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FRASERVILLE, ON - Brighton resident Gord Brown piloted a pair of  two-year-old pacing colts to Grassroots victory at Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening. The veteran reinsman made his first appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle with Markathy, who has yet to be bested through five starts. While Saturday marked the Mister Big colt's debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, he has been trouncing the non-winners of one competition at Kawartha Downs every week since July 25. The colt's regular pilot, Brown sent Markathy after the lead early and the youngster rolled along on the front end and then battled down the stretch when Pop Pop Joe mounted a late challenge. Markathy hit the wire one-half length on top in a personal best 1:54.2. Pop Pop Joe was second and Opening Line completed the top three. Brown engineered the win for trainer Mark Steacy and his wife Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, who purchased the colt for $8,000 from last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale. Three races later Brown was back in the winner's circle with Prince Clyde, who picked up his second win in four days. The Camluck colt scored his first lifetime victory at Georgian Downs on Aug. 20 against non-winners of one company, and was even more impressive in Saturday's Grassroots test. Starting from Post 7 Brown settled Prince Clyde into fourth and waited until the second half of the race to roll the colt up the outside. By the three-quarters the pair was just a nose behind pacesetter King Royalty and they pulled away in the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory in a sharp 1:54.1, a personal best for the colt. Sunderland resident Murray Brethour trains Prince Clyde for his partner Douglas Millard of Woodstock. The partners also bred the colt, who now has two wins, one second and one third to his credit through five starts. The other Grassroots divisions went to Allstar Seelster in 1:56; Brodys Scrapper in 1:56.1; V I P Bayama in 1:55.4; Regal Babe in 1:55.2; and Shadow Place in 1:56.1. The two-year-old pacing colts make their fifth Grassroots start at Dresden Raceway on Sept. 2. Saturday's contest wrapped up Kawartha Downs' 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, which saw the Fraserville oval host four Grassroots events. For complete results.  For up to date point standings, race replays, and more.  Sandra Snyder  

FRASERVILLE, ON — As the two-year-old pacing colts hit the halfway mark in their season, Twomickeytrip is making the move from the Gold to the Grassroots Series and hoping to hit the board when the provincial program stops at his hometown oval on Saturday, Aug. 24.  Twomickeytrip and trainer-driver Rick Fife will line up behind Post 1 on the Kawartha Downs starting gate, battling an eighth race field full of Grassroots regulars. Among the colts who have already accumulated points toward a berth in the post season are seventh and eighth ranked Mach Stockn Barrel and Major Starlight, who will start from Posts 2 and 9, respectively. Ennismore resident Fife shares ownership of Twomickeytrip with breeder Grace George of Cavan, and the partners started the half-brother to $425,424 winner Watermelonwine in the June 28 Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack. The Mach Three colt finished a respectable third, but missed the second event due to sickness, leaving him out of the July 19 Mid-Summer Challenge. Two more starts in open competition at Mohawk saw Twomickeytrip fail to hit the board so Fife and George opted for the move into the Grassroots Series. Unlike Twomickeytrip, Rather Swell has already garnered 75 points toward a post season berth, tallying one win and one second in his two Grassroots appearances. The Bob McIntosh trainee is currently tied for fifth in the division point standings, from which the top 10 will advance to the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship. McIntosh, who makes his home in Windsor, shares ownership of Rather Swell with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville. The Western Maverick son will make his bid for a second Grassroots win from Post 1 in the ninth race, taking on a field laden with newcomers to the provincial circuit. The two-year-old pacing colts will look to impress Kawartha Downs’ fans in Races 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 on Saturday’s program, which gets under way at 7 pm. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0824kdfn.dat by Sandra Snyder      

Kawartha Downs' leading driver Gord Brown collected five more wins on Saturday night's 10-race card in Fraserville, Ont. Brown began his five-bagger with three consecutive victories mid-card. He scored with Whitesand Merlot ($3.90) for trainer James Kay between victories with Mark Steacy trainees Danish Duke ($4.90) and High Blue ($9.70). Brown later worked out an upset win with Shadys Art ($17.90) circling the ninth race field for George Hunt and closed out the card with another victory aboard Livie ($4.90) for Edward Perconi Jr. With 47 of his 72 seasonal triumphs occurring at Kawartha Downs, the Brighton, Ont. horseman holds a 14-win lead over Aaron Byron and Anthony Kerwood, who are tied for second on the local leaderboard. (reprinted with permission from Standardardbred Canada)

FRASERVILLE, ON - With all but one of the division point leaders absent from Saturday's Grassroots contest at Kawartha Downs, the three-year-old trotting fillies currently tied for second will be looking to make hay while the sun shines. Fathers Amiga finished one-half length back of Swishnflick in the June 20 season opener at Mohawk Racetrack, trotting her own mile in 1:58, and her connections would love to see her add a win to her resume Saturday and make the leap up to the top spot in the standings. Peterborough resident Edward Peconi Jr. conditions Fathers Amiga for Patricia Wall of Omemee and James Patrick Wall of Young's Point and the trio will place their faith in the considerable skills of reinsman Gord Brown of Brighton. Brown piloted the Amigo Hall daughter in her May 18 qualifier over the Kawartha Downs oval, and again in a June 15 overnight event, finishing second on both occasions. Through six starts this season the filly has posted two seconds, one third and earnings of $6,670. She will look to pad those totals from Post 5 in the last $12,857 Grassroots division, slated as Race 9. Fathers Amiga will be joined in the ninth race by Tymal Textme, who made a break and finished well out of the action in the Grassroots season opener and has prepped for Saturday's test with a pair of qualifiers at Kawartha Downs. On July 6 Edward Peconi Jr. piloted Tymal Textme to a 2:02.1 win in a qualifier, and on July 13 Reg Gassien crafted a runner-up effort in 2:00. Blackstock resident William James conditions Tymal Textme for his partners Donald Smith and Donna Parker of Hampton. A two-time Grassroots winner last season, the Angus Hall daughter will be looking to recover that form on Saturday. Lindsay resident Gassien will be back in the race bike, steering Tymal Textme from Post 7. The three-year-old trotting fillies will be featured in Races 1, 2, and 5 through 9 on Saturday, July 20. The first Grassroots division will roll in behind the Kawartha Downs starting gate at 7 pm. For complete entries Sandra Snyder

Kawartha Downs harness racing fans made local filly Muscle Girl their top choice in the first $18,000 Grassroots division on Saturday, July 6 and the trotting lass rewarded their faith with an impressive victory.

Four of broodmare Sahalee's offspring have earned more than $100,000 for owner-breeder Edward Wilson, and the Seagrave resident will be assessing Jamandra's potential when the two-year-old trotting filly makes her Grassroots debut at Kawartha Downs on Saturday, July 6.

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 Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) today announced the April 2013 Race Date Schedule, based on applications for variance received.

The closure of several harness racing tracks in Ontario will not stop the rise of promising young Canadian reinsman, Jonathan Drury. The Burlington native said he drove more than 100 winners at Kawartha Downs last year and was saddened by its closure.

The Director of harness racing at Kawartha Downs is not looking forward to Saturday March 30. Krystal O'Brien knows that is the day when livelihoods will be lost or harness racing employees will be forced to look at transferring to other racing jurisdictions.

The sounds of harness racing at Kawartha Downs will echo through the track for the last time March 30.

Sunderland resident Murray Brethour landed two Grassroots trophies at Kawartha Downs on Thursday evening when three-year-old pacing fillies Jet Speed and Machet Rocket captured their respective divisions.

Kawartha Downs harness racing fans get a second dose of the province's top 3-year-old pacing fillies this week as the Fraserville oval plays host to five $24,000 Grassroots divisions on Thursday (August 16).

Kawartha Downs harness racing fans sent local colt Summer Indian off as the heavy favourite in his Grassroots division on Saturday evening and the trotter delivered, controlling the sixth race from start to finish.

Rain may have left the Kawartha Downs harness racing oval two seconds slower than normal on Thursday evening (August 9) , but it did nothing to dampen the rivalry between Ontario's top three-year-old pacing fillies.

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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