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ELORA, ON - The stage is set for the July 28th elimination rounds of Grand River Raceway's signature race, the 17th annual Battle Of Waterloo and its sister dash, the sixth annual Battle Of The Belles. The top nine finishers for each of these elimination events for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacers, advance to their respective finals during the track's 24th annual harness racing celebration, Industry Day, on August 4 (post time 1:30). Legendary Hall Of Fame driver John Campbell will make his Grand River Raceway debut, as listed by trainer Robert McIntosh, who has one hopeful in each of the Battle elims. Campbell is harness racing's all-time leading money-winning driver with over $290 million in career earnings and 10,600 wins. The Ailsa Craig, ON native resides in New Jersey and is widely considered to be the best reinsman in the history of the sport. Grand River Raceway will interview Campbell at the start of the broadcast (6:15 p.m.) on Monday. Fans can pose questions for Campbell by posting on the contest thread on Grand River Raceway's Facebook page before Monday at noon. Vying for a berth in the $217,140 Battle Of Waterloo are 17 colts in two divisions (races five and nine). Casie Coleman, a five-time winner of the O'Brien Award for Canadian Trainer Of The Year, has four Battle Of Waterloo elimination starters - two in each division. In race five, the Cambridge, ON trainer will send out Southwind Indy (with driver Chris Christoforou) from post five and Mikes Powerhouse from post one. Both colts won their last starts over the Elora, ON oval in Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) action. Grand River Raceway's top driver, Trevor Henry, will pilot Mikes Powerhouse, a full brother to millionaire pacer Michaels Power. The 2012 Horse Of The Year was also campaigned by Coleman for breeder/owner Jeffrey Snyder of NY. In race seven, Sportskeeper and early favourite Bob Ben And John round our Coleman's hopefuls. Again, both colts won their most recent starts at Grand River Raceway in Ontario Sires Stakes divisions. Both colts are sired by Sportswriter - another former millionaire pupil of Coleman's. At just 33, Coleman has already won many of harness racing's biggest races, but is still chasing a victory in the Battle Of Waterloo. The Battle Of Waterloo has also eluded Hall Of Fame trainer Robert McIntosh. His chestnut homebred hopeful Go Daddy Go was second to Bob Ben And John at Grand River Raceway on July 16. He'll leave from post five in race five with John Campbell. Carl Jamieson is a five-time winner of the race, including the inaugural edition in 1998. He trains the morningline favourite in race five, Sporting The Look. Purchased as a yearling for $72,000, the colt was an impressive winner in 1:53.2 in his second career outing at Mohawk Racetrack. He led the field but made a costly break in stride during an OSS Gold event at Grand River on July 16 and finished out of the money. Jody Jamieson will steer him in race five from post eight. Eliminations for the $138,000 Battle Of The Belles will be contested by 27 fillies in three divisions (races 2, 4 and 7). Local trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON won the race last year with Lady Shadow. In the 2014 edition, he has two fillies vying for a starting position in the final. In the first division, Solar Sister is a regally-bred lass looking for her maiden win. Doug McNair will pilot the Mach Three miss from post seven for David Willmot and Clay Harland Horner. The duo also owned Solar Sister's dam, Cabrini Hanover - a $350,000 yearling which went on to win $1.4 million and 13 races. She was named Canada's top freshman filly in 2004. Betty And The Jets is McNair's second shot at the final. Jody Jamieson will steer her from the trailing starting position (post nine) in race four. In addition to their Battle Of Waterloo starters, Casie Coleman and Robert McIntosh are also stocked with Battle Of The Belles hopefuls. Coleman has one Sportswriter filly in each of three divisions, while McIntosh has a lone homebred, Brilliant Idea, in race two. Finalists & Post Position Draw Post positions for the finals will be drawn as follows: Post Position Draw for the Battle Of The Belles: Drawn live on the Tarmac Show after race 8 on July 28. (Top three finishers from each of the three elimination divisions advance to the final on August 4.) Post Position Draw for the Battle Of Waterloo: Drawn live on the Tarmac Show after race 10 on July 28. (Top four finishers from each of the two elimination divisions, plus one of the fifth-place finishers - as drawn by lot - advance to the final on August 4.) Post time for race one on Monday, July 28 is 6:30 p.m. For complete Industry Day details, visit www.IndustryDayCelebration.com Kelly Spencer

Harness racing father and son trainer and driver teams combined to win the final two $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies this afternoon at Clinton Raceway. Both duos won their respective events with a daughter of Mach Three, the fastest of which was Wicked Speed. With Scott Young in the sulky for trainer, co-owner and dad Bob Young, the diminutive lass went gate to wire in :30, 1:00, 1:30.2 and stopped the clock in 1:59 over Brilliant Idea and Hurricane Trina. It was the second straight win in as many lifetime starts for Wicked Speed who made her debut in an overnight at Clinton last Sunday where she won by five lengths to earn $2,000. That effort combined with today’s winnings find the filly paid for as she cost $10,000 at last year’s Lexington Select Sale for Bob Young of Guelph, Ontario and partner Marsha Sugarman of Status Stables, Ma. Young noted that the filly’s price was likely as a result of her stature. “She’s grown quite a bit since we got her and I think she’ll grow more by the time she’s three. She has a big, powerful rear end on her. She wears a fairly long hopple, 57 1/2 inches and no boots. “She’s done everything right from day one. She’s got tons of brains and likes her work,” he praised. Doug McNair was at the lines for dad Gregg in the fourth division with Mach Denali who managed to win by more than two lengths despite suffering interference just past the three-quarters when the lead filly made a break. Mach Denali was home in 2:01 over Jinglewriter and Ok Heartbeat. Gregg McNair, also of Guelph, shares ownership of the filly with Tony Lawrence and William Brown of Hanover and Paul Kidd from Guelph. This was the first lifetime win for the filly in three tries. Doug McNair also piloted the fastest winner on this afternoon’s card, Kastie Snoops who tripped the timer in 1:58.4. Tony O’Sullivan trains the Sportswriter filly, a half-sister to $573,000 winner Dalhousie Dave, for owner/breeder John Fielding of Toronto. The other two divisions were captured by Stonebridge Quest (Camluck) and Trevor Henry in 2:00.4 and Chase The Shadows (Shadow Play) with Ryan Holliday up in 1:59. The next Grassroots test for this group will be at Mohawk on August 11. To view the complete results from today’s card, please click Clinton Results - July 20. Ontario Sire Stakes

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 17 - Mister Herbie, a two-time harness racing O'Brien Award winner, will make his third appearance in the Maple Leaf Trot this Saturday night, at Mohawk Racetrack. Owned and trained by Jeff Gillis, the six-year-old millionaire son of Here Comes Herbie is overlooked on the morning line at odds of 15-1 with favoured Sebastian K, a decisive 2/5 mutuel favourite, capturing most of the attention. However, it was only two years ago that Mister Herbie, sent to post at 8-1, upset the heavily-favoured Chapter Seven to win the Maple Leaf Trot with a strong stretch run in a stakes and track record clocking of 1:50.4. "I'd take a repeat of that," grinned Gillis. Stepping up against Sebastian K, the world's fastest trotter (1:49), on Saturday, Gillis knows that Mister Herbie will have to be at his best. In 2012, Chapter Seven was a well-backed favourite, but certainly not as touted as Sebastian K. "It's not to the same extent," agreed Gillis. "Sebastian K looks fairly invincible when you can leave as hard as he can, and then come some pretty wicked back halves. "It's pretty hard to figure out a strategy to beat that. But, that's why we run the race. Favourites go down. Horses are not machines and they can come up with a less than one hundred percent performance. Someone could take a run at him." Mister Herbie is lightly raced this campaign. He made his qualifying debut by trotting home a dominant 15-length winner in 1:55.3 on June 6, his first start since an even effort at Meadowlands Racetrack in late November. He's posted a trio of second-place runs since that qualifier including a runner-up effort to Market Share in last week's elimination, the very rival Mister Herbie chased home in the 2013 edition of the Maple Leaf Trot. Gillis was intent on giving his champion gelding some time off this winter following a year in which Mister Herbie won just once, yet still banked $492,607 in purse earnings thanks to six runner-up finishes in stakes competition. "He spent eight weeks in Kentucky. We deliberately brought him back a little bit slower, in part, because of how late the season ran last year," explained Gillis. "We took our time with him and hopefully we'll finish strong. He's done everything on schedule so far and gotten a little bit better each time. He's heading into the race in good form." Gillis knows his charge will need to drop considerable time off his 1:53.2 elimination clocking on Saturday to win a second Trot final. In fact, Mister Herbie will likely need to equal or better his own Trot final performance of 1:50.4. "If they get a good track on Saturday, I suspect they're going to flirt with the track record, and I'd be just as happy if we held it when it was over too," he grinned. Steve Condren, who won his first and only Maple Leaf Trot in 1988 with Natural Image, will be charged with engineering a winning trip and Gillis has every confidence in the veteran driver. "Steve is a tremendous driver and very accomplished. He has a lot of experience and I think he suits the horse," said Gillis. As for the conditioner's idea of the perfect trip? "Ideally, we'll get away mid pack and someone would soften up Sebastian K and we'd be second over and pounce on tired horses," he offered. "It takes a lot of luck for something like that to unfold, but I think it's going to be an interesting race. I'm not sure everyone will lay back and let him (Sebastian K) get an easy half." And while the Maple Leaf Trot is certainly first and foremost for Gillis and Mister Herbie heading into Saturday's lucrative $603,000 event, the conditioner does have one other key date circled on the calendar later in the season for Canada's reigning champion aged trotter. "The race I'd really like him to win is the Breeders Crown," said Gillis. In 2012, Chapter Seven turned the tables on 'Herbie' to win the Breeders Crown at Woodbine and last year, at Pocono Downs, 'Herbie' dueled with Market Share to a furious finish only to lose by a nose. "I feel he deserved a better fate the last two years and that would be one that would mean a lot to me. It was heartbreaking (losing the photo)," said Gillis. Until then, its eyes on the prize for Gillis and a horse he clearly has a lot of respect for. "He's the perfect horse in every sense of the word. He does everything right, full of personality and I'm extremely fond of him," said Gillis. "We haven't really won a big one in a couple years. Herbie's Maple Leaf Trot was probably our last big win, so I feel like we're due for another." Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred

JULY 6, 2014 (DRESDEN) – Chris Johnston was the man to beat at Dresden Raceway today as he scored three winners. The Sombra, Ontario horseman notched his first winner in the fifth race while driving WALLET SNIFFER. Johnston guided WALLET SNIFFER from off the pace for a win in 2:01.2.The five-year-old CAMOTION horse is owned by Don McMurran of Woodslee and trained by Tom Bain. Johnston’s second trip to the winner’s circle was in the eighth race behind PRETTYSHEISSHEIS. The seven-year-old MILIONDOLLAR CAM mare is owned by Lisa Spenser of London while Johnston is the conditioner. PRETTYSHEISSHEIS went wire to wire in 1:59.4.Johnston wrapped up the card of racing with his third win of the day at the controls of BRANDON CS. The five-year-old CHOCLATIER gelding is owned and trained by Janice Annett of Wyoming and co-owned by Marjorie Simmons of Chatham. BRANDON CS paced the mile in 2:02.1. Alfie Carroll had two winners on the day with BILLY WHITE SELL and CAT FOUR. About 800 people were at the track today and the total handle was $17,760. TRACK TIDBITS...STREAKING...EE BAY has won two in a row at Dresden Raceway for driver Nick Steward...SPEED DEMON...STIMULUS SPENDING turned in the fastest mile of day pacing the mile in 1:58 flat in the opening race...MONEY MONEY MONEY...The fourth race triactor was the biggest payout of the day as the 6-7-3 combination paid $1,219.50...BIG BUCKS...Five of the 10 races on the card had winners that paid over $10...UP TO DATE...DRESDEN RACEWAY is over 140 years old but are modernizing as streaming is available to hear the races live every Sunday as well as Dresden Raceway is on FACEBOOK and TWITTER! By Gary Petterson

It was a triumphant return for harness racing driver Trevor Henry at Hanover Raceway Saturday night. Racing in sires stakes events at Mohawk and elsewhere this summer, the multiple driver of the year at Hanover won 4 of the 6 OSS 3 year old Colt Trotting races Saturday. Henry started off winning both ends of the Daily Double taking race 1 with Passed Da Point for owners Benoit Gendron and Roland Rocco of Quebec, in 1:59.1, and won race 2 with Massacaia for owner Gestion Jean Yves Blais of Montreal, Que in 2:00.2. Henry said he expects to spend more time at Hanover once the Sires Stakes season slows down but he’s got several of his own horses competing at other tracks.   The third OSS leg was won by Steve Byron who drove Totally Ripped for owner Don Leisheid of Windsor in 1:59.4. The fourth OSS event was won by TothePointJames in 2:02 for driver, trainer and part owner Wayne Henry of Arthur along with Jeff Thomson of Chelsey, the estate of Daniel Mccann, and Arnold Feldman of Quebec. Leg 5 was won by Tyrone Haji in 2:01.1 for trainer Bob Mcintosh of Windsor and accounted for Trevor Henrys 3rd win on the night, and Henry capped off the evening with the fastest mile of the night when Aventure won the 9th race in 1:58 for trainer Bill Budd of Waterdown.  Budd said afterwards that if his horse was able to clear the lead before the quarter pole, he thinks he may have had a chance to break the 3 year old track record held by first Dream of Glory winner Abbey Road C back in 2002.  Budd says Aventure who is Dream of Glory eligible will be back on July 26th for the eliminations, and he expects another great performance from the son of muscle mass.  The colt is owned by Orville Rursch of Illinois. Fans at Hanover enjoyed 300 cupcakes and 300 tshirts in a t-shirt toss to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sires Stakes program.  Hanover also held its first Survivor handicapping qualifier.  Despite over 150 entries none of the fans in attendance qualified for the August 9th final.  The good news is fans have 3 more chances to qualify for a chance to win a high definition television courtesy of Country 93 radio.  Hanover Raceway features 10 live race’s and another chance to qualify for the Survivor handicapping contest on July 12th.  Post time is 7:15pm Gord Dougan  

In accordance with Section 25 of the Racing Commission Act, 2000, the Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has conditionally cancelled Sudbury Downs' ORC licence effective June 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. There are certain financial terms and conditions that Sudbury Downs must meet before the licence is cancelled. For more information, please review the Notice posted on the ORC website by clicking here. Ontario Racing Commission  

This Week: North America Cup, Fan Hanover, Roses Are Red, Goodtimes and Armbro Flight finals, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Meadowlands Maturity, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will be on Mohawk Racetrack this weekend as the Ontario oval hosts five lucrative stakes finals on Saturday night (June 14) led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers. Also on the card will be the C$457,500 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers, the C$330,000 Roses Are Red for older mare pacers, the C$272,100 Goodtimes for 3-year-old colt trotters and the C$266,000 Armbro Flight for older mare trotters. Friday night (June 13) will see Meadowlands Racetrack host the $100,000 Meadowlands Maturity or 4-year-old pacers. Two-time defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous makes his seasonal debut in that race. Complete entries for the Mohawk races can be found by clicking on this link. Meadowlands entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters at Scioto Downs and second choice Modern Family prevailed in an all-age track record-equaling clocking of 1:52.2. Modern Family left alertly and took the front end from Creatine at the opening quarter in :27. The order remained intact with a very soft half-mile time in :56.4. At that point Arch Madness began to turn up the heat with a first-over move and gave the winner all he had to offer down the backstretch. He was followed on the rim by DW's NY Yank and favored Market Share. Driver Dave Palone asked Modern Family to trot in the third quarter and he responded with a :27.3 panel to gain some separation. From there the Daryl Bier trainee trotted away and won in 1:52.2 by 1-3/4 lengths over longshot Archangel and Creatine. Market Share finished a disappointing sixth. Five sets of eliminations for this weekend's Mohawk stakes finals were also part of last week's Grand Circuit action. Leading the way were the finest 3-year-old pacing colts on the continent facing off in three Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. Lyonssomewhere, McWicked and Tellitlikeitis all turned in impressive victories heading into this weekend's C$1 million final. Lyonssomewhere and driver Corey Callahan shot through an opening in deep stretch to take the first of three C$50,000 eliminations June 7 at Mohawk. Trained by Jimmy Takter, the son of champion Somebeachsomewhere kept his racing record perfect, now five-for-five, as he scored by 1-3/4 lengths in a career best 1:50.1. Beat the Drum wound up second, with JK Endofanera fading to third. McWicked and driver David Miller rallied from third in mid-stretch to haul down Sometimes Said and take the second C$50,000 Pepsi North America Cup elimination by two lengths in 1:48.3. Sometimes Said, with driver John Campbell, appeared headed to victory but Miller eased McWicked out from third and blew by the pair for the win. Sometimes Said wound up second, Let's Drink On It was third and Ideal Cowboy was fourth and also advanced to the final. The third and final Pepsi North America Cup elimination looked to be the toughest on paper, with He's Watching, Luck Be Withyou, Tellitlikeitis and Doo Wop Hanover all highly-regarded contenders. But at the finish, it was the Jimmy Takter-trained, Brett Miller-driven Tellitlikeitis who rolled by the odds-on choice, He's Watching, to win by a comfortable 2-1/4 lengths in 1:48.4, just a tick slower than McWicked's time in the second elim. He's Watching, the 3-5 favorite, took over from Luck Be Withyou before the half was reached in :54.2, while Tellitlikeitis was tucked in third along the rail. He's Watching hit the three-quarters in 1:21.4 and appeared capable of holding off a bid from Luck Be Withyou in mid-stretch. But Miller moved out from third with Tellitlikeitis and came motoring home for the emphatic win over He's Watching, with Luck Be Withyou third. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 313; 2. Tim Tetrick - 276; 3. Ron Pierce - 205; 4. George Brennan - 164.5; 5. Brian Sears - 135. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 502.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 175; 3. PJ Fraley - 169; 4. Joe Holloway - 122; 5. Julie Miller- 100. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 136.5; 2. Burke Racing - 112.3; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 104.8; 4. 3 Brothers Stable - 62; 5. Brad Grant - 49.5. Looking ahead: Next weekend will see Grand Circuit action taking place at Meadowlands Racetrack and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The Meadowlands will host a leg of the TVG Free For All series for older trotters on Friday (June 20), while Pocono will have eliminations for the Ben Franklin (older pacers), Earl Beal Memorial (3-year-old colt trotters), Max Hempt Memorial (3-year-old colt pacers) and James Lynch (3-year-old filly pacers) on Saturday (June 21). by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

ELORA, ON ­- Kelly Waterhouse triumphed in Grand River Raceway's first annual Media Race, staged on June 6 - the track's first Fun & Frivolity Friday Night of the 2014 live racing season. Waterhouse and three fellow local media personalities were paired with professional drivers and took to the track for the half-mile exhibition race in custom-made two-person jog carts. "It was amazing - just incredible!" Waterhouse buzzed in the winner's circle. "Everyone should have the chance to do this!" The News Director at 92.9FM The Grand in Elora, Waterhouse said she's long dreamed of driving a racehorse. Her win came aboard Echos Black Dress, with the assistance of driver Bobby McClure. Wellington Advertiser reporter Meagan Leonard finished second with Callie Magoo and driver Robert Shepherd. Randy Steinman, Sports Director at CTV Kitchener, picked up third with Killean Sweep and reinsman Bruce Richardson. Simon McGhee from 107.5 DAVE FM rounded out the field of media celebs with Hollywood Ham and Paul Mackenzie. Live racing continues Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 4 - They may have set the bar high in 2008 when they teamed up in the Pepsi North America Cup, but harness racing's Paul Macdonell and Brent MacGrath are hoping to recreate magic in 2014.   The trainer / driver duo amazed thousands at Mohawk when they captured the 25th edition of the race with Somebeachsomewhere and this year they team up with Melmerby Beach, a son of the great pacer.   Melmerby Beach won once in five starts as a two-year-old and resurfaced for his three-year-old campaign in a qualifier on May 2.   Off the one trial, the colt was victorious in a conditioned event at Woodbine on May 8 in 1:51.4.   However, sickness would prevent Melmerby Beach from making another start in advance of the stakes race raced named for his sire this past Saturday.   Despite the slight change of plans, he finished third behind Hes Watching, the fastest winner of the three Somebeachsomewhere divisions.   "He really kind of needed the start between his first start and the other night, but I thought he raced pretty good," said MacDonell. "I don't know if he was just at peak condition for that race, but with that start and going into this race (the elimination) he should be getting pretty close to it."   Melmerby Beach will leave from post six, in Race 5, on Saturday, the second of three eliminations for the North America Cup.   That field includes Somebeachsomewhere division winner Always B Miki and a pair of second place finishers in Mcwicked and Lets Drink On It.   "It looks pretty snug, it is a competitive field with Holloway's horse (Always B Miki) in there," said MacDonell. "It will probably set up for a pretty competitive race and if he is back to where we think he can be he will be competitive as they are."   Last year was the first appearance for Somebeachsomewhere as a sire in the North America Cup.   His most notable son to date, Captaintreacherous, captured the Cup en route to earning over $2 million on the season.   MacDonell said he is happy to have another Cup hopeful and for it to be a son of "The Beach" is an added bonus.   "It is special and especially with a son of his, until we get there it is a bit stressed, but if we get there it will be a nice feeling," said MacDonell, also noting the parallels between "The Beach" and "Melmerby". "They have a lot of similar qualities, they are both top gaited horses, they both want to race and all those things add up."   The 2008 Cup victory for MacDonell was his first North America Cup in his eighth try, since then he has had two attempts to regain Cup glory, finishing third in 2010 behind Piece Of The Rock and seventh in 2011 with Eighteen.   Capturing his first North America Cup meant a lot to MacDonell and he would love to do again.   "(Winning) it certainly takes that burden off, I don't know how many tries I had at it before I actually won it, and once you get it it's kind of really nice and just makes you crave more."   by Mark McKelvie

London, Ontario, May 21, 2014 --- Jack McNiven calls the people enshrined in the harness racing Wall of Fame, at The Raceway at The Western Fair District, his buddies. So he says he's thrilled his farm, Killean Acres, will be officially joining them in perpetuity at the London track he calls home. Friday night at a ceremony during The Raceway's live card, McNiven's respected breeding operation based in Ingersoll, ON will become the first farm and 34th overall inductee into the Wall of Fame. McNiven, who has been coming to Western Fair regularly since it became the first track in Ontario to usher in night racing 53 years ago, has known all of the prior inductees personally. "It's quite an honour. We're thrilled to be there because any time I go up to the Top of the Fair, one of the things I always have to do is I have to go along the wall and look at all my buddies that are on there," McNiven said. Friday's card begins at 7:05 p.m. Apart from the Wall of Fame ceremony and a Wall of Fame pace, The Raceway will feature three $70,000 Gold Series divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts, a pair of races for mini horses, a Horse Player Interactive (HPI) contest in which patrons wagering $50 or more on The Raceway card through their HPI accounts will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $500 deposit and draws for tickets to the 2nd annual London Beer and BBQ Show June 20-22 at The Western Fair District. McNiven, 79, will be there as well, of course, representing Killean Acres, the farm founded by his father, Robert, 59 years ago. Jack and his brother, Don, who died Jan. 18 at the age of 81, devoted their lives to building Killean into one of the nicest little standardbred farms in Ontario. For over 50 years, Don McNiven also wrote a weekly harness racing column in the Ingersoll Times newspaper called Horse Chatter. "I'm just so sorry Don is not here. I'm sad about that because Western Fair was Don's pet topic for his horse articles because of our proximity and it being our home track. Anything special that went on at Western Fair, Don always made that his topic of that week's article. I'm sorry he isn't going to be there to enjoy it, but he'll be beaming down at us I'm sure." Killean Acres has produced numerous standout performers in its nearly six decades and stood three of the province's most popular stallions - Frisco Byrd, Dallas Almahurt and Run The Table. Jack vividly remembers sponsoring a race in Frisco Byrd's name at The Raceway at The Western Fair District during the 1950s. "We were so excited with Western Fair being there, we wanted to do something to put some spice into it," Jack said of the track located just 30 minutes from his farm. "When they first started night racing in London, we were there every night," Jack said. "Back in those days we weren't as busy with the stallions and mares. So, we'd do our chores and then rush up to Western Fair. From the very beginning we thought, 'Can you imagine we would have in our backyard the first night racing in all of Ontario?' It was so exciting." Jack quickly developed a reputation for being one of the nicest, most talented and hardest working breeders in the game; a man with a particular knack for preparing yearlings for sales. Jack was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2007 just a year after Run The Table was enshrined and became the first horse to be led through the banquet hall and up to the stage to accept his honour. Run The Table died in 2012 at the age of 28, but not before he became a game-changing stallion for the Ontario breed. Killean Acres no longer breeds any mares, but you can always find Jack McNiven puttering around the farm that became a little slice of heaven in the midst of the subdivision that grew up around it. "We're still here and I'd love to see this place stay on because we have so many people come down here from town. It's so special for them and I've had people come back to the farm with their grandchildren and say, 'This is where I used to come when I was a kid,'" Jack said. As for which of the members of The Wall of Fame McNiven is most excited to be joining, the breeder wouldn't bite. "I'm not going to mention names because they're all special. They're there for a reason," he said. "What an honour it is to be with the people that we started out with together." by Dave Briggs, for the Raceway

  TORONTO, May 19 - As the 2014 Woodbine winter/spring meet came to a close on Monday evening at Woodbine Racetrack, driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Carmen Auciello proved they are a force to be reckoned with.   Jamieson and Auciello took top honours on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit, finishing atop the 2014 driver and trainer standings.   Jamieson, a resident of Moffat, currently has 83 WEG victories this season, 20 more than his closest rival, Chris Christoforou. Jamieson also banked $1.2 million in purse earnings during the meet.   Auciello has also separated himself from his rivals in the training standings. The Stouffville resident has 47 victories this season, 16 more than nearest rival, Corey Johnson. Auciello's barn earned over $720,000 during the meet.   Racing will resume at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, beginning on Thursday, May 22.   First race post is scheduled for 7:25. p.m.   Greg Gangle

TORONTO, May 17 - On Saturday evening's 12-race programme, Woodbine Entertainment Group offered a mandatory payout on its newest wager, the Jackpot Hi 5. Over the past few months, the wager grew in popularity and resulted in an enormous pool size of which $656,386 was carried over into Saturday evening's programme. Always scheduled as the last dash of the evening, the Jackpot Hi 5 received an additional $1,345,640 wagered into the pool, giving the pool a total of $2,002,026. The result was a payout of $43,795.75 on a $1 wager ($8,759.15 on a $.20 cent wager) after Drain Daddy found the wire first in 1:51 at odds of 4-1. The top five finishers are as follows: 1. Drain Daddy 2. Rock Me Amastreos 3. Junior K 4. Speed Again 5. Real Rocker The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the first five finishers in exact order on the last race of the program. The wager, which offers a 20-cent minimum, also has a takeout of 15 per cent, a continent-equalling low. Woodbine's final winter/spring card is Monday, May 19, before racing shifts to Mohawk Racetrack, beginning on Thursday, May 22. Greg Gangle

Charlottetown, PE - Van Zant has drawn the rail in the Saturday night feature event at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park while newcomer Sa Summers Luck is the morning line favorite in the Victoria Day pace for opening day card Monday at Red Shores Summerside to set the stage for a busy weekend of harness racing at Island tracks. First race post time on Saturday is 6pm while the Monday card is slated for a 1pm post time. Ron Matheson will drive Van Zant for his co-owner Tom Clark of Charlottetown and goes into the program with 989 career wins as a driver only 11 away from milestone 1,000. The team, which includes son Jackie as trainer, has been sharp posting two seconds and a victory over his last three starts. The Matheson stable will also send out General Luckypercy from post 6 with Gilles Barrieau in the bike. There will be stiff competition from Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) from post 3 while Sterling Seelster, who's riding a two race winning streak, will also make his presence felt for driver Marc Campbell and new owner Marie Cameron of Summerside. The all-star line-up also includes Blue Star Outlaw, Nobestbfor and Machinthesand. In other action, Abundaspin is making headlines in his last year of racing as the trotter hasn't tasted defeat since he returned to the track on April 26. Harold Shepherd will handle the 14 year-old lifetime winner of $471,504 in the open trot class. The other morning line favorites include newcomer Kan Wire, who arrives from London Ontario, and Caliban Hanover will attempt to spoil the party for Abundaspin and owner Mikeala Lustic of Cornwall. The Saturday card will begin with a first race post time at 6pm. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca Horses are back at Summerside Summerside, PE - The horses are back at Summerside! The new season gets underway Monday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside with an exciting 12 dash program. Post time is 1pm and the card will official launch the countdown to the Governor's Plate. The 11th race Victoria Day pace will headline the program with newcomer Sa Summers Luck being established as the morning line favorite for driver Corey MacPherson and the Bing Easter stable from O'Leary. The pacer was in action at Flamboro Downs in Ontario then made three starts at Truro which included a second place finish in a sparking 1:57.2. The Jason Hughes stable has two starters in the race with Bunny Mach (pp1) and Cambest Kisser (pp7) both capable of hitting the triactor ticket. The field has top guns like Paphos, Bet the House, Carnivore, Windemere Eric and Lucky Encounter. What a great match-up to kick off the 2014 season. Darren and Jennifer Trainor of Vernon River, who walked away with a truckload of trophies at the annual Prince County Horsemen's Club awards night recently, are favored to win the back-up class on the afternoon with Panda Bear in race 10. Marc Campbell gets the driving assignment from the husband and wife team who enjoyed Great Success at Summerside oval in 2013. Race analyst Jared Stretch is back with his top picks for the 2014 season and put Capitalism as his top choice in this class followed by Panda Bear and Onhotvet (4-3-5). For race programs, Jared's top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca. you can also follow the action on twitter @red_shores. by Lee A. Drake, for Red Shores

Please find below a link to the Notice to the Industry regarding new rules related to non-extended harness racing meetings (meets under 7 days) and Thoroughbred rules impacting eligibility and racing conditions. Notice to the Industry - ORC approves new rules Wendy Hoogeveen   (416) 213-7839      

TORONTO, April 30 - He's Watching, last year's Dan Patch Award winner, will make his harness racing debut in 2014 on Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack in a qualifying session. The son of American Ideal, who remains a top candidate for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on June 14 at the Campbellville oval, went undefeated last season in eight starts and set two world records and six track records for trainer and co-owner David Menary. "We're super excited to start the season," Menary said. "He's had a great winter and come back very strong. We're just hoping for good weather on Friday. We'll qualify him twice and go from there." Just a mere $3,000 yearling purchase, Hes Watching earned $291,722 last year along with a 1:50 speed badge. He is also owned by Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero and Muscara Racing Trust. He's Watching will begin from post four in the sixth qualifier. Menary also confirmed that stable mate Major Trick will also line up behind the gate on Friday morning. A three-year-old son of Art Major amassed a 3-2-1 record from nine starts last season and $122,221 for owner/breeder Brad Gray. Major Trick will begin in the third qualifier from post seven. Jim Morrill, Jr. is listed to drive both pacers. Also scheduled to qualify on Friday morning are a pair of O'Brien Award winners from last year, Flanagan Memory (Race 2) and Riveting Rosie (Race 7), who will qualify for a second straight week. Trainer Casie Coleman has returned to Canada from wintering in Florida and will send out a pair of standouts from last year, Lucan Hanover (Race 5) and Social Scene (Race 1). Tony O'Sullivan will once again send out sophomore pacer Shes Da Bomb behind the starting gate in the eighth qualifier. Nine qualifiers will take place, beginning at 10 a.m. Greg Gangle, for WEG

ELORA, ON - Longtime harness racing Grand River Raceway patron Dave Purdy triumphed in the 10-week Winter Wednesdays Handicapping Tournament which concluded on April 30. Purdy had the highest cumulative hypothetical bankroll ($346.80) of nearly 200 players. The feat earned him $2,000. The Elora, ON horseplayer kicked off the contest on February 26 with hypothetical $2 win and place wagers on six simulcast races which grossed $154.20 and propelled him to the top of the standings. Although others closed-in, he clung to the top spot for the duration of the contest. Purdy has been a fan of harness racing for over 30 years and used to own and train Standardbreds. He has finished well in several of Grand River Raceway's handicapping tournaments over the years, including a $1300 payday for a fourth-place finish in the 2011 ROMP Handicapping Tournament with his team of three called Bet The Farm. Rounding out the Winter Wednesdays top five: Name of Player Prize  Bankroll Dave Purdy $2,000  $   346.80 Larry Pyear $600  $   326.60 Paul McTaggart $250  $   294.80 Brian Evans $100  $   278.40 Ron Uhrig $50  $  275.70   The free-to-play Winter Wednesdays Handicapping Tournament awarded $5,000 in weekly and grand prizes to 65 players. Grand River Raceway's next free handicapping contest kicks off on Opening Night of the 2014 Live Racing Season (Monday, June 2 - post time 6:30 p.m.). Complete standings: http://grandriverraceway.com/handicapping-tourney/. Kelly Spencer Mgr. Marketing & Communications Grand River Raceway

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