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ELORA, ON - JULY 1, 2020 - After sweeping the three-year-old trotting colt Gold Series season opener, trainer Ben Baillargeon turned his attention to the Grassroots Series at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening and delivered two more victories. The Guelph resident kicked off the Canada Day program with a victory as No Time To Play and driver Sylvain Filion rolled through fractions of :28.3, :58.2 and 1:29.1 on their way to a 1:59.1 score in the first $22,800 division. Hetalkstoangels finished three and one-quarter lengths behind the fan favourite in second and Mr Arch rounded out the top three. "He's still very green, very dumb, and you can quote me on that too. I told Sylvain, 'Be careful when you come on the track I don't know if he'll go straight or turn'. The trot is there 100 per cent, the trot is there, he trots nice, but his mind wanders around," said Baillargeon. "I didn't know how to rig him tonight when I came here, and I changed the rigging after I warmed him up. I said, 'Well, if we get through the first turn then we're okay'. I think he's got everything to be a very nice horse down the road you know, like a four-year-old. He's got the speed, he trotted 1:55.4 his second lifetime start." Wednesday's outing was just No Time To Play's third lifetime start. He made his debut in an overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 9, finishing fourth, then delivered a second-place effort on June 16. Baillargeon trains the son of Kadabra for Ecuries Daniel Plouffe Inc. of Bromont, Jean Dessureault of Candiac and Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff, QC. Eight races later Baillargeon and Filion capped off the evening with their second victory. Like his stablemate, Ongoing Royalty controlled the tempo from start to finish, posting fractions of :29.2, 1:00 and 1:29.1 before hitting the wire three lengths the best in 1:59.1. Dart Guy finished second and King Of Hearts was three more lengths back in third. "A friend of mine (Sylvio Ravary) owns him, we were raised together, and he said Ben I have this colt and he might be okay and this and that. They sent him to me about five, six weeks ago. They had him trained on the farm track in Quebec in 2:06," said Baillargeon. "He raced real good tonight. He's still a very green colt, but a good gaited colt and willing to do it, so that's nice." Les Cedres, QC resident Sylvio Ravary shares ownership of the Royalty For Life son with Andre Desrochers of St-Hughes, QC. While No Time To Play and Ongoing Royalty were making their Ontario Sires Stakes debuts on Wednesday, the other three division winners were regulars on the Grassroots circuit last season. The second division winner, Ripped And Ready, was a Grassroots winner at two and qualified for the Semi-finals. Grand River fans sent the colt off as their top choice and driver Guy Gagnon engineered a front-end effort that saw Ripped And Ready hold off a charging Fit Bitt in the stretch to record a 1:58 victory. Franks Angel rounded out the top three. Thierry Vandenplas trains Muscle Mass son Ripped And Ready for owner-breeder Dr. Ruth Irving of Russell, ON. The winner of the third split, Awesomedabra, was a two-time Grassroots winner as a freshman, with one of those wins coming in the Semi-finals. On Wednesday the Kadabra son had to overcome a mid-race miscue and lay down a :28.4 last quarter to get a head in front of Pot Stock at the 1:59 finish. Titans Dream finished one length back in third. "Unfortunately he made a break going to the half on a loose part of the track, luckily he was strong enough to overcome it," said Chris Christoforou, who drove the gelding to the win for owner-trainer Gary Lance of Port Perry, ON. "He got back into contention at the head of the stretch - he got out wide in the lane where the footing was better - and had enough to get his head in front at the wire. He raced very good." Unlike Ripped And Ready and Awesomedabra, Remember Titans never found his way to the winner's circle in his freshman campaign, but the E L Titan son was consistent enough to make it all the way to the Grassroots Championship. On Wednesday, he finally visited the winner's circle with a front-end effort in the fourth $23,150 division. Crossfit Mouse was three lengths back when Remember Titans halted the teletimer at 1:58 and The Reins Of Titan was another length and one-half back in third. "Until tonight he was the best maiden in Canada I think," said trainer Shawn Steacy with a chuckle. "He's just a solid trotter. Until tonight he didn't have a nose for winning, that's all. But ultra-consistent, can get around any size track and kind of will do as much as what any horse around him will do. I'm hoping that he starts to like this winning thing, hopefully it becomes a habit." Steacy trains Remember Titans for Landmark 12 Racing Stable of Lansdowne, A K Malik Stable of Ottawa, ON and Dale Larson of Kent City, MI. James MacDonald piloted the colt to his first lifetime win. The three-year-old trotting colts will make their second Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 16. On Friday, June 17 Grand River Raceway will host its second Ontario Sires Stakes event of the 2020 season, welcoming the two-year-old pacing fillies to Elora for their second Grassroots leg. Complete results for Wednesday's program are available at Grand River Raceway Results. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

KITCHENER, ON - Harness racing driver Anthony Haughan triumphed as the tournament champion during the fourth and final edition of Barncat Trivia on May 29. Since its launch on May 8, more than 650 players have competed against fellow harness racing enthusiasts in free, live virtual contests where 60 all-original multiple-choice questions are presented over three games (rounds). Haughan won the first three legs of Barncat Trivia and entered the final week with 13,239 points. He finished second to Jason McGinnis in the final week, but maintained enough points to take the tournament crown. The Cambridge, ON trainer/driver and partner Meg Crone operate an 11-horse barn at Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, ON. Haughan joined the Barncat Trivia halftime show to chat about his boundless appetite for racing and how Irish winters in the '80s stocked his memory bank with harness racing history and factoids. Overall Tournament Top 3: 1st place - Anthony Haughan (17,782 points) 2nd place - Justin Fisher (16,474 points) 3rd place - Jim Gillespie (16,426 points) Week 4 Top 3: 1st place - Jason McGinnis (4571) points) 2nd place - Anthony Haughan (4543 points) 3rd place - Dan Fisher (4367 points) Top standings for all four weeks are available at www.barncattrivia.com. This week's top scorer Jason McGinnis wins $25.99 in game play for the mobile apps Catch Driver or Off And Pacing. As the top overall scorer of the tournament, Haughan won a $100 gift card. Barncat Trivia was made possible with the generous support of these sponsors: • Catch Driver • Clinton Raceway • Central Ontario Standardbred Association • Grand River Raceway • Hambletonian Society • Hanover Raceway • MadBarn • Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment • Off And Pacing • Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association • Tara Hills Stud • TheStable.ca • TROT Magazine • Woodbine Mohawk Park Website: www.barncattrivia.com Explainer Video: https://youtu.be/w4muFbQkTd0 Tournament Hashtags: #barncattrivia #playbarncat Facebook: @barncattrivia Twitter: @barncattrivia Contact: connect@barncattrivia.com Kelly Spencer Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc.  

KITCHENER, ON - This Friday (May 29) marks the fourth and final edition of Barncat Trivia, and Anthony Haughan is hunting for a clean sweep of the harness racing tournament. Since its launch on May 8, more than 500 players have competed against fellow harness racing enthusiasts in these live virtual contests where 60 all-original multiple-choice questions are presented over three games (rounds). The contest is free to play. An online show corresponds with each trivia event featuring a game host and special guests. Haughan joins this week's half-time show after trivia game one (approx. 7:20 p.m. EST). The Cambridge, ON trainer/driver has won all three legs of Barncat Trivia and comes into the finale with 13,239 points. (Runners-up Justin Fisher and Nick Salvi have 12,275 points and 12,247 points respectively.) Haughan and partner Meg Crone operate an 11-horse barn at Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, ON. He joins the show after trivia game #1 to chat about his boundless appetite for racing and how Irish winters in the '80s stocked his memory bank with harness racing history and factoids. Friday's game and live show begin at 7:00 p.m. EST and can be accessed at www.barncattrivia.com. This week's trivia categories are: Epic Rivalries, Winning Colours, Breeders Crown, Big Time Owners, Yowzas Yearlings, and Odds & Ends. Although the current tournament concludes on Friday, new players can still join this week's game. This week's top scorer wins $25.99 in game play for the mobile apps Catch Driver or Off And Pacing. The top overall scorer of the tournament wins a $100 gift card for the vendor of their choice. The tournament is made possible with the generous support of sponsors, including:   • Catch Driver • Clinton Raceway • Central Ontario Standardbred Association • Grand River Raceway • Hambletonian Society • Hanover Raceway • MadBarn • Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment • Off And Pacing • Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association • Tara Hills Stud • TheStable.ca • TROT Magazine • Woodbine Mohawk Park Website: www.barncattrivia.com Explainer Video: https://youtu.be/w4muFbQkTd0 Tournament Hashtags: #barncattrivia #playbarncat Facebook: @barncattrivia Twitter: @barncattrivia Contact: connect@barncattrivia.com Kelly Spencer Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc. kelly@truenaturecommunications.com  Cell: 519-465-7908 www.truenaturecommunications.com >>> Explorers tell the best stories and the best stories win hearts.

KITCHENER, ON — Question: What are harness racing fans hungry for right now? Answer: The opportunity to play, win and compete against fellow horse racing enthusiasts. Barncat Trivia is a scrappy game connecting harness racing fans with fun, all-original questions delivered in four exciting live virtual events. This interactive, online game is free to play and designed to challenge players’ harness racing knowledge. Each live virtual event is 60 minutes and features 60 multiple-choice questions in three rounds. Up to 1,000 players can log into the sleek game portal each week to compete against participants from across the globe. Dynamic scoring awards the highest points to players who answer correctly in the shortest amount of time. Scores are tallied and stats are revealed in real time and they carry over seamlessly to the next week’s game. An online show corresponds with each trivia event featuring a game host and expert commentators. Barncat Trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. EST on May 8, 15, 22 and 29. Each game and live show can be accessed at www.barncattrivia.com. The website also provides an email notification service to remind players of game times one day in advance and one hour in advance. The top overall scorer of the four-week tournament wins a $100 gift card for the vendor of their choice. Prizes of $25.99 in game play will be awarded for the mobile apps Catch Driver and Off And Pacing. These prizes will be awarded on social media and during game nights. The tournament is made possible with the generous support of sponsors, including: • Catch Driver • Clinton Raceway • Central Ontario Standardbred Association • Grand River Raceway • Hambletonian Society • Hanover Raceway • MadBarn • Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment • Off And Pacing • Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association • Tara Hills Stud • TheStable.ca • TROT Magazine Barncat Trivia is produced by True Nature Communications Inc., a boutique marketing agency servicing several clients within the harness racing community. The agency is co-owned by Scott McNair and Kelly Spencer. Website: www.barncattrivia.com Explainer Video: https://youtu.be/w4muFbQkTd0 Tournament Hashtags: #barncattrivia #playbarncat Facebook: @barncattrivia Twitter: @barncattrivia Contact: connect@barncattrivia.com Kelly Spencer

ELORA – With horse racing shut down in Ontario due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Grand River Raceway has no choice but to wait for government go-ahead before starting up for the season. Jamie Martin, director of operations at the raceway, is hopeful racing can start in late spring or early summer – but it won’t look the same as it has in the past. “We’re expecting to be open on June 3, but I think we’re probably a couple weeks away from hearing something more definitive,” he said in a phone interview on April 23. He is hopeful racing will resume sometime in June – if not, July. However, that doesn’t mean everyone will be able to flood the raceway to enjoy live horse racing. “We know it would be without spectators so we would just be providing … essential staff on site to conduct the races,” he said. What those changes look like are not yet clear, as raceways in Ontario wait for guidance from the province. “It could be a range from taking everybody’s temperature as they enter the restricted area,” Martin indicated, saying the race paddock is “a pretty hectic place on a race night. “You’ve got 80 horses in there and then people with each horse, so we’re going to have to implement some procedures.” He added, “We may have to drag the races out so there’s more time between races,” allowing the horses and caregivers time to move in and out of the paddock area while maintaining separation. The stringent requirements will need to be in place before racing begins, because, “first and foremost we need to protect the safety for the people that are working in there and we will do that,” Martin said. While the harness racing industry is waiting to start up again, Ontario Racing has made $1,000 a month available in April and May for each eligible horse aged three and up that was in training. “That’s taking the prize money that would have been paid out in those months and it’s sort of diverting it to all the horse owners and trainers to help them,” Martin explained. “It doesn’t cover the cost, but to help them maintain their horses in training and help look after them.” (For more information about eligibility requirements and submitting an application visit ontarioracing.com.) Though spectators will not be permitted when racing initially starts, betting will still take place. Many racetracks, like the Grand River Raceway, televise races and bettors will be able to do so remotely. “And actually, in our case, probably about 50% of the betting on our races actually occurs from the United States,” said Martin. Racing needs to start up again and get wagering going to help support the prize money and the stables and horses competing, he added. Another challenge for the Grand River Raceway is a halt in its construction process. The raceway had begun a $6-million renovation to add a 17,000-square-foot addition to the Lighthouse Restaurant building, doubling the banquet and kitchen space at the raceway and offering additional office space and boardrooms. The addition was scheduled for completion in June, prior to the start of the racing season, but now Martin is hoping for a an early summer completion. As for annual traditions like the Weiner Dog races in July and Industry Day in August, Martin said the raceway is waiting to make a decision until more is known. “We’re just sort of waiting to hear what we’re going to be permitted to do and not permitted to do,” he said. By Jaime Myslik Reprinted with permission of THe Wellington Advertiser

ELORA, ON — The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) is pleased to announce that Katie Giddy is joining their leadership team as Director of Hospitality, Sales and Marketing. Effective April, Katie will be leading the charge in the recently announced $6 million events and banquet space. The expansion is in addition to the improvements made to the raceway building, which is home to Elements Casino Grand River. “This is an amazing opportunity to provide these very much needed facilities in Centre Wellington, the community I also call home” says Giddy, former Chief Growth Officer at RLB Chartered Professional Accountants. As owners of the Grand River Raceway, GRAS is a not-for-profit entity whose vision is to be recognized as a leading destination for unique agricultural, environmental, and entertainment experiences. “Katie’s connection to the agriculture industry and local community, coupled with her background in finance and leading organizations through growth, make her an incredible asset to the GRAS team,” said Paul Walker, President. In addition to overseeing the launch of the new space, Katie will be working closely with the Board to execute their revised strategic plan, increasing access to grants and seed funding for innovative ideas in the agriculture and food space, and building stronger, more collaborative community relations. Katie grew up on a dairy farm in the United Kingdom and moved to Centre Wellington 17 years ago. A graduate of the University of Guelph Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture Business program Katie was one of the first recipients of a Grand River Agricultural Society Scholarship. This is certainly a bittersweet move for Giddy as she leaves behind her colleagues at RLB. As auditors of GRAS for many years, both organizations have taken a collaborative approach to her transition.  “Katie’s passion and enthusiasm for our people, our business and our community have resulted in incredible success over the past five years,” said Bill Koornstra, Managing Partner at RLB. “Although we are very sad to see her go, we look forward to maintaining a strong working relationship as the vision for GRAS grows.”  The new events space will be open to the community in June 2020, offering event and banquet space accommodating up to 300 people for weddings and community and corporate functions. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON -- Grand River Raceway is proud to announce that the harness racing organization has been named on the 2020 list of Best Workplaces in Retail and Hospitality. Grand River Raceway received this honour after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work Institute Canada. The list is based on direct feedback from employees of the hundreds of organizations that were surveyed by Great Place to Work. Grand River Raceway was eligible for this list as our organization was recently certified as a Great Place to Work® in 2019. The Elora, ON track offers seasonal horse racing and year-round gaming, dining, entertainment and Meetings & Events Services. Its award-winning Retail & Hospitality service offers versatile facilities, unique amenities and a gorgeous location for any event. The Meetings & Events staff have coordinated and hosted thousands of bookings and gatherings of all shapes and sizes for hundreds of different occasions and industries. "This recognition comes on the heels of the ground-breaking of our $4 million renovation to expand our award-winning hospitality services," said Jamie Martin, Director of Operations. "We're very much looking forward to offering our guests grand meeting and event spaces and a larger raceway restaurant when renovations are completed this summer." Grand River Raceway is owned and operated by the Grand River Agricultural Society. The organization has received several awards since its inception in 2003, including the 2016 Business Excellence Award in the Hospitality/Tourism Award category, presented by the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Of Commerce (GKWCC). About Great Place to Work: Great Place to Work (www.greatplacetowork.ca) is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes the Best Workplaces across the world in a series of national lists including those published by Fortune magazine (USA) and The Globe & Mail (Canada). Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) recently awarded three donations totaling $13,000. All presentations took place at Grand River Raceway, which is operated by GRAS. The recipients and projects are summarized below: Everdale Farm - David Alexander: $1,500 for the purchase of seeds and small equipment for the Good Food Project. Everdale is a farm-based organization located in Hillsburgh, ON that provides hands-on, solution-based food and farming education to build and engage healthy local communities. Equine Guelph - Gayle Ecker: $10,000 for the redevelopment of Equine Guelph's JobTrack service. JobTrack is a service used to link employers with people dedicated to working in the equine industry. Ontario Farmland Trust - Krista Long: $1,500 in support of the Farmland Forum. The annual Farmland Forum brings together planners, politicians, farmers, farmland owners, researchers and conservationists to discuss the most current issues related to farmland protection in Ontario. The GRAS is a not-for-profit society, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and operated by a volunteer board of directors. It is part of the GRAS mandate to encourage an awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. As a proud community partner, GRAS provides funding and gift-in-kind support for initiatives which align with its mandate. Since the inception of Grand River Raceway in 2004, GRAS has provided funding and Gift-In-Kind support for initiatives totaling more than $1.75 million. For more information about volunteering with GRAS, becoming a member or applying for funding for an initiative which is in alignment with their mandate visit www.grandriveragsociety.com/giving or call (519) 846-8879. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

Please be advised that the final day of training for 2019 will be October 10. The track is currently open for training every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway closed the book on its 2019 harness racing season on September 27, celebrating a 10 per cent bump in handle. All source wagering on Grand River Raceway's live racing for the 2019 meet was $10,382,493 for a daily average of $216,302, an increase of 10.8 per cent over last season. In 2018, 47 race dates were conducted and $9,366,979 was wagered. A total of 490 races were conducted this year, eight more than last year. The track's 29th annual Industry Day event on August 5 posted a record handle of $488,696 - the highest single day handle ever recorded since the track's first race meet in 2004. Total purses paid for all races at Grand River Raceway were $4,895,857 - an increase of 4.5 per cent over the 2018 season. Top Performer presentations were made on September 25 and 27 (respectively) to Jodie Cullen and Robert Shepherd. Robert Shepherd recorded 38 driving wins from 250 starts at Grand River Raceway in 2019. The Flamborough, ON resident recently surpassed 3,600 career wins and $25 million in purse earnings. He's on target to record his sixth straight $1 million season and his 13th consecutive season with at least 100 wins. He's currently third in the national driving standings with 231 wins. He's also the current leading dash-winner at Flamboro Downs. Trainer Jodie Cullen recorded 24 wins and trained horses to purse earnings of $127,759 at Grand River Raceway in 2019. Nearly half of her 95 starters at the Elora, ON oval finished in the top three, and more than one in four found the winners circle. The Dundas, ON resident is in the top ten for wins and UTR in the season's national trainer standings and is currently tied for the top spot in Flamboro Downs' 2019 trainer standings. Dates for Grand River Raceway's 2020 race season will be released in the new year. The facility is open year-round with gaming, dining and entertainment offerings. For complete details: www.grandriverraceway.com Renovations are slated to begin in October on a $4 million project which includes an expanded Lighthouse Restaurant and Ship In barn that will house a new simulcast lounge, expanded kitchen and event space, administration offices, and a maintenance shop. Renovations are expected to be completed by June 2020. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

Philanthropic support awarded by Grand River Agricultural Society ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) recently awarded seven donations and one fundraising cheque totaling $65,500. All presentations took place at Grand River Raceway, which is operated by GRAS. DONATIONS On September 24, GRAS presented seven organizations with cheques totaling $60,500. Fergus Agricultural Society - $2,000 sponsorship of the Ag Awareness Tent at the Fergus Fall Fair. Equine Industry Symposium - $1,000 sponsorship for the November 17 event at the University of Guelph. CW Skatepark Association - $10,000 for enhancement of greenspace at the newly built skatepark in Elora. Ontario Agri-Food Technologies - $20,000 to support the first Agri-Food Commercial Deal Accelerator, designed to bring together industry experts, corporate partners, and AgTech startups to collaborate on innovative food value solutions. Rural Ontario Institute - $7,500 to support The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) an 18-month experiential leadership program for executives in the agriculture and food industries. AgScape - $5,000 for food literacy programs and resources for Ontario's educators, students and Agricultural Societies. 4-H Ontario - $15,000 to provide resources for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship project. FUNDRAISING On September 19, GRAS presented the Kidney Foundation of Canada with a cheque for $5,000. The funds were derived from raffle tickets sold by the Grand River Pull & Truck Show Committee. The prize was a 1973 John Deere 112 Garden Tractor which was awarded to Henry and Abe Dyck from Millbank, ON. The GRAS is a not-for-profit society, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and operated by a volunteer board of directors. It is part of the GRAS mandate to encourage an awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. As a proud community partner, GRAS provides funding and gift-in-kind support for initiatives which align with its mandate. Since the inception of Grand River Raceway in 2004, GRAS has provided funding and Gift-In-Kind support for initiatives totaling more than $1.75 million. For more information about the GRAS: https://grandriveragsociety.com/giving/ by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway    

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway is proud to announce its certification as a Great Place to Work after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work Institute Canada. This certification is based on direct feedback from harness racing employees, provided as part of an extensive and anonymous survey about the workplace experience. The Elora track offers seasonal horse racing and year-round gaming, dining, entertainment and Meetings & Events Services. Its human resources program is designed to create a culture of belonging, purpose, achievement, joy and passion for its 80 employees. "Grand River Raceway is committed to investing in a positive, guest-focused workplace which encourages a high level of staff engagement," said Jamie Martin, Director of Operations. "We are fortunate to have such a dedicated, passionate team at Grand River Raceway." About Great Place to Work: Great Place to Work (www.greatplacetowork.ca) is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes the Best Workplaces across the world in a series of national lists including those published by Fortune magazine (USA) and The Globe & Mail (Canada). Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

ELORA, SEPT. 23, 2019 - Neither of the harness racing favourites in Monday night's two-year-old trotting colt Gold Series divisions enjoyed their trip around Grand River Raceway, but Major Bay and Threefiftytwo thoroughly enjoyed all of the Elora oval's amenities, including the winner's circle. In the first $105,600 division fans sent Horse Trader off as their top choice and the colt made an early break that left him 15 lengths behind the field as Major Bay led them to the quarter in :28. Hetalkstoangels took over command heading by the :59.2 half and continued to set the pace by the 1:28.1 three-quarters, but driver Louis-Philippe Roy was biding his time in the pocket and once he gave Major Bay an open lane the colt reeled in the leader to claim the 1:59.2 victory. Hetalkstoangels was one and one-quarter lengths back in second and Babidibou was three lengths back in third. Horse Trader settled for fourth. "I thought he had shot, especially with the way he raced last week (Sept. 16). He knows the half-mile so he has no problem with the half-mile, and the trip worked and everything worked out good," said trainer Ben Baillargeon of Guelph, ON, who sent the colt out from Post 7. "The one horse, he was the big favourite, he made a break too, that Horse Trader, and we ended up getting the job done." Major Bay earned his place on the gate in Monday's Gold event with a 1:56.3 fourth-place effort in the Sept. 16 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park. That outing was the colt's first for Baillargeon and his first in Ontario. Major Bay's first six starts, including three wins, came at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres for owner-trainer Francis Richard. "He won in 2:04 in Three Rivers, but the big track stepped him up last week," said Baillargeon. "He's a little bit left and right, he's got a little bit of a rubber-neck to him, he's in and he's out, but he's got some go. He's a very gutsy horse and he has a perfect gait, so you can't ask for anything more with him because he trots, and that's all he does, he trots." With Monday's win Major Bay earned 50 points, but he needs a second Gold Series start to be eligible for the Oct. 12 Super Final, and Baillargeon is looking forward to racing the Amigo Hall son in the last regular season event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 1. "He trotted 1:56.3 his first start at Woodbine and he was kind of boxed in there. He wasn't done in 1:56.4, he was running out of room a little bit, let's put it this way," said the trainer. "I'm anxious to race him next week and see what happens." In his first seven starts Major Bay had banked $12,525 for owners Ferme Auclair of St. Antoine De Tilly, Ecurie Francis Richard Inc. of Becancour and Jean-Christophe Auclair of Saint-Apollinaire, QC. Monday's win boosted that total to $65,325. Major Bay After the pleasant surprise of Major Bay's victory, Baillargeon and Roy were looking for the sweep with second division favourite HP Royal Theo, but the reigning William Wellwood Memorial champion skipped off-stride heading into the first turn and was 24 lengths behind pacesetter Threefiftytwo when he reached the :29.1 quarter. After his successful start from Post 6, Threefiftytwo carried on through a :59.2 half and 1:29.2 three-quarters and held off Your Still Up in the stretch for a three-quarter length victory in 1:59.2. Tuckers Out was well back in third and HP Royal Theo further behind in fifth. "I was a little worried that Louis (Roy) would try and re-take the lead, and I was worried about it because I knew full well I wouldn't be able to let him go, because mine, once he gets the front it's there's not much letting people go. He's not quite that manageable yet," said driver Bob McClure, who was quite happy Roy and HP Royal Theo never reached his wheel. "He's a really fast horse, but we're just trying to keep him well-mannered because he's pretty high strung." Rockwood resident McClure steers Threefiftytwo for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville, ON and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Monday's win was the Royalty For Life son's second in Gold Series action and his 130 points vaulted him over stablemate Port Perry to the top of the division standings heading into the regular season finale. The long-legged Port Perry skipped Monday's event. The win was also Threefiftytwo's second straight - following a 1:55.4 personal best effort in the Sept. 16 race where Major Bay finished third - and McClure is hoping the speedy youngster can maintain his positive momentum through the last regular season Gold event and the Super Final. "When he's on his game he can go some real wicked fast miles, it's just keeping his head on straight," said McClure. "His problem is not his gait, when he runs he gets throwing his head around, but once he's off and trotting, he's perfect, he's one of the best gaited horses. You couldn't ask him to be any better gaited, like he's almost flawless." Threefiftytwo Monday's event wrapped up Grand River Raceway's 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, which saw the Elora oval host four Gold and four Grassroots events. Complete results for Monday's program are available at Grand River Raceway Results. 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 - SEPT. 9, 2019 - Driver Trevor Henry and trainer Bob McIntosh teamed up to win two of five Grassroots harness racing divisions at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening. Henry and McIntosh captured the first $23,150 two-year-old pacing filly division with Miss L A, who powered up the outer lane to take on early leader Tuggingoncredit and then dug in down the stretch to hold off fan favourite Queso Relleno and Trizzle Trazzle. Miss L A won her Grassroots debut by half a length in 1:56.4. "She's a great big filly. She's kind of like a six foot six kid in Grade 8, and I look for her to be much better next year, but she's improving every start, so who knows what might happen this fall," said McIntosh of the daughter of Bettors Delight and West Of L A. "She's a big filly - she's going to be over 16 hands - and kind of rangy. Once she gets muscle on that frame, then she's going to be serious. I hope so anyway." "She definitely will be better next year, but if she can get some points in the next one (Grassroots), she will definitely be tough in the Semis," added Arthur, On resident Henry, who padded his lead in the Lampman Cup race for the leading driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program with Monday's driving double. McIntosh shares ownership of Miss L A with Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and Deo Volente Farms LLC and Cool Cat Racing Inc. of Flemington, NJ. The Hall of Fame horseman also bred Miss L A and her illustrious siblings; Somewhere in L A and L A Delight, who have both amassed $1.7 million in their racing careers, and current three-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes star Sunny Dee. "She's different than the rest of her siblings," noted the Windsor, ON resident. "It's hard to think of what she's going to do, because she's got a big motor, I just think she'll be a better three-year-old." After settling for second with So Delightful in the second division, won by Coco Beach De Vie and driver Jody Jamieson in 1:57, Henry and McIntosh were back in the winner's circle with Even Louder. Starting from Post 1 Henry sent Even Louder straight to the front and controlled the tempo through fractions of :27.1, :56 and 1:26 on their way to a 1:57 personal best. Fan favourite Ms Brampton Beast was one length back in second and Chasethecloudsaway rounded out the top three. "The thing with that filly, she's maybe not the fastest filly in Canada, but she's the most honest filly. And Trevor gave her a hell of a drive, because he had them all kind of where he wanted them at the three-quarter pole. That was a great drive," said McIntosh, who bred and owns the daughter of Thinking Out Loud. "When he hit the half in :56 I went 'Whoa', but he got the next quarter in 30 seconds and he had them all stacked up and where he wanted them," the trainer continued. "She's the most honest filly you'd ever draw a line over, she's really good that way and super gaited, good mannered, but great drive too." Mach My Kiss and driver Doug McNair delivered the quickest mile of the five Grassroots divisions, tracking Mystic Shadow through fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25.1 before zipping up the passing lane to a one-half length victory in 1:55. Mystic Shadow settled for second and Wiggle Delight was six lengths behind the leaders in third. Monday's outing was Mach My Kiss's debut at the Grassroots level after three starts with the Gold Series fillies and trainer Robert Fellows is hoping the Mach Three daughter can deliver another strong effort in the last regular season Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 20 to finish among the top 20 point earners and advance to the post season. "She did nothing wrong all the way down, trained good, and then I started her in the Gold and that teased me, because she finished third in the first one and I left her there for a couple," said Fellows. "Now I've got to hope I can get some points in the last two here, just to try and salvage her year. She's a nice little filly." The Rockwood, ON resident trains Mach My Kiss for his wife Yolanda Fellows and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, AB. Jody Jamieson piloted Coco Beach De Vie to her 1:57 win in the second division for trainer Daryl Roberts and owners Walter and Ruth Ann Parkinson of Lucan and Rachel Roberts of Dorchester, ON. The win was the Sunshine Beach daughter's first and Jamieson said she is finally delivering on the promise she showed when he drove her in qualifying action in June. "Daryl has been really patient with her," said Jamieson. "She was real quick in June and needed most of July to learn to handle the speed. Tonight she raced tough and rewarded Daryl for his patience." The other Grassroots division went to Siochan, who captured her first lifetime victory with a 1:55.2 effort for driver Paul MacKenzie and owner-trainer Deb O'Brian Moran of Carlisle, ON. Lady Natasha finished one and three-quarter lengths back in second and Century Gianna was well back in third. Grand River Raceway will wrap up its 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule on Monday, Sept. 23 with the fourth Gold Series event for the two-year-old trotting colts. Complete results from Monday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0909grvrn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

ELORA, ON - SEPT. 4, 2019 - Scorched Romance kicked off the Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing action at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening, cruising to a three and three-quarter length victory in the first of five $22,800 Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies. "She's been coming up to a good mile like that," said driver Paul MacDonell. "She's been knocking at the door pretty much every week, so I expected a good race out of her tonight." Starting from Post 4 MacDonell and Scorched Romance landed in third as Validation led the field of eight to a :29 quarter. Heading for the :59.4 half the reinsman moved Scorched Romance to the outside and the fan favourites started to advance on the leaders. Scorched Romance had taken command by the 1:30.2 three-quarters and from there she simply pulled away from her peers, reaching the wire in 2:01. Peppas Angel finished second and Validation was third. "I had lots left there, she was trotting really strong at the wire even though she went kind of a tough trip," noted Guelph, ON resident MacDonell. "There's not much to her really, she's pretty automatic. Makes my job easy, that's for sure." MacDonell piloted the Kadabra daughter to her first lifetime win for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL. Driver James MacDonald won the next two divisions, piloting both Th Present and Moana to victory from Post 4. Making his first appearance in Th Present's race bike, MacDonald eased the Royalty For Life daughter away from the starting gate and watched from fifth as Queen M and fan favourite Aphrodite Duke battled to a :29.14 opening quarter. Still fifth as Aphrodite Duke trotted by the :59.1 half, MacDonald tipped Th Present out three-wide around a stalled Expelliarmus heading by the 1:30.1 three-quarters and the filly kept on rolling, catching Aphrodite Duke and then holding off Chelseas Magic to claim a head victory in 2:00.4. Chelseas Magic was second and Aphrodite Duke finished two lengths back in third.   Cambridge, ON resident Marcel Barrieau trains Th Present for his partner Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longeuil, QC. The filly was also a narrow winner in the July 14 Grassroots opener at Georgian Downs. With Moana, MacDonald went straight to the front and stole fractions of :30.1, 1:02.3 and 1:32.1 before kicking home to a 2:01.3 victory. Zakarina was one and one-half lengths back in second and Jayport Echo was for more lengths behind in third. MacDonald drives the Muscle Mass daughter for trainer Shawn Steacy of Guelph and fractional ownership group Landmark 12 of Lansdowne, numbered company 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. The win was Moana's first in four lifetime starts. "Th Present raced great. I just wanted to be careful with her leaving the gate, because I saw she had made some breaks, but she was all business tonight and when I showed her some racetrack, she knew what to do with it," said Guelph resident MacDonald. "Moana just crushed tonight. I was able to get her to the front easy, get easy fractions, and she was full of trot when I needed her." Zebs Flur also got her first lifetime win in the fourth $23,150 division. Starting from the advantageous Post 1, driver Stephen Byron went straight to the front and never looked back, cruising through fractions of :29.1, :59.3 and 1:30 on the way to a 2:00.1 victory. Fan favourite Canadian Titan was two lengths back in second and Emily Antoinette was seven more lengths back in third. "I was pretty happy with her. I was hoping for those results actually. I thought she was due," said trainer John Bax. "She's game, she really wants to, I love her attitude." Bax trains the Muscle Mass daughter for his Bax Stable of Campbellville, Don Allensen of Wyoming and Goin To The Show Stable of Peterborough, ON. The last division went to Yen and driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON, who got away third from Post 3 and watched Muscles Aplenty ring up a :29.1 quarter before swinging to the outside heading for the 1:00 half and taking control. One and one-half lengths ahead of her peers by the 1:29.3 three-quarters, fan favourite Yen hit the wire two and one-half lengths the best in 2:00. Enjoyin My Life was second and Kads Kiss was third. "It's always been there, she just, she's figuring it out," said trainer Julie Walker. "She's always had the head for it. All the drivers say her big quality is how smart she is." Walker trains the E L Titan filly for owner-breeder Overseas Farms Ltd. of Cambridge and the Carlisle, ON resident said there was never any pressure on Yen, who has not been worse than third in her four Grassroots appearances and was also victorious at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 30. "She is a late foal (early June) and we always had that in our head, that she didn't have to race at two, or we didn't have to race her early, but every time we trained her she did her job and just kept going," explained Walker. "That's kind of why we're still in the Grassroots." The two-year-old trotting fillies will make their last regular season Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 19. From there the top 20 point earners will advance to the Sept. 27 Semi-Finals, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final moving on to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 5. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Sept. 9 with the fourth Grassroots Leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Complete results for Wednesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0904grvrn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) has awarded 16 scholarships and bursaries to local students totaling $40,000. The presentations were made on August 26 at Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON, where recipients and their families were treated to dinner and an evening of horse racing alongside GRAS board members. The scholarship/bursary 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. This year's awards were $2,500 per recipient. Since its inception in 2006, the GRAS program has awarded $176,500 to 102 students. The 2019 recipients are: Anuja Shrestha of Guelph, attending University of Guelph Michelle Thompson of Kitchener, attending University of Guelph Jade Muileboom of Guelph, attending University of Guelph Mercedes Ready-Campbell of Guelph, attending University of Guelph Bethany Harwood of Cambridge, attending University of Guelph Meghan Martin of Elmira, attending University of Guelph Brianna Lirette of Guelph, attending University of Guelph (Ontario Agricultural College) Emily Smart of Moorefield, attending Lakehead University Cristin McCarty-Van Straaten, attending University of Guelph (Ontario Agricultural College) Kate Martin of Wallenstein, attending University of Guelph Katie McCurdy of St. Mary's, attending University of Guelph Derrick Knill of Bornholm, attending University of Guelph Emma Starratt of Fergus, attending University of Guelph Quinn Wilson of Harriston, attending University of Guelph Hayleigh Royce of Listowel, attending Lakehead College Madison Armstrong of Clifford, attending University of Guelph (Ridgetown) "This is my first time being selected to be rewarded with the GRAS scholarship," said Madison Armstrong a first-year student at the University Of Guelph's Ridgetown campus. "I am truly grateful for this opportunity. The awarded money will go towards furthering my education through theory and practices on campus such as Spring Expo, 4-H clubs, and international trips to view all types of agriculture and horticulture." "I'm heading into my first year at the University of Guelph for the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, planning to major in Animal Science," said recipient Kate Martin. "This is my first year winning the GRAS scholarship, and I am so honoured. Receiving this scholarship gives me the chance to keep volunteering in the agriculture community while I am going to school. It allows me to stay involved and learn more about the industry." Michelle Thompson is a three-time recipient of a GRAS scholarship and working towards a PhD in Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph. "The GRAS Scholarships are incredibly valuable for encouraging students in agricultural and environmental fields. The scholarship makes a huge difference in reducing financial stresses while in school, and really helps me to focus fully on my research. I am immensely thankful for the support." Brie Lirette is enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Ontario Veterinary College (Class of 2023). "I have dedicated much of my life to getting into vet school. Once I got in, I thought that all stress would be lifted - was I ever wrong," said Lirette. "Now I am experiencing many new stressors, one of which is money! The financial contributions of the scholarship will lighten my debts and will allow me to excel in school and focus on my passion for animal health and welfare." The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) is the operator of Grand River Raceway in Elora. The GRAS is a not-for-profit society, incorporated under the Agricultural Societies Act of Ontario and operated by a volunteer board of directors. It is part of the GRAS mandate to encourage an awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. For more information about the GRAS Scholarship/Bursary program: https://grandriveragsociety.com/giving/ by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

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