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Delaware, OH — Plunge Blue Chip on Thursday trotted the fastest harness racing trotting race mile in history on a half-mile track, winning the $87,500 Miss Versatility Series championship for trotting mares in 1:51.3 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Pure Chance finished second, followed by Grand Swan and Manchego, the 3-5 favorite who went off stride in the second turn while in second place behind Plunge Blue Chip. Following Manchego’s break, Plunge Blue Chip was never pressured. She set all the fractions — :27, 54.4, and 1:22.3 — on her way to eclipsing Maven’s previous all-time race best on a half-mile oval, 1:51.4 set at Delaware in 2013. Plunge Blue Chip’s winning margin was 5-1/4 lengths.   “She did it on her own,” driver-trainer Ake Svanstedt said. “I didn’t feel her pick up the speed after the first quarter, but that’s good when you don’t feel the speed on a horse. She raced without shoes, and that made her faster.” Plunge Blue Chip was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock, which shares ownership of the mare with Svanstedt and Tomas Andersson. She has won three of eight races this year and 22 of 46 in her career, with earnings of $1.43 million. Plunge Blue Chip is a 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass-Dunk The Donato. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

DUNDAS, ON - Flamboro Downs opens its 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes season this Thursday, Sept. 17 with three Grassroots divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies competing for a total of $67,000. Trainer John Bax will start a pair of fillies in the Grassroots regular season finale, Doing It All from Post 5 in the second $22,450 split and Lifeintheslammer from Post 7 in the third. Doing It All heads into the Flamboro event off a Grassroots win at Hanover Raceway on Aug. 29 and Bax is hoping the filly can continue her forward momentum. "She's getting a little more racy every start, and she's handy on a half-mile, so we're hoping she keeps improving. We're kind of looking for next year, but we'd like to end this year on an upbeat note," said the Campbellville, ON resident, who trains Doing It All for Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY. "We're progressing in the right direction." The Kadabra filly's results have improved with every Grassroots outing, starting with a seventh in the season opener and followed up by a fifth, a fourth and then the Aug. 29 win. With a total of 65 points, Doing It All currently sits tied for fifth in the division point standings and will advance to the Oct. 1 Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Lifeintheslammer started her Ontario Sires Stakes career with two starts at the Gold Series level before joining Doing It All in the third Grassroots leg. The Royalty For Life daughter was victorious in that Aug. 17 event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but then made a break and finished sixth in the fourth leg at Hanover Raceway. "With her there's something every time. Fortunately she went that one good race and showed us that the potential is there," said Bax. "She's got a mind of her own, but talent, definitely, definitely talent enough to be a player, and next year I'm hoping that she's a little easier to live with and grows up mentally, and a little bit physically." With 53 points, Lifeintheslammer is tied for eleventh in the standings, so owners Bax Stable of Campbellville, Glengate Farms of Erin, Brad Grant of Milton and Gaelic Stable of Sharon, ON are hoping she can pad that total on Thursday. Among the fillies hoping to prevent Lifeintheslammer from adding another win to her resume is division point leader Tipsy In Dixie, who will be looking for her third straight Grassroots victory from Post 6 in the third $22,450 division. "She's just fun, it's great," said Katherine Hedley of Canfield, ON, who owns one per cent of Tipsy In Dixie through fractional ownership group TheStable.ca. "We have watched all of her races that have been open. We've been to Grand River twice to watch her and two weeks ago when she was in Hanover." With spectators unable to attend the races in person on Thursday, Hedley and her fellow owners will be tuning in to watch the Flamboro Downs live stream and hoping Muscle Mass daughter Tipsy In Dixie can extend her Grassroots win streak. In addition to the Grassroots divisions, which go postward in Races 1, 5 and 6, Flamboro Downs is also hosting two $7,000 Prospect Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies, which are programmed as Races 8 and 10. All of the action gets under way at 6:35 pm and fans can download a program and watch the live stream on the Flamboro Downs website. From the Ontario Sire Stakes Flamboro Downs Race Date Post Time Age/Sex/Gait Race Type           Thursday, Sept. 17 6:35 pm 2-year-old Filly Trot Grassroots Series           Thursday, Sept. 17 6:35 pm 3-year-old Filly Trot Prospect Series           Sunday, Sept. 20 6:55 pm 3-year-old Colt Pace Grassroots Series           Sunday, Sept. 27 6:55 pm 3-year-old Filly Trot Gold Leg           Sunday, Oct. 4 6:55 pm 2-year-old Colt Pace Gold Leg           Thursday, Oct. 8 6:35 pm 2-year-old Colt Trot Gold Leg                                  

Two years ago, when owner Doug Paul asked trainer Susanne Kerwood if she wanted to join him in the purchase of a harness racing trotting filly named Js Miracle Mass at the London Selected Yearling Sale, Kerwood said yes. When the horse sold for a price that exceeded what she believed Paul intended to spend, she thought it was the end of the story. Until Paul said, "Hello, partner." "I thought we didn't get her," Kerwood said. "Doug said, 'We really liked her, and she's got a great family.' So, that's how we became partners. "That's one thing about Doug and (his mother) Rosalind, they buy quality horses, horses that are out of great families. They have good people look at them, like Abe Stoltzfus and Larry Rathbone, who know what they're looking at when they're looking at yearlings. They're a very good team, that's for sure." Doug and Rosalind race as M And L of Delaware. They typically change the names of the horses they buy, with the colts getting a name that includes "man" and the fillies getting one that includes "lady." Js Miracle Mass became Susie's Lady. On Friday, Susie's Lady faces the most difficult challenge of her career, meeting Ramona Hill in the second of two divisions of the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Ramona Hill is the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's weekly poll and counts the Hambletonian Stakes, where she beat the boys, among her four wins in five starts this season. "I would say we're racing for second," Doug Paul said with a laugh. "I think the whole field is racing for second." Ramona Hill is the 1-5 morning-line favorite. Susie's Lady is 15-1. Susie's Lady, purchased for $65,000, is a daughter of Muscle Mass out of I Am Special. Her family includes High Sobriety, the dam of 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover, as well as Marla Bar, the dam of Dan Patch Award winner Bar Slide. "She's got a lot of good qualities," Kerwood said about Susie's Lady. "She's a really good-gaited filly and she's got a pretty good head on her shoulders. You can leave with her one week and the next week if you want to take her off the gate, you can take her off the gate. In a trotter, I find that a really good quality. She's easy on herself, let's put it that way." Susie's Lady has won seven of 18 career races and hit the board a total of 13 times, earning $69,296. She was found to be sick following a fourth-place finish in a conditioned race on Aug. 8 but returned to action eight days later with a win in an Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots division at Georgian Downs. The filly heads to the Simcoe off a second-place finish in a division of the Casual Breeze Stakes on Aug. 28 at Mohawk. Susie's Lady finished one length behind McKee's Angel but made up more than four lengths in the stretch with a :28.1 final quarter. "She raced super," Kerwood said. "(Driver) Scott (Coulter) had to check her a couple times down the lane and lost some momentum, but she was closing hard. "She's a nice filly. And she's got a wonderful name. I love the name." Kerwood also trains a 3-year-old filly pacer, Betalady, for the Pauls. The daughter of Bettor's Delight-Lady Jake is 9-2 on the morning line in the first of two Simcoe Stakes divisions Saturday at Mohawk. Betalady is a two-time career winner on the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold circuit and has earned $143,019 lifetime. She was seventh in her Fan Hanover Stakes elimination on Aug. 22, her only off-the-board finish in a span of six races, but returned with Lasix for a Gold start Sept. 5 at Mohawk and won in 1:50.4. "She's a super tough little filly," Kerwood said. "You can race her every week and she keeps coming back. I'm so disappointed we didn't make the final in the Fan Hanover, that's probably the first time she didn't race to our expectations. She wants to be a good horse, that's for sure. She's got a great mentality. I think she's a good horse." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

HANOVER, ON - AUG. 29, 2020 - Locally owned freshman trotting filly Top Of The Bar delivered an impressive performance at Hanover Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 29 to earn her second  Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots victory of the season. Starting from Post 2 with driver Bob McClure in the race bike, Top Of The Bar settled in third as A Blue Blood led the field to a :31 opening quarter over a rain-soaked and wind-battered oval rated three seconds slower than normal. As A Blue Blood carried on to a 1:04 half, McClure sent Top Of The Bar up the outside and the filly continued to stalk the pacesetter through a 1:35.2 three-quarters. In the stretch Top Of The Bar finally reeled in A Blue Blood, getting up for a one-half length victory in 2:06. A Blue Blood settled for second and fan favourite Flanagan Destiny was third. "She's such a solid filly," said McClure. "One thing about Mark Etsell, his horses can trot, so when you go to a track like Hanover you can stand on them pretty good and know they can take it." McClure engineered the win for Rockwood resident Etsell and his co-owners Robert Newton of Walkerton, Graham Hopkins of Chesley and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The Muscle Mass daughter was also victorious in Grassroots action at Grand River Raceway on July 29 and finished third in the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "She raced good. When she raced it was pretty muddy, windy and muddy, and she did it, I guess the hard way, first up, and Bob said she was good," said Hanover native Etsell. "He was confident. He knows that she's kind of a rugged little girl." Top Of The Bar will make her fourth lifetime start in the last regular season Grassroots leg at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 17 before heading to the Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 1. With a total of 112 Grassroots points, the filly currently sits second in the division point standings. The top 20 point earners advance to the Semi-Finals. Doing It All made a leap into the top 10 with her first Grassroots victory in the second $22,100 division. From Post 1 the Kadabra daughter and driver Stephen Byron got away second behind early pacesetter Snowfalla, who rang up a :31.3 quarter and a 1:04.3 half. Tribeca Seelster tallied the 1:35 third fraction and duelled Doing It All down the stretch, but Doing It All got a head in front at the wire for the 2:07.2 score. Kadillac Girl recovered from an early break to be third. "They weren't going much today, but it rained pretty good up there. It rained until just about post time," said trainer John Bax. "She's a big, big, good gaited filly who just doesn't know how to race yet and hasn't filled out. I think she's going to be more of a three-year-old." Campbellville resident Bax conditions Doing It All for owner Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY, who offered up $100,000 for the filly at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. In her three previous Grassroots starts Doing It All had finished seventh, fifth and fourth, giving her a total of 65 points. The final $22,100 division saw Tipsy In Dixie claim her second Grassroots victory with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 3 that saw her trot under the wire in 2:07.2, four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Movin To The Top and Fortune Tellers K. James MacDonald piloted the fan favourite to the win for trainer Harry Poulton and fractional ownership group TheStable Tipsy In Dixie of Guelph, ON, and the reinsman said he was confident in the filly from the start. "She just buzzes around the farm track, and she got around Grand River like a hoop on a barrel. I would have been thoroughly, thoroughly shocked if she didn't handle Hanover well. I was pretty confident going in," said MacDonald. "She's just a little beauty. She's just a good gaited, nice little filly, she doesn't do anything wrong. She's a little sweetheart." With two wins and a second in three Grassroots starts, Muscle Mass daughter Tipsy In Dixie leads the two-year-old pacing fillies into the final leg with 125 points. Click the links to see complete results and replays of the afternoon's program. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Hanover Raceway next weekend, Saturday, Sept. 5, with the final Grassroots leg for the three-year-old pacing fillies. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

INNISFIL, ON - AUG. 16, 2020 - Trotters were the stars at Georgian Downs on Sunday, Aug. 16 as the Innisfil oval hosted six $23,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old harness racing trotting fillies and the $75,000 Earl Rowe Invitational Trot for older horses. Profound Paragon delivered the quickest mile of the Grassroots divisions, powering around the Georgian Downs oval to a four and three-quarter length in a personal best 1:56. Fan favourite Moana finished second and early pacesetter Eternal Jewel finished third. "With Moana in there we were definitely concerned with the seven-hole," said trainer Julie Walker of the filly's Post 7 starting position. "There's always good horses, so you kind of always have to just hope you don't get any road trouble and it works out, so it did, it worked out." The win was the third in Grassroots action and the sixth straight for Profound Paragon, who sits atop the division standings with a perfect 150 points. Jean Bernard "Bert" Renaud drives the daughter of Muscle Mass for Carlisle, ON resident Walker and her co-owner Steven Titus of Manalapan, NJ. Off Sunday's impressive performance, Profound Paragon may have earned a promotion to the Gold Series for the September event. "The next Gold is on a half. The Gold is tough competition, everyone knows that, but maybe being on a half we might give it a shot. We'll have to discuss," said Walker with a laugh. "We've kind of stayed away from Mohawk, because we've stayed away from the speed train to let her learn speed on her own and not push her. I think tonight was the first night that, you know, the speed keeps coming." Trainer Susanne Kerwood captured two $23,150 Grassroots divisions with fan favourites Brinys A Flight and Susies Lady. In the fourth division Brinys A Flirt and driver Robert Shepherd took command before the half and made it look easy from there, cruising along to a one and one-quarter length win in 1:58.3. Oh Lina finished second and Golden Gavel was third. The win was the Holiday Road filly's first in 12 lifetime starts. She started her sophomore Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) campaign at the Gold Series level, finishing sixth in the July 2 event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and then delivered a runner-up result in the second Grassroots leg at Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 26. "She's not easy, I'm telling you, she's a tough cookie. Rene (Dion), he's worked with her pretty much all winter and just tried to get her to settle down, so every time she behaves it's like, 'Phew'," said Kerwood. "She is getting better and better and better, she's learning how to go faster and she's learning how to behave, so it's all good. I mean she's out of a great mare, so if she just is a quarter as good as her we'll be all right." Brinys A Flirt is owned by breeder Terry Devos and Clarence Devos of Langton and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The filly is out of the Devos' great race mare Snazzy Millie, who earned $1.1 million in her nine-year career. One race later Susies Lady started from Post 7 and spent most of the mile leading the charge up the outer lane. The Muscle Mass daughter had a head in front of pacesetter Highland Foxytrotr at the top of the stretch and managed to fend off Pier Ho Kado in the stretch to secure a neck victory in 1:57.4. Scott Coulter engineered the win for Acton, ON resident Kerwood and her co-owner M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE. The win was the filly's first in OSS action this season. Susies Lady battled the Gold fillies in the first two legs, finishing fifth in the track, OSS and Canadian record mile by P L Notsonice at Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 26. "She's a nice filly, that's for sure, and she's got a great name," said Kerwood with a chuckle. "In Rideau there she had a super tough trip. And I raced her in Georgian here last week and she come up super flat and I drew blood on her and sure enough she had a high white (count). I said to the owner, 'I can't get her good in four days, it's impossible, but I may be able to get her good for Sunday and that's a Grassroots so why don't we just try her in there and we'll go from there'. I took another blood on her yesterday and she was good to go. I think the next Gold is in Flamboro, so we may try her there again. I'll talk to the owners and we'll go from there, but she was very good tonight." The three-year-old trotting fillies make their fourth Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 1 and their fourth Gold Series start at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 27. The other three Grassroots divisions went to Rockadero, Protostar and Letstaketothesky. Muscle Mass daughter Rockadero toured the Innisfil oval in 1:58.1 for driver Jonathan Drury, trainer Carmen Auciello and owner Bedrock Stables of Stouffville, ON. Favourite No Angel Here was second and Ride To Justice finished third. Protostar delivered a 1:59.2 effort for driver Ryan Desroche, trainer Dustin Jones and owner-breeder Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. of Lakefield Gore, QC. She Must Be Magic and Chelseas Magic finished second and third behind the fan favourite, making it a Kadabra-sired sweep. Letstaketothesky and driver Anthony Haughan stopped the teletimer at 1:59.2, besting favourite Alexa Blue Chip and Peppas Angel. Trainer David Holliday and Ben Holliday of Mount Forest, ON bred and own the Wheeling N Dealin daughter. In the $75,000 Earl Rowe Invitational Trot, reigning champion P L Jill defended her title with a front-end effort from Post 9. The Kadabra mare held off a charging Free Willy Hanover in the stretch, keeping a head in front for the 1:53.2 victory. Majestic Son gelding Perfetto completed the top three. Mike Saftic guided P L Jill to her second Earl Rowe Invitational title for trainer Ben Baillargeon and owners Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON, Jill Coleman of New York, NY and Alan Christensen of Calgary, AB. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - AUG. 13, 2020 - Thursday night marked the midway point in the three-year-old trotting filly Gold Series season and it was a pair of first-time Ontario Sires Stakes winners who emerged from the fray at Woodbine Mohawk Park. In the opening $108,000 division Trina hustled away from Post 10 behind division point leader Warrawee Vicky and followed that filly through the fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:24.3 rung up by pacesetter GP Dreamin. When Doug McNair swung Warrawee Vicky into the outer lane around the final turn, Robert Shepherd and Trina were hot on their heels and soon overtaking the two-time Gold winners. Down the stretch Trina opened up a three and three-quarter length margin on her peers, trotting under the wire in 1:53.4. Warrawee Vicky finished second and She Rocks Kemp closed well to be third. "Shep gave her a great drive. He didn't give up the three-hole and it was just a perfect drive for her," said trainer Blake MacIntosh of St. George, ON. "I was really worried about the 10-hole because she can get real grabby on the gate, and then she wants to leave a thousand miles out of there. That's why we opened her up a little bit, just to try and keep her a little calmer, and it seemed to help her a lot. And Shep did a great job getting her out right behind Dougie (McNair) and sitting in the three-hole the whole way. Not a lot of guys can get them away well out of the ten-hole, trailing." MacIntosh made the switch from a blind bridle to Swedish blinds after Trina delivered a lacklustre performance in an Aug. 6 overnight at Woodbine Mohawk Park. That effort came as a surprise to the trainer and his co-owners Stan Klemencic and 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON, because the Muscle Mass daughter had finished second in the track, Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record mile recorded by P L Notsonice in the July 26 Gold leg at Rideau Carleton Raceway. "She qualified great, both times (July 14 and 21), we took her up to Ottawa and she finished second in that record mile up there and last week we raced her in non-winners of two and she just had no fire, she just had nothing," said MacIntosh. "I'm not too sure what happened, we pulled her blood, but everything came back good, she just had nothing, so we were really concerned about it." Thursday's victory, a personal best, certainly allayed her owners' concerns. The win was Trina's first for the group, who offered up $59,000 for the filly at last fall's Harrisburg Mixed Sale, her first win of 2020 and her first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. In the second $108,000 division driver Louis-Philippe Roy rolled Royalty Deal away from Post 6 and landed in second behind Talahasse Seelster as that filly rang up a :27.4 opening fraction. Roy and Royalty Deal continued to sit behind Talahasse Seelster heading by the :56 half, but had stepped into the outer lane by the 1:24.4 three-quarters. Royalty Deal found another gear in the stretch and was able to keep a neck in front of Magic Cape at the 1:53.4 finish. Modern Mass completed the top three. "I didn't know much about how the filly was until Clark (Beelby) told me before the race that she could be aggressive on the track. I just made sure she stayed quiet during the post parade and going on the gate, and then everything developed for her," said Roy. "She's a big and fast filly." Roy engineered the win for trainer Clark Beelby and owners Coyote Wynd Farms of Vancouver, BC, who purchased the daughter of Royalty For Life and Cha Cha Glide for $50,000 at the 2018 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale from breeder Stan Klemencic, giving the Trenton, ON resident an interest in both division winners. Thursday's appearance was Royalty Deal's first in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. The filly made just one start at two and developed her skills in six starts against conditioned competition at Woodbine Mohawk Park this season before joining the Gold Series fillies for Thursday's third leg. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their fourth Gold Series start at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 27. Complete results from Thursday's program, which also featured the finals of the Millard Farms and Pure Ivory Series', are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Milton oval on Friday, Aug. 14 with five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. The fillies open the program at 7 pm and will also compete in Races 4, 6, 8 and 9. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

DRESDEN, ON - AUG. 3, 2020 - One week after making their debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle, two-year-old trotting colts Stonebridge Armour, Tymal Chrome and Arch Hall collected their second provincial victories on Monday, Aug. 3 as Dresden Raceway hosted a trio of $22,000 Grassroots divisions. Fan favourite Stonebridge Armour opened the Grassroots action with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 5, cruising home a three and one-half length winner in 2:04.1. Lovin Life Hanover finished second and Showme Some Muscle was third in the $22,800 test. "The gate was a little bit tricky with him in Sarnia, but I kind of knew him a little more today and he seemed to be a little more mature about it today too. He handled the gate really well and after that it was pretty much just a cake walk from there. I never pulled the plugs or nothing, I just sat on him the whole way," said driver Tyler Moore, who piloted the colt to his first Grassroots victory at Hiawatha Horse Park on July 25. "It was my 500th win too, so that was nice." Campbellville, ON resident Moore drives the Muscle Mass colt for trainer Jacques Dupont's Les Ecuries D'Orleans Inc. of Repentigny, Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. of St-Hyacinthe, Mario Bourgea of Stanbridge East and Marc Camirand of Montreal, QC. A half-brother to $1.2 million winner Manofmanymissions, Stonebridge Armour was a $45,000 acquisition from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. With wins in both of his Grassroots starts Stonebridge Armour currently sits third in the freshman trotting colt standings with 100 points. Tymal Chrome earned his second Grassroots win with a gritty first-over trip, reeling in pacesetter Daylon Midnight and advancing down the stretch to a one length victory in 2:04.4. Doro Sogno tracked fan favourite Tymal Chrome from start to finish to secure the runner-up's share of the $22,450 purse and Diehard Seelster rounded out the top three. "He's been a nice horse all along. He just goes out, he just trots, it's like he refuses to make a mistake. He just wants to be a nice horse," said trainer Anthony Beaton. "He did the same thing in Sarnia, he went a big mile there first-up. He just seems like he wants to make you happy and not make mistakes, and that's great." Waterdown resident Beaton trains Tymal Chrome for Larry Menary of Branchton, Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON and George Harrison of Wanes Walton, England. The partners purchased the Muscle Mass son for $22,000 from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. With two wins and one third in Grassroots action, Tymal Chrome currently sits second in the division standings with 112 points. Division leader Arch Hall delivered his second Grassroots win off a pocket trip behind early pacesetter Insanity, who rang up fractions of :30 and 1:01.2 before being collared by Arch Hall heading by the 1:33 three-quarters. Once he was in command, fan favourite Arch Hall sailed home to a two and three-quarter length win in 2:03.1. Insanity settled for second with Willywin well back in third. "He just left out and that horse (Insanity) wanted to be on front so he just sat there. Down the backstretch he pulled him and just made sure he got through the turn fine, and then he asked him the top of the lane and he just took off again," said trainer Blake MacIntosh. "He's a nice colt and anybody can drive him, he's pretty childproof right now. For a two-year-old trotting colt he's really smart." St. George, ON resident MacIntosh shares ownership of Arch Hall with Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA. The Archangel colt has been no worse than fourth in four lifetime starts, with his two wins and one second putting him at the top of the Grassroots standings with 125 points. All three of Monday's winners are eligible to the Aug. 15 Balanced Image Eliminations at Hanover Raceway. The colts that make the Balanced Image Final on Aug. 22 will miss the fourth Grassroots event, which is slated for Aug. 25 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Dresden Raceway also hosted a pair of $7,000 Prospect Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts on Monday. Los Ballykeelamigo scored his second Prospect Series win with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 5 in the first division. The Amigo Hall son and driver Tyler Borth bested fan favourites The Reins Of Titan and driver Brett MacDonald and local colt Magnitude Ten and driver John Sullivan with the 2:02.4 effort. Cam McKnight trains Los Ballykeelamigo for his Ballykeel Racing Inc. of Tillsonburg, ON. The second Prospect Series division saw pacesetting Northern Flame hang on for a neck victory over fan favourite Royal Jewels in 2:05.3. Goaltender rounded out the top three. Phil Hudon piloted the Muscle Mass colt to his first Prospect Series win for trainer Jodie Cullen and owner Gestion J Y Blais of Montreal, QC. The three-year-old trotting colts will make their fourth Prospect Series start at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 6. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - JULY 30, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park hosted a pair of $108,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts on Wednesday, July 30 and Macho Martini and Tokyo Seelster both made their third straight harness racing appearance in the Milton oval's winner's circle. First off the gate was Macho Martini, starting from Post 8 with regular reinsman Bob McClure in the race bike. The pair had to dodge a breaking Royal Tyrone heading into the first turn and were six lengths off the pace when Rookie Season reached the :28.2 quarter, but Macho Martini had caught the leaders by the :58.3 half and established a comfortable lead before the 1:28.2 three-quarters. Heading for home the fan favourite opened up a four and one-half length margin on his peers and hit the wire in 1:56.4. Master Grand overcame a bobble at the start and interference at the half to finish second and Rookie Season was four more lengths back in third. "What a fun horse to be a part of. Every week he just goes out and does his job," said Rockwood, ON resident McClure. "His personality off the track too, he's just a big, cocky kid, just a lot of fun." Campbellville, ON resident Luc Blais conditions Macho Martini for Determination of Montreal, QC, who offered up $37,000 for the Muscle Mass son at the 2019 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Blais said the colt demonstrated talent all winter and has already developed into a professional racehorse. "He was always the best colt in the winter, training. He's a mature horse, he looks like a three-year-old, strong and mature," said Blais. "He's very professional. He's got a nice presence. He's a proud horse, you know. What you see on the track, he's like that in the barn." With a full slate of stakes events on his calendar, including the Champlain and William Wellwood Memorial, Blais said Macho Martini will enjoy a mini-vacation next week after winning the first two Gold legs and the first leg of the Millard Farms Series. "He had three big weeks now and we're going to give him a week off," said Blais. "The season is going to be long now, the big race coming in a couple weeks. We're going to try to make him fresh as we can." In the second division Tokyo Seelster left smartly from Post 7 and was sitting third when Highland Mowgli reached the quarter in :29. Regular reinsman Sylvain Filion soon had Tokyo Seelster on the move and the fan favourite hit the half in :58.2. Harry mounted a challenge heading for the 1:29.1 three-quarters and got a head in front of Tokyo Seelster, but the colt kicked it into another gear and powered away to a three and one-half length victory in 1:57. Highland Mowgli finished second and Harry was third. "Leaving the gate I was just being careful to avoid breakers and stuff like that and once we turned on the backside, I pulled to go to the front, decided to control the pace," said Milton, ON resident Filion. "Once he got there he relaxed really good, he relaxed almost too much, he kind of fell asleep on me, until Paul Walker came alongside with his trotter (Harry) and then he took off again. He was really, really strong at the wire. "That's what I like about him, he's going to probably last longer that way," said Filion of the colt's laidback approach to racing. "I'd rather have him like this than the opposite, too rammy and stuff like that, no, that's a good quality in a two-year-old trotter." Richard Moreau trains Tokyo Seelster for Michael and Sam Sergi of Canton, NY, who purchased the Kadabra son for $52,000 at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale. The Sergi's watched the race from home and were impressed with the youngster's third effort. "At the top of the stretch they were all coming pretty good at him and I thought, 'Geez', but when he found that extra gear then we were all like, 'Wow'. He could be the real deal," said Michael Sergi. "It's sort of bittersweet that we can't come there to watch, because we can't cross the border, but we'll cheer from home I guess." Sam Sergi bought his first Standardbred four decades ago and has shared his love of harness racing with son Michael over the years, from driving and training to breeding mares and standing stallions. They typically start their young horses at their Canton farm before handing them over to trainers, but Tokyo Seelster remained in Ontario after the sale last fall. "My dad usually breaks them but he was having some health issues so we just decided to leave him there to be broke. We were actually going to bring him home and train him but we live in New York, our track was really bad, it was pure ice for most of the winter, so that's when we decided to send him to Robbie," said Sergi, noting that Tokyo Seelster learned his first lessons from Moreau and his staff, moved to the barn of Ottawa horseman Robbie Robinson for his winter conditioning, and then returned to Moreau in time for the Gold Series season opener on July 9. "Every time we would call and talk he (Robinson) was like, 'Yeah, he's doing great, feeling good'. And a couple of times he was even like, 'You know, I really don't want to jinx him, I just don't want to say, but he is special'." Sergi said Tokyo Seelster looks to be the best two-year-old trotting colt the family has owned, and they look forward to watching him battle in the remaining Gold events, as well as the Champlain and William Wellwood Memorial. The freshman trotting colts will make their third Gold Series start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Aug. 20. Complete results from Thursday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Milton oval on Friday, July 31 with three Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies. The fillies will compete in Races 1, 4 and 8, with the first race getting underway at 7 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

CHESTER, PA - TW Lauxmont, taking a big step up in class upon coming to Harrah's Philadelphia from Pocono, nonetheless made it two straight harness racing victories in winning the $13,600 featured trot on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Trainer/driver Tom Jackson put the victorious altered son of Oh So White in play early, securing a pocket tuck behind favored Grapple Hanover, who overcame the outside post eight to put up fractions of :27.2, :56.3, and 1:24.4. At the last-named station the pacesetter was joined by first-over Macmorris Hanover, who battled hard and went to the lead in the stretch, only to see Jackson rally up the inside with TW Lauxmont to take a neck victory over him in 1:54.3, just a tick behind the mark he set at Pocono for owner LCT Stable. There were also a pair of $11,600 trots for the fast-class seasoned performers in the sub-feature category, In one, the Yankee Glide gelding Max imitated TW Lauxmont by winning just a fifth shy of a recent recordtaking Pocono mile while winning in 1:53.3 staying safe over Tight Lines late in 1:53.3. Yannick Gingras drove the winner, who led from the quarter onward, as he raised his bankroll to $199,600 for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Frank Baldachino. The other subfeature trot saw the Muscle Mass gelding Clive Bigsby lower his record to 1:52.4 in posting his second straight win. "Clive" grabbed the early lead, yielded it to Winning Shadow to sit the pocket, then wheeled out an eighth of a mile from home and easily overtook the leader for driver Dexter Dunn, trainer Jim Campbell, and Runthetable Stables while raising his lifetime earnings to $283,450. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

ELORA, ON - Muscle Mass daughters swept a trio of $23,150 two-year-old trotting filly Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots harness racing divisions at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, July 29, with Imextraspecial, Tipsy In Dixie and Top Of The Bar reaching the winner's circle. Imextraspecial kicked the evening off with an effortless gate-to-wire victory, her second in Grassroots action, for driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, trainer Paul Walker of Owen Sound and owner Keith Coulter of Mono, ON. Starting from Post 2, the fan favourite rolled through fractions of :30.1, 1:01.2 and 1:31.1 on her way to a personal best 2:00. HP Mama B finished second and All Muscle N Sass was seven more lengths back in third. "I've never been able to just put a handle on her. Although she won at Mohawk (July 13), I wasn't totally impressed with her. Tonight was a better race; she put in a better performance," said Walker. "She looked well in hand actually. She's got us thinking now whether we'll move into the Gold for a race and see what she can do." Coulter offered up $95,000 to purchase Imextraspecial from last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale, with the assistance of Walker's brother Larry. Walker was initially asked to take the filly to his winter base in Georgia to train, but when he returned to Ontario the engagement was extended. "First of all he asked me to take her to Georgia, break her in and train her, and then he said well you might as well keep her then too," said Walker with a chuckle. "That's fine, we don't take too many outside horses now, but you don't often get somebody handing you one that's that kind of calibre. She's been good to work with, I mean really she's quite professional in every way. That part I really like about her, so we're hoping that she's maybe going to come and reach expectations yet." The second division saw Tipsy In Dixie and driver James MacDonald emulate the example set by Imextraspecial and Henry. Also starting as favourites from Post 2, MacDonald sent Tipsy In Dixie to the front where she rang up fractions of :29.4, 1:01.3 and 1:31.3 and then cruised home to a two and three-quarter length victory in 2:01.3. Mag N Lady and Salome finished second and third. "She's a nice little filly. She qualified good and she's just great gaited, so I knew coming here it would suit her. And she trained down on a half so I knew that wouldn't be a problem," said MacDonald, who drove Tipsy In Dixie to a second-place result in the Grassroots season opener. "Harry (Poulton) had her good, she just coasted to the lead and I never really had to open her up much. It's a good win for her." Tipsy In Dixie is trained by Harry Poulton of Milton for fractional ownership group TheStable Tipsy In Dixie, based in Guelph, ON, and a few of her delighted owners were there to greet her when she arrived in the winner's circle. A total of 100 owners were permitted in the outdoor area alongside the racetrack for the first time on Monday, July 27 and TheStable.ca members were quick to get their names on the list for Tipsy In Dixie's second start. "It's great to see some owners in the grandstand and hear them cheering and stuff for their horses," said Guelph resident MacDonald. "There's always a good row when a Stable horse goes by, that's for sure." Top Of The Bar captured the final division with a late rush that saw her get a head in front of pacesetting favourite Fortune Tellers K for the 2:03.2 win. Liminary Hanover completed the top three. Trainer Mark Etsell of Rockwood drove Top Of The Bar to her first lifetime win for his co-owners Robert Newton of Walkerton, Graham Hopkins of Chesley and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The filly, a $25,000 purchase from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, finished third to Imextraspecial in the July 13 Grassroots leg. "I had her sister, Tymal Tempest, so I kind of knew what the family was like. This one is a lot nicer than the other; Tymal Tempest was a terror, just nasty. She could go, but she was handful," said Etsell of Top Of The Bar's half-sister, who earned $146,847 in her career. "She's not an aggressive filly like some Muscle Mass's, she's pretty laid back, pretty lazy, but she's willing and she's good gaited. I think she'll get nothing but better, but she just does what she has to do and that's fine with her." The freshman trotting fillies will make their third Grassroots appearance at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 17, while those that opt to step up to the Gold Series will be back at Grand River Raceway on August 19. Complete results from Wednesday's program are available at Grand River Raceway Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Aug. 3 as the three-year-old pacing fillies compete in five Grassroots and two Gold Series divisions on the Elora oval's annual Industry Day program, which is highlighted by the $128,149 Battle Of The Belles Final for two-year-old pacing fillies and the $200,964 Battle Of Waterloo Final for two-year-old pacing colts. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Mister Muscle won the Open Trot five times last season after coming to Saratoga Casino Hotel late in the summer. The Melissa Beckwith trainee opened up his 2020 campaign with a pair of Open victories prior to the quarantine shutdown. On Monday afternoon, making his second harness racing start back since the break, Mister Muscle (Muscle Mass) had Shawn Gray piloting as he got a pocket trip in the $8,500 trotting feature. Last week's Open winner Waiting On A Woman (Phil Fluet) once again cut the mile this week and clicked off a first half in 57.1. Challenger Stone In Love (Brian Cross) charged up first-over past three quarters in 1:26.2 and served as a threat to Waiting On A Woman. All the while, Mister Muscle was waiting for open road in the passing lane. The six year old trotter surged up the rail and got by Waiting On A Woman before stopping the timer in 1:55.4 to record his third Open victory of the season.   Waiting On A Woman came up second-best while Stone In Love earned the show spot. Mister Muscle paid $7.50 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $57.50 and $305.50, respectively. The victory was one of two on the afternoon for the track's defending leading trainer Melissa Beckwith and also served as one of three wins for Gray in the sulky on the Monday card. Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

If Not Why Not (Brett Crawford) captures the $5,600 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Thursday (July 16). Jenny Lake (Leon Bailey) got the early but Piercewave Hanover (Jordan Derue) took over before hitting the first quarter in :27.3. He would use a 30.2 second quarter as he hit the half on top in :58.0. If Nor Why Not ($2.90) made his move going first over from third hitting three-quarters first in 1:27.2. Jenny Lake then became the major danger and gave it a valiant effort but IF Not Why Not was too much in the end winning in 1:54.3. Jenny Lake settled for second. Piercewave Hanover held on for third.   IF Not Why Not is a 5-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. He is owned by Michael Polansky and trained by Kyle Spagnola. It was win number four of 2020. He now has 17 career victories. Spagnola and Crawford also teamed up for a win with Five Towns ($6.60) Howard Parker had two wins on the night as he leads all drivers at Vernon Downs with 20 wins. Jimmy Whittemore, also had a pair of wins and is second with 18 trips to the winner's circle. Leon Bailey finds himself in third with 16 victories. George Ducharme and David Dewhurst are the top trainers so far this season with nine wins a piece. Misty Carey is third with seven wins with Marissa Chadbourne and Kerin Warnerare tied for in fourth with six wins each Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 18) with a 13-race card starting at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs    

HARRINGTON, DE - Bill Emmons' The Big Muscle ($37.80, Russell Foster) was an upset winner in the $12,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The 8-year-old Muscle Mass gelding notched his 7th win of the season for trainer Armand Benard. The Big Muscle sat third much of the mile before getting clearance in the stretch and surging for the win over Bluebird Jesse and Faithfulandtrue. It was his 20th career victory. It was one of 4 driving wins on the card for Foster. Allan Davis and Art Stafford Jr. each had a driving double. Live racing will go on hiatus until August 17, when racing will continue on a Monday and Tuesday schedule for the balance of the month before a Monday through Wednesday schedule will start beginning September 7. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

If Not Why Not (Brett Crawford) captures the $5,600 featured harness racing trot at Venom Downs on Friday (July 10). Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) jumped to lead right out of the gate. If Not Why Not ($4.90) took over just before hitting the first quarter in :26.4. He would use a :30.2 second quarter to hit the half in :57.1. Cartier Volo (Claude Huckabone Jr.) was the first to make a move but just sputtered on his first-over trip. If Not Why Not led to three-quarters in 1:26..2. As they made the turn for home the only one with a chance to steal the victory was Spoiler Alert. If Not Why Not was just too strong and won in a seasonal best of 1:54.0. Spoiler Alert settled for second best. Southwind Falcon (Ron Harp) was third.   If Not Why Not is a 5-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. He is owned by Michael Polansky and trained by Kyle Spagnola. The win was the third this season and the 16th win of his career. Spagnola and Crawford team up for two wins on the night their other win came with Five Towns ($9.40). Leon Bailey, Roman Lopez, and Howard Parker all had driving doubles. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday with a 15-race card featuring New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) trotting fillies racing for a purse of $114,000. Post time is 1:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

CLINTON, JULY 5, 2020 – Forty-eight sophomore harness racing trotting fillies descended on Clinton Raceway Sunday afternoon and the track record at the half-mile oval fell not once, but twice as the fillies battled in six $22,800 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions. As the program got underway the three-year-old trotting filly track record stood at 1:59.3, set by Gotta Pay To Play in a July 2018 Grassroots event. That speed mark was erased in the third division when Moana wore down pacesetter Credits Celebrity and out-sprinted fan favourite Alexa Blue Chip to claim a two length victory in 1:59.2. Alexa Blue Chip settled for second and Credits Celebrity was third. “I knew she’d be pretty good there compared to some of the other ones, because she gets around the turns like a hoop around a barrel, so I knew that would play in her favour overall,” said trainer Shawn Steacy. “And James had been taking her back and racing her conservatively the last couple starts, so I figured he’d be pressing pretty good off the gate and trying to be aggressive with her today.” James MacDonald engineered the Muscle Mass daughter’s first win of 2020 for owners Landmark 12 Racing Stable of Lansdowne, 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. Moana was a two-time Grassroots winner at two, including a win in her Grassroots Semi-final, and Steacy hopes the filly is poised to match or better her freshman success this season. “She’s always been a little bit on the aggressive side and I thought we were going to have trouble training her back with her aggression this year, but once we got about 10 or 15 training miles into her she settled right in and she trained back a lot better, a lot easier on herself, than I expected her to be,” Steacy explained. “In the long run of things she’ll be better because she’ll be able to conserve a lot more of her energy that way.” Moana’s name would stay in Clinton’s record book for less than two hours however as Profound Paragon and driver Jean Bernard Renaud laid down a gate-to-wire 1:59 effort in the final division. Another daughter of Muscle Mass, Profound Paragon hit the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of fan favourite Hickman County and Sheer Energy. The win was Profound Paragon’s second straight and her fourth of the sophomore campaign. A late bloomer, the filly did not make her first start until after the Ontario Sires Stakes season was complete last fall, but she showed enough promise that trainer Julie Walker and her co-owner Steven Titus of Manalapan, NJ were confident she would be a player on the Grassroots circuit this summer. “We were going to give her the month of February off so that we didn’t tire her out for the Sires Stakes season and with that month off and COVID on top of that, she really got thick, she grew up a lot. She’s not really tall, but she got strong,” said Walker. “With the little break and everything we were able to take the trotting hopples off her, and like I said she just kept getting stronger and better. “Our plan was always just the Grassroots because I’m not sure if she’s a high speed filly, but like you see today, she can go around any shape and size track and that’s kind of fun to have,” added the Carlisle, ON resident. “And she’s very smart, even going to the races today, it’s hot, and she just sits and falls asleep in the cross-ties, and just likes to do her job.” Dancing Queen kicked off the Grassroots action with a 2:01 score for driver Brett MacDonald, trainer Ron MacDonald and owner Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON. St Helens and No Angel Here finished one and one-quarter lengths behind the Royalty For Life daughter, who was making her Ontario Sires Stakes debut. The second split went to Validation and driver Colin Kelly, who controlled the tempo from start to finish, sailing under the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of fan favourite Chelseas Magic. Incredible Hally was five lengths back in third. “She trained down so well and then she just kind of got into a couple bad habits where she’d get excited behind the gate. She just needed some time. She’s very big and growthy so she just needed some time to mature I think,” said Kelly, who piloted the Muscle Mass daughter to her second sophomore win for trainer Rick Zeron of Oakville and his partner Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. “She did everything well within hand today, she didn’t seem overly stressed and she seemed to do everything pretty easy and relaxed. Hopefully she just kind of builds on that and she can have a good season going forward.” The Present captured the fourth division with a 2:02.4 effort for Bob McClure, trainer Marcel Barrieau of Cambridge and his partner Gestion Mastel of Longueil, QC. Peppas Angel finished three lengths back in second and Queen M was three more behind in third. “She’s a very square-gaited trotter, perfect for a track like Clinton,” said McClure of the Royalty For Life daughter. “It’s tough to beat her on the small tracks.” The fifth Grassroots battle went to a hard-charging Noblesse Duharas, who overcame an early break caused by interference to claim the 2:02 victory. Need An Alibi finished second and fan favourite Highland Foxytrotr was third. “She raced super today. She got interfered with in the first turn and got mixed up, but then raced fantastic to come back and win,” said Scott Young, who piloted the Muscle Mass daughter to the win for trainer Denis Gueriel and owner Haras De L’Estrie Inc. of Dunham, QC. “I was super happy with her performance today.” The focus shifted to the three-year-old pacing fillies at the end of the program as the $64,700 Kin Pace Final went postward in Race 10. A big closing effort by Watch My Speed and driver Jody Jamieson saw them claim the victor’s spoils as favourites High Roller Duke and Tuggingoncredit hooked wheels in the stretch, interfering with eventual runner-up Century Gianna and taking themselves out of the race. Preeminence recovered from an early break to finish third. While they could not be trackside to cheer on the fillies, Clinton Raceway fans wagered just over $88,000 on the program. Complete results can be found at Clinton Raceway Results. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their second Grassroots start on July 26 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 29, 2020 -- Golden Muscle put his harness racing rivals away with a powerful uncovered move and captured Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Golden Muscle was fourth when Brian Zendt sent her after the leader, Bessie. The 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass-Golden Goose headed Bessie into the final turn and then drew off, defeating Jailhouse Buckaroo by 2 lengths in 1:57.2. Chuckie Me completed the ticket.   Todd Rooney trains Golden Muscle, who lifted her career bankroll to $139,928, for Foge McKeever. Dan Charlino and trainer Bill Provost teamed for a pair of victories on the 13-race card while Tony Hall, Dave Palone, Brian Zendt and trainer Scott Betts also enjoyed doubles. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $1,776.39 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

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