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MILTON, SEPT. 10, 2019 - Premier Cabernet went into Tuesday night's regular season finale needing a win to extend her Grassroots season and the three-year-old pacing filly delivered, keeping a head in front of rival Kylie Seelster for a 1:52.2 harness racing victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Starting from Post 1, Premier Cabernet landed fourth as Cinderella Delight led the field of nine to a :27.2 opening quarter, but driver Scott Young soon had the fan favourite on the move and Premier Cabernet was leading the way by the :56.2 half. The filly continued to show the way past the 1:24.3 half and then dug in for her second straight Grassroots stretch battle with Kylie Seelster, reversing the result from their Aug. 25 meeting. Cinderella Delight finished two and one-quarter lengths back in third. "She needed that to get in to the top 20," said trainer Bob Young. "She's been a good consistent mare all year, she's missed one cheque. She's had three seconds in a row, but they've all been good seconds and tonight it was a repeat of the (Aug. 25) race at Rideau Carleton where Dougie (McNair) had the inside and we were on the outside. They were noses apart in Rideau Carleton and it was a real good race tonight again." Guelph, ON resident Young conditions Premier Cabernet for owner-breeder Premier And Associates FA of Howell, MI. The Betterthancheddar daughter started her Ontario Sires Stakes career at the Gold Series level this season, making two starts against the top level fillies before moving to the Grassroots in time for the Aug. 25 event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. With one win and one second she will finish the regular season in twelfth spot with 75 points. The top 20 point earners advance to the Sept. 28 Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "She won't race now for 10 or 12 days. I'll get one start into her before the Semi-Finals if everything goes well, and the idea is to keep her healthy and go from there," said Young, adding that the filly will get a two month break after the Grassroots post season and then begin preparations for her four-year-old campaign. "She's a big mare, a strong mare, and I think next year she'll be a nice solid race mare here." In the second $23,150 division Swift Ally put the cap on a perfect regular season with her fourth win in four Grassroots starts. The fan favourite was in front before the half and cruised home a one and three-quarter length winner in 1:52.4. Twin B Tipster closed well to be second and Quebec Blue Chip completed the top three. "She keeps getting better," said driver Doug McNair. "She's perfect to drive, can race both ways and is easy on herself." Trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and Ian Fleming of Londesborough, ON bred and own Swift Ally, who has not been bested since mid-July. The Big Jim daughter finished the regular season at the top of the division standings with 200 points. Bettors Delight daughter Ideation Hanover won the third division in her 2019 Grassroots debut. The former Gold Series regular and driver James MacDonald opened up a nine length margin on the field, reaching the wire in 1:50.2. Be Best and Charmbo Brie finished second and third. MacDonald crafted the win for trainer Dave Menary and owners Larry Menary of Flamborough, Michael Guerriero of Brampton and Alan Alber of Thornhill, ON. The final division saw Doug and Gregg McNair back in the winner's circle with Sports Flix, who stormed from the back of the field to a 1:52.2 personal best effort. Shesonehotwriter and Freya Seelster finished one length back in second and third. "She was racing just fair a couple starts ago (July) and they gave her some time and she's really coming back to herself," said Doug McNair of the Sportswriter daughter, who won the Grassroots Championship at two. James Fraleigh of Dresden, ON owns Sports Flix, who was also a winner in the Aug. 25 Grassroots event and finishes the regular season in sixth spot with 103 points. In addition to Sports Flix and Swift Ally, Gregg McNair trainee Kylie Seelster wraps up the regular season in second spot in the standings with 162 points. "They are all nice fillies. Too bad they are all in the same division," said a rueful Doug McNair, who will face a tough choice between mounts in the Sept. 28 Semi-Final if all three fillies remain happy and healthy. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday, Sept. 12 with the last regular season Grassroots contest for the three-year-old trotting colts. The colts will compete in Races 2, 6, and 8 on the program, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. Complete results from Tuesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0910wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, SEPT. 3, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park hosted the fourth Grassroots Leg for the two-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday evening and there was not much movement in the point standings as all four $23,500 divisions went to harness racing colts sitting among the top 10 point earners. Lovedbythemasses kicked the evening off with a comfortable five and one-half length victory in spite of starting from Post 10. Driver Mike Saftic allowed the heavy favourite to ease away from the starting gate and Lovedbythemasses was sitting seventh in the outer lane when Mr Arch trotted by the quarter pole in :28.1. Saftic opted to trot on with Lovedbythemasses and the Muscle Mass son reached the half in :59 and the three-quarters in 1:29.4 before sprinting down the stretch to the 1:57.4 victory. Mr Arch finished second and Laval Titan rounded out the top three. "Really nice colt. He's got a nice big long gait to him and he's got a head on his shoulders," said Saftic. "It's really the first time we've left with him, because he drew that 10-hole, but I was happy with him, he was strong at the wire. He just kind of floated out of there and made front and kept rolling." Campbellville resident Saftic steers Lovedbythemasses for trainer Edward Peconi of Peterborough and his partners Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI. The win was the gelding's third in three Grassroots starts and puts him atop the division standings with 150 points. In the second division Magic Bob recorded his second Grassroots win with a front-end effort that saw him ring up fractions of :28.3, :59.4 and 1:30.3 before facing a tough challenge from Enduring Strength in the last quarter. Enduring Strength appeared to have taken command as the colts turned for home, but Magic Bob battled back for a one and one-half length win in 1:58.4. Enduring Strength settled for second and Mor Muscle Mass was seven lengths back in third. Magic Bob started his Ontario Sires Stakes career in the Gold Series, but found success with the move to the lower level, winning his Grassroots debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Aug. 6. With two victories, and 100 points, the Kadabra son currently sits fifth in the division standings with one regular season event remaining, on Sept. 14 at Hanover Raceway. Trevor Henry drove the colt to the win for trainer Anthony Montini and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. Aussie Lover also picked up his second win in the third division. Starting from Post 1 for driver Stephen Byron, Aussie Lover coasted away from the gate and landed in the middle of the pack as Gretzky Seelster set the tempo with a :28.3 quarter, :58.1 half and 1:28.1 three-quarters. Coming off the final turn Byron swung Aussie Lover to the outside and shifted the Angus Hall gelding into overdrive. Aussie Lover reeled in the leaders for a two and three-quarter length score in a personal best 1:58.3. Gretzky Seelster held on for second and Youboozeyoulose was another length back in third. "We knew that he had trained better coming into this," said Byron, who drives the gelding for owner-trainer Gino Cicero of Melancthon, ON. "He got a little sick after the one Mohawk race (Aug. 6), but he (Cicero) thought he would be better coming into this race and he was very pleased with how he raced. It was nice to see him bounce back. "When he got sick he dropped a bit of weight on them and he's got it back on now," the Thornton, ON resident added. "He just needed two or three weeks of rehab, but he looks good." In addition to Tuesday's victory, Aussie Lover also won his Grassroots division in the July 7 season opener at Georgian Downs. With two wins, one third and one eighth-place result in Grassroots action the gelding sits third in the standings with 113 points. The last division saw Awesomedabra get his first Grassroots win with a pocket trip behind fan favourite Ripped And Ready. With Chris Christoforou in the race bike Awesomedabra left smartly from Post 7 and led the field to a :29.1 quarter. Ripped And Ready took command before the :58.3 half and carried on to a 1:28.3 three-quarters before Christoforou tipped Awesomedabra out of the pocket and took aim on the leader. The Kadabra colt powered down the stretch to a three and three-quarter length win in a personal best 1:57.4. Remember Titans was second and Secrets Justice was third. "He was a bit more aggressive than I'd like in the second quarter, but I was able to let one go and follow until the stretch. When I moved him, he trotted by well in hand and raced great," said Campbellville resident Christoforou. "He's a nice colt; hopefully he can progress through the rest of the season." Gary Lance of Port Perry trains Awesomedabra for his partner Keith Mullins of Fenelon Falls, ON. In his three previous Grassroots appearances the gelding had recorded two seconds and one fifth. Tuesday's victory gives him 105 points and sole ownership of fourth spot in the standings. Complete results from Tuesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0903wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, AUG. 19, 2019 - Heading into Monday night's Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the pressure was on the three-year-old trotting colts. With just two regular season events left on the calendar, colts below the current cut off for the top 20 needed to accumulate points or face the possibility of not advancing to the post season. Heading into the first $23,500 Grassroots division, P L Matt was sitting in forty-third spot with three points earned in the June 5 event at Grand River Raceway. To give him any shot at a post season berth the Kadabra gelding needed a win. Starting from Post 4, driver Bob McClure eased the trotter away from the gate, a stage in the race that had been problematic in the past, and settled him in seventh as Gold Edition led the field to a :28 opening quarter. McClure and P L Matt remained on the rail in sixth as Arcanum took over heading to the :56.2 half and then tipped into the outer lane before the 1:24.3 three-quarters rung up by Gold Edition. As the colts straightened up in the stretch McClure gave P L Matt a clear look at the wire and the gelding shifted into a big gear, reeling in Gold Edition for a head victory in 1:54.3. Fan favourite CT Conabra settled for third, two and one-half lengths behind the leaders. "I started driving him a couple months ago. He's a real handful and he was having a hard time getting him gaited and relaxed, and he'd run off the gate," said McClure of the Matt Dupuis trainee. "Matt's done a lot of equipment changes and now he's two fingers, he's behaving, and the more he behaves the better he gets." Dupuis trains P L Matt for owner-breeders Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON and Monday's win gave the connections their first win with the young trotter, in his eleventh lifetime start. The win bumped the gelding's point total to 53, putting him above the cut off for a spot in the Grassroots Semi-Final heading into the Sept. 12 regular season finale at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "He always had a lot of ability, he just didn't have a lot of manners, and now that Matt's done a good job getting him settled down, now he's getting to really be a nice horse," said McClure. "I think he's coming into a real good form for the end of the year." In the second division Southwind Frost lined up behind Post 2 on the starting gate sitting just five points above the post season cut off line. Driver-trainer Michiel Vanderkemp settled the fan favourite in fifth and was content to let Priceless Ruler create some gaps in the field on the way to a :27.2 quarter. Those gaps had narrowed by the :56.3 half and by the 1:24.4 three-quarters Southwind Frost was rolling up the outer lane. The colt was just two lengths behind Priceless Ruler coming off the final turn and a big finishing gear saw him sail past the leaders and on to a two and one-half length win in 1:54.3. Priceless Ruler settled for second and pocket-sitter A Royal Line was another length back in third. "He's been sharp most of his starts, I thought he'd be good," said Vanderkemp. "He can race both ways so when you've got a good post you can just go with the flow, with what happens in the race." Vanderkemp conditions the E L Titan colt for Michael Andrew of Gorham, ME and Monday's win was his first in Grassroots action, but his second straight over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval and, like McClure, the driver-trainer thinks Southwind Frost is in top form for the end of the season. "I didn't want to race him on the smaller tracks and thought we'd take a shot later, he's a decent-sized horse," explained Vanderkemp. "I was borderline about going Gold with him, but there's some nice colts in there so I just stuck with the Grassroots. "He's a little weird," the horseman added. "He's scared of everything, like flags. Everything scares him, but once he's in a race he seems to throw it away. He's getting better and better every start." A two-time Grassroots winner last season, Judge Ken had yet to find the winner's circle as a sophomore heading into the final division. With Trevor Henry in the race bike Judge Ken left smartly from Post 9 and led the field to a :27.3 opening quarter before yielding to fan favourite Scarlet Raider. Henry and Judge Ken sat behind Scarlet Raider through a :56.4 half and 1:26.1 three-quarters and then fired up in the stretch, nipping up the inside to a one-half length victory in 1:55.4. Lifetime Royalty closed like a freight train to take second, nudging Esa into third. Henry piloted Judge Ken to the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. The group also bred the son of Justice Hall and Barbie And Ken, who moved into the top 20 with the win. Complete results for Monday's program are available at http://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0819wbsbsn.dat. Ontario Sires Stakes action will be back at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, Aug. 30 with the fourth Gold Series Leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, August 15, 2019 - The harness racing team of driver Bob McClure, trainer Luc Blais and owner Serge Godin's Determination continued their success with a sweep of Thursday's Define The World and Pure Ivory second leg divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The two-year-old trot series each featured a single $15,000 division. The events took a week hiatus following their first-legs on August 1. Royalty For Life colt Threefiftytwo took a break from Ontario Sires Stakes Gold action to defeat eight colts and geldings in the Define The World. Driven by McClure, Threefiftytwo was a coast-to-coast winner in 1:56.1 (:28.3 final-quarter) to lower his career-mark by two-fifths. The victory was nearly spoiled, as the rookie was inside a pair of pylons in the first-turn, but was not disqualified because no rivals were within a length at the finish line. Jula Uppercut finished 2 ¾ lengths back in second, while Sebastian Ray was third. Threefiftytwo was making his third start for owner Determination and trainer Blais following a private purchase. He now holds a record of two wins in four starts and $100,880 earned. Round one winner Horse Trader did not compete in the second-leg. A $2 win ticket on Threefiftytwo returned $6.90. Cantab Hall filly Whose Blues will have an opportunity to sweep the Pure Ivory following a 1:57 victory over eight-rivals on Thursday. The Blais trainee and driver McClure powered out to the top and were on even-terms with outside rival Panem at the opening-quarter of :28.3. The parked rival cleared and would show the way through middle-half fractions of :59 and 1:29. After following in the two-hole, McClure was able to find room to angle Whose Blues to the far outside for clear racetrack in the final-eighth and the Blais trainee stormed by rivals powerfully to win by a length and a quarter over Panem. Alyvia Deo finished third, while Svf Blushingbride was fourth. A $300,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Whose Blues is now undefeated in three starts and has banked $22,500 for owner Determination. She paid $2.70 to win. The $50,000 finals of the Define The World and Pure Ivory Series will take place next Thursday (August 22). Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

MILTON, August 15, 2019 - The Race Office at Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform horsepeople that a redraw for this Monday's (August 19) Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event has taken place. The original entries released Thursday afternoon displayed 29 horses competing in this Monday's Grassroots event for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. However, a total of 30 sophomore trotters were in fact entered, forcing the event to be redrawn Thursday evening to include the omitted horse. The OSS Grassroots races are carded as Races 1, 3 and 7 on Monday's card. The entries for Monday's card can be viewed by clicking here.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

TORONTO, August 14, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment, home of world class Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing, will launch a dual-breed Crossover Pick 4 wager for the first time ever this Friday, Aug. 16. The Woodbine Crossover Pick 4 is a new wager where horseplayers must pick the winners of the last two Thoroughbred races at Woodbine Racetrack and the first two Standardbred races at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The wager will be offered every Friday. The Crossover Pick 4 will have a 20-cent minimum bet. The sequence, which has an approximate runtime of an hour and a half, will be as follows: Leg 1: Woodbine Thoroughbred Race 6 Leg 2: Woodbine Thoroughbred Race 7 Leg 3: Woodbine Standardbred Race 1 Leg 4: Woodbine Standardbred Race 2 First race post time on Fridays is 4:05 p.m. at Woodbine Racetrack and 7:50 p.m. at Woodbine Mohawk Park. For more information, including free Woodbine Standardbred past performances (uploaded every Wednesday), visit Woodbine.com/pick4 or Woodbine.com/mohawk/pick4.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

MILTON, AUG. 12, 2019 - Hambletonian champion Forbidden Trade returned to Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening and pushed his lifetime earnings over $1 million with his second Gold Series win of the season. In their first start since the two-heat Hambletonian on Aug. 3, Forbidden Trade and driver Bob McClure lined up at Post 1 in Monday's $105,600 Gold Series division and got away third as All Wrapped Up and Cool Clifford battled to a :27.3 opening quarter. McClure sent Forbidden Trade after the leaders heading for the :57 half, but All Wrapped Up and driver Louis-Philippe Roy had no interest in yielding to the heavy favourites. The pair matched strides past the 1:24.3 three-quarters and on down the stretch until Forbidden Trade got a head in front of All Wrapped Up to claim the 1:53 victory. Cool Clifford finished three and three-quarter lengths behind the duelling leaders in third. "In the Hambletonian he got two nice trips and well, tonight I drove him absolutely terrible and he still won, so it just shows how nice a horse he is," said McClure. "All class, heart, whatever, he's the whole package." "He's a special horse for sure," added trainer Luc Blais. "It was a tough mile, he came first over and he battled until the wire. The horse of Mr. (Rob) Fellows (All Wrapped Up) was good tonight, he fought at the wire too. That was a good race." The win was Forbidden Trade's second on the three-year-old trotting colt Gold Series circuit and his sixth of the season. Through his nine sophomore starts the Kadabra colt has earned $724,441, and with the $300,436 he earned in his division leading two-year-old season, he has now banked $1,024,877 for owner Determination of Montreal, QC. "Me and Luc (Blais) were looking at him after the race and I made a joke to Luc, I said, 'Geez he's getting a little fat Luc,'" said McClure with a laugh. "He looks great. He doesn't look like a horse that's been through what he has, he looks fresh and happy and healthy and he's got a nice belly on him. It's amazing how well he came out of that race (Hambletonian). "He gets a well-deserved break now," the Rockwood, ON resident added. Forbidden Trade will enjoy some time in the paddock at Blais' Campbellville farm before resuming his stakes schedule in September. Woodbine Mohawk Park hosts the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts on Sept. 6 and the Canadian Trotting Classic on Sept. 13, followed by the last regular season Gold Series event on Sept. 26. The top 10 point earners from the regular season will then wrap up their Ontario Sires Stakes careers in the Oct. 12 Super Final. "We're going to concentrate on the end of the year, it will be a very intense couple of months," said Blais, adding that Forbidden Trade has the advantage of not having to travel for the Canadian Trotting Classic or the Breeders Crown, which Woodbine Mohawk Park will host on Oct. 26. "He's got his own paddock and he loves that you know. When we came back from New Jersey, he was happy to come back home." After scoring his first Gold Series win of the sophomore campaign in Monday's other $105,600 division, trainer Shane Arsenault is hoping that Knight Angel will have enough points to join Forbidden Trade in the season-ending Super Final. Starting from Post 2, Knight Angel and driver Doug McNair stalked fan favourite Southwind Avenger through fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:26 before finding an opening in the stretch and sprinting home to a neck victory in 1:54.4. Southwind Avenger settled for second and While Your Up was two lengths back in third. "My dad (Lou Arsenault) once told me, he said, 'There's nothing like winning a horse race to make you feel good,' and that's so true," said Freelton resident Arsenault, who celebrated in the winner's circle with his co-owners Justin Fisher of Cambridge, Gary Leeming of Simcoe and Giuseppe Mascia of Mississauga, ON. "Tonight we're pretty ecstatic." Arsenault added that the win, Knight Angel's fifth of the season, might even be enough to erase the memory of the hospital stay he endured courtesy of the Archangel son in the fall of 2017. "It's been quite a road with Knight Angel. I bought him out of London and I brought him home, was working with him the next day and everything was fine, and then I went to work with him again and he put the boots to me and I ended up in the hospital for a couple days with a broken pelvis," Arsenault recalled. "I think after tonight he's redeemed himself. "It was a bumpy start and now - it took us almost two full years - but I'm going to forgive him now," said Arsenault with a chuckle. The trainer noted that Knight Angel still has his feisty moments, but has largely settled into a steady routine. He has also been fairly steady in Gold Series action, recording one third, one fourth and one fifth in addition to Monday's win for a total of 75 points, good enough for sixth spot in the standings heading into the last regular season event. Complete results from Monday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0812wbsbsn.dat. Next up on Woodbine Mohawk Park's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are the two-year-old pacing colts, who will compete in five Grassroots divisions on Thursday, Aug. 15. The freshman pacing colts will open the evening at 7:10 pm in the first race and also compete in Races 3, 4, 5, and 9.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, JULY 30, 2019 - A shift from the Gold Series to the Grassroots saw two-year-old trotting filly Jula Shes Magic cruise to her first-ever harness racing victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening. "I think, deep down, she is a Gold filly," said trainer Susanne Kerwood of Rockwood, ON. "She's just really green, that's pretty much it. Obviously, she's a very, very fast filly, we've just got to be able to maybe control her speed a little bit." Starting from the outside Post 10 Jula Shes Magic rocketed away from the starting gate to an eight length lead by the quarter-mile marker, which she reached in :27.3. The filly, in rein to Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic, carried on to a :57.1 half, 12 lengths ahead of the field, and a 1:27.3 three-quarters, one and one-half lengths ahead of fast-moving challenger Canadian Titan. In the stretch Jula Shes Magic held off Canadian Titan's advance and hit the wire one and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:57.4. Alpina was six lengths behind the leaders in third. Kerwood conditions the daughter of Kadabra and $1.2 million winner Windsong Soprano for Jula Racing Inc. of Delray Beach, FL who offered up $100,000 for the filly at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Tuesday's outing was the filly's third lifetime. She finished seventh in the July 11 Gold Series season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and second in a two-year-old trotting filly conditioned event at the Milton oval on July 23. "Tommy Andersson trained her in Florida and he kept telling me 'This is one of the nicest fillies I've ever sat behind'," said Kerwood. "And she's definitely right there, that's for sure. "She's kind of a, she's a pretty opinionated lady. She kind of wants it a little bit her way," the trainer continued. "I just think a couple starts, she's not a dummy, she's going to learn to be able to rate her (speed), but right now she just wants to go." So long as Jula Shes Magic bounces back well from Tuesday's effort Kerwood expects she will return to the Gold Series for her fourth lifetime start. The Gold fillies will compete at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 9 while the Grassroots lasses head to Hiawatha Horse Park on August 10. "I think she's going to learn to control her speed and she'll be fine. I am happy to have her in my barn, that's for sure," said Kerwood. Driver Bob McClure of Rockwood won two of the $23,500 Grassroots divisions, kicking things off in Race 1 with Yen and wrapping them up eight races later with Fluff. From Post 7, McClure was able to settle Yen in second as Brinys A Flirt took the field to a :28.3 opening quarter. The pair continued to sit on the rail as the lead changed hands heading for the 1:00 half and by the 1:30.3 three-quarters they were hemmed in by the fillies rolling up the outer lane. In the stretch McClure angled Yen out four wide and the filly showed off an impressive turn off foot, reeling in the leaders to get her first win in 1:59.2. Fan favourite Bra In The Wind finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second, just ahead of Scorched Romance. "She is a nice gaited, mature filly. She should get stronger and improve through the year," said McClure of the E L Titan daughter trained by Carlisle, ON resident Julie Walker. "With Julie and Bert (Jean Bernard Renaud), you know they'll take their time with her." Overseas Farms Ltd. of Cambridge, ON bred and own Yen, who finished third in the July 14 Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs. In the last division McClure and Fluff were saddled with the outside Post 10 and landed in seventh heading for the :28.2 opening quarter. McClure continued to sit on the rail as pacesetter Moana progressed to a :59.1 half and then tipped Fluff into the outer lane behind Warrawee Vulcan and Barnum heading for the 1:30 three-quarters. Coming off the final turn McClure showed Fluff a clear lane and the fan favourite powered past the leaders to a three and one-quarter length victory in 1:58.4. Aphrodite Duke squeaked through on the rail to be second and Kads Kiss closed late for third. McClure crafted Fluff's second straight win for trainer Pat Hunt of Cambridge, breeder Glengate Farms of Erin and their partner Goldfinger Stables of Hamilton, ON. The Royalty For Life daughter was also a winner in her first lifetime start with a 2:00 clocking in an overnight event at Georgian Downs on July 21. "Fluff is a little silly, but she has a real good turn of foot," said McClure of the youngster. "I think she's a nice filly in the making." The other three Grassroots divisions went to GP Dreamin, Princesspartypants and Mag N Roses. Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou piloted Cornaro Dasolo daughter GP Dreamin to a 1:59.4 score in her first lifetime start for his father, trainer Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville, and owner Carolyn Polillo of Brantford, ON. Pier Ho Kado was four and one-quarter lengths back in second and St Helens rounded out the top three. Fan favourites Princesspartypants and trainer-driver Roger Mayotte went straight to the front in the fourth division and never looked back, sailing home to a one and one-half length victory over Goddess De Vie in 1:59.4. Cute Accountant was nine lengths back in third. Mississauga resident Mayotte conditions the Muscle Mass filly for Just In Time Stable of Mississauga, R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington and Big Als Stables Inc. of Woodbridge, ON. Also sent off as the fan's top choice, Mag N Roses and driver Louis-Philippe Roy of Guelph, ON cruised to a four and one-quarter length victory in the fifth division. Craving You and Expelliarmus finished second and third. Roy engineered the Royalty For Life daughter's first win for trainer Jean Francois Maguire of Carlisle and his partners Julie Malenfant of Carlisle, ON and Richard Legris of St-Charles-Borromee, QC. On Friday Woodbine Mohawk Park will host the three-year-old pacing colts for their third Gold Series leg, featuring Meadowlands Pace winner Best In Show, who will start from Post 10 in the $158,000 contest. The pacing colts will square off in the seventh race on Friday's card, which gets under way at 7:50 pm.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

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

ELORA, JULY 24, 2019 - The favourites in Wednesday's two-year-old trotting filly event at Grand River Raceway made winning $70,000 Gold Series harness races look as easy as taking an evening stroll. With a flawless record of three wins in three starts, fans made Warrawee Vicky a heavy favourite in the first division and driver Sylvain Filion never gave them cause to doubt their judgement. Leaving from Post 5 the reinsman eased Warrawee Vicky around the first turn and took control just after the :28.4 quarter. After leading the field of seven through a :59.2 half and a 1:31.1 three-quarters, Filion opened up the throttle slightly in the stretch and Warrawee Vicky pulled away to a two and three-quarter length victory in 2:01.1. Pocket-sitter P L Nikita finished second, three lengths ahead of Highland Foxytrotr. "We brought her over here actually last Wednesday and schooled her and took her off the gate no problem," said trainer Scott McEneny, who had been mildly worried that the filly was getting a little aggressive after her fist Gold Series win on July 11. "Sylvain said she was really good in the first turn, he took her out of the way then moved her back to the front, kind of a training mile he said. He got a nice third quarter into her and she was well in hand at the wire." McEneny trains Warrawee Vicky for Brad Grant of Milton, ON, who purchased the daughter of Royalty For Life and The Tall Poppy following her June 25 racing debut. Since then the filly has added three more wins and $80,566 to her resume. "She's pretty good. I'm pretty happy with her anyways right now. Robbie (Robinson) did a great job with her and I've got to respect Brad Grant for stepping up and buying her. He's not afraid to do that," said Puslinch, ON resident McEneny. "She looks the part and hopefully we keep going." In the second $72,266 division fans selected She Rocks Kemp and Paul MacDonell as their top choice from Post 1. The pair got away third as Emily Antoinette led the field to a :29 opening quarter and MacDonell moved She Rocks Kemp into the outer lane heading for the 1:00.1 half rung up by Shape Shifter. She Rocks Kemp made steady progress forward and had the edge on the pacesetter at the 1:31.1 three-quarters. A strong finish saw She Rocks Kemp open up a one and one-half length margin on Shape Shifter, with Emily Antoinette two more lengths back in third. "I don't think the half-mile track is her forte, but she was very good. I was very pleased with the way she stuck to it," said trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. "She got a little rough a couple times, but Mac (MacDonell) did a good job with her and she's a good strong filly and finished up good, so I was really thrilled with the way she raced." New Jersey-based Norman trains the Kadabra daughter for Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Pinske Stables of Plato, MN. Wednesday's outing was the filly's first victory, but Norman expects the youngster will continue to progress through the three remaining Gold Series events. "She's really nice, I think she's going to improve as she goes along," said the trainer. "She's got a good head on her and trots good, and I know Mac likes her, so we're looking forward to the next leg." She Rocks Kemp and her freshman trotting filly peers will make their third Gold Series start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 9. In spite of starting from Post 6, Intense Justice led from start to finish in the last division, cruising home a four and one-quarter length winner in 2:04.2. Zebs Flur finished second and SOS Playhard rounded out the top three. Chris Christoforou engineered the victory for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. The win was the Justice Hall daughter's second, but her first in Gold Series action. "I can say nothing about her wrong, because she likes to go, she likes her job," said Fontaine. "She's like her brother, she's the sister to Only For Justice, so she's like him, they like their job and they like to work." Fontaine noted that Christoforou, who has piloted the filly's three-year-old brother Only For Justice to two Gold Series wins this season, liked Intense Justice the first time he sat behind her. "The first time when he qualified her, he said to me, 'Dany listen, the colt is a very nice colt, but this one, she's better'. I said, 'You serious?' He said, 'Yes. This one she can trot. She has a lot of speed'," recalled Fontaine. "She is good and she does everything right. You can't complain about her." Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Grand River Raceway on Monday, Aug. 5 when the three-year-old pacing colts will compete in their third Grassroots events on the track's popular Industry Day program. Complete results for Wednesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0724grvrn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

INNISFIL, JULY 23, 2019 - Ontario's top two-year-old trotting colts made their second Gold Series start at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening and the top two colts from the first leg swapped places in both harness racing divisions. In the first $105,600 division Hetalkstoangels hustled away from the starting gate and led the field of seven trotters to a :28 opening quarter. Favourite Port Perry led the parade up the outer lane heading for the :58.2 half, followed closely by second choice Blue Cupertino. By the 1:27.4 three-quarters the favourites had advanced to within a length of Hetalkstoangels and as the colts turned for home it was clear the pacesetter would not hold off the challengers. Port Perry turned for home with an advantage, but Blue Cupertino trotted hard down the stretch and caught the favourite at the wire, getting a head in front for the 1:57.1 victory. The result was the reverse of the July 4 opening leg, where Port Perry hit the wire first and Blue Cupertino was second. Scamp, who was fifth in the season opener, improved to third. "He's a nice little trotter. He's been a nice horse all winter," said trainer Gregg McNair of Blue Cupertino. "We had the sister (Pink Dandelions) to him last year. I probably wouldn't have bought this one without knowing a little bit about the family, that's why we took a shot at this one." Doug McNair of Guelph drove Blue Cupertino to the win for his father and the elder McNair's partners, McKinlay & Fielding of Toronto, ON and breeder Crawford Farms Racing of Syracuse, NY. The trip was ideal for the son of Kadabra and Rise N Shine, who needs a cautious hand on the lines. "You've got to watch him. He wears trotting hopples, they're on him for a reason," said the trainer. "He can go though, he just, he's a little lazy and then he's got to know you're wanting to ask him to go before you ask. If you just tap him or something he's apt to fly out of gear on you." A $20,000 purchase out of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Tuesday's win pushed Blue Cupertino's early season earnings to $79,800. "I've had a few horses with Jim (Fielding) before and not much luck, so I'm kind of glad we got a little luck with this guy - a little luck, lots of luck," added Guelph, ON resident McNair. "They're hard to get, the Gold wins, they're real hard to get. It's a good feeling when it happens." The second $106,400 division saw driver Scott Young hustle Crossfit Mouse away from Post 2 and carve out fractions of :29.4, :59.3 and 1:29 on the way to a 1:57.2 victory. Fan favourite Threefiftytwo mounted a late charge, but could not reel in the pacesetter, finishing one length back in second. Horse Trader was two more lengths behind in third. In the season opener both Crossfit Mouse and Threefiftytwo laid down impressive last quarters, with Threefiftytwo prevailing by a head. Horse Trader started his Ontario Sires Stakes career with a win in the Grassroots opener at Georgian Downs on July 7. Guelph resident Young drove Crossfit Mouse for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville, ON and owner Determination of Montreal, QC, who acquired the Muscle Mass colt after the first Gold event. Blais and Determination also acquired Threefiftytwo following the Gold Series season opener, and purchased Port Perry for $85,000 out of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last fall, giving them a powerful entry in the freshman trotting colt division this summer. "A little bit nervous you know, with a new horse, but they raced super good," said Blais of Crossfit Mouse and Threefiftytwo. "I think they're going to be two nice horses too. They showed the first start at Mohawk that they were nice horses, but that was the first time they race for us and everything turned out good. "They're all different, three horses, all different," Blais added. "Port Perry is a big horse, strong, tall. Crossfit is more stocky and low gait, and the other one looks like an athlete, Threefiftytwo. They're all different." Crossfit Mouse's victory was Young's first in Gold Series action and the 27-year-old driver was grateful to Blais and Determination principal Serge Godin for giving him the opportunity. "He's a complete professional and a beautiful colt. I was very fortunate to drive a colt like this, I'm grateful to Luc and the owner for the opportunity," said Young. "I grew up wanting to win stake races some day and to win a Gold is fantastic and completely rewarding, a dream come true." The Blais trio and their freshman trotting colt peers will make their third Gold Series start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 8. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, August 13 with the fourth Gold Series Leg for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0723geodfn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, July 22, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park is calling on all dog owners to register their best friend in its inaugural Doggy Derby on Saturday, August 3. The Doggy Derby is open to Beagles, Bull Dogs, Boston Terriers and Dachshunds. The entry fee is just $30 and the dogs will be competing for a grand prize of $500. Dogs will compete against their own breed in qualifying heats. The top-three dogs from each breed will advance to the championship race, which will take place on the main racetrack. Participants and their dogs will be able to relax and enjoy the evening in the 'Puppy Parlour', which will include food and beverage, lounge and seating area, doggy bowls, doggy treats and a photo booth. All participants will take home a 'Doggy Gift Bag'. Sign in will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. and the races will take place throughout the evening. Participants can view the full details and register their dog for the Doggy Derby by visiting www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

OTTAWA, JULY 21, 2019 - Six divisions of three-year-old trotting colts battled over the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval on Sunday evening and All Wrapped Up saved the best for last - a 1:54.1 track record in the final Gold Series harness racing split. All Wrapped Up and driver Louis-Philippe Roy charged away from Post 5 and as they rolled through fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:26.1 two lengths in front of their peers there was little doubt about the eventual outcome of the race. The only question was how fast the fan favourites would go and whether the Rideau Carleton track record was in jeopardy. Down the stretch Roy kept his foot on the accelerator and when All Wrapped Up powered across the finish line almost four lengths ahead of Jumpshot and Gold Edition, the teletimer delivered the news - 1:54.1, a new track record. "I always thought he was one of the best of his division, if he behaves," said Roy, who drives All Wrapped Up for trainer Robert Fellows. "Tonight Robert made a few changes on his equipment, adding trotting hopples, and he was all business. He was still very strong at the wire." All Wrapped Up's impressive mile took three-fifths of a second off the former 1:54.4 track record set by Try Try Again in August 2017 and matched by Dream Nation in the second Gold division on Sunday. Rockwood, ON resident Fellows shares ownership of the Archangel gelding with Arpad Szabo of Bradford, ON and Blair Corbeil and Mike McAllister of Beaumont, AB. Sunday's victory was All Wrapped Up's first in Gold Series action. In his three previous Gold Series appearances, one as a two-year-old and two this season, the gelding had made breaks and finished well back of the leaders. When the fractious youngster made his fourth miscue of eight starts in a July 12 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park Fellows decided it was time to try the trotting hopples and the decision paid immediate dividends, giving All Wrapped Up his sixth career win and pushing his earnings to $83,313. All Wrapped Up's record setting mile came on the heels of Dream Nation's track record equalling performance in the second $71,467 Gold division. Unlike his record-setting peer, Dream Nation stalked fan favourite Southwind Avenger through fractions of :28.4, :57.4 and 1:26.4 before sprinting down the stretch to a head victory in 1:54.4. Southwind Avenger settled for second and Esa was three lengths back in third. Sylvain Filion drove Archangel son Dream Nation to his first Gold Series win of the season for trainer Jacques Dupont and owners Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, Ecurie CSL of Sorel-Tracy, Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc., St-Hyacinthe and Marc Camirand of Montreal, QC. The other Gold Series division went to Only For Justice and driver Chris Christoforou, who cruised through fractions of :29.2, :58.3 and 1:28.1 on their way to a one and three-quarter length win in 1:56. Manatlas finished second and JMR Pinarello was well back in third. It was the second Gold Series win, and third of the season for Only For Justice, who also captured his division of the Gold Series opener at Flamboro Downs before running into his own early season hiccups. "He win at Flamboro, easy, so we think he can be all right in the (June 15) Goodtimes and the next (June 24) Gold, but he make a mistake in the Gold and he was sick in the Goodtimes Final," said Dany Fontaine, who trains Only For Justice for Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. "But after that he had a rest for two weeks and we go to Three Rivers (July 12), and at Three Rivers the competition is not very strong, you know, so he have a good training," said Fontaine of the Justice Hall son's win in the July 12 leg of the Breeders Cup Series. "And tonight, you know a short field like that and this horse he likes to leave the gate, he was good. He's a nice horse." Sunday's win moves Only For Justice into second spot in the three-year-old trotting colt Gold Series standings with 100 points, 25 behind leader Southwind Avenger. In addition to the Gold Series divisions, Rideau Carleton Raceway also hosted three Grassroots divisions with CT Conabra, Royale Elite and Cool Clifford emerging victorious. Sunday's start marked CT Conabra's sophomore debut. The Kadabra colt and driver Doug McNair led through all stations before trotting under the wire one length in front of fan favourite Southwind Frost in 1:56.1. Archway rounded out the top three. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON trains CT Conabra for Brad Grant of Milton and Jason Badder of Thamesville, ON. Fan favourite Royale Elite and driver Jonathan Drury took command heading for the half and held off a closing Fitzgibbons to secure a three-quarter length victory in 1:57 in the second division. Lifetime Royalty finished three lengths back in third. Shawn Steacy of Guelph, ON trains Royalty For Life son Royale Elite for owner-breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. Cool Clifford went gate-to-wire from Post 3 in the third $22,800 Grassroots division. The Kadabra gelding and driver Sylvain Filion hit the wire in 1:56, three-quarters of a length ahead of Isnt He An Angel and four ahead of Judge Ken. Scott McEneny of Waterdown, ON trains Cool Clifford, who started his season at the Gold Series level, for Brad Grant of Milton and Martwest Racing Stable of Mississauga, ON. The three-year-old trotting colts and geldings will make their next Ontario Sires Stakes starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park, August 12 for the Gold colts and August 19 for the Grassroots contenders. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, August 25 with Gold and Grassroots action for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Complete results from Sunday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0721ridcfn.dat.   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, JULY 18, 2019 - Fillies of both the pacing and trotting persuasion invaded Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday night for six Grassroots and two Gold Series divisions and sophomore trotting filly Bright Eyes M delivered a standout harness racing performance in the first $105,600 Gold contest, romping to a four length victory in 1:53. Sent off as the heavy favourites, regular reinsman Stephen Byron and Bright Eyes M went straight to the front from Post 7 and reached the quarter pole in :27.1. Byron eased off the accelerator in the second quarter, reaching the half in :57.2, which allowed Royal Esteem to catch Bright Eyes M and lead the field to a 1:25 three-quarters. Royal Esteem's lead was short lived however, as Bright Eyes M powered down the stretch to her third straight Gold Series victory. Royal Esteem was a comfortable second, one length ahead of Mercedes Talma. "You get a little nervous when that happens, but I was always worried about her being on the front end because she can stop up on you. She's getting a little more manageable all the time, but she's certainly got her own mind," said trainer John Bax of Royal Esteem rolling past the fan favourite. "She's got the desire, you can't teach that," the Campbellville resident continued. "She digs in and she says, 'I'm taking this, get the heck out of my way'." In her seven sophomore starts Bright Eyes M has posted five wins and two seconds, banking $208,505 for owners Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY. Her next Gold Series start is on August 13 at Georgian Downs and Bax says the Kadabra filly will likely make one overnight start before then. "I've got to decide what to do on that, but so far it's been like every two weeks and that's pretty nice," said the trainer. "I think she could use it and I think it's good for her mental state as much as her physical state. I'll play it by ear, give her a week off and then see where we go from there." The other $105,600 Gold Series split saw Teddys Littleangel catch fan favourite Haveoneforme in the stretch to record her second straight Gold win. Driver Doug McNair moved Teddys Littleangel smartly away from Post 6 and the filly led the field to a :28.2 quarter before yielding to the heavily favoured Haveoneforme. Haveoneforme marched on to a :57.4 half and 1:26.1 three-quarters and turned for home one and one-half lengths in front, but Teddys Littleangel had something in reserve and got a neck in front at the wire to claim the 1:54.4 victory. Haveoneforme settled for second and Angies Luckeylady closed hard for third. "She was really good tonight, nice easy fractions and she kicked home when she had too," said Ted MacDonnell, who trains Teddys Littleangel for owner-breeder Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, ON. Teddys Littleangel was also a narrow winner in the July 3 Gold Series event at Grand River Raceway and MacDonnell is relieved to see the winner of $266,893 getting back on track after a shaky start to the sophomore campaign. "It's just been a work in progress. Her blood kind of got out of kilter on me and just a few little things," said Allenford, ON resident MacDonnell. "I think we've got her back now, she seems back to her hold self." Like Bax, MacDonnell will be looking for one start for the Archangel daughter before the August 13 Gold Series event. Flanking the Gold Series divisions were six Grassroots splits for the two-year-old pacing fillies and fractional ownership venture TheStable.ca captured two of them with Capistrano and Wiggle Delight. Capistrano made it back-to-back Grassroots victories with an impressive effort in the first $23,150 division. The Warrawee Needy daughter and driver Phil Hudon controlled the tempo from Post 1, rolling through fractions of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:25.1, but appeared to be bested in the stretch before clawing their way back to a head victory in 1:53.4. Challenger Landry Seelster settled for second and Look N Fabulous finished third. "Capistrano clearly has no quit in her. From Day 1, being a smaller filly, everyone cheered for her in the barn," said TheStable.ca founder and president Anthony MacDonald of Guelph. "Her popularity has only grown with the addition of Doug Gilmour to the ownership and her hard fought victory tonight." NHL Hall of Famer Gilmour joined TheStable Capistrano Group after the filly won her division of the July 9 Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a commanding effort from Post 9. Phil Hudon drove Capistrano for the first time in her debut and has clearly hit it off with the filly, who is trained for TheStable.ca by Harry Poulton of Milton, ON. Wiggle Delight won the fifth division with a 1:54 effort over fan favourite Got Power and No Where To Hide. It was the Bettors Delight daughter's first lifetime win after starting her career with a seventh-place result in the July 8 Gold Series opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Acton, ON resident Mario Baillargeon trains and drives Wiggle Delight for TheStable.ca clients Panic Stable LLC of Itasca, IL. "Wiggle Delight found some class relief to her liking tonight," noted MacDonald. "Mario and James (MacDonald) have always thought very highly of her and she certainly looked good tonight." The other Grassroots winners were Sportswriter fillies Coqui Coqui and Preeminence who both stopped the clock at 1:54.2, Sunshine Beach daughter Sunshine Hall in 1:55.1 and Shadow Play filly Scotians Shadow in 1:54.4. The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their third Grassroots start at Hanover Raceway on August 24. Woodbine Mohawk Park fans will be treated to a second round of two-year-old pacing filly action on Friday, July 19 as the Campbellville oval hosts a pair of $106,400 Gold Series divisions. Friday's program gets under way at 7:50 pm and the fillies will be featured in Races 3 and 8. Complete results from Thursday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0718wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

INNISFIL, JULY 16, 2019 - Thirty-nine of Ontario's talented three-year-old trotting fillies took a star turn at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, highlighting a harness racing card that was dedicated to fillies and mares. In the first $23,500 Grassroots division fans sent Halo Its Me off as their top choice and the Archangel daughter did not disappoint. In rein to Robert Shepherd the filly got away fifth from Post 2, watching as Blue Magic and Checkmate Titan battled through the :27.4 quarter and :56.4 half. Heading for the 1:25.4 three-quarters Shepherd sent Halo Its Me after embattled pacesetter Blue Magic and the favourite cruised down the stretch to a two length victory in 1:56.3. Blue Magic stayed game for second and Petro Hall was third. It was the third win of the season, and the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action, for Halo Its Me, who is trained by Connie Chisholm. Brighton residents Connie and David Chisholm also bred and own the filly, who lowered her personal best by three seconds and boosted her lifetime earnings to $28,045 with the win. The second split saw Splurge On Me capture her sixth straight win with a front-end effort for local reinsman Stephen Byron of Thornton. The fan favourites took command just after the :27.4 quarter and cruised through fractions of :58.1 and 1:27.2 on their way to the 1:56.3 victory. Champagne Jane trotted into second and P L Molly rounded out the top three. Splurge On Me has not been defeated since a third-place result in the June 4 Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Kadabra daughter won her second Grassroots start at Dresden Raceway on July 1 and has captured four overnight events at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the last five weeks. Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh trains the winner of $90,612 and the Windsor, ON resident also bred and owns the filly in partnership with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. Scott Young drove both Blue Magic and Champagne Jane to their runner-up results in the first two divisions, but the reinsman found the winner's circle in the third. Starting from Post 1 with Absynthe Hanover, Young settled the fan favourite in third early as Magically Hip rang up fractions of :28 and :57.3 then went after the pacesetter heading for the 1:26.3 three-quarters. Absynthe Hanover easily gained control and sailed down the stretch to a three length victory in 1:56.4. Mattys Smilin finished second and Byron and Royal Rhythm closed well to claim third. "She raced great. She's been very good to me, winning the City of London and now a Grassroots," said Young of Absynthe Hanover. "I was very happy with her tonight." Young steers the Kadabra daughter for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville, ON and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. In addition to the May 31 City of London Final at The Raceway at Western Fair District and Tuesday's Grassroots division, the pair also has a trio of overnight wins to their credit. Young doubled his on-the-board finishes in Ontario Sires Stakes action with Tuesday's results and was grateful to trainers Blais, Susanne Kerwood and Shane Weber for the opportunity to add to his provincial point tally. "It was an excellent night for sure," said the reinsman. "Very thankful for the opportunity from the trainers to be able to drive some nice fillies." The last Grassroots division saw Order Mattie go gate-to-wire from Post 6, holding off a hard-closing Madam Shazam for a one-half length victory in 1:59.1. Victoriahasasecret completed the top three. Bowmanville resident Doug Brown drives and trains Order Mattie for Todd Coleman of Paris, ON and Jackson Wittup of Calgary, AB. Tuesday's win was the Angus Hall daughter's third of the season and her first of the sophomore Grassroots campaign. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Clinton Raceway on August 11. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs next Tuesday, July 23 with the second Gold event for the two-year-old trotting colts. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0716geodfn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

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

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