The Saturday night harness acing card at Running Aces featured the $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacers in action, and Freedom Reigns with Tim Maier in the sulky was looking for his 6th straight win, and he left very quickly from the gate and had to work hard to clear the lead from Swagasaurus Rex (Rick Magee) who sprinted away from post two and stopped the timer in 27.4 at the quarter pole, before yielding to Freedom Reigns at the 3/8 pole. The big favorite then led all the way to head-stretch after posting 56.4 and 1:25.3, but it would be Cyrax (by Intrepid Seelster) who would pull the upset and put an end to the winning streak. Cyrax was guided away in the 3rd position from the inside post by Driver Brian Detgen, who waited patiently until the top of the stretch to angle out, and charge down the center of the track, pacing away from his rivals, and posting a 2½ length win, in 1:55.0 with Freedom Reigns holding second, and Stuckey Dote (Jim Marino) up for third. Cyrax lowered his lifetime mark by nearly 4 seconds with tonight's win, he is owned by James Springer and Trained by Robert Lems, and paid his backers handsomely at the windows, delivering $34.40 for every $2.00 wager. And In The $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, a talented field of 6 went to battle, with Banker Volo (by Yankee Glide) looking for his 5th straight win, and he stepped lively from the outside post for Trainer/Driver Nick Roland, easily clearing the field and posting a 29.0 quarter time, he trotted confidently from there, throwing up 58.2 and 1:27.1 fractions, before sprinting home in 28.1 to post another new Track Record for aged Trotting Stallions of 1:55.2, lowering the mark that he had just set a week ago. Banker Volo paid $3.60 to win for his many backers and He now has won 5 in a row, and 6 of 7 starts this year, and has earned $27,217 this season for Owners Daniel and Jeralene Roland. Flameon (Dean Magee) was home second, with Big Expense (Moonie Svendsen) checking in third. Drivers Nick Roland and Steve Wiseman both posted driving Triples on the card, and Luke Plano posted a driving double. Darin Gagne
CAMPBELLVILLE, August 28 - When John Campbell turns Go Daddy Go to the gate in the $667,000 Metro Pace final Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack, he's hoping it will prove to be another successful chapter in a partnership with trainer Bob McIntosh of LaSalle, Ont. that goes back nearly 40 years. A week after winning his Metro elimination by one-and-a-quarter lengths over Lyons Levi Lewis in a career-best 1:52.4, Go Daddy Go will leave from the two hole in an effort to deliver the first Metro title to McIntosh and the fifth for Campbell. The Metro is race 7 on a card that kicks off at 7:25 p.m. "He's a tough guy," McIntosh said of Go Daddy Go. "He doesn't mind being first up. He's versatile that way. He's maybe not the best on the front end, yet. He's a little green. But, coming at horses he's awfully impressive. He reminds me a lot of his dad, Ponder. There wasn't a tougher horse around. He was as game as they came." Go Daddy Go, who is also owned by Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, hasn't been off the board in his seven lifetime starts. He sports a 3-3-1 record, with wins in the $200,000 Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway and a strong second in his $90,000 Nassagaweya test on Aug. 14 at Mohawk that convinced McIntosh to take a shot at the Metro. "He hasn't gone a bad race," Campbell said. "He's figuring it out as he goes. He's got the desire part. You can't teach that... He keeps improving and doing his work. He's just a very solid colt." Campbell, 59, and McIntosh, 62, are both Hall of Famers in Canada and the United States that have teamed up on innumerable champions. "The oldtimers are still at it - him and I," McIntosh said, laughing. "Over the years we've had some good ones. It's been a great run and John's still driving like a young guy. He's still the best. He hasn't lost a beat." Saturday, Campbell will drive all four of the horses McIntosh has entered on the stakes-rich card. He'll pilot Lasting Appeal in the $207,689 Simcoe, Thinking Out Loud in the $634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby and Dapper Dude in the $34,000 Preferred. The first horse Campbell drove for McIntosh was a $5,000 claiming mare named Brilliant Bonnie in 1977 at Windsor Raceway. "She was an orangutan," McIntosh said. "She was no fun to drive. I do remember that," Campbell said. "She was no Go Daddy Go." Go Daddy Go is a homebred colt out of McIntosh's mare San Francine. She has also produced Daddy Mac ($600,000), Change Your Luck ($180,000) and Miss Maverick ($230,000). "She'd made me a lot more money breeding than racing," McIntosh said of San Francine. McIntosh also bred San Francine, a mare sired by Artsplace, who, in 1990, became the first of Campbell's four Metro winners. At the time, Artsplace was trained by Gene Riegle. Later in the colt's career, McIntosh trained Artsplace. In 1999, Campbell won the Metro with The Firepan and denied McIntosh his first Metro victory. The trainer was a close second and third that year with Intrepid Seelster and Richess Hanover. Two years later, Campbell and McIntosh were on the verge of winning the Metro together with Western Shooter when the talented colt made a late break in deep stretch. "That was my fault. That was a whip break," Campbell said. Further tragedy struck when Western Shooter died before he could begin a promising sophomore campaign. "Yeah, we've had a lot of success over the years and some really good horses, but I think the first one that would come to (McIntosh's) mind and mine as well is Western Shooter," Campbell said. "He passed away between his two- and three-year-old year, but that might have been the best horse we had and we never got to prove it. He was just tremendous, just so strong. He just kept getting better all year. We really had high hopes for him." Go Daddy Go might not be in Western Shooter's class just yet, but John Campbell would dearly love to win the Metro for Bob McIntosh. "I know Artspeak will be the huge favourite," McIntosh said. "But there's a reason they hook them up and race them because anything can happen." by Dave Briggs, for WEG
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.