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ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's 2018 live harness racing season launches on Friday, June 1 with a special guest announcer putting the finishing touches on his ambitious fundraising campaign. Mike Farwell, host of The Mike Farwell Show and the voice of the Kitchener Rangers on 570 NEWS, runs an annual fundraising campaign called Farwell 4 Hire, during which he does odd jobs in exchange for a donation to Cystic Fibrosis (CF). During the track's opening night, Farwell will perform two tasks: he will drive one of the racehorses in a warm-up mile (accompanied by a professional driver) and later call a race in track announcer Gary Guy's booth high atop the grandstand. In addition to the track's $500 donation, Farwell 4 Hire will also receive all tickets sales from an Opening Night Penny Auction offering great prizes to guests. "I'm so grateful to Grand River Raceway for their generous donation and this opportunity to promote our campaign," said Farwell. "With your help, we are improving the lives of people living with Cystic Fibrosis and getting closer and closer to a cure." Farwell4Hire has raised over $183,000 in the past four years and is shooting for $100,000 this year. The season-opener will include 10 horse races which begin at 6:30 p.m. All Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Nights include a live trackside broadcast with 107.5 DAVE ROCKS, the free NEIGHbourhood program for kids, barn tour and extended Tarmac Show between the races. Live harness racing is featured on most Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from June 1 through September 26. Other special racing events include Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races (July 6), the Industry Day horse racing celebration featuring the Battle Of Waterloo (August 6) and the National Driving Championship (September 26). Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway and the Board of Directors of the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) have released details and applications for the bursary/scholarship program for local students pursuing agriculture-related studies. College and university credited programs are eligible for up to a twenty-five hundred ($2,500) dollar award. The program is designed to provide financial assistance for students residing in Wellington and Perth Counties, and the Region of Waterloo, who are entering, or currently enrolled in, college or university agriculture-related programs. Since its inception in 2006, the GRAS program has awarded $126,500 to 82 students. The Application Form (PDF) is available at http://grandriverraceway.com/grasprograms/ All applications must be received no later than July 16, 2018. Successful applicants will be determined by August 15, 2018. Recipients will be recognized during a special ceremony at Grand River Raceway on a race night in September. Kelly Spencer

ELORA - Grand River Raceway will host its 10th annual backstretch Open House on Sunday, May 27. Guests are invited to drop-in any time from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a rare glimpse of harness racing behind-the-scenes. A full tour of the Open House's six main stations will last approximately one hour. The itinerary includes the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse. Admission is free, but participants are urged to make a $10 donation (per family) at the door to support local organizations which aid in the retraining and placement of retired racehorses into new riding and driving careers. A BBQ lunch and beverages will be available for purchase between 11:30 - 2:00. Other interactive stations include a tour of the judges' stand and announcer's booth high atop the grandstand with track announcer Gary Guy. Back in the barn, visitors will learn about the basics of breeding, owning, training, driving and caring for racehorses. Guests can also view and learn about the equipment and techniques required to maintain the racetrack surface. The starting car will also be on display, and open for photo opportunities. Members of Standardbred Showcase and Racing Under Saddle Ontario will be onsite to demonstrate the versatility of the Standardbred racehorse in different disciplines. Representatives from the Youth Literary Derby will also join the Open House to chat with youngsters and parents about their horse-themed writing contest designed to engage Ontario-resident youngsters in Grades 5 through 8. No registration is required for the Open House. The event is suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The Open House will run rain or shine. Participants are urged to wear closed-toe shoes and casual, comfortable clothing. Helmets and safety vests will be provided. The Grand River Raceway Open House is presented in cooperation with the Hands On Horses Program and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. More than 3,000 people have attended Grand River Raceway's Open House events over the past nine years. For more information, visit http://grandriverraceway.com/open-house/ or call (519) 846-5455 x238 or email info@grandriverraceway.com Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Over the course of two days, nearly 800 Grade 3 students will delve into the unique Pizza Perfect event at Grand River Raceway. The local youngsters will spend the field trip in a hands-on agricultural education program themed after the favoured pie. The 12th annual event happens on March 27 and March 28 in the race paddock at Grand River Raceway. The students are bused in from 20 local schools across four school boards in the Waterloo-Wellington area. More than 10,000 local students have benefitted from this program since its inception at the Elora racetrack in 2006. Pizza Perfect is a one-day program designed specifically for Grade 3 students. The event is themed after pizza, which typically represents all four food groups identified by Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating. The agriculture-awareness program involves a comprehensive study of related agriculture, nutrition, food processing, economics, mathematics, science, arts and language, and agricultural careers. Halfway through the full-day program, pizza is served for lunch. Pizza Perfect explores these subject areas with complete interactivity, featuring dairy cows, beef cattle, pigs and piglets. Hands-on activities and live demonstrations include milking a cow, making cheese and sausages, and transplanting seedlings. Hosted by the Grand River Agricultural Society (operator of Grand River Raceway), Pizza Perfect is made possible with the help of more than 85 volunteers and representatives from over 30 agricultural producer's groups, associations and suppliers. Dorothy Key, Administrator Grand River Agricultural Society 519-846-8879

ELORA, ON - If you're a trivia buff, you're a Person Of Interest for Grand River Raceway's second annual Grand Trivia Night with Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW) on Saturday, February 17. Last year's sold-out event raised $1,375 for CSGW and awarded $250 to a team of four named McClary Automatics #2. The top scoring trivia team wins $200, plus a $50 bonus if they beat the score of the Pro Team, made up of the highest ranking officers in Wellington County OPP. Tickets are $35 per person and participants can register with their accomplices in teams of two or four. The ticket price includes 60 trivia questions in three rounds (a mix of general knowledge and crime trivia), Mashed Potato Bar, $10 slots voucher (19+), and HST. An online ticket fee of $2.79 is extra. The event also features a cash bar and silent auction. CSGW benefits $5 from each ticket, plus all silent auction sales. The trivia showdown takes place in the Lighthouse Restaurant at Grand River Raceway on Saturday, February 17. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. and concludes at 9:30 p.m. A cash bar is available 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available by advance sale only, and can be purchased online. Kelly Spencer

The Fool’s Joseph Solitro was all over the latest announcement from Great Canadian Gaming Corp. (TSX:GC) on December 19; the casino operator gets four more gaming facilities in southern Ontario. Its stock jumped more than 14% on the news. During high school, I went to Mohawk Racetrack as well as Flamboro Downs to watch harness racing on Friday and Saturday nights. It was a cheap way to spend a weekend night. Both have slot machines now, and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) intends for Great Canadian Gaming to grow revenues at these facilities as well as the OLG Casino Brantford and OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway. Has ownership in some of Ontario’s busiest gaming facilities However, the most significant winner from this announcement could be investors in Clairvest Group Inc. (TSX:CVG). The little-known Toronto holding company made headlines back in August when it took a small 2% stake in the partnership run by Great Canadian Gaming and Brookfield Business Partners LP, which would operate Woodbine Racetrack’s gaming operations and two other casinos in southern Ontario. At the time of the Woodbine announcement, Clairvest was a definite thumbs-up, in my opinion. After this latest news, in which Clairvest gets 45% ownership in the Ontario Gaming West GLA Limited Partnership (Great Canadian Gaming receives 55%), which will operate the four gaming facilities for at least the next 20 years, it’s two thumbs up. If anyone knows how to grow gaming revenues, it’s Great Canadian Gaming. In the past five years, it’s grown revenues by 46% from $388 million in 2011 to $566 million in 2016. That’s not too shabby for a business that’s operating in a heavily regulated industry. The four assets it will manage have annual gross gaming revenues of $450 million. With a little hard work and marketing, the revenues are sure to rise in the next two to three years. It’s a nimbler operation than its bigger Canadian peer About a month before the Great Canadian Gaming/Brookfield/Clairvest announcement, I wrote a piece about which private-equity stock was worth owning: Clairvest or the much more prominent Onex Corporation (TSX:ONEX) run by Gerry Schwartz. Ultimately, while I liked both investments, I went with Onex because of its size. Six months later, in hindsight, the results speak for themselves. Onex is down 9% since July, while Clairvest is up 32% in the same period. Honestly, if I could have seen the two investments coming, I might have altered my decision, but that’s water under the bridge. The reality is that Clairvest plays with smaller numbers than Onex, but that doesn’t reduce the attractiveness of its investments; it just makes them different. Over the past 15 years, Clairvest’s average annual total return is 13.8% — 88 basis points higher than Onex’s. Clairvest’s returns might not be as flashy from one year to the next — except this year, where it’s up 53% with one week to go — but over the last decade, it’s only seen two years in negative territory (2008 and 2009), and both times the declines were kept to single digits. That’s my kind of stock. Clairvest understands the racing business I must admit that I missed the significance of the company’s harness and thoroughbred racing investments when I wrote about it in July. However, reading the November 16th news about Caesars Entertainment Corporation buying Centaur Gaming, the operator of several racing and gaming facilities in Indiana, an operation that Clairvest first got involved back in 2010, gives even greater confidence about its decision to get involved with Great Canadian Gaming. According to the press release, the sale will increase Clairvest’s book value per share by $3 to $40.89. That, my friends, is a good thing. Bottom line on Clairvest It might only have a market cap of $700 million, but Clairvest punches much higher than its weight. As small caps go on the TSX, it doesn’t get much better this. 3,985 stocks listed between the TSX & TSXV, but here are the 5 we'd buy right now! Overwhelmed by how many public companies there are to choose from in Canada? Motley Fool Canada Director of Research Iain Butler has you covered. Once a month, Iain and the rest of our team at Stock Advisor Canada reveal their five favourite Canadian stocks for new money now. Considering they've walloped a "stuck in the mud" TSX by 10% over the past 4 years with truly life-changing winners like Shopify (up 236%, more than tripling your money), you'll probably want to have your front-row seat reserved when our next five "Best Buys Now" are released - exclusively on behalf of Stock Advisor Canada members. To make sure your name is on the list, just click here now... before the curtain is lifted without you. By Will Ashworth  Reprinted with permission of The Motley Fool Fool contributor Will Ashworth has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of BROOKFIELD BUSINESS PARTNERS LP.

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway and its operator the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) welcomes Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and Clairvest Group Inc. as the successful proponent as selected by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) to operate its gaming facility. The announcement was made on December 19 and did not includes specific timelines for the transition. The Elora, ON track is part of the West Greater Toronto Area (the West GTA Bundle) which includes gaming operations at OLG Casino Brantford, OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack and OLG Slots at Flamboro Downs. These facilities have a combined total of over 2,500 slot machines, approximately 60 table games, employ more than 1,400 staff, and generated approximately $450 million in gross gaming revenue in fiscal 2017. "We congratulate Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and Clairvest Group and are excited to welcome them to Grand River Raceway," said Paul Walker, President of the Grand River Agricultural Society. "Together, we look forward to making the investments necessary to create an enhanced entertainment destination in Centre Wellington that will support the activities of the Grand River Agricultural Society for years to come." GCGC and Clairvest will acquire all the gaming assets in the West GTA Bundle and will enter into leases for each of the facilities. It will have the exclusive right to operate these assets for a minimum period of 20 years, in accordance with the requirements of a Casino Operating and Services Agreement. Jamie Martin Director Of Operations Grand River Raceway

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 - Ontario's talented three-year-old trotting fillies brought Grand River Raceway's 2017 harness racing season to a thrilling conclusion on Wednesday evening as they battled to a track, Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record in the last race of the program. With $125,000 and the last set of points toward a Super Final berth on the line, the fillies were swinging for the fences early. Delcrest Magicstar left alertly from Post 1 and led the field of 10 to a :27.1 opening quarter, but Sweet Of My Heart also fired out of Post 8 and sprinted by Delcrest Magicstar soon after the quarter pole. In full gear around the second turn, Sweet Of My Heart reached the halfway marker in a sharp :56.1 and had opened up a gap of two lengths on her peers by the 1:25.3 three-quarters. Opting not to get involved in the early speed, driver Sylvain Filion had eased On A Sunny Day away from Post 3 and the fan favourites were sitting seventh at the quarter and sixth at the half. By the three-quarters Filion had tipped On A Sunny Day into the outer lane and the Muscle Mass daughter was gobbling up ground. She got a brief windbreak from Delcrest Magicstar, who led the field off the final turn, then kicked home to a one length victory. Delcrest Magicstar was second and Sweet Of My Heart stayed game for third. "I knew when I saw the half :56 that I was in a good spot," said Filion. "I knew they had to come back to me, it was almost impossible for them to keep going that speed, so that was very good for me. She just trotted home, it was just like a training mile for her." The 1:56 clocking took one-fifth of a second off the track, Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record first set by Sugar Wheeler in 2012 and then matched by Angies Lucky Star in 2013. "I was a little concerned before the race, her last start was just so-so, she wasn't quite herself," noted Filion, referring to the filly's sixth-place result in the Sept. 16 Elegantimage Final at Mohawk Racetrack. "But tonight she was back to her old self and she just felt super." The Milton, ON resident drives On A Sunny Day for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. The victory was the filly's third in Gold Series action and she will lead the sophomore trotting fillies into the Oct. 14 Super Final with 180 points. In nine starts this season the daughter of Muscle Mass and Dicent No has posted five wins, two seconds and one third for earnings of $250,286. At two she captured four of six starts and banked $183,750. "He's (Blais) done a great job with her all year, and last year too," said Filion. "I've got a lot of faith in that filly." On A Sunny Day's connections will now be working to have her in peak form for the $225,000 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Oct. 14. They will be looking for a little redemption for last year's Super Final when, sent off as the heavy favourite, On A Sunny Day made her first-ever break in stride and finished at the back of the field. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway wrapped up its 14th live harness racing season on September 27. On A Sunny Day trotted to a new track record of 1:56 in the final race of the card, an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series event. The sophomore filly overtook Delcrest Magicstar in the stretch to record her fifth win of the season. The clocking replaces the record set by Sugar Wheeler in 2012 and matched by Angies Lucky Star in 2013. On A Sunny Day was driven by Sylvain Filion for trainer/breeder Luc Blais. She is owned by Determination of Montreal, QC and has earned $250,286 in 10 starts this season. Earlier in the night, the track honoured top performers Bob McClure and Richard Moreau. This is McClure's third consecutive driving title at the Elora, ON track. His 2017 season includes titles at Grand River, Flamboro Downs, Georgian Downs and Western fair. The 27-year-old Elora, ON resident finished the Grand River Raceway season with 63 wins, including his first-ever Battle Of The Belles victory with Play The Bell on August 7 for trainer Casie Coleman. He currently sits atop the national standings at 381 season wins and $2.1 million in purse earnings. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON has won the Grand River training title three of the past four years. He is the current top money-winning and top dash trainer in the nation, and has won the O'Brien Award for Canada's Top Trainer for the past four consecutive years. Eighteen of his 75 starters at Grand River Raceway reached the winner's circle in 2017 for earnings of $117,958. Moreau is a career winner of 5,233 races and $48 million in purses. Race 7 was dedicated to the track's General Manager, Dr. Ted Clarke, who retires at the end of this week. In an interview following the dash, Clarke thanked the fans of horse racing for their support of the industry. Kelly Spencer

Longtime harness racing official Diane Twasnick passed away this morning (September 20) at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, ON after a brief battle with cancer. She was 59. Diane's career as a Race Secretary and Charter spanned more than three decades at Elmira Raceway, Grand River Raceway and Hanover Raceway. Diane had a deep affinity for harness racing, and its horses and people. Beyond her astute skills and knowledge, she had a glowing smile, bright personality and fabulous sense of humour. Her family will hold a private ceremony. Details of a Celebration Of Life are forthcoming. Kelly Spencer Mgr. Marketing & Communications Grand River Raceway

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 - The 2017 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots regular season came to a close at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening with two divisions for the harness racing two-year-old trotting colts. Five colts squared off in the first $17,750 division and Leaderofthepack took quick command, reaching the quarter in :30. Fan favourite Nobodynosjustice and Jula Downton followed, with the other two competitors out of the action early. Heading for the 1:01.2 half Nobodynosjustice stepped to the outside, but failed to wrestle command from Leaderofthepack and Jul Downton's challenge heading for the 1:32 three-quarters was also thwarted by the pacesetter. Turning for home driver Sylvain Filion sent Nobodynosjustice out between the leader and the challenger and the gelding trotted strongly down the stretch to claim a neck victory in 2:02. Leaderofthepack settled for second and Jula Downton was third. "Dany Fontaine asked me to go and drive him. He said, he's got lots of go, but he's a little touchy, and I think he was right," said Filion. "In the post parade, he wouldn't trot, he had a hard time going, and I had to wake him up a bit. Then in the race he was pretty good, but he was real grabby. "I had a hard time holding him in the hole, that's why I had to move him out, so he doesn't get mad and go on the run," the Milton, ON resident continued. "That was quite the big effort to come back and win like that, after a trip like that. He's a really gutsy little horse." Filion piloted Nobodynosjustice to his second Grassroots win for trainer Dany Fontaine of Terrebonne, QC and owner-breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. Through seven starts the son of Justice Hall and Nobody Nos Butme has tallied three wins and one second for earnings of $27,337. His 125 Grassroots points put him in third spot in the division standings and will see him compete in the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack. The second $18,100 division featured six starters and two of them skipped off stride at the start, including fan favourite Stormont Ventnor. Majestic Fire took advantage of his peers' misfortune, gaining control from Post 1 and cruising to a :31.4 quarter. Driver Scott Young of Guelph, ON took his foot off the gas in the second quarter, allowing Majestic Fire to reach the half in 1:04.4, then picked up the tempo as Smart Pick mounted a challenge. The pair battled to a 1:35 three-quarters, but Smart Pick faded around the final turn, splitting horses and allowing Majestic Fire to open up a large enough gap that he was able to hold off a charging Stormont Ventnor and Radical Attempt. Majestic Fire hit the wire one and one-half lengths on top in 2:05.1. "He's a small horse, but very determined," said trainer Mark Steacy of Majestic Fire. "He's been battling growing pains all year, but battling through it and improving with every start. "He got lucky tonight," added the Lansdowne, ON resident, who conditions Majestic Fire for David McDonald of Cornwall, David Reid of Glenburnie, Shelly MacMillan of Waterloo and A K Malik Stable of Ottawa, ON. Wednesday was Majestic Fire's fifth start and his first visit to the winner's circle. A $40,000 yearling at the 2016 Harrisburg Sale, the Majestic Son gelding boosted his earnings to $11,218 and his point tally to 61 with the win, putting him in a tie for ninth and landing a berth in the Grassroots Championship. The top 10 point earners will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 30. The Ontario Sires Stakes program will make one more stop at Grand River Raceway this season, as the Elora oval hosts the last Gold Series event for the three-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday, Sept. 27 with a first race post time of 6:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway and its owner/operator, the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS), are pleased to welcome Jamie Martin as the new Director of Operations. Martin will take over leadership of the Elora, ON track from Dr. Ted Clarke who is retiring after more than 30 years in the harness racing industry. Martin will join the Grand River Raceway team in December. In April of this year, Martin announced his retirement from his current role as the Executive Vice President of Racing for Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), where he joined as the Vice President of Standardbred Racing in 2000. "I am excited to continue my involvement in the horse racing industry," said Martin. "I look forward to working with the Board and the team at Grand River Raceway to continue to grow what is already one of the bright lights in Standardbred racing in North America." Prior to WEG, Martin was the longtime Racing & Gaming Manager at Western Fair Raceway in London, ON. With more than 27 years of leadership in the Ontario horse racing industry, Martin is renowned as a tremendous strategist and developer of outstanding racing and wagering products. In 2014, he became the first Chairman of the Board for the Standardbred Alliance, which helped to stabilize Ontario's harness racing industry. "On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Grand River Agricultural Society, we are extremely pleased that we are able to engage someone with Jamie's exceptional qualifications to lead Grand River Raceway into the future of Standardbred racing," said Paul Walker, President of the Grand River Agricultural Society. In his new role at Grand River Raceway, Martin will lead the further development of the organization's award-winning offerings as a dynamic entertainment, racing, and gaming destination. Martin will begin his new role on December 11. Kelly Spencer

ELORA - The live harness racing season is winding down at Grand River Raceway. Monday and Wednesday race nights continue until the season finale on September 27, but Fun & Frivolity Friday Nights wrap-up September 8 when the Elora, ON track is hosting its first-ever Young Guns Miniature Horse Race. The exhibition dash features seven youngsters - ages two through eight - driving miniature ponies. The contenders are all daughters and sons of drivers, trainers and caretakers within the harness racing industry. These pro adults will accompany the young racers in their double-seated carts in the very short (one-eighth mile) trot. The Young Guns Race is featured after Race 6 (approximately 8:20 p.m.). The participants and their ponies will conduct a Meet 'N Greet with fans on the tarmac after Race 3 (approximately 7:20 p.m.). Both events will be shown live on the track's Facebook page. The field for the Young Guns Miniature Horse Race: 1. POLLY POCKETS Young Gun: Ollie MacDonald (Age: 4) Accompanied by: Amy MacDonald   2. PRINCE Young Gun: Liam Davis (Age: 2) Accompanied by: Billy Davis   3. MULLINGAR Young Gun: Ava MacDonald (Age: 6) Accompanied by: Debi O'Brien Moran   4. WALLY Young Gun: Travis Moore (Age: 6) Accompanied by: A.J. Moore   5. BUDDY Driver: Hailey Hart (Age: 8) Accompanied by: Emma Christoforou   6. QUINTON Young Gun: Kylie Hart (Age: 6) Accompanied by: Scott Young   7. PING* Young Gun: Lucas House (Age: 5) Accompanied by: Lorne House   *Ping is less-miniature, more-pony and as such will start from the outside post. Post time for Race 1 of the Friday card is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - After more than 30 years of tireless work in the Ontario harness racing industry, Dr. Ted Clarke is retiring from his post as the General Manager of Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON. Clarke will continue in his role until the end of September 2017. Recognized by his peers as an innovator in the horse racing industry and highly regarded for his thoughtful insights, Clarke's strong and steady leadership established Grand River Raceway in 2003 and its reputation as an award-winning racing and entertainment destination. He was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame in 2014. The track is hosting a retirement party for Clarke on Sunday, September 24. All are welcome to attend. PARTY DETAILS Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017 Time: Guests are welcome to drop-in any time between 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Formal Program starts at 2:00 p.m. with a few speakers & gift presentation Place: Lighthouse Restaurant at Grand River Raceway 7445 Wellington County Rd. 21, Elora, ON N0B 1S0 Dress: Casual Gifts: Well wishes only, please. Finger foods and a cash bar will be available throughout the party. RSVP: All are welcome. To assist in our planning, an RSVP is appreciated by September 18, but is not required. To RSVP, register online or call (519) 846-5455 ext. 238 Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway had added Friday, September 8 to its harness racing season. The additional date will recoup some of the races lost after severe weather caused a cancellation of the last seven races on August 11. September 8 will mark the last Friday race night of the season. Harness racing continues Monday and Wednesday nights until the season finale on September 27. Post time on September 8 is 6:30 p.m. Reservations are being accepted for the Captain's Quarters Dining Room, featuring the popular $18.99 buffet. Call (519) 846-5455 ext. 247 or email bookings@grandriverraceway.com for reservations. Kelly Spencer

AUGUST 16, 2017 - Seven of this year's Battle of Waterloo hopefuls returned to Grand River Raceway on Wednesday and four of the two-year-old pacing colts went home with the result that had eluded them in the Elora oval's signature harness racing event. Casimir Richie P, the only one of the seven who started in the Battle of Waterloo Final, made the quickest trip to the winner's circle, capturing the last $19,150 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots division in an impressive 1:54.4. Starting from Post 1 fan favourites Casimir Richie P and driver Tyler Moore laid down fractions of :27, :55 and 1:25.1 on their way to the four length score over Pokerface Bluechip. On The Take was three more lengths back in third. "He's been a nice colt all along, we only paid $6,000 for him, and he's been a dandy," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "It's too bad that Murray McConnell wasn't alive to see him, because he bred the colt and he liked the colt. He was the nicest Astronomical colt - as you know I had Astronomical, he won a lot of Golds in his day - and he was the nicest Astronomical colt that I'd seen from Murray, so I had to have him, and he's been one of our top colts all along." Wednesday's win was Casimir Richie P's first and will likely see him return to the Gold Series, where he started the season. Puslinch resident Dr. Moore shares ownership of the colt with his son, driver Tyler Moore of Campbellville, and Michael Goldberg of Toronto, ON. The Moore Stable also picked up a Grassroots trophy in the second division as favourite Atomic Seelster led the field of eight through fractions of :28.4, :59.1 and 1:29 on his way to a 1:57.3 victory over Sports Nation and Sports Band. Tyler Moore crafted the win for Shadow One Stable of Puslinch, ON, Shawn Murphy of Charlottetown, PEI and Darcy Murphy of Rothesay, NB. "He's a very nice colt. He had a really nice race his first race in the Gold at Mohawk (July 7), looked like everything was going to be good, and then, I don't know, he's been growing a lot lately, like getting real tall and big, and maybe that was part of it, but he just kind of had a what I call a two-year-old recession," noted Dr. Moore. "He raced well in the Consolation here, he got run into in the head of the stretch and still finished third, so we were very pleased with that, and he went a nice race tonight for sure." Dr. Moore and his partners purchased Atomic Seelster at last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale, offering up $100,000 for the son of Shadow Play and Angelina Seelster. The other entry from the Moore Stable, Lucky Michael, finished fourth in his Grassroots division, seven lengths behind winner Family Sports. "I enjoy Grand River and the Grassroots are good for one that's struggled a little bit in the Gold, it tends to give them a little confidence," said Dr. Moore. "We're very pleased." Like Dr. Moore, trainer Dave Menary is hoping Wednesday's win puts Family Sports on track for further success in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. The Sportswriter son and driver Travis Cullen made a bold three-wide move at the three-quarters and powered home to a 1:56.3 victory, the gelding's second in Grassroots action. Letjimmytakeover and Ferrarifever were over five lengths back in second and third. "I was just hoping to get him back on the right track; I've done a lot of fiddling with equipment. I was really happy the first start I raced him (July 20), thought things were heading in the right direction, and then he got torched really bad in his Battle of Waterloo Elimination," explained Menary. "I was hoping to race him from right off the pace last week (in the Consolation) and he was just too hot after leaving with him two weeks in a row, so I did a little bit more fiddling tonight and that's the kind of trip I wanted to see him get, and he responded the way I wanted to see him." Cambridge resident Menary trains Family Sports for Brad Gray of Dundas and Denise Guerriero of Toronto, ON. Wednesday's victory moved the gelding into a tie for top spot in the two-year-old pacing colt division. Sprocket finished behind Atomic Seelster and Family Sports in the Battle of Waterloo Consolation on August 7, but the Sportswriter son was a one length winner in the first Grassroots division on Wednesday. In rein to trainer Wayne Henry Sprocket hit the wire in 1:58, besting favourite JM Jack Of Hearts and Pinstripe Pride. Bred and owner by Fred Brayford of Alliston, ON, Sprocket now has a win and a second to his credit in two Grassroots starts. The only one of Wednesday's Grassroots winners that did not compete in the Battle of Waterloo was Jonathan Quick, who got a head in front of Mission Three and favourite Howmac Dancer in the third division. Jonathan Drury piloted the Mach Three colt to the 1:58.1 victory for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owners Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC and Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC. "He's a very green colt that qualified well, but got a touch sick shortly after," noted Steacy. "He's healthy now and starting to be more competitive. JD (Drury) gave him a great drive tonight." The two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will try and pad their point totals in the fourth Grassroots event at Clinton Raceway on August 27. The Ontario Sires Stakes program returns to Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, Sept. 13 with the last regular season Grassroots event for the two-year-old trotting colts. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

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