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ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway and the Board of Directors of the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Bursary/Scholarship Program for local students pursuing agricultural studies. The 2016 recipients will be recognized during a special presentation at Grand River Raceway on September 26, 2016. Launched in 2006, the program is designed to provide financial assistance for students residing in Wellington and Perth Counties, and the Region of Waterloo, who are entering, or currently enrolled in college or university agricultural programs. Since its inception, the GRAS program has awarded $105,500 to 74 students. College and university credited programs are eligible for up to a $2,500 award. 2016 scholarship recipients: Keir Dennis (Guelph) Ridgetown College, Associate Diploma - Horticulture Quinn Wilson (Harriston) University of Guelph, Bachelor of Commerce - Food & Agricultural Business Josephine McCormick (St. Agatha) Ridgetown College, Associate Diploma - Horticulture Mikayla Clark (Arthur) Olds College, Equine Science - Breeding & Production Katrina Martin (Fergus) Ridgetown College, Agriculture Diploma For more information about Scholarship/Bursary Program, please visit www.GrandRiverAgSociety.com The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and governed by a volunteer board of directors reporting to OMAFRA. The GRAS mandate is to encourage awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - September 2 marks the final Fun & Frivolity Friday Night of the 2016 live harness racing season at Grand River Raceway in Elora and the track has a little extra to highlight the occasion. Nine miniature horses will compete in an exhibition race following Race 8 (approximately 9:00 p.m.). The half-mile dash includes returning champion Norton who took the 2015 race with driver Alexis Bandy for owner Jackie Panko. Looking to shine in his driving debut is longtime racehorse owner Bob Frank, proprietor of Frank's Jewellers in uptown Waterloo. Frank will pilot Susie Kerwood's starter, Simba. The field for the Miniature Horse Race: 1. COORS - Driver: Travis Henry | Owner: Nicole Henry 2. NORTON - Driver: Alexis Bandy | Trainer: Jackie Panko 3. PRINCE CHARMING - Driver: Breanna Lawson | Owner: Katie Panko 4. SIMBA - Driver: Bob Frank | Owner: Susie Kerwood 5. MABLE - Driver: Bruce Richardson | Owner: Paula Austin 6. EMMA - Driver: Katie Reid | Owner: Sondra Miller 7. OREO - Driver: Karoline Nielsen | Owner: Tristen Forgie 8. DIAMOND - Driver: Danielle Belec | Owner: Danielle Belec & Mark Etsell 9. CHESTER - Driver: Dawson | Owner: Jackie Panko The Wanna Drive program will offer guests of all ages the rare opportunity to drive a racehorse, on the track, between the races. Guests will ride with a pro in double-seated carts, making one lap of the track at a casual pace. A total of 30 spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up at the Tarmac Show starting at 6:00 p.m. The usual Fun & Frivolity Friday Night antics include 107.5 DAVE ROCKS' live broadcast under the Tarmac Tent from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 pm. The track's free kids' program, The NEIGHbourhood, is also offered under the Tarmac Tent, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The program offers horse crafts and a group photo with the winning horse of Race 5 followed by a behind-the-scenes barn tour. Post time is 6:35 p.m. for the first race on September 2. After September 2, live horse racing continues Monday and Wednesday nights until the season closer on September 28. Kelly Spencer

Grand River Raceway’s popular Horse Name Costume Game returns Friday, August 19, offering $500 in cash prizes. Fans dress in the likeness of the name of a horse racing on the August 19 race card. With 95 horses to choose from, there’s plenty of opportunity for great names and costumes, including: Nashville, Olympic Star, Sports Fever, Hillbilly King, Putt Putt, Coal Black Shadow, Rockstar Drums, AcefourtyfourXman, Royal King, Federal Army, Tymal Wizard, Southwind Jagger, Shes Deadly and Miss Dragonfire, to name a few. • The complete list of horse names for August 19. To finesse their creative inspiration, fans are encouraged to research unique entries from past Horse Name Costume Game contests by consulting the following photo galleries: Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Gallery 4, Gallery 5, Gallery 6. Contestants must register at the Costume Table in the main lobby between 6:00pm – 7:00pm. The costume parade will take place live on the Tarmac Show after race six (approximately 8:30) where three judges will determine the best Horse Name Costumes for both adults and kids (15 and under). Costumes are judged based on creativity, effort and presentation. Post time for race one is 6:35 p.m. Kelly Spencer

Yvon Giguere passed away on August 8 after a short battle with cancer. He was 63. Yvon was the Simulcast Manager for Grand River Raceway since 2010. The Quebec native was a highly esteemed executive throughout the global harness racing industry. He was an enormous asset to the Elora, ON track with extensive expertise in tote, simulcast and related fields garnered from his 20-year racetrack career in Quebec. A former VP of Racetracks Of Canada and director with Harness Tracks Of America, Yvon held several management titles within Attractions Hippiques, Société National du Cheval de Course (SONACC), and Hippodrome de Montreal/Blue Bonnets. Beyond his thorough knowledge of the harness racing industry, and his thirst for gathering new ideas and concepts, Yvon was a devoted and enthusiastic member of the Grand River Raceway team. He was committed to harness racing and the growth of Grand River Raceway and its employees.  While in Quebec, Yvon also owned, trained and drove Standardbreds and was a passionate advocate for the sport. He was a third-generation horseman. His father Jules, and uncle Georges are both members of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame.  Yvon is survived by his wife Michelle, sons Frederic and Francois, daughter Andreann and brothers Guy, Robert and Michel. A private funeral will be held in Quebec City. Grand River Raceway will air a video tribute to Yvon at the top of the race night broadcast (6:05 p.m. EST) on Wednesday, August 10. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway staged its 26th annual Industry Day celebration on the afternoon of August 1. The harness racing fan-favourite event saw a record handle of $481,230 wagered on the 11-race card, an increase of 54 percent over the record set in 2015. A crowd of approximately 4,000 people on-track wagered $87,890. 19th annual Battle Of Waterloo Sports Column granted trainer Blake MacIntosh and driver Chris Christoforou their first Battle Of Waterloo victories. The Sportswriter colt put in a commanding front-end effort to take the $159,500 dash for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:55.4. The win was Sports Column's third win from five starts and boosted his bankroll to $169,500 for MacIntosh who co-owns the pacer with Hutt Racing Stable and Daniel Plouffe. Happy Trio with Sylvain Filion finished three lengths back in second and Aston Hill Dave was third with Doug McNair. 8th annual Battle Of The Belles James MacDonald captured his second Battle Of The Belles title when he held on to win by a head in a thriller over betting favourite Aint Three OK with Trevor Henry. The Sportswriter filly granted trainer Jeff Gillis his first win in the race. He shares ownership of the pacer with Mac Nichol and Gerald Stay. Bid Writer is a winner in three of her four rookie starts for $76,300. Ontario Sires Stakes Divas Image captured her first Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold trophy with a strong gate-to-wire performance in the first $105,000 division to begin the stakes action in Race 2 on Industry Day. New Jersey reinsman Joe Bongiorno was in town for his Grand River Raceway driving debut aboard the Bettor's Delight filly for trainer Richard Johnson and New York owners Our Horse Cents Stables, Jt45 LLC, and J And T Silva Stables LLC. Divas Image remained strong on the lead down the stretch holding off Party In Rome by three-quarters of a length in a career-best clocking of 1:53.3. Party In Rome settled for second while Killean Finale (Jason Ryan) finished third. "I haven't been here before, but I definitely enjoyed the short trip that I was here for," said the 22-year-old reinsman. "The track seems nice to me and I was just very happy with the way the filly raced." L A Delight dominated in the second OSS Gold division of the day with a track record-equaling performance of 1:53.1 for three-year-old filly pacers. With L A Delight beginning to get away on the field, Mayhem Seelster (Sylvain Filion) fanned wide off the fading cover and came on for second. Last year's Battle of the Belles champion, Free Show (Jody Jamieson), finish third. This was L A Delight's seventh straight OSS Gold triumph. "She's the grandmother that baked you cookies and told you when you got a D it's really not that bad. She's just a real sweetheart of a horse," said Waples. Racing Under Saddle Trotters under saddle were in action on Industry Day competing in an $11,000 Racing Under Saddle (RUS) Handicap. A newcomer to racing under saddle this year, Gracies Harmony pulled off a 40-1 upset as she romped to a six-length victory. With regular RUS rider Marielle Enberg aboard for owner/trainer James Tropea of Mono, ON, Gracies Harmony got out to a quick early lead from post two and carved out fractions of :31, 1:02 and 1:33.4 enroute to the 2:04.2 triumph. Muscle Matters (Sarah Town) who was victorious under saddle on July 16 at Georgian Downs, moved into second-place approaching the half and followed hot on Gracies Harmony's heels before the leader took off around the final turn. Muscle Matters stayed for second while Osprey Vision (Amber Lawson Brand) finished third in his RUS debut. Gracies Harmony returned a whopping $84.60 for a $2 win ticket. The nine-year-old Hard Rock N Roll mare is a career winner of 29 races and $134,015 in purses. Bill McDonnell Memorial Race After a mid-afternoon rain shower, the $12,500 Bill McDonnell Memorial Invitation Pace was held to honour the memory of the former member of the Grand River Agricultural Society board and director of the Ontario Racing Commission who passed away last September at the age of 79. "It's very emotional," said Marlene McDonnell, who was on hand for the Industry Day celebrations and the race named after her late husband. "But I know that this would be the biggest honour; there just isn't any greater. He would be so pleased." The race was won by the front-end strider Saulsbrook Peach and driver Robert Shepherd. Leading front start to finish, the seven-year-old Royal Mattjesty gelding set fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.2 before stopping the clock in 1:54.1. Lets Wait And See (Nick Steward) tipped out near the third quarter mark and came on to finish second. Rise Up Now (Sylvain Filion), the 6-5 favourite, followed in third off a pocket trip. Five races prior to his Battle Of The Belles win, driver James MacDonald was unseated from his throne as the winner of five consecutive editions of the Industry Day Bouncy Pony Stakes. Agreeing to level the playing field, MacDonald raced the 30 metre dash with two eyepatches. Despite being unable to see the racecourse, MacDonald still hung on to be nipped at the finish by newcomer Tyler Jones, with Bob McClure and J Harris close behind. The Best In 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: Bailey Wright, John Archer, Alyshia Williamson, Bernard Lavigne, Natasha Day, Dillyn Jackson, Rick Welsh, Jessica Breese, Tiffany Stein, Emily Auger, Leslie Harris, Steph Horner, Tracy Roberts, Katie Miller, Nicole Pedden, and Vicki Paulic. A garage sale offering assorted horse and horse-racing memorabilia and collectibles raised more than $1,041 for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. Photos and videos from Industry Day: • Photos from Industry Day • Battle Of The Belles race video • Battle Of Waterloo race video • Bouncy Pony Stakes race video Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Greg Blanchard returns as the lead TV commentator for the Industry Day broadcast on August 1 at Grand River Raceway, as the Elora, ON track stages its 26th annual harness racing Industry Day Celebration. Throughout the afternoon, he'll be joined by a rotation of distinguished guests. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame, Grand River Raceway is delighted to include a handful of Hall Of Fame inductees as Guest Commentators on the Industry Day broadcast. Randy Waples - RACE 1 - driver of 2016 Hall Of Fame Inductee San Pail Randy Waples drove San Pail in all but 3 of his 52 career victories, piloting him to a record a mark of 1:50.4 and earnings of $3.1 million in purse money. San Pail won O'Brien Awards and Dan Patch Awards as Canada's Horse of the Year and Older Trotting Horse of the Year in 2011; he was also Dan Patch Award as Trotter of the Year in 2011. The Rod Hughes trainee won the O'Brien Award as Canada's Older Trotting Horse of the Year (2009, 2010), and was inducted into the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame (2012) and was named Equine Canada's Canadian Bred Horse of the Year in 2011. Randy Waples is the winningest driver in Battle of Waterloo history, with victories in 1999, 2001, 2009 and 2010. Linda Rainey - RACE 2 - Managing Director, Horse Racing Hall of Fame Canada's Horse Racing Hall of Fame was founded in 1976 and in 1997 the Ontario Jockey Club provided a permanent site without cost at Woodbine Racetrack. New inductees are added annually to build upon an ever-growing honour roll of Builders, Communicators, Drivers/Trainers, Jockeys, Standardbreds, Thoroughbreds and Trainers. Bill Galvin - RACE 3 - Hall of Fame Inductee, 2014 - Standardbred Communicator Bill Galvin is a Canadian horse racing historian, poet, author, publisher, educator, horseman, humanitarian, publicist, former thoroughbred racing official and executive editor of Trot Magazine. He was the director of special promotions (harness and thoroughbred) for the Ontario Jockey Club and publicity chairman for the Greenwood Centennial Program. He is the engine behind the fundraising initiative, The Stable God Loves, generating donations for the Standardbred Chaplaincy of Canada. Jack McNiven - RACE 4 - Hall of Fame Inductee, 2007 - Builder Jack McNiven and his late brother Don have owned and operated the esteemed breeding farm Killean Acres in Ingersoll, Ontario, for over 40 years. The farm's stallion roster included three of the leading stallions in the province, Frisco Byrd, Dallas Almahurst and 2006 Hall inductee Run The Table, who has sired winners of over $95 million. McNiven, is highly respected as an industry leader for his innovative approach in the art of preparing yearlings for Standardbred sales. He's also a motivational figure in harness racing and has been recognized for all his contributions to the industry. Carl Jamieson - RACE 5 - Hall of Fame Inductee, 2013 - Standardbred Trainer A five-time winner of Grand River Raceway's Battle Of Waterloo, Jamieson has won more than 1000 races and purses of more than $25 million. His biggest stars included Breeders Crown winner and stallion Santanna Blue Chip, North America Cup champion Up The Credit, all-time fastest OSS performer Warrawee Needy. Carl's horses have won multiple O'Brien awards and Jamieson himself was awarded the O'Brien award for Horsemanship in 2006. John Lamers, Standardbred Breeder/Owner - RACE 7 John and his wife Mary have two inductees in the Hall Of Fame: Dreamfair Eternal, Hall of Fame Inductee 2014: Canada's Horse of the Year in 2010, won 56 races and over $2.5 million in her racing career. 2010 marked the second consecutive year she was voted Canada's Older Pacing Mare of the Year following one of the best seasons ever for a Canadian-based pacing mare. J C's Nathalie, Hall of Fame Inductee 2015: She was a solid pacing mare but has excelled as a broodmare. Lamers bought her in 2009. She has produced two millionaires as a broodmare, past Battle Of Waterloo champ Dreamfair Vogel, and pacing mare Dreamfair Eternal. Bill O'Donnell - RACES 9-11 - Hall of Fame Inductee, 1986 - Standardbred Driver Nicknamed "Magic" for his innate ability to get the most from his horses, O'Donnell's talent was in constant demand. To attest to this, U.S. Hall of Fame driving great, Bill Haughton, took himself off world champion Nihilator so that he could have the "Magic Man" drive the precocious freshman pacer. He was named Harness Tracks of America's "Driver of the Year" in 1984 with record setting season's earnings of $9 million. The following year he became the sport's first $10 million man while driving both Nihilator and three-year-old champion colt trotter Prakas to single-season money-winning records. Prakas won The Hambletonian. Nihilator was Horse of the Year. O'Donnell has driven almost 5,700 winners with earnings of more than $99 million. He is also a member of the U.S. Hall of Fame at Goshen, N.Y. He's currently the President of the Central Ontario Standardbred Association. Post time is 1:30 p.m. for the 26th annual Industry Day Celebration on August 1. Festivities and the broadcast kick-off at 1:00 p.m. Complete event details are available on the Grand River Raceway website. The broadcast is available via live streaming video starting at 1:00 p.m. The Industry Day 26 program is available here. Event hashtag: #industryday26 Kelly Spencer

Grand River Raceway is inviting harness racing fans to test the mettle of driver James MacDonald. The reigning champ of the Drivers' Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes during the track's annual Industry Day event, MacDonald seems virtually untouchable. With five consecutive victories in Jamieson's pocket, the track has posted polls on their Facebook and Twitter, gathering consensus for the best tactic to level the playing field for the 2016 edition on Monday, August 1. #1: Shoeing Change: From steel to flip-flops. (James races in flip-flops.) #2: Bridle Change: Open bridle, add Murphy outside. (James wears an eye-patch.) #3: Add Ground: Add starting distance of 25%. (James starts 10 meters back.) "Everyone's got their God-given talent," said MacDonald in a post-race interview in 2015. "Gretzky had hockey. I've got the bounce." The most popular tactic will be instated when the Industry Day Halftime Show kicks off after Race 5. A win in the race will cap off a Grand River Raceway triple crown of sorts for MacDonald. In June, he won the Ontario Regional Driving Championship at the Elora oval. In July, his two-year-old Dachshund, Tank, won the second annual Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races. MacDonald is also driving one of the favourites in the $107,800 Battle Of The Belles on Industry Day. The Guelph, ON reinsman piloted Bid Writer to a three-length win in 1:56.3 in her elimination division on July 25. MacDonald won the 2014 edition of the race with Win The Gold. Post time is 1:30 p.m. for the 26th annual Industry Day Celebration on August 1. Festivities and the broadcast kick-off at 1 p.m. Complete event details are available at IndustryDayCelebration.com Event hashtag: #industryday26 Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Since its inception in 1990, the Industry Day celebration at Grand River Raceway has been enthusiastically supported by the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA). In the early days, the harness racing organization hosted the Backstretch Olympic Games with such epic events as water-pail and bandage-rolling contests. More recently, OHHA created the Best In Show Awards, providing cash prizes to the caretakers of horses racing on the Industry Day card. For the event's 26th edition on August 1, OHHA is providing $1,500 in total prizes - $100 to the top five in each of the following categories: Best Of Show Head-To-Toe; Horse & Groom; Above & Beyond (braids, sparkles, etc.). Judges for the Best In Show will circulate throughout the paddock on Industry Day. The winners will be announced on the track's website and social media later that evening. Post time for Industry Day on August 1 is 1:30 p.m. Festivities and the broadcast kick-off at 1:00. Complete event details are available at www.IndustryDayCelebration.com Event hashtag: #industryday26 Entries for the 11-race card: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0801grvrn.dat Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway is still inviting donations of items for the Industry Day Garage Sale on August 1. All sales benefit the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. The Garage Sale will be held in the harness racing 'Paddock Annex' from 12:00 – 4:30. Unique items currently in stock include: • Cam Fella print, numbered and signed by artist Fred Stone. • several new clothing items including a vintage Little Brown Jug Jacket, and a Kentucky Derby Authentic Turf t-shirt. The shirt is hand-dyed with genuine Kentucky Bluegrass, creating a one-of-a-kind item. • a dozen new Thoroughbred plush horses, including Seabiscuit and Barbaro -- most from the Kentucky Derby Gift Shop. Donations of horse-related and horse racing-related memorabilia, collectibles, and household items will be accepted until July 29. Call (519) 846-5455 ext. 238 or kspencer@grandriverraceway.com to make arrangements for drop-off. Examples of items which will be accepted: • household horse/horse racing items ie. figurines, clocks, bookends, etc. • framed horse/horse racing photos and art • harness racing trophies • horse racing collectibles  • horse/horse racing books Examples of items which will not be accepted: • magazines, race programs and catalogues, unless they are single copies with particular value (autographed, from a specific event, historical, etc.) • used horse racing equipment (unless of particular value ie. famous horse’s shoes or bridle, etc.) Industry Day festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 1. Post time for the first dash is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit http://industrydaycelebration.com/. The event hashtag is #industryday26. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Elimination races for Grand River Raceway's 26th annual harness racing Industry Day event (on Monday, August 1) were contested during five elimination rounds this evening, July 25. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Three elimination divisions of the Battle Of The Belles (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) were carded as races one, two and six. The top three finishers from each division advance to the $92,800 final of the 8th annual Battle Of The Belles on August 1 Aint Three OK kicked off the first elimination division in a new Canadian season's record of 1:55.1. Trevor Henry guided the Mach Three Miss to her first career win, finishing a length over Shanghai Sugar (Travis Henry) and Stonebridge Sundae (Mike Saftic). Bid Writer didn't disappoint her heavy backers in the second division, leading wire-to-wire to score a three-length score in 1:56.3 with James MacDonald. Jeff Gillis trains and co-owns the Sportswriter lass with Mac Nichol and Gerald Stay. The trio paid $52,000 for Bid Writer as a yearling. Village Jamie (Eddie Green) and The Joy Luck Club (Mike Horner) rounded out the top three. The final division went to Loves Angel with Doug McNair. The Big Jim daughter cut the mile and hung on to win by a neck over Warrawee Speedy (Eddie Green) in 1:58.1. Miss Mittzie Bee (Chris Christoforou) rounded out the top three. Tonight's elimination division win was a career first for Loves Angel. She's trained and co-owned by Gregg McNair of Guelph with partners Jim Newton and Kenneth Newton. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Two elimination divisions of the Battle Of Waterloo (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts) were carded as races four and eight. The top four finishers from each division, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers (as determined by draw) advance to the $139,500 final of the 19th annual Battle Of Waterloo on August 1. Calvin K set a new Canadian season's record with his commanding one-length win from post eight in the first division. Jody Jamieson piloted the Classic Card Shark colt to a clocking of 1:55.3. The duo previously set a North American season record of 1:52.3 in the colt's first outing on July 4 at Mohawk Racetrack. Owned by breeder Winbak Farm, Calvin K is conditioned by Tony O'Sullivan, who celebrated his 1000th training win on July 23. Aston Hill Dave (Doug McNair), Silverinyourpocket (Sylvain Filion) and Bet On Brett (Mike Saftic) rounded out the top four in the first division. Calvin K's record was replaced in the next division, when Sports Column stormed home in 1:54.2. Chris Christoforou piloted the Sportswriter son, now a winner of $89,750 for trainer Blake MacIntosh and co-owners Hutt Racing Stable and Daniel Plouffe. Happy Trio (Sylvain Filion) finished one-and-a-half lengths in second, followed by Classic Pro (Jody Jamieson) and Mc Mach (Trevor Henry). The eighth annual Battle of the Belles and 19th annual Battle of Waterloo will be contested during Industry Day's 26th card at Grand River Raceway on Monday, August 1. Post time for race one is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit www.IndustryDayCelebration.com Post position draws for both stake races were conducted on July 25. The following are the fields for the finals on Industry Day: POST POSITIONS FOR THE $139,500 BATTLE OF WATERLOO 1 - Sports Column 2 - Calvin K 3 - Happy Trio 4 - Silverinyourpocket 5 - Mc Mach 6 - Classic Pro 7 - Bet On Brett 8 - Dreamfair B J 9 - Aston Hill Dave POST POSITIONS FOR THE $92,800 BATTLE OF THE BELLES 1 - Stonebridge Sundae 2 - Bid Writer 3 - Village Jamie 4 - Aint Three Okay 5 - The Joy Luck Club 6 - Loves Angel 7 - Miss Mittzie Bee 8 - Warrawee Speedy 9 - Shanghai Sugar Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - On Monday night, 16 colts and 20 fillies will vie for a spot on center stage of Grand River Raceway's marquee harness racing event, Industry Day. While the 26th edition of the horse racing industry celebration is on August 1, finalists in the $139,500 Battle Of Waterloo and $92,800 Battle Of The Belles will be decided on July 25, as the Elora, ON track hosts a total of five elimination rounds. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Two elimination divisions of the Battle Of Waterloo (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts) are carded for races four and eight. The top four finishers from each division, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers (as determined by draw) will advance to the final of the 19th annual Battle Of Waterloo on August 1. Past Battle Of Waterloo-winning trainers Ian Moore, Bob McIntosh, and Gregg McNair have one hopeful in each of the two divisions. Trainer Blake MacIntosh also has two contenders: Brave World from post seven in Race 4, and Sports Column in Race 8. The Sportswriter colt holds the current North American season's record for his 1:52.1 maiden win over Mohawk Racetrack on July 4. On July 16, he was second by a neck to Happy Trio, who will start to his left, from post one, in Monday's Battle elimination division. Happy Trio won that OSS Gold division at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:53.2m bumping his career earnings to $79,870 in three starts. He is conditioned by trainer Tony O'Sullivan who also campaigns the outside starter in the first division, Calvin K, a North American season's record-setter with a 1:52.3 triumph in his second career win on July 4 at Mohawk Racetrack. Silverinyourpocket (R4 #3) is the morningline favourite in the first division for Canada's leading money-winning trainer, Richard Moreau, of Puslinch, ON. The Badlands Hanover colt is fresh off a 1:53.3 win in OSS Grassroots action at Mohawk Racetrack with driver Sylvain Filion. Although he enters Race 8 with less experience than the competition, Dreamfair B J set a Canadian season's record for a freshman colt over a half-mile track when he won his lone qualifying race at Grand River Raceway on July 13 for trainer Patrick Fletcher and driver Phil Hudon. Dreamfair B J is bred and owned by John Lamers, who won the 2001 edition of the Battle Of Waterloo with Dreamfair Vogel. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Three elimination divisions of the Battle Of The Belles (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) are carded for races one, two and six. The top three finishers from each division will advance to the final of the 8th annual Battle Of The Belles on August 1. Past Battle Of The Belles-winning trainers Gregg McNair and Stephen Gillard each have one campaigner in Monday's elims. Eddie Green has a pair of hopefuls, including Canadian season record-holder Warrawee Speedy. Her maiden win in 1:57.1 over Hiawatha Horse Park on June 18 remains the quickest of the season over a five-eighths oval. She will start from the rail in the third division (Race 6) with Green in the bike. Village Jamie will start from post four in the second division for Green. The Mach Three miss is a half-sister to the 2010 Battle Of The Belles champ, Village Janus. Mike Weller trains the 8-5 morningline favourite in the first division, Aint Three OK. The Mach Three daughter was scratched sick in last week's OSS Gold division at Mohawk Racetrack. She was second by a neck two weeks before, with Trevor Henry, who pilots her from post five on Monday. POST POSITION DRAW Starting positions for the finals of the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be determined during a post position draw which will be conducted and broadcast live following race nine on July 25. Grand River Raceway's Industry Day Celebration on August 1 features an 11-race card which also includes racing under saddle, consolation races for the Battles, and a Gold Leg for three-year-old pacing fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1:00 p.m. Post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit http://industrydaycelebration.com/ Post time for race one of Monday's elimination races is 6:35 p.m. 1 -- Pace, purse $10,000 BATTLE OF THE BELLES - ELIMINATIONS Post time: 06:35 P.M. Lasix: 02:20 P.M. Horses Entered: 20(split) 1 Stonebridge Sundae M Saftic M Barrieau 7-2 (Camluck/GlacierExpress) 2 Shanghai Sugar Tra Henry Tra Henry 4-1 (ShanghaiPhil/FastLaneCruizin) 3 Sports Beauty Ja Macdonald M Steacy 5-2 (Sportswriter/ShellysDelight) 4 Treasures Pearl S Filion R Adams 5-1 (Sportswriter/StLadsTreasure) 5 Aint Three Ok Trev Henry M Weller 8-5 (MachThree/AintGivenUp) 6 Odysseus D Mcnair T Macdonnell 10-1 (MachThree/OhioAnnie) 2 -- Pace, purse $10,000 BATTLE OF THE BELLES - ELIMINATIONS Post time: 06:55 P.M. Lasix: 02:40 P.M. Horses Entered: 20(split) 1 Bid Writer Ja Macdonald J Gillis 2-1 (Sportswriter/BustOutTheBid) 2 Menagerie J Jamieson A Macdonald 9-1 (BigJim/LivingWithArt) 3 Ask For Me C Christoforou B Macintosh 3-1 (MisterBig/AskForIt) 4 Village Jamie A Green A Green 8-1 (MachThree/VillageJest) 5 The Joy Luck Club Mi Horner Ma Horner 12-1 (Camluck/OhTheJoy) 6 Vintage Book D Mcnair R Adams 5-2 (VintageMaster/AttackTheBooks) 7 P L Karis D Clements R Morales 5-1 (Sportswriter/TaylorlaneAction) 4 -- Pace, purse $15,000 BATTLE OF WATERLOO - ELIMINATIONS Post time: 07:35 P.M. Lasix: 03:20 P.M. Horses Entered: 16(split) 1 Shadow Rouge C Christoforou Dr I Moore 4-1 (ShadowPlay/BuyInHanover) 2 Test Ride Trev Henry R Mcintosh 7-2 (MachThree/LAConfidential) 3 Silverinyourpocket S Filion R Moreau 2-1 (BadlandsHanover/FillysVictory) 4 Machin A Trick Ja Macdonald J Gillis 15-1 (MachThree/Tricky) 5 Aston Hill Dave D Mcnair R Mcnair 9-2 (Sportswriter/MyPreciousKatie) 6 Bet On Brett M Saftic M Barrieau 12-1 (Sportswriter/TugRiverDella) 7 Brave World B Davis Jr B Macintosh 10-1 (RoyalMattjesty/FitNBad) 8 Calvin K J Jamieson T Osullivan 5-2 (ClassicCardShark/RoadToPandalay) 6 -- Pace, purse $10,000 BATTLE OF THE BELLES - ELIMINATIONS Post time: 08:15 P.M. Lasix: 04:00 P.M. Horses Entered: 20(split) 1 Warrawee Speedy A Green A Green 7-2 (WarraweeNeedy/WarraweeJangle) 2 Loves Angel D Mcnair R Mcnair 3-1 (BigJim/MossBlueChip) 3 Pl Katnisseverdeen D Clements R Morales 5-2 (MachThree/Proxahantis) 4 Twin B Cheeks S Filion R Adams 6-1 (Sportswriter/BeachBound) 5 Miss Mittzie Bee C Christoforou S Arsenault 7-1 (BadlandsHanover/OvenMitt) 6 White Dancer B Mcclure R Jones 2-1 (BigJim/DancingInthePark) 7 Fashion Writer J Jamieson S Gillard 10-1 (Sportswriter/CallMeYours) 8 -- Pace, purse $15,000 BATTLE OF WATERLOO - ELIMINATIONS Post time: 08:55 P.M. Lasix: 04:40 P.M. Horses Entered: 16(split) 1 Happy Trio S Filion T Osullivan 7-5 (MachThree/VillageJovial) 2 Sports Column C Christoforou B Macintosh 8-5 (Sportswriter/LadyLeslie) 3 Dreamfair B J Ph Hudon P Fletcher 4-1 (BigJim/DreamfairOrchid) 4 Down On My Luck B Forward R Adams 10-1 (Camluck/FalseAlert) 5 Mc Mach Trev Henry R Mcintosh 6-1 (MachThree/NorthernEmpress) 6 Classic Pro J Jamieson Dr I Moore 7-1 (ShadowPlay/Kattimon) 7 All It Takes D Mcnair R Mcnair 10-1 (MachThree/CamberHanover) 8 The Dark Shadow B Davis Jr J Darling 9-1 (ShadowPlay/Bestofbothworlds) Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's 26th annual Industry Day Celebration is just around the corner, and the event esteems to be one of the best days of the summer for harness racing fans. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 1. Post time for the first dash is 1:30 p.m. The annual event showcases an 11-race card featuring Grand River Raceway's major dash, the 19th annual Battle Of Waterloo. There are 73 Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts eligible to start in the $200,000 (estimated) race. The eighth annual Battle Of The Belles will be contested for $140,000 (estimated) and 91 Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies remain eligible. The nine finalists for each of those races will be determined during eliminations contested a week prior (July 25, post time 6:30 p.m.). Post position draws for both finals will be conducted during the TV broadcast on July 25. The Industry Day undercard includes Racing Under Saddle, consolation races for the Battles, and a Gold Leg for three-year-old pacing fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes. As always, Industry Day offers many other delights: • An All-Access Kids’ Pass is available onsite for $5 and includes face painting, balloon artists, bouncy castles, pony rides and a petting zoo (1:00 – 4:30). • Garage Sale in the Paddock Annex: all sales benefit the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Donations of horse-related and horse racing-related memorabilia/collectibles/household items will be accepted until July 29. Contact (519) 846-5455 ext. 238 or kspencer@grandriverraceway.com to make arrangements for drop-off. • HPIbet 3% Cash Back for wagers through your account on Industry Day races (minimum $50 wager, maximum $100 cash back; other restrictions may apply). • Enter to win one of 11 prizes valued at more than $4,000.  The prizes include a print of New Kid on the Block by artist Vickie Lawrence. This limited edition (of 100) giclee print is 18” x 22” and is signed and numbered 4/100. It is from Lawrence’s original coloured pencil drawing of the same size and features a frame constructed from wood salvaged from a 100-year-old barn west of Kitchener, ON. The original drawing was recently published in a book, CP Treasures Colored Pencil Masterworks From Around The Globe, Volume IV by Ann Kullberg. Only 120 pieces were accepted from the 840+ international entries. Other prizes include designer watches, a purse by Rebecca Minkoff, Nexgrill Portable Grill, Oster Prima Espresso Maker, and Poulan Pro Gas Mower. An Industry Day program purchase is required to enter the draw. • First Bet Is On Us (some restrictions apply). • Horse Meet ‘N Greet (1:00 – 3:00).  • Standardbred Canada’s I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club will be on-hand with the Wheel Of Fame and Fan Club merchandise. • The Ontario Sires Stakes will provide OSS hats for race participants and lip balm giveaway for fans (limited quantities). • The 12th annual Drivers’ Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes. Greg Blanchard returns to provide commentary for the broadcast which kicks off at 1:00 p.m. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame, Blanchard will be joined by a handful of Hall Of Fame inductees as guest commentators throughout the afternoon.   For complete event details, visit http://industrydaycelebration.com/. The event hashtag is #industryday26. Kelly Spencer  

ELORA, ON - Despite rain and thunder, a huge crowd gathered at Grand River Raceway to watch 30 of the toughest Dachshunds in the province duke-it-out in the second annual Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races on July 8. Tank, owned by harness racing driver James MacDonald and his wife Jenna, of Guelph, was a winner by open lengths in the nine-dog Final. Jenna and her mother, Lynn MacDonell, raced the two-year-old, 14-pound champ. Tank received more than $500 in prizes, including a hand-carved trophy, $100 gift card from Ren's Pets Depot, deluxe gift bag from Loyall Premium Pet Food and a gift basket from OLG Slots At Grand River Raceway. Junebug was the returning champ, and captured the first of three elimination heats. He finished second in the final, followed by Lady, the winner of the second heat. Lucy Try was the third heat winner leading up to the final. Rounding out the field of Doxies in the Final were: Lilly Swiech, Wally, Dash, Emma, and Tank-A-Roo-Boo. The evening also offered 10 horse races and an agility course hosted by Diamonds In The Ruff. The event is title-sponsored by Ren's Pets Depot, and is also supported by Loyall Premium Pet Food and the OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway. All participating dogs received a swag bag compliments of the event sponsors. All winners of the qualifying heats received a large bag of dog food, compliments of Loyall. The runner-up and third-place finisher in the race final received a $50 gift card for Ren's Pets Depot. • Bios and photos of the 30 competitors are available on the Grand River Raceway website. • The video of the three elimination heats and the final. • Photos from the event. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Harness racing driver Bob McClure won five of the 10 races on Friday's card at Grand River Raceway. Two days prior, he won another three, good for a total of nine over three race days in the week. McClure started his night with a wire-to-wire cruise in Race 3 from the rail with Maximus Decimus in 1:58. His second victory came in Race 6, rallying from the back of the pack to win a tight photo finish in 2:01 with Wings Of Ballykeel. McClure finished the night off winning the final three races on the card, narrowly missing four straight with a runner-up finish by a head in Race 7. He wired the field in Race 8 with Mystic Ice in 1:59 and capitalized on a perfect pocket trip up the passing lane in the stretch to win Race 9 with Kablooie in 1:59.3. He wrapped it up in the final dash, setting the fractions on the front-end with an easy winner in Dutch Seelster in 1:59.3. Tonight's wins bump McClure into a tie with Alfie Carroll for the current top dash driver title at Grand River Raceway with 23 wins apiece. McClure won the title for the first time in 2015. He's currently second in the national standings for wins (211). The 25-year-old Elora resident is a career winner of 1076 and $6.3 million in purse earnings. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Thirty of the toughest wiener dogs in the province will shoot the cute-factor high through the summer sky next Friday night at Grand River Raceway. The second annual Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races at Grand River Raceway is set for Friday, July 8. Dachshund registration opened June 6, and the 30 spots sold-out in five days. The evening offers spectators four dog races and 10 horse races. The Diamonds In The Ruff will also offer an agility course for participating pooches prior to their races. The event is title-sponsored by Ren's Pets Depot, and is also supported by Loyall Premium Pet Food and the OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway. Members from Cheer Sport Sharks Cambridge will join the festivities as the official cheerleaders. The horse races begin at 6:30 p.m. on July 8. The three qualifying heats of wiener dog races will be contested consecutively starting after horse race #5 (approximately 8:00 p.m.) The top three finishers from each dash will advance to the race final, after horse race #7 (approximately 8:45 p.m.) All races are 20 meters in length. Trophy presentations to the top three finishers will take place after horse race #8 (approximately 9:00 p.m.) All participating dogs will receive a swag bag compliments of the event sponsors. All winners of the qualifying heats receive a small gift basket. The runner-up and third-place finisher in the race final receive a $50 gift card for Ren's Pets Depot. The champion wins a custom trophy and more than $300 in prizes compliments of the sponsors. All dogs will be profiled in the evening's race program and on the TV broadcast. The 2015 champion Junebug returns to defend her title for proud owner Shawn McFalls. Popular Grand River Raceway harness racing drivers Billy Davis Jr. and James MacDonald also have returning contenders Alley and Tank (respectively). See the Grand River Raceway website for bios and photos of the 30 competitors. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

Elora, Ont. -- Harness racing driver James MacDonald had the early winning momentum while Trevor Henry finished strong to top the point standings in the Ontario Regional Driving Championship and advance to the National Driving Championship. Grand River Raceway hosted the nine-race Ontario regional event on Friday, June 24 and MacDonald was the point leader from start to finish. The 30-year-old resident of Guelph, Ont. opened the competition with a victory in the first race aboard Twin B Amour ($12.50) and also earned wins with Master Smile ($10) in the third leg and Little Whiskey Gal ($6.30) in the sixth leg. A pair of runner-up efforts in two other legs also padded his point total and he ended the competition with 78 points. "I'm pretty pumped," said MacDonald. "It's an honour just to be invited to race with these guys. They're a great bunch of drivers and any one of us could have won with the right card, the right horses, so I'm pretty happy to be the victor. "And I'm really happy Jody didn't win again," joked MacDonald, referring to five-time Canadian rep and two-time World Driving champion Jody Jamieson, who had moved into a two-way tie for second-place with Alfie Carroll before Henry began his late winning crusade. Henry ranked eighth for points before earning back-to-back victories in the final two legs with Topanga Canyon ($4.60) and Flexie ($7.10). Those victories propelled him to second-place in the standings to edge out Jamieson by one point (60-59). The 45-year-old reinsman from Arthur, Ont., who represented Canada at the 2013 World Driving Championship in France, said he was "ecstatic" to compete in the National Driving Championship again. The Atlantic Regional Driving Championship will be held next at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday, June 25, followed by the Western Regional at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino on Sunday, June 26. The Quebec/Eastern Ontario Regional will be hosted by Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday, July 12. The top two point-earners from each of the four regional competitions will advance to the National Driving Championship on October 14 at The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont. The winner of the National Driving Championship will represent Canada in the 2017 World Driving Championship, which will be hosted in Canada. OFFICIAL POINT TOTALS 1. James MacDonald - 78 2. Trevor Henry - 60 3. Jody Jamieson - 59 4. Doug McNair - 57 5. Alfie Carroll - 55 6. Billy Davis Jr. - 49 7. Nick Steward - 47 8. Paul MacKenzie - 42 9. Bob McClure - 37 Kelly Spencer

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