TORONTO, October 30 - Another action packed round of the Autumn Series took place Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A trio of $14,000 second leg divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings and the freshmen trotting colts and geldings were contested. In the first division for the trotters, One Direction repeated him impressive performance from leg one to win in 1:58.2. Sent off as the 1/5 favourite, One Direction dropped in third and came first up in the middle half for driver Chris Christoforou. After leading the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:28.4, One Direction cruised home under a hand drive from Christoforou to win with ease. Rubber Duck was a hard closing second, while Jayport All Muscle finished third. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, One Direction broke his maiden last week in the first leg and has now won twice in six career starts. Trained by Dustin Jones for owner Ernst Gerbaulet of Germany, One Direction lowered his lifetime mark by a fifth of a second and increased his earnings to $14,800. He returned $2.70 to win. In the second division, Irish Scotch and Jody Jamieson were able to capitalize on a break by the favourite to win in 1:58.1. Olympic Son, the 1/2 favourite, made a break as the wings of the gate folded allowing Jamieson to send Irish Scotch to the lead. After control the tempo to his liking, Irish Scotch was never in any danger in the stretch and trotted home in :29.4 to win by a length and a quarter over Olympic Son. However, Olympic Son would be placed from second to sixth for failing to lose ground while making his break at the start. William Star became the new second place finisher, while Duh Bubbees was bumped from fourth to third. A son of Muscle Mass, Irish Scotch is trained by Don Lindsey for owner Paul Lindsey The second leg victory was a maiden breaking score for Irish Scotch and pushes his career earnings to $14,495. He returned $6.70 to win. Muscles All Over had a rough start, but kept it together to take the final division in 1:59. Driven by Daniel Potvin, Muscles All Over was a little rough gaited at the start, but was still able to leave and get the front. Around the final turn, Delcrest Massy came charging first up to challenge Muscles All Over and the pair dueled by the three-quarter pole in 1:27.3. In the stretch, Delcrest Massy backed off and tried to re-rally up the rail, but Muscles All Over would not relinquish the lead and held on to win by a length and a quarter. Don Jarvis got up to take the show spot. A son of Muscle Mass, Muscles All Over is owned and trained by Ivan Gallant. The two-year-old trotter, who finished second in the first leg, broke his maiden with the victory Thursday night. Muscles All Over has now earned $24,840 in 12 starts. He paid $5.50 to win. Sugarsam rode the rail to victory in the first of three divisions for the rookie pacing colts and geldings. Driven by Jamieson, Sugarsam left hard to take the early lead, but would allow The Battle Begins to overtake the lead in the second quarter. After sitting patiently in the two-hole, Jamieson would shoot Sugarsam up the inside in the stretch and power on to a 2 Â¼ length victory in 1:53.1. Lancaster Park, who was first up, finished second, while Pan Street Usa followed him to a third place finish. A son of Sportswriter, Sugarsam is trained by Corey Johnson for owner Sotirios Anastasopoulos. The two-year-old was a winner a week ago in the first leg and now has five wins in 11 starts for earnings of $32,475. He returned $6.40 to win. In the second division, Jamieson would find the winner's circle once again to reach a career milestone. Frankie Boy and Jamieson made a break before the start and spotted the field five lengths as the gate took off. Antar Phil, the public's choice at 6/5, would also make a break before the opening quarter. Three different horses would hold the lead in an action packed opening three-quarters, setting things up for the back of the pack to come to life. Frankie Boy, who was ninth at the three-quarter pole, turned in a :27.2 last quarter to sweep by the field and win by a length in 1:54.4. His Boy Elroy finished second, while Red Pine was third. Frankie Boy's victory was Jamieson's third win on the card and his 7,000th career victory. A son of Artistic Fella, Frankie Boy is trained by Tony O'Sullivan for owners Lomangino Standardbreds and Leo Lomangino. The second leg victory was the first win in six starts for Frankie Boy and increases his earnings to $9,580. He returned $30.00 to win. In the final division, Robert Hill had to dig deep to pull out his Third Straight victory in 1:54.2. Driven by James MacDonald, Robert Hill got away third and was sent to the lead in the second quarter. Around the final turn, Robert Hill would be challenged hard by Three Rivers Dell and posted a third-quarter of :27.4. Despite the big third panel, Robert Hill turned aside Three Rivers Dell and dug deep to just hold off J Js Delivery, who got a second over trip, to win by a nose. Halton Hurricane, a leg one winner, finished third. A son of Jeremes Jet, Robert Hill, who won a division of the first leg a week ago, has now won three starts in a row and four of 11 this season. Trained by Tony Alagna, Robert Hill now has career earnings of $46,150 for owner Tom Hill. Robert Hill paid $5.60 to win. The finals for both gaits will go next Thursday, November 6. The top ten money earners that enter will contest next week's finales. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
TORONTO, October 30 - Driver Jody Jamieson became the newest member of the 7,000 win club Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. In the evening's seventh race, Jamieson guide pacer Frankie Boy to victory in a division of the Autumn Series for his 7,000th career win. Jamieson, 37, entered the night three wins shy of the milestone, but quickly moved in on the 7,000 win plateau after scoring victories in the second and sixth race. The Moffat, Ontario resident has been consistently among the top drivers on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit over the last decade and was the circuit's top driver in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. Jamieson has captured several of the sport's most prestigious titles including the North America Cup twice, the Little Brown Jug and the Maple Leaf Trot. In August of 2013, Jamieson reached the $100 million mark in career earnings. This season, Jamieson has recorded 254 wins and earnings of just under $5 million, while his career earnings number sits at over $107 million. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to congratulate Jody on his accomplishment and wish him continued success. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
TORONTO, October 27 - Second round action of the Autumn Series got underway Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack and new faces found their way to the winner's circle. A pair of $14,000 divisions for both the two-year-old pacing and trotting fillies were contested. In the first division for pacers, Evas Girl and Jody Jamieson rebounded from a sixth place finish in the first leg to score a leg two victory in 1:53.3. A daughter of Rambaran, Evas Girl got away fourth and was sent first up around the final turn. In the stretch, Evas Girl powered to the lead and cruised to a 2 ¼ length victory. Little Miss Artist finished second, while Lady Hill took the show spot. Trained by Peter Core, the second leg victory was the second win in nine starts for Evas Girl and pushes her career earnings to over $17,000 for owner Nicolas Stoukas. Evas Girl paid $4.40 to win. In the second division, a big opening quarter might have been the turning point to allow Dublin Rose to score the victory. Tessa Seelster blasted off the gate to the front and hung up a wicked opening quarter of :25.4. As the field entered the backstretch, Dublin Rose came out and around to the lead for driver Paul Macdonell. In the stretch, Tessa Seelster came out of the two-hole, but didn't have enough to get by Dublin Rose, who scored a length and a half victory in 1:53.4. Marachere finished third. A daughter of Major In Art, Dublin Rose is owned and trained by Allen Tomlinson and had finished third in the opening leg. The second leg victory is the second win in eight starts for Dublin Rose and increases her career earnings to over $22,000. She returned $8.30 to win. Cum Laude Hall took the opening division for the two-year-old filly trotters. Trained and driven by Rick Zeron, Cum Laude Hall got away third and was pushed first up in the second quarter. After clearing to the lead just past the half, Cum Laude Hall never looked back and trotted clear to a 3 Â¼ length victory in 1:57. Magic Shelley finished second, while Battle Mage got up for third. The second round victory was a maiden breaking victory for Cum Laude Hall, who had finished third in the first leg. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Cum Laude Hall is owned by Walnut Hall Limited and now has career earnings of $24,353 in eight starts. She paid $6.40 to win. In the second division, Meadow Seelster was a gate to wire winner in 1:58.1. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Meadow Seelster set fractions of :27.4, :59 and 1:29.3, before digging in late to hold off a late surge from Hape to win by a length and a half. Yanks Ball Girl finished third, while leg one winner Mischief Smile had to settle for fourth. Trained by Bill Budd, Meadow Seelster, who finished second in the first leg, has now won three of 10 career starts. The daughter of Holiday Road is owned by William Dixon and has now earned $26,030 in her young career. She returned $6.30 to win. The Autumn Series is for Ontario sired two-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of September 30, 2014. The finals for both Autumn Series categories will take place next Monday, November 3rd. Autumn Series action continues Thursday night with second leg action for the two-year-old colts and geldings. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie, for WEG
Brian Sears, Jody Jamieson and Chris Christoforou, three of harness racing’s top reinsmen, are nearing major milestones in their career dash totals. With their busy race schedules, all three drivers should be able to hit their milestone marks by this coming weekend. Sears leads the way with 8,994 wins as of today and thus is just six away from #9,000. When he hit that milestone, Sears will become only the 16th driver in the history of harness racing in North American to achieve 9,000 wins. Jody Jamieson currently has 6,995 career wins and is just five away from #7,000 while Chris Christoforou is at 5,994 wins and six away from #6,000. Good luck to all three drivers this week! By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
TORONTO, October 15 - The Mohawk summer meet has come to a close and fall has officially arrived as live harness racing returns to Woodbine this Thursday, October 16. The Fall/Winter meet will feature four-nights-a-week of racing, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Broadcast upgrades and the return of a state-of-the-art tracking tool will change the way fans and horseplayers watch the races from Woodbine. Beginning with Thursday's opening card, the Woodbine Standardbred simulcast feed will be produced in High Definition (HD) in a production control room on the fourth floor of the Woodbine grandstand. Customers on site will be able to view the races in HD (1080p; 16:9 aspect ratio). Fans south of the border will be able to view the races in HD as TVG, the premier horse racing TV channel in the United States, will be carrying the Woodbine 1080p HD signal. As for the product on the track, driver Jody Jamieson believes the track dimensions at Woodbine allow for more upsets. "A lot of the time the best horse wins at Mohawk, but at Woodbine the turns are different, a little smaller then that big last turn at Mohawk that allows horses to get into the race," said Jamieson, "At Woodbine, the best horse can be kind of marred in traffic and get himself beat a little more often then at Mohawk." Jamieson is also a big fan of the track surface at Woodbine, which will offer purses of approximately $200,000 a night, and the speed it offers. "I love racing at Woodbine...I think the track is a faster track and maybe one of the fastest tracks in the world to race good horses on." As for an adjustment period between switching from Mohawk to Woodbine, Jamieson said it doesn't take long. "I adapt to it right away and I think most guys adapt right away to the racing style and hopefully the bettors appreciate it." While not installed for opening night, fans will also soon enjoy the return of Trakus to the Woodbine Standardbred broadcast. Trakus, the automated racehorse tracking system, is being relaunched to provide Standardbred horseplayers with the best data around. The reintroduction of Trakus to Standardbred racing will offer horseplayers the most accurate charts and information in harness racing. Trakus compiles information on each horse at every point of the race through wireless communication to a tag placed inside the saddle pad. Horesplayers will now know exactly where each horse is during the race, through the Trakus technology incorporated into the live simulcast feed. The opening weekend at Woodbine will feature the return of the Fall Four Stakes. Last contested at Woodbine in 2010, the Fall Four Stakes brings the top two-year-olds in harness racing to Toronto to contest the Governors Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid. Eliminations for the events will take place this Friday and Saturday and the finals will take place as part of a $2 million card on Saturday, October 25. Post-time for each night of live racing is 7:25 p.m. except on two special occasions. Post-time on Saturday, November 1 will be 7:55 p.m., while the special afternoon Boxing Day card on Friday, December 26 will feature a post-time of 1 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – Never count Jody Jamieson out of any harness racing driver’s tournament. There is a reason why Jamieson will be representing Canada in the world driving championship once again and he showed the harness racing fans and driving colony at the Hippodrome 3R why on Sunday as Jamieson rallies from fourth place half way through the competition to win it all in the very last race. “That is why I came here today,” Jamieson said, “To win the competition and to have some fun and I was able to have both here at 3R.” Jamieson was able to rally late in the eight-race competition, winning the eighth and ninth races to collar early leaders Stephane Gendron and Sylvain Filion. Then in the last race of the competition, Jamieson sealed the victory finishing second with Coraggio Hanover in the tenth race. At that point only Stephane Gendron could have beaten Jamieson, but he had to have won the race and Jamieson finish third. Gendron ended up finishing fourth. “Thank you Trois-Rivieres and thank you to everyone,” Jamieson said after the victory. “It has been an amazing experience today. I had my eye on this trophy earlier today and I am glad to be holding it now.” Hippodrome 3R general manager, Vincent Trudel, invited Jamieson to come back next year and defend his title. “I love being here,” Jamieson said, “I love that they have done with this place and how everyone is trying to revitalize racing harness racing in Quebec and that is near and dear to my heart and I want to be here for it. “The horses today have been just fabulous,” Jamieson said. “The guys that brought them in had them in peak condition. I have not driven a bad horse today. They have all put in their best efforts. I just can’t say enough about how great today has been. I just love being here, it rocks.” Jamieson was in fourth place halfway through the competition with Sylvain Filion, Stephane Gendron and Denis St. Pierre holding the early lead. One of the keys to Jamieson’s victory was that he scored points in all eight of the races in the competition. Then in the seventh through tenth races he won twice and was second twice and that sealed the victory. The final statistics were: Jody Jamieson 196 points Sylvain Filion 133 points Stephane Gendron 129 points Denis St Pierre 109 points Stephane Brosseau 92 points Jocelyn Gendron 61 points Mario Charron 42 points Pascal Berube 38 points The first five finishers in the competition received tournament bonus checks. Jody Jamieson received $1,500; Sylvain Filion $750; Stephane Gendron $360; Denis St Pierre $240 and Stephane Brosseau $150. Next Sunday will be the final live card at the Hippodrome 3R before the end of the 2014 race season. Next Sunday post time returns to 1:00 pm. For more information visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
October 11, 2014. “Down by the wire tonight I was asking her to go and she was looking at me like ‘we’ve got it won bud, just relax,’ And we did.” That’s how harness racing driver Jody Jamieson described the end of his trip with Danielle Hall who parlayed a perfect pocket trip to score a mild upset over favourite Stubborn Belle in tonight’s $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies at Mohawk. It was the first of eight Super Finals on the card wrapping up the 2014 OSS season. Paul MacDonell and Stubborn Belle protected their rail position as the race got underway with Jamieson tucking Danielle Hall (who left from post two) right behind. Stubborn Belle reached the first quarter in :27.1, the half in :56.1 and the three-quarters in 1:25. As the field trotted around the final turn Jamieson pulled the right line on Danielle Hall and she managed to get by Stubborn Belle and hit the wire first in 1:54.1. The time was just two-fifths of a second off the OSS record established by Bee A Magician. Muscle Baby Doll was able to get up for second for Doug McNair while Stubborn Belle held on for third. Steve Condren managed to work out a rather impossible trip for Stubborn Belle’s stablemate from the John Bax barn to grab fourth. Mischief Smile earned the final cheque. It was win number seven in 10 tries this year for Danielle Hall, a daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe owned by trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, Ontario, and Winnipeg Racing (Tom Kyron) of Concord, Ontario. She now has $378,000 earned this year. “I really didn’t see the race turning out like that. I thought that Mac (MacDonell) would let a couple go and re-move but his filly got off on a real good foot tonight. I was a little bit behind the eight ball making sure I closed up the two hole when it was there following Stubborn Belle there was no other trip,” explained Jody Jamieson. “I wasn’t confident in pulling that early but Dougie (McNair) was coming with a really nice filly (Muscle Baby Doll), trained by Tony O’Sullivan, she’s been sprinting by me or close to me all year. My mare felt so good I just I said ‘well, it’s now or never.’ She showed tonight she’s a pretty nice animal. “She’s just so smart, a couple of times I’ve won with her here and turned her around, just like I did tonight, and walked her down the rail and she’s got her ears up looking around. She’s very smart, that’s one of her best attributes.” Danielle Hall was a $21,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Select Sale from breeder Walnut Hall of Lexington, Kentucky. She is the third foal from $247,000 winner Debbie Hall. Carl Jamieson reports she'll head next to the Goldsmith Maid followed by the Breeders Crown if all goes well. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11.
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The Hippodrome 3R will host its second annual Drivers Tournament Sunday afternoon with a purse for the conductors at $3,000. Last year it was Yannick Gingras who put on a driving clinic in the inaugural tournament, winning five of the eight races in the competition, but this year he could not return to defend his title. Featured in the contest will be Canada’s top driver and representative to the World Driving Championship, Jody Jamieson and also coming back to 3R is native son, Sylvain Filion. “I'm always up for a tournament,” Jody Jamieson said. “I love the competition and 3R has done a great job so far and I'm excited to see what's in store for this day!” The leading driver this season at 3R, Denis St Pierre, heads the local drivers along with Jocelyn Gendron, Mario Charron, Pascal Berube, Stephane Brosseau and Stephane Gendron. “This is going to be a good tournament,” said Denis St Pierre. “Jody Jamieson and Sylvain Filion are great drivers but I am ready for them. I did not get lucky with the post position draws, but I am never out of the race and look forward to some good competition.” The tournament will be held in eight of the ten races on program, races 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. The point system used is the same a purses are allocated, 50 for 1st, 25 for 2nd, 12 for 3rd, 8 for 4th and 5 for 5th place. And the $3,000 prize will be divided up the same way. One of the great matchups takes place in the ninth race pace where Jody Jamieson is aboard the 5/2 race favorite, Articular, who is one of three return winners in the field. Articular won his last start by wiring the field and winning by a neck in a lifetime best 1:57.2. He will start from post four. Another contender is LaCaille Gabe from post seven for driver Stephane Brosseau. LaCaille Gabe was able to post his first win this year last week, also in a lifetime mark of 1:56. The third return winner in the field is Matts Phil, who starts from the rail for driver Jocelyn Gendron. Matts Phil already has five wins this year and last week led from start to finish in a lifetime best 1:58. “This competition will be very competitive,” said Vincent Trudel, the general manager at the Hippodrome 3R. “The drivers love to win and the racing fans love to see them in a tournament like this. I wish the best of luck to all nine of the drivers.” There is a special post time Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R at 2:00 pm. Racing fans are encouraged to come out early as there will be an autograph and meeting and greet session with the drivers in the tournament starting at 12:15 pm. For more information or to view the live racing on Sunday visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
The Hippodrome 3R will be hosting a driver’s tournament on Sunday, October 12 and it will be quite an event. Special invitations have been accepted by Grand Circuit star and recent Prix D’Ete winner, Yannick Gingras, and also coming in special for the tournament with Ontario’s top driver, Jody Jamieson. The other six spots in the tournament will go to the six leading drivers this year after this Sunday’s ten-race program. It looks pretty well set as Marie Claude Auger has a prior engagement and cannot be in the tournament. Listed below are the six leading drivers who will most likely make up the 3R representatives in the tournament. Leading drivers at Hippodrome 3R as of 10-4-14 DRIVERS Sts 1st 2nd 3rd $Won Win% UDRS Denis St Pierre 186 59 28 29 243,733 31.7 .453 Stephane Brosseau 226 33 37 31 216,574 14.6 .283 Mario R Charron 227 28 28 25 155,044 12.3 .229 Marie Claude Auger 204 24 32 34 151,675 11.8 .260 Sylvain G Lacaille 143 24 21 15 132,555 16.8 .284 Stephane Gendron 147 23 29 12 183,740 15.6 .293 Pascal Berube 188 21 20 11 87,146 11.2 .190 The winner of the tournament will be determined by a points system based on 50-25-12-8-5 in each race to the first five finishers. The purse of the tournament is $3,000 and will be divided among the top five drivers 50%-25%-12%-8%-5%. Sunday’s race program has nine trotters going to post in the seventh race feature. Despite making a break in his last start and finishing ninth, the 5/2 morning line favorite is Bel Gazou from post four for driver/trainer and owner, Martin Gingras. Two starts back the ten-year-old gelded son of Armbro Nash, who happens to be the oldest starter in the field, was a winner at 3R with a ten length romp in 1:58.2. Also in the field is Miss Jackpot from post five for driver Serge Quellet. Miss Jackpot has won her last two starts at 3R. Another return winner in the field is Aworthy Bi from post three for driver Francis Picard. Aworthy Bi won his last start by four lengths at 3R. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm and for more information visit the tracks website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
Nat A Virgin and driver Jody Jamieson worked out a third-over trip into a trip to the winner’s circle in capturing the $110,000 first division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies. Sweetnsinful (Mark MacDonald) was the first on the lead and then gave way to a determined It Was Fascination (Scott Zeron) after the opening quarter mile in :26.4. Then it was the race favorite, Gettingreadytoroll and driver Yannick Gingras coming first-over to challenge at the half in :55.1 and following their outside cover was Southwind Silence (Matt Kakaley) and then Nat A Virgin. Past the three-quarters in 1:23.1, Jamieson fanned out with the 5-1 Nat A Virgin and they were able to not only collar the race leaders in the stretch, but pass them by, all except for Uffizi Hanover and driver David Miller. They were charging down the stretch but Nat A Virgin held on for a head triumph in 1:50.3. Gettingreadytoroll was third. “I wasn’t sure how the race was going to go,” said Jody Jamieson, “Just as the gate folded away it looked like a bunch of leavers so I tried to wrestle her back. I really had to wrestle her back. She wanted to go. I had to wait going into the last turn and I released her a little early but she paced right to the wire.” It was the third win this year for Nat A Virgin. The daughter of Always A Virgin is trained by Dustin Jones and was bred and is owned by the Dustin Jones Stable and William Jones. She paid $12.40 to win. Nat A Virgin Act Now traveled wire-to-wire in the second division of the Glen Garnsey, winning in 1:50.1. Uncontested on the lead, Act Now set quarters of :28.1, :55.1 (:27), and 1:22.3 (:27.2). Allstar Rating rode the pocket, with Ali Blue racing third. The only challenge towards Act Now came from Allstar Rating at the eighth-pole, attempting to slingshot to the front. Yet, Act Now was stern and progressed to the finish in front, forcing Allstar Rating to settle for second, and Precocious Beauty finished third. Owned by Joe Davino and Patrick O’Brien, trained by Nik Drennan, and driven by Brian Sears, the Western Ideal-Cpa-Real Desire filly has earned $374,106 in her career. She paid $4.00 to win. “He [Brian Sears] just took a shot,” trainer Nik Drennan said. “He said nobody was leaving, so he went to the front. We’ve been racing her off the back, and she hasn’t been getting it done, so we changed it up and it worked out.” “Absolutely,” Nik Drennan also said, in regards to his filly’s tendency to come to a halt in the midst of a bid. “She really should have won her last six starts. She’s cleared, she’s opened up, and then, down by the wire, she kind of just lets the horse get her. It’s pretty frustrating.” Act Now Live racing resumes on Sunday, October 5 with the $89,000 Allerage Filly and Mare Trot, $90,000 Allerage Filly and Mare Pace, $173,000 Allerage Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Open Pace, $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, and the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity. Post time for closing day of The Red Mile’s meeting is set for 1:00pmEDT. By Steven Wolf with Ray Cotolo, for Harnesslink.com
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An overall increase in handle (total money wagered) and seven track record performances marked a successful 2014 season at Tioga Downs, which concluded on Saturday, September 13. Overall handle on the 61-day meet was considerably improved in comparison to the 2013 season, with all-sources handle showing a 5.4% increase. This increase was largely due to a more involved simulcast audience, whose handle was 13.4% higher than in the previous season. "We thank our customers and horsemen for their support of our 2014 racing season," said Jason M. Settlemoir, Regional Vice President of Racing at Tioga Downs. "We are proud of the great competitive racing on our 5/8 mile track, and that it continues to be well received across the North American harness racing audience." With respect to the record books, four-year-old distaff trotter Charmed Life and driver Jody Jamieson established a new overall record for trotters on New York State's only 5/8-mile track, winning their Miss Versatility preliminary in 1:52.2 as part of the Cane Pace undercard on Monday, September 1. Trotting geldings Datsyuk (three-year-old, Charlie Norris), Obrigado (four-year-old, Aaron Byron), and Traverse Seelster (older, Brandon Simpson) also turned in track-record performances through the season, scoring in 1:53.1, 1:52.3, and 1:52.4 respectively. Two-year-old trotting filly Jolene Jolene (David Miller) equalled You Want Me's mark of 1:55.2 as well, completing the quintet of record established on the trotting side of the ledger. Additionally, a pair of pacers entered the Tioga record books, with Sweet Lou's 1:48.3 triumph in the Roll With Joe on Sunday, June 1 (Ron Pierce aboard) equalling Shark Gesture's past mark for older pacing entires. Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morrill, Jr.) set a new record outright for two-year-old pacing fillies, proving victorious in 1:52.1. Jim Marohn, Jr. claimed his third consecutive driving title with 91 wins on the meet, 13 more than runner-up Aaron Byron. Top training honors went to Mike Deters, who took his second training title and first outright with 33 wins. Normand Fluet and Gail Wrubel finished in a dead heat for second with 20 wins apiece. by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Harness driver Yannick Gingras put on a driving clinic at his home track at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, winning four of the ten races including the revival of the prestigious Prix D’Ete Pace with Sunfire Blue Chip for a purse of $200,000. The Prix D’Ete is part of the national Grand Circuit and was restricted to only four-year-olds who had made prior nomination payments. Saddled with starting from the far outside on 3R’s speedy half mile oval, Gingras left with Sunfire Blue Chip but ended up having to float on the outside as Si Semalu (Denis St Pierre) was first on the lead. That lead was short lived as Mach It So and driver Scott Zeron wanted the front and took it by the opening quarter mile in a speedy :26 despite the rain that began in the post parade. At the opening quarter it was Gingras and Sunfire Blue Chip pressing on the outside and they were able to go against Mach It So and take command after the opening quarter mile and they led the field to the half mile marker in :54.1. Sunshine Beach and Doug McNair then came first-over and following their outside flow was Lucan Hanover and driver David Miller. Then at the three-quarters in 1:22.1, Miller sent Lucan Hanover three-wide to trip and loop the field but to no avail. By the top of the stretch, Yannick had the lead for good with Sunfire Blue Chip and they went on to win by two and one-half open lengths in 1:50.3. Local favorite Due D’Orleans (Daniel Dube) closed well to be second with Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) third. The time of the race shattered the all-age track record of 1:52.4 set by Duc D’Orleans back in 2013. “When I scored him down before the race he felt unbelievable,” Gringras said about Sunfire Blue Chip. “He was really sharp, sometimes he’s not, but today he definitely was at his best. “I knew I had to get into the race,”” Gingras explained, “It cost me a little more than I hoped to get to the front. I was a little worried but he got the job done. He was just scary sharp today. “If I had rolled him a little more in the backstretch,” Gringras said, “I had to respect the other horses in the race. It was such a quality field. So I did not turn him loose until the top of the stretch. If I had turned him loose a little sooner we would have gone in 1:49.3, maybe 1:49.1. I wasn’t really looking at setting the track record, I just wanted to win the purse.” It was the fifth straight win for Sunfire Blue Chip. The four-year-old son of American Ideal is trained by Jimmy Takter and is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical Ab and R A W Equine, Inc. Sent off as the 3/2 wagering favorite, Sunfire Blue Chip paid $5.00 to win. Yannick Gingras started off the day winning the 4th race trot with Somoli E in 2:01.3, then won the 5th race pace with Icare De Chapra in 1:56 and also the tenth race with Enduring Grin in 1:56.3 to cap his four win afternoon. “How great is it to come back to Quebec and the Prix D’Ete,” Gringas said. “I have so many family members and friends here supporting me, I had to do well. And what a great day for harness racing in Quebec and at the Hippodrome 3R.” Gingras will be back at the Hippodrome 3R, along with Ontario’s Jody Jamieson, on Sunday, October 12 for the first Tournament of Drivers at 3R. Featured will be the top six leading drivers at 3R through the October 5 race program along with Gingras and Jamieson. The eight drivers will be in competition for a prize of $3,000. From the Quebec Jockey Club
If omens mean anything, then Corey Johnson is the trainer to watch Sunday in the Prix D’Ete. Saturday night at Mohawk Raceway his top mare, Voelz Hanover, pulled off a stunning upset in the $286,000 Milton Final at odds of 33-1. Corey is the trainer of Si Semalu, who drew post two in the Prix D’Ete, is a four-year-old gelded son of Modern Art who has won on a half mile in the past and figures to be a long shot in the race, just like Voelz Hanover. Sunshine Beach is, in fact, the only horse in the Prix D’Ete field that has never raced on a half mile track. He is also the richest money earner in the field and can surpass the million dollar mark in career earnings with a victory. Duc D’Orleans, in post five for local owners Geston Levesque, Les Euries D’Orleans, Inc. and Helen Dupont, holds the all-age track record at the Hippodrome 3R of 1:52.4 that he set in 2013. Meet and Greet with the drivers, trainers and owners of the Prix D”Ete horses will take place in the big tent by the first turn at 11:00 am Sunday morning until 11:45 am. The 9th race featured Prix D’Ete will go off at approximately 4:00 pm. This is the first time that David Miller, Jody Jamieson, James MacDonald, Scott Zeron and Doug McNair have ever driven at the Hippodrome 3R. The Hippodrome 3R oval continues to have a banner season when it comes to its racing oval. Saturday night saw the 17th time in 2014 that a track record has been set or tied. Saturday night it was Out Of The Hat and trainer/driver Stephane Pouliot who earned the spotlight as they wired the field in the ninth race $6,000 feature trot, scoring by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:57. The pocket-sitting Rocky Boy was second with track record holder Decret Justiciale third. It was the 8th win this year for Out Of The Hat. The five-year-old mare by Kadabra is owned by Meadowgem Farm and Stehane Pouliot and her time of 1:57 surpassed the prior record of 1:57.2 set earlier this season by Margarita Bi. From the Quebec Jockey Club
Harness racing three-year-olds of both sexes and gaits set the fields for their $50,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series Finals with eight $20,000 Semifinals Saturday (September 20) at Mohawk Racetrack. The top five horses in each Semifinal moved on to next week’s Finals. Pacing Males High Flier (J. Harris) left out fast from his post nine starting spot in the first Semifinal, and he had the lead at the :26.1 opening quarter. Shadow Place (Trevor Henry) was in second at that point, but he moved to the outside and took control before the :55.1 half. Regal Son (Randy Waples) then rolled the dice first-over out of fourth, and he would match strides with Shadow Place at the 1:23.2 three-quarters. Regal Son forged his way around Shadow Place in the lane, but High Flier got a lane up the inside, and he took advantage, getting up to win by a head in 1:52.1. Shadowbriand (Mike Saftic) turned a second-over trip into the runner-up spot and Regal Son finished third. Some Major Beach (Doug McNair) came in fourth, followed by V I P Bayama (Sylvain Filion). Trainer David Taff of Waterdown, Ontario, shares ownership of High Flier, a Shadow Play colt, with Christopher Nicol of West Yorkshire, England. High Flier, who won at the Grassroots level on June 13 at Mohawk, has won five times from 11 attempts in 2014, and he has six career tallies. He has earned $43,436 this year and $47,386 in his life. Atomic Million AM (Rick Zeron) shot through from the pole position to take the field of ten to the :27.1 first quarter in the second Semifinal, but favoured Titus Seelster (Sylvain Filion) vacated the pocket past that marker, and he became the new front-stepper before the :56.3 half. Titus Seelster still had command at the 1:24.4 three-quarters while he felt some first-over pressure from Regal Babe (Doug McNair). Titus Seelster continued to hold Regal Babe off as they raced through the lane, but a number of horses began to close in on the leaders inside the final sixteenth, and it would be 50-1 shot Nirvana Seelster (Phil Hudon) charging up on the far outside to win the race in 1:53.4. Atomic Million AM, who lacked room for much of the stretch drive, was the runner-up and Regal Babe checked in third. Titus Seelster faded to fourth and Little Ben (Luc Ouellette) rallied to get fifth. Nirvana Seelster is a Camluck gelding trained by Bill Budd for owner Bruce Davy of Brockville, Ont. Nirvana Seelster, who was unraced at two, now has a trio of wins from 19 efforts and has put away $52,296. He was bred by Seelster Farms. Trotting Males Warrawee Promesse (Wayne Henry), who was starting from post ten and gunning for his eighth consecutive victory, took the lead away from 80-1 shot Hetties Commander (Paul MacKenzie) just after the :27.4 first quarter in the Semifinal opener for this bunch. Warrawee Promesse would go on to reach the half in :57.2 and the three-quarters in 1:27, never facing a serious challenge along the way. At the top of the lane Henry asked Warrawee Promesse to kick away, but inside the final sixteenth he was overhauled by several challengers, including Kremlin (Sylvain Filion), who rallied from next-to-last at three-quarters to the win by a quarter of a length in 1:57.1. Hetties Commander shook loose from the pocket and wound up second with Tyrone Haji (Randy Waples) nabbed third. Warrawee Promesse had to settle for fourth and Massive Pockets (Jody Jamieson) survived a tough outside journey to finish fifth. Richard Moreau trains Kremlin, a Kadabra gelding, for owner Mike Wassilyn of Rockwood, Ontario. Kremlin, a winner in Grassroots competition on June 9 at Mohawk, scored his fifth triumph from 15 efforts this season and his seventh career victory. Bred by Overseas Farms Ltd., Kremlin has put away $45,472 on the campaign and $55,352 lifetime. It looked like Totally Ripped (Steve Byron) was going to the lead in the other Semifinal, but then he went off-stride, leaving Jack Litten (Doug McNair) in first at the :27.3 opening quarter. Justcallmeronald (Jody Jamieson) then popped out of the pocket, and he would take the lead before the 58 second half-mile marker. Justcallmeronald would go on to click off three-quarters in 1:27.4, but McNair angled Jack Litten back out of the two-hole in the lane, and he would out-trot Justcallmeronald late in the mile to prevail by just over a length in 1:57.4. Justcallmeronald, Ramas Last Son (Steve Condren), Crowningcrest (James MacDonald) and Taurus Seelster (Randy Waples) rounded out the top-five finishers. Jack Litten is a Muscle Mass gelding trained by Gregg McNair for owner Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, Michigan. Jack Litten, who did not compete as a two-year-old, has three wins from 12 starts in 2014, and he has put away $48,962. Jack Litten, who was bred by Tony Holmes and Walter Zent, also won in Grassroots competition on June 26 and September 2 at Mohawk. Pacing Fillies 70-1 shot Stellllllla (Jody Jamieson) held the lead at the :27.2 first quarter in the Semifinal opener, but Murrayfield (Sylvain Filion) would take over the front prior to the :56.1 half. Murrayfield then came under siege from first-over challenger Regally Ready (Doug McNair), and Murrayfield and Regally Ready were head-and-head at the 1:25.2 three-quarters. In the stretch Regally Ready put away Murrayfield, but then Bet Ya (Paul MacDonell) came from off cover to duel with the new leader. Meanwhile, 3-5 favourite Dana Dearest (Chris Christoforou), who had been fourth-over at three-quarters, began to close in as well. Regally Ready managed to fight off Bet Ya, but Dana Dearest was unrelenting with her brush, and she got up to win by about a neck in 1:53.3. Regally Ready came in second and Bet Ya was third. Mea Lilley Mark (Mike Saftic) checked in fourth and Double Joy (Mario Baillargeon) finished fifth. Dana Dearest, a daughter of Jeremes Jet, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner/breeder Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville, Ontario. Dana Dearest was winless in four starts last year, but she’s turned it around in her sophomore campaign, going eight-for-15. She has season’s earnings of $77,820 and a career bankroll of $82,048. Dana Dearest has only been defeated once in five Grassroots starts in 2014. Her Own Land (James MacDonald), the public’s 4-5 choice, led through fractions of :26.4, :56.1, and 1:24 on her way to a 1:54 decision in the second Semifinal. She beat runner-up Shadows Wonder (Chris Christoforou) by about two lengths with Artful Impulse (Randy Waples) back in third. Fourth went to Born To Dream and Royal Mama (Steve Condren) collected fifth. Dave Menary trains Her Own Land, a filly by Blissfull Hall, for owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, Pennsylvania. Her Own Land now has five wins in Grassroots company and six wins from 14 starts overall this year. Now a seven-time winner in her career, Her Own Land has earned $77,490 in 2014 and $87,050 lifetime. Trotting Fillies In the first Semifinal for this group it would be Serendipitious (Chris Christoforou) who took the field of ten through fractions of :27.4, :58.3, and 1:28. Flexible Woman (Steve Byron) attacked the pace-setter from first-over on the final bend, and that gave a second-over tow to public choice Mystical Wishes (Doug McNair). Serendiptious put away Flexible Woman turning for home, but Mystical Wishes was sent into three-wide territory for McNair, and she would trot past the pace-setter on her way to a 1:56.4 victory. Serendiptious held second, beaten a length by the winner, and Diamonds For Life (Sylvain Filion) took third. Also securing positions in next week’s final were fourth-place finisher Missys Ga Ga (John Campbell) and fifth-place filly Chelseas Chance (Randy Waples). Tony Alagna trains the winner, a daughter of Muscle Mass, for co-owner/breeder Mystical Marker Farms LLC. of Dyer and co-owner Peggy Hood of Valparaiso, Indiana. Mystical Wishes is eight-for-13 in the win column this year after going winless in four tries as a rookie. Mystical Wishes has earned $63,990 in 2014 and $67,740 lifetime. This was Mystical Wishes’s fourth OSS win of the year, joining her successes on August 12 at Mohawk, September 2 at Mohawk, and September 11 at Flamboro Downs. Quadrophenia (James MacDonald) blasted out from post ten to take the second Semifinal field to the opening quarter in 28 seconds, but 3-5 favourite and point standings leader Torches Star (Steve Condren) trotted her way to the top before the :57.1 half. Torches Star was still the boss at the 1:27.2 three-quarters, but she didn’t have her best game on this night, and she was overtaken by first-over challenger Doweypuffandhow (Steve Byron) with an eighth of a mile to go. A host of closers were coming after the new leader, though, and trotting fastest of all was Lenny Mac (Randy Waples), who surged from third-over at the top of the lane to win in 1:57.3. Wonderland Snow (Trevor Henry) split horses to get second and Quadrophenia was third. Nickange Two (Mike Saftic) got fourth at 60-1 and Northern Secret (Mario Baillargeon) nailed down the last spot in the final. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario, also co-owns Lenny Mac, a filly by Kadabra, with partner Earl Hill Jr. of Ohsweken, Ontario. McIntosh also bred Lenny Mac with C S X Stables and Michael Kohler. Lenny Mac has four triumphs from 14 trips behind the gate this year, and this was her seventh career trip to the winner’s circle. She has banked $57,759 this season and $97,099 in her life. This was Lenny Mac’s third Grassroots win of the season, matching her total from her freshman campaign. Mohawk Racetrack will roll out the red carpet again next Saturday night with eight $50,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Finals for two- and three-year-olds. For full results of this Saturday night’s races at Mohawk, please visit - http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0920mohsn.dat. OSS News
Rookie pacers and trotters of both sexes competed in eight $20,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Semifinals on Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The top five finishers from each Semifinal will return for the $50,000 Grassroots finals next Saturday night at Mohawk. Pacing Males The first Semifinal for this group saw Star Cover (Jody Jamieson) in front of a parked-out Thinkofagameplan (Randy Waples) by half a length at the 27 second opening quarter. Thinkofagameplan surged into the lead after that, and he would go on to click off the half in :57.1 and the three-quarters in 1:25.3. Through the stretch Thinkofagameplan, who led the Grassroots regular season point standings for the two-year-old colt and gelding pacers, remained in charge, and he would go on to defeat Star Cover by a length and a quarter in 1:53.4. Single White Sock (James MacDonald) was third, followed by Mybestolxfriendray (Billy Davis Jr.) and Pair Of Deuces (Paul MacDonell). Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his fifth win (all in Grassroots competition) from nine attempts and pushed his earnings to $86,440, is a homebred for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ontario. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. Thinkofagameplan has also raced against Grand Circuit two-year-old male pacers this year, finishing second in a division of the Champlain Stakes at Mohawk. In the other Semifinal post nine starter Supersonic Jet (Trevor Henry) blasted out for command, and he got around favourite Moonwards Hanover (Paul MacDonell) at the :26.2 opening quarter. Moonwards Hanover then moved to the top, and he got to the half in :55.2 and to the three-quarters in 1:26.1. MacDonell asked the public choice to pick it up at the top of the stretch, but he didn’t have it on this night, and that set up a wild scramble to the finish line that resulted in Rightinthekisser (Doug McNair), who had drawn into the race following the scratch of Bridge Of Stone, rallying from off –the-pace and splitting horses inside the final sixteenth to beat far outside challenger Big Moment (Randy Waples) by a head in 1:56. Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon Jr.) nabbed third, The Fire Within (Jody Jamieson) got fourth and Half A Billion (Mike Saftic) snagged fifth. Rightinthekisser, a colt by Major In Art, is trained by Mark Steacy for owners Annmari Daley of Lake Worth, Florida, James Crawford of Manilus, New York, and Michael White of Royal Palm Beach, Florida. Rightinthekisser, who was bred by Martinez Equine and was purchased for $12,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale, broke his maiden in his eighth start, and he has put away $24,160. Rightinthekisser is the tenth foal out of the Pacific Fella mare Pacific Kiss, which makes him a half-brother to the likes of Pacific Mariner (Astreos, $375,166), a one-time Grassroots winner in his racing career. Trotting Males El Diablo Hall (Keith Oliver) went all the way on the lead in the first Semifinal, hitting the opening quarter in :27.1, the half in :57, and the three-quarters in 1:26.4 on his way to a two length win over Call Me Richard (Paul MacDonell). The final time was 1:57.4. Numbers Game (Mario Baillargeon) got third ahead of Olympic Son (Trevor Henry) and Grandprix Seelster (Sylvain Filion). Tony Montini trains the winner, a Windsong Espoir gelding, for owners Albina Montini of Acton, Paul Giammichele of Burlington, and Rick Podolinsky of Alvinston, Ontario. Dale Hunter of London, Ontario, who played for several years in the National Hockey League and was also head coach of the Washington Capitals, also co-owns El Diablo Hall, who has now won seven times (including a Grassroots success on August 16 at Georgian Downs) from nine tries and banked $40,500. He’s the third foal out of the Andover Image mare EL Mistress Chesea, meaning he’s a half-brother to multi-time Grassroots winner Erin Hall. Snapshot Springs (Trevor Henry) showed the way through stations of :28, :59, and 1:29.1 in the other Semifinal, but first-over challenger and favourite Freddie (Randy Waples) wore him down in the stretch to score by half a length in 1:58. Mandeville (Steve Condren) finished in third while Pilgrims Joy (James MacDonald) got fourth and Ontheroad De Vie (Rick Zeron) took fifth. Corey Johnson trains Freddie, a gelding by Majestic Son, for owners Debbie Element of Rockwood and Fred Brayford of Alliston, Ontario. Freddie, who was bred by Rossridge Stables, is three-for-seven in the win column with earnings of $36,000. Freddie, a Grassroots winner on July 30 at Grand River Raceway and on August 8 at Mohawk, is the second foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Circe Hanover. She’s a half-sister to the likes of Capriccio Hanover ($254,073). Pacing Fillies Race favourite Ms Mac N Cheese won the first Semifinal by a pair of lengths in 1:53.2 after she led the way through splits of :26.3, :56, and 1:24.3. Ride Away Shark (Jody Jamieson), who was stuck on non-advancing cover around the far turn, rallied to get second and Shes A Pansation (Steve Condren) collected third. Amazing Control (Mike Saftic) and OK Heavenly (Doug McNair) also secured spots in the final by finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Richard Moreau trains the victorious Badlands Hanover filly for owner L. David Ratchford of North Sydney, Nova Scotia. She has six wins from eight attempts this season, and she has earned $43,467. The second foal out of the Artiscape mare Mr Delis Filly, Ms Mac N Cheese was sold for $10,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. This was Ms Mac N Cheese’s fourth consecutive victory in Grassroots competition. In the second Semifinal 40-1 longshot Bella Santanna (Tyler Moore) gave the cold shoulder to 99-1 shot Machin Marley (Billy Davis Jr.) through panels of :26.3, :56.2, and 1:27. Even-money favourite Twin B Honour (Trevor Henry) was in behind Bella Santanna in the pocket but then she made a break when doubled up before three-quarters. At the top of the stretch Stonebridge Quest (Jody Jamieson) swept around the battling longshot leaders after a third-over trip, but driver Doug McNair cut Little Miss Artist loose on the far outside, and she would hit the wire first in 1:56.2. OK Hallelujah (Sylvain Filion) was second, beaten half a length by the winner, and Stonebridge Quest held third. Show Some Leg (Steve Condren) came in fourth and Lady Jen (Paul MacDonell) grabbed fifth. Mike Weller trains Little Miss Artist, a daughter of Artistic Fella, for breeder/co-owner DM Stables LLC. of Naples, Florida, and co-owners William Webb of Defiance, Ohio, and Denny Miller of Archbold, Ohio. Little Miss Artist posted her second victory from eight tries, and she has now pocketed $28,420. She’s the fourth foal out of the Noble Ability mare Parapanalia ($130,319), making her a half-sister to horses such as Panongahela (No Pan Intended, $224,324). He won eight times and earned over $108,000 in his OSS career. Trotting Fillies In the first Semifinal Wing Flash (Wayne Henry) popped out of the pocket past the :28.4 opening quarter, and then she went on to hit the half in 1:00.4 and the three-quarters in 1:29.3. The fillies sprinted for home off those internal fractions, and Wing Flash kicked out a :28.4 final panel to win by three-parts of a length in 1:58.2. The Murmuring Pan (Steve Condren), Tymal Illbthere (Chris Christoforou), Second Sister (Doug McNair) and Delcrest Flexyhall (Anthony MacDonald) also moved on to the final. Henry Stable of Arthur and Daylon Farms Ltd. of Komoka, Ontario, own Wing Flash, a daughter of Kadabra who was bred by Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm, and Donald Robinson and sold for $30,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. Wing Flash, who is also trained by Wayne Henry, has a trio of victories from eight attempts, and she has now put away $40,725. A winner in Grassroots action on September 9 at Mohawk and on August 17 at Clinton Raceway, Wing Flash is the fourth foal out of the Andover Hall mare Armbro Everlasting. The dam is a half-sister to the likes of millionaire Armbro Keepsake. Summers Jewel (Mario Baillargeon) was in the lead at the :27.4 front quarter in the other Semifinal, but she would give way to public choice Bistrobistro Taj (Rick Zeron) prior to the :58.1 half. Bistrobistro Taj continued to have the lead at the 1:29 three-quarters, but Summers Jewel had already moved to the outside, leaving the pocket spot open to Railee Priti (Steve Byron). In the stretch Summers Jewel forged her way past Bistrobistro Taj, but inside the final sixteenth Railee Priti, who was sent off at odds of 26-1, came up on the outside of Summers Jewel, and Railee Priti would get up to prevail by a quarter of a length in 1:58.4. Summers Jewel had to settle for second and Bistrobistro Taj wound up third. Also moving on to the final for this group were Hope Rises (Steve Condren) and Pinky The Intern (Chris Christoforou), who overcame an early break in stride. John Bax trains Railee Priti, a filly by Muscle Mass, for owner-breeder Ron Mersky of Paris, Kentucky. Railee Priti, who also won in Grassroots action back on July 22 at Georgian Downs, has two victories from eight trips behind the gate, and she has pocketed $31,720. She’s the first foal out of the Broadway Hall mare Railee Beautiful, a half-sister to horses such as Railee Possible ($386,807). Grassroots Semifinal action continues on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack when three-year-old of both sexes and gaits go behind the starting gate in eight $20,000 events. For full results and charts of Friday night's races at Mohawk, please visit - http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0919mohsn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes