in the starting car with Steve [starter Steve Skene],” said Callie Williams of Oshawa, Ont., granddaughter of Gord Brown, the track’s leading driver. Racing resumes at Kawartha Downs next Saturday night with a 7 p.m. post time. From the press box at Kawartha Downs  

Trainer Tony Alagna is best known for his skill as a trainer of pacers thanks to the exploits of champion Captaintreacherous who was scheduled to compete in an elimination tonight at Mohawk for the Canadian Pacing Derby, Canada’s oldest harness stake race, but was scratched earlier today due to sickness. However, Alagna still has eight starters into go at the Campbellville oval this evening, all pacers. He has two starters in the eliminations for the Metro Pace, including the undefeated colt Artspeak, and four fillies competing in the Shes A Great Lady eliminations. To switch things up, tomorrow night, Alagna sends out a trotter in the form of Mystical Wishes who has been rounding into form since shifting to his stable last month. The Muscle Mass lass has won all three starts since Alagna took over her conditioning, two overnights at Mohawk and an Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event at the same track on August 12 which she won by more than three lengths in 1:55.1, her life mark to date. Mystical Wishes has drawn the rail in the second of five $18,000 OSS Grassroots divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies Sunday evening at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Mario Baillargeon will catch drive for Alagna and owners Mystical Marker Farms, who also bred the filly, and Peggy Hood of Indiana. Among her competition is locally owned Diamonds For Life, a daughter of Angus Hall who will leave from post four with one of Rideau’s top pilots, Gord Brown, in the bike. Mark Steacy trains the filly who had some issues with breaks earlier this season but seems to have that resolved and finished third in the Grassroots event at Mohawk on August 12. Owned by Frank Spagnolo and Frank Schimizzi of Ottawa, Ontario, Diamonds For Life was bred by Tom Porchak of Woodstock Ontario. She is the first foal of his $116,000 winning mare Jayportcashforlife, a full sister to $743,000 winner Susies Magic. Porchak also bred another starter in the same division, Jayport Princess who has post eight with Anthony MacDonald slated to steer. Trained by Chris Beaver who co-owns with Synerco Ventures Inc., of Toronto and Glenview Livestock, Ltd., of Guelph, Ontario, the daughter of Kadabra is making her first 2014 OSS appearance. She’s raced exclusively at Scioto Downs this year but competed in the OSS last year at two. Jayport Princess is the first foal from $172,000 winner Jayport Sweetheart, by Balanced Image, an OSS winner at three. This division’s leading point earner, Torches Star, has post one in race eight. Steve Condren has the driving assignment behind the Angus Hall filly owned by Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario and trained by Ben Wallace. Torches Star has accumulated 105 points in this division to lead the way. The second placed filly, Love Detective, has drawn into the same division on Sunday night. She’ll leave from post three with MacDonald up for trainer Jimmy Takter. Racing at Rideau gets underway at 6:30 Sunday night with the OSS gals features in races one, four, six, eight and nine. The full card may be viewed through this link Rideau Entries - August 24. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Gord Brown has been the leading driver at Kawartha Downs for several years now and tonight he showed why as he captured half of the 10 races on the card. He got the ball rolling in the second race, winning with Part Time Lady 1:58.3. Who Took that provided him with his next trip to the winner’s circle after a 1:59.3 effort. Brown then scored a natural hit trick winning the seventh, eighth and ninth races with No More Excuses, Wildcat Art and Fight Night. Brown is closing in on 4,000 lifetime wins with 3,919 on his summary to date. To view the rest of this story click here.

The action will be fast and furious on Tuesday night at the Hippodrome 3R as the track hosts the Quebec Eastern Regional Driving Championship. The competition will feature eight championship races starting in race two through race nine. The top two finishers, based on points, will go on to compete in the National Driving Championship on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. Featured in the competition are Pascal Berube, Gord Brown, Mario Charron, Guy Gagnon, Jocelyn Gendron, Stephane Gendron, Sylvain Lacaille and Denis St Pierre. If you follow just the morning line odds then it will be a four-way battle for the two spots as Pascal Berube, Sylvain Lacaille, Mario Charron and Guy Gagnon, are all major contenders. But, driving championships such as this are usually wide-open events and the driver you may least expect to do well can rise to the occasion and surprise everyone in the competition with a big night of racing. The Regional Driving Championships and the National Driving Championship will adapt the point system utilized in the World Driving Championship. Points will be awarded on the order of finish as follows: SCORING Number of Starters 8: 15 (1), 10 (2), 7 (3), 5 (4), 4 (5), 3 (6), 2 (7), 1 (8). Number of Starters 7: 14 (1), 9 (2), 6 (3), 4 (4), 3 (5), 2 (6), 1 (7). • In the event of a horse being scratched or where no horse is available, five (5) points shall be awarded to the driver concerned. If a horse is disqualified or a horse and driver fail to complete the race, they will receive one (1) point. • In the event of a scratch, the driving rep drawn to a horse shall drive the ‘also eligible’ horse. • In the event of a dead heat for any placing in any race the points for the horses involved will be added together and divided equally among the drivers concerned (If there’s a dead heat for third between two horses, the points for third and fourth place will be added and divided among the drivers) The live race program begins at 7:00 pm. For more information about Hippodrome 3R and the Quebec Jockey Club, visit their website at www.ontariojockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

For the third time this harness racing season the track record for pacers at one and one-sixteenth mile at the Hippodrome 3R has been tied and rewritten and once again it is a different horse setting the mark.  There has now been five track records either tied or set this season after just 11 race programs at Hippodrome 3R. Their half mile oval has been razor fast this meet. Not only did San’s Frontiere and driver Marie Claude Auger set the record in the ninth race, but they also ended the five-race winning streak of former track record holder The Platinum Guy in the process. The Platinum Guy had started off the season at Hippodrome 3R, setting the track mark at 2:04.4 back on May 20 for driver Stephen Gendron. The record was then tied last week by Adkins Hanover and has now been rewritten by one-fifth of a second by San’s Frontiere in 2:04.3. It was Pan Larceny and driver Pierre Luc Roy who were first on the lead but pressured right away on the outside by Thebestofme and driver Mario Charron as they sped to the opening quarter mile in a quick :27.4. Once settled on the lead, Thebestofme led the field past the half mile marker in :58.4 before Niceandup (Steeven Genios) started up first-over and gave outside cover to San’s Frontiere. They raced that way through the three-quarters in 1:28. Then Auger sent San’s Frontiere to the lead by the top of the stretch with race favorite The Platinum Guy and driver Denis St Pierre hot on their heels but they could not catch San’s Frontiere as they went on to win by one length. Thebestofme was third. It was just the second start this year and first win for San’s Frontiere. The seven-year-old mare by House of Fun is trained by Emile Auger and was bred and is owned by local resident Denis Auger of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. She paid $7.70 to win. The two-year-old pari-mutuel race of the year took place Sunday in the first race with five trotters going to post. William Star, a colt by Windsong Espoir, led at the start for owner/trainer/driver Jean Francois Magure through the opening quarter in :32.1 and the half in 1:05.2. Then the pocket-sitting Flexible and owner/trainer/driver Sylvain Fontaine pulled the pocket and took the lead on the outside before the three-quarters in 1:37. They led until the top of the stretch when Magure came back with William Star and fought off the late charge of Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) to win by a neck in 2:08. William Star paid $10.80 to win. Live racing resumes at Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday and featured will be one of the most exciting race cards of the season with the Eastern Ontario Regional Driving Championships. In the competition are leading reinsman Pascal Berube, Gord Brown, Mario Charron, Guy Gagnon, Jocelyn Gendron, Stephane Gendron, Sylvain Lacaille and Denis St Pierre. They will compete in eight races on the program and the top two finishers, based on points, will go on to compete in the National Driving Championship on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. For more information about the Hippodrome 3R visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

The draw for the Quebec / Eastern Ontario Regional Driving Championship scheduled for Tuesday, June 17 at Hippodrome 3R is now complete. Post time for Tuesday’s card of racing is 7:00 p.m. The participating drivers are: • Pascal Berube • Gord Brown • Mario Charron • Guy Gagnon • Jocelyn Gendron • Stephane Gendron • Sylvain Lacaille • Denis St. Pierre The RDC races are races 2 through 9. To view Tuesday’s entries, click on one of the following links: Hippodrome 3R – Tuesday Entries – Tuesday program pages. The top two finishers, based on points, will go on to compete in the National Driving Championship on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. The I Love Canadian Harness Racing will be offering an online Pick 8 Handicapping Challenge on the QEO Regional and it will open on Sunday. We’ll also have three astute handicappers give you their thoughts on how each driver will do. The Regional Driving Championships and the National Driving Championship will adapt the point system utilized in the World Driving Championship. Points will be awarded on the order of finish as follows: SCORING Number of Starters 8: 15 (1), 10 (2), 7 (3), 5 (4), 4 (5), 3 (6), 2 (7), 1 (8). Number of Starters 7: 14 (1), 9 (2), 6 (3), 4 (4), 3 (5), 2 (6), 1 (7). • In the event of a horse being scratched or where no horse is available, five (5) points shall be awarded to the driver concerned. If a horse is disqualified or a horse and driver fail to complete the race, they will receive one (1) point. • In the event of a scratch, the driving rep drawn to a horse shall drive the ‘also eligible’ horse. • In the event of a dead heat for any placing in any race the points for the horses involved will be added together and divided equally among the drivers concerned (eg. If there’s a dead heat for third between two horses, the points for third and fourth place will be added and divided among the drivers) From Quebec Jockey Club and Standardbred Canada

The field for the 2014 Quebec-Eastern Ontario Regional Driving Championship scheduled for Tuesday, June 17 at Hippodrome 3R in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, has been confirmed. The participating drivers are: • Pascal Berube • Gord Brown • Mario Charron • Guy Gagnon • Jocelyn Gendron • Stephane Gendron • Sylvain Lacaille • Denis St. Pierre The top two drivers from the eight-race competition will join six other drivers at the 2014 National Driving Championship scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. To read the rest of the story click here.

Driver Guy Gagnon stole the show on Sunday night at Rideau Carleton Raceway, dominating the 12-dash season opener with seven wins between races two and nine. The Gatineau, Que. horseman earned three wins with his own trainees Keeping Optimistic ($11.80), Xexy ($5.10) and Ivanhoe Diamant ($27.30). Gagnon teamed up with trainer Ronald MacDonald for a pair of victories aboard Sauble Liz ($12.10) and Lucky Taryn ($7.80). He also scored with Ronald McPhee trainee Rainbow Lilly ($6.30) and Zambuca Gass ($5.60) for conditioner Stephen Gassien. With 141 wins at the Ottawa oval last season, Gagnon ranked second on the local leaderboard behind Denis St. Pierre (160). Sunday's featured $6,400 Winners Over Handicap Pace was won by favourite Savannah Splendor ($3.30), who front-stepped his way to a three length victory in 1:58.3 over the snowy track with Gord Brown aboard for trainer Randy Van Meer and owners Donna Van Meer and Brian Evans of Bowmanville, Ont. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Rideau Carleton Raceway. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

Four-year-old pacer Ok Ebury stole the spotlight on Sunday evening at Rideau Carleton Raceway winning the featured $6,400 Winners Over Handicap Pace in front-stepping fashion for driver Stephane Pouliot and owner/trainer Luc Loyer. Leaving from post two, Ok Ebury retook the lead over favourite D Gs Woodstock (Denis St. Pierre) past the :27.1 first quarter mark. Once in control, he raced by the half in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:26.1 with Draconian (Gord Brown) looming first over before that rival eventually faded to seventh in the stretch. Ok Ebury then held off the closing Woodrock Nation (Kyle Forgie) for the three-quarter length victory in 1:56 flat over the 'good' surface. Keyed Entry (Truman Gale) came from last to show, one length behind. Ok Ebury returned $15.40 for the mild 6-1 upset. The win was the Modern Art ridgling's third this year and eighth all-time, pushing his bankroll to $109,398. In other racing action, sophomore pacing gelding Brother John kept his Rideau record perfect for owner/trainer Gary McDonald. Driven by Gord Brown, the son of Stonebridge Regal earned his sixth win in a row since shipping to the Ottawa oval in November. His Sunday score was his second fastest, clocked in 1:57.2. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Rideau Carleton Raceway Reprinted with permission by www;standardbredcanada.ca 

FRASERVILLE, ON - Brighton resident Gord Brown piloted a pair of  two-year-old pacing colts to Grassroots victory at Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening. The veteran reinsman made his first appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle with Markathy, who has yet to be bested through five starts. While Saturday marked the Mister Big colt's debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, he has been trouncing the non-winners of one competition at Kawartha Downs every week since July 25. The colt's regular pilot, Brown sent Markathy after the lead early and the youngster rolled along on the front end and then battled down the stretch when Pop Pop Joe mounted a late challenge. Markathy hit the wire one-half length on top in a personal best 1:54.2. Pop Pop Joe was second and Opening Line completed the top three. Brown engineered the win for trainer Mark Steacy and his wife Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, who purchased the colt for $8,000 from last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale. Three races later Brown was back in the winner's circle with Prince Clyde, who picked up his second win in four days. The Camluck colt scored his first lifetime victory at Georgian Downs on Aug. 20 against non-winners of one company, and was even more impressive in Saturday's Grassroots test. Starting from Post 7 Brown settled Prince Clyde into fourth and waited until the second half of the race to roll the colt up the outside. By the three-quarters the pair was just a nose behind pacesetter King Royalty and they pulled away in the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory in a sharp 1:54.1, a personal best for the colt. Sunderland resident Murray Brethour trains Prince Clyde for his partner Douglas Millard of Woodstock. The partners also bred the colt, who now has two wins, one second and one third to his credit through five starts. The other Grassroots divisions went to Allstar Seelster in 1:56; Brodys Scrapper in 1:56.1; V I P Bayama in 1:55.4; Regal Babe in 1:55.2; and Shadow Place in 1:56.1. The two-year-old pacing colts make their fifth Grassroots start at Dresden Raceway on Sept. 2. Saturday's contest wrapped up Kawartha Downs' 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, which saw the Fraserville oval host four Grassroots events. For complete results.  For up to date point standings, race replays, and more.  Sandra Snyder  

Kawartha Downs' leading driver Gord Brown collected five more wins on Saturday night's 10-race card in Fraserville, Ont. Brown began his five-bagger with three consecutive victories mid-card. He scored with Whitesand Merlot ($3.90) for trainer James Kay between victories with Mark Steacy trainees Danish Duke ($4.90) and High Blue ($9.70). Brown later worked out an upset win with Shadys Art ($17.90) circling the ninth race field for George Hunt and closed out the card with another victory aboard Livie ($4.90) for Edward Perconi Jr. With 47 of his 72 seasonal triumphs occurring at Kawartha Downs, the Brighton, Ont. horseman holds a 14-win lead over Aaron Byron and Anthony Kerwood, who are tied for second on the local leaderboard. (reprinted with permission from Standardardbred Canada)

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