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GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable, added another world-record to its harness racing portfolio. Three-year-old trotting gelding Yes clocked an all-time best time of 1:53.1 over Northfield Park's half-miler on June 29 in the $25,000 final of the Gin Blossom Series. Ryan Stahl steered the Manofmanymissions son to a six-length finish over stablemate Westfiftysecond, driven by Anthony MacDonald. Jason McGinnis trains both sophomores for TheStable.ca. Yes is a winner of five wins from 16 career starts and $133,000. He was purchased by TheStable.ca from the Ohio Select Sale as a yearling for $16,000 and is currently owned by 23 of the fractional ownership stable's 650 clients. The 1:53.1 world record replaces the mark of 1:53.3 set by Dennis in the 2008 edition of the Old Oaken Bucket at the Delaware, Ohio Fair. Northmedo Mission matched it 10 years later over Northfield Park. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's 16th harness racing season kicks off Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. Opening night launches with Grand River Raceway's popular Local Biz Night event where 120 guests from 22 local businesses will be wined and dined for the evening. Local Biz Night guests will be also be paired with a horse from Race #7. Guests will meet their horses in the barn and cheer them home to the finish line. The race card also includes four Grassroots divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Night returns this year with the fan-favourite Drive A Racehorse event included most Friday race nights. Guests of all ages can sign-up the night-of at the Tarmac Booth to experience the thrill of driving a racehorse (accompanied by a professional) on the racetrack. All Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Nights also include a live trackside broadcast with 107.5 DAVE ROCKS, an extended Tarmac Show between the races and The Neighbourhood kids' activity area in the new Homestretch Tent. Visitors to Grand River Raceway will notice some changes to the facility as Elements Casino undergoes renovations. The Guest Care Counter, as well as betting windows and TV monitors for viewing the races, have been temporarily relocated to the new 3,200 sq. ft. First Turn Tent, located beside the Lighthouse Restaurant. During this time, temporary signage and site maps have been installed to help guests find their way around the facility. Beginning this fall, Grand River Raceway will also be undergoing renovations of its own. The $4 million project will include an expanded Lighthouse Restaurant and Ship In barn that will house a new simulcast lounge, expanded kitchen and event space, administration offices, and a maintenance shop. Renovations are expected to begin in October and be completed by June, 2020. Renovation designs for $4 million expansion, slated to begin October 2019 "We are thrilled to begin another season of racing here at Grand River," said Jamie Martin, Director Of Operations. "We look forward to sharing our exciting future plans for the facility with our guests." Live harness racing is featured on most Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from June 5 through September 27. Details about dinner reservations for the $20.99 Race Night Buffet can be found online. Other special racing events include the fifth annual Ren's Pets Wiener Dog Races (July 5) and the 29th Industry Day horse racing celebration featuring the Battle Of Waterloo (August 5). Grand River Raceway's 10-race program for June 5 will be available here (by June 3) and streaming video will be available starting at 6:00 p.m. Parking and admission are always free. Kelly Spencer

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, harness racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership operation, will welcome special guest Daniel Dube to its Open House on May 12. Dube will join a collection of top drivers showcasing TheStable.ca's two-year-old hopefuls. The Quebec native celebrated his 9,000th win on March 17 at Yonkers Raceway. Having driven horses to more than $121,000,000 (CDN), Dube is one of the top 20 all-time money winning drivers in harness racing. Among the many standout horses he has steered are Horse Of The Year winners Gallo Blue Chip (2000) and Rock N Roll Heaven (2010). "I've known Anthony for a long time, said Dube. "When he approached me about attending their Open House, I was intrigued. Driving in the stakes program in New York I was impressed with what I saw from TheStable.ca's videos of their New York eligible horses," he said. "Another good friend of mine, Scott Di Domenico, owns a piece of one of them and will be training all four this summer, so I am looking forward to going with the babies. Its going to be a lots of fun," said Dube. Clients of TheStable.ca and newcomers of all ages are welcome to attend the event at Tomiko Training Centre (210 Campbellville Rd., Hamilton) and drop-in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. During the Open House, guests are invited to meet the horses of TheStable.ca and chat with owners Anthony and Amy MacDonald, their staff, clients, and industry professionals. The event will showcase many of the engaging features of TheStable.ca, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of TheStable.ca horses in training. The Open House broadcast kicks off at 10:00 a.m., when the horses will train on the racetrack. Dube and fellow drivers will steer the young colts and fillies, while TV commentators preview the horses' pedigrees. The broadcast will include live interviews and video features and be streamed at TheStable.ca starting at 10:00 a.m. EST A catalogue will be available on The Stable.ca on May 10, detailing all horses for which fractions are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. Several prizes will be awarded throughout the event, including one-percent fractions of the horses. Onsite purchasing will be available for horses and merchandise. Payment can be made with credit card, PayPal, cash, cheque and e-transfer. The facility offers a heated viewing area with limited seating. Hot and cold drinks will be sold as a fundraising effort by Racing Under Saddle Ontario. Lunch is available to purchase from the Gastro Grub Food Truck. Now in its fourth year, TheStable.ca is an award-winning fractional racehorse ownership operation based in Guelph, ON. There are currently 130 Standardbred horses owned by nearly 700 people from 11 countries worldwide. The innovative and engaging model invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome non-horse-people to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $100), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. Complete Open House event details and the RSVP form are available here. For more information, contact Kelly at kelly@thestable.ca or (519) 465-7908.   Kelly Spencer

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, harness racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable, has added NHL Hall Of Famer Eddie Olczyk to its all-star client roster. Olczyk is a part-owner of Olympic Hopeful, a two-year-old Illinois-bred filly which will make her racing debut this summer. Olczyk recently hosted an event at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Illinois where the track awarded fractions of the filly to five contest winners. Before becoming head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2003 to 2005, Olczyk played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, and Pittsburgh Penguins for 16 seasons between 1984 and 2000. He currently serves as a television colour commentator for NHL on NBC and Chicago Blackhawks games on NBC Sports Chicago and WGN-TV. Olympic Hopeful The Chicago native joins fellow NHL alumni Doug Gilmour and Rick Vaive who became clients of TheStable.ca in 2018. Olczyk is also involved in Thoroughbred racing, and has served as a guest commentator and handicapper for the NBC Sports broadcasts of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and the Belmont Stakes. An avid punter, he also won the Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship last year, collecting the first-place prize of $137,500. Eddie Olczyk (far right) at Hawthorne Race Course’s Pool Party on March 22 where five contest winners joined Olczyk in ownership of TheStable.ca 2-year-old trotting filly Olympic Hopeful  There are currently 137 Standardbred horses (including 75 two-year-olds) in TheStable.ca which was created three years ago by Anthony and Amy MacDonald of Guelph, ON. The innovative and engaging model of TheStable.ca invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome newcomers to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $80), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. Most expenses are captured in a monthly fee of $25.75 (plus tax) per share, per month, per horse. Olympic Hopeful TheStable.ca promises a unique, ongoing entertainment experience which includes: bi-weekly professionally produced broadcasts of the horses in training, delivered via livestream; weekly commentary videos about all horses; weekly email communications; special events, including Open Houses and track outings; and the open invitation to visit the horses at TheStable.ca base at Tomiko Training Centre.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, harness racing's fastest-growing harness racing fractional ownership stable, wrapped-up its Australian speaking tour on Tuesday. The two-week gig covered 16 venues across 2,000 km throughout Victoria and New South Wales and concluded with the purchase of two Australian pacing fillies. The yearlings will be owned in part by clients of TheStable.ca and will be trained and campaigned in Australia by local trainers keen to start their own fractional ownership operations. TheStable.ca is an award-winning fractional racehorse ownership business based in Guelph, ON and operated by Anthony and Amy MacDonald. The pair participated in a similar tour hosted by Harness Racing New Zealand in September 2018. There are currently 137 Standardbred horses (including 75 two-year-olds) in TheStable.ca owned by 634 people from 11 countries worldwide. The Australian tour began February 20 in Melbourne and concluded March 3 in Sydney and was hosted by Australian Pacing Gold (APG), Club Menangle and the New South Wales Standardbred Owners Association (NSWSOA). MacDonald presented seminars at four racetracks (Bendigo, Menangle, Bathurst and Newcastle) visited numerous training centres and breeding farms and spoke during events hosted by Club Menangle and APG. During the 14-day tour, he also participated in 10 media interviews, including video features, podcasts, print articles and live TV interviews, "It was a pleasure having Anthony in Australia to talk about TheStable.ca and fractional ownership," said Daniel Cordina, a Director of Club Menangle and Vice President of the NSWSOA. "As an association, we've learned a lot about fractional ownership in this short amount of time and look forward to the next 12 months to foster this project. "Anthony's passion has been contagious, and it was something that our industry needed. The message has spread quickly; we need an Anthony to set up in Sydney!" The tour was intended to inform racing participants, administrators, executives and local politicians about this proven model with the intent of replicating the system to attract new owners and grow Australian harness racing. Several trainers showed interest in establishing their own fractional ownership stables based on TheStable.ca's model of delivering unique entertainment experiences for its clients. Four of those interested parties will be responsible for the development of the yearlings purchased at the APG Sale. Darren McCall and his wife Karina will condition the Heston Blue Chip - Girls Go Racing filly (Lot #319). Robert Morris and KerryAnn Turner (Lucky Lodge Stable) will train Lot #407, a Warrawee Needy filly out of Rockin Lu Lu. (l to r) Breeders/co-owners of Lot #319 (Heston Blue Chip filly) at the APG Sale in Sydney, AUS on March 3 with trainer Darren McCall, Anthony MacDonald and co-owner Daniel Cordina. "People must realize that horse racing faces the same hurtles all over the world," said Anthony MacDonald. "We are shrinking, and I believe the owners, trainers and their horses are the key to stopping this trend. But educating our horsepeople about how to market and advertise themselves can be a difficult proposition, and one that will take time. Providing a venue for dialogue is the first step. Australia certainly understood that. Bathurst Harness Racing Club on Feb. 27: (l to r) Paul Toole, Bathurst MP and New South Wales State Minister for Lands & Forestry, Minister for Racing; Anthony MacDonald, TheStable.ca; John Barilaro, Deputy Premier of New South Wales.   "The trainers Down Under were curious to see what our ownership model looked like once we unpacked it in front of them. They understand that the future of this industry lies in its growth. Our message was simple: The more people that participate in horse racing, the brighter the future will be for all of us. That's the same in all hemispheres." During the tour, MacDonald also drove three horses at Bathurst Harness Racing Club. Donning the polka dot silks of the horses' owners, he didn't add to his 3044 career wins, lamenting instead that, "losing feels the same on both sides of the world." The innovative and engaging model of TheStable.ca invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome newcomers to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $80), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. The ownership experience with TheStable.ca includes: bi-weekly professionally produced broadcasts of the horses in training, delivered via livestream; weekly commentary videos about all horses; weekly email communications; special events, including Open Houses; and the open invitation to visit the horses at TheStable.ca base at Tomiko Training Centre. For more information, contact Kelly at kelly@thestable.ca or Anthony at (519) 400-4263. Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

ELORA, ON -- TheStable.ca is pleased to welcome Kelly Spencer to its harness racing team. After 22 years leading the marketing efforts for Grand River Raceway and Elmira Raceway, Spencer has created her own communications agency (True Nature Communications). TheStable.ca will be her principal client where she will serve as the Director Of Business Development. In this role, Spencer will work alongside TheStable.ca founders Anthony and Amy MacDonald to further develop the award-winning fractional harness racing outfit. The operation has grown quickly since its inception in 2015 and currently boasts 147 horses and 600 clients from 11 countries worldwide. Clients of TheStable.ca can own as little as one percent of a horse and pay a fixed monthly fee. The ownership experience is enhanced with bi-weekly training broadcasts delivered via livestream, weekly commentary and update videos, webinars, open houses and social events. Since its launch, Spencer has worked casually with TheStable.ca, helping define its value for clients. "TheStable.ca is the most exciting initiative currently in play in North American horse racing," said Spencer. "I'm itching to dedicate more time to this business because, frankly, I can see the value we bring to our clients, and the potential we offer for the industry at large, as clearly as I can see the nose on my face. And if that sounds over-the-top, it isn't," she said. "I see demonstrative proof every day. We're delivering a unique, ongoing entertainment experience that is accessible, affordable and chock full of engagement. We're delivering new and lapsed audiences to harness racing, contributing to the bottom line and filling a very real need in the market." "Kelly shares our drive and enthusiasm, and fully recognizes that we are reshaping horse racing, and paving the way forward," said Anthony MacDonald. "Most importantly, she is customer-focused and understands the experience we are delivering to our valued clients. She gets it and we're incredibly lucky to have her fire and expertise." Spencer is a past recipient of the Lloyd Chisholm Award (presented by the Ontario Sires Stakes, for meritorious service to the industry) and of the Golden Pen Award, awarded by the Standardbred Media and Marketing Association (SMMA) for outstanding contributions to harness racing publicity and marketing. Spencer's role with TheStable.ca officially begins mid-January. Anthony MacDonald

ELORA, ON - After 22 years leading the marketing efforts for Grand River Raceway and its predecessor Elmira Raceway, Kelly Spencer is stepping aside to develop her own communications agency. Spencer joined Elmira Raceway in 1996 as the Marketing & Communications Manager. She was part of the small management team which introduced the simulcasting of the track's signal in 1997, the creation of the Battle Of Waterloo as part of the track's annual Industry Day event, and the establishment of Grand River Raceway in 2003. Both tracks have won numerous awards for innovation during her tenure, including the Lloyd Chisholm Award (presented by the Ontario Sires Stakes, for meritorious service to the industry) and an esteemed Business Excellence win in 2016 from the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, recognizing Grand River Raceway's contribution to the local tourism and hospitality industry. Spencer was also an individual recipient of the Lloyd Chisholm Award and of the Golden Pen Award, awarded by the Standardbred Media and Marketing Association (SMMA) for outstanding contributions to harness racing publicity and marketing. "I am immensely proud of the work we've accomplished at both Elmira Raceway and Grand River Raceway," said Spencer. "We're often praised within the industry for being innovative and leaders in guest service. But there are a lot of moving parts that foster the work culture which makes those achievements possible: the leadership needs to tolerate the inevitable fumbles that come with earnest efforts to try new things and different approaches," she said. "Our team has the longstanding backing of our Board Of Directors (of the Grand River Agricultural Society) and enduring guidance from former General Manager Dr. Ted Clarke and current Director Of Operations Jamie Martin. "The decision to leave Grand River Raceway has been very difficult to reconcile," said Spencer. "But it's really just a matter of mathematics. I have several side projects that I'm really jazzed about and they're requiring more of my time. I'm at the crossroads of time management and need to deviate from the usual path, otherwise, I'll always wonder what was around that bend." Spencer will continue to work with Grand River Raceway as the track becomes a client of her new venture, True Nature Communications. "While are disappointed with Kelly's decision to leave Grand River Raceway, we wish her all the best with her exciting new venture," said Jamie Martin. "We thank her for her incredible efforts in helping to make Grand River Raceway what it is today, and are pleased to continue working with her as a client of her new agency." Spencer's departure is set for mid-January. From Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - Harness racing driver Colin Kelly and trainer Patrick Shepherd were recognized as the top performers of 2018 at Grand River Raceway on Monday night. Both Kelly and Shepherd are celebrating their first titles at the Elora, ON track. Kelly, 25, is enjoying a career-best season. In 2018, he has driven horses to purse earnings of $1.2 million and notched 182 wins, which lists him 7th in the nation. He's currently ranked in the season's top five at four other Ontario tracks. At Grand River Raceway specifically, he has 54 wins from 250 starts and $286,581 in purses. He is a career winner of 477 races and $2.1 million. Patrick Shepherd sent forward 21 winners from 99 starts at Grand River Raceway this season for earnings of $96,446. This year is a career best for Shepherd, ranking second for wins (149) and fifth for UTR (.336) in the Canadian standings. He's also currently the season leader at Flamboro Downs and was second in the trainer standings at Georgian Downs. Grand River Raceway hosted three Ontario Sires Stakes divisions of two-year-old trotting colts on Monday night, where a new record-setter emerged in race five. Sent off at 5-1, Forbidden Trade powered home to win by a neck over race favourite Dream Nation in 1:56.4. The mark bests the former track record of 1:58.1 and the all-time Canadian record (also an Ontario Sires Stakes record) of 1:57.4 set in 2010 by Daylon Magician at Flamboro Downs. Forbidden Trade is a two-year-old son of Kadabra out of millionaire champion Pure Ivory. He was a $110,000 yearling purchase for Determination of Montreal, QC and has now earned $115,000 with five wins from seven starts. He is trained by Luc Blais. Grand River Raceway's 2018 live harness racing season concludes on Wednesday when the track hosts the National Driving Championship. Post time is 6:30 p.m. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway marked its 28th annual Industry Day Horse Racing Celebration on August 6. The event featured 11 races totaling $565,855 in purses, including the track's biggest races, the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles. 21st annual Battle Of Waterloo Nine of the best freshman two-year-old colts headed to battle this afternoon at Grand River Raceway. Amidst rain showers and overcast weather, Bronx Seelster parted the skies to win the $262,000 Battle Of Waterloo. Having drawn the trailing position of post nine, Bronx Seelster and Trevor Henry followed Prestige Seelster (Bob McClure) off the wings and landed fourth behind Wager On Me (Jody Jamieson) and Twin B Watching (Doug McNair). Wager On Me put up quarter fractions in a quick :27.1 as Twin B Watching pocket-pulled to lead the field to the half in :55.1 as Bronx Seelster came with the first-up attack to clear and lead his foes to the three-quarters in 1:24.1 with Bettors Wish (Paul MacDonnell) in pursuit. Stride for stride to the head of the stretch, Bronx Seelster and Bettors Wish dueled to the finish line with Bronx Seelster putting a neck in front of Bettors Wish to win in 1:53.1, narrowly missing Tarpon Hanover's 1:53 track record set in 2012. Wayne McGean trains the two-year-old son of Big Jim and celebrates his first Battle Of Waterloo victory with a colt who has now surpassed $225,000 in six starts. The $22,000 yearling has now returned his yearling price 10 times over for owners Capers 3 Stables of Sydney, NS. The victory was also the third win of the card and the first Battle Of Waterloo score for driver Trevor Henry. 10th annual Battle Of The Belles Trainer Dave Menary scored his third Battle Of The Belles title in a favored victory with Quebec Blue Chip and driver Jody Jamieson. The Sportswriter daughter fronted the field through fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:26.2 for a mile time of 1:55.1 in the $163,840 race. Menary also trains the runner-up in the race, Ideation Hanover (James MacDonald). Powerful Chris (Bob McClure) was an elimination division winner last week and put forth a persistent first-up battle against front-facing Quebec Blue Chip, but faded to fifth in the later going. Track Records The 28th Industry Day undercard also featured two track record performances. Neon Moon set a new best for three-year-old pacing fillies during the second of four Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions, coasting to a five-length victory in 1:52.4 for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jack Darling. The score bumps aside the 1:53.1 record set in 2013. At 8-1, Cousin Mary and Trevor Henry also lowered the aged pacing mares' track record to 1:53 after holding off Butter Milk Hanover and Bob McClure in race six. The clocking replaces five ties of the former 1:53.2 mark which was first established in 2013. OHHA Best Of Show The Best Of Show competition sponsored, by the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA), awarded $1,500 to the caretakers of horses racing on the Industry Day card. Fifteen prizes of $100 were presented to the top five in each of the following categories: Best Of Show Head-To-Toe; Horse & Groom; Above & Beyond (braids, sparkles, etc.). The winners were: Al Shelton, Emelia Svensson, Jennifer Harding, Steven Samis, Karen Laarman, Kathryn Gilfoy, Katie Graham, Kendal Middleton, Kim O' Reilly, Korina McLean, Lisa Mutter, Marie Brooking, Mary Lou Gingras, Robert Alliett, Steve Quinn and Susie McNair. Young Guns Race Six harness racing proteges took to the racetrack with their ponies (and accompanying drivers) in the Young Guns Race. Quinton was the race winner in the five-horse race, driven by Eric Lachance with help from his mother Marielle Enberg. Bouncy Pony Stakes Grand River Raceway's current leading driver, Colin Kelly, posted the biggest upset of the afternoon, defeating multiple Bouncy Pony Stakes champion James MacDonald in the 14th edition of the Industry Day fan favourite. MacDonald and fellow competitors J. Harris and Bob McClure cooled off the victor with a surprise tub of ice water during his trophy presentation. Garage Sale The Industry Day Garage Sale raised a total of $774.00 for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame, Standardbred Showcase and Racing Under Saddle Ontario. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - A total of seven elimination dashes on July 30 decided the finalists for Grand River Raceway's feature races on its 28th Industry Day event (August 6 at 12:30). Battle of Waterloo From three divisions of the nation's best freshman colts, nine have advanced to this Monday's $262,000 final of the Battle of Waterloo. Leaving from post number six will be Bettors Wish, a Bettors Delight colt who not only won his elimination, but demolished the current Canadian season record for two-year-old pacing colts on a half-mile track, winning in 1:54.3. Having already tripled his yearling price of $20,000, trainer Chantal Mitchell will seek her first Battle victory. If Bettors Wish was able to succeed in next week's final, Mitchell would also be the first female trainer to hold victory of the Battle Of Waterloo. Winning his elimination dash by a head, Bettors Wish was able to fend off a closing Sports Teen who will leave from post four for trainer Paul Reid, also seeking his first Battle Of Waterloo win. The Battle of Waterloo Final will also see Bronx Seelster, the maritime invader who has been ultra-impressive since moving west. Trainer Wayne McGean will send out the Big Jim colt from post nine as McGean seeks his first Battle of Waterloo victory. Bronx Seelster was missionized early by driver Trevor Henry from post seven while the tandem posted fractions of 27.2, 58.1, 1:27.1 for a mile time of 1:55.1 in a length and a quarter victory over Wager On Me who also advances to the final for the father-son duo of Jody and Carl Jamieson and will leave from post three. Heading into the final as the richest horse in the field with $94,000 banked in five starts, Bronx Seelster will have to overcome the trailing position as he starts behind Prestige Seelster (Post 1) who was second in his elimination to Blake MacIntosh trainee Better Moonon Over. MacIntosh, who won the Battle of Waterloo in 2016 with Sports Column, will look to build on a career year as he preps three colts for the final. Better Moonon Over (Post 7 in the final) won his elimination in 1:55.1 for driver Chris Christoforou who also guided MacIntosh's 2016 winner. MacIntosh will also send out Da Delightful (Post 5) and Fast N First (Post 8). Battle of Belles Through four eliminations, 33 fillies had to finish no worse than second in order to be guaranteed a spot in the $163,840 final. Trainer Dave Menary will send out two fillies, both winners of their elimination divisions, as he chases his third Battle of the Belles title. Ideation Hanover, a Bettors Delight filly who was purchased for $50,000 as a yearling, lowered the current Canadian record for two-year-old fillies on a half-mile track when she won by four lengths in 1:55. She draws post five in the final. Menary will also send out Quebec Blue Chip. The Sportswriter filly was a $40,000 yearling. She won her elimination race by five lengths in 1:55.4. Quebec Blue Chip will leave from post three in the final. Undefeated in her career thus far, Powerful Chris, will have to overcome post eight for trainer John Pentland. In the history of the Battle Of The Belles, no horse has ever won from post 8, however, Powerful Chris was able to conquer a tough first-up trip to win by a neck over Kylie Seelster who leaves from post two in the final for another father and son duo looking to score their second Battle Of The Belles title, Gregg and Doug McNair. Blake MacIntosh, who sends out three colts in the Battle Of Waterloo final, will also send forth Belles elimination winner Clearly Better, a Better Than Cheddar filly who took her elimination in 1:55.4 for driver Jonathan Drury. She will leave from Post 7 in the final. Post 9 will be the starting position of Village Joules, whose sister Village Janus won the Battle Of The Belles in 2010 for trainer Rod Therres, a co-owner in this filly. Below are the fields for the finals. Post position/Horse/Driver in Elim/Trainer $262,000 Battle Of Waterloo Post 1: Prestige Seelster  Bob McClure / Marcel Barrieau Post 2: Twin B Watching  Jody Jamieson / David Menary Post 3: Wager On Me   Jody Jamieson / Carl Jamieson Post 4: Sports Teen   Louis Philippe Roy / Paul Reid Post 5: DA Delightful   Chris Christoforou / Blake MacIntosh Post 6: Bettors Wish   Paul MacDonell / Chantal Mitchell Post 7: Better MoonOn Over   Chris Christoforou / Blake MacIntosh Post 8: Fast N First   James MacDonald / Blake MacIntosh Post 9: Bronx Seelster   Trevor Henry / Wayne McGean $163,840 Battle Of The Belles Post 1: ShesOneHotWriter   Sylvain Fillion / Eric Adams Post 2: Kylie Seelster   Doug McNair / Gregg McNair Post 3: Quebec Blue Chip   Jody Jamieson / David Menary Post 4: Green Point  Doug McNair / Eric Adams Post 5: Ideation Hanover   Jody Jamieson / David Menary Post 6: Rella Tivity   Jonathan Drury / Andrew McCabe Post 7: Clearly Better   Jonathan Drury / Blake MacIntosh Post 8: Powerful Chris   Bob McClure / John Pentland Post 9: Village Joules  Sylvain Fillion / Anthony Beaton Post time for #industryday28 on August 6 is 12:30 p.m. Festivities and the broadcast begin at 12:00 noon. Complete event details are available here. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - A total of seven elimination dashes on Monday (July 30) will determine the finalists for Grand River Raceway's feature races on its 28th Industry Day event (August 6 at 12:30). BATTLE OF WATERLOO Twenty freshmen colts and geldings will compete in three elimination divisions to earn a berth in the 21st annual Battle Of Waterloo. The top 3 finishers from each elimination race will advance to the $262,000 final. In Race 1, Chantal Mitchell trainee Bettors Wish will look to transfer his quick speed established at Woodbine Mohawk Park to Grand River's half mile oval. Bettors Wish, a son of Bettors Delight - Lifetime Star, has already recouped his yearling price three times over, having banked $64,560 in two lifetime starts. The first elimination race has also attracted the likes of Shadowofthenorth, a winner in his first career start in 1:57 at Mohawk, and Mo Bettor, the second of three Bettors Delight colts in the dash. Mo Bettor is the only horse in the field that has already raced over a half mile track. That 1:58.4 score at Grand River Raceway on June 25 is a current Canadian season's best. He is owned by a group within the fractional ownership outfit TheStable.ca which includes NHL alumni Doug Gilmour and Rick Vaive. The next two eliminations feature impressive looking colts that have shipped in from the Maritime Provinces. Boys Turn, trained by Rheal Bourgeois and Bronx Seelster for trainer Wayne McGean. Bronx Seelster has already won two Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold events, the quickest in a speedy 1:52 with a closing kick of 26.3. Trevor Henry will pilot the Big Jim colt who, like Bettors Wish, has paid for his yearling price four times over. Blake MacIntosh, who won the Battle Of Waterloo with Sports Column in 2016, will have three chances to make the final as he sends out Sports Hero, Better Moonon Over and Fast N First. Carl Jamieson - a five-time winner of the Battle Of Waterloo - and Dave Menary (a winner in 2010 and 2012) also have starters in this prelude to Grand River Raceway's most coveted event. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Elimination dashes for the 10th annual Battle Of The Belles spotlight 33 freshmen fillies spread across four divisions seeking a spot in the $163,840 final. To get there, they need to finish in the top two. One of the four third-place finishers will be drawn by lot to round out the field of nine. Race 7 feature one of the best two-year-old fillies in the country as Powerful Chris sets to race over a half mile surface for the first time in her career. The Betterthancheddar daughter was ultra-impressive in last week's 1:52.1 OSS Gold division with a last quarter in 26.4 for trainer John Pentland and driver Bob McClure. She is undefeated in both career starts. Among the 33 contenders are four fillies who have already won OSS Grassroots divisions: Buckingham (trainer Kevin McMaster), Bens Jenna (Ron Adams), Kylie Seelster (Gregg McNair), Blossum Onthebeach (Dave Menary) and Jessicas Legacy (Tony Beaton). Dave Menary, who has won the Battle Of The Belles twice, will have four opportunities to make the final. He sends out elimination starters Blossom Onthebeach, Summer Charm, Ideation Hanover and Quebec Blue Chip. Local trainer Gregg McNair (of Guelph, ON) also seeks his second Battle Of The Belles victory. Zeynep is 8-1 in the first division. Kylie Seelster starts from post position one in the fourth division. The regally bred filly is a sister to Kendall Seelster which recently broke the long standing Ontario Sires Stakes record of 1.50.1 for three-year-old fillies when she cruised to victory in 1:49.4. Post time for July 30 is 6:30 p.m. EST. Post positions for the finals of the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be drawn live on the track's broadcast after Race 8. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's 28th annual Industry Day event on August 6 is a celebration of the people and horses of the harness racing industry. Many of these people tend to acquire a lot of horse things. Loads of art, clothing, clocks, books, mugs, trophies, vases, blankets, figurines, and a whole range of collectibles - all adorned in horses - are at this very moment creating domestic friction in households across the province. For those looking to (or being prompted to) thin out their collections, the Industry Day Garage Sale will connect donors with buyers on one of the best afternoons in Canadian harness racing. All sales will benefit the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame, Standardbred Showcase and Racing Under Saddle Ontario. Grand River Raceway will manage the collection of items. Volunteers from the four organizations will staff the event, equally sharing 100% of all sales. The Industry Day Garage Sale will run from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Paddock Annex. Also included in the sale is a silent auction featuring three stunning prints on canvas, signed by photographer Dave Landry. The award-winning shooter will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame on August 8 and will be part of a lineup of guest commentators on the Industry Day broadcast. Items will be accepted until August 5. To donate items, call (519) 846-5455 ext. 238 or email kspencer@grandriverraceway.com. Industry Day features 11 races including the $220,000 (est) Battle Of Waterloo, $140,000 (est) Battle Of The Belles and an Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event for three-year-old pacing fillies. A $5 all-access pass for the Kids' Zone includes pony rides, petting zoo, bouncy castles and facepainting. Prize draws include a $500 credit for fractional racehorse ownership with TheStable.ca and a Beautiful Summer prize pack of beauty products valued at $1,500. Former Battle Of Waterloo champ Button Up will greet fans from 12:00 - 2:00 and lead the post parade for this year's edition of the race. The halftime show will include the annual Drivers' Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes, where James MacDonald will defend his title as "the best Bouncy Pony Stakes driver of all time." Festivities and the broadcast begin at 12:00 p.m. Post time for the first race is 12:30 p.m. Complete event details: https://grandriverraceway.com/events/industry-day/ by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway hosted two finals of the Sharpe's Summer Series on July 16. The series, sponsored by Sharpe Farm Supplies Ltd., has been showcased at five tracks throughout the province. Since being transferred to the Patrick Shepherd stable, Lady London and regular driver Robert Shepherd have been leaders in the mare's condition claiming ranks of the B-Track circuit. Posting a 4-1-0 average in 5 starts for the Shepherd tandem, Lady London now adds the $14,400 Sharpe's Feed Series Final to her resume. With front runner Broadway Pebbles breaking stride in addition to having the rail advantage, Lady London was able to find the front with ease and cut the mile out to fractions of 27.3, 56.3, 1:25.4 with a mile time of 1:55.2, a new lifetime mark for the 5 year old Big Jim - Maddam Luck mare. Owned by Carl Kuepfer of Newton, Ontario, Lady London has banked in $31,685 lifetime earnings with a 51-5-2-3 record. In the second $13,800 Final, front end speed prevailed again with Carolina Magic hanging on by a head for the win against condition claiming horses and geldings, fending off a fast-closing Puddin Pie. The three-year-old gelding, driven by Scott Young, went off at odds of 3-2 and posted fractions of 28, 58.1, 1:26.3 to a mile time of 1:56.3 which is a new lifetime mark for the Art Major - Put On A Display colt. Trained by veteran Ben Wallace for owners Birnam Wood Farms and Wallace Standardbreds Inc, Carolina Magic now has $38,317 and a 21-3-6-1 record. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - In his bio, 15 pound Dashpig was described as "brave as a wolf dog". The mighty Dachshund churned that courage into victory, holding on to win the fourth annual Ren's Pets Wiener Dog Races at Grand River Raceway on July 6. The four-year-old nosed out defending champion Mustard and a quick charging Jerry in the field of nine. Dashpig is owned by Katie Sudds and Brian Hardy of Tavistock, ON. They won a custom designed trophy (of a golden wiener dog), $100 in gift cards from Ren's Pets, and a gift basket valued at $200 compliments of Elements Casino Grand River. The finalists earned their spots in the championship by finishing in the top three of three elimination races. In all, 30 wiener dogs delighted an enthusiastic crowd which packed the Elora, ON track. While Finnegan didn't make the cut for the race final, he did clean up in the Costume Contest. "Maui Wowie" was the theme of his tropical getup, landing owner Robbin Pinkney an inflatable trophy, $100 in gift cards from Ren's Pets, and a gift basket valued at $200 compliments of Elements Casino Grand River. Bella (dressed as an angel) and Lola (dressed as a bride) rounded out the top three, winning gift baskets compliments of Legendary Canine. Live horse racing continues most Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at Grand River Raceway through September. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

ELORA, ON - Mustard won't share the racetrack with any racehorses on Friday night at Grand River Raceway, but he will share the spotlight. The 2017 champion of last year's Ren's Pets Wiener Dog Races will defend his title against 29 Dachshunds during the fourth edition of the fan-favourite event on July 6. In all, the night offers 10 horse races and four wiener dog races. Post time for the first horse race is 6:30 p.m. Mustard will start from post six in the second of three heats to be contested after horse race #5 (approximately 8:00 p.m.). Tank, the 2016 champion, finished second to Mustard in last year's final. Tank is owned by harness racing driver James MacDonald and his wife Jenna, and will race against Mustard in the same heat from post position #9. The top three finishers from each 10-dog dash will advance to the championship after horse race #7 (approximately 8:45 p.m.) All races are 20 meters in length. The event is supported by title sponsor Ren's Pets, Elements Casino Grand River, Big Country Raw and Legendary Canine. Prizes for the top dogs total more than $500. The dog action kicks off with an all-breeds Costume Contest after horse race #3 (approximately 7:15 p.m.). The event attracts one of the largest crowds of the racing season at Grand River Raceway. Organizers have ramped up dining options, adding three food trucks and a licensed BBQ patio to its existing three restaurants and Tarmac BBQ area. A new 10' x 18' video screen in the infield will also enhance the racing experience for guests. Regular Friday race night activities include The NEIGHbourhood which runs free for kids under the Tarmac Tent from 6:30 - 8:30 and includes horse-related crafts, a photo with the winning horse of a race, and a barn tour. 107.5 DAVE ROCKS will broadcast live from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Parking and admission are always free for the races at Grand River Raceway. Wiener Dog lovers who can't make it to the track can catch the live streaming video of the broadcast beginning at 6:00 p.m. See the Grand River Raceway website for complete event details, including photos and bios of each dog competing in the races. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway    

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway is situated in Centre Wellington, widely considered one of the most beautiful and serene municipalities in the nation. The township is comprised of addresses beginning with one of two postal codes: N0B and N1M. This summer, the residents of Centre Wellington will head to the track, bearing their postal codes with pride as they compete for $3,000 in prizes and bragging rights as the champions of Centre Wellington Derby Nights. The track will host a trio of these events: June 29, July 27 and August 31. The feature race of each evening will be designated as the Centre Wellington Derby and the eight horses in the race will be randomly assigned to a postal code. The Centre Wellingtonians representing each postal code are registered for a draw following the race where 10 residents representing the winning horse will share a $1,000 cash prize. Each event also features BBQ specials ($2 hamburgers and hotdogs, $1 pop), 30 opportunities for people of all ages to drive a racehorse with the Hands On Horses Program, and free kids' activities and a barn tour in The NEIGHbourhood. There will be 10 races starting at 6:30 p.m., including Racing Under Saddle. Admission and parking are always free. Centre Wellington residents must be 18+ to participate in the draw, and present proof of residence at the Registration Table between 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on event days. Proof of residency includes photo ID with postal code listed, or photo ID accompanied by an addressed letter showing postal code. Centre Wellington Derby Nights at Grand River Raceway are presented by the Grand River Agricultural Society. Questions? info@grandriverraceway.com or (519) 846-5455 ext. 238 by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

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