Elora, ON --- A total of seven $16,740 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series divisions for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers were featured on Monday night (July 21) at Grand River Raceway and they saved the fastest split for last as Single White Sock toured the half-mile oval in 1:56. With Scott Coulter at the lines, Single White Sock was in front through fractions of :27.4, :58, and 1:27.3. Single White Sock turned away a big three-wide bid by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon) past three-quarters, and he then kicked clear in the lane to prevail by 2-1/4 lengths. Twin B Scandal wound up second with Pan Street USA (Bob McClure) back in third. It was the second win in three starts for Single White Sock, a Badlands Hanovercolt trained by Barry Treen for owner Len Gamble. Tanya Prescott bred Single White Sock, who was purchased for $24,000 at the 2013 Canadian Yearling Sale. Single White Sock, an earner of $17,281, is the fifth foal out of the Apaches Fame mare Love You Dear, making him a half-brother to millionaire and former Ontario Sires Stakes winner Ramegade Bruiser. Camluck, the long-time stalwart sire of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, had a pair of winners with Big Moment winning the second division in 1:56.1 with Alfie Carroll handling the driving assignment and Mike's Powerhouse picking up a 1:56.4 victory in the third section for driver Trevor Henry. Big Moment broke his maiden in his second attempt for trainer Bob McIntosh, who also bred the colt with CSX Stables. McIntosh and partner Max Newham own Big Moment, the fourth foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Breathtacular. Breathtacular is related to two six-figure earners in Breathdefying and Lucky Encounter. Mike's Powerhouse, who is out of the Artsplace mare Michelle's Jackpot, making him a full brother to the likes of 2012 Little Brown Jug champion and millionaire Michael's Power and millionaire Michelle's Power, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner-breeder Jeff Snyder. Mike's Powerhouse was victorious at first asking after finishing fourth and first in two qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack. Coleman was right back in the winner’s circle in the next race after Mike's Powerhouse’s victory as her Sportskeeper (Jody Jamieson) romped to a an 8-1/4 length decision in 1:56.3. Coleman also bred and co-owns Sportskeeper, a Sportswriter colt, with partner Merlin Howse. Sportskeeper, who was also making the initial start of his racing career, is the third foal out of the Nuclear Flash mare Keeper Flying, which means Sportskeeper is a half-brother to former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Keepers Destiny (Intrepid Seelster, $702,855). Sportswriter had another siring credit with Half A Billion, who was a 1:57.3 victor in the sixth Grassroots flight. Mike Saftic drove the colt for trainer Marcel Barrieau. Half A Billion is a homebred for the Hudson Standardbred Stable and he is a perfect two-for-two in his career and in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series competition. Half A Billion, the fifth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Racey Miss, is a half-brother to multiple OSS winner Racey Miss ($214,571) and Petite Courageuse ($195,733). Also picking up victories were: Bridge Of Stone, a Stonebridge Regal-Dreamlands Sachi (Western Hanover) gelding, who halted the clock in 1:57.3 for driver Scott Coulter, trainer Carmen Auciello, and owners Denarben Stables and Rocco Auciello. He has won both of his Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series tries The Fire Within, a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover. The half-brother to Illusionist ($893,246) picked up his second win from three attempts for driver Jody Jamieson and breeder/owner/trainer Fred Drouillard. The next time the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series will be in action is August 15 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results of Monday’s night’s events, click here. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
Delaware, OH --- CSX Stables both presented and received the trophy for the $52,544 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt pacers, when their On Golden Ponder(Ponder-In Trepid Water, by Intrepid Seelster) won in a 1:52.2 world record, withJohn Campbell in the sulky, on Thursday (Sept. 19) at the Delaware County Fair. The winner made a bold move from fourth after the half and drew away from Totally Kissed (Montrell Teague) and He’s Got It (David Miller) in the late stages. On Golden Ponder has won four of seven as a freshman and is trained by Bob McIntosh. The trainer also bred him, along with CSX Stables. That duo shares ownership with Michael Kohler. The clocking of 1:52.2 was a new stakes and track record, as well as a world record for a freshman pacing colt on a half-mile track. by John Pawlak, the U.S. Trotting Association Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom
As of the 3rd of July Shadow Play is the Leading 2yo Sire in North America.
Yonkers Raceway's pair of moist Friday night, harness racing $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for distaff pacers and trotters of all assorted alliances--were won by a sharp Keeper's Destiny (George Brennan, $6.30) and a equally-crisp Mystical Starlight (Mark MacDonald, $5.10).
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night, $35,000 harness racing co-featured Open Handicaps--for distaff pacers and trotters of all ranks and files--were won by a down-the-road Keeper's Destiny (George Brennan, $6.10) and a pocket-sitting Looking Hanover (Brian Sears, $4).
Yonkers Raceway's usual Friday night pair of harness racing $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for distaff pacers and anyone-who's-good-enough trotters--were won by a pair of George Brennan-driven, eight-hole assignees in Keeper's Destiny ($6) and odds-on Blacktuxwhitesocks ($3.70).
Yonkers Raceway's usual Friday night pair of harness racing $44,000 Open Handicaps--for trotters and distaff pacers, respectively--were won by E L Rock (George Brennan, $53.50) and Keeper's Destiny (Brennan, $10).
A total of $70,200 in purse money was distributed over the 10-strong harness racing rcard at Running Aces on Tuesday night (July 17) which resulted in a handle of $189,284-the highest mid-week figure in the track's short five-year history.
Yonkers Raceway returned from a harness racing hiatus Friday night with a pair of $44,000 co-features.
Two weeks ago, Trevor Henry secured his spot at the top of Grand River Raceway's driver colony when he scored five winners from seven harness racing drives. On June 11 he was back at it, securing six winners on the 12-race card.
Keeper's Destiny (Mark MacDonald) authored a 24-1 upset Friday night, getting by See You at Peelers and the rest in winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing co-featured $36,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.
The Corey Johnson trained The Barber recorded the fastest time at tonight's (Thursday April 19) harness racing meeting at Woodbine (Ontario, Canada).
Keeper's Destiny and harness racing driver Eric Goodell, ordered behind a Friday night eight-ball, were sharp in winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The 3-2 choice dropped in fourth as Arctic Fire N (James Rattray) led through early fractions of :28.3 and :58.3.
Keeper's Destiny and harness racing driver Eric Goodell, snapped on the money in her local debut a week ago, had no such issues Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace.
Pegasus Blue Chip joins a growing list of new track record takers at Grand River Raceway, where marks have been steadily falling over the past few weeks. In rein to harness racing trainer Blair Burgess, the sophomore Glidemaster colt took to the top from post six in tonight's (Monday June 27) third race and never looked back.
They say familiarity breeds contempt, but for five starters and the same number of harness racing trainers in Friday night's Molson Pace eliminations, it might very well mean an advantage. Several of the starters have already made appearances in Western Fair's signature event which started in 1972 and have demonstrated they are comfortable with the half-mile track.