Three Of Clubs fought off challenges early and late on his way to an authoritative 1:51.1 harness racing triumph in the $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for sophomore colt and gelding pacers on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Driver Doug McNair shot Three Of Clubs to the front from post position six, and he would chop out the opening quarter in 27 seconds flat. Silverhill Shadow (Chris Christoforou), who started from post ten, was unable to find an inside position, and he was forced to press on. McNair wasn’t about to let him clear, though, and left him on the outside through the 55 second half. Victor Bayama (Sylvain Filion) elected to tip three-wide on the far turn to try and get around Silverhill Shadow, and public choice Jet Airway (Randy Waples) tracked that move. However, they were both still very wide and still clearly behind Three Of Clubs as he cruised through three-quarters in 1:23.1. Pocket-sitter Play It Again Sam and a wide Jet Airway had clear aim at Three Of Clubs the entire length of the stretch, but they didn’t have the pace to track him down, and Three Of Clubs went on to win by two lengths in 1:51.1. Play It Again Sam was the runner-up and Jet Airway had to settle for third. Prince Clyde (Trevor Henry) was the fourth-place finisher and Victor Bayama wound up fifth. “He had great gate speed last year, but we’ve had trouble with him all year,” McNair said of Three Of Clubs, who is headed to the Windy City Pace at Maywood Park in suburban Chicago. “He was getting bad gaited near the end of the mile. Kudos to the guys who work for dad, Dad (winning trainer Gregg McNair), and all the vets, they got this horse ready for the end of the year and they did a great job. I thought he had a good shot as long as he was good gaited. He can get off the wings good. It’s too bad he’s had trouble all year because he should have twice amount the money on his card he’s got.” Gregg McNair of Guelph, Ontario, also co-owns Three Of Clubs, a colt by Mach Three, with Hall of Famer Keith Waples of Durham and Tony Lawrence of Hanover, Ontario. Three Of Clubs got his second win from 12 efforts this year, and he now has six career victories. He has earned $255,480 on the campaign and $462,097 lifetime. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11. By OSS News
October 11, 2014. Harper Blue Chip, who was third in the Hambletonian and the Canadian Trotting Classic this season, capped off a four-for-four Ontario Sires Stakes campaign with a hard-fought 1:54.3 victory in tonight’s $250,000 Super Final for harness racing three-year-old male trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Harper Blue Chip settled in fourth while Maximuscle (Rick Zeron) flexed some muscle from the far outside post ten starting position and cleared the field before the 27 second opening quarter. Filion then sent Harper Blue Chip on the attack up the backstretch, but he was still on the outside of Maximuscle at the :56.2 half. Maximuscle and Zeron kept the pedal to the metal around the far turn, leaving Harper Blue Chip parked out all the way around the turn and over to the 1:24.1 three-quarters. Harper Blue Chip forged his way around Maximuscle early in the stretch despite the wide journey, and none of the closers were able to track him down as Harper Blue Chip reported home with a two length victory. Ole Jack Magic (Chris Christoforou) was up for second and Verdi (Paul MacDonell) split horses to collect third. P L Hercules (Randy Waples) got fourth and Maximuscle finished fifth. “The trip didn’t work out the way I think Sylvain and I anticipated,” said winning trainer Mark Steacy, who noted that Harper Blue Chip will be heading to the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs before the going to the Breeders Crown at Meadowlands Racetrack. “We were hoping maybe to clear to the front a lot earlier than that. We didn’t know we’d have to come first-up that hard. This horse, he’s stepped up to the bell every time he’s gone behind the gate this year. The season’s been great. “He’s not a flashy horse or anything and he’s not probably the quickest horse. He just has a big heart, just like his dad (Steacy trainee Majestic Son). He just wants to win. He likes to make money and he seems to be able to get it done.” Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall, David Reid of Glenburnie, and George Judson of Athens, Ontario, own Harper Blue Chip, who has won six times from 13 starts this year and ten times in his career. Out of the Muscles Yankee mare Winning Jonlin, the three-year-old colt was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and Ray Schnittker and was purchased for $40,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale. Harper Blue Chip has earned $606,942 in 2014 and $803,825 lifetime. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11. By OSS News
October 11, 2014. Reverend Hanover, called the mirror image of his sire Sportswriter by his trainer and co-owner, remains unbeaten in his rookie season as he captured tonight’s $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts with ease at Mohawk Racetrack to give him four wins in as many starts in his young career. Several of the rookies left hard at the start with Make Some Luck gaining control early and pacing by the opening quarter in :27. His stablemate Sporting The Look tried to pass but Make Some Luck wouldn’t comply and meanwhile three wide came Reverend Hanover who took over control and never looked back. He reached the half in :55, the three-quarters in 1:24.3 and could not be caught down the lane as he hit the wire in 1:52.1. Drachan Hanover made a valiant effort and settled for second while Manny In Sports was third. Casie Coleman trains and co-owns the winner, a son of her former stable star Sportswriter whose first crop has been performing impressively all season. “The whole way training down this colt trained like a real great colt. I did have him staked to everything, the Metro, Breeders Crown and Governor’s Cup. He bucked a shin right when we got home from Florida. That’s a Thoroughbred injury, it’s not very common in Standardbreds but he did it. I didn’t think he’d race much this season but he healed real quick and we got him ready and did a little racing this season,” explained Coleman. “He’s just like his old man, he’s so much like Sportswriter, you go watch Sportswriter’s replays, then watch Reverend Hanover, it looks like you’re watching the same horse. (He has a) great attitude, great gait, everything about him – he’s just a sweetheart to work around. He’s identical to his father. “He’s going to be turned out now and get ready for the next season.” Purchased by West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Calhoun of Chatham and Anthony Beaton of Waterdown, Ontario for $24,000 at the Harrisburg Sale, Reverend Hanover was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. His dam, Razzle My Dazzle, is a sister to Mystical Mike, Cut Throat and Artistry who have all won more than $300,000 in their careers. Coleman actually had five colts entered into tonight’s Super Final but two had to be scratched due to sickness. The other two, Sportskeeper and Bob Ben And John finished fourth and fifth. She noted she was thankful that the three that did race didn’t get sick as well. Christoforou has been the primary driver on many of Coleman’s youngsters this year. “I needed a driver and he wasn’t committed and it’s been very successful,” said Coleman. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11. By OSS News
Dont Rush, who came about thanks to a free breeding, closed from off-the-pace to capture Saturday night’s $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for harness racing two-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. The final time of the mile was 1:57.1. In the early going Rise Up Rise Up (Mike Saftic) and Caulfield (Trevor Henry) battled, with the former forcing the latter to drop into the pocket before the :27.3 opening quarter. Alacrity (Eddie Green) had been in fifth at that point, but Green sent him to the outside in the backstretch, and Alacrity joined and then cleared Rise Up Rise Up for the top spot at the :57.2 half. When Alacrity cleared that left Luck O The Irish (Sylvain Filion) first-over, and he would move up on the rim to engage with the leader at the 1:27 three-quarters. Platoon Seelster (Jack Moiseyev) slipped off the rail to grab the second-over trip behind Luck O The Irish, and Dont Rush (Chris Christoforou) was positioned third-over as the field spun for home. Luck O The Irish managed to work his way into the lead in the lane, but Christoforou had Dont Rush in high gear out in the centre of the racetrack, and Dont Rush would go by the leaders inside the final sixteenth on his way to the win by a couple of lengths. Platoon Seelster was up to finish second and Luck O The Irish grabbed third. Also taking home part of the purse were A Little More Love (Randy Waples) and Caulfield. “He’s done really well, and he’s won his last three starts. Usually if I have a colt that does well, they stay well all year long,” offered winning trainer Dustin Jones. “I bought the mare as a yearling in Kentucky. I’ve raised a few colts out of her but nothing like this. This was the result of a free breeding from Jean-Pierre Dubois, so I have to thank him a lot. I was just hoping he was going to be a good Grassroots horse. He really surprised me.” Jones of Waterdown, Ontario, also bred and now co-owns Dont Rush, an Infinitif colt, with partner Greg Judson of Athens, Ontario. Dont Rush, who won in Gold Series action on July 13 at Georgian Downs, on September 30 at Flamboro Downs, and on September 30 at Mohawk, is now four-for-11 in the win column with earnings of $296,985. He’s the sixth foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Color Me Pretty, a half-sister to the likes of Best Image (Balanced Image, $104,110), who was three-for-three during her OSS career. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11. By OSS News
October 11, 2014. “Down by the wire tonight I was asking her to go and she was looking at me like ‘we’ve got it won bud, just relax,’ And we did.” That’s how harness racing driver Jody Jamieson described the end of his trip with Danielle Hall who parlayed a perfect pocket trip to score a mild upset over favourite Stubborn Belle in tonight’s $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies at Mohawk. It was the first of eight Super Finals on the card wrapping up the 2014 OSS season. Paul MacDonell and Stubborn Belle protected their rail position as the race got underway with Jamieson tucking Danielle Hall (who left from post two) right behind. Stubborn Belle reached the first quarter in :27.1, the half in :56.1 and the three-quarters in 1:25. As the field trotted around the final turn Jamieson pulled the right line on Danielle Hall and she managed to get by Stubborn Belle and hit the wire first in 1:54.1. The time was just two-fifths of a second off the OSS record established by Bee A Magician. Muscle Baby Doll was able to get up for second for Doug McNair while Stubborn Belle held on for third. Steve Condren managed to work out a rather impossible trip for Stubborn Belle’s stablemate from the John Bax barn to grab fourth. Mischief Smile earned the final cheque. It was win number seven in 10 tries this year for Danielle Hall, a daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe owned by trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, Ontario, and Winnipeg Racing (Tom Kyron) of Concord, Ontario. She now has $378,000 earned this year. “I really didn’t see the race turning out like that. I thought that Mac (MacDonell) would let a couple go and re-move but his filly got off on a real good foot tonight. I was a little bit behind the eight ball making sure I closed up the two hole when it was there following Stubborn Belle there was no other trip,” explained Jody Jamieson. “I wasn’t confident in pulling that early but Dougie (McNair) was coming with a really nice filly (Muscle Baby Doll), trained by Tony O’Sullivan, she’s been sprinting by me or close to me all year. My mare felt so good I just I said ‘well, it’s now or never.’ She showed tonight she’s a pretty nice animal. “She’s just so smart, a couple of times I’ve won with her here and turned her around, just like I did tonight, and walked her down the rail and she’s got her ears up looking around. She’s very smart, that’s one of her best attributes.” Danielle Hall was a $21,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Select Sale from breeder Walnut Hall of Lexington, Kentucky. She is the third foal from $247,000 winner Debbie Hall. Carl Jamieson reports she'll head next to the Goldsmith Maid followed by the Breeders Crown if all goes well. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11.
October 11, 2014. Harness racing driver Paul MacDonell has won more Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals than any other driver and he showed exactly why in tonight’s $250,000 Super Final for two-year-old pacing fillies with Code One Hanover who picked the perfect time to produce the best race yet of her career. Code One Hanover grabbed early control for MacDonell but was covered by Capela before the :27 first quarter. That filly wasn’t there long though as Wrangler Magic took over well before the :56.3 half. Steve Condren had I Wonder Why first up and pressuring at that point leading several fillies in the outside lane but Wrangler Magic was managing to hold them off. The three-quarters was reached in 1:24.4 and down the lane MacDonell had Code One Hanover in high gear up the inside and at the wire she and Wrangler Magic seemed to reach it at the same second with Code One Hanover getting the nod in the photo. Akissfromtheart took third while Sports Chic was fourth. The time of the mile was 1:54.1. “There’s no question about it we were going to need a trip no matter how things unfolded. She was able to get out of the gate well and get away third and things worked out for her,” explained MacDonell who was notching his 15th Super Final victory since the championship races were introduced in 2000, and notched his 16th in the very next race with Riveting Rosie. “She won her race at Grand River earlier in the summer (an OSS Gold event) fairly handily, she qualified well early but she did tail off mid season and we were a little concerned about her, but she came right back around tonight. Everything worked in our favour.” Jack Darling of Cambridge, Ontario, trains and owns the winner, a daughter of Sportswriter he purchased as a yearling last year at the Lexington Select Sale for $75,000. This was the second win in 10 tries for Code One Hanover who has earned $182,000 so far in her young career. Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, the filly is from the $380,000 winner Current Hanover. "That's the end of her season," noted Darling. She'll have a rest before getting prepped for her sophomore campaign. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11. By OSS News
October 11, 2014. Riveting Rosie backed up her Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final victory last year by doing the same thing this year, winning the $250,000 test for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:55. Driver Paul MacDonell sighted Riveting Rosie at the front from her post nine starting position, and she would stroll through fractions of :27.4, :57.1, and 1:26.2 while never facing a threat to her outside. The fillies began to fan out behind Riveting Rosie in the lane, but they just couldn’t get to her as she reached the wire half a length ahead of Margie (Sylvain Filion). Sweetie Hearts (Randy Waples), who had the pocket trip behind the eventual winner, snagged third. White Becomes Her (Mario Baillargeon) overcame post ten to get fourth and Muscle Babe (James MacDonald) finished fifth. “She got good at the right time of the year. We’re pretty happy with her,” said winning trainer John Bax. “She had an accident at the farm (explaining her slow start to her sophomore campaign) – scraped up her legs – with all the scar tissue; just little things were bothering her. She’s gotten through it. The race at Flamboro (September 21), when she won in the mud there in 1:57, she looked pretty good. I thought everything’s good. “She’s eligible down in Hoosier Park for the Moni Maker and she’s also eligible for the Breeders Crown at The Meadowlands.” Bax’s Parkhill Stud Farm of Peterborough, Ontario, also co-owns the victorious daughter of Muscle Mass with partners Don Allensen of Wyoming, J And T Stable of Newmarket, and John Hayes of Sharon, Ontario. Riveting Rosie, who was bred by Schare Adams and fetched $17,000 at the 2012 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, won for the fourth time from 14 attempts this year, and this was her tenth career victory. She has earned $401,680 in 2014 and $870,293 lifetime. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11. By OSS News
Campbellville, ON - The Racing Under Saddle (RUS) Ontario series makes a stop at Mohawk on Saturday, September 28 as part of the OSS Super Finals card. Emma-Jayne Wilson, a Sovereign and Eclipse Award-winning jockey, will join a group of talented riders accompanied by trotters traditionally seen in harness racing, showcasing the versatility and speed of the standardbred. In 2007, Wilson became the first female rider to win the historic Queen's Plate when she guided Mike Fox to a memorable victory. With more than 1 100 career wins to her name as a thoroughbred jockey, Wilson will be seeking her first score with a standardbred in Saturday's exhibition. "I'm so excited for this event. I definitely plan on winning!" said Wilson. The studious Wilson is preparing for Saturday's race by watching video of one of her idols, jockey Julie Krone, guiding Moni Maker to a world record for trotting under saddle in a 2000 event held at The Red Mile. "I looked up the video of Julie Krone breaking the world record on Moni Maker just so I could see her ride this trotter and it was very informative," said Wilson. "I know what I want to do and how I want to feel on a horse because of what I do here at Woodbine on a daily basis, but I wasn't sure how it would translate to riding a standardbred." Wilson has also spent time on the RUS website (www.RUSontario.com) checking out her competition and she's hopeful her thoroughbred experience will give her an advantage. "I plan on riding as close to how I usually ride as I possibly can," said Wilson. "What really helped me was watching Julie ride Moni Maker. She rode tight and really low and she held the horse together." As an avid advocate of the sport of horse racing, Wilson will take to Twitter (@EJWilson81), where she boasts more than 1600 followers, to provide fans an inside look at her foray into standardbred racing. "Although thoroughbred and standardbred racing are two very different sports, we are in the same industry and face the same challenges," said Wilson. "By building off the potential of the RUS events, even if it's just a novelty to get people to the track and show them what a good time it is, I think we need to take full advantage of all opportunities to promote racing." Wilson will be challenged on Saturday by Riina Rekila, who already boasts four wins in the 2013 RUS Series. In 2010, the Finnish-born trainer-driver was the first-ever female nominee for the prestigious O'Brien Award Of Horsemanship. The RUS exhibition, a one-mile dash around the Mohawk oval, will take place after Saturday night's second race which goes to post 7:45 p.m. ET. First post time on Saturday at Mohawk is 7:25 p.m. For more information about RUS Ontario, please visit: www.RUSontario.com and follow @RUS_Ontario on Twitter. FIELD FOR THE RUS ONTARIO EXHIBITION POST / HORSE / RIDER / TRAINER 1 / Leonardo Da Lindy / M Brooking / M Brooking 2 / Ill Be There / E Wilson / A Montini / A Montini 3 / Snoops Sourceress / S Town / P Henriksen 4 / Wedgewood / T Enberg / G Maltby 5 / Hetties Honey / A Humphries / M Macri 6 / Sixth Man / S Macdonald / J Walker 7 / Charlie Tuna / B Kennedy / J Yake 8 / Loco Caballo / L Lindstrom / B Burgess 9 / Harlequin / R Rekila / G Maltby by Greg Gangle For WEG
Riina Rekila, the accomplished veterinarian and trainer/driver from Finland, won again on the Ontario monte circuit, piloting Katla (3f Cadillac Hall-Flores-Balanced Image) last evening at Hiawatha Horse Park. Her Overseas Farms Ltd. homebred three year-old filly scored by three lengths in 2:05.2f after patiently waiting mid-pack in the six horse field until moving toward the front with a quarter mile remaining. Katla swept to a three length win posting a last quarter in :30.2 and her last half in 1:00.2. Britt Kennedy was second aboard Charlie Tuna with Lindsey Kerr taking the show spot with Whitesand Diego. Later on the regular pari-mutuel card, Rekila won again, this time driving Overseas Farms’ two year-old colt Ehrnrooth (2m Ken Warkentin-Mona Simoni-General November). The pair triumphed in 2:01.3f. Next stop for the monte Ontario events are scheduled for September 28 at Mohawk as part of OSS Super Finals night and October 18 at Western Fair Raceway. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
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