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AUGUST 31, 2015 - For the second straight week harness racing driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jack Darling teamed up to win a pair of two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots divisions with St Lads Moonwalk and Continual Hanover. The duo first achieved the freshman pacing colt Grassroots double at Georgian Downs on August 23 and they reprised the effort at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening. "I wasn't really following their schedule, and noticed when the sheet came out that they were back in and I was pleasantly surprised, I'll say that," said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson, who has been increasingly impressed with both colts in recent weeks. Darling and Jamieson's first attempt at the repeat came in the third Grassroots division with St Lads Moonwalk, who started from Post 3 and sat mid-pack through the bulk of the race, watching Sutton Seelster and Derecho put up fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25.3. Once they hit the stretch Jamieson asked the Mach Three son for another gear and St Lads Moonwalk sprinted by his peers to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.3. Fan favourite Derecho settled for second and Print Media paced into third. "I was very, very impressed with St Lads Moonwalk's victory tonight," said Jamieson. "He got a good enough trip to get lucky to slide out, and the straight run up in the stretch, but he did have to make up about four or five lengths to get the win and did it very, very easily. So he was very impressive tonight." Cambridge, ON resident Darling owns and trains St Lads Moonwalk, who jumped to the top of the division standings with the win, his third straight in Grassroots action. Along with his three victories, the colt has a third and a seventh-place Grassroots result for a total of 164 points. St Lads Moonwalk Continual Hanover went looking for his second win from Post 3 in the last division. The Bettor's Delight son and Jamieson got away fifth and allowed Baddestnbestest to pace by the quarter in :27 and the half in :55.1 before mounting a challenge on the way to the 1:23.3 three-quarters. Fan favourite Continual Hanover had taken command before the colts entered the stretch and pulled away to a one and one-half length victory in 1:52.2.Only Half Bad and Big Yellow closed well to be second and third. "Continual Hanover, he just does as much as you ask him to do or as little as you ask him to do, and he's a fun horse to drive," said Jamieson. "I think he paced his own last quarter in :28.3 or :28.4, but I'm sure that if I needed any more out of him he would have gone more for me. He makes it fun to drive." A half-brother to Darling's 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing filly division champion Code One Hanover, Continual Hanover now has two wins, two seconds and one seventh on his resume in five Grassroots appearances, putting him right behind his stablemate in the division standings with 152 points. Continual Hanover Darling also sent out Notetoself Hanover, who finished fourth in the first division, King Of Sports, who was second in the second split, and Vegas Dream, who finished eighth in the fourth division. Bingo Ingo kicked off the Grassroots festivities by capturing his first Grassroots trophy in the first $18,000 division. Driver James MacDonald crafted a come-from-behind trip for the Camluck son that saw them use Southwind Mayhem as a windbreak in the outer lane before sprinting down the stretch to a two and three-quarter length win in a personal best 1:53.1. Macharoni N Cheese and Southwind Mayhem captured the second and third spots. Guelph, ON resident MacDonald pilots Bingo Ingo for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON and Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH. After two starts at the Gold Series level, O'Sullivan moved Bingo Ingo down to the Grassroots program and he now has one win, one third and one sixth to his credit for a total of 65 points. Bingo Ingo Mach Three gelding Secrecy claimed his second straight Grassroots trophy in the second division, swinging out from behind the first over King Of Sports to hit the wire one-half length on top in 1:53.4. Darling trainee King Of Sports stayed game for second and Tommys Trooper came on for third. The mile was a personal best for Secrecy, who earned his first Grassroots trophy in the Aug. 13 event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Coupled with one fourth and one fifth-place result, the gelding has accumulated 113 points in the race toward a post season berth. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion engineered both of Secrecy's wins for trainer Eric Adams and owner Millar Farms of Newmarket, ON. Secrecy The fourth division saw Inspiration View make his debut at the Grassroots level after starting his Ontario Sires Stakes career with the Gold Series colts, where he finished fourth in the Aug. 13 event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Starting from Post 6, Inspiration View and driver Randy Waples took command heading for the halfway marker and never looked back, sailing home two and three-quarter length winners in 1:52.2. Daylight Rush and Gerries Sport completed the top three. Milton, ON resident Waples engineered the win for trainer Mark Harder of Freehold, NJ and his partners Rick Phillips of Tappan, NY and Peter Venturini of Rockaway, NJ. Through six starts the Shadow Play son now has four wins and earnings of $41,816. Inspiration View The two-year-old pacing colts have one more opportunity to pad their point totals, on Sept. 7 at Grand River Raceway. The top 20 point earners advance to the Sept. 17 Grassroots Semi-finals at Mohawk, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final earning a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 26. The two-year-old pacing fillies will be on the hunt for Grassroots points at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening, battling in Races 4, 5, 7, 8 and 11. The first race rolls in behind the starting gate at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 29 - Thatsoveryverynice and L A Delight continued their respective hot streaks with harness racing victories in the She's A Great Lady eliminations Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 12 two-year-old pacing fillies were split into a pair of six-horse $35,000 eliminations. The top-five finishers from each elimination punched their ticket to the final, while the winners also earned the right to select their post. In the first split, Thatsoveryverynice went gate-to-wire with ease to score her fourth win of the season. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Thatsoveryverynice, the 1/5 faovurite, stepped out to the front without any challengers and posted an opening-panel of :28.4. The daughter of Vintage Master went unchallenged through the middle-half panels of :58.1 and 1:26.3 before pacing home under no urging in :27.4 for a 2½ length 1:54.2 victory. Upside Surprise finished second, while JK Fannie rounded out the Triactor. Albany Girl and Highland Rocksolid also secured spots in next week's final. A Tony Alagna trainee, Thatsoveryverynice entered her elimination off a comfortable victory in the Eternal Camnation Stakes. Following the race, Jamieson noted that his filly got the job done easily once again. "Didn't even have to pull the plugs tonight and she was very strong," said Jamieson. "Each time I drive her she gets more impressive and tonight was no exception. Slow fractions, but to have no one around her and to be able to pull away under minimal urging and then shut her down halfway down the stretch, I mean I don't think she could be coming into the final in much better form." Thatsoveryverynice increased her earnings to over $142,000 for owners Alagna Racing LLC. and Marvin Katz with the victory. A $2 win ticket on the Alagna rookie paid $2.50. Thatsoveryverynice L A Delight extended her win streak to seven with a 1:54.2 victory in the second elimination. The Bob McIntosh trainee got away third with driver Randy Waples, while Blue Moon Stride posted fractions of :28.2 and :57.4. Around the final turn, Waples sent the 1/5 favourite first up, as the field paced by three-quarters in 1:26.1. In the stretch, L A Delight quickly paced by Blue Moon Stride and cruised home under minimal urging to win by a length and a half over a hard-closing Darlinonthebeach. Three Dreams finished third, while Blue Moon Stride and Ivy League rounded out the top-five to advance to the final. Following the race, Waples noted that McIntosh made an equipment change heading into this week's start. "Bob added them (earplugs) this week...I said to him last week after I raced her that she was just maybe getting a little bit warm compared to what she had been and he said okay no problem. He goes out changes her equipment, takes a filly that hasn't been beat (in five-starts) and makes her better. That's Bob McIntosh." A daughter of Bettor's Delight, L A Delight is owned and bred by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. The rookie pacer now has seven wins in eight starts and earnings of over $178,000. L A Delight paid $2.50 to win. L A Delight The post positions for next Saturday's (September 5) $455,000 final were drawn following the eliminations. $455,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes Final PP/Horse 1. Three Dreams 2. Albany Girl 3. Thatsoveryverynice 4. L A Delight 5. Upside Surprise 6. Darlinonthebeach 7. Highland Rocksolid 8. Ivy League 9. JK Fannie 10.Blue Moon Stride AE: Show Time Hill Mark McKelvie

Jack Darling​ hauled five two-year-old pacing colts to the harness racing meeting Georgian Downs on Sunday evening and went home with two Grassroots trophies and two runner-up cheques. The Cambridge, ON trainer, who owns all five horses, paired up with driver Jody Jamieson to win the second $18,000 division with Continual Hanover and the final division with St Lads Moonwalk. Notetoself Hanover and King Of Sports were second in the third and fourth splits, with only Vegas Dream failing to earn a pay cheque in the first race. "Continual Hanover is the best Grassrooter, in my opinion." "He's right on the cusp of being a Gold colt," said Jamieson of the duo's first winner." "He was a very easy winner tonight, got a perfect trip." "St Lads Moonwalk also got a great trip and won very handily," added the Moffat, ON resident. Starting from Post 1, Jamieson settled Continual Hanover into second as fan favourite Derecho zipped through fractions of :27, :56.3 and 1:24.4, then popped the colt out coming off the final turn and sprinted home to a five and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.2. Derecho settled for second and Instant Shadow finished third. "1:53.2 tonight is a pretty darn good mile on that track." "I thought it was a pretty impressive mile," said Darling. "He acts like he's kind of, he's almost borderline Gold, but he's had some bad luck." "This is actually the first Grassroots he's won." "These Grassroots this year are a very tough bunch," added the horseman. "By far the best that I've seen, and there's a lot of them." The win was Continual Hanover's first through six starts, with his previous best effort being a pair of seconds in the July 17 and Aug. 13 Grassroots events. Darling trained the colt's Sportswriter half-sister Code One Hanover to earnings of $182,325 last season and was willing to shell out $120,000 for the colt at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale based on that experience, but the trainer says Continual Hanover has little in common with his sister. "He does a lot of squealing at other horses and when you go on the track he likes to do a lot of bucking and rearing and he's a real pain," said Darling. "He's actually lazy when you're jogging him and training him, but he's just one of those horses, when you put him in a race he puts his game face on and he's just a different horse." "He's all racehorse, where his sister had huge talent but she doesn't try her hardest all the time." "This horse has lots of try when he gets in a race." Darling says desire is also St Lads Moonwalk's best trait. "He's just a real gamer, got all kinds of try to him," said Darling. "He got a nice trip tonight and he finished it off real well." The Mach Three colt got away fifth from Post 4 in the last Grassroots division and Jamieson was able to slide into the outer lane behind Gotti heading for the half and trail that colt through the three-quarters. Coming around the final turn Jamieson sent St Lads Moonwalk out three-wide and the colt accelerated down the stretch to a two length win in 1:56.2. Only Half Bad and Moot Court also closed well to be second and third. The win was the second straight for St Lads Moonwalk, with his first coming in the Aug. 13 Grassroots event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. In five lifetime starts the $47,000 yearling purchase has posted two wins, one second and one third. Darling did not earn a share of the $18,000 purse in the first division, which went to Sutton Seelster off a pocket trip behind Twin B Machniven. Sutton Seelster and driver Tyler Moore of Guelph, ON hit the wire one-half length ahead of Twin B Machniven in 1:55.3, with Day Trade Hanover three more lengths back in third. Dr. Ian Moore of Guelph trains Sutton Seelster, a Camluck colt acquired from the Forest City Yearling Sale for $31,000 by Nor Easter Stable of Guelph. Sunday's win was the pacer's first, and came in his third lifetime start and first Grassroots appearance. The third division trophy went home with Perseverant, who got a come-from-behind steer from the Ontario Sires Stakes program's leading reinsman Sylvain Filion. The Vintage Master son powered home to a one length victory in 1:55.1, besting Darling's Notetoself Hanover and Rockstar Dreams. The win was Perseverant's third straight and first in Grassroots action. Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC conditions the colt for owner-breeder Determination of Montreal, QC. Kokanee Seelster moved to the top of the two-year-old pacing colt division point standings with his second Grassroots win. The only colt to win on the front end, Kokanee Seelster and driver Phil Hudon of Guelph rang up fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:25.2 on their way to a 1:54.3 score in the fourth division. Darling trainee King Of Sports finished two lengths back in second and Three Truths was hot on his heels in third. Acton, ON resident Anthony Montini conditions Kokanee Seelster for Ming Siu of Richmond, BC and Edmund Lui of Parkhill. In three Grassroots outings the Camluck son has two wins and one second for a point tally of 125, 11 more than St Lads Moonwalk and Blue Zombie. The freshman pacing colts will make their fifth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 31 and then wrap up their regular season at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 7. The top 20 point earners from the six regular season events will square off in a pair of Semi-finals at Mohawk on Sept. 17, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final earning a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 26. 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Dublin, Ireland – With near perfect weather and the strongest harness racing program in the history of Portmarnock Raceway, seven track records were set on the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial race card. Nearly 2,000 race fans jammed the half mile oval and all were treated to a spectacular exhibition of horse racing and horsemanship. The feature race was the final of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial, the richest race in all of the British Isles at 18,500 euros and what a battle it was. Miraculous, fresh off his track record setting performance the day before in 2:00.9, went straight out to the lead for driver Patrick Kane, Jr. with Party At The Spa (Alan Waythornthwaite) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter in :29.7. Cutting the mile to the half in 1:00.2, Miraculous was the strong horse but Newtown Rock and Jody Jamieson was not going to sit still and came first-over to challenge, then dropped into the two-hole by the three-quarters in 1:30.4. Then on the turn for home, Jamieson moved again with Newtown Rock and came after Miraculous, but in the stretch Kane let out another notch and they pulled away from Newtown Rock to win by two and one-half lengths. Newtown Rock held for second with Party At The Spa third. The time of the race was 1:59.9, the fastest mile ever by a two-year-old in all of Ireland the UK. “My colt had two hard trips these past two day but he was up for it,” Said driver Patrick Kane, Jr. “Since I first raced him this year I knew he was something special and he showed it today. He is the best two-year-old I have ever sat behind.” Sired by Arts Conquest, Miraculous now has won the Delaney Memorial and the Breeders Crown UK/Ireland in a sensational first season of racing for owner Amie Flower and trainer Sally Teeboon. To watch the video of the race click here. The day started off with a bang in the third race final leg of the Inter Dominion Series for pacers. On the line to the winner was a free trip to compete in the Inter Dominion Series in Perth, Australia come this November. Someone must have told Meadowbranch DJ about the free trip down under as the seven-year-old son of Real Artist crushed the field for driver John Richardson. Stablemate Meadowbranch Romeo (Noel Ryan) got to the lead first out of the gate with Brywinsmagicpotion (Alan Haythornthwaite) grabbing the two-hole spot. Meadowbranch Romeo cut the first quarter in :28.6 and the half mile in :56.2. It was at the half mile marker that Richardson got Meadowbranch DJ into high gear on the outside and before the three-quarters in 1:26.4 they shot to the lead and the race was over from there. Holding the field at bay, Meadowbranch DJ hit the mile in 1:56, then opened up to a ten length lead by the one and quarter mile mark in 2:26.4 and then laid it on to win by seventeen lengths in 2:57.3. Brywinsmagicotion was second with Astounding (Gordon Gilvear), rebounding from an early break, finishing third. That was the fastest 1.5 mile race ever in Ireland/UK and just one second off the world record. “I have never been to Australia,” said driver John Richardson, “And if he (Meadowbranch DJ) can keep his form like he did today I think we will make some heads turn. I am not familiar with the horses down under so we will have to look into it now. I never dreamed we would get an opportunity like this. “He had been going some strong miles,” Richardson explained, “so we took him to the beach and that helped him recover for this big mile today.” USA’s George Brennan won his first race on Irish soil in the Paul Murtagh Memorial 4YO Derby. Brennan led from start to finish with Porterstown Chris in 3:00.1 for the one and one-half mile race. That was the fastest mile ever for a four-year-old at that distance. He is trained and owned by Geoff Dunne, whose brother Jonathan competes against Brennan in the USA. “It feels great to win here,” Brennan said. “I finally got to start a race on the gate and that made such a difference. This horse was so strong today. It is great to win a race for Johnny (Dunne) and his family. Johnny and I are really good friends. He hangs with me at my house when he comes over. And the people here really love their racing. I am glad I took the opportunity to come over here.”28.5, The Irish-American Cup FFA Pace was a major highlight of the afternoon card as the All-Age Track record and the fastest mile ever in the British Isles was set by Bath Lane and driver John Richardson in 1:55.2. Heart Of Steel (Jody Jamieson) was first on the lead with Stoneriggs Mystery (Mick Lord) following in second with Bath Lane waiting in third place. They raced Indian-style through fractions of :28.5 and :57.1 and then in the backstretch Lord made his move with Stoneriggs Mystery at the three-quarters in 1:26.8. And following Stoneriggs Mystery was Bath Lane. With every stride down the stretch Bath Lane kept on gaining on Stoneriggs Mystery and then by the wire the upset winner prevailed with Bath Lane scoring by a neck. The five-year-old gelded son of Kikikolt is owned by John Richardson and is trained by William Flanagan. Track Notes: Hall of Famer Roger Huston’s call in the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Final, the last race on the card, was Huston’s 170,000th career race call. The inaugural Red John Memorial FFA Pace saw Tarawood Messi and driver Alan Richardson wire the field in 1:57.4. Nearly 100 well-wishers came on the track for the winner’s presentation. In the Delaney Memorial consolation race, Springhill Ali and driver Gavin Murdock wired the field in 2:01.1. One of only three fillies in the field of eight, Springhill Ali’s time set a track record for her age and gait. The Oakwood Stud 3YO Derby saw Rewrite History and driver Gordon Galvear once again rewrote his own track record from Saturday, winning the final for the one and one-half mile race in 3:01.6. New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn scored his fourth winner of the weekend on Sunday capturing the Prix De Elvin & Delaney FFA Trot at one and one-half miles with the French import Silvano Bello in track record time of 3:03.8. Driver Jody Jamieson came over Sunday morning from Toronto, Canada to Ireland just to drive Newtown Rock in the Delaney Memorial. It was not disclosed if the horse was purchased to race in North America. The www.savingdylan.com charity received a check from the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee Sunday for 19,000 euros in their month-long fund raising drive. By Steven Wolf

Dublin, Ireland – Canada’s leading driver, Jody Jamieson, will be at Portmarnock Raceway Sunday afternoon to drive in the final of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial. “I’m coming over to drive Newtown Rock in the Delaney Final,” Jamieson said late Saturday night via email, “Look forward to seeing you all there!” Jamieson did not elaborate on this late breaking move. Speculation is that he is trying the colt for perspective buyers who could want to bring Newtown Rock over to North America to race. Sired in the USA by Rocknroll Hanover from the No Pan Intended mare, Hannah M, Newtown Rock is her first foal. Trained by Alan Wallace, Sr. and owned by Liam Wallace, Newtown Rock has been sensational in his debut season. On Saturday he led from start to finish in his elimination division of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial, cutting the mile and winning with ease by three open lengths in 2:01 over the half mile oval. His clocking was just one-fifth of a second from the track record for two-year-olds at Portmarnock that was set earlier in the day by Breeders Crown UK/Ireland winner, Miraculous, in 2:00.9. These two top colts will most certainly be going head and head in the Delaney Final Sunday. Jamieson will be joining two other world class drivers who have come to Ireland to race in the Delaney Memorial, New Zealander Dexter Dunn, who put on a show Saturday at Portmarnock, winning three races on the program, plus USA’s great reinsman, George Brennan, who was winless Saturday in his debut in Ireland. Jody Jamieson has of 7,153 career wins and purses won by the horses he has driven totaling nearly $102 million. Post time at Portmarnock Sunday is 2:00 pm. The Delaney Memorial is scheduled as the last of 12 races on the program and with a purse of 18,500 euros, is the richest race in all of Ireland and the UK. By Steve Wolf

Control The Moment capped off his dominance of the Dream Maker Series with a 1:52.1 victory Monday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack. The Brad Maxwell trainee came into Monday's $36,400 final off a pair of easy victories in the preliminary legs and delivered another similar effort for the series sweep. The scratch of Kokanee Seelster brought the field down to just four two-year-old pacers for the series finale. Control The Moment and driver Randy Waples left from the rail and got away in third, but Waples quickly moved the son of Well Said to the front around the first turn. After an easy quarter of :29, Control The Moment turned up the tempo and posted fractions :56.3 and 1:24.2 for a middle-half of :55.2. In the stretch, Control The Moment put the race on ice and paced home comfortably in :27.4 for a 2 1/4 length victory. Mindtrip came from fourth at the top of the lane to finish second, while Derecho and Adrian Hanover rounded out the top four. Control The Moment is now undefeated in four starts and has banked $39,020. "I liked him before I baby raced him, I actually went out to Brad's (Maxwell) farm and he got me to train him a couple times," said Waples, following the race. "He's just gives you the feeling the first time you sit behind him, whether you jog him or train him, you don't have to go fast. He's just a very imposing horse." A $47,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale last October, Control The Moment is owned by Maxwell, Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The clocking of 1:52.1 lowered his career mark by two-fifths of a second. A $2 win ticket on Control The Moment paid $2.20. Also on Monday evening, the first leg of the Pure Ivory Series was contested for two-year-old trotting fillies. A field of nine fillies lined up for the $12,000 first leg of the three-week series. The Blake MacIntosh trained fillies Rose Run Reanna and Thisladysdynamite were sent off as co-favourites at 9/5. The two fillies showed the most early speed and Rose Run Reanna grabbed the front just ahead of her stablemate. The two fillies sat one-two through fractions of :29, :59 and 1:29 to lead the field into the lane. In the stretch, Thisladysdynamite and driver Jody Jamieson came to outside to try and power by Rose Run Reanna and driver Doug McNair. The fillies went toe-to-toe right to the wire, with Thisladysdynamite getting up late to win by a  Pennies From Above made a late charge to finish a close third, while Sound Of Music was fourth. A daughter of Explosive Matter, Thisladysdyamite most recently broke her maiden with a victory at Georgian Downs. The rookie trotting filly now has two wins from five starts and earnings of $11,620 for owners MacIntosh, Anne Campbell and Stephen Waldman. Thisladysdynamite was a $20,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale last October. Her 1:59 victory lowered her previous mark by more than a second. The MacIntosh exactor paid $18.90 for a $2 wager, while Thisladysdynamite paid $5.90 to win. The second leg of the Pure Ivory will take place next Monday (August 3). Mark McKelvie

Local father-son harness racing duo Gregg and Doug McNair captured their third Battle Of Waterloo victory during the 25th anniversary edition of Grand River Raceway's Industry Day celebration on August 3. The Guelph, ON residents won the race in 2008 with Trail Boss and again in 2013 with Three Of Clubs. A winner in his elimination division one week ago, Magnum J went off at odds of 3-1 leaving from post seven in the $227,397 final. Doug McNair, 25, guided the two-year-old pacer straight to the front of the nine-horse field and never looked back, maintaining the lead in the stretch against a fast-closing Stonebridge Beach with driver Stephane Pouliot. Magnum J finished a half-length the best in 1:55.3. Gregg McNair purchased Magnum J for $10,000 from last year's Forest City Yearling Sale for co-owners Tony Lawrence and William Brown. The black gelding's share of the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo brings his career bankroll to $126,799. The McNairs also nailed back-to-back wins in races two and three of the 11-race card. Solar Sister was the betting favourite heading into the first of two $105,000 Gold Series divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS). Doug McNair dominated gate-to-wire, scoring the sophomore pacing filly's sixth win from nine season starts. The victory pushes her career bankroll to $540,190 for owners David Willmot and Clay Harland Horner. The 1:53.2 clocking set a new Canadian season's record and was just one-fifth of a second off the track record. Team McNair was back to the winners circle in the next dash for the Battle Of The Belles Consolation. Stonebridge Pearl was sixth in last week's elimination division but scored handily in today's $15,000 contest. The Mach Three filly's maiden win clocked in at 1:57.3 for Gregg McNair who co-owns with Terry & Jake Davidson. In the Battle Of Belles final, trainer David Menary and driver Jody Jamieson teamed up for their second stakes win. The pair won the 2012 edition with Macharoundtheclock. This year's $141,246 final was all Free Show as she scored her second career win after last week's victory in the eliminations. Jamieson finished a length the best in 1:56.3 for Hutt Racing Stable, who paid just $14,000 for the Badlands Hanover filly as a yearling. She has now earned $110,623 in five career starts. The second OSS Gold Series division of the day was won by Ms Mac N Cheese. Driver Sylvain Filion fired the Badlands Hanover filly up the passing lane to win by a length over Sports Chic in 1:55.3. Richard Moreau trains Ms Mac N Cheese for David Ratchford. This is her fifth win in eight season starts. On the lighter side, driver James MacDonald stole the half-time show with an incredible repeat performance in the Industry Day Drivers' Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes. The Guelph, ON reinsman has won the event for the past five consecutive years. Fellow drivers Ryan Holliday, Tyler Moore and Travis Henry put up a good fight, but simply could not stack up against the unstoppable MacDonald. "Everyone's got their thing," said MacDonald in a post-race interview. "Gretzky had hockey and I've got the bounce." The Best In 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: Sharleen MacDonald, Brandy Jamieson, Marylou Gingras, Nancy O'Hagan, Alexis Hebert, Ethan Gagnon, Laura Ireland, Leanne Murphy, Kellie Browne, J. Richards, Rick Welsh, Kelley McNiven, Gabriella Sasso, Jeff Williams, and Patty Drury. A crowd of approximately 5,000 people wagered $93,110 on-track. The total handle was $312,548.  Battle Of The Belles race video Battle Of Waterloo video  Bouncy Pony Stakes race video Kelly Spencer

Rural Guelph residents Gregg and Doug McNair had another outstanding afternoon during their local oval's annual showcase of harness racing. The father-son duo - the top trainer and driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program in 2014 - took four horses to Grand River Raceway on Monday for the 25th Industry Day program and went home with three wins and one third. Kicking off Team McNair's impressive afternoon was three-year-old pacing filly Solar Sister, who captured the first $105,000 Gold Series division in 1:53.2, just one-fifth of a second off the track record. Starting from Post 1 the Mach Three filly and driver Doug McNair took command of the race just past the :26.3 opening quarter and carried on to a :54.4 half and a 1:24 three-quarters before hitting the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Wrangler Magic. Stonebridge Quest finished two and one-half lengths back of the favourites in third. "She drew good and took advantage of it," said Gregg McNair, who conditions Solar Sister for owner-breeders David Willmot of King City, ON and Clay Harland Horner of Toronto, ON. "It was a big mile. We had a lot of rain around here yesterday so the track, it's good now, but it'll likely even get faster by the end of the day." "They done a good job, this morning I was up here and it had a few ruts in it," he added. "They did quite a bit of work." The win was Solar Sister's third in Gold Series action this season, giving her a perfect 150 points and top spot in the division standings. Through nine sophomore starts the filly boasts a record of six wins and one third for earnings of $325,362. In addition to her Gold Series trophies she also captured the SBOA Stake Final at Mohawk Racetrack on May 30 and finished third in the Fan Hanover Final at Mohawk on June 20. Doug and Gregg McNair returned to the Grand River Raceway winner's circle one race later, with two-year-old pacing filly Stonebridge Pearl, who sprinted down the stretch to a 1:57.3 score in the Battle Of The Belles Consolation. Doug McNair and the Mach Three daughter, who is a Gold Series regular, bested Miss Babe Delight and favourite Twin B Virtue by a length. Gregg McNair trains Stonebridge Pearl for his partners Terry and Jake Davidson of Walkerton, ON. Five-year-old trotting gelding Buddy Hally, who was a Grassroots Champion at two and a Gold Series Consolation winner at three, was the next horse out of the McNair barn and he posted a third-place result in the Doug Gamsby Memorial Trot, behind 1:58.2 winner Extracurricular and Stormont Kate. Gregg McNair shares ownership of Buddy Hally with Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. The McNair's capped off their spectacular afternoon by capturing their third Battle Of Waterloo title with Magnum J, who rocketed away from Post 7 and around the half-mile oval to a 1:55.3 victory. Stonebridge Beach closed hard to finish one-half length back in second and Carolina Hurricane rounded out the top three. From the first crop of Ontario stallion Big Jim, Gold Series regular Magnum J is owned by Gregg McNair and Tony Lawrence and William Brown of Hanover, ON. The other Gold Series division went to Ms Mac N Cheese and driver Sylvain Filion. The fan favourites landed in second spot from Post 4 and stalked pacesetter Sports Chic through fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:26 before sprinting up the inside in the stretch to a 1:55.3 triumph. Sports Chic settled for second, one length behind the winner, and Ride Away Shark completed the top three. "I really thought I could maybe cut it out but I could see that Jody wanted to cut it out," said Filion. "I didn't mind the two-hole, and she just responded great. "She's pretty much a push-button filly," added the Milton, ON resident. "She showed today she was real good." Filion engineered Ms Mac N Cheese's second Gold Series win for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and owner David Ratchford of North Sydney, NS. The Badlands Hanover daughter currently sits second in the division standings with 125 points from two wins and one second in three Gold Series starts. Second by a neck to Solar Sister in the SBOA Stake Final, Ms Mac N Cheese boasts a record of five wins, two seconds and one third in eight starts for earnings of $210,805. The three-year-old pacing fillies make their fourth Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 27. Rounding out the stakes action on the 25th anniversary Industry Day program was the Battle Of The Belles, which went home with driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary for the second time since its inception in 2009. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson piloted Badlands Hanover daughter Free Show to an effortless 1:56.3 score over Betty Hill and Golden Idol for Cambridge, ON resident Menary and owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. Stakes action returns to Grand River Raceway on Friday, Aug. 14 with the fourth Gold Series event for the two-year-old trotting colts. August 14 is Ontario Sires Stakes Fan Celebration night at the Elora oval and fans can dress up in the likeness of one of the freshman trotting colt's names for a shot at $500 in prizes, or receive an OSS t-shirt autographed by some of the province's top sires and racehorses. Ontario Horse Racing

On Monday night, 17 colts and 25 fillies will vie for a spot on center stage at the harness racing meeting at Grand River Raceway's marquee event, Industry Day. While the 25th anniversary of the horse racing industry celebration is on August 3, finalists in the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be decided on July 27, as the Elora, ON track hosts a total of five elimination rounds. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Two elimination divisions of the Battle Of Waterloo (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts) are carded for races two and seven. The top four finishers from each division, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers (as determined by draw) will advance to the $207,397 final of the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo on August 3. Trainer Bob McIntosh and driver John Campbell won the 2014 Battle Of Waterloo with Go Daddy Go, and look to double-up with Think On It in the first division. The homebred son of Ponder won an Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Grassroots event at Mohawk in 1:54 on July 10. He was fourth a week later in a Gold Series event at the same locale. This will be his first race on a half-mile track and he'll start from post position one. Sizing him up from post two is the Tony O'Sullivan starter Semi Automatic. While still on the hunt for his maiden-breaking win, the Badlands Hanover son has amassed $30,100 with a runner-up and third-place finish in two OSS Gold Series events. James MacDonald will steer. With $44,870 banked in three starts, Carolina Hurricane is the most accomplished earner of the bunch. He'll start from post six for trainer Ron Adams. The Sportswriter gelding was a speedy runner-up in his last two assignments. In race seven, Cambridge, ON trainer Casie Coleman conditions the 2-1 early favourite, A Bettors Risk. The Bettors Delight son made a costly miscue getting away from the gate in his career debut at Mohawk Racetrack on July 17 but made a massive recovery in that mile to finish second. He'll start from the coveted rail position in Monday's second division. To his right, Stonebridge Beach will be on the hunt for his first win in four starts. Stephane Pouliot will drive the pacer for trainer Stephane Larocque. Stonebridge Beach rallied nicely to finish third in an OSS Gold Series event on July 18. The freshman is a Mach Three brother to the late great Art Colony (a winner of $863,000 in 13 races) and commanded a yearling price of $48,000 at the 2014 Forest City Sale. Jimmy Takter hopeful Cruise Patrol will start from post three. The Bettors Delight colt qualified in 1:56.1 over The Meadowlands and finished a close second in his first start at the New Jersey track a few weeks later. He had a rough trip in last week's Canadian debut in the OSS Gold Series at Mohawk Racetrack, but finished fifth just three lengths behind the winner. Cruise Patrol was a $60,000 yearling purchase in Lexington, KY. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Three elimination divisions of the Battle Of The Belles (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) are carded for races one, three and six. The top three finishers from each division will advance to the $140,246 final of the 7th annual Battle Of The Belles on August 3. Heavenly Hill is one of five starters in the Belles elims for Cambridge, ON trainer Dave Menary, who won the final in 2012 with Macharoundtheclock. Jody Jamieson will steer Heavenly Hill from the trailing position (post #9) in the first division. The duo finished second in an OSS Grassroots event last week at Georgian Downs, and won the filly's maiden trip in 1:54.2 on July 9 at Mohawk Racetrack. Menary's others hopefuls are: second division starters Free Show - the early favourite and richest of the field with earnings of $35,000 - and OSS Grassroots winner Twin B Virtue starting from outside post #8; third division starters Vermillion Bird (post #3) and outside starter Maniana which was a lapped-on runner-up in last week's OSS Gold Series event. Twenty Three Red is the early favourite from post seven in the first division. The Mach Three miss let a late lead slip away in her most recent OSS Gold Series start and settled for third. Monday will mark her first start in the barn of Cambridge, ON trainer Joe Pereira. Among her competitors, Boozer Bruiser boasts the quickest mile to date with an impressive 1:54.1 clocking in an OSS Grassroots maiden win at Mohawk Racetrack. She was a runner-up last week for trainer Louis Eftimiadis and driver Mike Saftic, who will send her from post #2 on Monday. Bold Amoretto was the winner of last week's OSS Grassroots event in 1:56.1. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, the Big Jim filly was a $52,000 yearling purchase. Her dam, Armbro Amoretto, was Canada's top two-year-old filly in 2002 and winner of $1.6 million during her own illustrious career. Bold Amoretto will start from post four in Monday's second division. Trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Puslinch, ON and driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON won the 2014 edition of the Battle Of The Belles with Win The Gold. The pair are vying to replicate that victory with Win The Gold's full sister, Golden Idol. She was a solid runner-up in a sharp clocking two starts ago, but finished fifth by eight lengths in last week's OSS Gold Series event. The Sportswriter filly starts from post #1 in Monday's final division. Keystone Paula has earned $40,600 in just two career starts for trainer Ervin Miller. She's the richest of all 25 fillies after a two-length OSS Gold Series win in 1:54.1 at Mohawk Racetrack on July 6. She was fourth in her follow-up two weeks later. The projected early favourite of race six, she'll start from post position five with driver Sylvain Filion. POST POSITION DRAW Starting positions for the finals of the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be determined during a post position draw which will be conducted and broadcast live following race eight on July 27. Grand River Raceway's Industry Day Celebration on August 3 features a 12-race card which also includes racing under saddle, consolation races for the Battles, and a Gold Leg for three-year-old pacing fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1:00 p.m. Post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit http://industrydaycelebration.com/ Post time for race one of Monday's elimination races is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

Somebeachsomewhere, newly-installed into the Living Harness Horse Hall of Fame, sired three of the five winners in the $268,940 first round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts Wednesday night at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The trio of winners by the great horse included two Ron Burke trainees: Check Six (out of Southwind Vanna), who quarter-moved to the top then snapped home in 55.4 - 27.3 to tally in 1:53.4 for driver Matt Kakaley and owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin, along with 3 Brothers Stables' JK Will Power (whose dam is Whats New Pussycat), who paced an individual last quarter of 27.1 to be a 1:54.2 "pocket rocket" for pilot Yannick Gingras.   The other SBSW winner was Canadian invader Carter Beach (dam: Flaming Diablo), who was in the "feature division" which contained three of the five Pennsylvania All-Star winners earlier this month.   But in his first start "south of the border," Carter Beach showed his mettle by grinding uncovered in a 56.1 last half to post a neck triumph for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer/father Carl, the latter co-owner with Thomas Kyron and George Harrison.   Neither the fastest winner or the longest-priced winner was a son of "Somebeach," however.   Speed honors went in the opening division to the Western Ideal-Stolly Up Bluechip colt Spider Man Hanover, who produced a superhero-like 27.1 brush to the lead in the third quarter to win in 1:52.1 for driver David Miller, trainer Brian Brown, and owners Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vauper, Mike Mallett, and Milton Leeman.   50-1 shot Whata Twist, last and gapping at the half, and then shoved four-wide late on the far turn due to chain-reaction interference, still managed to rally in the final strides for a 1:53 triumph.   The Quik Pulse Mindale-Passage colt, driven by Brett Miller for trainer Chris Ryder, co-owner with Diamond Creek Racing, lived up to his name by producing a $107 return for a $2 win investment to his scattered backers.   Jerry Connors  

Ontario's top two-year-old pacing colts kicked off their Gold Series season at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening with three impressive performances. "I think there are a lot of colts with speed, I was very impressed with all the elimination winners," said trainer Dave Menary, whose Nvestment Bluechip captured the first $70,000 division. Two colts in the first division had already scored wins in conditioned races at Mohawk, and fans made Arsenic and Matchplay Hanover their top choices based on those results. When the starting gate swung away from the field Stonebridge Beach, Matchplay Hanover and Nvestment Bluechip left aggressively from Posts 1, 3 and 4. Stonebridge Beach and Nvestment Bluechip each enjoyed a brief turn on the lead before Matchplay Hanover took command just after the :27.3 opening quarter. Matchplay Hanover continued to lead through the :55.4 half and 1:25.4 three-quarters, with Nvestment Bluechip tucked in behind him and Stonebridge Beach applying pressure from the outside, closely followed by Arsenic. Turning for home the colts were tightly bunched, but when Stonebridge Beach and Arsenic stalled in the outer lane driver Jody Jamieson was able to maneuver Nvestment Bluechip into open space and the Shadow Play son sprinted down the stretch to a one-quarter length win over the hard closing Semi Automatic and Sintra. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson engineered the 1:53.1 victory for trainer Menary of Cambridge, ON and his partners Michael Guerriero of Puslinch, ON, Denis Breton of Welland, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON, who offered up $40,000 for Nvestment Bluechip at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. "He was my favourite from Day 1," admitted Menary, who also won a pair of two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots events at Mohawk on Thursday. "We're very happy tonight. "I would have liked to have a start into my colt (before tonight)," the trainer added. "But we're happy to be fresh and looking forward to the rest of the year." Nvestment Bluechip In the second division, fan favourite Betting Line took command before the half and never looked back, sailing home a two and one-half length winner in 1:52.1 Heavymetal Hanover and Imsporty finished second and third. Chris Christoforou of Campbellville, ON steered Betting Line to the win for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge and her partners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Christine Calhoun of Chatham, ON and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. The group acquired the Bettor's Delight son from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, spending $60,000 on the half-brother to four $100,000-plus winners. "He's a very talented colt, he trained down like a top colt from day one," said Coleman of the well-bred youngster. "He's fully staked up and we have high hopes for him." Betting Line The final Gold Series trophy of the evening was awarded to Voracity, who also sprinted home to a two and one-half length win in 1:52.1 Milton, ON resident Randy Waples engineered the Sportswriter son's victory for trainer Tony Alagna of Manalapan, NJ and his partners Brad Grant of Milton and John Fodera of Staten Island, NY. "He's been a real pleasure to train all winter," said Alagna. "We loved him when we saw him as a yearling at Hunterton Farms. I trained his mother Lu Lu Q when I worked for Erv Miller, so I liked the pedigree and took a good run on him at the sale." Alagna and his partners anted up $47,000 to acquire the colt, who scored wins in both of his qualifiers at The Meadowlands before shipping north in preparation for Saturday's Ontario Sires Stakes test. Voracity The two-year-old pacing colts return to Mohawk for their second Gold Leg next Saturday, July 18. Up next on Mohawk Racetrack's action-packed Ontario Sires Stakes schedule is the Gold Series season opener for the two-year-old trotting colts. The freshman trotters are featured in Races 3 and 5 on the Campbellville oval's Monday, July 13 program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Trainer Dave Menary and driver Jody Jamieson teamed up for a pair of Grassroots victories at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. Menary had starters in four of the eight freshman pacing filly divisions, with Jamieson aboard all four, and the pair reached the winner's circle on their second attempt. Starting from Post 4, No Shadows and Jamieson took early command of the race and cruised through fractions of :27.2, :59 and 1:28.1 on their way to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:55.1. Bohemian Delight and Selling The Dream closed hard, but were unable to reel in the pacesetter, settling for second and third. "She's a real handy filly. She was able to steal a good half tonight, but when Jody asked her to pace at the top of the stretch, she just paced away," said Menary of the Shadow Play daughter. "She's done everything we've asked her so far. I don't know how much is there, but I hope everything keeps heading in the right direction." The Cambridge, ON resident conditions No Shadows for owner-breeder L A Express Stable LLC of Lincoln University, PA. The trainer and driver met in the winner's circle for the second time following the sixth $18,000 division. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson eased Heavenly Hill away from Post 3 and settled into fifth through the :27.2 opening quarter, then was able to tip out behind fan favourite Vera Bon heading for the :57.2 half. Sitting fourth at the 1:27 three-quarters, Heavenly Hill was just a length back turning for home and used a 27 second final quarter to secure the 1:54.2 victory. Lady Paquet finished one and one-half lengths back in second and Vera Bon was three lengths back in third. "This filly has just been getting better and better, she was a little bit behind a month ago, and probably maybe could have used an extra training on the clock or an extra qualifier," said Menary. "Aiming for tonight we qualified her a little bit short, but I was real happy with that effort that day (June 27), and extremely happy with that effort tonight." The daughter of Art Colony and former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Look Cheap, Heavenly Hill is owned by breeder Tom Hill of Lancashire, Great Britain. Menary's other two starters, Green Light and Vermilion Bird, finished fifth in the first division and seventh in the last split, but the trainer is confident they can improve off their debut performances. "We need to get them ironed out just a little bit," he noted. "Green Light paced as fast as some of the other division winners, and I think we haven't seen the best of her, and Vermilion Bird is another filly who was behind a little bit. Tonight she could have steered a little bit better, but I definitely think there's more there. "This is the year I got a plethora of fillies, I've got a real harem," the trainer added. "I don't have near as many colts; we didn't start off with as many colts, but the fillies have all really come through. "I've got nine OSS fillies and I'm pretty excited about the group of them." All eight division winners gave their connections something to be excited about, starting with L A Delight, whose 1:54.1 score in the first split was one of the fastest miles of the evening. The Bettors Delight daughter and driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON controlled the tempo for much of the mile, sailing home three lengths ahead of Buttermilk Hanover and Tempus Seelster. Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh trains the homebred for his partners Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio. L A Delight is a half-sister to $612,941 winner Somewhere In L A. Dancin Inthe Nude, another regally-bred youngster, captured the third Grassroots division for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owner Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. The Sportswriter daughter and reinsman Clarke Steacy of Lansdowne, ON rocketed down the stretch to grab a one-quarter length victory over Columnist and favourite Jimmys Little Girl in 1:55.1. Hudson Standardbred anted up $110,000 to acquire Dancin Inthe Nude - a half-sister to $1.2 million winner Dancin Yankee - from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The fourth Grassroots trophy was awarded to Miss Print, who was a comfortable one and one-quarter length winner over favourite Three Dreams and Nic Nac Patty Mach, stopping the Mohawk teletimer at 1:55. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry engineered the Sportswriter filly's first win for trainer Shaun McDonald of Rockwood, ON and owner-breeder Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa, ON. The fifth division featured a nail-biting stretch drive that saw three fillies abreast at the 1:54.4 finish. Icthelight Hanover was awarded the quarter length victory, but racing officials determined that State Of Joy and Bernadette reached the wire simultaneously and declared a dead heat for second. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion drove Big Jim daughter Icthelight Hanover to the win for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Just a nose separated Tahiti Seelster and runner-up Dixiecrat in the seventh division, timed in 1:55.2, with Bad In Paradise one and three-quarter lengths behind the leaders. Guelph, ON reinsman Phil Hudon steered Up The Credit filly Tahiti Seelster to the win for trainer Pat Hunt of Cambridge, ON and owners Glengate Farms of Campbellville, ON, and Malcolm and Robert MacPhail of Dover Centre, ON. The final Grassroots division was captured by Boozer Bruiser, who held on for a half-length victory over Glorious Delight and Miss Babe Delight in 1:54.1. The Believeinbruiser filly was driven to the win by Campbellville resident Mike Saftic for trainer Louie Eftimiadis of Newmarket, ON and owner-breeder Gerald Mijal of Westland, MI. The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their second Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on July 19, while Mohawk Racetrack prepares to host the two-year-old pacing colts in Grassroots action on Friday and Gold Series action on Saturday. Post time for both programs is 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Mohawk Racetrack hosted the first harness racing two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes event of the season on Monday and the pacing fillies set the bar extremely high for the other three freshman divisions. In the very first $70,000 Gold split, Thatsoveryverynice emerged not just as the fastest filly in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, but the fastest two-year-old filly in North America with a record setting 1:51.2 performance. Starting from Post 5 Thatsoveryverynice and driver Jody Jamieson landed in fourth on the rail and watched as fan favourite Thisorthat Hanover rocketed to a :26.1 opening quarter and :55.4 half. Stepping into the outer lane going by the 1:23.4 three-quarters Thatsoveryverynice showed off her own turn of speed, sprinting home in :26.2 to score a three length victory in the Ontario Sires Stakes record clocking. The mile eclipsed the previous two-year-old pacing filly all-time record of 1:51.3 set by Voelz Hanover at Hiawatha Horse Park in 2007. Pocket sitter Golden Idol finished second and pacesetter Thisorthat Hanover settled for third. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson crafted the record setting win for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Alagna Racing LLC of Manalapan, NJ. Alagna prepped Thatsoveryverynice with a pair of qualifiers at The Meadowlands in New Jersey, where the Vintage Master daughter recorded one win and one third. In the third division Twin B Thong delivered another impressive performance, taking control of the race before the half and sailing home unchallenged in 1:52.1. Free Show and Betty Hill finished one and one-half lengths back in second and third. Campbellville, ON resident Chris Christoforou piloted Twin B Thong to the win for trainer Casie Coleman, and while Coleman had confidence in the Sportswriter filly's ability to win her Gold Series debut, she did have a few anxious moments in the winner's circle. "I actually was kind of scared tonight in the winner's circle," said Coleman. "I thought she might do a flipper when she had to stand still for a picture, but she was actually really good." "I warned everybody to be careful because I think she's going to do a flipper, but she behaved herself." Behaving herself was something that did not come naturally to Twin B Thong, who Coleman says was one of the toughest young horses she ever had to work with. After the trainer and her partners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON acquired the $65,000 yearling from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling sale, Coleman spent several months wishing she could send her back. "Probably for about the first month to two months I was wishing I didn't buy her." "I've got to thank Anthony Deacon and Jay Harris, that work for me; the job that they did on her getting her broke is absolutely unbelievable, because I'm telling you this filly wouldn't even go," recalled the trainer. "She'd just plant her feet and didn't want to do anything." "We couldn't get her to go, could not get her to go." Fortunately, after several months of patience and a few hair-raising experiences - including a sprint through the woods at Coleman's winter training base in Florida that only came to an end when the jog cart Twin B Thong was trailing behind her got wedged between two trees - the filly decided to channel her energy into moving forward. "Once she got training and got going and realised that she wasn't going to get hurt or anything like that she trained very, very good," said Coleman. "She trained down good after we got by that first two month period of breaking her." The only quirk still remaining in Twin B Thong's repertoire is a reluctance to hang around with a race bike or jog cart attached to her harness, which is why Coleman was a bit worried about the filly's winner's circle behaviour. "Once she's on the track her manners are perfect, but going out of the barn and coming in there's got to be a person there ready to clip each side of the bike and get it off her, and you've got to keep her moving," said the trainer. "And she won't stand there with a bike hooked on her, once you're going to hook the bike you've got to kind of hook it on the fly." To Coleman's relief, Twin B Thong kept her composure during the blanket and trophy presentation in the Mohawk winner's circle and her owners are hoping the filly has a few more opportunities to practice her post-race manners through the Ontario and open stakes season. The other Gold Series trophy went home with the connections of Keystone Paula, who powered up the inside to a two length victory over favourite Kays Shadow and Stonebridge Pearl. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion drove the Bettors Delight daughter to the 1:54.1 win for trainer Ervin Miller and owners Greg Gillis of Alliston, Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL, Louis Willinger of Louisville, KY and George Golemes of Oak Brook, IL. All three winners will be hoping to maintain their position at the top of the division standings when the two-year-old pacing fillies make their second Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 20. Mohawk Racetrack has a full weekend of freshman Ontario Sires Stakes action coming up, starting with the two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots season opener on Thursday, followed by the first two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots on Friday and the two-year-old pacing colt Gold Leg on Saturday. Ontario Horse Racing

The first of the stock of the former champion pacer Vintage Master 1:48.2 ($2,160,953) to hit the racetracks made her debut today in a two year old fillies division of the $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series at Mohawk Raceway. Thatsoveryverynice is trained by Tony Alagna and had qualified impressively at The Meadowlands in 1:54.4 recently but was a bit neglected in the betting with Thisorthat Hanover backed as if unbeatable from barrier one. Driver Jody Jamieson eased Thatsoveryverynice out quietly from gate five and she settled back in the running as Thisorthat Hanover and Randy Waples grabbed the lead and set a frantic pace early with the first quarter in 26.1 and the half in 55.4. There was no let up down the back as Waples kept the tempo high with Thisorthat Hanover through the three quarters in 1:23.4 and the Sportswriter filly was still in front as they turned for home. Another Sportswriter filly in Golden Idol who had been in the trail the whole way came out to challenge Thisorthat Hanover at the top of the lane and just when it looked these two fillies would fight out the finish, Thatsoveryverynice and Jody Jamieson went sailing on past  and on to an emphatic victory with Jody sitting as quiet as in the bike. Golden Idol battled on well to run second but some way from the winner with Thisorthat Hanover holding onto third. Thatsoveryverynice stopped the timer in a brilliant 1:51.2 with her last quarter in a sizzling 26.2. A filly from the first crop of Vintage Master, Thatsoveryverynice is from the the very talented mare Fox Valley Zena 1:51.2 ($294,295) and is the fourth winner from four foals for the daughter of Richess Hanover. Lightly patronized at his first season at stud with just 47 two year olds to represent him this season, Vintage Master is off to a flying start with a filly that looks a potential champion. Harnesslink Media

Jody Jamieson had the winning touch at the harness racing meeting at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening, piloting four sophomore pacing colts to Grassroots victory. Jamieson kicked off his successful evening in the first $18,000 Grassroots division, guiding Dialamara to a three and one-quarter length triumph over Feeling Cam Lucky and Naturescape. The 1:51.1 clocking was the quickest of the seven Grassroots divisions and was a new personal best for Dialamara. "Dialamara was really good," said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson. "He stepped around the leader there in two strides and was strong right to the wire." The Lisa Mara son started his Ontario Sires Stakes season with a third-place result in the Gold Series opener, but trainer Patrick Fletcher of Hagersville, ON moved him down to the Grassroots for the June 21 event at Clinton Raceway and Dialamara finished fifth. Saturday's victory was Dialamara's first on the provincial stakes circuit, although he was the winner of the WEGZ Final at Woodbine Racetrack on March 21, and the runner-up in both the Count B and Youthful Finals at the Toronto oval this spring. John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON owns the winner of $129,032. Jamieson made his second trip to the winner's circle with his own gelding, Make Some Luck, in the third Grassroots division. The pair circled out three-wide at the three-quarters and powered down the stretch to a half-length victory over favourite His Boy Elroy and Legion Of Boom. The 1:52.3 clocking was a personal best for the Camluck gelding. "I have yet to give him a decent drive, but he has overcome it almost every time," said Jamieson, who was forced to regroup at the start when Make Some Luck went off-stride briefly after making contact with the gate. "We couldn't be happier with his effort." Jamieson's father Carl conditions Make Some Luck, who now boasts two wins and one third in Grassroots action and is currently tied for second spot in the three-year-old pacing colt standings with 112 points . Three regular season events remain on the three-year-old pacing colt and gelding calendar. The reinsman's third win came in the fifth division with Antar Phil, who cruised home a five and one-half length victor in 1:53.2. Windsong Lord and fan favourite Artful Way settled for second and third. "He started from a tough spot in the nine-hole but the trip worked out perfect, there was lots of movement," noted Jamieson. "We ended up being second over up the backside and I swung him over and he just sprinted home from there. He was really good." The win was Antar Phil's second straight, but his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The Sportswriter son is trained by Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON for owner-breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. Jamieson completed his driving quartet in the final Grassroots division with his father's horse Sporting The Look. The fan favourites tipped out of the outer lane and sprinted home to a 1:52.1 victory, two and one-quarter lengths ahead of The Fire Within and Bob Ben And John. The fifth-ranked horse in the province last season, Sporting The Look had failed to find the winner's circle in his first four starts this season, so Jamieson was pleased to see the Sportswriter son's luck change. "He's been run into, or I've run into somebody else, in every start this year with him. He's hooked wheels twice, got run into once, that's three starts, so he was due," Jamieson said. "He got a perfect trip too and paced hard to the wire, so it was real good." Rockwood, ON resident Carl Jamieson shares ownership of Sporting The Look with 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. In addition to his wins, Jamieson's other two Grassroots mounts, Sports Lightning and Win One Soon, finished second and third. "I had some horses that were favoured and it worked out," reflected the driver. "Lots of times it doesn't work out, and tonight it did." The other three divisions went to Mach Code, Western Bayama and Deetzy. Mach Code and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON were one length winners over Sports Lightning and Regal Sight, stopping the Georgian Downs teletimer at 1:52.4. Jeff and Lori Thomson bred, own and train the Mach Three gelding, who sits tied for second in the division standings with Make Some Luck. Western Bayama battled to a head victory over Sports Bettor and Lancaster Park in the fourth division. The Lis Mara son hit the wire in a personal best 1:53.4 for driver Anthony MacDonald of Guelph, ON, trainer Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON and owner-breeders Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. Deetzy also won a nail-biter, getting a neck in front of Southwind Indy and Win One Soon at the 1:53.2 finish. Thornton, ON resident Stephen Byron engineered the Jeremes Jet son's first lifetime victory for trainer Ken Sucee of Bowmanville, ON and Shelby Novick of Delray Beach, FL. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings make their fourth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 31. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, July 7 with the Grassroots debut of the two-year-old trotting fillies. Five divisions of novice trotters will be featured, going postward as Races 1, 2, 5, 6, and 8 on the 7:15 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

JUNE 2, 2015 – Everything came together for three-year-old pacing gelding Maracasso at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening as the John Williamson trainee earned his first ever harness racing victory in an $18,000 Grassroots division. After sitting third through fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.2, Maracasso burst out of the pack in the stretch and reeled in pacesetter Mac Raider to earn the nose victory in 1:53. “The horse needed a trip and he got lucky enough to get one,” said driver Jody Jamieson after the race. “If you’re going to break your maiden, it’s better to be in a stake race than anywhere else.” Trainer Williamson of Waterdown and Daniel Haist of Ridgeville share ownership of Maracasso and Jamieson was pleased to engineer the win for the longtime partners. “They’ve both been in the business, both partners, for a long, long time. They’ve had moderate success, but maybe this horse is their OSS horse for the year,” said the driver. Maracasso made two starts in the Grassroots program last season, finishing third and sixth, and the Lis Mara son had two sophomore starts under his belt heading into Tuesday’s contest. “I actually raced him last year, and he was really immature,” noted Moffat resident Jamieson. “He’s still fairly immature, but he definitely got the right division and he raced well.” Maracasso bested fan favourite Mac Raider, owned by Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and Don MacDonald and David Kryway of Amherstburg, and Regal Sight in the fourth of seven Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The first division was captured by Mr Carrotts and driver Phil Hudon of Guelph, who circled the Mohawk Racetrack oval in 1:52.2 for trainer Murray Brethour and owner-breeder Melvyn Varcoe of Thornton. The win was the first of the season for the Mach Three gelding, but his fifth straight top three result. Sportswriter son Windsong Lightning stepped to the quickest victory of the seven Grassroots divisions, halting the Mohawk teletimer at 1:51.3. Guelph resident James MacDonald engineered the win for trainer David Menary of Cambridge and owners Terry De Matteo of Stoney Creek, and Mark Searles and 648885 Ontario Limited of Caledonia. Milton resident Randy Waples piloted Artful Way to a 1:51.4 score in the third split for trainer, owner and breeder Bob McIntosh of Windsor. The Artistic Fella son edged out favourite Naturescape to score his second straight victory. Mach Code earned his first win of the season in the seventh race, cruising home a five length winner in rein to Guelph resident Doug McNair. The leading Ontario Sires Stakes reinsman in 2014, McNair steered Mach Code to the 1:52.2 win for trainer Jeffrey Thomson, who shares ownership of the Mach Three – Early Dismissal homebred with Lori Thomson of Chesley. Driver Mario Baillargeon of Acton captured the last two divisions, guiding Tell All son Myhoneytellsall to a 1:53 win for trainer Rene Bourassa of Fergus and owner-breeders M & S Racing Stable Inc. of Rockwood, and then returning to the winner’s circle with HP Bushido Dragjet. Owned by breeder Claude Hamel of Ayer’s Cliff, QC, HP Bushido Dragjet is trained by Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood. The Jeremes Jet son earned the head victory over favourite York Seelster in a clocking of 1:53.3. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings make their second Grassroots start at Clinton Raceway on June 21, while Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack this week with six Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts on Thursday and two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday evening. Post time for both events is 7:25 pm.  

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