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Two-year-old colt and gelding trotters were in the spotlight on Saturday night at Georgian Downs as five $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series divisions for freshman colt and gelding trotters went behind the starting gate. Hemi Seelster (Steve Byron) was the fastest of the five winners as he trotted a :29.1 final quarter to rally from sixth at three-quarters to a 2:00.4 decision in the third division. He defeated Win The Day (Trevor Henry) by three-quarters of a length with Tarot (Riina Rekila) back in third. It was the first win in two starts for Hemi Seelster, who is trained by John Bax for his Parkhill Stud Farm, Matthew Bax, and Goin To The Show Stable of Peterborough along with John Houston of Cobourg, Ontario. Sired by Holiday Road, Hemi Seelster was bred by Seelster Farms Inc. of Lucan, Ontario, and sold for $19,000 at last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale. His dam is Hollywood Beauty, who is by Angus Hall. To view the rest of this story click here.

This Sunday the Hippodrome 3R will host the first pari-mutuel race for two-year-olds of the 2014 harness racing season. Six young trotters will go to post in the first race at 1:00 pm. It’s the girls against the boys as three fillies will go again three colts and the morning line favorite is a filly named Allie’s Gift at odds of 5/2. Allie’s Gift has had just one start behind the starting gate on May 24 but she performed like a champion for trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil. The daughter of Holiday Road led from start to finish in a qualifying race at Hippodrome 3R, winning in a romp by twenty one and three-quarter lengths in 2:06.2. The brown filly is owned by Ecuries Richelieu, Inc. of Venise-En, Quebec and was bred by LMN Bred Stables of Ohio. The second choice in the race at odds of 3/1 is another qualifying race winner, a colt, name William Star from post six. He is co-owned, trained and driven by Jean Francois Magure. This son of Windsong Espoir won his prior qualifying race by three-quarters of a length at Hippodrome 3R in 2:09.3. He is co-owned by Magure with Yves Ringuel and David Lapierre of Quebec. The winningest horse of the 2014 season at Hippodrome 3R, track record holder The Platinum Guy, puts his five-race winning streak on the line in the ninth race Sunday. Going in the extra distance event at one and one-sixteenth mile, The Platinum Guy set the track record back on May 20 with a time of 2:04.4. His track record was tied last week by Adkins Hanover. The Platinum Guy starts from post four for driver Denis St Pierre and they are the 3-1 second choice in the race. The race favorite is San’s Frontiere from post two at odds of 5/2. He is making only his second start this year. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For more information visit the track website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

In 2013, trainer Claude Beausoleil sent out Canada's first two-year-old qualifying winner with trotter Special Agent Man at Hippodrome 3R. This year, he's done it again with that colt's younger half-sister. Trotting filly Allies Gift was Canada's first two-year-old qualifying winner of 2014 on Saturday at Hippodrome 3R. She won the first race by 21-3/4 lengths in 2:06.2 over another freshman filly, Play The High Note. Bred by Ohio's LMN Bred Stables Inc., Allies Gift is a Holiday Road filly out of the Conway Hall mare Minor Skirmish. She was purchased for $8,500 at the Canadian Yearling Sale by Ecuries Richelieu Inc. of Venise-En-Quebec, Que. To read the rest of this story click here.

(TRENTON) - New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today announced Governor Chris Christie has appointed Michael Gulotta, Dr. Richard S. Meirs and Mark Mullen to the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees. "All three new members of the Sire Stakes Board currently serve as directors of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and bring extensive knowledge of the harness racing industry to the Board," said Secretary Fisher. Michael Gulotta is the chief executive officer of Deo Volente Farms, LLC of Flemington, which was named "Farm of the Future" by the United States Trotting Association in 2009. Among the world champions he has raced are Worldly Beauty, Lis Mara, Holiday Road, and Crys Dream. Dr. Meirs has served as the general manager of Walnridge Farm, Inc. with operations in Cream Ridge and Elizabethtown, PA. He is also a principal in the Walnridge Equine Clinic veterinary practice and has served as a past president of the New Jersey Association of Equine Practitioners. Mark Mullen is the President and co-owner of Fair Winds Farm, Inc. of Cream Ridge. He was named co-breeder of the year in 2009 by the United States Trotting Association and was the breeder of 2011 Hambletonian winner Broad Bahn. Re-appointed to the board of Trustees by Governor Christie was Thomas A. D'Altrui of Hillsborough. D'Altrui has served on the Sire Stakes Board of Trustees since 2001. He is the owner/operator of D.I. Farms and was named North American Breeder of the Year in 1988. He previously served as first Vice President of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. D'Altrui will serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The Sire Stakes Board is responsible for the administration of the Department of Agriculture's stakes racing program for two- and three-year-old pacers and trotters sired by registered stallions at New Jersey breeding farms as well as the Standardbred Development Fund, which provides a stakes program for the progeny of mares who spend a minimum of 150 days in New Jersey and foal in New Jersey. For more information on the Sire Stakes Program, visit www.jerseyequine.nj.gov/sirestakes.htm. From the NJ Department of Agriculture

The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society's 2013 stallion auction has now concluded. OSAS extends sincere appreciation to the harness racing farms and stallion owners who generously donated the breedings and to everyone who bid on this year's auction.

The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society will once again be conducting a stallion auction as a fundraiser this year, thanks to the incredible generosity of the stallion owners, but with a different twist.

If the Canadian harness racing scene isn't in tatters now it soon will be if reports from Ontario breeding giant Seelster Farms are anything to go by.

Not Afraid showed his courage, holding off Frost Bites K at the wire for a head victory in the $138,300 Dexter Cup for harness racing three-year-old trotters on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.

Sugar Valley Farm, in conjunction with harness racing owner R. Peter Heffering, has announced that 2009 Breeders Crown champion Pilgrims Taj will become the first trotter added to Sugar Valley Farm's stallion roster for the 2012 breeding season.

Don't be surprised to see champion New Zealand pacer Auckland Reactor back racing in the United States next year. That's the opinion of one of North America's most prominent harness racing owners and 'Reactor' shareholder, Jerry Silva.

Seelster Farms announced today that the 2011 book for Holiday Road 2, 1:54; 3, 1:52.4 -'10 ($462,200) is now full and closed. Standing his first season, the response to him has been overwhelming.

Mark Hall of Hoof Beats magazine and Bea Witten of Horseman and Fair World magazine were named winners in the annual George Smallsreed Awards for excellence in harness racing photography, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced today. Claus Andersen and Dave Landry, both from Canadian Sportsman magazine, received honorable mentions.

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