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With a strong early move and then cutting soft easy fractions, Riveting Rosie held the field at bay as she posted a 1:56.1 triumph in winning the $374,000 final of the Peaceful Way Trot for two-year-old fillies at Mohawk Raceway Saturday. Driven by Paul Macdonell, Riveting Rosie left from post four and went right to the top with Grammas Girl (Randy Waples) securing the two-hole pocket trip to the opening quarter mile in :28.3. Macdonell then applied the brakes as they raced Indian-style to the half mile in a pedestrian :58.2. Down the backstretch and into the final turn, Macdonell and Riveting Rosie faced no challenges until Game On Hanover (Sylvain Filion) came first-over before the three-quarters in 1:27.3 and they moved up to try and collar the race leaders. But the race was all but over once the field turned for home as Macdonell has Riveting Rosie in hand as she trotted home as easy winner by one and three-quarter lengths over Grammas Girl and Game On Hanover. A $17,000 yearling purchase, Riveting Rosie is trained by John Bax. It was her fifth win in just seven starts for the daughter of Muscle Mass, who is co-owned by the Parkhill Stud Farm, Don Allensen, the J and T Stable and John Hayes, all of Ontario. “She got a little jammed up last week,” trainer John Bax said. “Paul was able to get her out of trouble early tonight. She’s a game filly and I was happy to see where she was. She has always had a good attitude of wanting to go ahead. I didn’t know if she would be this good but I am all right with it.” With the victory Riveting Rosie more than doubled her lifetime earnings to $368,000. Sent off as the 6/5 wagering favorite, Riveting Rosie paid $4.60 to win. Video attached. By Steve Wolf for

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - North America's trotting elite will congregate at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 14 and among the contestants in the William Wellwood Memorial, Peaceful Way and Canadian Trotting Classic Finals are 10 Ontario-sired stars hoping to keep the trophies close to home.  After winning his elimination from Post 10, Harper Blue Chip is among the favourites in the $365,000 William Wellwood Memorial Final. The Majestic Son colt and Milton resident Sylvain Filion will line up at Post 3 in the final and trainer Mark Steacy is expecting a world class battle. "I think he's got his work cut out for him," says the Lansdowne resident. "Father Patrick is pretty highly rated, and rightly so with the races he's won, but he did look a little vulnerable on the last turn." Favourite Father Patrick will start from Post 4 and comes into the contest on a five race win streak. Harper Blue Chip's streak only extends to two races, but Steacy feels the colt is showing steady improvement. "He broke well, trained down well. He was quiet, well mannered, smart - similar to his father. He never showed high speed, but he always did what you wanted," recalls Steacy, who trained Majestic Son to $1,993,157 in career earnings. "With each race he got better, and the speed started to come. "Sylvain Filion really likes this horse and we both hope we haven't hit the bottom of the well yet," adds the horseman. Steacy shares ownership of Harper Blue Chip with Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall and David Reid of Glenburnie. The partners purchased the colt out of last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $40,000. "I always go looking for Majestic Son's. I'm a true believer," says Steacy. "I really believe Majestic Son is a great sire, and I've trained quite a few of his. He didn't catch the Grand Circuit mares like Donato Hanover and the likes of that did, but I think if he had you'd see a lot more than three in these Finals." In addition to Harper Blue Chip, Majestic Son gelding P L Hercules will also compete in the William Wellwood Memorial from Post 6 and filly Serendipitious will start from Post 8 in the Peaceful Way Final.  In last week's Peaceful Way Eliminations, two of the three winners were Ontario-sired fillies. I Jasmin and Danica Hall trotted to 1:57.1 and 1:57.3 victories respectively and will line up at Posts 2 and 3 in the $374,000 final. "It tells you that we're producing quality horses, doesn't it," says trainer Doug McIntosh, who sends the  Deweycheatumnhowe daughter into Saturday's final on behalf of owner-breeder Walnut Hall Limited of Lexington, KY. Like Harper Blue Chip, Danica Hall captured her elimination and her Champlain Stakes division one week earlier to ride into Saturday's final on a two race win streak. And like Steacy, McIntosh knows Danica Hall is in for a tough battle in the $374,000 Final. "She's a nice filly, but that race on Saturday night is a tough race. Whoever gets a trip in there will win," says the Wheatley resident. "That two-year-old trotting filly division is very deep." Trotting specialist Trevor Ritchie of Acton will steer Danica Hall in pursuit of the biggest prize of her young career. Among the other fillies expected to be favoured in the final is Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series division leader Riveting Rose, who will start from Post 5. The Muscle Mass daughter rallied from an early break in the elimination round to finish third for driver Paul Macdonell of Guelph, trainer John Bax of Peterborough and his partners Don Allensen of Wyoming, J And T Stables of Newmarket and John Hayes of Sharon. Rounding out the Ontario-sired hopefuls in the two-year-old finals are colt Massive Talent, who gets Post 1 in the William Wellwood Memorial, and fillies Toughs Legacy and White Becomes Her, who will start from Posts 9 and 10 in the Peaceful Way.  In the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic Final Toocool Forschool carries the Ontario-sired torch from Post 5. The Kadabra colt finished fifth behind Master Of Law in the elimination round and will be looking for a return to the form that saw him post a personal best 1:53.4 at Mohawk in his June 8 Goodtimes Elimination. Moffat resident Jody Jamieson will steer Toocool Forschool for Glenn Lalonde of Guelph and owners Roland Rocco of Lasalle, QC and Benoit Gendron of Beaconsfield, QC. The 10 Ontario-sired entries are matched only by the number of young trotters hailing from Pennsylvania. The other jurisdictions represented are New Jersey with six hopefuls, New York with three and Kentucky with one. Post time for Mohawk Racetrack's Saturday, Sept. 14 program is 7:25 pm, with the William Wellwood Memorial Final slated as Race 3, the Peaceful Way Final going postward in Race 5 and the Canadian Trotting Classic rounding out the evening in Race 8. For complete entries. For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

OTTAWA, ON — Riveting Rosie took over top spot in the two-year-old trotting filly standings with her third straight Gold Series victory on Thursday evening, touring the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval in 1:59.2. Regular reinsman Paul MacDonell of Guelph piloted Riveting Rosie to the win for trainer John Bax of Peterborough and his partners Don Allensen of Wyoming, J and T Stable of Newmarket and John Hayes of Sharon. After finishing second in the July 5 Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack, the Muscle Mass daughter captured her division at Georgian Downs on July 23, and then swept to a 1:57.2 triumph in the Aug. 5 Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk. Thursday’s triumph puts her atop the division standings with 125 points. Mayberry finished second in the Aug. 5 Mid-Summer Consolation, but the Kadabra daughter sprinted home to a neck victory in Thursday’s second $52,500 Gold Series division. In rein to trainer Rick Zeron of Oakville Mayberry clocked a 2:00.4 to record her first win in four starts. Zeron shares ownership of the filly with Fred Brayford of Alliston and James Walker of Port Perry. Luck Is All Ineed also picked up her first lifetime victory by a narrow margin in the first division, crossing the wire a head on top in 2:00.1. Doug McNair engineered the win for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, and Thomas Harmer of Willowbrook, IL. The final division went to Nickange Two in 2:00.4, in a race that was marred by an accident. Fan favourite and former division leader Marcella Hall and trainer-driver Jimmy Takter fell going by the grandstand for the first time, but fortunately both were able to walk off the racetrack under their own steam. Nickange Two was driven to the win by Trevor Ritchie for trainer Wayne Lee and owner John Paul Stables Inc. of Princeton. The two-year-old trotting fillies make their final regular season Gold Series start at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 20, while Rideau Carleton Raceway prepares to welcome the three-year-old pacing fillies for their fifth Grassroots event on Thursday, Aug. 29. For complete results.   For up to date point standings, race replays, and more.   Sandra Snyder  

SUDBURY, ON - Sudbury Downs harness racing fans are in for a treat on Sunday, Aug. 11 when the Ontario Sires Stakes makes a stop at the northern oval. Four divisions of three-year-old trotting fillies will battle for a total of $72,000 in Grassroots purse money and the second heat is loaded with talent, including division co-leaders Muscle Magic and Oaklea Veronica who will start from Posts 2 and 3, respectively. The duo earned their top ranking - which they share with Twin B Alibi - by scoring one win and one second in the first two Grassroots events. Both fillies prepped for Sunday's contest in overnight events on Aug. 2, with Muscle Magic finishing a hard-closing sixth at Mohawk Racetrack and Oaklea Veronica making an early error and finishing seventh at Grand River Raceway. Rockwood resident Ben Baillargeon conditions Muscle Mass daughter Muscle Magic for his partners Nunzio Vena of Bolton and Santo Vena of Brampton, while Guelph resident Gregg McNair conditions Pegasus Spur daughter Oaklea Veronica for Bryan Lawrence of Hanover. Hoping to keep both of the division leaders off the podium are Bop Too The Top and Orderingin. Bop Too The Top will benefit from Post 1 in Race 5 and arrives in Sudbury off a fifth-place finish against the colts in the Aug. 3 Dream Of Glory Final at Hanover Raceway. In the first two Grassroots events the Muscle Mass daughter, trained by Peterborough resident John Bax for his partners Glengate Farms of Campbellville and Lorne Johnson of Cobourg, has two thirds. Orderingin captured her division of the Grassroots season opener and then jumped up to the Gold Series where she also scored a win. Trainer Richard Moreau and owners Furious Farms of Repentigny, QC, Jean Mondoux of Blainville, QC and Normand Mondoux of Laval, QC opted to drop the Majestic Son daughter back down to the Grassroots program however, and she will be looking for a third win from Post 7 on Sunday afternoon. Post time for Sunday's program is 1:30 pm and Sudbury Downs fans will see the three-year-old trotting fillies wage their Grassroots battles in Races 3, 5, 6, and 8. For complete entries For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. Sandra Snyder  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Muscle Matters picked the perfect time to figure out how to be a racehorse, battling to a half-length victory in the $150,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening. Heading into the contest trainer Benoit Baillargeon was not sure if the long-legged son of Muscle Mass had truly grasped the ins and outs of the racing game, but the two-year-old trotting colt delivered a gritty effort on Monday to earn his second lifetime win. Starting from Post 4 with Milton resident Mario Baillargeon in the race bike Muscle Matters landed fourth in the early going and then swung to the outside heading for the halfway marker. Parked on the outside all the way around the final turn, Muscle Matters dug in through the stretch to hang on for the 1:57.3 victory over hard closing favourite See The Wind and Jitterbug. “He doesn’t mind being on the outside,” said driver Mario Baillargeon from the winner’s circle. “He’s just a really nice colt.” Rockwood resident Benoit Baillargeon shares ownership of Muscle Matters with Nunzio Vena of Bolton, Santo Vena of Brampton and Richard Thompson of London. Through three starts the colt, a $17,000 purchase from the 2012 Canadian Yearling Sale, has posted two wins and one fourth for earnings of $98,800. Driver Paul MacDonell of Guelph piloted the winners of both the two-year-old trotting filly Challenge and Consolation, with Challenge winner Riveting Rosie clocking the fastest mile of the four Ontario Sires Stakes events. Starting from Post 5 Riveting Rosie sat third on the rail through the opening stages of the race behind Marcella Hall and Danica Hall. When division point leader Marcella Hall seemed to run out of gas heading into the backstretch, first Danica Hall then Riveting Rosie circled around her, but MacDonell did not send his charge after the lead until the fillies swung off the final turn. As she gained a clear view of the finishing wire Riveting Rosie shifted into another gear and powered away from the field to a two and three-quarter length win in 1:57.2. Miss Aultsville came on to be second and Danica Hall trotted into third. “She acts like a filly that just gets better with every start,” said MacDonell. “She’s developing smarts, which is good, and she just seems to trot smoother at a higher speed.” MacDonell engineered the win for trainer John Bax of Peterborough and his partners Don Allensen of Wyoming, J and T Stable of Newmarket and John Hayes of Sharon. Through three starts the Muscle Mass daughter — also a $17,000 purchase, but from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale — has two wins and one second for earnings of $106,500. In the trotting filly Consolation, MacDonell guided Margie to her first lifetime victory for trainer Michael Keeling of Cambridge and owners Paul Fontaine of Woonsocket, RI, Jim Winske of Marlborough, MA, Michael Winters of Saratoga Springs, NY and George Ducharme of Norfolk, MA. The fan favourites led for much of the race before cruising under the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Mayberry and Toughs Legacy in 1:57.4. Angus Hall daughter Margie now boasts one win, one second and one third in her first three starts. Like the Challenge winners the filly was a $17,000 investment at last fall’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale. The other consolation trophy went home with trainer Tom Durand of Puslinch and his partner Allan Smith of Oakville after Dontcheatonmenow rocketed from seventh to first through the final quarter to capture the $50,000 trotting colt event. A $30,000 purchase from the Harrisburg sale, Dontcheatonmenow reeled in Valorscross and SAS Warkentin to post the 1:57.4 win. Milton resident Randy Waples piloted the Deweycheatumnhowe colt to his first lifetime victory. The two-year-old trotting fillies make their fourth Gold Series start at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Aug. 15, while the two-year-old trotting colts head to Georgian Downs on Aug. 17. Next up at Mohawk Racetrack are the two-year-old trotting colt Grassroots competitors, battling in their fourth event on Thursday, Aug. 8. For complete results please click here.  

Three eliminations for the $70,000+ Dream of Glory Trot were contested at Hanover Raceway Saturday night.  The field for the Dream of Glory final is now set, and eight horses will headline the biggest night of the year at the Hanover oval on August 3rd. In race three, Enough About You went off as the post-time favourite and had it all his way from the outset of the race.  Driver Travis Henry who was making his first steer of the three-year old Mutineer gelding rated an easy mile to win in 1:59.1.  After the race, Henry noted that he had talked with regular pilot Anthony Macdonald earlier in the week and simply “did what [he] was told.”  Enough About You won by two-and-a-quarter lengths over Muscle On Broadway and Ross Battin who also qualified for the final.  Henry also noted that the Dream of Glory final will be the richest race of his young career and he’s looking forward to being a part of it.   The win was the fourth lifetime score for Enough About You, who was coming off a sixth place finish in the Canadian Breeders Championship a week prior.  Carmen Auciello trains for the Wheelhouse Racing Stable in Mississauga, Ontario. Another CBC finalist El Diablo Rojo engineered a wire-to-wire win in the second Dream of Glory elimination.  Bruce Richardson was in the bike for trainer Mike Bishop and owner Karen Carroll, and Richardson was able to hold off a challenge from Bop Too The Top and Matt Bax.  El Diablo Rojo trotted the mile in 2:00.0.  After the race, Richardson said “depending on the post we draw, then I’ll figure out what trip to look for.  If we draw on the inside, maybe the top will work out again, but we’ll see.”  El Diablo Rojo ended up drawing the rail for next week’s final. The third elimination was contested after a lengthy rain delay soaked the track.  Eat Pray Trot fired out to an early lead from post 7 with Garrett Rooney steering.  However, by the three-quarter station Bax had grinded his way to the top with Her Name Is Lola.  The Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series filly took control heading for home and held off late challenges from both Eat Pray Trot and a fast-closing Standing My Ground.  Two-time Dream of Glory winning trainer John Bax conditions Her Name is Lola for Parkill Stud Farm, Gaelic Stable, and Don Allensen.  Bax will send out both Her Name Is Lola and Bop To The Top in the final. The field for the $71,200 Dream of Glory Final is as follows:                 1 – El Diablo Rojo                 2 – Katla                 3 – Muscle On Broadway                 4 – Eat Pray Trot                 5 – Standing My Ground                 6 – Her Name Is Lola                 7 – Bop To The Top                 8 – Enough About You               AE1.  PC Momma Mia               AE2.  Northern Nandi Off the track, Jim McCrae of Sauble Beach was the luckiest fan in attendance winning a 55 inch Panasonic Smart TV and Blueray package courtesy of 92.3 The Dock, and Modern Appliances of Hanover.  McCrae said he’s a regular to Hanover Raceway and joked he’s going to need a lesson to learn all the great features the TV has to offer. Dream of Glory day festivities will include a Bar-b-q and Live band, Mini-horse race,  Rides in a Clydesdale Carriage for the post parades, a Match Race between the 2012 champion Summer Indian (1:51.1) and 2011 champ Traverse Seelster (1:51.2), the 70,000 dollar Dream of Glory final, and a Mascot Race before the huge BEM fireworks display.  There will also be draws for accommodations and golf at Cobble Beach, tickets to Music in the Fields, and a draw for a plane trip for 6 via Brucelandair to either Killarney or Niagra Falls.   Post time for Dream of Glory Night is 6:30 p.m and doors open at 5:00. Gord Dougan  

INNISFIL, ON — Well before Riveting Rosie made her Ontario Sires Stakes debut trainer John Bax felt the two-year-old trotting filly would find success on the province’s premier circuit and on Tuesday night at Georgian Downs the filly proved him right with an effortless victory in her Gold Series division. Riveting Rosie and driver Paul MacDonell controlled the tempo in the second $42,000 division and cruised home three and three-quarter length winners in 2:00.1. Muscle Babe and Aphrodity followed the fan favourites across the finish line. Peterborough resident Bax shares ownership of Riveting Rosie with J And T Stable of Newmarket, John Hayes of Sharon, and Don Allensen of Wyoming. The partners offered up $17,000 to acquire the daughter of Muscle Mass from last fall’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. In the July 5 Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack the filly finished second by half a length to Marcella Seelster and that effort combined with Tuesday’s victory put her second in the freshman trotting filly point standings heading into the Aug. 5 Mid-Summer Challenge. Marcella Seelster cemented her status as the filly to beat in the $150,000 Mid-Summer Challenge with a second straight victory, circling the Georgian Downs oval in 2:00.1 for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter. The Deweycheatumnhowe daughter bested Luck Is All Ineed and Suegrabbitnrun. Marcella Hall, owned by Christina Takter of New Jersey, John Fielding of Toronto, R A W Equine of Burlington and Jim Fielding of Toronto, is flawless through two Gold Series starts and sits atop the division standings with 100 points. Deweys Kate (2:00.2), Dream Act (2:00.1) and Herecomesthebride (1:58) captured the other Gold Series divisions and will all compete in the Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 5. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs on Saturday, July 27 with the second Grassroots leg for the three-year-old pacing colts. For complete results click here Ontario Sires Stakes

Harness racing fan favourite Undercover Boss stepped off the fastest mile in four two-year-old trotting colt Grassroots divisions at Kawartha Downs on Saturday, June 29.

The John Bax (Peterborough) trained Define The World won the richest race at tonight's (February 25) harness racing meeting at Woodbine in Ontario, Canada.

The above average Peterborough-based trotter, Define The World impressed yet again at tonight's (Monday February 11) harness racing meeting at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada.

The Jon Bax (Peterborough) trained Define The World racked up another win at Woodbine last night (Monday December 17) - this time in 1:54.1 in a $15,000 Trot.

Ontario's talented three-year-old trotting fillies put on an impressive show for Grand River Raceway harness racing fans on Friday evening, delivering some expected results along with a few upsets.

The cream of the two-year-old trotting filly division returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening to compete in their fourth $130,000 Gold Final, and the fillies will be joined by 56 freshman trotting colts heading to the Ottawa oval for seven $24,000 Grassroots divisions.

As the three-year-old trotting colts near the end of the Grassroots harness racing season, competition for the remaining points is growing fierce and Clinton Raceway fans were treated to eight exciting battles on Sunday afternoon (August 19).

Two-year-old trotting filly Charmed Life beguiled Rideau Carleton Raceway harness racing fans on Friday night with an impressive Gold Elimination victory that saw her hit the wire just shy of the track record.

Peterborough resident John Bax will ship a trio of trotters the short distance to Kawartha Downs on Saturday (August 11) evening to compete in the third Grassroots harness racing event on the sophomore trotting colt schedule.

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