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ELORA, SEPT. 25, 2020 – A perfect fall night greeted the top Prospect Series horses as they gathered at Grand River Raceway on Friday, Sept. 25 for eight $15,000 Finals. Local reinsman Bruce Richardson piloted the first Prospect Series champion, guiding A La Mode Seelster to a front-end harness racing victory in the two-year-old pacing filly Final for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and owner Murray Cox of Rockwood, ON. “She made front kind of easy and got things her way, and when I asked her going into the last turn she responded and win kind of handily,” said Fergus resident Richardson, who was making his first appearance in A La Mode Seelster’s race bike. “He thought she’d be decent in there, thought she’d race good, so that’s what we were hoping for.” The win was the first of the season for Sunshine Beach daughter A La Mode Seelster, who finished one length ahead of fan favourite Carnival Heart. Unfortunately Carnival Heart caused interference to three of her peers heading for the halfway marker so she was set back to sixth and Lets Roar and Century Havana were promoted to second and third. Arthur, ON  residents Wayne and George Henry teamed up to win the two-year-old trotting colt Final with Arch We Lucky, who also went gate-to-wire, cruising home four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Kiss My Mass and Willywin. Wayne Henry drives and George Henry trains the Archangel son for Arthur resident William Checkley. Sauble Attack and Anthony Haughan emerged victorious from the two-year-old pacing colt Final, stalking fan favourite Kodiak Seelster through fractions of :28.4, :59 and 1:28.3 before sprinting down the stretch to a three-quarter length win in 1:57.2. Kodiak Seelster settled for second and Dubai Seelster was third. “He has been growing a lot this summer and fall, and he has been progressing. His last few starts he’s been getting stronger every week and I thought he looked pretty strong tonight,” said trainer Otis Hall. “Everybody is happy, my parents are happy, and my family is happy and the driver was happy with him, just everybody is happy, and the horse himself is happy.” The Ayr resident bred and owns Sauble Attack, through his Nasussito Racing Inc., in partnership with his parents Larry and Marilyn Hall’s Sauble Hill Farms of Tara, ON. His children, Scott and Melanie Hall, are the Bettors Delight gelding’s primary caretakers. Like Sauble Attack, Radical J J scored her second straight win in the two-year-old trotting filly Final. The Muscle Mass daughter and driver Scott Young led the field through fractions of :29.3, 1:00.2 and 1:30.4 and then opened up a five length gap in the stretch, stopping the clock at 2:01.1. One Smart Cookie finished second and Somewhat Sacy was third. “She raced her best race tonight,” said Young. “She’s been racing well all year, but I was happy for the filly that she got the Final to end the year.” The Guelph resident piloted Radical J J to the win for trainer Shawn Steacy of Brantford and owners David Reid of Sydenham, A K Malik Stable of Ottawa, Carmen Chrysdale of Mississauga and Bruno Dipoce of Wasaga Beach, ON. Driver Travis Henry piloted two Prospect Series Final winners, with the first coming in the three-year-old pacing filly contest. Starting from Post 3 with Land of Paradise, Henry was part of a six filly stampede into the first turn as the finalists vied for early position. Land of Paradise reached the front coming off the first turn, but was quickly overtaken by favourite Watch My Speed who led the way to a :26.4 opening quarter, :56.3 half and 1:26.3 three-quarters. Land Of Paradise stepped out in the stretch and battled to one-half length win over Hallsglensmavis in 1:57.3. Southwind Bayou completed the top three. “She’s been plugging away all year. She’s really green, she just a slow learner I guess,” said Henry. “She has races where you can see that it kind of clicks in her brain, and then she’ll have races where she doesn’t even seem like she knows what she’s doing out there. Tonight obviously it clicked and she was good.” Putnam resident Scott McNiven trains the Badlands Hanover daughter for his co-owners Thomas Brodhurst of London, Bradley McNiven of Embro and Shirley Griffin of St. Thomas, ON. Henry’s second Prospect Series Final victory came in the three-year-old trotting colt contest with Muscle Mass son Northern Flame, who got a head in front of pacesetter Hall Of Secrets at the 2:01 finish. Traveller finished third. “Travis didn’t make it from Mohawk, so he asked if I would drive him,” said Henry, who was a last minute replacement for Travis Cullen. “He said, ‘Don’t look at the program, he should be good tonight.’ And he said, ‘He’s honest and he’s got a lot of go’. There was a ton of early speed and they were battling out to the half pretty good, so I got a second-over trip and it just kind of worked out good.” The Embro resident engineered the win for trainer Jodie Cullen and owner Gestion J Y Blais Inc. of Montreal, QC. Driver Ryan DesRoche got his first Ontario-based stakes final victory in the three-year-old trotting filly division, guiding Muscles Aplenty to a 2:00.1 personal best for trainer Bill Shaw and owners Patricia Gibb of London and Jay Kressler of Kitchener, ON. Favourite Wheely Twicky was two and one-quarter lengths back in second and Credit Celebrity was third. “I knew if we could get away on the right foot that she was just as good as any of them in there,” said DesRoche, who had the Angus Hall daughter on the front before the quarter. “I kind of opened up a few lengths on the backside with her just because I knew she can get a little feeble late, so if I could open up enough on them I knew that she’d finish trotting the mile strong enough that they couldn’t get to her. And it worked out well.” In rein to Grand River Raceway’s leading driver Scott Coulter, Yannick Seelster clocked the fastest mile of the night in the three-year-old pacing colt Final, ringing up fractions of :27, :56.4 and 1:26.3 on his way to a 1:56 personal best. Favourite Dreaming Out Loud was one and one-half lengths back in second and Modern Writer was third. “He’s been racing well. Scott’s (Coulter) done a really good job with him, so I thought off the rail he’d have a pretty good shot, but there was a couple other decent ones in there, so I didn’t know,” said trainer Ted MacDonnell. “But he raced really well. He’s been kind of a slow learner and he still is just learning, but he’s putting the pieces together now.” Allenford resident MacDonnell shares ownership of the Big Jim gelding with Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, ON. Complete results from Friday’s program are available at Grand River Raceway Results.   Prospect Series Administration  Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, SEPT. 22, 2020 – The 2020 Grassroots regular season came to a close on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a quartet of $22,800 divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. Lovedbythemasses kicked off the finale in impressive fashion, taking command at the half and sailing home to a three length victory in a personal best 1:53.4. Crossfit Mouse finished second and Charmbo Prince was third. “He doesn’t leave real good, we don’t get away great with him, but we had a good post today and I thought if I could just get away close I would try to re-move him to the front, so it kind of worked like that,” said Mike Saftic, who piloted the fan favourite from Post 4. “Scott Young (with Crossfit Mouse) went first and then I just kind of followed to the front, and when he made front he felt good. He swelled up and made a good effort. “A nice clean trip and he trotted real good, finished up strong. It was a good mile, a lifetime mark, so hopefully we’re going into the Semis in good shape.” Campbellville resident Saftic steers Lovedbythemasses for trainer Ed Peconi of Peterborough and his co-owners Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI, who also bred the son of Muscle Mass. The reigning Grassroots champion, Lovedbythemasses was a two-time winner in 2020 while also squaring off on several occasions against Gold Series and open stake colts, and he heads into the postseason ranked eighth with 112 points. Leading the three-year-old trotting colts into the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals is Mikey Mass, who picked up his third Grassroots win in the second $22,800 division on Tuesday. Starting from Post 1, the fan favourite got away fifth and then stalked Ripped And Ready up the outer lane as Remember Titans put up fractions of :28.2,:57.4 and 1:25.4. Slipping out in the stretch, Mikey Mass sprinted home to a two length victory in a personal best 1:54.2. Ripped And Ready was second and Remember Titans third. “He seems like he’s going into the Semis very well right now. I was happy to see him race off a helmet the way he did today. It was nice to see him follow cover. He did everything right today and Jonathan really drove him well,” said trainer Nick Gallucci of the second-over trip carved out by driver Jonathan Drury. “I like how he finishes his miles, he seems like he’s as strong at the end as he is at the start.” Gallucci shares ownership of the Muscle Mass son with Vince Gallucci of Brantford, Frank Cirillo of Kleinburg and Bruno Didiomede of Hamilton, ON. The Stouffville resident said his girlfriend Karoline Nielsen handles the majority of the gelding’s care and has him in an excellent state of mind heading into the postseason. “Right now he’s really sharp, he’s enjoying life, he seems like he’s thriving on whatever she’s doing with him,” said Gallucci. “She does a lot of the track work with him, looks after him, the odd time I’ll train him, but mostly everything that happens with him is her doing. She’s doing a good job with him.” Joining Mikey Mass and Lovedbythemasses in the Semi-Final will be Life Is A Feast, who needed a win on Tuesday to extend his Ontario Sires Stakes season. The Royalty For Life gelding and driver James MacDonald left well from Post 2 and shadowed pacesetting favourite Blue Cupertino through fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:28 before shifting into a big gear in the stretch and snaring a one-half length victory in 1:55.4. Blue Cupertino settled for second and Your Still Up was six lengths back in third. “He pretty much had to do something tonight to get in the Semi-Final,” said Puslinch, ON resident Ben Wallace, who trains the gelding for Paul Fontaine of North Smithfield, RI. “We dropped him out of the other bunch, the Gold level, maybe we should have done it right off the bat, but he had a real good two-year-old year down in the Massachusetts Sires Stakes. Mind you it’s a different world up here and it worked out that he’s better suited in this group, so hopefully he keeps putting it together and behaves himself and goes forward.” Tuesday’s win and a Sept. 10 runner-up finish to Blue Cupertino give Life Is A Feast 75 Grassroots points and put him in a tie for twelfth, with none other than Blue Cupertino. The final $23,150 division saw Kenogami Coco post his second straight Grassroots win with a 1:56.2 personal best that saw him leave well from Post 5, sit third and then power home one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Tymal Riggs and Lexus Markus. “He was way better tonight than he was in the last Grassroots he won,” said driver Louis-Philippe Roy of Guelph. “He was quiet in the post parade, he cleared easily early in the stretch and then was just waiting for them. I know it wasn’t the fastest division of the night, but the way he raced tonight I like his chances for the Semi-Finals.” Roy drives the Wheeling N Dealin son for trainer Dany Fontaine and breeders Jean-Francois and Marie-Claude Reid of Anjou, QC. The Grassroots Semi-Finals go postward next Thursday and Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with the two-year-olds battling on Oct. 1 and the three-year-olds on Oct. 2. The top 20 point earners from each division will compete in their respective Semi-Finals with the top five finishers then advancing to the Oct. 10 Grassroots Championships. Complete results from Tuesday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   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

MILTON, September 22, 2020 – The inaugural Mohawk Million headlines Canada’s richest night of harness racing with over $2.8 million on the line this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  The $1,320,000 (CAD) Mohawk Million, $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 Shes A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton Stakes are the marquee races on a 12-race card.  The Mohawk Million will see a field of ten two-year-old trotters under the bright lights for harness racing’s newest million-dollar race. The event is the first million-dollar “buy-in” race in harness racing history. A total of nine slots in the race were available for purchase at a cost of $110,000 (USD). The tenth and final slot was awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial.  Serge Godin’s Determination will send out a powerful one-two punch in the Mohawk Million. Undefeated filly Donna Soprano races in Determination’s purchased slot, while On A Streak won the Wellwood Memorial to secure a second starter for Godin. Both horses are trained by Luc Blais.  Donna Soprano is a perfect five for five and most recently won the Peaceful Way in dominant fashion. The regally bred daughter of millionaires Donato Hanover and Windsong Soprano has earned $278,082 to date and holds a mark of 1:53.3. She will be driven by Woodbine’s leading driver Bob McClure.  On A Streak was winless in five starts prior to upsetting in the William Wellwood Memorial. The son of Cantab Hall is five for six in the top-three and sports the highest earnings in the field at $312,601. Scott Young will make his million-dollar race debut when he sits behind On A Streak.  Woodbine’s leading owner Brad Grant has negotiated with the connections of Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Venerate to race in his slot. The Julie Miller trained son of French stallion Love You won the state final at The Red Mile last Sunday in a dazzling 1:51.4. He is now three for six with $186,766 earned for owners Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable. Andrew McCarthy, who recently won both the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantinage, will steer.  Donna Soprano will be joined by two other fillies in the race. Insta Glam, racing in John Fielding’s slot, and Altar for Diamond Creek Racing will take their shot in a year that has seen fillies have big success against the boys.  Insta Glam is trained by Nancy Takter for Goran Falk and Christina Takter. The daughter of Father Patrick is four for seven and earlier this season set a new track record of 1:54 at Harrah’s Philadelphia.   Diamond Creek Racing kept it all in the family with their Mohawk Million entry of Altar. The daughter of Muscle Hill is a homebred for Adam Bowden’s Diamond Creek. She sits with a record of two wins in five starts and was this season’s New Jersey Sires Stakes champion   Anders Ström’s Courant Inc. entered their own Muscle Hill colt Iznogoud AM S. The Marcus Melander trainee is winless in six starts but has been knocking on the door with runner-up finishes in legs of the New Jersey and Kentucky Sires Stakes.  Jules Siegel’s Fashion Farms will send out Bravado Fashion from the Jim Campbell barn. The son of Bar Hopping is looking to build off a maiden-breaking victory in his most recent start at The Red Mile.  The remainder of the field saw slot owners do some private negotiating to secure their Mohawk Million starter.  Warrawee Whisper from the Shawn Steacy barn will race in the slot of Jim Bullock’s Glengate Farms. The son of Trixton is winless in six with three runner-up finishes, including seconds in the Wellwood Memorial elimination and Champlain.  Brad Maxwell trainee Full Of Muscles has been secured to race in the slot of Gina Ghent’s Dreamland Farms. The son of Muscle Mass just missed a victory in last Saturday’s Ontario Sires Stakes Gold at Mohawk Park and has four runner-up finishes in six starts.  Tokyo Seelster from the Richard Moreau barn is an OSS Gold winner with three wins in nine career starts. The son of Kadabra has been secured to race in the slot of Jeffrey Snyder.  The Mohawk Million is Race 10 on Saturday’s $2.8 million card. Post time is approximately 10:45 p.m.  The full field for the Mohawk Million is listed below:    1 Iznogoud AM S (Doug McNair/Marcus Melander) – Courant Inc. 2 Warrawee Whisper (Jonathan Drury/Shawn Steacy) – Glengate Farms 3 Donna Soprano (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) – Determination 4 Full Of Muscles (Trevor Henry/Brad Maxwell) – Dreamland Farms 5 Altar (Jody Jamieson/Per Engblom) – Diamond Creek Racing 6 Tokyo Seelster (Sylvain Filion/Richard Moreau) – Jeffrey Snyder 7 On A Streak (Scott Young/Luc Blais) – Wellwood Winner 8 Bravado Fashion (Louis-Philippe Roy/Jim Campbell) – Fashion Farms 9 Insta Glam (Yannick Gingras/Nancy Takter) – John Fielding 10 Venerate (Andrew McCarthy/Julie Miller) – Brad Grant     ROOKIE PACERS READY FOR METRO PACE AND SHES A GREAT LADY   The spotlight will be bright Saturday for two-year-olds with the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady joining the Mohawk Million.  Abuckabett Hanover will have all eyes on him in the $720,000 Metro Pace. The Tony Alagna trainee is on a four-race win streak and posted a strong 1:51 elimination score for driver McCarthy.  A son of Betting Line, Abuckabett Hanover is a perfect three for three at Mohawk Park with all three wins coming in Grand Circuit races. The rookie has displayed tremendous speed, finishing off each of his last two wins in :26.1.  Alagna will be searching for his third Metro Pace victory after winning the event in 2012 with Captaintreacherous and 2014 with Artspeak.  Amanda Fine trainee Highlandbeachsbest is the other elimination winner in the field. The Somebeachsomewhere colt pulled off a 14-1 upset in his elimination, stopping the clock in 1:51.4 for driver Trevor Henry.  Highlandbeachsbest is finding his best stride at the right time, as he’s won two of his last starts after going winless in his first five outings.  The $720,000 Metro Pace is carded as Race 8 (9:55 p.m.).  The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady is headlined by star pacing filly Caviart Audrey for Caviart Farms, trainer Takter and driver Gingras. The Somebeachsomewhere filly is four for five and would be undefeated if not for a disqualification in her second lifetime start.  Caviart Audrey has dazzled in three starts at Mohawk Park, most impressively winning the Eternal Camnation on August 29 in 1:51.2. She won her elimination last Saturday in 1:52.4.  Scarlett Hanover is red-hot going into the Shes A Great Lady. The daughter of Bettors Delight has won three in a row and is five for nine overall. Ashleigh Hensley trains for the rookie pacing filly in Ontario for Ron Burke.  McCarthy lands the drive behind Scarlett Hanover after Gingras opted to remain with Caviart Audrey.  The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady is carded as Race 5 (8:40 p.m.).    PACING MARES MEET IN WIDE OPEN MILTON  The Milton Stakes has the ability to be the race of the night if the final is anything like last Saturday’s eliminations. Both eliminations saw thrilling three-across finishes.  Kissin In The Sand and Trillions Hanover prevailed in the eliminations and earned the right to select their post for the final, choosing post three and four, respectively.  Six-year-old Caviart Ally is looking for a three-peat in the Milton after winning the last two editions. The Brett Pelling trainee was third by a head in her elimination, which was her first in seven weeks. She starts from the second-tier Saturday.  Roses Are Red winner Warrawee Ubeaut will look to rebound after hitting a wall late and getting picked off by Kissin In The Sand in her elimination. The Burke trained four-year-old has had an up and down year, but has enjoyed major victories in the past at Mohawk Park.  Local stars Boadicea, So Much More and Lit De Rose are also part of the ten-horse field.  The $215,000 Milton Stakes is carded as Race 7 (9:30 p.m.).    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW  Post time for Saturday’s rich card is 7 p.m. Early program pages can be downloaded by clicking here.  Fans and horseplayers can watch and wager on the Mohawk Million card through HPIbet.com and the Dark Horse App. The marquee stakes events will also be broadcast live on COSATV through their YouTube channel and various social media accounts.    Mark McKelvie

MILTON, SEPT. 21, 2020 – Trotting fillies were in the harness racing spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Sept. 21 with the freshmen competing in a pair of $106,000 Gold Series divisions and the sophomores in four $23,000 Grassroots splits. You Will Be Queen captured the first $106,400 Gold division with a personal best 1:55.2 effort. Starting from Post 5, with Chris Christoforou in the race bike, You Will Be Queen left smartly and led the field to a :28.2 opening quarter. Up And Ready swept to the front heading for the :57.2 half, but just before the 1:26.3 three-quarters Christoforou tipped You Will Be Queen to the outside and the fan favourite powered down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55.2. Up And Ready finished second and Pixies Lady was third. “She’s been good all year. She got sick on us there after the first leg of the Pure Ivory (July 23), we had to give her some time off, but she’s come back good,” said trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON. “She raced good in the Peaceful Way Final (Sept. 12) and got beat by two really good fillies, and then she raced really good tonight. She raced actually tonight like she did in her win in the Pure Ivory where Chris left with her, let a guy go and then came back out, so real happy with her.” Monday’s victory was the first Gold Series win of You Will Be Queen’s career, but not her first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The Royalty For Life filly won a division of the Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 13. She finished second in her Gold Series debut on Aug. 19 at Grand River Raceway and then posted three straight third-place finishes behind Donna Soprano in the Champlain Stakes and the elimination and final of the Peaceful Way at Woodbine Mohawk Park. “She’s very nice filly,” said Jones, who bred and owns the filly in partnership with Hebert Horses Inc. of Montreal, QC. “She’s a pleasure to come to the track with.” In the second $107,200 two-year-old trotting filly Gold division, Imextraspecial and driver Trevor Henry left well from Post 3 and watched from third as Dashing Muscle reached the quarter in :28.2 and then yielded to fan favourite Dicentra. As Dicentra rolled toward a :58.1 half, Henry sent Imextraspecial after the lead and once the filly reached the front she opened up a four length lead on her peers, reaching the  three-quarters in 1:26.2. Imextraspecial cruised home to a personal best 1:55 clocking, three and three-quarter lengths ahead of Dashing Muscle and Dicentra. “She raced really well,” said trainer Paul Walker of Owen Sound, ON. “I think maybe a those couple races at Elora kind of turned her around and she’s been getting better ever since.” Like You Will Be Queen, Imextraspecial started her provincial career in the Grassroots, winning a division of the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and the July 29 leg at Grand River Raceway in Elora. The Muscle Mass daughter went back to Elora for the Aug. 19 Gold event and added a third win to her resume. Imextraspecial also tested her skills against the Grand Circuit fillies in the Champlain and Peaceful Way. She finished fifth, placed fourth in the Champlain, second in her Peaceful Way elimination and fourth in the final. “She raced a really good race in the Peaceful Way (final), we were really pleased. She put in a real gutsy effort there. She got a bad shuffle and then come again in the stretch, so it takes a pretty good two-year-old to do that,” said Walker, who trains the filly for Keith Coulter of Mono, ON. “Her mother was a very tough mare and I think she’s passed it on.” The two-year-old trotting fillies have one Gold event remaining on their schedule, Oct. 6 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, before the top 10 point earners compete in the Oct. 17 Super Final. Imextraspecial and You Will Be Queen currently sit third and sixth in the point standings, respectively. In the three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots action, Sonadora Deo kicked things off with a 1:55.4 score in the first $23,150 division. The fan favourite held off a hard-charging Moana for the half-length victory. Noblesse Duharas was five lengths behind the leaders in third. “Dora should have been a Gold filly, but just had a lot of bad luck,” said Bob McClure, who piloted the Kadabra daughter to her second Grassroots win for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. “We’re trying to end on a good note in the Grassroots. She’s a very solid filly.” McClure, who is in a battle for top spot in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings with five-time Lampman Cup winner Sylvain Filion, returned to the Grassroots winner’s circle in the last division, scoring an upset with Th Present when favourite Profound Paragon skipped offstride in the stretch. Th Present sprinted by to a six length win in a personal best 1:55.1. Scorched Romance was second and Highland Foxytrotr was third. “She’s been super in her last two since Marcel changed some gear on her,” said McClure, who steers the Royalty For Life filly for trainer Marcel Barrieau of Cambridge and Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longueil, QC. “She’s very sharp right now, which is good timing.” The top 20 point earners will compete in the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Th Present heads into the postseason in second with 163 points, while Sonadora Deo is sixth with 100. The other two winners, Yen and No Angel Here, also finished in the top 20. Yen got her first Grassroots win of the season in 1:56.2 for driver Sylvain Filion, trainer Julie Walker and owner-breeder Overseas Farms Ltd. of Cambridge, ON. The E L Titan filly bested Goddess De Vie and Magic Wanda. No Angel Here clocked a personal best 1:57.4 for driver Paul MacDonell, trainer Peter Core and owner-breeders Bet Max Stables Inc. of Casco and Benenati Inc. of Clinton Township, MI. The Archangel miss edged out Emotions Durables and Protostar for her first Grassroots win. Complete results for Monday’s program can be found at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold and Grassroots point standings are available on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   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

DUNDAS, SEPT. 20, 2020 – The Wild Card scored his fifth Grassroots win on Sunday, Sept. 20 to wrap up the regular harness racing season with a perfect record and the top spot in the three-year-old pacing colt standings. Flamboro Downs bettors sent the colt off as the heavy favourite from Post 1 in the first $22,800 Grassroots split and driver Doug McNair let the colt settle into second early as Noneyabizzness powered out to a :26.3 quarter. The favourites were soon out and driving and The Wild Card led the field through a :54.4 half and a 1:24.2 three-quarters before digging in down the stretch for a one-half length victory in 1:53.1. Captivate Hanover finished second and Bettor At Hightide was third. “He’s just a nice little horse. He’s handy, he’s quick off the gate and he’s always happy, he’s got his ears up and he just keeps going,” said McNair. “He kind of got tortured a little bit tonight, I mean I had to go a big half with him, I was out a long way with him, and he just kept going. He’s just a nice little horse to drive.” The Guelph resident piloted The Wild Card to all five of his Grassroots wins for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON and his co-owners R G McGroup Ltd of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC. Three of those wins came at Woodbine Mohawk Park and one at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Sunday’s appearance was The Wild Card’s first start on a half-mile since an unsuccessful tour of Clinton Raceway last summer so Moore gave the Bettors Delight son a trial run over the Flamboro oval on Wednesday, Sept. 16. “There was a little question about the half-mile track, because he’s only a little guy but he has a really big swing behind, especially on his inside leg. When we raced him at Clinton last year he couldn’t get around the turns very good at all, he struggled with it, so I took him down Wednesday, me and the guy that looks after him, Joe Tulino, and I trained him in 2:03 down there in the bike, just went the one trip. Last quarter in :28, last half in :58, and he got around there no problem at all,” said Moore. “We were humming and hawing whether I should put him in Mohawk Saturday in non-winners of five or whatever, but I’m glad we went there, it worked out all right.” With 250 points, The Wild Card will lead the sophomore pacing colts into the Oct. 2 Grassroots Semi-Finals. The top 20 point earners qualify for the Semi-Finals and the top five finishers from each Semi-Final advance to the $75,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 10. McNair may face a tough decision in the postseason. He also piloted Mayhem Hanover to a win on Sunday, qualifying the defending Grassroots champion for the Semi-Finals. Heading into the final leg Mayhem Hanover had made just one start in the Grassroots, finishing third, but Sunday’s win gave him the required two starts and vaulted him into the top 20 with 62 points. “He’s been racing against tough horses so he finally got a little bit of a break,” said McNair of the colt’s recent starts in the North America Cup, Simcoe and Somebeachsomewhere. “He’s just kind of on the border. Just a little behind them other guys, not far though.” Starting from Post 9, Mayhem Hanover got away fourth as Sunshine List led the field to a :26.4 quarter. Coming off the second turn McNair tipped Mayhem Hanover to the outside and started to advance on favourite Bettorbuckleup, who hit the half in :55.3. By the 1:23 three-quarters Mayhem Hanover had edged Bettorbuckleup and from there the colt opened up a five and one-half length margin on his peers, hitting the wire in 1:51.4. Pocket-sitter Sunshine List got up for second and Bettorbuckleup settled for third. “He went a good trip here tonight. His first time on a half too it was. He trains over a half all the time, but he hasn’t raced anywhere other than Mohawk,” said trainer Gregg McNair. “That was a real impressive mile he went there tonight.” Scott and Clay Horner of Toronto, ON share ownership of Mayhem Hanover. The win was the Sportswriter son’s second in 11 sophomore starts. The other $23,150 Grassroots division went to Day Delight and driver Louis-Philippe Roy, who sat in the pocket behind McNair and Poseidon Seelster as they clocked fractions of :26.1, :54.4 and 1:23.1. In the stretch Day Delight held off Sports Obsession for a head victory in 1:52.4. Poseidon Seelster finished third. “He just seems to be getting better all the time. That was a big mile tonight,” said Rockwood resident Bill Manes, who shares ownership of the Bettors Delight son with Lloyd Stone of Portland, 10462217 Canada Inc. of Gloucester, ON and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. “We were a little disappointed the last Grassroots (Sept. 7) when he was the big favourite and got beat, but he bounced back pretty good.” Victor Puddy trains Day Delight, who finishes the regular season with 122 points from two wins, one third and two fifths, good enough for fourth spot in the standings. Complete results from Sunday’s program are available at Flamboro Downs Results. Grassroots point standings are available on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   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

MILTON, SEPT. 19, 2020 - Ontario's talented two-year-old trotting colts were featured on another spectacular night of harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park Saturday, Sept. 19 and this week fortune smiled on Logan Park. The lightly rated son of Archangel and driver Louis-Philippe Roy got away fourth from Post 7 in the lone $158,000 Gold Series split and watched Emotions Riches ring up a :26.3 quarter before yielding to Sweet Soul David. Heading by the :56.4 quarter Roy sent Logan Park after the leaders and the colt had an edge on Sweet Soul David at the 1:26.4 three-quarters. In command at the top of the stretch, Logan Park dug in to hold off Full Of Muscles by a head in 1:55.3. Tokyo Seelster was three and three-quarter lengths back in third. Favourite Macho Martini finished at the back of the field after suffering interference and making a break in the stretch. "He was good. When he stays trotting he's as good as any of them," said trainer Rob Fellows. "He's made a lot of breaks at inopportune times and had to qualify and missed a couple sires stakes, but he was good tonight." The win was the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for Logan Park and his second of the season. The colt's other victory came in the Aug. 6 leg of the Millard Farms Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Among Logan Park's miscues, which number four, was an error in last weekend's William Wellwood Memorial Final when he was sitting third heading into the final quarter. Fellows was hopeful a shoeing change would work in Logan Park's favour on Saturday, but admitted he and Roy had been hopeful before. "We've been confident before and lost him in the first turn. Last week I was confident when he got around the first turn and then of course he didn't get around the last turn," said Fellows, who noted that Saturday's shoeing change was far from the first. "It used to be trotting around the turns was his forte, but then he started making a lot of breaks in the turns and, you know, we have to take it as it is. I mean they're two-year-old trotters, they're growing every step as it goes too, they grow and their gait changes, it's very tough." Outofthepark Stable of Rockwood, breeder Reg Higgs of Strathroy and Arpad Szabo of Bradford, ON share ownership of Logan Park, who boosted his career earnings to $123,300 with the win and jumped from thirteenth to third in the division standings with 70 points. The top 10 point earners after the final Gold Series leg, Oct. 8 at Flamboro Downs, will advance to the $250,000 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 17. Complete results from Saturday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   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

DUNDAS, SEPT. 19, 2020 – It took a few days longer than anticipated, but the two and three-year-old trotting fillies wrapped up their Grassroots and Prospect Series regular harness racing season at Flamboro Downs on Saturday, Sept. 19. Originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, the event was suspended after just one Grassroots division had been contested due to an electrical fire in a light standard. As a result, two divisions of Grassroots fillies and both Prospect Series divisions returned to the Dundas oval on Saturday, competing in a special four-race, non-wagering event prior to the regularly scheduled Flamboro Downs program. Before Thursday’s program was suspended Top Of The Bar had romped around the half-mile oval to a three and one-half length victory in a personal best 2:02.1. The fan favourite and trainer Mark Etsell bested All Muscle N Sass and Snowfalla to score their third Grassroots victory and move to the top of the two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots standings. “I kind of wanted to go to the front just to change it up a bit, make her not have to work so hard, because she’s come first up the last two starts,” said Etsell on Thursday. “And it just turned out with two horses breaking the decision was really easy. She’s a pleasure, she doesn’t get bully she just does whatever you ask her.” Rockwood resident Etsell shares ownership of Top Of The Bar with Robert Newton of Walkerton, Graham Hopkins of Chesley and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The Muscle Mass daughter was also victorious in the July 29 Grassroots leg at Grand River Raceway and the Aug. 29 leg at Hanover Raceway and finished third in the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park, giving her a total of 162 points and top spot in the standings heading into the postseason. When the fillies returned to Flamboro Downs on Saturday, Doing It All and driver Stephen Byron lined up at Post 5 in the first $22,450 Grassroots division and fired out to a :31.1 quarter. The filly marched on to a 1:02.2 half and, although she came under pressure from Ban Ban Deo heading by the 1:31.3 three-quarters, was able to accelerate away to a two length victory in a personal best 2:01.3. Ban Ban Deo finished second and Darling Please was eight lengths back in third. It was the Kadabra daughter’s second straight win in Grassroots action and impressed both Byron and John Bax, who trains Doing It All for Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY. “She opened up and won comfortably, I guess you could say, so she’s learning. Steve was pretty happy with her,” said Campbellville, ON resident Bax.  “I think we’re heading in the right direction.” With two wins, one fourth, one fifth and one seventh, Doing It All heads into the Oct. 1 Semi-Finals in fourth spot in the standings with 115 points. The top 20 point earners advance to the Semi-Finals and the top five finishers from each Semi-Final will earn a berth in the $75,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 10. The second of Saturday’s Grassroots divisions was won in near-identical fashion by driver Mike Saftic and HP Mama B, who powered to the front from Post 2 and rang up fractions of :29.1, :59.2 and 1:30.1 on their way to a five and one-half length win in 2:00. Tipsy In Dixie finished second and Kadillac Girl was four more lengths behind in third. “I said, ‘Call me when the race is behind the gate and tell me what’s going on’. So she called me and said, ‘Oh we’re parked, oh we’re clear now, we’re in the front’. And I said, ‘Okay, if we’re in the front the race is pretty much over if she doesn’t miscue or something’,” said trainer Ben Baillargeon, who was readying seven starters to compete at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night and did not make the second trip to Dundas. “I think she’ll be a very nice three-year-old that mare, she’s very big. She made a few breaks at the beginning, it was just inexperience and immaturity, but she’s okay now.” Guelph resident Baillargeon also bred and raised HP Mama B, who is owned by Guylaine Picard of Guelph, ON and Celine Paquin of Ayers Cliff, QC. The Royalty For Life daughter wrapped up her regular season with two wins, one second and one ninth in Grassroots action for a total of 125 points and third spot in the standings. Both Craving You and Credits Celebrity made the shift from the Grassroots program to the Prospect Series for the final three-year-old trotting filly leg, and the move paid off as both Kadabra daughters visited the winner’s circle and earned a spot in the Sept. 25 Final at Grand River Raceway. In the first $7,200 Prospect Series split, Craving You reeled in pacesetter and point leader Wheely Twicky in the stretch to score a one and one-quarter length victory in  2:01.3. Pocket-sitter Ella finished second, edging out Wheely Twicky. Anthony Haughan engineered the win for trainer Meg Crone and the Cambridge, ON couple’s co-owner Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ. Credits Celebrity and trainer Wayne Henry opted for the front-end tour of the Flamboro oval in the last $7,300 division, cruising home three lengths in front in a personal best 1:59.2. Muscles Aplenty finished second and Kads Kiss was two more lengths back in third. Arthur resident Henry trains the filly for his co-owners Daylon Farms Ltd. of Komoka, Waples Stable Inc. of Baden, ON and Gordon Yeo of Calgary, AB. Complete results from Thursday’s program are available here and results from Saturday’s races are available here. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard and Prospect Series point standings are available on the Ontario Racing website. 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

MILTON, SEPT. 18, 2020 - Ontario's talented three-year-old pacing colts returned to Gold Series harness racing competition on Friday, Sept. 18 at Woodbine Mohawk Park after spending the last month competing in Grand Circuit stakes. The sole $156,400 division featured a showdown between point leaders Beaumond Hanover and Tattoo Artist, both riding three-race win streaks in Ontario Sires Stakes action, along with six other Gold Series rivals. As they have in virtually every start this season, Tattoo Artist and driver Bob McClure rocketed away from Post 8 and led the field into the first turn. Beaumond Hanover and driver Jody Jamieson found themselves in the outer lane from Post 2 and opted to carry on, reaching the front heading by the :26.2 quarter, but McClure and Tattoo Artist quickly reclaimed the lead. The fan favourites rolled through a :54.4 half and 1:23 three-quarters and then kicked home for a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:50.1. Beaumond Hanover finished second and Rhythm In Motion was third. "He's really a pleasure to drive," said McClure. "Horses as handy as him, as smart as him and with the lungs he has don't come around often. I look forward to seeing him between every start." The win, Tattoo's Artist's seventh in 10 sophomore starts, came as a bit of a relief to trainer Dr. Ian Moore, who said the colt was not as sharp as he usually is on the training track this week. "He actually didn't train very good on Tuesday, for the first time. Normally he trains really good and he wasn't so keen there Tuesday. I didn't tell Bobby that of course, but he did warm up very sharp tonight so I did tell him that," said Moore with a chuckle. "I'm going to talk to Frank Cannon and Eric Cherry tomorrow and I think that we're probably going to try him in the US next Friday (Sept. 25) at Hoosier for the Jennas Beach Boy, which Century Farroh won last year, because Century Farroh has one the same night, so I think I'll send them both." Cannon of Sanford, FL and Cherry, through his Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL, share ownership of Tattoo Artist and if the pair is in agreement the colt will be reunited with his winter caretaker Brad Firlotte at Indiana's Hoosier Park. "He's worked for me in Florida for the last ten years and he looked after Tattoo as a two-year-old and then he looked after him again last fall until he left as three-year-old," said Moore of Florida-based Firlotte, who will fly up to Indiana. "He won't have Giselle with him, his regular caretaker Giselle Loder, but that's the way it is at the border, right." The three-year-old pacing colts have one Gold leg remaining, Oct. 9 at The Raceway at the Western Fair District, and the Super Final, Oct. 17 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Those are the only stakes engagements remaining on Tattoo Artist's calendar, unless Cannon and Cherry opt to supplement the son of Hes Watching to the Breeders Crown eliminations Oct. 24 at Hoosier Park. "No matter what happens for the rest of the year, he's had a great year. I think that puts him over half a million for the year, so I don't think anybody will complain," said Moore. "He's a sweet little guy, no doubt about it. We've had a lot of fun with him and enjoyed every minute of it." Complete results from Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. 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

MILTON, SEPT. 17, 2020 – All four of the winners in Thursday night’s two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots action at Woodbine Mohawk Park picked up their second harness racing victory of the Ontario Sires Stakes program and marked themselves as horses to be reckoned with heading into the postseason. In the first $23,150 division Proline and driver Bob McClure eased away from Post 1 into seventh as Kyuquot led the field to a :27.3 opening quarter. As Mustang Beach completed the third lead change heading by the :57.3 half, McClure was tipping Proline out behind fan favourite Stonebridge Rex, who shadowed Rau Ru. The challengers marched steadily forward and although Mustang Beach had a two length margin at the 1:25.3 three-quarters, he was soon under heavy attack. Rolling out from behind Stonebridge Rex, Proline unleashed a :26.3 last quarter to claim the victory in a personal best 1:53.1. Stonebridge Rex was one and one-quarter lengths back in second and Rau Ru was two lengths back in third. “He’s got lots of speed. I’m very pleased with him now,” said Campbellville, ON resident Luc Blais, who trains the colt for Determination of Montreal, QC. “His last two races, we can’t get better than that I think with the way he did that.” The win was Proline’s second straight in Grassroots action, with the first coming in the Sept. 8 leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park. With two wins and one sixth, the speedy youngster finishes up the Grassroots regular season in sixth spot in the standings with 103 points. No Plan Intended and driver Jody Jamieson also employed a come-from-behind strategy to capture the second division from Post 7. The fan favourites powered down the stretch to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.1. Proline’s stablemate Shazam Blue Chip finished second and Big Bang Bang completed the top three. “Honestly tonight he didn’t seem as strong as last week (Sept. 8), but a couple of two-year-olds in the barn have been coughing. We did take his blood the other day and he didn’t show any signs of sickness, but we might have to keep an eye on him because he didn’t finish as strong, not terrible, but he was a lot better last week,” said trainer Stephanie Jamieson. “He’s got a lot of heart that horse, he’s a tough little bugger.” Moffat resident Jamieson trains No Plan Intended for her father-in-law Carl Jamieson of Puslinch, ON and Brian Paquet of Quebec, QC. The partners also bred the son of Up The Credit, who the elder Jamieson trained and the pair co-owned through his $1.3 million racing career. With two wins, one second and one sixth in his Grassroots career, No Plan Intended heads into the postseason in a two-way tie for second with 128 points. Sharing second spot with No Plan Intended is Take Control, who cruised along on the front end to a one and one-half length victory in the third division. In rein to Louis-Philippe Roy, the Control The Moment son  stopped the teletimer in a personal best 1:52.3. Big Teddy finished second and Last Bet was third. “The 10-hole last week (Sept. 8), he kind of didn’t get into the race, but he finished really strong. So today was good that he had a chance to get into the race,” said trainer Dan Lagace of Cambridge, who shares ownership of the gelding with Ben Mudry of Toronto, ON. “He’s been a nice little colt. He was only $8,000 so with a good finish in the next couple of weeks he’s had a pretty good year.” Thursday’s victory boosted Take Control’s earnings to $30,982 through seven lifetime starts. Unlike Proline and No Pan Intended, he posted his first Grassroots win in the Aug. 22 leg at Hiawatha Horse Park and finished sixth from Post 10 in the Sept. 8 leg. The final $23,150 division saw Second Bruiser romp to his second straight 1:51.4 victory, hitting the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Cadillac Bayama. Watch My Beverage was seven lengths back in third. “He’s pretty awesome. He was amazing last week and I think he was even better tonight,” said driver James MacDonald. “It’s a cool night, a little breezy and 1:51.4 for a two-year-old this time of year, and the way he did it, he’s just a really nice colt. Hopefully he keeps progressing. He could be anything.” Guelph resident MacDonald drove the Believeinbruiser son to the win, his second in three lifetime starts, for trainer Vernon Cochrane of Fergus and his co-owner Stefan Piekos of Palgrave, ON. The win netted Second Bruiser 100 points and puts him in seventh spot in the standings. The top 20 point earners now advance to the Oct. 1 Semi-Finals from which the top five finishers will move on to the $75,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 10. Complete results from Thursday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. On Friday night the three-year-old pacing colts resume their Gold Series rivalry at Woodbine Mohawk Park after taking a break to compete in Grand Circuit action in recent weeks. The colts will battle for $156,400 in Race 8 on the program, which gets under way at 7 pm. Fans can download a program here.   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 www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, SEPT. 15, 2020 – Driver Louis-Philippe Roy and trainer Chantal Mitchell teamed up to win a pair of $22,800 Grassroots harness racing divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Sept. 15, ensuring a top 20 finish for both Shiatzu Seelster and Ourlittlemiracle in the two-year-old pacing filly division. Roy and Mitchell scored their first win of the night in the second division with Shiatzu Seelster. Starting from Post 6 Roy and the filly left smartly and settled into third as Amini led the field to a :26.4 quarter and a :57 half. Amini continued to lead at the 1:25.2 three-quarters and Shiatzu Seelster continued to sit along the rail, waiting until the stretch to wiggle out and sprint home to a one and one-quarter length win in a personal best 1:54. Control The Thong closed well for second and favourite CL Sportsextreme was third. “She’s one of the two fillies I trained down myself last winter,” said Roy, who has two homebreds to train this winter and will be heading back to the yearling sales for a few additional young horses to keep him busy through the non-stakes season. “She’s not the fastest of the two, but the biggest quality that she has is that she loves her job and gives everything she has every time.” Roy shares ownership of Shiatzu Seelster with 1876472 Ontario Inc. of Guelph, ON. The win was the State Treasurer daughter’s second in Grassroots action and gives her a total of 128 points and fourth spot in the division standings. The filly also made one start at the Gold Series level, finishing second at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 4. “She went to the Gold two weeks ago at Grand River, and she got a great trip and finished second. It bravened her up and she was able to come back here tonight and kind of do the same thing, sit to the inside, wait for things to open up, and come up and get a win,” said Mitchell. “She’s just a nice filly that tries hard.” Ourlittlemiracle started her season with a runner-up finish in the Grassroots season opener, and then moved up to the Gold level where her best result was a fourth. Mitchell trains the Bettors Delight daughter for Windermere Stable LLC of New York, NY, Robert Muscara of Ivyland, PA, William Rochetti, Jr. and Tanya Rochetti of Cherry Hill, NJ and after a tough trip in the Grand River Gold event the group decided a return to the Grassroots was in order. “She really just had terrible luck,” said Waterdown, ON resident Mitchell. “Even at Grand River, we raced three that night and she didn’t get any money and I think she raced the best out of all three of them. So since she didn’t have enough points to look like she was going to get into the Super Final we said, ‘Well let’s give her a try back in the Grassroots and she if we can make it there’. It worked out, thankfully.” Ourlittlemiracle fired out of Post 6 in the third division and led the field through a :27.4 quarter, :57.1 half and 1:25.2 three-quarters on her way to a one length victory in a personal best 1:54.2. Virtual Success finished second and fan favourite Cyclone Sister was third. “She never had the chance to prove herself much, getting bad posts or drawing tough divisions in the Golds,” said Guelph, ON resident Roy. “She definitely is one of the best in the Grassroots. Chantal’s team is doing a great job with both fillies.” With one win and one second in Grassroots action, Ourlittlemiracle finishes up the season with 75 points and thirteenth spot in the standings. The top 20 point earners advance to the Oct. 1 Semi-Finals and the top five finishers from each Semi-Final earn a berth in the $75,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 10. “Hopefully we get some luck with the draw and then a little racing luck on our side and see if we can get two in the Final,” said Mitchell. The other two divisions went to Celia Bayama and Chiefs Dream Girl, who will join Shiatzu Seelster and Ourlittlemiracle in the postseason. Sylvain Filon piloted Celia Bayama to a 1:54 personal best in the first division, drawing away to a three and three-quarter length victory over favourite Come On Sun and Steelmeatreasure. The Milton resident engineered the win, the Bettors Delight daughter’s first in Grassroots action, for trainer Richard Moreau and owner-breeder Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D’Argenteuil, QC. Celia Bayama heads into the postseason in eighth spot with 99 points. Chiefs Dream Girl took the last division with a 1:54.2 personal best that came as no surprise to Jody Jamieson, who guided the filly to the three length win over Jackieofalltrades and Sweet Pink. “I was really confident in her tonight going into the race. I didn’t think she could get beat,” said Jamieson. “She’s just been getting stronger with each start, and she should continue on like this.” The Moffat resident piloted Chiefs Dream Girl to her second Grassroots win for trainer Jack Moiseyev and owners High Stakes Inc. of Moffat, ON and LSC Stables of North Brunswick, NJ. The Sunshine Beach daughter wraps up the regular season ranked fifth with 125 points. Complete results from Tuesday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. The two-year-old pacing colts will wrap up their Grassroots regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday, Sept. 17, competing in Races 2, 4, 7 and 9 on the program, which gets under way at 7 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 www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, September 12, 2020 - Grand Circuit Month continued Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the Somebeachsomewhere, Simcoe and Champlain Stakes part of the $1.6 million harness racing card. The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes capped off four consecutive weeks of Grand Circuit events for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. A group of 12 were split into two $77,500 divisions. Warrawee Vital set a new stakes record of 1:48.2 with a jaw-dropping performance in the second division. Trevor Henry fired the Rob Fellows trained Warrawee Vital towards the front, clearing Captain Barbossa just after a :26.3 opener. From there, 'Vital' went the distance, posting fractions of :55 and 1:22.2 before kicking home in :26 flat to hold off 'Barbossa' by half a length in 1:48.2. Moneyman Hill was third, while Beach Blanket Book was fourth. A son of Captaintreacherous, Warrawee Vital has stamped himself as a major player in the three-year-old pacing colt division with back to back Grand Circuit victories. He is now six for nine on the season and goes over $135,000 in earnings with the win for owners Blair Corbeil, Yolanda Fellows and M&S Racing Stable Inc. Warrawee Vital paid $3.20 to win. Capt Midnight delivered a career-best 1:48.3 performance to win the first division. Andrew McCarthy fired up the Tony Alagna trained Capt Midnight from third racing to the half and swept by a twice-used The Greek Freak after a :54.4 half. Capt Midnight proceeded to rip off a :26.4 third-quarter to hit that marker in 1:21.3, before opening up a few lengths on his rivals to win by three lengths. Beaumond Hanover moved to the front in the second-quarter before releasing The Greek Freak to the front. 'Beaumond' came up the inside for second, while Rhythm In Motion was third and The Greek Freak fourth. A son of Captaintreacherous, Capt Midnight picked up his second win in 10 starts this season. The Alagna trainee was fifth in the Pepsi North America Cup and fourth in last week's Simcoe. He now has over $180,000 earned this season and career numbers of eight wins and $571,845 earned. Capt Midnight is owned by Marvin Katz, Kenneth Jacobs, Brad Grant and Capt Midnight Racing. He paid $4.20 to win. A group of 14 sophomore pacing fillies were split into a pair $88,000-plus divisions for the Simcoe. Bob McIntosh trainee Sex Appeal converted off a two-hole trip to take down 1/5 favourite Lady Lou in the opening division. Trevor Henry guided the daughter of Bettors Delight to the victory, stinging Lady Lou through a 26.1 opening-quarter and then sprinting home in :26.3 to win by three-quarters of a length in a career-best equaling 1:50.2. Beach Sports finished third, while Alicorn was fourth. Sex Appeal is now five for nine on the season and has only finished outside the top-three once. She boosts her seasonal earnings to over $177,000 and career numbers to seven wins and over $200,000 banked for owner/breeders Robert McIntosh Stables Inc and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. A $2 win ticket on Sex Appeal returned $17.50. John Pentland trainee Lauras Love fired off cover in the stretch for a strong 1:50.3 win in the second Simcoe split. Bob McClure moved her out from fifth around the final turn to sit in that perfect spot and she unleashed a :26 final-quarter to track down leader Perfect Storm, winning by a length and a half. A daughter of Betterthancheddar, Lauras Love is now eight for 15 on the campaign and has surpassed $200,000 in earnings during her first season on the track. She is owned by Pentland and Gracie Mae Barr. Lauras Love paid $3 to win. The Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacers feature four divisions, two for the boys and two for the girls. Anthony Beaton trainee Twin B Eagle soared to a career-best 1:51.2 victory in the first Champlain split for rookie pacing colts and geldings. Sylvain Filion guided the tough-luck gelded son of Sportswriter to the dominating victory, posting fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:24.3 before a :26.4 kicker to win by nearly two-lengths. Control Heaven was second, while Pirate Hanover and Major Bean completed the Superfecta. Twin B Eagle is now three for six on the season, but his prior two wins had come in overnight events. The rookie pacer had made breaks in his previous stakes appearance, both OSS Gold events. The Beaton trained Twin B Eagle was on his game Saturday to $61,015 for owners Wayne Mac Rae and Daniel Ross. He paid $6.90 to win. Abuckabett Hanover stamped himself as arguably the top local contender for the Metro Pace with a stakes record-equaling 1:50.3 win in the $93,759 second division. Driver McCarthy moved the Alagna trainee to the lead in the second-quarter and it was lights out from there. The son of Betting Line posted fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.2 before firing home in :26.1 for a victory of seven lengths. Candy Trader finished second, while Twin B Fighter was third. Abuckabett Hanover is now three for five to start his career and has earned $145,234 for owners Barbera Stable, Jablonsky Held Stable, Joe Deguara and Alagna And Inthegym. The rookie was purchased last November at Harrisburg for $160,000. A $2 win ticket on Abuckabett Hanover returned $2.80. Scarlett Hanover picked up her second consecutive win and fourth on the season in the $86,664 first Champlain division for rookie pacing fillies. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Scarlett Hanover rushed to the lead on the far turn from fith, as half-mile leader Lady Arthur slowed down considerably on the lead. The Ashleigh Hensley trained 'Scarlett' rolled by three-quarters in 1:24.2 and fired home in :27.1 to stop the clock in a career-best 1:51.3. Twin B Sunkissed finished 4 ½ lengths back in second. Voelz Delight and Spellcheck Hanover rounded out the top-four. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Scarlett Hanover has put together a strong rookie season, going over $205,000 earned with Saturday's victory for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, JandT Silva Purnel & Libb and Weaver Bruscemi. She paid $3.10 to win. Caviart Audrey, who was sent off at odds of 1/9, followed up her dazzling win the Eternal Camnation with a 1:53 score in the second $86,664 division. The Nancy Takter trained Caviart Audrey and driver Gingras got away fourth and didn't start a first-up bid until the final-turn, overtaking the lead from Adashious Hanover after three-quarters in 1:24.4. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere didn't close out the mile nearly as strong as her last start, but secured the victory of a length and a half. Alumni Seelster finished second, while City By The Bay was third and Paulas Bet Hanover fourth. Owned by Caviart Farms, Caviart Audrey is a disqualification away from a perfect record, now sitting at three wins in four outings. She went over $100,000 in earnings with the win. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, SEPT. 10, 2020 – Mikey Mass found the Grassroots winner’s circle for the second time this season on Thursday, Sept. 10 at Woodbine Mohawk Park and trainer Nick Gallucci is hoping the three-year-old trotting gelding is shaping up for a big finish to the harness racing season. “He’s really coming around, he’s really starting to mature now and come into his own,” said Gallucci. “He’s relaxing before the race and during the race. He’s really starting to turn into a racehorse.” Starting from Post 2, Mikey Mass and driver Jonathan Drury got away third and watched Remember Titans lead the field to a :28 quarter, :58 half and 1:26.2 three-quarters. In the stretch Drury was able to squeeze the fan favourite up the inside and Mikey Mass pulled away to a one and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:54.3. Remember Titans settled for second and pocket-sitter Ongoing Royalty was third. “I wasn’t expecting that mile today at all, it really surprised me. I was really happy with that,” said Gallucci. “Hopefully we can keep things rolling for the last three sires stakes races.” The Stouffville resident shares ownership of Mikey Mass with Vince Gallucci of Brantford, Frank Cirillo of Kleinburg and Bruno Didiomede of Hamilton, ON. With two wins and one second in his three Grassroots appearances, the Muscle Mass son sits third in the division standings with 125 points heading into the last regular season event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 22. The top 20 point earners at the end of the regular season advance to the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals and the top five finishers from each Semi-Final earn a berth in the Oct. 10 Grassroots Championship on Oct. 10. Kenogami Coco got a much needed win in the second $22,800 Grassroots division. The Wheeling N Dealin son got away fifth from Post 3, followed Beyond The Lens up the outer lane and then powered down the stretch to a one length victory in a personal best 1:56.3. Pacesetter Oxford Hall finished second and fan favourite Charmbo Prince was third. “He’s a trotter that can be a little wild and he went a couple of tough trips at Hippodrome 3R in his last two starts, so I was happy that he could relax on a helmet today,” said driver Louis-Philippe Roy. “And happy to see him trot home good.” Guelph resident Roy engineered the win for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeders Jean-Francois and Marie-Claude Reid of Anjou, QC. The victory boosted Kenogami Coco from twenty-first to tenth in the standings with 70 points earned through one win, one third and one fourth in a trio of Grassroots starts. True Brew made the biggest leap up the standings with his 1:57.1 victory in the third division, moving from twenty-ninth into a tie for eleventh. The fan favourite and driver James MacDonald delivered a front-end effort to score the one length victory over Archies Star and Tuckers Out. “He has been struggling with breaking issues,” said trainer Blake MacIntosh of St. George, ON, who shares ownership of the Kadabra gelding with Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA. “He has always had the speed, he’s just not the smartest sometimes, but he seems to have figured it out. Hopefully that gives him enough points to make the Semi-Final.” True Brew’s victory boosted his point total to 62, 30 points higher than the current cut off for the Grassroots Semi-Finals. Blue Cupertino made the shift from the Gold Series to the Grassroots in the fourth $23,150 division and the move landed the Kadabra colt in the winner’s circle for the first time this season. In rein to Doug McNair, Blue Cupertino set the tempo from Post 5 and turned away a third-quarter challenge from fan favourite Lovedbythemasses to score a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55.3. Life Is A Feast finished second and Lovedbythemasses held on for third, in spite of a late break in stride. “He was one of the top colts last year,” said McNair, who piloted Blue Cupertino to earnings of $205,450 as a two-year-old. “He raced well a few times early this year, then he had some health trouble. He won the toughest division tonight.” The driver’s father Gregg McNair of Guelph trains Blue Cupertino for McKinlay & Fielding of Toronto, ON and Crawford Farms Racing of Syracuse, NY. The owners will now have to decide whether the colt will remain in the Grassroots for the last leg — horses need a minimum of two starts to compete in the Semi-Finals — or return to the Gold Series where he currently sits fifth in the standings. The last Grassroots division went to No Time To Play, who posted a three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55.3. Perpetuate finished second and Lexus Markus was third. Sylvain Filion guided No Time To Play to his second Grassroots win for trainer Ben Baillargeon and owners Ecuries Daniel Plouffe Inc. of Bromont, Jean Dessureault of Candiac and Claude Hamel of Ayer’s Cliff, QC. With 130 points the Kadabra gelding sits second in the standings, seven points behind leader Remember Titans. Complete results from Thursday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Grassroots point standings are available on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   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 www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, SEPT. 8, 2020 - Two-year-old pacing colts took their turn in the harness racing spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Sept. 8, competing for a total of $117,500 in five Grassroots divisions. Stonebridge Rex and driver Doug McNair captured the first $23,500 division with a bold move at the five-eighths marker that saw them sail to the front and power away from the field to a six and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:52.3. Big Bang Bang was second and Last Bet was two more lengths back in third. "He's a nice horse. He steers funny sometimes, but other than that he's handy," said McNair of the Control The Moment gelding who started from Post 5. "He tied up in Sarnia (Aug. 22), but he bounced back tonight." The win was Stonebridge Rex's second in Grassroots action. He was also victorious in the July 20 leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, breeder Angie Stiller of Arva and their co-owner Gary Colter of Mississauga, ON. With two wins, a sixth in the season opener and a seventh-place result at Sarnia's Hiawatha Horse Park on Aug. 22, Stonebridge Rex has 105 points and sits second in the division standings with one regular season event remaining. The next three divisions saw Finkle Is Einhorn, No Plan Intended and Proline get their first Grassroots win and make significant jumps up the point standings. Fan favourite Finkle Is Einhorn left smartly from Post 5, let two rivals circle to the front and then delivered a late sprint to the wire to claim a head victory in 1:55.1. Pacesetter Mustang Beach settled for second and Kyoquot was five lengths behind the leaders in third. "He's a nice horse. He was a little too aggressive last time (Aug. 31), but the trainer added ear plugs and he was more relaxed tonight," said driver Sylvain Filion. "He just flew home when we had room." Milton resident Filion piloted Finkle Is Einhorn to the win for trainer Duncan Brewer of Waterdown and his co-owner Randell Urquhart of Hamilton, ON. With one win and one third in Grassroots action, the Sunshine Beach gelding has a total of 62 points and jumped from fortieth into a three-way tie for eleventh in the standings. The top 20 point earners at the end of the regular season advance to the Oct. 1 Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and the top five finishers from each Semi-Final move on to the $75,000 Grassroots Championship on Oct. 10. In the third division driver Jody Jamieson eased No Plan Intended away from Post 1, settling in fifth as Big Teddy rang up a :26.4 quarter and fan favourite Cadillac Bayama led the field to a :55.4 half. As they swept by the half-mile marker Jamieson tipped No Plan Intended to the outside and started to advance on the pacesetter. Cadillac Bayama held the challenger at bay through the 1:24.2 three-quarters, but No Plan Intended had a bigger kick in the stretch and pulled away to a one and three-quarter length victory in 1:52.2. Big Teddy snuck up the inside to be second and Cadillac Bayama settled for third. "He's a homebred colt that trained down well and just ran into some health issues and lost some time,' said driver Jody Jamieson of the gelding, who missed the July 20 Grassroots leg due to sickness. "But he has since come back with two seconds and now a fast win." Stephanie Jamieson trains No Plan Intended for Carl Jamieson of Puslinch, ON and Brian Paquet of Quebec, QC, who also bred the son of Up The Credit. With one win, one second and one sixth in Grassroots action No Plan Intended has 78 points and moved from twenty-fifth to fifth in the standings. Proline was able to advance up the outside behind cover in the fourth division before unleashing a :26.4 final quarter to post a two and one-quarter length win in 1:53.3. Watch My Beverage also closed hard to be second, leaving pacesetter Brilliant Corners to settle for third. "That was a great bounce back," said driver Bob McClure, who piloted Proline to a disappointing sixth in the Aug. 22 Grassroots event at Hiawatha Horse Park. "Hopefully he keeps trending in that direction." Rockwood resident McClure steers Proline for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville, ON and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Tuesday's win launched the Sportswriter son from sixty-fifth to seventeenth in the standings with 53 points. Second Bruiser made his Ontario Sires Stakes debut in the last division, and driver James MacDonald would not be surprised to see him make his second provincial start against the Gold Series colts. Starting from the outside Post 9, Second Bruiser sprinted off the gate to a :27.1 quarter, yielded to fan favourite Saratoga Blue Chip, who took the field to a :56.1 half and 1:25 three-quarters, and then tipped out in the stretch and rocketed home to a four and one-half length win in 1:51.4. Saratoga Blue Chip settled for second and Shazam Blue Chip rounded out the top three. "He's awesome. I think Vern will likely try the next Gold with him. Some of them are starting to get tired and he is razor sharp right now, so I expect good things from him," said MacDonald. "He's a Cadillac, steers good, paces good. The one issue he had qualifying (Aug. 25), he got jammed up, that's young horse stuff, that's nothing to worry about. He was very strong tonight." Guelph resident MacDonald engineered the win for trainer Vernon Cochrane of Fergus and breeder Stefan Piekos of Palgrave, ON who share ownership of the son of Believeinbruiser. Tuesday was just the gelding's second lifetime start after sickness took him out of action for most of August. The two-year-old pacing colts will make their last regular season Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 17, while the Gold Series colts go postward Oct. 4 at Flamboro Downs, meaning Cochrane and Piekos will have to choose which level to compete at before the Sept. 14 draw for the last Grassroots leg. Horses need two Grassroots starts to be eligible for the Grassroots postseason, while one win can make them eligible for the $250,000 Gold Series Super Final. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   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 www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, SEPT. 7, 2020 – With less than one month remaining in the regular harness racing season, the three-year-old pacing colts were on their toes in Grassroots action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Sept. 7. The talented sophomore kicked things off with a thrilling performance in the first race, which saw the top three finishers hit the wire together, separated by a short nose. The finish-line photo revealed Poseidon Seelster as the winner by a whisker, with Gonnahaveonemore second and Better Take It third. All three colts were clocked in 1:51.1, which was a personal best for Poseidon Seelster. “We’re really excited about the win. Bob gave him a perfect drive, even if he didn’t win it was an awesome drive,” said Matt Dupuis, who trains the Sunshine Beach colt for Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, ON. “He needed the win to get more points for the Semi-Finals.” Rockwood resident Bob McClure engineered the victory, which saw Poseidon Seelster get away mid-pack from Post 4 and hug the rail until he powered out in the stretch for the battle to the wire. The win was the gelding’s second straight and his first of the season in Grassroots action, launching him from thirty-first to tenth in the division standings with 61 points. “I was really looking forward to him coming back at three, but he didn’t come back to be what I thought he would,” said McClure, who drove the pacer through his $25,500 freshman campaign, but was making just his third appearance in the gelding’s race bike Monday. “He’s amazing gaited, big, strong and very fast, but just never seemed to put all the tools together, but I’d say Matt has him peaking at a perfect time.” The second $22,800 division saw fan favourite Bettorbuckleup get away fourth from Post 7, take command heading by the half and cruise home to a three and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:50.3. Bettor At Hightide finished second and Solid Man was third. “I was a little surprised he was on the lead, just because he’s never really done that well on the lead on the big track, but he’s so brave right now it seems like that was probably the only spot he could be today,” said trainer Nick Gallucci of the trip worked out by driver James MacDonald. “I was really happy with how everything worked out. “James said after the race, ‘He almost feels like a Gold horse now’,” Gallucci continued. “His last couple races he seems to have really turned the corner.” The win was Bettorbuckleup’s second in Grassroots action and his third of the season. The Bettors Delight son tested his skills against the Gold Series colts in the Aug. 16 leg at Rideau Carleton Raceway, finishing third, but Gallucci and owner Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON felt he was better positioned for success in the Grassroots program where he now sits second in the standings with 125 points. Fan favourite The Wild Card romped to his fourth straight Grassroots victory in the third division, cruising under the wire two lengths ahead of Menlo Park and Captivate Hanover in a personal best 1:51.2. Doug McNair engineered the front-stepping win for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge and his co-owners R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC. “He’s one of the best feeling horses that I’ve ever had, every day he seems to be full of himself. I jogged him yesterday, because I trained him a little bit Saturday and if they’re racing Monday I do jog them on Sunday, and even after training Saturday he goes out on the track in a big hurry, like a fast walk all the time,” said Dr. Moore of the Bettors Delight son. “And then when he gets to the track he’s leaping up in the air like ‘Heigh-ho Silver, away!’ sort of thing and takes off 100 miles an hour. He does that every time he steps on the racetrack, and then after one lap around the sand track he slows down. He’s always feeling good like that. He does it every day, like it doesn’t seem to be wearing on him, the season, at all.” With a flawless record of four wins in four Grassroots starts, The Wild Card leads the sophomore pacing colts into the Sept. 20 leg at Flamboro Downs with 200 points. The top 20 point earners from the five regular season events will advance to the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park and the top five finishers from each Semi-Final will move on to the $75,000 Grassroots Championship on Oct. 10. Guelph resident Doug McNair was back in the winner’s circle after the last division, guiding National Sport to a 1:50.3 personal best off a front-end effort. The lightly regarded son of Sportswriter bested Delightful Terror by half a length after giving ground to the fan favourite at the top of the stretch. Sundown Kid was two lengths back in third. “I thought he was going to be tenth, but he was tough,” said McNair of the second wind National Sport found late in the stretch. “He showed last year that he had some talent, and that’s the first time this year he’s shown a real good mile again.” A Grassroots winner at two, National Sport posted a fourth and a seventh in his first two sophomore Grassroots starts had not found the winner’s circle before Monday’s effort. Jared Bako trains the gelding, who jumped from thirty-second to eleventh in the standings, for 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor, ON. Complete results for Monday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   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 www.ontarioracing.com

CLINTON, SEPT. 6, 2020 – Bob McClure did not have much luck in the Charity Driver’s Challenge that kicked off a record-setting closing day at Clinton Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 6, but Canada’s leading harness racing reinsman finished things up with a natural hat trick in the last three $22,000 Grassroots events. “When the first four horses you drive in a driver’s challenge are picked for last, you pretty well know that you’re not going to be a big threat,” said McClure with a laugh. “But it’s all fun, it’s for charity, we all had a blast. They always do a great job, the track’s always good, they always have competitive races, the whole thing is fun.” Clinton’s leading reinsman Brett MacDonald triumphed in the Charity Driver’s Challenge, which raised over $7,000 for the Clinton Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Through the eight driver’s challenge races and four Grassroots divisions, Clinton Raceway fans wagered a total of $118,041, an all-time high for the half-mile oval. After his driver’s challenge mounts failed to serve up a victory, McClure made his debut in the winner’s circle in the second of four Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies, guiding Sports Duchess to a gate-to-wire score from Post 4. The fan favourite kept a stubborn neck in front of Siri Blue Chip at the wire to claim her first Ontario Sires Stakes win in a personal best 1:57.3. Celia Bayama was two lengths back in third. “I think that’s the first time I ever drove a horse for Blake that was competitive, usually I’m fifth choice so we don’t usually have very much luck. It’s a running joke between us, he actually fist bumped me in the winner’s circle and laughed and said, ‘Hey look we got a cheque together’,” said McClure of trainer Blake MacIntosh. “But she’s real slick gaited through the turns, which helps at a track like that. She raced great.” St. George resident MacIntosh trains Sports Duchess for breeder Leanne Murphy of St. George and her co-owner Stuart McIntosh of Essex, ON. The Sportswriter daughter started her provincial career at the Gold Series level before making the move to the Grassroots for the third leg. With Sunday’s win and a third in the Aug. 14 Grassroots event she boasts a point tally of 62 and currently sits in a three-way tie for eighth in the division standings. McClure was right back in the Clinton Raceway winner’s circle after the third division, making a bold three-wide move down the backstretch with CL Sportsextreme to grab control of the race and cruise home to a 1:58.3 victory. Miscues by Patina Seelster and Steelmeatreasure in the last quarter caused some confusion behind CL Sportsextreme, leaving Treasures Gem and Control The Thong to cross the wire 16 lengths after the winner. “I think she was the best one I drove today actually, she was wicked. I mean we were five lengths off at the five-eighths pole, but when I moved her she was on top at the three-quarter pole, so she’s got a real good turn of foot,” said McClure of the Sportswriter daughter, who started from the trailing Post 8. “She tries real hard for a little filly and she just motored around that last turn. I know there was some chaos going on behind me, but she won very, very easily.” Dany Fontaine trains CL Sportsextreme for owner-breeder Ecuries C. LeBlanc Inc. of Saint-Eustache, QC. In six career starts the filly boasts four wins, with three of them coming in the Grassroots program. With one regular season leg remaining, CL Sportsextreme is tied for top spot in the division standings with 150 points. McClure finished the hat trick in the last division, putting Sweet Pink on the front heading by the half and cruising home to a three length victory in 1:59.2. Sportsfire finished second and Shes Got It All rounded out the top three. “She’s been a little bit of a project for Nick. When he first baby raced her I liked her a lot, she’s well-bred and everything, and then she made a break in the second baby race and I don’t know what it was about,” said McClure of the Nick Gallucci trainee who started from Post 2. “She’s got quite a bit of ability and I think next year she’s going to really make some money.” Gallucci trains the Bettors Delight daughter for owner-breeder Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON. Sunday’s win was Sweet Pink’s first in four career starts and gives her a Grassroots point total of 53, good enough for a share of eleventh heading into the last leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 15. Amini captured the other Grassroots division, sprinting away from Post 7 to take control of the tempo and hanging on for a head decision in 1:58.2. Chiefs Dream Girl finished second and fan favourite Betchuloveme was third. Sylvain Filion piloted the Sportswriter daughter to her second Grassroots win for trainer Richard Moreau and owners Tess Waxman of Ridgeville and David Morgan of Hamilton, ON. With two wins and one second, Amini currently sits third with 127 points. Driver’s challenge winner Brett MacDonald had the opposite experience to McClure, finding the winner’s circle twice in the early part of the card and missing the board with his two Grassroots mounts. In his eight challenge drives MacDonald posted two wins, one second, one fourth, one fifth and had one of his mounts scratched for a total of 148 points, eight more than runner-up Doug McNair. “It comes down to the type of horses you drive, especially when you drive with that many good drivers, the horses and the trips you get are how you win that type of thing,” said MacDonald, who led all drivers at the Clinton meet with 17 wins. “It’s nice to do something for charity too.” Complete results from the action-packed afternoon are available at Clinton Raceway Results. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   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 www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, SEPT. 5, 2020 – Saturday, Sept. 5 was another big night of stakes action at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing colts and three-year-old pacing fillies shared the limelight in a quartet of $104,000-plus Gold Series divisions. In the $105,600 two-year-old pacing colt divisions, Shadow Play sons Lawless Shadow and Bulldog Hanover delivered impressive victories with personal best efforts. Lawless Shadow opened the program, starting from Post 7 with Bob McClure in the race bike. The colt sprinted out to a :27 opening quarter and then yielded to favourite Desperate Man. Undefeated Desperate Man rolled through a :56 half and 1:24.4 three-quarters, coming under pressure from No Bettor Joy, but when McClure manoeuvred Lawless Shadow into an open lane the colt kicked into a big gear and pulled away to a one length victory in 1:52.1. Bettor Sun closed hard to be second and Desperate Man had to settle for third. “He used to be a handful at the start, he was making breaks, he run inside the pylons, and he’d grab on real bad and all that stuff. And now he’s two fingers, just drive him whatever way you want, and he just showed that tonight coming from behind, so I’m really, really happy with him,” said Moore. “He’s just getting better and better every start. He’s turning into such a nice baby to be around. “He’s fulfilling my aspirations of him back in June when I had told everybody about him. I said he was worth waiting on and so on,” Moore continued. “He’s just a nice colt in every way shape and form. Emma Marie Peirson is his groom and she does a great job with him.” Cambridge, ON resident Moore shares ownership of Lawless Shadow with R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB, Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC and Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL. In six lifetime starts the colt now has one Gold and one Grassroots win, along with a victory in the Aug. 29 Nassagaweya Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. In the second pacing colt division driver Jody Jamieson sent fan favourite Bulldog Hanover to the lead just past the :27 quarter and the colt rang up a :56 half and a 1:24.4 three-quarters on his way to a three length victory in 1:51.4. Candy Trader finished second and Control Heaven completed the top three. “I was relieved. He was great his last start, but then he got sick. Two weeks ago I had a virus at my barn and five out of the seven got pretty sick, so I was just a little leery going into this race whether he’d be completely over it or not,” said trainer Jack Darling. “He trained good, but you just never know how much that will take out of him. But he came through strong, he seemed 100 per cent.” Lawless Shadow is eligible to the Metro Pace eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 19, but Bulldog Hanover is only eligible for the Ontario Sires Stakes program. His next start will not come until the final regular season leg of the Gold Series at Flamboro Downs on Oct. 4. “I’ll probably take him over there and train him on that track maybe a week before, just to make sure. I don’t foresee any problem, although he’s never been on a half,” said Darling. “If he has six or seven starts, that will be a nice two-year-old season for him.” The $104,800 three-year-old pacing filly divisions went to lightly regarded Betalady and All Day Sunshine, who also recorded personal best efforts. In the first pacing filly division Betalady and driver Chris Christoforou started from Post 5 and settled into sixth, behind fan favourite Lauras Love, as rose Run Vantage led the field to a :27.1 quarter. When Lauras Love moved into the outer lane behind Rose Run Victoria, Christoforou had Betalady on her heels and the fillies advanced toward the pacesetter through fractions of :56 and 1:22.4. Lauras Love and Betalady had to circle a breaking Rose Run Victoria at the top of the stretch before waging a stretch battle that saw Betalady prevail by a head in 1:50.4. Lauras Love settled for second and Beach Sports was third. “She raced great. Got a nice trip following the one to beat and managed to get her head up to win,” said Christoforou.  “Susie has done a great job keeping her fresh and consistent through the season.” Susanne Kerwood trains Betalady for owner-breeder M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE and the Acton, ON resident was delighted to see the Bettors Delight daughter score her first Gold win of the season. “She’s such a tough girl, you know, she’s been knocking on the door. She’s a nice, nice filly. Even last year she was always close, but she could just never really jump up, you know what I mean,” said Kerwood. “Chris did a great job with her, gets along with her good so that helps, that’s a bonus.” In the second division All Day Sunshine and driver James MacDonald started from Post 3 and landed in fifth as favourite Karma Seelster sped out to a :26.2 quarter. Alicorn took over before the :54.3 half and MacDonald sent All Day Sunshine up the outside and was pressing the pacesetter by the 1:23.2 three-quarters. After taking command in the stretch All Day Sunshine battled through the wire to hold off Karma Seelster and Sex Appeal and claim the 1:51.3 victory. “It was a pleasant surprise,” said trainer Dan Lagace. “She’s not a great filly, but she’s always been a pretty nice filly. She’s a big, classy filly. She’s very big, she’s about 17 hands high, and she doesn’t do nothing wrong. My wife and my daughter absolutely spoil her and she’s kind of a family pet I guess.” The Cambridge resident shares ownership of All Day Sunshine with Christopher Nicol of Caledonia, ON and Billy Joe Timmins of Birmingham, GB. Saturday was the Sunshine Beach daughter’s second Gold win of the season and boosted her to the top of the division standings with 120 points. The three-year-old pacing fillies will wrap up their Gold Series regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 29, with the top 10 point earners then advancing to the $250,000 Super Final on Oct. 17. Complete results from Saturday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   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 www.ontarioracing.com

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