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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 28 - Many of harness racings finest three-year-old trotting fillies took centre-stage at Mohawk Racetrack Friday night for the Casual Breeze Stakes. A total of 15 sophomore trotting fillies were split into two divisions of the Grand Circuit event. In the $91,475 first division, Doug Millard's homebred, Elegant Serenity, went gate to wire for 3½ length victory. Starting from post position six, trainer/driver Roger Mayotte immediately took the filly to the lead, opening up by as much as two lengths by the half. Elegant Serenity controlled the tempo throughout, posting fractions of 27:4, 57:2, and 1.25:4. She opened up her lead down the stretch by up to five lengths, being chased late by Lilu Hanover to close the gap. Smokinmombo, the odds on favourite, stalked the pace to the half, made a brief bid at the top of the stretch and eased out to a sixth place finish. Second place finisher Lilu Hanover trailed the field down the stretch, making a late surge in the final eighth to pass Piscean three wide. Juanitas Fury was fourth by 5¼ lengths. "She had no real races over the last month" said Mayotte, following the race. "We knew she has a big plate ahead of her over the next six weeks, so we thought it was a good chance to give her a freshener". Owner/breeder Doug Millard later added that Elegant Serenity will likely be aimed towards the Elegantimage Stakes, which is fittingly named in honour of her dam. Friday's score was Elegant Serenity's fourth out of her six starts in 2015. She has now bumped her lifetime earnings to over $150,000 after Friday's stakes victory. Elegant Serenity paid $4.90 to win. Elegant Serenity Ontario Sires Stakes star Muscle Baby Doll scored her sixth consecutive victory with another dominating effort in the $92,475 second Casual Breeze split. Muscle Baby Doll, the 2/5 favourite, and driver Doug McNair left from the rail and got situated third, before making a quick second-quarter move to overtake the lead from Danielle Hall. The public's choice posted a half-mile time of :56.3 to take the field into the final turn. Lock Down Lindy, a Hambletonian Oaks elimination winner, picked up cover around the final turn and was placed second-over. After trotting by the three-quarter pole in 1:25.4, Muscle Baby Doll waved goodbye to her rivals and quickly extended her lead. Lock Down Lindy was unable to fire off her cover in the lane, leaving Danielle Hall to chase the favourite and finish second by two-lengths, as Muscle Baby Doll stopped the timer in 1:53.3. Speak To Me trotted up to get third, while Tymal Illbthere was fourth. A daughter of Muscle Mass, Muscle Baby Doll is trained by Tony O'Sullivan for owner F Bellino And Sons Llc. The sophomore trotting filly was making her first start since a 6¾ length victory in the Duenna Stakes at The Meadowlands on August 7. "What she did at The Meadowlands was pretty spectacular and she was good again tonight," said O'Sullivan, following the race. "She's a beautiful filly, she's a professional and she does everything good and she just wants to win." Muscle Baby Doll improved her record to seven wins from eight starts in 2015 with her 11th career victory Friday. The Casual Breeze score increases her earnings to over $390,000. Following the race, O'Sullivan confirmed that Muscle Baby Doll is being pointed towards the Elegantimage eliminations in two weeks. Muscle Baby Doll paid $2.90 to win. Muscle Baby Doll   The sophomore trotting fillies will have a final opportunity to prep for the Elegantimage Stakes next Friday (September 4) in the Simcoe Stakes. Mark McKelvie

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Two-year-old trotter Wildwild Men rewrote a 22-year-old harness racing track record at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday in capturing the first of two elimination divisions of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series. Driven by Robert Shepherd, Wildwild Men traded control of the early lead with Panamas Boy (Stephane Brosseau) and they sped to a quick opening quarter mile in :28.2. Once settled on the lead and in control, Shepherd and Wildwild Men backed down the pace as they led the field past the half mile marker in 1:00. Then in the backstretch, Sass and driver Clarke Steacy came first-over to try and mount a challenge, but Wildwild Men would have nothing to do with that and he kicked in another gear after the three-quarters in 1:31.2. By the top of the stretch, Wildwild Men was leading by four and one-half lengths and then poured it on with a :29.1 last quarter mile to win in a romp by six and one-half open lengths in 2:00.3. The prior track record for two-year-old trotters was 2:01.3 set by Jobie Tempest (Claude St-Jacques) in 1993. Trained by Isabelle D'Darveau and co-owned by Catheline Pelletier with breeder Chantal Gravel, it was the third straight win for Wildwild Men. The gelded son of Muscle Mass now has four wins in seven starts this year. He paid just $2.30 to win. In the fourth race, second division, KFB Amigo Cool and driver Guy Gagnon were able to stay on stride and wire the field, scoring an upset over the 1/5 race favorite, Tuscans Memory (Pascal Berube). KFB Amigo Cool went right out to the early lead, stuffing a determined SOS Chico (Jocelyn Gendron) into the pocket seat to the opening quarter mile in :29. KFB Amigo Cool then led to the half mile in 1:01.2 when Berube came first-over with Tuscans Memory. Past the three-quarters in 1:32.3, KFB Amigo Cool would not give ground to Tuscans Memory around the final turn as they battled head and head for the lead. Tuscans Memory then went wide as they started down the stretch and could not catch KFB Amigo Cool, who won by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:03. Defi Normand (Pierre Bovay) was third. Sent off at odds of 6-1, KFB Amigo Cool paid $14.00 to win. It was his maiden victory after four lifetime starts for the ridgling son of Amigo Hall, who is trained by Dany Fontane for owner/breeder Investissement K F B of Sorel-Tracy, QC. This was the third and final preliminary round of the series. Now the top eight point earners from the filly and colt divisions, return on Sunday, September 6 for their respective $65,000 finals. On Sunday the two-year-old pacing colts and fillies compete in their third round of the series. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Local filly Hape earned her second Grassroots trophy at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening, making up for the aggravation she caused trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev prior to the race. "She's not fun to be around all week and warming up - she kicks and pulls and grabs on - but you get in a race, she's pretty nice to drive in a race," said the Moffat resident. "Once you get her warmed up she forgets about kicking and thinks about racing." Starting from the outside Post 8 in the fifth $18,000 division, Moiseyev eased Hape away from the starting gate and the pair was sitting in the outer lane in sixth when Pointe Of Inquiry reached the :28.2 opening quarter. Fan favourite Renegade Magic took command before the :57.1 half while Moiseyev and Hape continued to watch from sixth, but heading by the 1:26.3 three-quarters Moiseyev sent the filly out three-wide and started to reel in the leaders. At the top of the stretch Hape had advanced to within two lengths of Renegade Magic, but when she straightened out Moiseyev was able to find an even bigger gear and the filly rocketed down the stretch to a two and one-half length win in 1:56.4. Division point leader Renegade Magic had to settle for second, with Pointe Of Inquiry third. "She raced real good last week too. She's very finicky, you've got to let her do what she wants and at the end she knows what to do, she takes off at the end there," said Moiseyev, who conditions the Pilgrims Taj daughter for Joanne Colville of Moffat and Nancy MacNevin of Essex, ON. "Once she straightens up she kind of takes off." In an overnight event at Mohawk on Aug. 18, the top three fillies from Tuesday's fifth Grassroots division finished in reverse order, with Pointe Of Inquiry getting the win, Renegade Magic second and Hape third. Through 14 starts this season Hape has tallied five wins, two seconds, one third and $55,750. Tuesday's win bumped the filly's Grassroots point tally to 126, virtually assuring her of a berth in the Sept. 18 Semi-final. Hape The top 20 point earners after six regular season events qualify for the Semi-final, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final returning to Mohawk to compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 26. The other four division winners also made considerable leaps up the point standings. Meadow Seelster captured the first division with a gate-to-wire effort that saw her cruise home one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Mass Rail and Oh My Magic in 1:56.2. Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON engineered the win for trainer Bill Budd of Waterdown, ON and owner William Dixon of Caledon, ON. The Holiday Road daughter was also a Grassroots winner at Georgian Downs on July 14 and currently has 112 points in the race toward a Semi-final berth. Giona scored her first Grassroots win in the second division, also controlling the tempo from start to finish. The Angus Hall miss and trainer-driver Wayne MacLean of Chelmsford, ON crossed the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of favourite Railee Priti and Roses In The Rain in 1:57.2 Jocelyne Menard of Chelmsford owns Giona, who jumped from 50 to 100 points with the win. In the third division, Allerage Star earned her first win of the season with a front-end effort that saw her sail under the wire three and one-half lengths ahead of Desis Dream and Summers Jewel in 1:56.1. The Angus Hall daughter was driven to the win by Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell. Howard Okukso Jr. of Vernon, NY conditions Allerage Star for Little E LLC of New York, NY, Arthur Geiger of Livingston, NJ, David Stolz of Columbus, OH and Jason Settlemoir of Cream Ridge, NJ. World Class Izzy and Mario Baillargeon of Milton, ON claimed the remaining Grassroots trophy with a come-from-behind effort that saw them sweep home to a three length win in 1:56.2 Flexceptional and Hope Rises completed the top three. The win was the first ever for World Class Izzy, who is trained by Rockwood, ON resident Benoit Baillargeon for owner-breeders Thomas and Elizabeth Rankin. The victory boosted the Muscle Mass daughter's Grassroots point total to 86. The three-year-old trotting fillies will wrap up their regular season at Hanover Raceway on Sept. 5. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday with a pair of $105,000 Gold divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 25, 2015 - In what could be a preview to the $65,000 final of the Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotting colts September 6 at the Hippodrome 3R, three outstanding freshman will battle this Wednesday. The third and final preliminary of the $200,000 series takes place Wednesday at 3R and after that the top eight point earners get to race in the final. The first race, first division on Wednesday pits three top contenders, all coming off victories in their last start. Leading the field is Wildwild Men from post three for driver Robert Shepherd. In his last start in the series, the gelded son of Muscle Mass set the track record for two-year-old geldings with a 2:02.4 score. It was his third in just six lifetime starts for trainer Isabelle D'Darveau and co-owners Catheline Pelleto and Chantal Gravel, who bred the horse. A winner of three of his last four starts, Wildwild Men does his best racing on the front end, but now faces two formidable foes in Panamas Boy and Sass. Last week Panamas Boy was able to avenge his opening round loss to Tuscans Memory with a 2:02.4 record triumph and starts from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau. Sass broke his maiden last week in the series for driver Clarke Steacy, coming from off the pace to win with ease in 2:03.1, the last quarter mile in :29.4. Sass starts from post seven. The fourth race second division features Tuscans Memory from post six for driver Pascal Berube. This son of Kadabra made his presences know in Quebec with an opening round victory and then a tough loss last week to Panamas Boy. He will not have it easy on Wednesday taking on Defi Normand (post 8), and KFB Amigo Cool in post three. Track Notes: Record handle and attendance were set Sunday on Prix D'Ete Day. Attendance was near 5,000 people, more than ten percent of the population of Trois-Rivieres came out for the superb race card. The track handle showed a 20% increase over last year's revival of the Prix D'Ete. Of the 12 races, nine of them were won by horses on the lead. Seven of the 12 races were won by betting favourites. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Ontario's two-year-old trotting fillies journeyed to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening for their fifth Grassroots test and Traviata picked the perfect time to earn her first lifetime victory, touring co-owner Mel Hartman's local oval in 1:59.3. In rein to Greely, ON resident Ted McDonald, Traviata lined up behind Post 1 in the third Grassroots division and landed fourth on the rail, watching Shezastrikin Loral put up a :30.1 opening quarter. Heading for the 1:01.1 half McDonald sent Traviata after the lead and the filly led the field by the 1:29.2 three-quarters. Bahama Mama AS mounted a late challenge, but Traviata dug in to post a three-quarter length win. Bahama Mama AS finished second and Dayliner was third. "She's a nice little filly," said trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. "She's just nice and solid, doesn't do anything special, but very solid and very reliable." Norman selected the filly out of the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, offering up $35,000 for the daughter of Kadabra and $181,741 winner Nirvana Blue Chip for his own Enzed Racing Stable Inc., and then sold a share to Ottawa resident Hartman.   "I just liked the look of her, and she wasn't crazy expensive or anything," recalled the New Zealand native, who currently resides in Allentown, NJ. "And Mel Hartman, one of my good owners, went partners with me on her." Traviata made her debut in the July 7 Grassroots opener at Georgian Downs and looked poised to collect a cheque when she made a late break in stride, finishing seventh. After missing the next two Grassroots events due to a bout of sickness that went through Norman's barn, Traviata returned to action in the Aug. 8 event at Georgian Downs and logged a second-place result. Anticipating another solid effort from the young trotter, Norman decided a local driver was his best option for Sunday's test, and handed the lines over to McDonald. "Teddy's been one of the solid drivers there for a long time, and I've met him a few times. It's always good to use a local guy I think," said Norman of his selection. "Teddy always does a good job." Sunday's win boosted Traviata's Grassroots point tally to 77, which will give her a shot at a Semi-final berth if she can earn a few more points in the last regular season event at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 8. Liseberg and Cadillac Sally virtually assured themselves of a spot in the Sept. 17 Semi-final with their second Grassroots wins in the first and second divisions on Sunday. Fan favourite Liseberg opened the evening with an impressive gate-to-wire score from Post 4, halting the Rideau Carleton Raceway teletimer at 1:58.2. The Johnny William daughter hit the wire six and one-half lengths ahead of Windsongmusclelady and Onatopp. Owned, trained and driven by Peterborough, ON resident Dagfin Henriksen, Liseberg finished third in her July 30 Grassroots debut at Mohawk Racetrack and then posted her first lifetime victory in the Aug. 8 event at Georgian Downs. She currently sits in a tie for sixth in the standings with 112 points. In the second $18,000 division, driver Alfie Carroll let favourite Cadillac Sally float away from Post 3 and watched from the pocket as Females Rule rang up fractions of :29, :59.3 and 1:28.4. Tipping out of the pocket heading by the three-quarters, Cadillac Sally accelerated away to a one length victory over Mariana and T C Sno Massive, stopping the clock in a personal best 1:58.1. Iona Station, ON resident Carroll engineered the Muscle Mass filly's second Grassroots win for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON and owner Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI. With two wins, one second and one third in four Grassroots starts, Cadillac Sally has 137 points and sits fourth in the standings. Like Traviata, Very Classy earned her first lifetime victory in the last Grassroots division. Starting from Post 3, the Manofmanymissions daughter got away third and driver Steve Byron tipped her into the outer lane heading for the halfway marker. When first-up The Muscle Touch made an error turning for home, Very Classy had a clear lane to the finish and trotted down the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory over Myretirementticket and Tala Seelster in 2:01. Byron, who makes his home in Thornton, ON, drives Very Classy for trainer John Bax of Campbellville, ON, breeders Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Happy Trails Stables of London, ON and Kenneth Andrews of Peterborough. With one second, one sixth and one eighth in her first three Grassroots outings, Very Classy has now accumulated 79 points. The freshman trotting fillies were the final Ontario Sires Stakes division to visit Rideau Carleton Raceway this summer, and they will wrap up their own regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 8. Ontario Horse Racing

AUGUST 14, 2015 - Grand River Raceway hosted Ontario Sires Stakes Fan Celebration Night on Friday and fans that placed their trust in harness racing driver Trevor Henry did a whole lot of celebrating. The Arthur, ON resident won a pair of two-year-old trotting colt Gold Series divisions, finished second in the other Gold division, and won three overnight races on the 11 race program. "I haven't driven there in a while, so it was nice to have a good night," said Henry, who switched his focus from driving at the province's smaller ovals to driving at Mohawk and Woodbine Racetracks in 2014. Henry kicked off his evening with a runner-up finish in the first $70,000 Gold division, ringing up fractions of :28.3, :59 and 1:29.1 with Smoke Monkey before being caught in the stretch by Dunvegan Don. Fan favourite Adored By Masses finished third. "He's a nice colt. They had a lot of problems with him steering, he would always run in on the turns and he wasn't easy to drive, but Chris has got him figured out now," said Henry, who piloted Smoke Monkey for trainer Chris Beaver of Delaware, OH and Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON. "Tonight was the best he ever drove so he'll probably only get better from now on." Guelph, ON resident Doug McNair piloted Dunvegan Don to his first victory, halting the Grand River teletimer at 1:58.2. Herbert Holland of Milton, ON owns and trains the Cornaro Dasolo colt, who finished third in the Aug. 7 Gold Leg at Mohawk Racetrack after a pair of disappointing outings in the first two Legs. "That horse has been quick since the start of the year, but was a little choppy gaited," explained McNair. "The last two starts he's been almost perfect. Herb has done a good job on him." The Trevor Henry show got under way in earnest in the second race when he piloted Ground Shaker to a win in a claiming event and then went back to the paddock to climb into the race bike behind two-time Gold Series winner Deweylovernleaver. Starting from Post 2 Henry fired the colt to the front and controlled the tempo through a :29.3 quarter, 1:00 half and 1:30.1 three-quarters. Henry then hit the accelerator and Deweylovernleaver accelerated down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory in a track record equalling 1:58.1. Fan favourite Tony Soprano settled for second and Unitaliano BI completed the top three. "He didn't have to work too hard, he kind of got everything his own way, but he trotted home a last quarter in :28," said the reinsman, adding that he feels the colt has not yet tapped his full potential. "He's a nice horse to drive and he doesn't do anything wrong." Chris Beaver trains Deweylovernleaver for his partners Synerco Ventures Inc. and Leo Fleming of Campbellville, ON. The Deweycheatumnhowe son boasts a record of three wins and one fourth in Gold Series action and currently sits atop the two-year-old trotting colt division standings with 158 points. In the final Gold Series division Henry also lined up behind Post 2 with Mass Balance and opted for the same strategy. Taking early command, Henry and Mass Balance got away with a :30 quarter, 1:01.1 half and 1:32 three-quarters on their way to a 2:01.2 victory. Nofear Blue Chip was one and one-quarter lengths back in second, and favourite Will Take Charge was two lengths to the rear in third. Synerco Ventures Inc. also owns Mass Balance, who is trained by Rob Fellows of Rockwood. The Muscle Mass son started his season in the Grassroots program where he was a winner in the July 11 season opener at Georgian Downs. Moving up to the Gold Series level Mass Balance finished third at Georgian Downs on July 21 and fifth at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 7. "He's a nice colt," said Henry, adding that he appreciates the investment Synerco Ventures has made in the Ontario Sires Stakes program in recent years. "I drive a lot for Synerco Ventures, Costa (Athanassoulias), I've got to know him over the last couple years and I've driven quite a few horses for him." The reinsman completed his five-win evening in the seventh and eighth races, both claiming events, with Tomei Seelster and Delcrest Flexyhall. In addition to the Gold Series divisions and the driving clinic put on by Henry, 100 fans were treated to Ontario Sires Stakes t-shirts autographed by first-crop sire Big Jim and Hall of Fame stallion Camluck, who passed away recently at the age of 28, and all fans enjoyed the creativity on display in the Horse Name Costume Game. After some difficult deliberations judges Gayle O'Brien from DAVE-FM, Jenna Knox from Grand River Raceway's Booking Department and driver Ryan Holliday selected one adult and one 15 and under winner. In the adult category Becky Koeslag got the nod for her representation of Gold Series competitor Bee In Charge and Paula Turnbull was the judge's choice in the youth category for her Coal Black Shadow costume. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Grand River Raceway next Wednesday, Aug. 19 with two $105,000 Gold divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - If the race was a prizefight, they would have called it over at the top of the stretch, as Wildwild Men was already up by eight lengths and only then poured it on as he won one of two opening divisions of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday. And in doing so, Wildwild Men set a track record. Starting from post three, driver Robert Shepard sent the gelding son of Muscle Mass to the front and never had to look back. Holding the field at bay, Wildwild Men cut fractions of :30.2, 102.4 and 1:32.3 with his nearest rival, the pocket-sitting Y S Suzanne (Stephane Brosseau), in second place by the top of the stretch by eight lengths. Then for good measure, Wildwild Men kicked in a :29.4 last quarter mile to stop the teletimer in 2:02.2, winning by 14 and one-half lengths. His time set the track record two-year-old gelded trotters. Red Monster (Guy Gagnon) was third. It was the second straight win and third on the year for Wildwild Men. He is trained by Isabella D'Darveau for owners Catheline Pelletier and breeder Chantal Gravel, QC. Wildwild Men paid $2.40 to win. In the first race, first division of the series, Tuscans Memory was driven a perfect drive by Pascal Berube in catching the pacesetter and race favorite, Panamas Boy (Stephane Brosseau) at the wire by a head. With both Panamas Boy and Tuscans Memory leaving from posts six and seven respectively, Panamas Boy was first on top with Tuscans Memory nestled into the two-hole. As no one else in the field could match strides with them it because a two-hole race and then at the top of the stretch, Berube moved Tuscans Memory out to challenge and they were able to collar Panamas Boy in mid-stretch and nail them at the wire to win by a head in 2:05. EAU Naturelle (Mario Charron) was third. It was the maiden victory for Tuscans Memory, a gelded son of Kadabra, in his third lifetime start for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner/breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. The winner paid $11.90. Track Notes: Coming up this Sunday is the opening round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Ontario's two-year-old trotting colts kicked off the second half of their Grassroots season at the harness racing meeting at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening with six impressive performances. "There were some good miles out there," said Thornton, ON resident Steve Byron. "They're getting their second or third start and they're starting to figure it out, a lot of them, and they're getting a lot better for sure." Byron piloted Manofmanyimages to a win in the fifth $18,000 Grassroots division, going gate-to-wire from Post 4. The duo rolled through fractions of :30.1, 1:01 and 1:30.4 without facing a challenge, cruising home two length winners in 2:00.4. Dynamic Edge and Cooper finished second and third. "He's a big strong colt, but he doesn't pay attention all the time," noted the reinsman. "He seems to be getting a little better." "He's a fast enough horse I think." Tuesday evening was the second time Byron has piloted the Manofmanymissions son for trainer John Bax of Campbellville, ON and owners Richard Gutnick of Blue Bell, PA, T L P Stable of Kearny, NJ and Joseph Lozito Jr. of Wayne, NJ. In their first Ontario Sires Stakes outing, at Mohawk Racetrack on July 28, Manofmanyimages made a late break as Byron sent him up the outside after the lead and the pair had to settle for fourth. "They had some issues just rigging him up properly and they were trying some things on him, but he's (Bax) got him pretty much sorted out now I think," said Byron. "Like I said, if he minds his manners and pays attention to everything he can trot." A $70,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Manofmanyimages moved into Bax's barn in early July after being qualified twice by New York-based trainer Ed Hart. With one fourth and one win in his first two Grassroots starts the colt has accumulated 58 points toward a berth in the post season. In addition to his win with Manofmanyimages, Byron recorded a runner-up finish with Rose Run Rudi, finishing in a dead-heat for second with Grego. Byron steers Rose Run Rudi for his brother David Byron of Thornton, James Cantelon of Thornton, David Cantelon of Bolton, ON and Craig Wallwin of Barrie, ON. The colts hit the wire four and one-half lengths behind Willyorwonthe, who recorded his second straight Grassroots victory for driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville and trainer, owner and breeder Bill Megens of Puslinch, ON. The heavy favourites took control heading for the :59.2 half and cruised home unchallenged in 1:58.4. The win was the Angus Hall son's third in five starts. Saftic also scored a win in the first Grassroots division, sprinting down the stretch with Money Mission to claim a one-half length victory over favourite Georgies Pockets in 1:59.2. Cool Creek Victory was two and three-quarter lengths back in third. Oakville, ON resident Rick Zeron conditions Money Mission for his partners Cool Cat Racing Inc. of Bryn Mawr, PA and Paul Marion of Marionville, ON. The Manofmanymissions son also has a second and a fifth to his credit through three Grassroots appearances. Thee Desperado picked up his second Grassroots trophy in the second division, squeezing up the inside to a neck victory over JLs Bad Moon Risin. Windsun Missile was one and one-half lengths behind the duelling leaders in third. Milton, ON resident Steve Condren engineered Thee Desperado's 2:00.2 victory for trainer Brent Belore of Embro, ON and owners Karen and Daniel MacIntyre of London, ON, Joshua McKibbin of Tillsonburg, ON and Nancy Newport of Ingersoll, ON. Another son of Manofmanymissions, Thee Desperado has a perfect 100 points through two Grassroots starts. Muscle Time added another win to his resume in the third division, leading the field by as many as nine lengths before sailing under the wire two lengths on top in 2:00.1. Fan favourite United BI settled for second, with Defi Normand rounding out the top three. Darryl Laver of Petrolia, ON bred, owns, trains and drives Muscle Time, who is a Muscle Mass son from his former race mare Spare Time Rozie. The last Grassroots trophy of the evening was captured by Wildwild Men, who jumped to the top of the division standings with a 2:00.3 score over Magic Missions and Sass. Robert Shepherd of Cambridge, ON crafted the gate-to-wire victory for trainer Isabelle Darveau of Cambridge, ON and owners Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, OC and Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-de-Wendover, QC. Through the first four Grassroots events the Muscle Mass son has tallied two wins, one second and one fifth for a point total of 130. Wildwild Men will attempt to hold onto top spot when the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings make their fifth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack next Tuesday, August 11. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Georgian Downs on Saturday, August 8 in the shape of the two-year-old trotting fillies, who will battle in their fourth Grassroots event. Ontario Horse Racing

After having his early season derailed by allergies, two-year-old trotting colt Willyorwonthe finally found his way to the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. The colt and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON fired away from Post 8 in the last $18,000 Grassroots division and reeled off fractions of :28.2, :59 and 1:30.1 before fending off a late challenge from The Land Shark and sailing under the wire a three-quarter length winner in 1:58.4. Sass was well behind the leaders in third. It was Willyorwonthe's first win since he turned heads with a 1:56.3 triumph in a two-year-old conditioned event at Mohawk on July 2, and the effort caused owner-trainer Bill Megens of Puslinch, ON to breathe a small sigh of relief. "He raced very good the first start," said Megens of the colt's July 2 debut. "He had a few problems with food allergies so the vet, after the first race, suggested I treat him for the allergies and it kind of back-fired, he was allergic to the treatment." Willyorwonthe broke out in a rash, his throat was inflamed and he developed a cough in response to the allergy treatment. In his first two Ontario Sires Stakes appearances, at the Gold Series level on July 13 and 21, he finished seventh and fourth without the finishing kick he had shown Megens all winter. "He'd been good all along and I couldn't figure out what the heck went wrong with him," said Megens, who learned that 30 per cent of horses have an adverse reaction to the allergy treatment. "Hopefully we've got that under control now. He's not allergic to dust or nothing, it's just some foods." Following Willyorwonthe's reaction to the allergy treatment, Megens reverted to the simple diet he had been feeding the son of Angus Hall and Mikestory since he was a foal. "No more sweet feed or any of the mixed feeds." "He's allergic to corn and soy beans both, so it makes it hard to get a feed that don't contain them, so I put him on straight oats," said the horseman, who bred both Willyorwonthe and his dam, $246,254 winner Mikestory. "When I trained him down he was on straight oats and he always was good, and then I tried to get him a little better feed and it didn't work." If Willyorwonthe continues to regain his health Megens will send him to Georgian Downs for the fourth Grassroots event on August 4, and a positive result there may see the young trotter take another run at the Gold Series colts. "Hopefully he'll stay healthy for a while," said the horseman. "We'll see after the next race, if he races well next time we'll probably try him in the Gold again." Local trotter Holiday Bro also captured his first Ontario Sires Stakes trophy on Tuesday. The son of Holiday Road and Armbro Xanadu circled out wide in the final quarter and sprinted down the stretch to a two length victory over favourite United BI and Muscle Time in 2:00.3 in the second division. "They were all hanging in the last turn, so I whipped out like 10-wide and let him trot," quipped Phil Hudon, who piloted Holiday Bro to the win for owner-trainer Ivan Gallant of Rockwood, ON. "I helped Ivan train him down and he's coming along nicely," added the Guelph, ON resident. "He's getting better every start and he's a quick learner." In his Grassroots debut, at Clinton Raceway on July 19, Holiday Bro finished second, so Tuesday's victory bumped his point tally to 75 and put him in fifth spot in the standings with three regular season events left on the two-year-old trotting colt calendar. Milton, ON resident Randy Waples won two Grassroots events, with Thee Desperado and Frankly Speaking. Starting from Post 5 in the first division, Thee Desperado recovered quickly from an early break in stride and then reeled in the leaders through the stretch to post a victory in his first lifetime start. Waples and the Manofmanymissions son hit the wire one-half length ahead of favourite Recreate and Romeo, stopping the teletimer at 1:58.3. Waples engineered the win for trainer Brent Belore of Embro, ON and owners Karen and Daniel MacIntyre of London, ON, Joshua McKibbin of Tillsonburg, ON and Nancy Newport of Ingersoll, ON. Lightly rated Frankly Speaking also used a come-from-behind move to post his first victory in the fifth division. The Angus Hall son bested Asterix and Clone The Tone by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.2. Waples piloted the colt for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owners Frank Spagnolo of Potsdam, NY and Frank Schimizzi of Ottawa, ON. Georgies Pockets kept a neck in front of UF Musclemass Star to record his second straight Grassroots victory in the fourth split. The Muscle Mass son and driver Steve Condren hit the wire in 1:58.3. Cool Creek Victory rounded out the top three. Milton, ON resident Condren piloted the colt to his second win for trainer Melvin Turcotte of Coconut Creek, FL and owners M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. Georgies Pockets now shares top spot in the division standings with United BI. Windsun Missile captured the other Grassroots division with a 2:00 clocking for trainer-driver Per Henriksen . The duo bested JLs Bad Moon Risin and Welland Seelster. Henriksen trains the Kadabra colt for Steve Organ of Aurora, ON, Asa Farm of Norwood, ON and Darryl Drain of Tweed, ON. The two-year-old trotting colts make their fourth Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on August. 4, while their feminine peers arrive at Mohawk on Thursday evening for seven Grassroots divisions. The two-year-old trotting fillies are featured in Races 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, and 11 on the Thursday program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Six divisions of two-year-old trotting colts put on an exciting show during Ontario Sires Stakes Super Sunday at the harness racing meeting at Clinton Raceway. Gonna Fly trotted into the Clinton oval's history books with a 2:02.2 track record in the second $18,000 division, taking command in the backstretch and pulling away to a four and one-quarter length victory over Eyeseenow and Cooper. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry crafted the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON. "He trained down no problems whatsoever. I don't think he hardly even made a break the whole time training down," said McIntosh of the homebred Gonna Fly. "He's super gaited and super good on the half-mile track, he can trot the turns faster than he can trot a straightaway. "I wish all the races were on a half," added the trainer with a chuckle. "He's a handy little cat on a half." McIntosh and Earl Hill Jr. of Ohsweken, ON share ownership of the Kadabra colt Gonna Fly, who peeled two-fifths of a second off the former track record, set by Oratorio in 2006. Local colt Warrawee Rob captured the third Grassroots division for trainer Heather Toll of Dungannon, ON and owners Janet and Murray Bradshaw's 574238 Ontario Inc. of Waterford. Starting from Post 2 the Angus Hall son and driver Scott Coulter roared out to a seven-length lead before the :29.4 quarter, reached the half in 1:01.3 and the three-quarters in 1:33.4 and dug in down the stretch to secure the three-quarter length victory in 2:04.2. "He gets a little bit aggressive, I guess you could say. He knows his job and it's his home track, so I figured he'd probably leave a little bit," said Toll. "At the three-quarters he kind of came back to Scott, because that's the way he usually does when we train him, and then when he sees the other one coming he digs back in." Toll and the Bradshaw's were joined in the winner's circle by a number of family and friends who all enjoyed Ontario Sires Stakes Super Sunday at Clinton, which featured giveaways, the "Guess with Jess" trivia contest and an opportunity to drive a racehorse. "The people from Seelster's all came down today because of Heineken (Seelster), and they came back to the barn, and they were really happy and just loved the environment in Clinton," said Toll, whose other colt, Heineken Seelster, finished fifth behind Gonna Fly. "It's friendly, it's an open atmosphere and everybody gets along. It's fun, the kids can come and swim in the pool because it's free, and it's a nice relaxing day for people to come and enjoy the business, which is great. "Everybody coming out today was a great thing," she continued. The other Grassroots divisions went to Ginger Road, Wildwild Men, The Land Shark and Muscle Time. Ginger Road kicked off the afternoon's festivities with a 2:04.2 victory for driver Lorne House of Ingersoll, ON trainer Fred Jamieson of Putnam, ON and his partners Renato Confortin of London, ON and Karl Empey of Mossley, ON. The Holiday Road gelding bested favourite Holiday Bro and Leroys Dream. Fan favourite Wildwild Men moved into a tie for top spot in the division point race with his 2:06.2 triumph over Terrain Seelster and Kronwall in the fourth division. Robert Shepherd of Cambridge, ON engineered the 10 and one-half length win for trainer Isabelle Darveau of Cambridge, ON and owners Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, QC and Chantal Gravel of St.-Cyrille-de-Wendover, QC. Second in the Grassroots season opener, the Muscle Mass son now boasts a point tally of 75. Driver Alfie Carroll of Iona Station, ON piloted The Land Shark to a 2:05.2 win in the fifth division for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and his partner 9099 3833 Quebec Inc. of Sorel-Tracy, QC. The Manofmanymissions colt reeled in pacesetter United BI and pocket sitter Bipartisan Hanover in the stretch to earn the quarter length victory, his first. Petrolia, ON resident Darryl Laver steered Muscle Time to a gritty neck victory in the final division, hitting the wire in 2:02.4, a neck in front of JLs Bad Moon Risin and Bow Ties N Bourbon. Laver bred, owns and trains Muscle Time, who is a Muscle Mass son out of his $324,264 winning race mare Spare Time Rozie. The two-year-old trotting colts make their third Grassroots appearance at Mohawk Racetrack on July 28. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Clinton Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 9 with Grassroots action for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

Local colt Tswalu delivered the perfect opener for the 43rd Anniversary celebrations at the harness racing meeting at Kawartha Downs on Saturday, capturing his very first Ontario Sires Stakes victory at his hometown oval. "It's always nice to win on the home turf," said Peterborough resident Dagfin Henriksen, who piloted the gelding to the win for his partners Kevin Isaac of Bridgenorth and Samuel Mulholland of Picton. "They were a bunch of happy owners." Starting from Post 5, Henriksen sent Tswalu directly to the front and controlled the tempo through fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:26.4 before sailing down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length win in 1:56.3. Fan favourite Parkhill Lancelot, trained by Peterborough native John Bax, finished second and P L Intimidator was third. The win came on the heels of a disappointing performance for Tswalu in the July 3 Grassroots event Mohawk Racetrack where he made a break and finished ninth, so trainer-driver Henriksen was pleased the gelding was finally able to demonstrate his ability. "He didn't get to show what he was last time because he just wanted to go forward when he got a horse on the outside, and I had a horse in front of me," explained Henriksen. "You know it's kind of hard for handicappers to see that because they don't know what happened." "So I knew he was a nice horse, but I haven't had much luck with him yet." The win was not just Tswalu's first in Grassroots action, it was his first ever victory in 19 starts. In two other Grassroots starts this season the Angus Hall son finished sixth (June 4) and second (June 24). Henriksen is hoping Saturday's victory is a sign of better things to come for the trotter. "He's just starting to put it together and I think he'll be a really nice aged horse too," noted the horseman. The second $18,000 Grassroots division was captured by driver Delcrest Massy, who went gate-to-wire in 1:56.4 for driver Alfie Carroll. Jayport On Th Edge and J N Ryder finished five and one half lengths back in second and third. Victor Puddy of Mountain, ON conditions Delcrest Massy for owner Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, ON. Through four Grassroots starts the Muscle Mass son has tallied two wins, one third and one fifth for 117 points and second spot in the division standings. "He's a real nice horse." He's good mannered, he don't pull, he does everything you want him to do," said driver Carroll of Delcrest Massy. "You can race him either way, but he looked like he'd been racing good near the front, so that's where I aimed for and we were lucky enough to get it." The win with Delcrest Massy was the first of three Grassroots wins and two overnight victories on the program for Carroll, who scored his first Ontario Sires Stakes hat trick on July 7 at Georgian Downs with a trio of two-year-old trotting fillies. "I haven't driven in a lot of Ontario Sires Stakes," noted the 30-year-old reinsman. "This is my first year to really be driving a lot of them, and most of them have so far been trotters." The Iona Station, ON resident scored his next two victories with Bob McIntosh trainees A Little More Love and Kadabrasnewrecruit, and controlled the fractions with both colts. A Little More Love roared out to a three length margin from Post 2 in the fourth division and carried on to a one and three-quarter length victory in 1:56.3. Favourite Buzz and Century Behemoth rounded out the top three. Windsor, ON resident McIntosh shares ownership of A Little More Love with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. The number two ranked colt in the Gold Series last season, the Kadabra colt had not visited the winner's circle in five sophomore starts prior to Saturday evening's effort. Favourite Kadabrasnewrecruit rang up fractions of :27.4 and :57.3, then was briefly headed by Stormont Wizard heading by the 1:26 three-quarters, but came back on to record a one-half length victory in 1:56.3. Stormont Wizard settled for second, with Lets Be Honest a length back in third. The win was the third in Grassroots competition for Kadabrasnewrecruit, who sits atop the division standings with 162 points. Hall of Fame horseman McIntosh owns the son of Kadabra, who has been no worse than third in six starts this season. "They said he was the best of the two, so after the first one I thought we had a pretty good chance with him," said Carroll. "He dug deep and showed he's got a lot of heart to come back on like that." The other Grassroots trophy went home with A Rod Hall, who bested Rebel Rebel and Pridecrest in 1:58. It was the first ever win for the Deweycheatumnhowe gelding, who was making just his fifth lifetime start. Thornton, ON resident Steve Byron crafted the win for trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON and owner Willow Pond LLC of Hewlett, NY. The three-year-old trotting colts make their fifth Grassroots start at Hiawatha Horse Park on August 22. In addition to the three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots event, the large Kawartha Downs crowd celebrated the anniversary with cupcakes, prize draws and giveaways, and a variety of special on-track moments, including the presentation of the second Grassroots trophy by Mary Speck, who was celebrating her 90th birthday with her family. Racing continues at Kawartha Downs next Saturday at 7 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Current Ontario Sires Stakes trotting queen Muscle Baby Doll captured her third straight Gold Series trophy with a 1:53.1 victory at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. Starting from Post 2 the Muscle Mass daughter took control of the race heading for the halfway marker and driver Doug McNair simply sat back and enjoyed the ride, which resulted in a personal best 1:53.1 clocking. "She's been really good all year. She hasn't been beat in the Sires Stakes yet," said Guelph, ON resident McNair. "Tonight I just chirped her a little bit and she did the rest on her own. She sure felt like she had a second left, I don't know if she did or not, but she felt like it." Muscle Baby Doll cruised under the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of former Gold division winners Elegant Serenity and Amoureuse Hanover. The three fillies are currently sitting atop the division standings in the same order of their finish with 150, 80 and 67 points, respectively. Tony O'Sullivan conditions Muscle Baby Doll for F. Bellino and Sons LLC of Bronxville, NY and the Cambridge, ON resident is thoroughly enjoying training and racing the talented filly. "I'm pretty happy, pretty proud of her. It's pretty exciting to have such a nice filly," said O'Sullivan. "She's pretty fun to train and pretty fun to watch." With a record of five wins and one second in six starts since her May 9 debut, O'Sullivan said Muscle Baby Doll will get a vacation from the racetrack over the next few weeks, returning to action for the fourth Gold Series event at Grand River Raceway on August 19. "I'd like to just use the time to let her freshen up a little bit and give her a break," said the trainer. "After Grand River she doesn't have a week off, so it works out pretty well now there's a month and she can freshen up." O'Sullivan also started Youre Majestic in the second Gold division, but the Majestic Son daughter settled for fourth spot behind first-time winner All That Sparkles. With James MacDonald of Guelph, ON in the race bike, All That Sparkles accelerated away from Post 3 and was able to lay claim to the coveted pocket spot behind heavy favourite Stubborn Belle. Stalking the pacesetter through fractions of :26.2, :56 and 1:25.3, MacDonald bided his time until the final turn and then gave All That Sparkles a clear view of the finish line. The filly shifted into another gear and accelerated away from the field to a four length victory in 1:54.2. After being forced out three-wide to find racing room, Second Sister and LMC Marshmellow settled for second and third. Jonas Czernyson of Allentown, NJ trains All That Sparkles, and shares ownership and breeding credit on the daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe and Chocolate Tiara with his wife Christine. All That Sparkles is the first horse the Czernyson's have raced in the Ontario Sires Stakes program and they were pleasantly surprised with her victory. "She'd been getting sharper and sharper, I didn't know that she was going to do it like that, that I have to say," admitted Jonas Czernyson. "She don't really have that quick burst of speed." "She has the speed, but she can't pop out of a hole halfway down the stretch and do it, she has to have a little longer time to get up to speed." Raced just four times last season, All That Sparkles had eight starts to her credit prior to Thursday's test, and had posted one second and three thirds. Czernyson said she was an awkward, growth filly at two and has only just begun to grow into her lanky frame. "She's grown into herself some, but she still has some more growing to do, she's pretty long-legged," said the trainer. If All That Sparkles is happy and healthy following Thursday's victory and the return trip to her New Jersey home, Czernyson said her next start will likely come in the August 7 Duenna Stake at The Meadowlands, followed by the fourth Gold at Grand River Raceway on August 19. Next up on Mohawk Racetrack's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts on Friday night. The colts will be featured in Races 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 10 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The unbeaten win streak this year by Intouchable is no more as the three-year-old trotter went off-stride after the start of the first race at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday. Touted as perhaps "untouchable" after his easy victories in the first two rounds of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series, Intouchable and driver Mario Charron went on the gallop after the start and could not get back on-stride and was distanced in the race. Intouchable's first loss in 2015 was a big gain for Seeyou Men, who started from post three for driver Robert Shepherd, went right to the lead, held the field at bay through fractions of :28.3, :59.3 and 1:29.4 before opening up on the field, winning in a romp by five and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.3. Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) was second with Champagne Panic (Denis Filion) third. It was the second win in just three lifetime starts and a lifetime mark for Seeyou Men. The gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Isabelle D'Darveau for owner Catheline Pelletier of Chantal Gravel, QC and paid $9.70 to win. In the seventh race filly division, a bulky field of ten starters went behind the starting gate and it was National Trace and driver Stephane Brosseau who was the first on the lead as race favorite Double Chance (Sylvain LaCaille) went off-stride. National Trace led to the opening quarter mile in :29.2, then giving way to stubborn Meganou (Jocelyn Gendron), who took the field to the half mile marker in :59.3 and looked to be in total control of the race. Then right at the three-quarters in 1:30.2, Meganou went off-stride, giving the easy lead back to National Trace. But stalking the field in third place most of the mile was D'Espoir and driver Pascal Berube and at the top of the stretch they came after stablemate National Trace, collared them in mid-stretch and came on to win a half-length in 2:03.3. Chamane (Simon Delisle) was third. Both D'Espoir and National Trace are trained by Dany Fontaine and owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. Montreal. D'Espoir is also co-owned by the Berto Stables of QC. It was just the first win in two starts this year for the daughter of Windsong Espoir. She paid $8.50 to win. Coming up this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R will be the $250,000 third round of the Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old pacers. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

On Tuesday evening fans at the harness racing meeting at Georgian Downs experienced a moment of deja vu when Bob McClure piloted three-year-old trotting filly Judy The Beauty to her first win of the season in the last of seven Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions. "I won my first Grassroots with her almost a year ago today at this track," recalled McClure, who piloted Judy The Beauty to her first lifetime win in a division of that July 22, 2014 Grassroots event. The pair went on to capture one more Grassroots trophy last season, with Judy The Beauty earning $31,320 and McClure's mounts reaching the $1 million mark for the first time in his career. This season McClure has chosen to concentrate on driving every card at Georgian Downs and Grand River Raceway, so Tuesday was the first stakes event he has partnered with Judy The Beauty. Starting from Post 1 McClure was content to get away mid-pack and watch the pacesetters battle to a :28.2 quarter and :56.3 half. Heading by the 1:27 three-quarters the 24-year-old reinsman tipped Judy The Beauty into the outer lane and the pair steadily reeled in the front-runners, reaching the wire half a length ahead of favourite Railee Priti and Ill Stay Here in 1:57.2. "She's just a very nice filly to drive, even last year when she was a two-year-old it was just like I was driving a three or four-year-old because she was just so smart," said McClure. "She really makes life easy because you can leave or race from off." "Last year towards the end she seemed to have a few growing pains and this year she's really filled out, she's got a more powerful stride," continued the Orangeville, ON resident. "I would just say she's a lot stronger, and she'll continue to get better because she still is just a touch green." McClure crafted the win, a personal best for the Muscle Mass daughter, for trainer Keith Jones of Midland, ON and owner Randy Zhok of Dover Centre, ON. The victory boosted Judy The Beauty up the division standings, moving her into a tie for third with 100 points. While McClure would like to maintain his successful partnership with Judy The Beauty, he has been turning down Ontario Sires Stakes mounts this summer in an effort to achieve a different goal. "I'm leading driver at Grand River and Georgian right now, and I'm trying to hold that, and it's hard when you have to leave on Saturday nights to go to stake races," explained the young reinsman. "I'm trying not to get too far away from them." "It's hard to turn down stake drives, but I'm trying to keep most of my business there right now." If McClure can maintain his leading driver status through the Georgian Downs and Grand River Raceway meets this season, he hopes that level of success will allow him to pursue a few more Ontario Sires Stakes opportunities in 2016. In addition to McClure and Judy The Beauty's repeat performance, six other fillies took home Grassroots trophies from Georgian Downs on Tuesday. La Bella Rosa captured the first Grassroots division in commanding style, sailing from Post 6 to the finish without seeing a challenger. The Holiday Road filly and river Mario Baillargeon hit the wire nine and one-half lengths on top in 1:56.3. Lady Caterina and Magic Dancing finished second and third. The win was La Bella Rosa's second straight in Grassroots action and vaulted her to the top of the division standings with 108 points. Reaume Bouvier of Guelph, ON conditions La Bella Rosa for breeder Bella Fortuna Stables of Laval, QC and Patricia McGuirl Bouvier of Guelph. Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic piloted fan favourite Renegade Magic to a 1:57 victory in the second division for trainer Ted MacDonnell of Allenford, ON and owner-breeder Jeff and Lori Thomson of Chesley, ON. Kadabra daughter Renegade Magic hit the wire two lengths ahead of Cincinnati Miss and California Rachel. Sumthintotalkabout went gate-to-wire from Post 9 in the third division, battling all the way to the wire for a neck victory over favourite Tymal Signature and Ladyone in 1:57. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry guided the Muscle Mass filly to her second straight Grassroots victory for trainer Steve Bossence of London, ON and his partner Stephen Palermo of Brampton, ON. The fourth division saw Holiday Road daughter Meadow Seelster drop down from the Gold Series to find her first Ontario Sires Stakes victory, cruising home a seven length winner over Aunt Lottie and Sheguindah. Robert Shepherd engineered the 1:56.1 mile, the quickest of the seven Grassroots divisions, for trainer Bill Budd of Waterdown, ON and owner William Dixon of Caledon, ON. Hape also posted her first Grassroots win with a 1:58.2 clocking in the fifth division, besting favourite Summers Jewel and Tyrone Zoey. Moffat, ON resident Jack Moiseyev trains and drives the Pilgrims Taj filly for Joanne Colville of Moffat and Nancy MacNevin of Essex, ON. Luc Ouellette and Allies Gift controlled the pace from start to finish in the sixth division, cruising home two lengths ahead of Flexceptional and Pinky The Intern in a personal best 1:57.1. The Campbellville resident drives and trains the Holiday Road daughter for Ecuries Richelieu Inc. of Venise-En-Quebec, QC. The three-year-old trotting fillies make their fourth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 10. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Georgian Downs this Sunday, July 19 with the second Grassroots event for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

Sylvain Filion had a golden touch at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday night, guiding both of his two-year-old trotting colt mounts to an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series victory. In the first $105,000 division Stormont Esquire surprised Filion, trainer Kevin Benn and the Mohawk Racetrack fans when he fired off the gate and had established a four length lead by the :28.3 opening quarter. When Willyorwonthe and driver Mike Saftic finally stepped up to take control heading for the :58.4 half Filion was content to sit behind the fan favourites. Around the final turn Dewey Dont Cheat pressed Willyorwonthe, getting out to a quarter length lead by the 1:28.2 three-quarters. With an open lane behind the duelling leaders, Filion sent Stormont Esquire to the outside and asked him for another gear. The colt responded with a strong effort that saw him reel in the leaders and hold off a hard-charging Will Take Charge to score the quarter length win in 1:57.4. Tony Soprano rounded out the top three. "Kevin (Benn) just told me try to get him around, he's really green." "He didn't have really much expectations, he said he liked him, but he meant that he was really green," said Filion after the race. "So I put him on the gate and he got fired up and he wanted to leave the gate real hard, so I went on with him." "Then I was waiting for Mike (Saftic) to come and cover me up - and obviously Mike's horse wasn't 100 per cent tonight - and around the last turn we were able to find room and pull out, and he just got there," Filion continued. "That was a nice surprise." Filion engineered the victory for trainer Benn of Napanee, ON and owner-breeder Stormont Meadows of Long Sault, ON. Stormont Esquire is a son of Muscle Mass from the mare Queen Of Stormont, who earned $124,059 in her career and counts four $250,000-plus winners among her siblings. Starting from Post 7 in the second division, Filion had a vastly different situation on his hands. Where Stormont Esquire had been keen to accelerate away from the gate, Adored By Masses was not even keen to approach the gate. With a few colts making early breaks, Filion was able to land Adored By Masses in fifth, from where they watched Unitaliano BI and Dad Leads battle through a :28 quarter and :58.2 half. When fan favourite V For Victory tipped to the outside, Filion sent Adored By Masses up behind him and the colt reached the 1:27.2 three-quarters almost six lengths behind the leaders. Getting a clear look at the wire at the top of the stretch, Adored By Masses trotted steadily down the centre of the racetrack and got a neck in front of Dad Leads, who went off stride just before the wire. V For Victory was well back in third. "Robin, who takes care of him,trains for Erv Miller, told me he was really, really lazy and you know what, she didn't lie." "Not often you see a lazy trotter, but he is lazy." "So I had to work on him just to get him to the gate," said Filion. "Once the gate left he kind of got into it; there was a lot of breakers leaving the gate and that helped us." "We were able to sit fourth or fifth and we just kind of followed them along." "Top of the stretch he kind of kicked in and got drifting out bad, and I was just worried to keep him trotting," added the reinsman. "I was just hoping to finish in second because Mike (Saftic) had such a lead I didn't think I was going to catch him." So I was just paying attention to my horse and all of a sudden I look and Mike's on the run." "That was kind of lucky I think, because no way we're going to catch him (Dad Leads) if he doesn't run." The 1:56.3 mile was the third straight win for Adored By Masses, who also captured a two-year-old conditioned event at Pocono Downs on June 21 and one at Georgian Downs on July 4. Erv Miller of Wind Gap, PA conditions the Muscle Mass half-brother to $243,945 winner Pizzazzed for Anthony Lombardi of Morris, IL, Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and Mystical Marker Farms of Dyer, IN. The freshman trotting colts head to Georgian Downs for their second Gold Leg on July 21, and Filion is hoping to be back in the race bike behind both colts. "I'll probably continue to drive them because I think them two colts are the kind of colts that are going to improve, they're going to go forward," Filion noted. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack this Thursday, July 16 when the Campbellville oval welcomes back the three-year-old trotting fillies for their third Gold Series event. The sophomore trotting lasses will battle in Races 3 and 8 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

Two-year-old trotting colts were the headliners at the harness racing meeting at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening, with 57 colts battling in seven Grassroots divisions. French Bastille captured the first Grassroots trophy of the freshman trotting colt campaign, hitting the wire in 2:01.1 for trainer-driver Mark Steacy. French Bastille reeled in pacesetter and fan favourite Clone The Tone through the stretch, reaching the wire one-quarter length on top. Stormont Viceroy finished two more lengths back in third. Lansdowne, ON resident Steacy conditions French Bastille for Landmark 8 Racing Stable of Kingston, ON, Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC and Bridle Path Stables Ltd. of Ossining, NY. The partners acquired the son of Kadabra and $639,981 winner Brigham Dream for $55,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. In the second $18,000 division Mass Balance got a pocket trip behind pacesetter Wildwild Men before rolling out in the stretch and accelerating away to a three and one-quarter length victory in 1:59.3. Wildwild Men trotted into second, with Terrain Seelster earning the third spot when Holiday Party made a late break and was placed from third back to fourth. Bob McClure piloted the Muscle Mass son to the win for trainer Chris Beaver of Delaware, OH and owner Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON, and Georgian Downs' leading reinsman was impressed with the trotter. "He's a very nice young trotter with the attitude of a four-year-old," said McClure, who resides in Orangeville, ON. "He has a bright future." The third division was the first of two captured by driver Travis Henry of Brantford, ON and trainer Shannon Henry of Arthur, ON. Starting from Post 8, Travis Henry sent Zagster straight to the front and the pair never looked back, sailing home one and one-quarter length winners in 2:02.1. Money Mission and Muscle Time rounded out the top three. Muscle Mass gelding Zagster is owned by Trevor Henry Stables Inc. of Arthur, ON and John MacLeod of Kincardine and was a bargain $3,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last fall. Through two qualifiers and one Grassroots appearance the colt is undefeated. Im A Mate scored the quickest mile of the seven divisions, trotting under the wire in 1:59.1 for driver Don Dupont and trainer Marie Dupont of Loxahatchee, FL. The fan favourite bested pacesetter Rose Run Rudi by three and one-quarter lengths with Romeo another length back in third. Roy Dobbins of Bryant, AL bred and owns Im A Mate, a son of Muscle Mass and Im A Checkmate. Among the colt's half-siblings is $799,117 winner Prayer I Am. Travis and Shannon Henry returned to the winner's circle following the fifth division when United BI caught pacesetter Chestnut Schofield at the wire. Just one-quarter of a length separated the colts at the 2:00.1 finish, with Eyeseenow seven lengths to the rear in third. Nick Petrusich of Hamilton, ON and Trevor Henry Stables Inc. share ownership of United BI, who was a $35,000 acquisition at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Georgies Pockets went gate-to-wire in the sixth division, stopping the Georgian Downs teletimer at 1:59.4. Asterix and Dynamic Edge were four and one-quarter lengths back in second and third. Milton, ON resident Steve Condren crafted the victory for trainer Melvin Turcotte of Coconut Creek, FL and owner-breeder M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. The colt is the son of Muscle Mass and former OSS competitor Striking Pockets. The final Grassroots trophy of the evening was captured by Cool Creek Victory, who toured the Georgian Downs oval in 2:02.1, besting Dial K and Some Peach. Eddie Green of Ohsweken, ON owns, trains and drives the son of Windsong Espoir, who was a $30,000 purchase from the Canadian Yearling Sale. The two-year-old trotting colts will make their second Grassroots start at Clinton Raceway on Sunday, July 19. Georgian Downs fans will be treated to the Gold Series debut of the two-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday evening. The freshman fillies are featured in Races 2, 4, 6, and 8 on the July 12 program, which gets under way at 6 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

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