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MILTON, ON - August 6, 2019 - Somebeachsometime stormed by rivals in the stretch to win Tuesday's second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The two-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere paced home in :26.3, part of a :53.3 back-half, to come from sixth for the stunning victory in the second leg of the three-week event. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Somebeachsometime got away last in the field of seventh and remained in that position at the midway point. Even-money choice Caviart Jane moved to the top from third in the second-quarter and led the field by the half in :56. Caviart Jane paced a solid :28.1 third-quarter to lead the field into the stretch. Meanwhile, Jamieson moved to the outside approaching three-quarters to sit just over seven-lengths from the top. The stretch drive saw Caviart Jane hold a clear lead at the eighth-pole, but the far outside saw a pair of fillies charging. Lady Lou, who was second-over and five-lengths off at three-quarters, was making up ground late, but Somebeachsometime was storming up just a bit quicker. Caviart Jane surrendered the lead late and watched Somebeachsometime prevail by a head over Lady Lou in 1:52.1. Libspeak finished fourth. Trained by Dave Menary, Somebeachsometime was a $65,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase and is the first foal out of Well Said mare Talk Time. She finished fourth in her debut last week, pacing home in :26 and now has a victory and $8,700 earned for owners Menary Racing Inc, Michael Guerriero, Kenneth Ewen and Bruce Norris. A $2 win ticket on Somebeachsometime returned $4.80. Round one winners Alexa Skye and Reflect With Me did not compete in the second leg. The $50,000 series final will take place next Tuesday (August 13). Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

ELORA, ON -- Grand River Raceway marked its 29th annual Industry Day celebration on August 5. The afternoon featured 11 races totaling $540,850 in purses, including the track's feature dashes, the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles. It was a homecoming of sorts for two families who have previously dominated these jewel races in the Elora, ON track's marquee event. 22nd annual Battle Of Waterloo Nine rookie two-year-old pacing colts vied for glory in the 22nd edition of the $239,000 Battle Of Waterloo. Trainer Carl Jamieson and his son, driver Jody Jamieson, teamed up to win with Sports Obsession, their 7-1 starter from post five. Jamieson maneuvered traffic trouble past the halfway marker when Bettorbuckleup and Beach Blanket Book hooked wheels and were taken out of contention. Soon after, the winning pair cleared to the lead and remained on top to clinch the win. The 1:54 score was the Sportswriter son's second career win in five starts. Betting favourite Wind Blown with J Harris was second for trainer Teesha Symes. Aneto with Bob McClure rounded out the top three. Carl Jamieson co-owns Sports Obsession with George Harrison. "I told everyone that the horse had a good shot. We just needed a little luck," said Jamieson. Carl Jamieson trained and drove the first-ever Battle Of Waterloo winner Distinctiv Skeeter in 1998. He also piloted and trained CT Rocket in 2000 and went on to win three more editions with son Jody in the bike in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Neither has won the race since. "Dad and I did it again," Jody Jamieson beamed. "I think it was a special omen today, us teaming up again in the Battle of Waterloo after those victories in the past." 11th annual Battle Of The Belles A field of talented two-year-old pacing fillies contested the 11th edition of the $157,500 Battle Of The Belles. Doug McNair and Karma Seelster capitalized on early action to capture the win at 27-1 in 1:54.4, which matches the stake record set by Play The Bell in 2017. Karma Seelster scored her maiden win in her elimination division last week but drew the outside starting post (#8) in the final. She took to the top as heavy-favourite Alicorn (post four) and Louis Philippe Roy made a break at the first quarter. Alicorn matched the divisional track record in her elimination win last week in 1:54.2. She also holds an OSS speed record earned earlier this year. After her miscue, Roy quickly regrouped Alicorn and she came on strong to finish second for trainer Chantal Mitchell. Temagami Seelster and J Harris were third. This was the second Battle Of The Belles title for the father-son duo of driver Doug McNair and trainer Gregg McNair, both of Guelph, ON. The pair won the 2013 edition with Lady Shadow. They also paired up to win the Batlle Of Waterloo in 2008, 2013 and 2015. "I haven't been in the winner's circle for a while for one of these races," said Doug McNair. "I remember when I was 18 standing here. Time flies. It feels pretty good to be here today. And nice to get one for Keith (Waples)." Hall Of Fame horseman Keith Waples co-owns the Sportswriter filly with his wife Eileen and their daughter Karen Hauver. Karma Seelster was a $127,000 yearling purchase in 2018 at the London Select Sale. "We had a little trouble with her gait this winter (in Florida) but she has really come along since we've been back in Ontario," said Gregg McNair. "It's great to win at Grand River Raceway. It's our home track and we're here quite a bit in the spring training these horses down and I really like it here," he said. Undercard The Industry Day undercard included five divisions of Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) for three-year-old colt pacers. Division leader Sugartown sweetened his hold on the year-end Grassroots title. The Sportswriter son held off Fast N First (James MacDonald) to win his third sophomore OSS race (and sixth season win) by a neck in 1:53.1 with Louis Philippe Roy for trainer Richard Moreau. That 1:53.1 clocking was the quickest of OSS action on Industry Day and matched the first division of the day when Travis Cullen steered Dreamfair Moxy to his sixth career win for owner John Lamers and trainer Jodie Cullen. The final division featured HP Napoleon in his fourth consecutive win from nine starts this season. Mario Baillargeon drove the Big Jim gelding for brother Ben Baillargeon to a three-quarter-length finish in 1:54.3. The quickest mile of the afternoon went to Ghost Dance in the Preferred pace (Race 9). Bob McClure piloted the Nick Gallucci student to a front-end win by 13 lengths in 1:51.1 for owner Millar Farms. It was the first win of the season for the four-year-old gelding. He has banked $166,000 in career earnings. Record Handle Today's handle of $488,696 is a new Industry Day record, besting the previous record of $481,239 set in 2016. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway   • Video: Battle of Waterloo       • Video: Battle Of Belles           Attached Photos: • Doug McNair winning with Karma Seelster in the $157,500 Battle Of The Belles (Emma Ongman/AG Photography)     • Sports Obsession captures the $239,00 Battle Of Waterloo with Jody Jamieson (Emma Ongman/AG Photography)         FFI: Contact Jenna Knox at (519) 846-5455 ext. 247 or jknox@grandriverraceway.com               --   Kelly Spencer Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc.   kelly@truenaturecommunications.com   Cell: 519-465-7908   www.truenaturecommunications.com   >>> Explorers tell the best stories and the best stories win hearts.      

MILTON, May 25, 2019 - Lather Up returned to the scene of his biggest harness racing victory to win Saturday's $34,000 Preferred in 1:49 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 2018 Pepsi North America Cup champion headlined a field of seven for the top-class event and was sent off as the 2/5 favourite with Jody Jamieson steering for the first-time. Physicallyinclined took the early-battle to seize the lead and post solid opening fractions of :26 and :53.4. Lather Up and Jamieson angled out from fourth at the half and came first-up on the far turn to lead by a neck at three-quarters in 1:21.4. Lather Up stormed home effortlessly in :27.1 to win by just under five-lengths in 1:49 with the ear plugs still in. Go West Go Fast finished second, while Traceur Hanover was third and Physicallyinclined fourth. A four-year-old son of Im Gorgeous, Lather Up provided his connections with a strong bounce-back performance after failing to make the final of the Confederation Cup in his most recent start. The Clyde Francis trainee now has two victories and $40,250 earned in three starts this season. Lather Up is a homebred for Gary and Barbara Iles and now sports career numbers of 17 wins and $1.1 million earned. The Francis trainee is now expected to compete in next Saturday's Graduate Series leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, May 2, 2019 - Stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park is just around the corner and harness racing fans will get an opportunity to whet their appetite with this Saturday's edition of the $34,000 Preferred Pace. Millionaire pacer Sintra (PP5, Jody Jamieson ) increased his current win streak to six with an impressive 1:50.1 score in last week's Preferred, his first start since late-February. The six-year-old gelding has been rolling in the Preferred this season, but with a new month comes new challengers. Stars Jimmy Freight, last year's O'Brien Award winner, and Dr J Hanover, the fastest Standardbred in Canadian racing history, join Sintra and four other rivals to make up this week's edition of the $34,000 Preferred. Richard Moreau trainee Jimmy Freight (PP1, Louis Philippe Roy) will be making his four-year-old debut in Saturday's contest and comes in off a sharp 1:52.4 qualifying effort last Thursday. The Ontario Sires Stakes champion is prepping for next weekend's Confederation Cup eliminations. Jimmy Freight is no stranger to facing older company, having faced aged competitors on multiple occasions last season. The son of Sportswriter grabbed headlines with a third-place effort in last year's Mohawk Gold Cup, which was part of an incredible season that saw him win 11 of 21 starts and earn $834,489 for owner Adriano Sorella. Dr J Hanover (PP2, Doug McNair) comes to town after battling in the Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway. The Tony Alagna trainee most recently captured a $50,000 Levy Eligible contest on April 20 for his first win in seven starts this season. Dr J Hanover - Winning a leg of the Graduate at Mohawk Park on June 3, 2017   - New Image Media Now six-years-old, Dr J Hanover scored six wins and made $227,980 in 23 starts last season, which included appearances in the Canadian Pacing Derby and TVG Open. He races for owners Brad Grant, Robert LeBlanc, Steven Wienick and ISFT. Saturday's Preferred also includes recent winners Traceur Hanover (PP3, Chris Christoforou) and Physicallyinclined (PP7, Jonathan Drury). The field is rounded out by Go West Go Fast (PP4, Sylvain Filion) and P L Jackson (Travis Cullen). The Preferred is carded as Race 6 on Saturday's 11-race card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Woodbine Mohawk Park has horseplayers covered this Saturday for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. Fans can watch and wager on all the action from Churchill Downs by visiting the main floor simulcast area. Carrels in the Racebook have been sold out for two weeks, but plenty of seating and screens are available throughout the facility. Trackside Bar will be opening early at 4 p.m. for food and drink service ahead of the Derby and Saturday evening's live racing program. For more information, follow @WoodbineSB on Facebook and Twitter.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

Dual Harness Racing World Driving Champion Jody Jamieson has been engaged to drive Maori Law in the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship. Jamieson will feature as a guest of Harness Racing Australia (HRA) throughout the Inter Dominion series as the keynote speaker for its upcoming conference on December 14. A winner of over 7,700 races, including the 2007 edition of the Little Brown Jug with Tell All, Jamieson is no stranger to driving in Australia. Jody represented Canada in the 2015 World Driving Championship in Sydney and was successful at Bathurst (twice) and at Wagga Wagga. Venturing to Victoria following the series, he finished second on Vincennes in the Great Southern Star of that year.   Jamieson will be available for drives on each night of the Inter Dominion Carnival, in addition to the Stawell Cup meeting on Sunday December 2 and Bendigo on December 6. Maori Law’s owner, Fred Crews, said he was excited to have Jamieson drive his charge throughout the series. Jamieson steps in for the trotter’s regular driver, Gavin Lang, who is committed to the horse he trains, Save Our Pennys. Maori Law, who is rated a $9 chance to win the Inter Dominion final, has drawn gate six in the first heat of the trotters series at Melton on Saturday night. The horse is set to start second favourite in the heat behind kiwi raider Speeding Spur. Harness Racing Australia

MILTON,ON -  November 12, 2018 - Sophomore fillies Lyons Hedgeabet and Shotgun Sally captured finals of the Ontario sired Harvest Series on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of six clashed in the $43,000 final for trotting fillies, while a full field of 10 battled in the $49,900 final for pacing fillies. Mach Three filly Lyons Hedgeabet picked the perfect time to break her maiden by winning the $49,900 final for pacing fillies in 1:52.3. Driven by Bob McClure, Lyons Hedgeabet got away eighth from post position four. Race favourite Miss Rockadali, seeking a series sweep, shot out to the lead and posted a :26.4 opening-quarter. D Gs Shadowsbell, also going for the sweep, was parked second and had to grind things out the entire mile on the outside. Miss Rockadali rolled the field to the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. McClure moved Lyons Hedgeabet ahead of the half into the outer-flow and sat third-over sixth, just four lengths from the lead turning for home. In the stretch, Lyons Hedgeabet stormed by rivals to the top and paced a :27.2 final-quarter to score a convincing 4 ¼ lengths victory. D Gs Shadowsbell showed plenty of grit to finish second, while I Shadow U was third and Oxford Comma fourth. Trained by Jeff Gillis, Lyons Hedgeabet finished third in last week's second leg after a runner-up finish in a first leg division. The Mach Three filly was making her seventh career start Monday and entered with a trio of runner-up finishes and trio of third-place finishes. Owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound, Lyons Hedgeabet increased her earnings to $39,800 with the maiden-breaking score. She paid $12 to win. Johnny William filly Shotgun Sally and driver Paul MacKenzie showed plenty of patience in capturing Monday's $43,000 Harvest Series final for trotting fillies in a career-best 1:56.4. Power And Grace hustled off the wings of the gate to grab the top spot with last week's second leg winner Miss Adam T getting away second before circling to the top early in the second-quarter. Shotgun Sally got away fifth and sat in that same spot when Miss Adam T led the field by a half of :57.1. McKenzie gave Shotgun Sally her cue to go entering the far turn and the 6/5 favourite trotted up into third, just over two lengths from Miss Adam T at the third-marker. In the stretch, Shotgun Sally immediately powered by Miss Adam T and pulled away to a 5 ¼ lengths victory in 1:56.4. Miss Adam T finished second, while Gradabra rallied for third. Trained by Todd Clements, Shotgun Sally won the opening leg of the series before being scratched from last week's second leg due to transportation issues. She now has four wins in 26 starts this season. Owned by Trisha Barsby, Shotgun Sally, who made just two starts as a rookie, has now earned $52,588 in her career. She paid $4.60 to win. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30, 2018. Dunbar Hall and driver Jody Jamieson got things their own way in Monday's $34,000 Preferred Handicap trot and turned it into a second consecutive victory at the top-level. A group of six battled in the weekly feature with star trotting mare Dream Together having issues before the start and never joining her rivals in the contest. The removal of a key contender allowed Dunbar Hall and Jamieson to claim the top spot in the early stages. Dunbar Hall posted a :27.2 opening-quarter before stealing away with a :59.3 middle-half, while 6/5 favourite Dancer Hall sat in the two-hole. In the stretch, Dunbar Hall sprinted home in :27 to win by two-lengths in 1:54, the same clocking as his victory last week. Dancer Hall had to settle for second, while Big Rich was third and Catch The Dream fourth. A four-year-old gelding, Dunbar Hall picked up his eighth win in 23 starts this season. He has now earned $217,930 in 2018 to bring his career numbers to 13 wins and $331,184 earned for owners Carl Jamieson and George Harrison. A $2 win ticket on Dunbar Hall returned $4.80. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - November 5, 2018 - Dunbar Hall returned to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday and turned in a strong performance in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. The four-year-old trotter was making his first start since a break in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final on October 25 and shot off cover to track down leader Dancer Hall for a 1:54 victory. Trained by Stephanie Jamieson, Dunbar Hall and driver Jody Jamieson were able to flush out cover from fifth and sat in a nice second-over spot turning for home. Dancer Hall left from post-nine and made the lead after being parked around the first-turn. Dancer Hall reached three-quarters in 1:25 and had a few lengths on separation his rivals coming into the lane. Dunbar Hall unleashed a strong final-quarter to shoot off cover and storm by the leader for a 1 ¾ lengths score. Dancer Hall just held off Free Willy Hanover for second. Dunbar Hall's victory snapped a five-race losing streak. The Jamieson trainee finished second in his Crown elimination before making an early break in the rich final. Owned by Carl Jamieson and George Harrison, Dunbar Hall now has seven wins and $200,930 earned in 22 starts this season. His career numbers improved to 12 wins and $314,184 earned with the Preferred score. Dunbar Hall paid $16.90 to win. Round two of the Harvest Series for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies also took place on Monday. Just a single seven-horse division was needed for the trotters, while 21 pacers were split into a pair of divisions. Miss Adam T came through for her backers in the second-leg, scoring a coast-to-coast victory in 1:59.1 as the public's choice. The Ben Baillargeon trainee finished third in the first leg after going off as the favourite. Leg one winner Shotgun Sally was scratched due to transportation, which brought the field down to six. Gradabra finished second by 2½ lengths, while Power And Grace was third. Trevor Henry steered Miss Adam T to her second win in 13 starts. The sophomore trotting filly, who was unraced at age two, has now earned $26,296 for owners/breeders Tom & Elizabeth Rankin. Miss Adam T paid $4.10 to win. D Gs Shadowsbell pulled off her second consecutive upset victory in the first of two divisions for pacing fillies. James MacDonald gave the Chantal Mitchell trainee a two-hole ride and shot through in the lane to win by a head over Grand Bay in a career-best 1:54. Lyons Hedgeabet and Shadow World were in the mix for the exciting finish and crossed the line third and fourth, each beat half a length. A daughter of Shadow Play, D Gs Shadowsbell went off at odds of 13-1 in Monday's second leg after pulling off a 27-1 upset in last week's first leg. She now has three wins in 18 starts this season. Owned and bred by Daniel Surprenant, D Gs Shadowsbell now has $32,204 earned this season to bring her career numbers to six wins and $63,669. She paid $29.60 to win. Miss Rockadali repeated in Monday's second leg, posting a coast-to-coast victory for driver Louis Philippe Roy and trainer Richard Moreau. The daughter of Dali held off Lady Grande by a head for a career-best 1:55.1 victory. Bidforahug finished third, while Oxford Comma was fourth. Owned by Andre St Laurent, Miss Rockadali is now nine for 20 this season with $44,751 earned. Her career earnings jumped to $48,634 with Monday's score. A $2 win ticket on Miss Rockadali returned $4.10. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30, 2018. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications -

MILTON, ON - November 2, 2018 - Sophomore pacing filly Kendall Seelster stole the show Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a stunning victory in the $30,000 Mares Preferred. The daughter of Shadow Play defeated eight older rivals by charging home from a third-over seventh to track down Sandebetweenurtoes with a :27.1 final-quarter for a 1:52 victory. Sylvain Filion steered Kendall Seelster to victory for trainer Rod Boyd, who has now taken over the training of the standout three-year-old. Her first-career Preferred score improves her sophomore numbers to six wins and $226,165 earned in 17 starts. Kendall Seelster now has 10 wins and $680,150 in career earnings for owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, Ontario. Sandbetweenurtoes finished second after cutting the mile and holding a sizable advantage off a 1:23.1 three-quarter clocking. Windsongmagnifique crossed the wire third, while Exhilarated for fourth. Kendall Seelster paid $16.60 to win. Friday's card also saw the start of the Harvest Series for Ontario Sired three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Mach Three gelding Phantom Seelster was a convincing winner in the evening's first of two $17,000 divisions. Bob McClure steered the sophomore to victory for trainer Richard Moreau. Phantom Seelster and McClure got away second and would stay inside while P H Hippie made a second-quarter move from third to take the lead from Hes Got Swagger. The initial leader made a move back to the top going into the far turn, which gave McClure his cue to make his move and swept to the lead at three-quarters in 1:24.4. The stretch drive saw Phantom Seelster wave goodnight to his rivals and pull away to win by five lengths. Dismissal Slip finished second, while Shadow Moon was third. Phantom Seelster entered the Harvest Series winless in 14 starts this season. The three-year-old gelding has now earned $23,020 this season to bring his career numbers to four wins and $66,685 earned for owners Gestion Mastel Inc., Conrad Leber and Marcel Barrieau. A $2 win ticket on Phantom Seelster returned $6.80. Camluck gelding Westslucky Terror turned in a strong performance to win the second split for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Frank Baker Jr. Westslucky Terror got away second before circling to the lead at the half. Bit Of Luck came charging first-up to battle with the leader on the far turn and the sophomores were on even-terms at three-quarters. In the stretch, Westslucky Terror turned aside his rival to win by a length in 1:55. Bit Of Luck had to settle for second, while Stratosphere was third. The Harvest Series first-leg victory improves Westslucky Terror to six wins and $48,375 earned in 19 starts this season for owners Baker Jr. and Paul Chapman. The Camluck gelding was unraced at age two. Westslucky Terror paid $7.50 to win. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario Sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2018. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

Reigning Grassroots champion Pretty Handsome delivered an emphatic statement at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night, laying down a :27.4 final quarter in his 1:51.3 Semi-Final victory on a night when the wind slammed into each field as they turned for home. "It's about a three second wind really," said driver Jody Jamieson, who won two of the eight Semi-Finals, including the other three-year-old colt event. "So the trip (Jonathan) Drury's horse went was monstrous." Drury and Pretty Handsome left smartly from Post 5 in the second $20,000 pacing colt Semi-Final and were comfortably in control by the :28 quarter. Unchallenged through a :56.3 half and 1:23.4 three-quarters, Pretty Handsome seemed completely unfazed by the wind that took the steam out of many of the evening's pacesetters. Rather than slowing, the Mach Three gelding powered down the stretch to a nine and one-quarter length victory. Luka Shenko and Shadow Moon completed the top three, with Phantom Seelster and Gideon Seelster also advancing to next week's championship. "Actually, he didn't surprise me tonight," said Andrew McCabe, who trains Pretty Handsome for owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein. "A lot of horses that were leaving out into the wind and then finishing into the wind as well were getting tired, but he just seemed to accelerate in the stretch." The win was Pretty Handsome's third straight and makes him a perfect four-for-four in Grassroots action this season. A two-time Grassroots winner at two, Pretty Handsome was not the favourite in last year's final and was awarded the title when Phantom Seelster was placed from first to ninth for causing interference. Second across the line, Pretty Handsome was elevated to first. With the other two-year-old title holders failing to advance to this year's finals, the gelding is the only horse with an opportunity to repeat as champion. Hoping to prevent Pretty Handsome from repeating will be the other Semi-Final winner, When You Dance, who used a late sprint to score his 1:54.2 victory. Pocket-sitter Yacht Seelster was second while pacesetter and fan favourite Casimir Richie P settled for third. JM Jack Of Hearts and Stock also advanced. Moffat resident Jody Jamieson piloted When You Dance to the win for trainer Ben Wallace of Puslinch and his partners Daniel Plouffe of Bromont, Quebec and Birnam Wood Farms of Boca Raton, Florida. Like Pretty Handsome When You Dance is undefeated in Grassroots action this season, winning two regular season events prior to his Semi-Final victory. "He's just been a nice horse all year for us," said Wallace of the long-legged pacer. "He's had a great summer and we're looking forward to next week." Jamieson's other victory came in the pacing filly division with favourite Neon Moon, who turned for home so far ahead of her peers she was able to ease up in the stretch and still hit the wire six and one-quarter lengths the best in 1:54.4. Sunday Afternoon finished second, Lady Bubbles was third, Mittany Nicole fourth and Enchanted Eva rounded out the finalists in fifth. "She's a beast," said Jamieson, who drives the Sportswriter filly for owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, Ontario. "She's likely a Gold contender, but that division is so tough she's taking the road less travelled. With no bad luck, she should win the Grassroots Final." Guelph resident Jonathan Drury earned his second Semi-Final win in the other pacing filly contest, guiding Machnhope to a 1:54.2 victory over Princess Abie W and Azure Seelster. Sharks Summrshandy and I Shadow U rounded out the top five. Bill Robinson trains the Mach Three daughter for CMR Farms of Hagersville, David Serwatuk of Hamilton and BC Reichheld Stables of Caledonia, Ontario. In the sophomore trotting colt Semi-Finals, Say You Do was also untroubled by the wind, pulling away from the field in the stretch to record a 12 length victory in 1:58. T Barrr finished second in spite of broken equipment, Legend Within was third, Daylon Phantom fourth and Sicario fifth. "He's a big strong colt that wasn't bothered by the windy conditions tonight," said driver Paul MacDonell. "He'll be a factor in the final next week." Guelph resident MacDonell crafted the Kadabra gelding's third lifetime win for trainer Stephen Oldford, Oldford Racing LLC of Port Huron and Gene Oldford Farms LLC of St. Clair, Michigan. The other trotting colt Semi-Final went to favourite Jammin Jack and driver James MacDonald in 1:59.2. Mister Magic was second, Delcrest Holiday third, Takter fourth and Northern Ruler finished fifth. Mark Steacy trains Angus Hall son Jammin Jack for Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, Pennsylvania. The trotting filly Semi-Finals went to Stormont Charlotte and Zorgwijk Sophia. Stormont Charlotte trotted to a personal best 1:57.2, finishing four lengths ahead of favourite Hopes Solo and pacesetter Ezee Tiguan. Magics Lucky Charm and Gradabra also advanced to the final. Sylvain Filion piloted the Justice Hall daughter to the win for trainer John Gouveia and owner Alan Fair of Ancaster, Ontario. Favourite Zorgwijk Sophia sailed to a 1:59 victory, five and one-half lengths ahead of Melanie G and Shotgun Sally. Stormont Chef and Gotta Pay To Play were well back in fourth and fifth. Doug McNair drove both Zorgwijk Sophia and Ezee Tiguan for trainer Lyle MacArthur and owners Linda Wellwood of St. George Brant and Tammy Aspden of Caistor Centre and will have to choose between the two for the final. "Sophia is a nice little filly to drive," McNair said. "The other filly is different. Once you start her up she's tricky to get relaxed." McNair has until Tuesday to make his decision, when the top five finishers from all of the two and three-year-old Semi-Finals will be entered in the post-position draw for the finals. The eight Grassroots champions will be crowned Saturday, Sept. 29 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 – Ideation Hanover and Tall Drink Hanover posted victories in Saturday’s Shes A Great Lady eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 19 rookie harness racing pacing fillies competed over two hotly contested $35,000 eliminations. Ideation Hanover and Jody Jamieson took charge early and made their point when it counted the first ‘Great Lady’ elimination. Never worse than third in her eight career races, Ideation Hanover was an overlooked 10/1 at the betting windows, motoring up the inside path to take down tiring leader Treacherous Reign and fend off a late-charging Sylph Hanover on the outside. The 1:51.2 clocking was a lifetime best for the Bettors Delight-Ideal Weather (Western Ideal) daughter. Trainer Dave Menary admitted post-race that he was pleasantly surprised: “I didn’t know how it would all play out.” Announcer Ken Middleton described the “backstretch blast” unleashed by Treacherous Reign as that filly powered out of third to circle Ideation Hanover and Sylph Hanover by the :56 half. Treacherous Reign continued to set the pace, leading by two open lengths over the eventual winner at the 1:23.4 three-quarter-mile mark. With that leader vulnerable in deep stretch, Jamieson’s tactics worked to Ideation Hanover’s perfect advantage. He called Ideation Hanover “the kind of filly who likes to go forward” every start. Stepping out of the shadow of stablemate Quebec Blue Chip after a “disappointing” third-place finish in her last race, a Champlain division at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Ideation Hanover was “back on track” for next week’s Shes A Great Lady final, said Menary. The winning filly’s conditioner noted the $50,000 yearling purchase was a bargain: “This family comes from a great pedigree. […] People got off the bandwagon for Bettors Delight. I was happy to bring her home for 50.” Queen of the Pride (Dave Miller) finished third, over Treacherous Reign (Andrew McCarthy) in the first elimination. Ideation Hanover is owned by Ontario-based Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, and Alan Alber. Saturday’s win was her third career victory, returning $22 for a $2 win ticket. An unfortunate incident in deep stretch removed two of the top contenders in the second Shes A Great Lady elimination. Dueling on the lead, Warrawee Ubeaut (Yannick Gingras) appeared to veer into Quebec Blue Chip (Jody Jamieson), taking both out of the race with late breaks and setting the scene of an inquiry. The inquiry resulted in Warrawee Ubeaut being set back twice for creating interference: from sixth back to seventh, then again to ninth in the nine-horse race. Quebec Blue Chip finished eighth, and was placed seventh. Blossom Onthebeach finished seventh and was placed sixth. Deb was ninth, placed eighth. Prescient Beauty (Doug McNair) had launched to a two-length lead on the front end (27.3), with Quebec Blue Chip and Warrawee Ubeaut second and third behind her at the opening quarter. Quebec Blue Chip stepped out to claim the lead by the 55.2 half, with Prescient Beauty settling in third and Warrawee Ubeaut on the attack outside at the three-quarters, which was reached in 1:24.1. Tall Drink Hanover loomed second over in fourth at the three-quarters, a fortunate position for driver Andrew McCarthy’s filly. When the battling leaders made physical contact in the stretch, the Captaintreacherous-Take Into Account (The Panderosa) daughter escaped difficulty and powered to a going-away triumph in 1:51.2—a new personal best, by two-and-a-third lengths over Prescient Beauty. The judges inquiry did not affect the top four finishers in the elimination. Odds On Lucie (another Tony Alagna trainee) was third, over fourth-place Carousel. Winning conditioner Tony Alagna, who has three fillies going to the stake final, said Tall Drink Hanover (a $35,000 Harrisburg yearling sale purchase) had “a six-week deficit behind these other fillies [over the winter], but she just continues to improve.” Sympathizing with the connections of Quebec Blue Chip and Warrawee Ubeaut, he added that their accident took nothing away from Tall Drink Hanover’s performance: “I felt good halfway down the lane that she was going to get there anyway.” It was the fourth win in seven starts for the Eternal Camnation and Whenuwishuponastar winner, who is owned by Alagna Racing LLC of New Jersey, Marvin Katz of Ontario, and Riverview Racing LLC of Florida. The post-positions for next week’s $590,000 Shes A Great Lady final were drawn following the eliminations. 1. Treacherous Reign 2. Prescient Beauty 3. Ideation Hanover 4. Tall Drink Hanover 5. Carousel 6. Queen Of The Pride 7. Sylph Hanover 8. Odds On St Lucie 9. St Somewhere 10. Art Lecture AE: Money Shot Hanover Nivana Seelster defeats Lazarus N Nirvana Seelster denied Lazarus N a rebound victory with a huge coast-to-coast 1:48.1 victory in Saturday's $34,000 Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old Bill Budd trainee was blasted to the lead by driver Trevor Henry and posted fractions of :26.3, :54.1 and 1:21 before powering home in :27.1 for his eighth win of the season. Lazarus N finished second, beat two-lengths. The Jimmy Takter trained six-year-old left from post-seven and settled in fourth. Driver Yannick Gingras angled Lazarus N to the outside nearing the half and grinded away first-up on the final turn, drawing to within a length and three-quarters of the lead at the third-marker. Nirvana Seelster had no quit in him pacing down the lane, as Lazarus N had to settle for the runner-up finish. Owned by Bruce Davy, Nirvana Seelster just missed matching his career-mark of 1:48, which he took last season at Mohawk Park. The fan-favourite, who surpassed $1 million in career earnings last week, has now earned $208,170 in 28 starts this season Nirvana Seelster and Lazarus N were the only two-horses in Saturday's nine-horse field that competed in the $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on September 1. Lazarus N finished second, while Nirvana Seelster was eighth. A $2 win ticket on Nirvana Seelster returned $24.80. Mark McKelvie and Melissa Keith, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 13, 2018 - Driver Jody Jamieson has been red-hot over the last month and his outstanding run continued Thursday with a five-win night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Jamieson, who had eight drives on the 11-race program, started his evening strong by sweeping the 'Early-Double' with two-year-old pacing filly Westbeach ($12.40) and two-year-old trotting colt Trix And Stones ($3.30). The reinsman in Green-Yellow-White recorded the Hat-Trick in the seventh-race with five-year-old trotting mare Major Muscle ($8.60). Jamieson finished the night the way he started by winning his final two drives with three-year-old pacers Dramatic Point ($9.80) and Westslucky Terror ($3.50). The five-win night pushes Jamieson into sole possession of fifth in the Mohawk Park driver standings with 91 wins. The Moffat, Ontario resident has more wins than any other Woodbine driver over the last month, recording 32 wins since August 16. Jamieson now has 170 driving wins this season, which is just two-less than his total of 172 for the entire 2017 season. He is scheduled to drive in six-races on Friday's 13-race card. Post time Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

There were few surprises at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday night as the top two-year-old trotting colts and geldings padded their point totals in the last Grassroots event of the regular season. After finishing second twice and third once, Cousin Peter finally found the winner's circle in the first $18,450 Grassroots division. Starting from Post 1 driver Louis Philippe Roy settled Cousin Peter in the pocket behind Priceless Ruler and followed the pacesetter through fractions of :28.4, :59.3 and 1:29.4. In the stretch Roy slid Cousin Peter into an open lane and the colt reeled in Priceless Ruler and first-up challenger Magical Journey to score a neck victory in 1:59.2. Fan favourite Magical Journey was second and Priceless Ruler settled for third. "He's a horse that doesn't really look fluid when you sit behind him, but he wants to try and has a big heart that makes him forget his little issues," said Roy. "I might be wrong, but he's a horse that I expect to improve a lot between two and three years old." Roy steers the Johnny William son for trainer Richard Moreau and owners Sergis Racing Stable LLC of Canton, NY and Saverino Spagnolo of Ottawa, Ontario. With a total of 122 points the consistent Cousin Peter finished the season in third spot and will be among the favourites in the Sept. 20 Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The second division saw point leader Royale Elite get a pocket trip behind Archway, who led the field to fractions of :29.4, 1:02.1 and 1:33.2. Coming off the final turn driver James MacDonald tipped Royale Elite out from behind the pacesetter and the colt powered home to a two length win in 2:02.4. Archway finished second and fan favourite Judge Ken recovered from an early break in stride to be third. "The trip worked out great; no stress," said trainer Mark Steacy. "We'll keep to the same schedule for next week and hope to stay sound and healthy." Wednesday's win was Royale Elite's fourth in Grassroots action. He was also victorious at Georgian Downs, Hiawatha Horse Park and Woodbine Mohawk Park. His only loss came at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the July 31 event where he finished third behind two colts that are ranked among the top 10 Gold Series competitors. With his near perfect record, Royale Elite leads his peers into the post-season with 212 points. Steacy trains Royale Elite for owner-breeders Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, Quebec and the conditioner's concerns about keeping the Royalty For Life son healthy are more than just lip service. His stablemate Rap Royalty, ranked fifth in the standings, was scratched out of Wednesday's first division due to sickness. "We're hoping Rap can rebound to race next week," noted Steacy, who currently leads all trainers in the Ontario Sires Stakes standings in pursuit of his third straight Johnston Cup title. The final division saw LA Magic record his first victory in just his second lifetime start. The Kadabra son and driver Jody Jamieson stormed away from Post 2 and never looked back, reeling off fractions of :29.2, 1:00.3 and 1:30.3 on their way to a one and one-half length win in 2:01.2. Lightly rated Fitzgibbons trotted into second, leaving fan favourite A Royal Line the third-place spoils. "I've schooled him and qualified him and he is naturally gifted with a flawless gait," said Jamieson. "I really thought he could ambush them off the gate tonight and win, and that's exactly what he did." Jamieson crafted the win for trainer Duane Marfisi and owner Gary Morritt of London, Ontario. With a fifth-place result in his Sept. 3 debut, LA Magic finishes the season with a total of 55 points and heads into the Semi-Final tied for ninth spot, but Jamieson is expecting him to be a serious player. "He'll be the freshest horse in the Semis next week," pointed out the driver. "Hopefully he'll use the light schedule to his advantage." The top 20 points earners with at least two starts in the Grassroots program will advance to next week's Semi-Final. The top five finishers from each $20,000 Semi-Final will earn a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 29. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Trois Rivieres, QC - It's Super Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday, September 9 with the tracks richest harness racing program of the year, $512,000 in total purses headlined by eight Quebec Championship Finals. The Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers has four finals, each with a purse of $65,000. The two-year-old's also will compete in four finals, each with a purse of $55,000. Plus, there are two $8,000 Invitational events, one for trotters and one for pacers. For this rich days of racing, world class drivers Sylvain Filion, Jody Jamieson, Louis Philippe Roy and James MacDonald are coming in from Ontario to compete with H3R's top drivers. Here is a brief overview on each of the special races on Sunday. 2nd Race $55,000 2YO Colt Trot - Cesar Duharas is the race favorite and rightly so. Last week the son of Muscle Massive tied the track record for colts at H3R with a 2:01.3 triumph in the third round of the Future Stars Series. He will start from post five for trainer/driver Stuart Sowerby and breeder/owner Haras De Estrie, Inc. of Dunham. Cesar Duharas has three wins this season, the fastest a 1:58.3 record at Mohawk Park. Competition will come from Yves Filion's Money Hill (post eight), who has his son, Sylvain, driving the son of Muscle Hill and the entry of Only For Justice (post one) and Clevisse (post four) for trainer Dany Fontaine. 3rd Race $55,000 2YO Colt Pace - YS Sunshine (post six) gets the call in here off his last start, a very impressive 1:53.4 lifetime mark last week at Mohawk Park. The Sunshine Beach geldings other two wins this season came in legs of the Future Stars Series with driver Stephane Gendron back in the sulky for trainer Michel Allard and breeder/owner Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. Second choice is the undefeated D Gs De Vito (post eight) with driver Jonathan Lachance. This unbeaten son of Sportswriter is going for his fifth straight win, all at H3R and he has a record of 1:58 taken last week. Other contenders include Guinness Panic (post five) and GA Speed Gaby (post three). 4th Race $65,000 3YO Filly Trot - Provided they can stay on stride, Montanaalaska (post four) and Kinnder Prediction (post three) both have good chances of winning. Montanaalaska won two starts back for driver Guy Ganon 2:00.2 and 2:02.4 the prior week, but also shows tendency to break stride too. Sired by Angus Hall, Montanaalaska is trained by Alain Martin for owner Michel Grenier of Gastineau. Kinnder Prediction broke last week for driver Justin Filion. The prior week was first placed ninth and the week before won in 2:02.4 over Montanaalaska. The daughter of Northern Escort is trained, owned and bred by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. 5th Race $65,000 3YO Filly Pace - The entry of BG (post four) and Katniss S BG (post 8) loom over the field. Katniss S BG is the stronger of the entry. This daughter of Mach Three has four wins this year, the fastest in 1:53 for driver Louis Philippe Roy and has won three of her last four starts for trainer Richard Moreau and co-breeders and owners Sylvain Desvheneaux and Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy. Lit De Rose (post seven) might have been made the betting favorite if not for her starting from an outside post. This daughter of Leader Bayama has been first, second or third in her last six starts with a record of 1:57 taken two starts back. She will be driven for the first time by Sylvain Filion. 6th Race $8,000 Invitational Pace - Hard to believe that four of nine horses in this race, Cee Pee Panic, HP Patriote, Atomic Million AM and Wildriverbumblebee, are all prior Championship winners. Cee Pee Panic (post three) is the oldest at age 9 and Wildriverbumblebee (post nine) the youngster at age 4 and the race favorite with Sylvain Filion in the sulky. Wildriverbumblebee is coming off a 1:54 triumph at H3R in his last start for trainer Francis Richard. UFdragons Rocket (post two) is the fastest return winner in the field, coming off a 1:52.1 triumph for driver Louis Philippe Roy. Other contenders include Atomic Million AM (post five) and Windsun Cheyenne (post eight). 7th Race $55,000 2YO Filly Trot - Kenogami Darling (post four) has dominated this division with back to back wins in the series and is going for her fourth straight win. The daughter of Justice Hall has been super for trainer Dany Fontaine and driver Guy Gagnon. Her record this year is 1:59.2 taken at Mohawk Park. She was bred and is co-owned by Jean Francois Reid of Anjou with Claude Reid of Jonquiere. Although Kenogami Darling has beaten everyone else in the field, watch for Kinderunbelievable (post five) and Claudi P V (post six) to be on the board. 8th Race $55,000 2YO Filly Pace - Better Now (post 3) is the race favorite having won two of the legs at H3R and also coming off a strong second in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots last week at Clinton Raceway for trainer and co-owner Pierre Ouellette. The filly by Betterthancheddar has Jody Jamieson in the sulky and can race well from on or off the pace. Second choice is the top filly Hurryupatthebeach (post five). This daughter of Up The Credit was undefeated in her first five wins for trainer Pierre Leclerc, getting beaten for the first time in the third leg of the series. She will again be driven by Pascal Berube. Also watch for Flower Sena (post eight), who was able to beat Hurryupatthebeach in her last start for driver Jocelyn Gendron, but the outside post position will hinder her chances somewhat. 9th Race $8,000 Invitational Trot - What a top-notch race this will be. There are three Quebec Series Champions in the field, Capteur De Reve (post five), who just won his second straight title, former track record holder Seeyou Men (post seven) and Holiday Party (post eight). Capteur De Reve with Pierre Luc Roy in the sulky is the race favorite, having won the Open Handicap last week and with a record of 1:58.4 at H3R for trainer Maxime Velaye. Seeyou Men has Guy Gagnon in the sulky after they won last week at Rideau Carleton in 1:58.4. Others to watch include the return of Rocky Boy (post three), Broadway Maija (post four) and Windsun Hugo (post nine). 10th Race $65,000 3YO Colt Pace - Great field of competition headed by race favorite Kinnder Jackson (post four) who has seven wins in ten starts, all at H3R for breeder, owner and trainer Deniza Petrova. This son of Allamerican Native has two wins in the series and will be driven for the first time by Louis Philippe Roy. Hudson Phil (post six) may show poor finishes last three starts for driver James MacDonald, but this son of Shanghai Phil was raced timed last week in 1:51.4 and has a record of 1:51.3 for trainer Mark Steacy. Play Jet Play (post seven) is part of an entry for trainer Dany Fontaine with last year's Champion, Stock (post five), who won a leg of the Series back in July in 1:54.2. 11th Race $65,000 3YO Colt Trot - SG Goliath King (post two) could be part of a double ­on the day for Hall of Fame trainer Yves Filion. This son of Lucky Fool has three wins in his last six starts and will have son Sylvain in the sulky. Other contenders include Yankee Photo (post four) for trainer Gerald Woodberry and driver Pascal Berube, Orlys Fury (post three) and Nobodynojustice (post one). Post time is 12:50 pm Sunday and for a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club will host the richest day of harness racing in 2018 at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday with C$512,000 in purses headlined by the championship finals of both the Breeders Cup and Future Stars Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. World renowned harness drivers Sylvain Filion, Jody Jamieson and Louis Philippe Roy will be leaving Toronto for Quebec to compete in the rich Super Sunday afternoon program. First race post time is 12:50 pm. Of the 12 races on the program, eight are the finals of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old's and the Future Stars Series for two-year-old's. Each of the four Breeders Cup finals go for C$65,000 each and the four Future Star final races for a purse of C$55,000. In addition, there is an $8,000 Invitational Trot and Pace, and for the first time there are two $8,000 consolation races, one for the Breeders Cup and one for the Future Stars. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

MILTON, ON - September 4, 2018 - Driver Jody Jamieson was the 'First Star of the Night' on Tuesday's 11-race card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Moffat, Ontario resident has been red-hot as of late and he continued his tremendous roll by posting four wins on Tuesday's program, including a victory in the $34,000 Preferred Trot with Dunbar Hall. Trained by Jamieson's wife, Stephanie, Dunbar Hall rushed from fourth to first in the second-quarter and proceeded to power home to a career-best 1:52.2 victory in the evening's feature race. Dunbar Hall ($7.40) was making his first start since finishing sixth in his elimination of the Maple Leaf Trot on August 25. The four-year-old gelding now has six wins, 12 top-three finishes and $161,440 earned in 16 starts this season for owners Carl Jamieson and George Harrison. Jamieson's first win of the evening came in the second-race 10-year-old gelding Slip Into Glide. The Dave Menary trainee trotted to a 1:54.2 score to pick up his fourth win in his last seven starts. A stunning 1:51.3 performance from two-year-old pacer Twin B Watching ($15.10) in the fifth-race gave Jamieson his second win. Another Menary trainee, Twin B Watching outdueled Heisman Player to break his maiden and take an impressive mark. The 'Hat-Trick' for Jamieson came via the upset variety, as he guided five-year-old trotting mare Major Muscle ($39) to her first win since March and third win in 20 starts this season. Jamieson has more wins than any other driver at Mohawk Park since August 14 with 19 wins over 16 cards of racing. He currently ranks seventh in the Mohawk Park driver standings with 79 wins. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

Clinton Raceway closed out its 2018 season with an outstanding afternoon of racing on Sunday featuring the 38th annual Charity Driver's Challenge and four Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Contested over the first eight races, the Charity Driver's Challenge was a fierce battle between Jody Jamieson, Doug McNair and Bob McClure. Heading into the final leg of the challenge McNair was leading with 160 points, McClure sat second with 137 and Jamieson was in third with 128 points. With a gritty first-over effort aboard Grande Seelster, Jamieson claimed the victory and with it his sixth Clinton Charity Driver's Challenge title. "To win number six today was a bit of a shock really. Some of the top young drivers in the country were here today, so you never know how it will play out," said Jamieson, who hails from Moffat, Ontario. "Fortunately, I had the best horses today and made it look quite easy." The participating drivers and Clinton Raceway fans raised just over $5,000 for the Tanner Steffler Foundation, which aims to support Huron County youth aged 12 to 24, and their families, with issues surrounding mental health and addiction, with the long-term goal of building a treatment and wellness facility within the county. All eight drivers - Natasha Day, Jonathan Drury, Ryan Holliday, Jamieson, James MacDonald, McClure, McNair and Scott Wray - were enthusiastic participants in the annual event, both for the friendly rivalry and the cause they were supporting. "I was leading until the last race and then got beat by Jody," said McNair. "But it was all for a good cause. It is important for people to realise that everyone and anyone can have mental health challenges, and no one should feel like they are different because of it, or be unable to find help." Once the challenge had come to an end Jamieson, McNair and McClure continued their dominant performances in the Grassroots events, with each reinsman piloting one two-year-old pacing filly to victory. McClure kicked things off with Lady Driver, delivering an impressive performance from Post 7 that saw them battle up the outer lane to a head victory in 1:59. Pacesetter and fan favourite Twin B Friendly settled for second and Hard Eight was third. "She's a nice little filly," said McClure, who piloted Lady Driver to the win for trainer Mike Keeling. "She's great gaited and that makes her very handy on the small tracks." The win was the first of the season for Sportswriter daughter Lady Driver, who is owned by CTC Stable of Chestnut Ridge, NY, and David Hamm and Michael Hall of Dagsboro, DE. Jonathan Drury interrupted the Jamieson-McNair-McClure show with a victory in the second $18,800 Grassroots division, guiding favourite Clearly Better to her first Grassroots victory in 2:00.3. From Post 2 the Betterthancheddar daughter controlled all the fractions and bested Better Now and Three Rocks by one and one-half lengths. Cambridge resident Blake MacIntosh conditions Clearly Better for his partners Stuart McIntosh of Essex, Ontario and Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. Jamieson was back in the winner's circle following the third Grassroots division with Jack Darling trainee Free Exchange. The fan favourites took command going by the quarter and sailed home to a one and one-half length victory in 1:59. Loves Delight was second and Turn Back Time completed the top three. "Free Exchange is getting stronger with each start," said Jamieson. "She is definitely one of the best Grassrooters around and I'm glad Jack has stuck with me to drive her." The win was Free Exchange's first Grassroots victory and her second lifetime. Exeter native Darling, who now calls Cambridge home, owns and trains the Betterthancheddar daughter. McNair wrapped up the program, and the Clinton Raceway season, in thrilling fashion, steering Sports Flix to a track record effort for his father Gregg McNair of Guelph and owner James Fraleigh of Dresden, Ontario. The Sportswriter daughter came from off the pace, swinging out three-wide at the three-quarter pole, and powered down the stretch to a four and one-half length victory in 1:57. Karans Choice was second and Aumydarlin was third. "She raced really good, that's a big mile up here," said the reinsman. The clocking took one-fifth of a second off the 1:57.1 standard established by Bourbon Seelster in an August 2015 Grassroots event. Sports Flix now has two Grassroots victories to her credit and sits atop the two-year-old pacing filly division with 117 points as they head into the fifth and final regular season Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 10. In addition the Charity Driver's Challenge and Ontario Sires Stakes action, Clinton Raceway also hosted its first-ever Weiner Dog Race and the victorious canine was Zinc from Post 8. The six-year-old Zinc was cheered on to his victory by handlers Maggie and John. Racing will return to Clinton Raceway in 2019 with more Ontario Sires Stakes action, family friendly events and community fundraising activities. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

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