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AUGUST 14, 2017 - Just one week after they faced off in the Battle of the Belles Final, Grand River Raceway welcomed back the harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday night for five Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions worth a total of $93,650. Five of the fillies that qualified for the Battle of the Belles Final made the return trip to the Elora oval, including Jack Darling trainees Write Me A Song and Neon Moon, who were hoping for a little more luck than they enjoyed on August 7. After finishing third in her elimination, Write Me A Song was withdrawn from the final due to a bruised foot and Neon Moon's hopes for a Battle of the Belles title disappeared when she made an early break that knocked her out of contention. Cambridge, ON resident Darling had his answer early as driver Jody Jamieson tipped Write Me A Song off the rail heading for the three-quarters in the first $18,800 division and sent her after pacesetter Love Kills. The filly found another gear once she squared up in the stretch and powered to a three-quarter length victory in 1:56.2. Mittany Nicole rolled out of the pocket into second, leaving Love Kills to settle for third. "She had a bruised foot that was a problem, I had to scratch her last week out of the final of the Belles, and we've been working on it all week. She wasn't necessarily 100 per cent, but she raced good on it anyway," said Darling, who owns and trains Write Me A Song. "She's a good filly and I thought she, you know first over, I thought she raced really game." The daughter of Sportswriter and Write Me A Song was a $47,000 purchase out of last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale and through four starts she has posted two wins, one second and one third for earnings of $24,962. She currently leads the freshman pacing filly point race with 125. The top 10 point earners after six regular season events will compete in the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack. Four races later Neon Moon redeemed herself in impressive fashion, roaring from fifth to first going by the halfway marker. While Moffat, ON resident Jamieson sat back and enjoyed the ride, Neon Moon opened up a double digit lead on her peers, reaching the wire just over 11 lengths ahead of Ovation Seelster and Last Symphony in 1:56.3. "Last week she just got too keyed up, Jody (Jamieson) said, and made a break, but she was good tonight," said Darling, who bred, owns and trains Neon Moon. "She was a little wobbly going around the first turn - my horses, the half-mile track isn't really their strong suit because they're pretty good sized mares and I train on a big track - but once she got around the turns she was really good after that." Another daughter of Sportswriter, out of Darling's former race mare Beach Of A Time, Neon Moon now sports a record of two wins and one second in four starts and sits in a four-way tie for second in the Grassroots standings with 100 points. Monday was the second night this season Darling and Jamieson have captured a pair of two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots trophies, Write Me A Song and Neon Moon were both victorious at Mohawk on July 21, and they came within a nose of making it a hat trick at Grand River. In the second division Jamieson and Munchies Hanover went head-to-head with Doug McNair and Ashlees Sport through the last quarter of the mile and the fillies finished so close at the wire it required a photograph to determine the winner. Ashlees Sport prevailed by a scant nose over Munchies Hanover, with the duelling leaders well ahead of third-place finisher Lady Everlong. "She raced good, just came up a nose short," said Darling of the daughter of Sportswriter and Mouse Hanover, who was a $67,000 purchase out of the 2016 Harrisburg Yearling Sale and was making her debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Guelph-Eramosa Township resident McNair piloted Ashlees Sport to the 1:56.2 win for trainer Blake MacIntosh of Cambridge and his partners Stuart McIntosh and Marceline Barnett of Essex, ON and Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. The win was the first of the season for the Sportswriter filly, who was a $42,000 acquisition from the Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale. "She raced good. We left hard and came first up, she raced tough," said McNair. "It wasn't a big last quarter (:31), but she had an excuse to get tired." Lady Bubbles, who was third in the Battle of the Belles Final, earned her second Grassroots trophy in the fourth division, besting Shower Play and Daily Sports by a neck in 1:57. Guelph resident Scott Young piloted the Sportswriter daughter to the win for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owner-breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. Duchess Dolly also picked up her second Grassroots trophy in the last division, hitting the wire one and one-half lengths ahead of Sunday Afternoon and Dolly Dali. Mike Saftic of Campbellville drove the Shadow Play daughter to the 1:57.2 win for trainer Jim Wellwood of Ancaster and owner Jeff Wellwood of Toronto, ON, who acquired the filly for $27,000 at last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale. The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 24. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Grand River Raceway this week as the Elora oval welcomes back the two-year-old pacing colts for their third Grassroots event on Wednesday, August 16. The colts will battle in Races 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9, 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 marked its 27th annual Industry Day Horse Racing Celebration on August 7. The harness racing event featured 11 races totaling $460,000 in purses, including the track's biggest races, the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles. 20th annual Battle Of Waterloo Simple Kinda Man was crowned champ of the $200,200 Battle Of Waterloo for trainer Scott McEneny and owners M & L Of Delaware LLC. The freshman Sportswriter colt was 7-1 as he left from post three and took control of the field in the early stretch to finish a length ahead of hard-closing Hudson Phil (James MacDonald). Race favourite Burning Midnight was third with Trevor Henry. This was Simple Kinda Man's sixth career start and second win. He was third in last week's elimination division, where he started from post position seven. With the lion's share of the Battle Of Waterloo purse, his career earnings now total $105,080. Simple Kinda Man 9th annual Battle Of The Belles Play The Bell granted trainer Casie Coleman and local driver Bob McClure (of Elora) their first Battle Of The Belles victories. The two-year-old Shadow Play daughter finished five lengths the best in 1:54.4 with Rendezvous Hanover (Corey Callahan) in second, paying $45.30 to place. Also-eligible Lady Bubbles drew into the race after a scratch and finished third with James MacDonald. Play The Bell's career earnings climb to $96,888 for owners West Wins Stable, Mac Nichol and Calhoun Racing Ltd. Play The Bell Ontario Sires Stakes Kazimoto kicked off Industry Day in the first of three Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions. The three-year-old pacing colt scored his fourth consecutive win in 1:56 for trainer Vic Puddy with Alfie Carroll at the reins. Rebel Voyager with Sylvain Filion and The Dark Shadow (Jody Jamieson) finished a length behind in the $18,450 dash. Dream Of Luck captured the second OSS division with Doug McNair in the bike. Jeff Gillis trains and co-owns the Camluck son with Mac Nichol. Dream Of Luck led gate-to-wire to finish three lengths the best over Play For Gold (Tyler Moore) and Thrownoutofbetter (Phil Hudon) in 1:55.1 - the quickest mile of the OSS divisions. Jody Jamieson steered Southwind General to his third career win in the third division. Jack Darling owns and trains the Sportswriter gelding who clocked his mile in 1:56.4. Ugottobinittowinit was the runner-up with Bob McClure, followed by Heza Big Dealer for the show money. Battle Of Waterloo Consolation Race Phantom Seelster secured his third career win for trainer/owner Marcel Barrieau in the Battle Of Waterloo Consolation Race. Trevor Henry piloted the grey Mach Three son to a two length win over Notabadgame (Doug McNair). OHHA Best Of Show The Best Of Show competition sponsored, by the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA), awarded $1,500 to the caretakers of horses racing on the Industry Day card. Fifteen prizes of $100 were presented to the top five in each of the following categories: Best Of Show Head-To-Toe; Horse & Groom; Above & Beyond (braids, sparkles, etc.). The winners were: Amy Cruise, Bailey Wright, Claude Grondin, Daryl Wayne, Alexis Hebert, Jennifer Defoy, Kayla Hendry, Lindsey Kerr, Mary Ferland, Natasha Day, Rachel Oenema, Richard Beaulieu, Shelley Henry, Tamara Vandewiel, and Tiffany Stein. Presentation of Canadian Driving Colours to James MacDonald Drivers' Edition - Bouncy Pony Stakes - Industry Day 2017 Kelly Spencer

AUGUST 7, 2017 - Grand River Raceway's harness racing  Industry Day got off to a thrilling start for owner-breeder Michael Kwietniowski when three-year-old pacing gelding Kazimoto captured his first-ever Ontario Sires Stakes victory. Starting from Post 2, Kazimoto and driver Alfie Carroll of Iona Station, ON were fourth through the early going and then tipped into the outside lane heading for the half. Steadily advancing on pacesetter and fan favourite The Dark Shadow, Kazimoto had a nose in front when the colts turned for home and had expanded that to one and one-half lengths by the 1:56 finish. Rebel Voyager closed well to be second, leaving The Dark Shadow to settle for third. "He's been getting better and better and seems to be, he was always bad gaited on a half, and he seems to be good now," said Erin, ON resident Kwietniowski. "It was our first win in the Sires Stakes, hopefully we can keep him good until the end of the year for the Final." The win was Carroll and Kazimoto's fourth straight and boosted the Caseys Bonanza gelding up the division point standings into third. Vic Puddy of Mountain, ON conditions the gelding, who will be looking for one of 10 spots in the season ending Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 30. "I'm just pumped. I bred him and everything," added Kwietniowski. "I'm just ecstatic right now." Division point leader Dream Of Luck scored his second Grassroots win in the second $18,800 division, cruising through fractions of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:27.1 on his way to a 1:55.1 score over Play For Gold and Thrownoutofbetter. "He won easy today. He got fractions his own way, but he was real good, strong at the wire, good last quarter," said Guelph-Eramosa Township resident Doug McNair, who crafted the win for trainer Jeff Gillis of Everett, ON and his partners Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY. "They actually weren't that high on him for a while, but he's getting a lot better each start I think, hopefully that'll braven him up." With two wins, one second and one fourth in Grassroots competition, the son of Camluck and Dream Of Mimi has 133 points and has virtually assured himself of a spot in the Grassroots Championship. The final Grassroots trophy went home with Cambridge, ON resident Jack Darling, whose Southwind General battled to a 1:56.4 score over Ugottobinittowinit and Heza Big Dealer, surviving interference in the first turn and hanging on in the stretch for the one-half length victory. The win was Southwind General's second of the season, he also captured the Grassroots season opener over the Flamboro Downs half-mile on May 21. "He qualified great, and his first start at Flamboro he was a beast, and since then he's just been kind of there. So it's nice to get a win with him finally," said driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON. "I guess it was since the last Grassroots at Flamboro when he won on a half-mile, it seems like he can hide a bit in the turns when they can't get going on him, and he can hold them off a bit in the stretch." "He's a huge horse, he's almost 17 hands, but he gets around a half good," added Darling, who owns and trains the son of Sportswriter, currently sitting second in the standings, nine points behind Dream Of Luck. In the $139,250 Battle of the Belles for Ontario Sired two-year-old pacing fillies, Grand River Raceway's leading driver, Bob McClure scored his first victory in one of the Elora oval's signature events, piloting elimination winner Play The Bell to a 1:54.4 stakes record. After sitting in the outer lane through much of the mile, McClure and Shadow Play daughter Play The Bell hit the wire six and one-quarter lengths ahead of Rendezvous Hanover and Lady Bubbles. "I actually I didn't mind my mare - she's pretty tough and she's handy - so I was happy coming first up," said McClure. "I really felt I had the best filly and I just wanted to keep her out of trouble." The Elora resident crafted the win for trainer Casie Coleman and her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Mac Nichol of Burlington and Calhoun Racing Ltd. of Chatham, ON. It was the second stakes win of the long weekend for the driver, who also captured the Dream Of Glory Trot Final at Hanover Raceway on Saturday. "It was a great weekend, and you know what, I attribute it all to some really great people who put me down to drive, and some really nice horses, and a lot of racing luck, and that's what you need in this game," said the 26-year-old McClure. "Obviously it's easy to do my job when horses like that filly of Casie's are so well prepared. She drives like a car and really it makes life a lot easier." In the afternoon's finale, the $200,200 Battle of Waterloo, driver Corey Callahan copied McClure's strategy, sending Simple Kinda Man up the outer lane and holding on for a three-quarter length victory in 1:55. Lightly rated Hudson Phil and fan favourite Burning Midnight rounded out the top three. Scott McEneny of Waterdown, ON trains Simple Kinda Man for M And L Of Delaware LLC. The win was the Sportswriter colt's second in six lifetime starts. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

AUGUST 4, 2017 - Harness racing drivers Bob McClure and Doug McNair have been attending Industry Day at Grand River Raceway since they were young enough to spend most of the Civic Holiday afternoon in the bouncy castle. "I've been going there every year since I was pretty young, young as I can remember," said 27-year-old McNair, who hails from Guelph-Eramosa Township. "I remember running around with those water buckets, rolling bandages in the bandage contest and stuff like that. It's always a lot of fun there." This Monday, in the 27th edition of the Elora oval's signature event, the pair will be hard at work. Both drivers compete in 10 of the day's 11 races, including three Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for three-year-old pacing colts, the $139,250 Battle of the Belles for Ontario Sired two-year-old pacing fillies and the $200,200 Battle of Waterloo for Ontario Sired two-year-old pacing colts. "I'm very much looking forward to Industry Day. It's the highlight of the Grand River Raceway season and they really put a lot into it, and it shows. Ted Clarke and his team do a great job putting on a great show," said 26-year-old McClure, who is Grand River Raceway's leading driver. "They put together a really great card of racing this year and it's great to be part of it. "I spent many years watching these races from the backstretch, but I'll take the current view just as well," added the Elora resident with a laugh. In the first $18,450 Grassroots event, which will kick off the racing action at 1:30 pm, McClure will steer Three More Smiles from Post 3 while McNair gets All It Takes at Post 7. The $18,800 second division will go postward in Race 5 and the reinsmen will line up side-by-side, McNair at Post 3 with division point leader Dream Of Luck and McClure at Post 4 with the fourth-ranked Oak Island. "I think he'll love a half-mile racetrack because he's so fast off the gate," said McNair of the Camluck gelding he drives for trainer Jeff Gillis of Everett, ON, Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY. "He's good gaited. I mean he'll just get beat the odd time at Mohawk, just late in the stretch, so I think a shorter stretch will really help him. I think he looks real good in there." The final Grassroots division, also worth $18,800, is slated as Race 7 and sees McClure at Post 2 with Ugottobinittowinit and McNair at Post 3 with Pickled Preacher. In the Battle of the Belles and Battle of Waterloo McNair has the post position edge with his mounts - Post 3 with Sudden Passing and Post 2 with Southwind Grizzly - but McClure is aboard two elimination winners and looks to have his best chance thus far to win one of his hometown oval's signature events. "Play The Bell was huge in her elimination. She had the eight-hole and got spotted okay, but they went a crawling first half and she came a wicked back half to chase them down, and did it very easy," said McClure of his Battle of the Belles mount, who posted a 1:56.2 clocking in the elimination round. "She's great gaited and very mature. Casie and her team did a great job training her down." McClure will steer Shadow Play daughter Play The Bell from Post 5 for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge and her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, along with Mac Nichol of Burlington and Calhoun Racing Ltd. of Chatham, ON. In the afternoon's finale McClure will also line up at Post 5 with Avalon Hanover, sending the Shadow Play gelding after his second straight win for trainer Dave Menary of Cambridge, ON and his partners Billy Joe Timmins of Birmingham, GB and Anthony Timmins of Wolverhamton, GB. "Avalon Hanover was a big surprise to I think everybody in his elimination, but Dave told me before the race he made some equipment changes and that made him more manageable and, well, the results speak for themselves," said McClure. "Hopefully he has some luck on Monday. If things go well I'd say he has a decent shot." Avalon Hanover stopped the teletimer at 1:54.2 in his first-ever victory, matching the effort of earlier elimination winner Stock. Another Menary trainee, Lucky Sport, won the third elimination in a more sedate 1:56.4. In Monday's final Stock will start from the outside Post 8 while Lucky Sport gets the trailing Post 9. "There's some top notch horses in there I think; some fast horses," said McNair, who finished second by a neck to Lucky Sport with Southwind Grizzly in the elimination round and will be taking a shot at his fourth Battle of Waterloo title in Monday's final. "It should be a fun race." In addition to the racing, Grand River Raceway has an action-packed line-up of trackside activities for fans of all ages. From the bouncy castle, face painting, pony rides and petting zoo in the children's area to the prize table laden with items valued at more than $3,000 there is something for everyone. Doors open at noon, children's activities start at 1 pm and the racing gets under way at 1:30 pm. 10 -- Pace, purse $139,250 (EX, LD, SF, TR) BATTLE OF THE BELLES - FINAL Post time: 04:35 P.M. Lasix: 12:20 P.M. Horses Entered: 11 1 Azure Seelster S Filion J Dupont 8-5 (ShadowPlay/WinbakAlice) 2 Ashlees Sport C Christoforou B Macintosh 10-1 (Sportswriter/AshleesStar) 3 Sudden Passing D Mcnair R Mcnair 5-2 (MachThree/GoldNotSilver) 4 Oxford Comma R Shepherd I Darveau 6-1 (Sportswriter/DemottaBing) 5 Play The Bell B Mcclure C Coleman 3-1 (ShadowPlay/BellBottomPans) 6 Neon Moon J Jamieson J Darling 7-1 (Sportswriter/BeachOfATime) 7 Write Me A Song C Callahan J Darling 10-1 (Sportswriter/SongWriter) 8 Rendezvous Hanover Ja Macdonald B Macintosh 12-1 (Sportswriter/RiverHanover) 9 Lady Ella Ri Zeron Ri Zeron 7-2 (Sportswriter/SpunSugar) AE1 Hey Sweetie S Filion N Harding (MachThree/NaughtyNettieG) AE2 Lady Bubbles Ja Macdonald M Steacy (Sportswriter/MatterOfStyle) 11 -- Pace, purse $200,200 (EX, SF, SH, TR) BATTLE OF WATERLOO - FINAL Post time: 04:58 P.M. Lasix: 12:43 P.M. Horses Entered: 11 1 Burning Midnight Trev Henry C Giles 2-1 (MachThree/Respectednbeloved) 2 Southwind Grizzly D Mcnair T Alagna 3-1 (Sportswriter/GiannaHanover) 3 Simple Kinda Man C Callahan S Mceneny 4-1 (Sportswriter/SorchaBluestone) 4 Taste Of History L Roy R Allard 7-2 (BadlandsHanover/Rafanelli) 5 Avalon Hanover B Mcclure D Menary 4-1 (ShadowPlay/AppleoniaArt) 6 Hudson Phil Ja Macdonald M Steacy 8-1 (ShanghaiPhil/Hazel) 7 Casimir Richie P T Moore Dr I Moore 9-1 (Astronomical/CasimirHugs) 8 Stock S Filion D Fontaine 5-1 (Sportswriter/Whycantiforgetyou) 9 Lucky Sport J Jamieson D Menary 5-2 (Sportswriter/HighIntentions) AE1 Phantom Seelster Trev Henry M Barrieau (MachThree/Pantecostal) AE2 Atomic Seelster D Mcnair Dr I Moore (ShadowPlay/AngelinaSeelster) Full details about Industry Day are available here. 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's 27th annual Industry Day Horse Racing Celebration is set for this Monday afternoon with a powerful harness racing card and fun activities for all ages. The event showcases 11 races worth $460,000 in purses, featuring Grand River Raceway's biggest dash of the season, the 20th annual Battle Of Waterloo. The $200,200 race will be contested by nine Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts in Race 11. Burning Midnight is the early favourite in the race. The pacer left from post seven and endured a tough, first-over trip in Monday's elimination race to finish third. He drew the rail (#1) in the rich final for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Corey Giles. Both are looking for their first-ever wins in this race. Post 1 has produced a record four Battle Of Waterloo winners. Trainer David Menary has two starters in the race. Lucky Sport (#9, with driver Jody Jamieson) and Avalon Hanover (#5, with driver Bob McClure) were both winners in their respective elimination divisions. Menary is a two-time winner of this race. Jamieson has driven three Battle Of Waterloo winners. Local driver Bob McClure (of Elora) is the current dash-winning driver in Canada, and at Grand River Raceway. He's seeking his first Battle Of Waterloo title. Stock drew the outside post (#8) in the final. Sylvain Filion drove the Dany Fontaine trainee to a new career mark of 1:54.2 in Monday's second elimination division. The clocking set a new Canadian season record for freshmen pacing colts over a half-mile track. (The time was matched by Avalon Hanover in the next division). Stock is a perfect three-for-three in his budding career. The ninth annual Battle Of The Belles will be contested for $139,250 in Race 10. The stunning black filly Azure Seelster is likely to be the bettors' top pick after an impressive 1:54.3 win in her elimination race. With Sylvain Filion in the bike, she set a new Canadian season record and was just one-fifth of a second shy of the track record for two-year-old pacing fillies. Azure Seelster is trained by Jacques Dupont and will start from the rail (#1). Sudden Passing was the runner-up to Azure Seelster. Team McNair is hoping for a reverse finish on Industry Day as they chase their fourth Battle Of Waterloo victory. Trained by Gregg McNair and driven by son Doug McNair, Sudden Passing went off-stride at the start of the race but recouped quickly. She will start from post #3 on Monday afternoon. Play The Bell won the second elimination division, granting trainer Casie Coleman a shot at her first Battle Of The Belles title. She leaves from the middle of the pack (#5) in the final, but had to rally hard from the outside (#8) in her elimination race. Bob McClure will steer the filly in pursuit of his first Battle Of The Belles win. The Industry Day undercard also includes: three divisions of three-year-old pacing colts in the Grassroots series of the Ontario Sires Stakes; a Commemorative Mile to celebrate 250 years of horse racing in Canada; a memorial race for former Grand River Raceway Simulcast Manager Yvon Giguere. As always, Industry Day offers many other delights: All-Access Kids' Pass is available onsite for $5 and includes face painting, balloon artists, bouncy castles, pony rides and a petting zoo (1:00 - 4:30). Enter to win one of 12 prizes valued at more than $3,000 including a $250 wager for the Battle Of Waterloo, designer purses and watches and a Kid Trax Dodge Viper. Enter to win a $500 credit towards the purchase of a share of a racehorse with TheStable.ca, compliments of HPIbet. Free flip-flops compliments of Ontario Racing. Pick The Winner contest for the Battle Of Waterloo, presented by Standardbred Canada. The winner receives a $50 I Love Canadian Harness Racing prize pack. Meet 'N Greet with Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society ambassador Ruff Me Up (1:00 - 3:00). Half-Time Show (after Race #5) featuring prize tosses and the 13th annual Drivers' Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes. Good Luck banner for guests to sign, wishing driver James MacDonald best wishes as he represents Canada in the upcoming World Driving Championship. Standardbred Canada will present MacDonald with the banner following Race #8. Best Of Show competition presented by the Ontario Harness Horse Association. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $1,500 are awarded to the caretakers of horses racing on Industry Day. Greg Blanchard from The Raceway at The Western Fair District and Mark McKelvie from the Woodbine Entertainment Group return to provide commentary for the broadcast which kicks off at 1:00 p.m. Complete event details Industry Day Race Program Live streaming video (starts at 1:00 p.m. EST on Aug. 7) The event hashtag is #industryday27 Kelly Spencer

JULY 19, 2017 - Harness racing driver Trevor Henry guided a pair of three-year-old trotting fillies to Grassroots glory at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening, capturing the second and third of five $15,600 divisions. Climbing onto the race bike behind Hilarious Honey for the third time this season, Henry was immediately impressed by the improvement in the filly's gait since trainer Ted MacDonnell added trotting hopples to her equipment bag last week. Based on that improvement the Arthur, ON resident sent Hilarious Honey straight to the front from Post 3, and the Muscle Mass daughter rolled through fractions of :28.4, :59.2 and 1:30 on her way to a two and three-quarter length victory in 1:59.4. Pocket sitter Twin B Venus trotted into second and Angies Dish was six more lengths back in third. "She raced great. She was trotting a lot better than the last time I drove her (June 20)," said Henry. "Ted's done a great job with her." Allenford, ON resident MacDonnell trains Hilarious Honey for owner-breeder Jeffrey Oborne of Jordan Station, ON. Wednesday's win was the filly's first in 15 lifetime starts and boosted her earnings to $23,800. One race later Henry lined up at Post 2 with Jilona and the reinsman once again sent his charge directly to the front. Jilona trotted through a :28.3 quarter, :58.3 half and 1:28 three-quarters and held off challenger Northern Oath to record a three-quarter length victory in 1:58.3. Fan favourite Angora Seelster was one more length back in third. "Jilona is just starting to come around. She was sick and had trouble with tying up so we used the Equiwinner patch on her and she turned right around," said Henry. "We're very happy with her." Shannon Henry handles training duties on Jilona and the couple share ownership of the filly with numbered company 1035840 Ontario Inc., also of Arthur. A Grassroots winner at two, the daughter of Johnny William had been winless through five sophomore starts prior to Wednesday's effort, which boosted her lifetime earnings to $35,233. Driver James MacDonald and trainer Mark Steacy also teamed up to record two Grassroots victories at Grand River on Wednesday. Stritch scored her first-ever Grassroots win in the fourth division, while division point leader Delcrest Magicstar earned her third of the season in the last split. Starting from Post 1, Stritch tucked in behind Whole Lot Of Sugar as that filly led the field of eight through fractions of :28.2, :59 and 1:28.1, then slipped out in the stretch and powered home to a one-half length victory in 1:58.1. Whole Lot Of Sugar settled for second, while Ladyabra rounded out the top three. "Stritch was great. She drew good and took advantage of a great trip," said Guelph, ON resident MacDonald of the Majestic Son daughter's first-ever Grassroots win. MacDonald and Lansdowne, ON resident Steacy crafted the win for owners David Reid of Glenburnie, ON, James Feeley of Pine Bush, NY, Bridle Path Stables Ltd. of Ossining, NY and Stephen Klunowski of North York, ON. Of the five previous Grassroots winners that made the trip to Elora for the third event of the three-year-old trotting filly season only Delcrest Magicstar was able to add to her trophy collection. The division point leader has been flawless in Grassroots action to date and she led from start to finish on Wednesday, sailing through fractions of :29, 1:00.1 and 1:30.1 on her way to a five length win in 1:59.3. Kendras Coco and Inner Drive completed the top three. 'She's riding a hot streak," said MacDonald. "I just took my time getting her to the front and she was really strong the rest of the way. I just had to keep her out of trouble." The driver shares ownership of Delcrest Magicstar with Peter Porter of Port Dover and Johnathan McKinnon of Guelph, ON. In eight starts this season the Majestic Son daughter now has four wins and earnings of $36,855. With her flawless record of three wins in three Grassroots starts she sits atop the division standings with 150 points, 67 points ahead of the second-ranked filly. The other Grassroots trophy went home with Millers Song, who trotted under the Grand River finish line in a personal best 1:59.3, keeping a head in front of favourite Late Shift and Bustingattheseams. Louis-Philippe Roy engineered the Windsong Espoir daughter's first Grassroots victory and fourth win of the season for trainer Tom Riley and owner Amanda Riley of Roseneath, ON. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 14. Next up on Grand River Raceway's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule is a Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing colts, part of the Elora oval's signature Industry Day card on Civic Holiday Monday, Aug. 7. Post time for the Industry Day program, which also features the Battle of Waterloo for two-year-old pacing colts and the Battle of the Belles for two-year-old pacing fillies, is 1:30 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 - Mustard spread-it-on-thick for a massive crowd during his winning effort at Grand River Raceway's third annual Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races on July 7. Three elimination divisions featuring 30 wiener dogs were featured in the crowd-pleasing event. The top three finishers from each heat advanced to the final. Owned by Kristi Gardner of Kitchener, Mustard the three-year-old Dachshund was third in the second elimination division, but dominated the final field of nine. The 2016 champ, Tank, was second, followed by Tank-A-Roo-Boo. Mustard received more than $400 in prizes, including a hand-carved trophy, $100 gift card from Ren's Pets Depot, and a deluxe gift bag from OLG Slots At Grand River Raceway. The evening also offered 10 horse races and a Small Dog Costume Contest. Eight adorable pooches sported fabulous ensembles. The top three were determined by popular vote. Alley, a five-year-old Dachshund owned by Amy and Billy Davis was the victor, sporting a harness racing ensemble, complete with bridle, head number, harness, racebike and driver. Bain was the runner-up as Batman and Penny the hotdog rounded out the top three. The event is title-sponsored by Ren's Pets Depot, and is also supported by Big Country Raw, the OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway and Legendary Canine.   • Photos from the event. • Video: Ren’s Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races – Elimination Heats 1, 2, 3 and Final • Video: Small Dog Costume Contest – Won by Alley dressed as a Standardbred Racehorse • Bios and photos of the 30 race competitors are available on the Grand River Raceway website. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Thirty of the toughest wiener dogs in the province will shoot the cute-factor high through the summer sky this Friday night at Grand River Raceway. The third annual Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races at Grand River Raceway is set for Friday, July 7. The event is title-sponsored by Ren's Pets Depot, and is also supported by Legendary Canine, Big Country Raw and the OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway. Defending race champion, Tank, is reportedly bullish about his chances for a repeat win. Owned by harness racing driver James MacDonald and his wife Jenna, of Guelph, Tank was a winner by open lengths in last year's nine-dog Race Final. Jenna and her mother, Lynn MacDonell, raced the then two-year-old, 14-pound champ. The couple confirmed the feisty canine was "drunk on victory" for weeks after the race. While his formal training resumed only recently, he has spent the winter chasing 1,000 pound Standardbred racehorses in pursuit of the speed and mental stamina required to clinch back-to-back titles. Having been involved in horse racing all their lives, the MacDonalds say they've tried to temper Tank's confidence with a healthy mindset. "He's so hyped right now, I'm not sure he can even fathom defeat," said James. "Jenna and I have been trying to teach him about balancing his accomplishments with realistic expectations." Tank will face four other three-year-olds and five two-year-olds in the middle qualifying heat. In all, the 30 Dachshunds range in age from eight months to 12 years, and from seven to 24 pounds in weight. And, Tank isn't the only menacing name among the bunch: The Mighty Zeus, Froggy, Tank-A-Roo-Boo, Beans, Pedro Gonzales, Pippin, Hershey Kisses and Mustard are just a handful of the monikers that will have the humans-behind-the-wieners quaking in their boots. The evening offers spectators four dog races and 10 horse races. A costume contest for small dogs has been added to the bill. Contenders will strut the red carpet following horse race #3 (approx. 7:15 p.m.). The winner will be determined by popular vote - a combination of online voting through the track's Facebook page and an on-track ballot in the race program. The horse races begin at 6:30 p.m. The three qualifying heats of wiener dog races will be contested consecutively starting after horse race #5 (approximately 8:00 p.m.) The top three finishers from each dash will advance to the race final, after horse race #7 (approximately 8:45 p.m.) All races are 20 meters in length. Trophy presentations to the top three finishers will take place after horse race #8 (approximately 9:00 p.m.). Admission and parking are always free. Although the Captain's Quarters Dining Room is sold-out, there are two other restaurants and outdoor BBQs available. See the Grand River Raceway website for complete bios and photos of the 30 competitors. Kelly Spencer

JUNE 26, 2017 - Harness racing driver James MacDonald climbed onto the race bike behind Future Headlines for the first time at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening and piloted the three-year-old pacing filly to her first victory of the year in a personal best 1:54.1. Starting from Post 2 in the first of two $95,600 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions, MacDonald was able to follow post-sitter Fade into the first turn. Content to shadow Fade through fractions of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:25.2, MacDonald waited until the fillies were squared up in the stretch before tipping Future Headlines to the outside and pointing her at the finish line. Sure of her goal, fan favourite Future Headlines powered home to a one and one-quarter length victory. Pacesetter Fade settled for second and 2016 division champion Yaris Bayama was third. "It worked out really good," said MacDonald. "I didn't know how the race would set up, you never really know, sometimes you think everyone's going to leave and no one does, and sometimes you think no one is going to leave and everyone does. So I was really happy with the trip I could get and she responded perfectly. "She just had to use her speed for really an eighth of a mile, so when she came out she went by them, and she did it very easy," added the Guelph, ON resident. MacDonald crafted the win for trainer Colin Johnson of Repentigny, QC and his partners Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON, David Heffering of Port Perry, ON and By The Beach Stable of Brick, NJ. The daughter of Sportswriter and 2008 freshman Grassroots champion Tomorrowpan ($546,291), Future Headlines was a $20,000 acquisition from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale and has now banked $177,530 for her owners in 14 lifetime starts. "Any time you can win those races, they're not easy to win, so any time you can win a Gold, you've done something right," said MacDonald, who will have a second chance to put the filly in a Gold Series winner's circle on July 22 at Mohawk Racetrack. In the second Gold division Action Majesty got a confident gate-to-wire steer from Guelph resident Doug McNair. Leaving from Post 2 McNair sent the fan's second choice straight to the front and rolled through fractions of :27.2, :57.3 and 1:25.3 without facing a serious challenge. The pair sailed under the wire one and one-quarter length winners in 1:54, besting favourite Soiree Seelster and Aint Three Ok. "She is handy on a small track, that made my job a lot easier," said McNair. "She's always had quick speed, I usually use it late on the big track, but that's tough to do on a half." The Royal Mattjesty daughter is trained by the driver's father Gregg McNair, also of Guelph, for owner-breeder Kenneth Sommer of Sheffield, OH. Monday's win was Action Majesty's first of the sophomore campaign. A two-time Gold Series winner at two, the filly has earned $203,642 in her 12-race career. "She's been racing against the best fillies in North America, and racing good against them, so hopefully she keeps it up as the year goes on," noted McNair. Both Action Majesty and Future Headlines competed against North America's best in the Fan Hanover Final at Mohawk Racetrack on June 17, finishing seventh and fifth respectively, and their connections are hoping they continue to deliver at a high level through the rest of the stakes season. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, July 19 with the third Grassroots event of the season for the three-year-old trotting fillies. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

The granddaddy of all amateur harness racing organizations, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, moved north of the border on Friday night, June 23, for two contests at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ontario. The first, a trot, saw Sherwin "the Magician" Edwards rein Willyorwonthe to a 1:58.4 triumph while the second, a pace, went to Shane "the Freelton Flash" Arsenault and Lulu's Boy in a 1:58.2 clocking. Being that the Billings races were in Canada most of the participating drivers were Canadian except for Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and "Buffalo Bob" Davis. In his contest Sherwin Edwards sent Willyorwonthe to the lead from the three-hole and quickly gained command and in doing so he played hardball with Natasha "Lady" Day who was up behind the betting favorite Hldontghtoyurdrms. Edwards parked her through fractions of :28.1; :58.1 and 1:28.2 until Ms. Day's trotter began to get leg weary after they passed the third stanza. However, Willyorwonthe still had on his trotting shoes and began to draw clear of the competition. When the field straightened for home Shane Arsenault and Lexis DJ who were traveling along with cover, took aim at the leader after enjoying a two-hole journey. But Edwards' trotter was up to the task and he rebuffed the challenge and charged home a 1-3/4 length victor over Lexis DJ. Hldontghttoyurdreams held on for the show dough. The winner, an altered 4-year-old son of Angus Hall, is owned and trained by William Megens. He returned a $6.60 mutuel to his backers. In the pacing contest, Shane Arsenault aped Sherwin Edwards' journey in the first event and sent Lulu's Boy down the road and they made every pole a winning one. Although pressured in the deep stretch Arsenault's pacer dug in and held off a late charge by Bet on Art and driver by Dave "Modern Legend" Drew. Every Girl's Desire, with Brent Hollingsworth is the pilot's seat, rambled home two lengths behind the winner in third place. The veteran 10 year-old Art Major Gelding is owned by Louis Sorella and Gene Miller and trained by Robert Fellows. He paid $9/90 for win. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

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. The Grand River Agricultural Society (owner/operator of Grand River Raceway) will hire a new Director Of Operations and the search will begin within the next month. 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. Before Grand River Raceway, the retired veterinarian led numerous initiatives to put the track's predecessor, Elmira Raceway, on the path to stability, including the inauguration of its Industry Day Celebration, the Battle of Waterloo (a race for Ontario-sired horses), and the establishment of the Ontario Teletheatre Network. In 2014, Clarke was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame in the Builder's Category. "We are in a time of significant change that will demand commitment and the flexibility to develop new solutions to the challenges that come with change," Clarke explained. "I will be 70 in July and to be frank, it's time for someone more prepared to make the necessary commitment to lead the Grand River Agricultural Society and the Grand River Raceway into the future. "I have been blessed with the loyalty and support of an outstanding group of co-workers at the racetrack - some since the days of Elmira Raceway. The Board of the Grand River Agricultural Society has supported me through good times and bad, and I must say a special thanks to those present and former board members who carried the load of moving the Raceway from Elmira to Elora. "To the horsemen and horsewomen who have supported Grand River with entries, ideas, participation in our promotional events, been goodwill ambassadors, and provided much needed constructive criticism, I say a heartfelt thanks. "I must acknowledge the significant role of the regulators who supported the change to common pool wagering on simulcast signals, a teletheatre network, and mixing of live racing with a simulcast signal, all of which kept racing alive in Elmira in the 1990s. "Finally, I am most grateful for the continuing support of our customers, and for their advice," said Clarke. Under Clarke's direction, Grand River Raceway has won several awards, including last year's prestigious Business Excellence Award for Hospitality & Tourism from the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Of Commerce. "Ted has been at the helm of the success of our operations, both past and present, for nearly three decades," said Paul Walker, President of the Grand River Agricultural Society. "Through thick and thin, he has remained committed to our organization and the Ontario horse racing industry as a whole. He's a visionary and a thoughtful advocate, and we have all benefited from his fierce loyalty," said Walker. "Ted's contributions to our business and the greater community are vast and unrivalled. The impact of his efforts will continue to shape our success far into his well-deserved retirement." Kelly Spencer

JUNE 19, 2017 - Father-son harness racing duo Gregg and Doug McNair picked up one win and one second in four Grassroots divisions at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening. The Guelph, ON residents kicked things off with a runner-up finish in the first $18,800 division, as fan favourite Shewearsthepants was nabbed at the wire by Manhattan Play. The three-year-old pacing fillies stopped the Grand River teletimer at 1:54.1 off fractions of :28.3, :56.4 and 1:25.2 posted by Doug McNair and Shewearsthepants. Casino Classic was three and three-quarter lengths back in third. Shadow Play daughter Manhattan Play was driven to her second straight Grassroots win by Campbellville resident Mike Saftic for trainer Nicky Comegna of Cambridge and owner Bruno Comegna of Burlington, ON. "She raced good," said Gregg McNair of Big Jim daughter Shewearsthepants. "She kind of got caught on the front end there, not her best spot, but that's a good filly that beat her. She's a nice mare, that mare (Manhattan Play). I like her; I've seen her race a few times." The McNairs scored their victory in the third Grassroots division as Loves Angel cruised home a four and three-quarter length winner in a personal best 1:55.1. Starting from Post 3, Doug McNair hustled Loves Angel off the gate and the Big Jim daughter led the field to a :28.2 opening quarter. Yielding to C Mary heading for the :56.3 half, McNair and Loves Angel sat behind the pacesetter through a 1:26 three-quarters and then powered out of the pocket in the stretch and sailed home to the win. "She's been a pretty nice filly, a bit surprising I think. She's come along better than I thought she was going to be," said McNair about Loves Angel. "She's a good bred little mare, never grew up very much, but looks like she's competitive with them anyways. "She had a nice little burst there when he moved her," added the trainer, who shares ownership of the filly with Jim Newton of Thornhill, ON and Kenneth Newton of Biggar, SK. The victory was the first this season for Loves Angel and also marked her first appearance in the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle. Gottalovemyshadow earned her third straight victory and second Grassroots trophy of the season with an impressive 1:53.3 score in the second division. From Post 1 the fan favourite controlled the pace, ringing up fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25.2 en route to a two and three-quarter length victory over Stellenbosch and Fading Shadow. The mile was just two-fifths of a second shy of the 1:53.1 Grand River Raceway track record for sophomore pacing fillies held by Seaside Rory and L A Delight. Moffat resident Jack Moiseyev conditions Gottalovemyshadow for Joanne Colville of Moffat, Nancy MacNevin of Essex and Emma Christoforou of Moffat, ON. In six lifetime starts the chestnut daughter of Shadow Play boasts a record of three wins and one third for earnings of $31,530. The final Grassroots division, contested in a driving rain, went to Check Mach and Guelph resident Scott Young, who sprinted by pacesetter and fan favourite Kloof Street in the stretch. The pair reached the wire one-half length on top in 1:57.1, a personal best for Check Mach. B Fifteen rounded out the top three while the McNair stable's third entry, Cams Lucky Star, finished out of the money in sixth. Young engineered the win from Post 1 for trainer Jerry Duford of Rockwood and his partner in Home Stretch Holdings Inc., Joanne Wray, along with Lloyd and Barbara Tylee of Grimsby, ON. The victory was the Mach Three daughter's first in Ontario Sires Stakes competition and her third of the season. "With the rail it was either cut it or sit the two-hole behind Travis (Cullen and Kloof Street), so when the option came to follow the favourite I said, 'Well, it works, I should be second'," said Young, who notched his first OSS victory of the season with the effort. "And, you know, she tightened up in the last turn, and when I moved her she paced by, so I was very happy with her." The three-year-old pacing fillies will continue their Grassroots rivalry on July 21 at Mohawk Racetrack, while the Gold Series fillies arrive at Grand River Raceway next Monday, June 26 for the second event on their calendar. 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 - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) has announced the recipients of its new Community Mini-Grant program supporting projects related to agriculture and the environment. Eleven grants totaling $9,750 were awarded in amounts ranging from $250 to $1,000. The grants were awarded on June 13 at Grand River Raceway. The recipients and projects are summarized below: 1. $1,000 awarded to Beverley Cairns of Elora to fund the updating of cartographic maps for the reissue of the 1995 book "Elora Gorge: A Visitor's Guide" created by Dr. Kenneth Hewitt, professor emeritus in Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. 2. $1,000 awarded to the Drayton Mapleton Agricultural Society to fund new gates required for the relocation of 2017 cattle shows to a more visible area for spectators and a safer environment for cattle show participants. 3. $1,000 awarded to the Fergus Agricultural Society to offset costs of the Fergus Fall Fair's new venture, Breakfast On The Farm at Dirksen's Holsteins near Alma on June 24. The initiative is designed to provide an educational opportunity and social event for the general public to experience farm-to-fork and the operation of a local family-owned dairy farm. 4. $1,000 awarded to the EcoSchool Club at JD Hogarth Public School in Fergus to assist in the cost of acquiring 15 armour stones to be used for amphitheatre-style seating for a new outdoor class space. 5. $1,000 awarded to John Black Public School in Fergus for the purchase of planter boxes and materials for a project to improve to the school's play yard space. The boxes are also used by Kindergarten classes and by Grade 5 classes for class curriculum. 6. $1,000 awarded to Ontario Streams of Fergus to be applied to the funding of Environmental Explorations Workshops for Centre Wellington Grade 7 students on June 26 and the Artistic Responses To The Environment project for the general public. 7. $1,000 awarded to the Rotary Club Of Fergus-Elora to fund the planting of new Vimy Oak trees at Victoria Park in Elora, and accompanying cast bronze plaques. The beatification project is also aimed at educating next generations about Vimy Ridge and other battles during the First World War. 8. $250 awarded to Grand River Raceway employee Sarah Anthony of Fergus to fund a portion of her community contribution while volunteering with Operation Groundswell in small, rural communities in Peru. A fourth-year Bachelor Of Public Health (Honours) Co-Op student at Brock University, Sarah will be working on an organic traditional farm, making Andean medicines, tending to livestock and building a stove to make and sell food to the community. 9. $1,000 awarded to the St. Joseph Catholic School of Fergus for the completion of the Allison Brunt Memorial Butterfly Garden, which will function as a community installation, environmental learning space and designated outdoor classroom environment. 10. $500 awarded to Waterloo Rural Women to offset costs associated with the 22nd annual Children's Farm Safety Day on June 17 at Heritage Hill Farm in New Dundee. The event is geared for families with children ages 4 - 12 and is designed to teach safety and make families aware of the hazards on their farms. 11. $1,000 awarded to the Western Ontario 4-H Beef Invitational to offset costs of the 12th annual show on July 22 and 23 in Stratford, showcasing 80 - 120 4-H members between the ages of 9 - 21. The GRAS owns and operates Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON. The GRAS is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and governed by a volunteer board of directors reporting to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The GRAS mandate is to encourage awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. Back Row (Left to Right): Ted Clarke - General Manager of Grand River Raceway, Doreen Shantz - Waterloo Rural Women, Arlie Zantinge - Drayton Mapleton Agricultural Society, Brooke Switzer, Marilyn Abraham - Ontario Streams, Kelly Harkness, Jim Gibbons - Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora, Helen Broadfoot - Fergus Fall Fair "Breakfast on the Farm", Dr. Kenneth Hewitt Front Row (Left to Right): Loan De Bock - JD Hogarth Public School, Donna Rogers - Waterloo Rural Women, Sarah Taylor, Paul Walker - President of the Grand River Agricultural Society, Leanne Iravani - Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora, Beverley Cairns, Denise Kankainen - Fergus Fall Fair "Breakfast on the Farm", Melissa Mulligan - John Black Public School, Oliver Mulligan - John Black Public School Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Back by popular demand, one of the biggest events of the live harness racing season at Grand River Raceway features four-legged warriors of a markedly different kind. The third annual Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races at Grand River Raceway is set for Friday, July 7. Dachshund registration opened June 7, and is limited to 30 spots at $50 per dog. Based on past years' reception, officials expect the spots to fill-up within a few days. A Wiener Costume Contest has been added to the bill, affording participation for 30 Dachshunds with less athleticism and more theatrical flair than their racy counterparts. The Wiener Costume Contest is limited to 30 spots at $50 per dog. The top three finishers will be determined by popular vote, via ballot in the race program and online poll. While parking and admission is free for the general public - with several food and beverage options onsite - Grand River Raceway has introduced an exclusive VIP Wiener Wrangler Experience for discerning wiener dog enthusiasts. Only two teams of four are available for the VIP Wiener Wrangler Experience. For $100/person, Wiener Wranglers have exclusive on-track access to watch and participate in the Wiener Dog Races. Wiener Wranglers are responsible for encouraging and catching stray wieners. They also receive a Wiener Wrangler t-shirt and VIP window seating and buffet dinner in the (sold-out) Captain's Quarters Dining Room. VIP Wiener Wranglers are recognized with a horse race named in their honour and recognition on the TV broadcast. The event is supported by title sponsor Ren's Pets Depot, the OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway and Legendary Canine. In all, the evening offers spectators four dog races, a Wiener Costume Contest and 10 horse races. The horse races begin at 6:30 p.m. on July 7. The Wiener Costume Contest will be showcased after horse race #3 (7:15 p.m.). The three qualifying heats of wiener dog races will be contested consecutively starting at 8:00 p.m. The top three finishers from each dash will advance to the race final at 8:45 p.m. All races are 20 meters in length. All participating dogs will receive a swag bag compliments of the event sponsors. All winners of the qualifying race heats receive a small gift. The runner-up and third-place finisher in the costume contest and race final receive a $50 gift. The champion of the costume contest and race final wins a trophy and more than $300 in prizes. All dogs will be profiled in the evening's race program and on the TV broadcast. See the Grand River Raceway website for complete event details, rules and online dog registration. 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 $105,500 to 74 students. • The Application Form (PDF) is available at http://grandriverraceway.com/grasprograms/ All applications must be received no later than July 15, 2017. Successful applicants will be determined by August 15, 2017. Recipients will be recognized during a special ceremony at Grand River Raceway on a race night in September. Please contact Dr. Ted Clarke at (519) 846-5455 ext. 399 Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway hosted its eighth annual Local Biz Night on June 5. The popular harness racing event saw more than 60 people from 16 local businesses matched with a horse in race seven. Motion Electrical Contracting Ltd. was paired with the eventual winner Arrived Late. The Fergus, ON company received a trophy to display in their workplace, plus and a staff party for 20 at Grand River Raceway. Bob McClure piloted the post time favourite to a one-and-a-half length victory in 1:57.1. It was the pacer's 17th career win and fifth this year. Craig Gilmour trains Arrived Late for owners Brett Wright of Hamilton and Connor Wright of Dundas. Local Biz Night is a joint-effort between the raceway, the OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway and the Centre Wellington Chamber Of Commerce. Click here for photos from the event. Racing continues at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

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