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GUELPH, ON -- Horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable is hosting its annual Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 15. TheStable.ca welcomes clients and newcomers of all ages to Tomiko Training Centre (210 Campbellville Rd., Hamilton) to drop-in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. Those who RSVP online will be eligible to enter a draw to win a 1% share of their favourite horse with free bills for one year (conditions apply). During the Open House, guests are invited to meet the horses of TheStable.ca and chat with founders Anthony and Amy MacDonald, their staff, clients, and industry professionals. During each Christmas Open House, TheStable.ca raises money for a local charity; this year the company is collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Guelph Food Bank. Supporters can also donate funds online directly to the food bank. The Open House will showcase many of the engaging features of TheStable.ca, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of the horses in training. Visitors can also explore the barns on their own or register for a guided tour (spots are limited). The Open House broadcast kicks off at 10:00 a.m. EST when the yearlings will train in sets on the racetrack. TV commentators preview the horses' pedigrees. The broadcast will include live commentary, interviews and video features and will be live streamed at TheStable.ca. A catalogue will be available on The Stable.ca website on December 13, 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. 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 and lunch is also available to purchase. by Kelly Spencer, for TheStable.ca

Please be advised that the final day of training for 2019 will be October 10. The track is currently open for training every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway closed the book on its 2019 harness racing season on September 27, celebrating a 10 per cent bump in handle. All source wagering on Grand River Raceway's live racing for the 2019 meet was $10,382,493 for a daily average of $216,302, an increase of 10.8 per cent over last season. In 2018, 47 race dates were conducted and $9,366,979 was wagered. A total of 490 races were conducted this year, eight more than last year. The track's 29th annual Industry Day event on August 5 posted a record handle of $488,696 - the highest single day handle ever recorded since the track's first race meet in 2004. Total purses paid for all races at Grand River Raceway were $4,895,857 - an increase of 4.5 per cent over the 2018 season. Top Performer presentations were made on September 25 and 27 (respectively) to Jodie Cullen and Robert Shepherd. Robert Shepherd recorded 38 driving wins from 250 starts at Grand River Raceway in 2019. The Flamborough, ON resident recently surpassed 3,600 career wins and $25 million in purse earnings. He's on target to record his sixth straight $1 million season and his 13th consecutive season with at least 100 wins. He's currently third in the national driving standings with 231 wins. He's also the current leading dash-winner at Flamboro Downs. Trainer Jodie Cullen recorded 24 wins and trained horses to purse earnings of $127,759 at Grand River Raceway in 2019. Nearly half of her 95 starters at the Elora, ON oval finished in the top three, and more than one in four found the winners circle. The Dundas, ON resident is in the top ten for wins and UTR in the season's national trainer standings and is currently tied for the top spot in Flamboro Downs' 2019 trainer standings. Dates for Grand River Raceway's 2020 race season will be released in the new year. The facility is open year-round with gaming, dining and entertainment offerings. For complete details: www.grandriverraceway.com Renovations are slated to begin in October on a $4 million project which includes 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 be completed by June 2020. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

Philanthropic support awarded by Grand River Agricultural Society ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) recently awarded seven donations and one fundraising cheque totaling $65,500. All presentations took place at Grand River Raceway, which is operated by GRAS. DONATIONS On September 24, GRAS presented seven organizations with cheques totaling $60,500. Fergus Agricultural Society - $2,000 sponsorship of the Ag Awareness Tent at the Fergus Fall Fair. Equine Industry Symposium - $1,000 sponsorship for the November 17 event at the University of Guelph. CW Skatepark Association - $10,000 for enhancement of greenspace at the newly built skatepark in Elora. Ontario Agri-Food Technologies - $20,000 to support the first Agri-Food Commercial Deal Accelerator, designed to bring together industry experts, corporate partners, and AgTech startups to collaborate on innovative food value solutions. Rural Ontario Institute - $7,500 to support The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) an 18-month experiential leadership program for executives in the agriculture and food industries. AgScape - $5,000 for food literacy programs and resources for Ontario's educators, students and Agricultural Societies. 4-H Ontario - $15,000 to provide resources for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship project. FUNDRAISING On September 19, GRAS presented the Kidney Foundation of Canada with a cheque for $5,000. The funds were derived from raffle tickets sold by the Grand River Pull & Truck Show Committee. The prize was a 1973 John Deere 112 Garden Tractor which was awarded to Henry and Abe Dyck from Millbank, ON. The GRAS is a not-for-profit society, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and operated by a volunteer board of directors. It is part of the GRAS mandate to encourage an awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. As a proud community partner, GRAS provides funding and gift-in-kind support for initiatives which align with its mandate. Since the inception of Grand River Raceway in 2004, GRAS has provided funding and Gift-In-Kind support for initiatives totaling more than $1.75 million. For more information about the GRAS: https://grandriveragsociety.com/giving/ by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway    

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway is proud to announce its certification as a Great Place to Work after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work Institute Canada. This certification is based on direct feedback from harness racing employees, provided as part of an extensive and anonymous survey about the workplace experience. The Elora track offers seasonal horse racing and year-round gaming, dining, entertainment and Meetings & Events Services. Its human resources program is designed to create a culture of belonging, purpose, achievement, joy and passion for its 80 employees. "Grand River Raceway is committed to investing in a positive, guest-focused workplace which encourages a high level of staff engagement," said Jamie Martin, Director of Operations. "We are fortunate to have such a dedicated, passionate team at Grand River Raceway." About Great Place to Work: Great Place to Work (www.greatplacetowork.ca) is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes the Best Workplaces across the world in a series of national lists including those published by Fortune magazine (USA) and The Globe & Mail (Canada). Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) has awarded 16 scholarships and bursaries to local students totaling $40,000. The presentations were made on August 26 at Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON, where recipients and their families were treated to dinner and an evening of horse racing alongside GRAS board members. The scholarship/bursary 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 agriculture-related programs. This year's awards were $2,500 per recipient. Since its inception in 2006, the GRAS program has awarded $176,500 to 102 students. The 2019 recipients are: Anuja Shrestha of Guelph, attending University of Guelph Michelle Thompson of Kitchener, attending University of Guelph Jade Muileboom of Guelph, attending University of Guelph Mercedes Ready-Campbell of Guelph, attending University of Guelph Bethany Harwood of Cambridge, attending University of Guelph Meghan Martin of Elmira, attending University of Guelph Brianna Lirette of Guelph, attending University of Guelph (Ontario Agricultural College) Emily Smart of Moorefield, attending Lakehead University Cristin McCarty-Van Straaten, attending University of Guelph (Ontario Agricultural College) Kate Martin of Wallenstein, attending University of Guelph Katie McCurdy of St. Mary's, attending University of Guelph Derrick Knill of Bornholm, attending University of Guelph Emma Starratt of Fergus, attending University of Guelph Quinn Wilson of Harriston, attending University of Guelph Hayleigh Royce of Listowel, attending Lakehead College Madison Armstrong of Clifford, attending University of Guelph (Ridgetown) "This is my first time being selected to be rewarded with the GRAS scholarship," said Madison Armstrong a first-year student at the University Of Guelph's Ridgetown campus. "I am truly grateful for this opportunity. The awarded money will go towards furthering my education through theory and practices on campus such as Spring Expo, 4-H clubs, and international trips to view all types of agriculture and horticulture." "I'm heading into my first year at the University of Guelph for the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, planning to major in Animal Science," said recipient Kate Martin. "This is my first year winning the GRAS scholarship, and I am so honoured. Receiving this scholarship gives me the chance to keep volunteering in the agriculture community while I am going to school. It allows me to stay involved and learn more about the industry." Michelle Thompson is a three-time recipient of a GRAS scholarship and working towards a PhD in Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph. "The GRAS Scholarships are incredibly valuable for encouraging students in agricultural and environmental fields. The scholarship makes a huge difference in reducing financial stresses while in school, and really helps me to focus fully on my research. I am immensely thankful for the support." Brie Lirette is enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Ontario Veterinary College (Class of 2023). "I have dedicated much of my life to getting into vet school. Once I got in, I thought that all stress would be lifted - was I ever wrong," said Lirette. "Now I am experiencing many new stressors, one of which is money! The financial contributions of the scholarship will lighten my debts and will allow me to excel in school and focus on my passion for animal health and welfare." The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) is the operator of Grand River Raceway in Elora. The GRAS is a not-for-profit society, incorporated under the Agricultural Societies Act of Ontario and operated by a volunteer board of directors. It is part of the GRAS mandate to encourage an awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. For more information about the GRAS Scholarship/Bursary program: https://grandriveragsociety.com/giving/ by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

GUELPH, ON -- CityTV's Breakfast Television (BT) Toronto reported live-on-location from Tomiko Training Centre on Wednesday morning to explore fractional racehorse ownership with TheStable.ca and Ontario Racing. BT Live Eye host Nicole Servinis presented four segments from the Puslinch, ON training centre (base operations for TheStable.ca) during the national broadcast. The spots included conversations with Ontario Racing's John Siscos about the importance of horse racing in the province's rural economy; Lunch n Learn facilitator Elissa Blowe spoke about the program's mandate to educate groups about racehorse ownership; TheStable.ca President Anthony MacDonald discussed the evolution of his business to become the largest harness racing stable in Canada; TheStable.ca client James Traynor explained the benefits of owning small fractions of Standardbred racehorses. Servinis made her on-track debut in a double-seated jog cart accompanied by MacDonald as the pair drove two-year-old trotter Rooney Blue Chip. TheStable.ca is hosting an Open Barn on Saturday, August 24 at Tomiko Training Centre. The event provides guided tours of the barns, introductions to some of the 60 horses onsite, and an introduction to fractional Standardbred racehorse ownership. Admission is free but an RSVP is required: www.thestable.ca/openbarn Ontario Racing offers free Lunch n Learn sessions about racehorse ownership, hosted by Elissa Blowe, suitable for groups of all types and sizes : http://bit.ly/2TSG5Vf BT Segments: Introduction: http://bit.ly/2KVYYmc Interview with Ontario Racing: http://bit.ly/2Mv7uvM  Nicole jogs a horse: http://bit.ly/2Z8icPh TheStable.ca client James Traynor: http://bit.ly/30qgeGO by Kelly Spencer, for The Stable  

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway has added fireworks to its harness racing Community Night celebration on Friday, August 30. The family-friendly festivities are free of charge and kick off with the first of 10 horse races at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks display will begin at approximately 10:30 p.m. (30 minutes following the last horse race). BBQ specials ($2 hamburgers and hotdogs, $1 pop) will be available at two locations on the tarmac. Cash draws totaling $1,000 will be conducted for guests from the local community whose postal code begins with NOB or N1M. Proof of residency is required and draw participants must be 18 or older and present to win. Community Night also boasts the track's usual array of Friday race night offerings, including free kids' activities in The NEIGHbourhood (located in the First Turn Tent) and the chance for guests of all ages to drive a racehorse in a double-seated jog cart, accompanied by a pro. This opportunity is limited to seven spots and guests must sign-up at the tarmac booth beside the racetrack. Community Nights are presented by the track's parent organization, the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS). During the event, GRAS will honour local resident Paul Kelly who has dedicated his life to preserving the bee population. Kelly will be onsite and available for questions and discussion about his work from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The fireworks display on Community Night will be coordinated by The Weinstein Group Inc. of Fergus, ON in partnership with Pyro World. The show will feature a massive display of fireworks choreographed to a collection of feel-good summertime songs. For complete event details: https://grandriverraceway.com/events/centre-wellington-derby-nights/ by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway    

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

ELORA, ON - A race card worth $500K and a forecast of sunny skies will deliver one of the hottest afternoons in Canadian harness racing during Grand River Raceway's 29th Industry Day celebration on Monday, August 5. Industry Day kicks off its festivities and broadcast at 12:00 p.m. EST with first race going to post at 12:30 p.m. EST. Fans and families planning to attend the event should note that parking and admission are free. Activities will include a free kids' zone from 12:00 - 4:00 featuring a petting zoo, bouncy castles and face painting. A summer prize pack (valued at $2,000) and a $250 dollar betting voucher will also be up for grabs. The Central Ontario Standardbred Association will sponsor a Caretakers That Care Competition in which $1,500 in prize money will be won by Industry Day caretakers, recognizing their commitment and dedication to the sport's equine stars. A 50/50 draw will be offered by the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, and the Drive A Racehorse crew will provide free guided trips around the racetrack in double-seated jog carts, between the races, for a limited number of lucky guests. The much-loved Drivers' Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes will headline the half-time show after race 5. Eleven races will be featured on the Industry Day card with purses amounting to $540,850. The 11-race card includes five divisions of Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) for three-year-old colt pacers. The $157,500 Battle Of The Belles and the $239,000 Battle Of Waterloo each showcase nine of the province's best Ontario-sired rookie pacing fillies and colts. The finalists earned their berths in elimination races contested on July 29 at the Elora, ON half-miller. Featured in this year's Battle Of Waterloo is elimination winner Beach Blanket Book who leaves from post 4. Trainer Blake MacIntosh will look to score his second Battle Of Waterloo victory since winning with another son of Sportswriter, Sports Column, in 2016. Beach Blanket Book won his elimination with a sweep of the field in a maiden breaking score in 1:56.4. The colt is owned by Mac and Heim Stables as well as Hutt Racing Stable who also teamed up with Blake MacIntosh in 2016 as partners on Sports Column. Second Battle Of Waterloo elimination winner Aneto will leave from the trailing position 9 for trainer Tim Gillespie and owner Synerco Ventures Inc. The Bettors Delight colt (one of three offspring of Bettors Delight in this field) also broke his maiden with his elimination win and was a coast-to-coast winner in 1:55.4 with driver Bob McClure. The 22nd Battle of Waterloo also features trainers of past Battle champions such as Carl Jamieson who endeavours to score his sixth Battle Of Waterloo title with Sports Obsession leaving from post 5. Local trainers Scott McEneny and Ian Moore are seeking their second Battle title with Better B Swift (post 7) who was second in his elimination for McEneny and Denali Seelster (post 3) who finished fourth in his elimination. Young teamster Teesha Symes will send out Mach Three colt Wind Blown from the coveted rail position (post 1). He was second by a head to Aneto after a gritty first-up journey in his elimination race. If Wind Blown finds the winners circle for Symes, she would be the first female trainer, and the youngest (at 30) to win the Battle Of Waterloo. The victory would also give J Harris his first Battle Of Waterloo driving title. Wind Blown would also add his name to the list of Mach Three offspring that have won this race, joining Machapelo, Three Of Clubs and the immortal Somebeachsomewhere. The 11th annual Battle Of The Belles will feature Alicorn, a daughter of Bettors Delight, from post 4. Alicorn, matched the track record for two-year-old fillies with her elimination win in 1:54.2 and also holds the record for the fastest divisional mile in OSS history with her recent Gold Series win in 1:51 over Woodbine-Mohawk Park. With Louis Philippe Roy in the bike, Alicorn was missionized early with a bold first-up move before the half mile marker against Sound Idea (with Sylvain Filion). Alicorn then drew off from the field to a margin of three-and-a-quarter lengths for owners Windermere Stable LLC and Robert Muscara. Trainer Chantal Mitchell will also seek Battle redemption after finishing second to Bronx Seelster with Bettors Wish in last year's Battle Of Waterloo. The Battle Of The Belles will also feature elimination winner Queso Relleno with driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Blake MacIntosh from post 3. Jamieson shoots for his fourth Battle Of The Belles title with Queso Relleno who broke her maiden in an elimination race victory where she breezed by the field in 1:55.4. MacIntosh co-owns the daughter of Betterthancheddar with Hutt Racing Stable, Sue Vernon Smith, and The Flanagan Sisters. MacIntosh will also send out Betterbeasecret from post 7 in the final. The local father-and-son duo of Gregg McNair and Doug McNair (both of Guelph, ON) will send out Karma Seelster from post 8 in the Battle Of The Belles final. She won the third of three elimination races on Monday night. Karma Seelster, who holds the highest yearling price of any horse in the Battle Of Waterloo or Battle Of The Belles ($127,000) is a sister to Kokanee Seelster, Kendall Seelster and Kylie Seelster and is one of three daughters of Sportswriter in the field. Karma Seelster would give sire Sportswriter his fourth Battle Of The Belles winner. For Team McNair, it would be their second Battle Of The Belles title. Also featured in the field for the Battle Of The Belles is Temagami Seelster, who leaves from post 2 and was second in her elimination to Queso Relleno. Temagami Seelster, driven by J Harris is trained by 2018 Battle Of Waterloo winning trainer, Wayne McGean. Trainer Amanda Fine, who celebrated her first training win in early July will send out elimination runner-up Highland Salsa from post 5, who impressively fought a closing Karma Seelster down the stretch. The five OSS divisions will feature Silas Seelster and Missile Seelster - the winner and runner-up (respectively) in the City Of London Series raced earlier this year at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Both are campaigned by trainer Ian Moore. 2018 Battle Of Waterloo finalists Prestige Seelster, Better Moonon Over, Fast N First and Sports Teen will also return to Industry Day for sophomore OSS Grassroots action. Leading OSS Grassroots starter Sugartown will also race on Industry Day, hunting for his third OSS Grassroots win of the season for trainer Richard Moreau and driver Louis Philippe Roy. Post time for Industry Day on August 5 is 12:30 p.m. EST. The broadcast and festivities kick off at 12:00 p.m. EST. Complete event details are available here. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

ELORA, ON - Despite uncertain weather looming over the Elora, ON oval, the talent was certain and impressive from freshman colts and fillies aiming for a spot in the $239,000 Battle Of Waterloo and the $157,500 Battle Of The Belles finals to be contested next Monday August, 5 during Grand River Raceway's 29th Industry Event. Battle Of Waterloo Thirteen of the nation's finest two-year-old colts battled for a spot in the track's coveted event with the top four from each division and one fifth place finisher advancing. The first Battle Of Waterloo elimination saw Blake MacIntosh trainee Beach Blanket Book and driver James MacDonald blaze by the field to win by a head in 1:56.4. The elimination victory also doubles as a maiden breaker for the two-year-old Sportswriter colt who is owned by Hutt Racing Stable and Mac And Heim Stables. With Beach Blanket Book being the only Battle Of Waterloo starter for MacIntosh, the St. George, ON resident -- who is coming off a record year -- will look to score his second Battle Of Waterloo title since winning with Sports Column in 2016. Beach Blanket Book will leave from post 4 in the final. Better B Swift finished second to Beach Blanket Book. The Scott McEneny trainee was driven by Sylvain Filion and dueled early with race favourite Denali Seelster (Doug McNair / Ian Moore). Upon clearing before the first quarter pole, a rough gaited Denali Seelster was out for the re-take. Denali Seelster then fronted the field to the top of the stretch where he was passed by Beach Blanket Book, Better B Swift and Sports Obsession (Jody Jamieson / Carl Jamieson). Both Scott McEneny and Ian Moore will vie for their second Battle Of Waterloo victory (McEneny won with Simple Kinda Man in 2017 and Moore won with Wellthereyougo in 2009) while Hall Of Famer Carl Jamieson will seek his sixth Battle Of Waterloo victory. Better B Swift will need to bring some swift skills to the table as he will leave from the outside post 7, while Sports Obsession and team Jamieson will battle from post 5. Denali Seelster will leave from post 3. Betterthancheddar colt Mr Cheeseman scored the final ticket to the big dance for driver Bob McClure and trainer Scott McNiven. The pacer was randomly drawn from the fifth-place finishers and will leave from post 6. A victory in the Battle Of Waterloo would serve as the first Battle title for both McClure and McNiven. In an exciting drive to the wire in the second division, Aneto and Bob McClure were able to fend off Wind Blown and J Harris. Aneto, trained by Tim Gillespie for Synerco Ventures Inc. was a $44,000 yearling and is yet another son of Bettors Delight to seek Battle glory. In a coast to coast mission, Aneto led the field from the word go to fractions of 28.4, 58.4, 1:26.4 with a mile time of 1:55.4 to hold off Wind Blown by a head. The elimination win is also the colt's maiden breaking victory. Aneto will leave from post 9 in the final. Wind Blown is trained by Teesha Symes and was an impressive runner-up finisher after a first-up journey. A win in the Battle Of Waterloo would give the dynamic duo of Symes and Harris a first Battle win for each of them and would make Symes the first female trainer to ever win the Battle Of Waterloo. The Battle Of Waterloo has been won by multiple sons of the late Mach Three including Machapelo, Three Of Clubs and the immortal Somebeachsomewhere. Leaving from post 1, Wind Blown could add his name to the list of Mach Three grandchildren to capture the Battle of Waterloo. Betterbuckleup will also advance to the final for driver James MacDonald and trainer Eric Adams who will leave from post 2. Tabloid Writer will start from post 8 for the brotherly tandem of Mario and Ben Baillargeon. Battle of the Belles Twenty-two rookie freshman fillies contested three eliminations to determine the contenders for the Battle Of The Belles. The top three from each division will advance to the final. The fastest freshman of the season thus far, Alicorn, was victorious in the first of three Battle Of The Belles eliminations. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy (hunting for his first Battle Of The Belles victory) Alicorn is trained by Chantal Mitchell who is looking for Battle redemption after finishing second with Bettors Wish in the 2018 edition of the Battle Of Waterloo. The daughter of Bettors Delight was missionized early with a first-up move before the half mile marker against Sound Idea (Sylvain Filion) who recorded the opening quarter in 27.2. Alicorn then fronted the field to fractions of 55.2, 1:25.2 to a mile time 1:54.2 where she won by a margin of three-and-a-quarter lengths. In addition to an Ontario Sires Stakes record she set earlier this month at Woodbine-Mohawk Park, Alicorn also matched the Grand River Raceway track record for two-year-old fillies set by Right On Molly in 2012. Owned by Windermere Stable Llc and Robert K Muscara, Alicorn will aspire to give her connections their first Belles victory from post 4 in the final. The rest of the first elimination was rounded out by Sound Idea, driven by Sylvain Filion and trained by John Balzer. She will leave from post 6 in the final. Preeminence, driven by Paul MacDonnell for trainer Marcel Barrieau will start from post 1. Also advancing to the Battle of the Belles final is Blake MacIntosh trainee Queso Relleno who was fantastic in her elimination with a sizzling sweep of the field with Jody Jamieson aboard. MacIntosh co-owns the daughter of Betterthancheddar with Hutt Racing Stable, Sue Vernon Smith and The Flanagan Sisters. She was a $26,000 yearling purchase for the group. Queso Relleno scored her maiden victory in the second elimination division in 1:55.4 and will leave from post 3 in the final. Joining Queso Relleno in the Battle of the Belles final will be Temagami Seelster (J Harris / Wayne McGean) who will leave from post 2 and race favourite All Day Sunshine (Sylvain Filion / Richard Moreau) who will start from post 9. Trainer Wayne McGean seeks his second Battle title after winning with Bronx Seelster in last year's Battle Of Waterloo. Harris, Moreau and Filion are all looking to score their first Belles title. It wouldn't be Industry Day without an entry from the local father and son duo of Doug and Gregg McNair who have been victorious in the Battle Of Waterloo and the Battle of the Belles with stable stars such as Trail Boss, Three of Clubs, Magnum J and Lady Shadow. This year, the team will send out Karma Seelster, the winner of the third and final elimination. Karma Seelster let the early action unfold before coming on to mark her first lifetime victory in 1:56.2 (after heavy rainfall degraded the track from a fast to good speed rating). Karma Seelster comes from the royal lineage of Kendall Seelster, Kokanee Seelster and Kylie Seelster and was a $127,000 yearling. She is owned by Eileen and Keith Waples and their daughter Karen Hauver and will eyeball a Battle Of The Belles victory for her connections from post 8. Finishing second to Karma Seelster and advancing to the final is the Amanda Fine trainee Highland Salsa, driven by J Harris. Highland Salsa will leave from post 5 for her young teamster. Trainer Blake MacIntosh will have another shot of capturing the Battle Of The Belles title with Bettorbeasecret, driven by Robert Shepherd. She will leave from post 7. With more local talent being featured in both the Battle of Waterloo and the Battle of the Belles, Industry Day 2019 could foresee many firsts for both veteran trainers and up-and-coming talent. Post time for Industry Day on August 5 is 12:30 p.m. EST The broadcast and festivities kick off at 12:00 p.m. EST. Complete event details are available here. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - A total of five elimination dashes contested on Monday, July 29 will determine the harness racing finalists for Grand River Raceway's two feature races during its 29th Industry Day event. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Thirteen rookie pacing colts and geldings will compete in two $15,000 elimination divisions to earn a berth in the 22nd annual Battle Of Waterloo. The top four finishers and one of the fifth-place finishers (as drawn by lot) will advance to the $238,940 final. The first elimination division is carded as Race 2. Denali Seelster will start from the rail. He's a winner of $27,000 in two career starts in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series. But the Sunshine Beach colt is still hunting for his maiden win. He won both of his qualifying starts over Woodbine-Mohawk Park but broke stride in his first pari-mutuel start. On July 15 he finished second by a length in his own time of 1:52.2. Dr. Ian Moore trains Denali Seelster for Ratchford Stable who paid $34,000 for him as a yearling. Moore won the Battle Of Waterloo in 2009 with Wellthereyougo. Trainer Scott McEneny won the 2017 Battle Of Waterloo with Simple Kinda Man and looks to earn a berth in this year's final with Better B Swift starting from post position four in the first division. He's the most recent winner in the field of six with a half-length maiden victory on July 23 at Woodbine-Mohawk Park in 1:53.4. The Bettors Delight colt was a $27,000 yearling buy for McEneny who co-owns with Teresa Davidson, Martwest Racing Stable and Cora Marshall. He's a winner of $13,962 in two starts. The second division will be contested by seven pacers. Bettorbuckleup is the most expensive and the richest of the bunch. The Eric Adams trainee was an $85,000 yearling purchase for owner Millar Farms. He has banked $34,500 in three starts and was most recently second by four lengths in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event at Woodbine-Mohawk Park, pacing his mile in 1:53. He starts from post six on Monday night.   BATTLE OF THE BELLES Elimination dashes for the 11th annual Battle Of The Belles spotlight 22 two-year-old pacing fillies in three $10,000 divisions. They must finish in the top three to earn a berth in the $157,257 final. Alicorn is sure to attract much attention from post three in the first elimination division (Race 1) as last week's record-breaker at Woodbine-Mohawk Park. The Bettors Delight daughter set a new Ontario Sires Stakes record and a North American season's record with a jaw-dropping one-and-three-quarter length maiden win in 1:51 with Louis Philippe Roy in the $106,400 Gold event. Chantal Mitchell trains Alicorn for owners Windermere Stable and Robert Muscara, who paid $30,000 for her last fall. She has banked $62,795 in three starts. All Day Sunshine leaves from post three in division two (Race 4) and is already a rags-to-riches story in just four career starts. The Sunshine Beach miss has earned $60,551 but was a humble $6,000 yearling sale purchase. Richard Moreau trains the filly for owners Dan Lagace, Anthony Timmins, Billy Joe Timmins and Brad Gray. Her most recent of two wins was in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event on July 8 in 1:53 over Woodbine-Mohawk Park. Local trainer Gregg McNair (of Guelph, ON) is seeking his second Battle Of The Belles victory and Karma Seelster is his most pronounced shot at earning a spot in the final. The Sportswriter daughter starts from post position two in the third and final division (Race 8). At $127,000, the regally bred filly was the second-highest priced horse in the 2018 London Selected Yearling Sale. She is a Sportswriter sister to Ontario Sires Stakes record holder Kendall Seelster, a (current) winner of $813,000. Karma Seelster is owned by Hall Of Famer Keith Waples, his wife Eileen and daughter Karen Hauver. Gregg McNair trains the filly. She's a winner of $35,368. Martinis Place is the richest of the field with $71,466 banked in just two starts and a mark of 1:53 taken at Woodbine-Mohawk Park in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event on July 19. John Pentland trains the Betterthancheddar filly for co-owner Ellie Bale. Post time for July 29 is 6:30 p.m. EST. Post positions for the finals of the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be drawn after Race 9. Both finals will be contested on Monday, August 5. Post time for #industryday29 is 12:30 p.m. Festivities and the broadcast begin at 12:00 noon. Complete event details are available here. Kelly Spencer Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc.

GUELPH, ON -- Among its 680 clients, TheStable.ca has three esteemed NHL alumni: Eddie Olczyk who joined the fractional horse racing ownership stable earlier this year, and Rick Vaive and Doug Gilmour who joined in 2018. Gilmour doubled-down on his fractional ownership play after a three-length win by rookie pacing filly Capistrano in Ontario Sires Stakes action on July 9 at Woodbine-Mohawk Park. Phil Hudon piloted the Warrawee Needy daughter in her career debut in 1:54.2 for trainer Harry Poulton. Shortly thereafter, Gilmour added five one-percent shares of the filly to his roster. Capistrano will be shooting for her second consecutive win for the NHL Hall Of Famer and 11 fellow owners on Thursday (July 18) when she starts from the rail in the first Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division at Woodbine-Mohawk Park. "The essential happiness of being amongst the horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare and unique elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom," said Gilmour. While Gilmour will be in Sault Ste Marie, ON for a speaking engagement during Capistrano's second start, he'll be watching online and is looking forward to attending future starts in-person later this summer. "It's an opportunity to have a fun and action-packed evening and to be able to do that with our family and friends at the same time," he said. TheStable.ca is horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership outfit and the largest harness racing stable in Canada with clients across 11 countries currently sharing ownership in 100 horses. The award-winning operation is based in Guelph, ON and offers the opportunity for clients to own as little as one percent of a racehorse.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable has introduced a new Summer School program to provide supervised hands-on learning about Standardbred horses and harness racing. TheStable.ca Summer School program offers two course levels delivered in four pilot classes on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. starting July 28. All classes are conducted at TheStable.ca's base of operations, Tomiko Training Centre in Puslinch, ON. Each class is restricted to 10 students with two instructors. Attendees must be at least 10, and children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. TheStable.ca Summer School 101: In-Barn Basics is a beginner session suited for people who want a basic understanding of racehorses and horse racing. All activities will be conducted in the barn. This course is offered July 28 and August 4. TheStable.ca Summer School 201: Barn & Track is an intermediate session for people with a basic understanding of racehorses and horse racing and a desire to learn and do more, including jogging one of the horses (in a double-seated jog cart, accompanied by a trainer). This course is available August 11 and August 18. All courses are $50 plus HST and an online booking fee. Complete details and registration: https://thestable.ca/summerschool     For more information, contact Kelly at kelly@thestable.ca or (519) 465-7908.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca is proud to participate in National Caretaker Appreciation Day #NCAD19 being celebrated at  harness racing racetracks and training centres throughout Canada from July 19 - 21. As the largest harness stable in Canada and the fastest-growing fractional ownership stable in horse racing, TheStable.ca employs 30 full-time caretakers at its base, Tomiko Training Centre, in Puslinch, ON. Now in its fourth year of operation, TheStable.ca has 670 clients across 11 countries who currently own fractions of 100 horses. TheStable.ca Caretaker GiveBack provides clients with the opportunity to contribute a donation to a gratuity pool. TheStable.ca Caretaker GiveBack is now open for donations and will close on July 19 at 11:59 p.m. All donations in the gratuity pool will be divided evenly among caretakers and riders during a Staff Lunch on July 20. TheStable.ca Caretaker GiveBack:     Video featuring caretakers at TheStable.ca: Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable, added a harness racing training triple to its impressive start to the 2019 stakes season. Jason McGinnis conditions the Ohio freshmen and sophomores for TheStable.ca. On July 3, he sent four two-year-olds postward in four $40,000 divisions of the Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield Park. Spend That Money wired the field to win her second race in as many outings in 1:58.3. James MacDonald drove the Uncle Peter filly. She was an $11,500 yearling purchase for TheStable.ca at the Ohio Select Sale and is currently owned by 24 clients of the fractional ownership operation. McGinnis missed a fourth win by less than a length in division three when 12-1 Alesund cut the mile and fought to hold on for the win but succumbed to Delovely Hall and finished second. The 1:57.3 mile in that division set a new North America season's record for a half-mile track, but TheStable.ca's Manofmanymissions daughter Globetrotting quickly matched the mark in division five. Anthony MacDonald drove the trotter to a one-length score, her second win in as many starts. She was a $21,000 yearling purchase for clients of TheStable.ca at the Ohio Select Sale and is currently owned by 18 clients. Compass Rose DC is owned by 15 clients of TheStable.ca and was a $16,000 yearling purchase. She won her first outing by nearly three lengths in 1:59.4 with James MacDonald. Earlier in the day, TheStable.ca won a division of the PA Stallion Series at The Meadows. Ill Play It Alone hung on to win by a nose with Anthony MacDonald for trainer Tim Twaddle in the $20,000 dash. The 1:54.4 score was the pacer's first win in two ties for 32 clients who own the Somebeachsomewhere gelding which was purchased for $14,000 as a yearling in Harrisburg. In the past week, TheStable.ca has campaigned 46 starters (including 33 freshmen) at 11 tracks throughout Canada and the U.S., recording nine wins and 24 top-three finishes while tying a world record and setting or equaling a trio of season's records for its 680 clients located in 11 countries wordwide.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

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