CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — August has already been an exceptional month for trainer Carmen Auciello and the Stouffville resident is hoping there is a bit of excitement left to come as he readies five starters for Saturday night’s Mid-Summer Challenge event at Mohawk Racetrack. On August 3 the trainer celebrated his biggest stakes victory to date when three-year-old trotting gelding Enough About You captured the Dream Of Glory Final at Hanover Raceway. The Mutineer son dominated the field in both his elimination and the final, clocking a 1:59.1 score off the front end in the elimination and coming from the back to post a seven and one-quarter length 1:57.3 victory in the final. “He was very impressive in his last two races,” says Auciello, adding that the gelding had been battling sickness for much of July. “This is a horse that raced in 1:54.2 back in June, and if he can trot back to that, he has a good shot in there (Saturday).” Enough About You will start at Post 1 in the $150,000 sophomore trotting colt Mid-Summer Challenge, drawing into the main event when some of the colts ahead of him in the point standings opted not to enter. Auciello and owners Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga were delighted with the draw and are looking forward to seeing how the colt, currently ranked thirteenth in the division, measures up in a head-to-head battle against the cream of the crop. “We plan to keep him in the Gold for the rest of the year, and these are the horses he has to beat if he’s going to do any damage and make the Super Final,” says Auciello of the fifth race field. “It’s tough, very tough, but he’s got a chance at some money.” The gelding’s stablemate Brenway Dixie will battle in the three-year-old trotting filly Challenge and while Auciello is conceding top spot to world champion Bee A Magician, who will start from Post 10, he is hoping the filly can earn a share of the $150,000 pie from Post 3. “Nobody is going to beat Bee A Magician,” says Auciello. “But she’s got as good a shot as anybody to finish second, third, fourth if she’s on top of her game.” Denarben Stables of Thornhill and the trainer’s father Rocco Auciello of Stouffville purchased Brenway Dixie in mid-June and the Oaklea Julian daughter immediately paid off her $30,000 purchase price by finishing third and second in the first two Gold Series legs. The filly made an error in her most recent start, an Aug. 3 overnight at Mohawk, but Auciello expects her to be back on track for Saturday’s test, slated for Race 2. One race later Auciello trainees will occupy the centre of the starting gate in the three-year-old pacing filly Mid-Summer Consolation as Kamkar Kutie, Mach Away and In The Wheelhouse landed Posts 3, 4, and 5, respectively. All three fillies were affected by the virus that felled Enough About You, but the trainer is hoping they can bounce back in time for the $50,000 Consolation. “I had a virus go through my barn like I’ve never had before. One older horse didn’t get sick, but every single two and three-year-old got it,” he explains. “I think (these fillies) are probably over it now, but they didn’t bounce back as good as I thought they would. “All three are competitive in there if they’re healthy and they get a trip,” he adds. Jeffrey Goldenthal of Toronto bred and owns No Pan Intended daughter Kamkar Kutie, who posted a 1:54.3 win at Mohawk on July 11, but struggled to a ninth-place result in her July 26 start at the Campbellville oval. Mach Three daughter Mach Away finished seventh in her Aug. 2 prep at Mohawk for Denarben Stables and Rocco Auciello, and Stonebridge Regal daughter In The Wheelhouse was eighth in her Aug. 2 test for Wheelhouse Racing Stable. In addition to the three races Auciello trainees will participate in, Mohawk Racetrack will feature the $50,000 three-year-old trotting filly Consolation in Race 1, the $150,000 sophomore pacing filly Challenge in Race 6, and the $150,000 sophomore pacing colt Challenge in Race 9. Post time for Saturday’s Mid-Summer Challenge event, the final one on the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes calendar, is 7:25 pm.
Jody Jamieson scored two wins tonight Wednesday 26th of December while rival and fellow harness racing driver Sylvain Filion scored the one. Other news for the night was the trifecta for sire Oaklea Julian in race six and then there was the big upset in race two with three-year-old trotting gelding Mad For Plaid who paid $46.40 for the two dollar win ticket.
Over the past week, the Dreaming of Glory feature has profiled many of harness racing's top three year old trotters that were eligible to compete for Hanover Raceway's top prize.
When Brenway Dixie captured her Gold Elimination at Flamboro Downs last weekend the two-year-old trotting filly launched Patrick Shepherd into 20th spot on the Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing trainer's standings.
Bee A Magician earned her second Gold Elimination trophy at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening (July 15), trotting to a 2:00.1 victory in the first of three harness racing eliminations for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
Ballykeel Ulysses out in last week's Gold Elimination over The Raceway at Western Fair District was a strategic move by harness racing owner Cam McKnight which paid off in spades when the three-year-old trotter earned a berth in this Friday's (May25) $130,000 Gold Final.
The long weekend heats up with Hockeyville Night. This Saturday, Hanover Raceway welcomes harness racing fans for what promises to be another fun evening at the track. The night will pay homage to Hanover's tradition of being a town captivated by the world's fastest team sport.
Standardbred Breeders of Ontario has confirmed the winners in its Cashback for Yearlings promotion. As an added incentive to harness racing buyers of Ontario-sired yearlings at Ontario sales this fall, the SBOA earlier announced that it would be awarding four C$5,000 checks to the new owners.
Delcrest Julian played the role of giant slayer in the last three-year-old trotting colt Gold Final and his harness racing trainer Rick Zeron is hoping the colt can deliver a repeat performance in Saturday's (November 12) $300,000 Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack.
The third straight night of Gold Final harness racing action at Woodbine Racetrack delivered some unexpected results, as the favourites in both $170,000 contests had to settle for less than the lion's share.
Delcrest Julian was the one pulling a rabbit out of the hat Saturday night when he defeated divisional leader Daylon Magician in the $170,000 Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old harness racing trotting colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack.
Two-year-old trotting filly Dayplanner wrapped up her regular harness racing season with a flawless record in Grassroots action by scoring a come-from-behind victory at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening (September 13).
Two-year-old trotting fillies Lovely Vacation and Dayplanner extended their perfect Grassroots record to three with victories at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday evening. In the seventh $24,000 Grassroots division, Lovely Vacation went straight to the front from Post 4 and never looked back, cruising home 16 lengths in front of the harness racing competition in 2:02.4.
Gearing up for its signature Confederation Cup harness racing program in one week's time, Flamboro Downs plays host to five $40,000 Gold Eliminations this Sunday, Aug. 7. Ontario's top three-year-old trotting colts and two-year-old pacing colts will square off over the Dundas half-mile, angling for a berth in their respective $130,000 Gold Finals, which will be featured on the Confederation Cup card on Aug. 14.
Ignoring the rain and the slightly off track, local trotter Keystone Orion delivered an impressive effort at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening (August 3), laying down the fastest mile of six $24,000 Grassroots harness racing divisions.
Ontario's two-year-old trotting fillies descended on Woodstock Raceway Tuesday afternoon (August 3) and theMark Steacy trainee Lovely Vacation wrote her name into the half-mile oval's harness racing record books with a sharp 2:02.3 victory.