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DUNDAS, ON - SEPT. 17, 2020 - Due to an electrical fire Flamboro Downs was forced to suspend the Thursday, Sept. 17 harness racing card following the third race. Only one of three Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies had been completed prior to the suspension of the program so the remaining divisions, along with two Prospect Series divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies, have been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 19 at 3 pm. The Grassroots and Prospect Series divisions will be contested as drawn, with no wagering, prior to the start of Flamboro Downs' Saturday program. The Grassroots division scheduled as Race 5 on Thursday evening will be the first race, going postward at 3 pm on Saturday, the Grassroots division programmed as Race 6 will be Race 2. The Prospect Series division carded as Race 8 on Thursday will go postward as Race 3 and the Prospect Series division slated as Race 10 will be the fourth and last race of the non-wagering event. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

DUNDAS, ON - Flamboro Downs opens its 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes season this Thursday, Sept. 17 with three Grassroots divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies competing for a total of $67,000. Trainer John Bax will start a pair of fillies in the Grassroots regular season finale, Doing It All from Post 5 in the second $22,450 split and Lifeintheslammer from Post 7 in the third. Doing It All heads into the Flamboro event off a Grassroots win at Hanover Raceway on Aug. 29 and Bax is hoping the filly can continue her forward momentum. "She's getting a little more racy every start, and she's handy on a half-mile, so we're hoping she keeps improving. We're kind of looking for next year, but we'd like to end this year on an upbeat note," said the Campbellville, ON resident, who trains Doing It All for Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY. "We're progressing in the right direction." The Kadabra filly's results have improved with every Grassroots outing, starting with a seventh in the season opener and followed up by a fifth, a fourth and then the Aug. 29 win. With a total of 65 points, Doing It All currently sits tied for fifth in the division point standings and will advance to the Oct. 1 Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Lifeintheslammer started her Ontario Sires Stakes career with two starts at the Gold Series level before joining Doing It All in the third Grassroots leg. The Royalty For Life daughter was victorious in that Aug. 17 event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but then made a break and finished sixth in the fourth leg at Hanover Raceway. "With her there's something every time. Fortunately she went that one good race and showed us that the potential is there," said Bax. "She's got a mind of her own, but talent, definitely, definitely talent enough to be a player, and next year I'm hoping that she's a little easier to live with and grows up mentally, and a little bit physically." With 53 points, Lifeintheslammer is tied for eleventh in the standings, so owners Bax Stable of Campbellville, Glengate Farms of Erin, Brad Grant of Milton and Gaelic Stable of Sharon, ON are hoping she can pad that total on Thursday. Among the fillies hoping to prevent Lifeintheslammer from adding another win to her resume is division point leader Tipsy In Dixie, who will be looking for her third straight Grassroots victory from Post 6 in the third $22,450 division. "She's just fun, it's great," said Katherine Hedley of Canfield, ON, who owns one per cent of Tipsy In Dixie through fractional ownership group "We have watched all of her races that have been open. We've been to Grand River twice to watch her and two weeks ago when she was in Hanover." With spectators unable to attend the races in person on Thursday, Hedley and her fellow owners will be tuning in to watch the Flamboro Downs live stream and hoping Muscle Mass daughter Tipsy In Dixie can extend her Grassroots win streak. In addition to the Grassroots divisions, which go postward in Races 1, 5 and 6, Flamboro Downs is also hosting two $7,000 Prospect Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies, which are programmed as Races 8 and 10. All of the action gets under way at 6:35 pm and fans can download a program and watch the live stream on the Flamboro Downs website. From the Ontario Sire Stakes Flamboro Downs Race Date Post Time Age/Sex/Gait Race Type           Thursday, Sept. 17 6:35 pm 2-year-old Filly Trot Grassroots Series           Thursday, Sept. 17 6:35 pm 3-year-old Filly Trot Prospect Series           Sunday, Sept. 20 6:55 pm 3-year-old Colt Pace Grassroots Series           Sunday, Sept. 27 6:55 pm 3-year-old Filly Trot Gold Leg           Sunday, Oct. 4 6:55 pm 2-year-old Colt Pace Gold Leg           Thursday, Oct. 8 6:35 pm 2-year-old Colt Trot Gold Leg                                  

HANOVER, ON - SEPT. 5, 2020 - Hanover Raceway wrapped up its 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Saturday, Sept. 5, hosting a quartet of $22,000 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Queso Relleno and driver Jody Jamieson kicked off the stakes action in the second race, controlling the tempo from Post 1 on their way to a five length victory in 1:56.1. Coqui Coqui finished second and Docs Harmony was third. "I was very happy with her. She's started to come back to being what we thought we had at the beginning of the year," said trainer Blake MacIntosh. "She had a rough start to the year and then she got a rock in the eye and we were really scared that she was going to have to lose the eye. It's a little cloudy, but it's pretty good now. We're really happy with the way she's bounced back the last couple weeks." St. George resident MacIntosh shares ownership of Queso Relleno with Sue Vernon Smith of Oakville, The Flanagan Sisters of Brantford, ON and Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA. Saturday's win was the Betterthancheddar daughter's first of the season in the Grassroots program and her second overall. With a second and a fourth in her other two Grassroots starts, the 2019 division champion will wrap up the regular season with 83 points, putting her in a tie for seventh in the standings and securing a berth in the Oct. 2 Semi-Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "She won it last year as a two-year-old, so we're hoping that she can repeat as a three-year-old," said MacIntosh of the upcoming post season. "There's a couple really nice horses that skipped today that will be tough in there, but we're hopeful that she just keeps getting better." The other three divisions saw Landry Seelster, Free Flyin Ticket and Mach My Kiss deliver front-end efforts to score their third Grassroots wins and cement their position at the top of the standings. Robert Shepherd piloted Landry Seelster to a one and one-half length victory over Need Ur Opinion and favourite Keystone Kalimba in the second division, stopping the Hanover Raceway teletimer at 1:56.1. "She was really good. She was strong," said Shepherd. "She got it her own way kind of on the front, but she's really good on the half, she can pace the turns so good." Shepherd crafted the win for trainer Michael Ellis and owner Kim Lezanchuk of Brantford, ON. With three wins and two thirds in her five Grassroots starts, Mach Three daughter Landry Seelster heads into the Semi-Final sitting second in the standings with 174 points. Free Flyin Ticket hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front of fan favourite Mary Kay to record her 1:56.3 victory in the third $22,100 division. Saulsbrook Raven was another length back in third. "She's been racing poor her last couple of starts so we decided we'd try to wake her up a little bit and change her bridle, and we threw a set of blinkers on her today," said trainer Anthony Beaton, who handed the newly-equipped filly over to driver Sylvain Filion to steer from Post 6. "It looked like Sylvain had a bit of a handful with her there at the quarter pole when they got there, and he made the move, and it was a big move that he made there in the turn to clear the front, and then she ended up being good enough to get there." Waterdown resident Beaton shares ownership of the Betterthancheddar daughter with Gary Volpe of St. Thomas, George Quartarone of Claremont, ON and David Mercer of Sydney, NS. With three wins and one eighth in Grassroots action, Free Flyin Ticket heads into the post season ranked fourth with 151 points. Doug McNair and Mach My Kiss captured the last Grassroots division, holding off Trafalgar for a one-half length win in 1:57.2. Tuggingoncredit rounded out the top three. "She got the job done, but she's better on the bigger track," said McNair, who piloted the Mach Three daughter to the win for trainer Rob Fellows and owners Yolanda Fellows of Rockwood, ON and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, AB. With three wins and one second for a total of 175 Grassroots points, Mach My Kiss will lead the sophomore pacing fillies into the post season, where her connections are hoping she can reprise her Semi-Final winning effort from the two-year-old campaign. "There are a bunch of nice fillies in it, but she ranks up there with them," said McNair, who engineered Mach My Kiss's 2019 Semi-Final victory. The top 20 point earners will compete in the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final advancing to the $75,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 10. Complete results from Saturday's program are available at Hanover Raceway Results. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

HANOVER, ON - AUG. 29, 2020 - Locally owned freshman trotting filly Top Of The Bar delivered an impressive performance at Hanover Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 29 to earn her second  Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots victory of the season. Starting from Post 2 with driver Bob McClure in the race bike, Top Of The Bar settled in third as A Blue Blood led the field to a :31 opening quarter over a rain-soaked and wind-battered oval rated three seconds slower than normal. As A Blue Blood carried on to a 1:04 half, McClure sent Top Of The Bar up the outside and the filly continued to stalk the pacesetter through a 1:35.2 three-quarters. In the stretch Top Of The Bar finally reeled in A Blue Blood, getting up for a one-half length victory in 2:06. A Blue Blood settled for second and fan favourite Flanagan Destiny was third. "She's such a solid filly," said McClure. "One thing about Mark Etsell, his horses can trot, so when you go to a track like Hanover you can stand on them pretty good and know they can take it." McClure engineered the win for Rockwood resident Etsell and his co-owners Robert Newton of Walkerton, Graham Hopkins of Chesley and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The Muscle Mass daughter was also victorious in Grassroots action at Grand River Raceway on July 29 and finished third in the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "She raced good. When she raced it was pretty muddy, windy and muddy, and she did it, I guess the hard way, first up, and Bob said she was good," said Hanover native Etsell. "He was confident. He knows that she's kind of a rugged little girl." Top Of The Bar will make her fourth lifetime start in the last regular season Grassroots leg at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 17 before heading to the Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 1. With a total of 112 Grassroots points, the filly currently sits second in the division point standings. The top 20 point earners advance to the Semi-Finals. Doing It All made a leap into the top 10 with her first Grassroots victory in the second $22,100 division. From Post 1 the Kadabra daughter and driver Stephen Byron got away second behind early pacesetter Snowfalla, who rang up a :31.3 quarter and a 1:04.3 half. Tribeca Seelster tallied the 1:35 third fraction and duelled Doing It All down the stretch, but Doing It All got a head in front at the wire for the 2:07.2 score. Kadillac Girl recovered from an early break to be third. "They weren't going much today, but it rained pretty good up there. It rained until just about post time," said trainer John Bax. "She's a big, big, good gaited filly who just doesn't know how to race yet and hasn't filled out. I think she's going to be more of a three-year-old." Campbellville resident Bax conditions Doing It All for owner Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY, who offered up $100,000 for the filly at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. In her three previous Grassroots starts Doing It All had finished seventh, fifth and fourth, giving her a total of 65 points. The final $22,100 division saw Tipsy In Dixie claim her second Grassroots victory with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 3 that saw her trot under the wire in 2:07.2, four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Movin To The Top and Fortune Tellers K. James MacDonald piloted the fan favourite to the win for trainer Harry Poulton and fractional ownership group TheStable Tipsy In Dixie of Guelph, ON, and the reinsman said he was confident in the filly from the start. "She just buzzes around the farm track, and she got around Grand River like a hoop on a barrel. I would have been thoroughly, thoroughly shocked if she didn't handle Hanover well. I was pretty confident going in," said MacDonald. "She's just a little beauty. She's just a good gaited, nice little filly, she doesn't do anything wrong. She's a little sweetheart." With two wins and a second in three Grassroots starts, Muscle Mass daughter Tipsy In Dixie leads the two-year-old pacing fillies into the final leg with 125 points. Click the links to see complete results and replays of the afternoon's program. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Hanover Raceway next weekend, Saturday, Sept. 5, with the final Grassroots leg for the three-year-old pacing fillies. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

HANOVER, AUG. 27, 2020 - Hanover Raceway kicks off two straight weeks of Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing action this Saturday, Aug. 29 with three divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies battling for a total of $66,650. The first $22,450 division goes postward in Race 2 and trainer Mark Etsell is hoping Top Of The Bar can bounce back from sickness to add a few more points to the 62 she accumulated in her first two Grassroots starts. The daughter of Muscle Mass finished third in the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and won her division in the July 29 leg at Grand River Raceway before missing the Aug. 17 event. "We just went through a bout of the sickness, that's why we missed the last Grassroots, so I qualified her there Tuesday (Aug. 25) just to tighten her up a bit, so hopefully we're coming in good," said Hanover native Etsell. "We had 15 out of 17 sick there, so it was pretty rough." Etsell, who currently calls Rockwood home, shares ownership of Top Of The Bar with Robert Newton of Walkerton, Graham Hopkins of Chesley and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The partners offered up $25,000 for the filly at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Top Of The Bar and driver Bob McClure will line up at Post 2 on Saturday, alongside local filly Charmbo Princess, who starts from Post 3 for driver Mike Saftic and owner/breeders Randy Rier of Hanover and John "Jack" Rier of Kitchener, ON. In her Grassroots appearances, Charmbo Princess has tallied one win and one fourth for a total of 58 points and also missed one leg due sickness. "We're hoping she's a little sharper. She was sick, she was off five weeks before she raced two weeks ago there (Aug. 17) and I'm hoping she's a little sharper, we were able to get her trained a little better and stuff like that," said Randy Rier of the homebred daughter of Royalty For Life and Hetties Charm. "So we'll keep our fingers crossed." The other two $22,100 Grassroots divisions will go postward as Races 5 and 7 on the Saturday afternoon program, which gets under way at 2 pm. Next Saturday, Sept. 5 the Hanover half-mile will host the last regular season Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Competition will be fierce as the fillies vie for one of 20 spots in the Oct. 2 Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Although in-person attendance is limited to 100 people for both Grassroots events, fans can download a program and find links to the live stream on the Hanover Raceway website. For the full program click here OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

SARNIA, AUG. 22, 2020 - Hiawatha Horse Park welcomed the two-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, Aug. 22 for four $23,000 Grassroots divisions and driver Bob McClure kicked off the harness racing program with wins in the first two splits. Starting from Post 1 in the first division, McClure and Next Big Thing got away second behind Lil Red Sportsstar, who led the field of eight to a :28 quarter. The driver sent Next Big Thing to the front before the :56.4 half and the gelding fought off a sustained challenge from fan favourites No Plan Intended and driver Jody Jamieson through the 1:26 three-quarters before pulling away to a one and three-quarter length victory in 1:54.4. No Plan Intended settled for second and Beef N Cheddar was third. "I watched the Gold that he was in when Desperate Man won (July 3) and he was locked and loaded and he went a very big mile that night and I thought he was going to be very legit," said McClure, who had not driven the gelding before Saturday's contest. "After that, I guess he doesn't really like the front and he ended up on the front a couple times, and they said he had some sickness issues, so it looks like they've got everything ironed out now because he was lethal today." McClure engineered the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his co-owner/breeders Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The Shadow Play gelding started his Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) career at the Gold Series level, finishing third in both the July 3 season opener and the July 18 leg, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "He was going against the Gold colts and just coming up a little short so, confidence is a big thing, and I decided to drop him down and see if we couldn't braven him up. I did make a big change, he had a blind bridle on and once he made the front he would get lost and just let a couple by him, but I put an open bridle on him and I trained him in the open bridle and he was much better," said McIntosh. "Today, I just watched it on the Hiawatha website there, but if he had the blind bridle on he probably would have let Jamieson go by, but with an open bridle he fought him off. "I think with the open bridle on he might go back to the Gold. He'll be proud of himself now." McClure was back in the winner's circle after the second Grassroots division with fan favourite Adrenaline Rush, who took command just after the midway point and opened up to a three and one-half length victory in 1:57. All Cheddar was second and Hez My Buddy finished third. "He's been off a month, I didn't know what to expect," said Rockwood, ON resident McClure. "When I moved him out first-up he was coming, and then he cleared the front, and you know what, he took care of the rest from there, but that was a surprise because I thought he'd be a bit short." The win was the second straight in Grassroots action for McClure and the Royal Mattjesty gelding. The pair was also victorious in the July 20 event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on behalf of trainer Kevin McMaster and fractional ownership group TheStable Adrenaline Rush of Guelph, ON. Saturday's win moved Adrenaline Rush to the top of the division standings with the win with a total of 102 points. Cantstoplying claimed the third Grassroots title, outsprinting Next Big Thing's stablemate Last Bet for a neck victory in 1:55.1. Finkle Is Einhorn was one length behind the battling leaders in third. Louis-Philippe Roy piloted Sunshine Beach gelding Cantstoplying to his first lifetime win for trainer Nick Gallucci and owner/breeder Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON. "I was really happy with how he beat the horse down the stretch. It looked like he might have been second there, but he fought back and won the race, so I was really impressed with that," said Gallucci. "He's still learning; every race he seems to get a little bit better. He's very fast, it's just a matter of getting his mind more into being a racehorse and I think that will come with time." Take Control claimed the final Grassroots division, overtaking pacesetting favourite Proline on the final turn and romping home to a 15 length victory in 1:54.3. Mustang Beach, who led the main pack as a distant Proline rang up fractions of :26.4, :53.1 and 1:23.4, finished second and Marlboro Seelster was third. Anthony Haughan engineered Take Control's first lifetime win for trainer Dan Lagace of Cambridge and his co-owner Ben Mudry of Toronto, ON. The partners were delighted with the result and with the progress the Control The Moment son has shown through his five lifetime starts. "He's a nice little colt. Ben was kind of looking for a Control The Moment colt because he owned Control The Moment and so he had approached me in the fall about looking at some babies," recalled Lagace. "So this colt was in London (Selected Yearling Sale) and I said I'd go to $15,000 on him and Ben's like, 'Well you know when you say $15,000 they always go for $20,000'. And I said, 'Well I'm only buying a quarter, you're buying three-quarters so if we go to $20,000 I don't care'. So I went in and made one bid and bid $8,000. "You know that commercial where the girl is leaving Walmart and she's leaving the building and she's like, 'Start the car!' I said that's the way I felt," said Lagace with a laugh. "He's not a great horse or anything, but you know he's maturing into a nice horse. And for $8,000 you can't go wrong; $8,000 is my wheelhouse." The two-year-old pacing colts will make their last two Grassroots starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 8 and 17. The top 20 point earners through the five regular season events will then move on to the Oct. 1 Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at Hiawatha Horse Park Results. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

MILTON, AUG. 17, 2020 - Ontario's two-year-old trotting filly division continues to be a wide open affair as three first-time harness racing winners triumphed in Grassroots action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Aug. 17. The freshman fillies opened the program in the first race and Mag N Lady rolled out to a :28.3 opening quarter, followed closely by HP Mama B from Post 1, who did not stay tucked in the pocket for long. At the three-eighths marker driver Sylvain Filion sent HP Mama B to the front and the filly cruised to a :59.4 half and a 1:28.4 three-quarters before drawing away from the field in the stretch to a 1:57.1 victory. Mag N Lady was five lengths back in second with three more lengths back to Ban Ban Deo in third. "It was just a matter of time before she goes straight. She used to come out of the last turn and kind of throw herself into the middle of the racetrack," said trainer Ben Baillargeon, who also bred and raised the daughter of Royalty For Life and Winters Jewel. "She showed speed a few times, like a last quarter in :27.4, and even in Grand River (July 29) she run, but we knew exactly why she run, and I kind of worked on it the last couple weeks and it paid off tonight, 1:57.1, last quarter :28.2. And she did it pretty easy, but she always had the speed, all winter she showed speed." Guylaine Picard of Guelph, ON and Celine Paquin of Ayers Cliff, QC share ownership of HP Mama B, who finished ninth in the Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 13 and second in the July 29 leg at Grand River Raceway. Rain fell in sheets before the second $23,500 Grassroots division, changing the racetrack's rating from 'fast' to 'sloppy', but that did not seem to hamper Stonebridge Strong, who powered down the stretch to a five and one-half length score in 2:00.4. Starting from the trailing Post 10, Stonebridge Strong was able to follow Kadillac Girl up the outer lane before powering off the final turn to her first victory. All R Wishes also closed well for second and pocket-sitter Snowfalla was third. "I've liked her every time I've drove her. I know she was 10 to 1 and everything tonight, but it really wasn't a surprise to me that she raced like that," said driver Ryan Holliday, noting that the filly missed the July 29 leg due to sickness. "We qualified her six days ago (Aug. 11) and he said she was good and fit for this one and I kind of did expect her to race good." Holliday steers Stonebridge Strong for trainer Paul Megens and owners Saltwater Stables of Moffat, ON. The Muscle Mass daughter's only other start came in the July 13 season opener, where she finished sixth, but still managed to impress Holliday. "I know Paul and everybody was kind of disappointed with her first start, but I kind of chalked it up just to being not that fit, because she was quite a while in between her first start and her qualifier (June 19) and it's just not the same training them as racing," said Holliday. "So I expected her to be better tonight and she was, so that's good." By the last Grassroots division the surface had dried up enough to improve the racetrack's rating to 'good' and Edgewater powered away from Post 8 to a :29 quarter. Starting from Post 7, driver Stephen Byron had eased Lifeintheslammer away from the gate and was 12 lengths back in eighth. As Edgewater rang up a 1:00.1 half and 1:30.2 three-quarters Lifeintheslammer was steadily making her way up the outer lane, and rolling out wide off the final turn she kicked into gear and collared the leaders on her way to a one and one-half length victory in 2:00.3. All Muscle N Sass closed hard to claim second and pocket-sitter Warrawee Welcome finished five lengths back in third. "We're pleased, relieved," said trainer John Bax. "She's still mad at the world and we just have to get her mad at the other horses in the race. She was, we can get her loaded now, but she was one of those ones where she missed the first couple training sessions because we couldn't get her on the trailer." The fractious daughter of Royalty For Life and Tequila Slammer made her debut in the July 12 Gold Series opener at Georgian Downs, where she finished fifth, but a ninth place result in the July 31 Gold leg convinced Bax and his co-owners Bax Stable of Campbellville, Glengate Farms of Erin, Brad Grant of Milton and Gaelic Stable of Sharon, ON that the filly might be better suited to the Grassroots program. "She doesn't know anything about racing yet and she wasn't learning anything in the Gold, she really wasn't in the race," explained Campbellville resident Bax. "I trained her mother and her mother was a pretty nice filly and she's got a brother that was pretty good down in the States so, yeah we're pretty high on her. It's just one of those deals where I think the head has to come along, and I think once she matures enough and maybe grows up physically she won't be so mad and she'll learn to race." Lifeintheslammer, Stonebridge Strong and HP Mama B will have an opportunity to continue their positive progress in the fourth Grassroots Leg, on Aug. 29 at Hanover Raceway. Complete results from Monday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Aug. 18 with two $106,400 Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. The fillies will compete in Races 2 and 8, with the program getting under way at 7 pm. Video: Race 1 - HP Mama B; Race 4 - Stonebridge Strong; Race 6 -- Lifeintheslammer OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

OTTAWA, AUG. 16, 2020 - Thirty-eight of the finest harness racing three-year-old pacing colts in Canada descended on Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 16 to compete in two $104,800 Gold Series divisions, three $22,00 Grassroots splits and a single $7,100 Prospect Series division and, in spite of a drenching, the colts put on an impressive show. Sunday's Gold divisions served as a final North America Cup tune-up for top ranked Tattoo Artist and Beaumond Hanover and both colts looked ready to take on the continent's best in the Aug. 22 eliminations. In the first Gold split Tattoo Artist and driver Bob McClure cruised through fractions of :27.2, :55 and 1:23.1 on their way to a 1:50.4 victory, two lengths ahead of Beach Blanket Book. Bettorbuckleup was three more lengths back in third. One race later Beaumond Hanover and driver Jody Jamieson laid down a :27.4 quarter, :55.2 half and 1:23.2 three-quarters on their way to a 1:50.2 clocking, matching the Rideau Carleton Raceway track record for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Aneto finished two and three-quarter lengths back in second and Tattoo Artist's stablemate Denali Seelster was four more lengths back in third. "It's making for quite a story. I don't know how those two draw apart from each other all the time," said Dr. Ian Moore, who trains Tattoo Artist. "But anyway, they are two nice colts. Those are wicked miles both of those two went tonight." Yet to face each other in Gold Series competition, Tattoo Artist and Beaumond Hanover are both three-for-three in the provincial program this season. While Beaumond Hanover was the quicker over Rideau Carleton Raceway's five-eighths mile, which was rated one second slower than normal due to the rain, Tattoo Artist has the edge on the Woodbine Mohawk Park seven-eighths, winning the July 4 Gold Series opener in 1:48.2. Cambridge, ON resident Moore conditions Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL. In addition to his trio of Gold Series victories, the Hes Watching son also has a pair of wins in overnight action on his resume this season and has not been bested since his June 6 sophomore debut. At two, Tattoo Artist won a Grassroots division, two Gold legs and the season ending Super Final in an eight race campaign. Jack Darling owns and trains Beaumond Hanover, who missed out on his freshman Ontario Sires Stakes season due to an injury. Since making his debut last fall, the son of Sportswriter has posted nine wins in 12 starts. Like Tattoo Artist, he has a pair of overnight wins to his credit this season and has not been collared since late June. Unlike Tattoo Artist, he had never ventured away from Woodbine Mohawk Park and that fact caused Darling a few moments of concern on Sunday. "I was a little nervous because he was pretty worked up tonight, just being in a different environment and all the new surroundings. He was a handful to get calmed down and get him warmed up, but it didn't seem to hurt him in the race," said the Cambridge, ON resident. "He's just kind of a superior animal." Both colts will have a few days rest before beginning preparations for the North America Cup eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Aug. 22. In addition to Tattoo Artist's victory, Dr. Moore also captured the $7,100 Prospect Series division with Usurper and the first $22,100 Grassroots division with The Wild Card. Usurper and driver Trevor Henry controlled the tempo for most of the mile and were comfortable winners in 1:55.2. P H Impulse finished two lengths behind the fan favourite and Journalistic completed the top three. Next Generation Stable of Stratford, PEI owns the Sportswriter son, who had been winless in eight starts this season. In rein to Doug McNair, fan favourite The Wild Card also controlled the tempo and held off Sunshine List in the stretch to record a one-half length win in 1:54.1. Truffle Dog finished three lengths behind the leaders in third. Moore shares ownership of The Wild Card with R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC and said the partners are thoroughly enjoying the Bettors Delight son's sophomore success. Sunday's win was The Wild Card's third in the Grassroots program and gives him sole ownership of top spot in the division standings. "He's been a great little horse this year. It's been a very enjoyable experience with him this summer so far," said Moore. "I won't be putting him up in the Gold that's for sure, but he's a very nice Grassroots horse to have around, no doubt about that. "Very pleased with all four of them, actually, it will make the drive home a little bit nicer." Drivers Jody Jamieson and Trevor Henry also notched two stakes wins on Sunday's program. Jamieson piloted fan favourite Sports Obsession to a win in the second $22,450 Grassroots division for his wife, trainer Stephanie Jamieson, father, co-owner Carl Jamieson of Puslinch, ON, and George Harrison of Wanes Walton, England. The Sportswriter son powered along on the front end to a 1:54.1 victory, hitting the wire one length ahead of Beach Demon and Delightful Terror. Henry settled Sundown Kid in the pocket behind favourite Twin B Frenchtoast and then tipped the Sunshine Beach son out coming off the final turn in the last $22,450 Grassroots split. Sundown Kid powered home to a 1:52.1 victory, one and one-half lengths ahead of Twin B Frenchtoast. Rhett Seelster finished third. Henry engineered the win, the gelding's first in Grassroots action, for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his co-owners Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The three-year-old pacing colts make their next Grassroots start on Sept. 7 and their next Gold Series appearance on Sept. 18, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The fourth Prospect Series division goes postward Sept. 6 at Leamington Raceway. Complete results for Sunday's program are available at Rideau Carleton Raceway Results. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

INNISFIL, ON - AUG. 16, 2020 - Trotters were the stars at Georgian Downs on Sunday, Aug. 16 as the Innisfil oval hosted six $23,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old harness racing trotting fillies and the $75,000 Earl Rowe Invitational Trot for older horses. Profound Paragon delivered the quickest mile of the Grassroots divisions, powering around the Georgian Downs oval to a four and three-quarter length in a personal best 1:56. Fan favourite Moana finished second and early pacesetter Eternal Jewel finished third. "With Moana in there we were definitely concerned with the seven-hole," said trainer Julie Walker of the filly's Post 7 starting position. "There's always good horses, so you kind of always have to just hope you don't get any road trouble and it works out, so it did, it worked out." The win was the third in Grassroots action and the sixth straight for Profound Paragon, who sits atop the division standings with a perfect 150 points. Jean Bernard "Bert" Renaud drives the daughter of Muscle Mass for Carlisle, ON resident Walker and her co-owner Steven Titus of Manalapan, NJ. Off Sunday's impressive performance, Profound Paragon may have earned a promotion to the Gold Series for the September event. "The next Gold is on a half. The Gold is tough competition, everyone knows that, but maybe being on a half we might give it a shot. We'll have to discuss," said Walker with a laugh. "We've kind of stayed away from Mohawk, because we've stayed away from the speed train to let her learn speed on her own and not push her. I think tonight was the first night that, you know, the speed keeps coming." Trainer Susanne Kerwood captured two $23,150 Grassroots divisions with fan favourites Brinys A Flight and Susies Lady. In the fourth division Brinys A Flirt and driver Robert Shepherd took command before the half and made it look easy from there, cruising along to a one and one-quarter length win in 1:58.3. Oh Lina finished second and Golden Gavel was third. The win was the Holiday Road filly's first in 12 lifetime starts. She started her sophomore Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) campaign at the Gold Series level, finishing sixth in the July 2 event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and then delivered a runner-up result in the second Grassroots leg at Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 26. "She's not easy, I'm telling you, she's a tough cookie. Rene (Dion), he's worked with her pretty much all winter and just tried to get her to settle down, so every time she behaves it's like, 'Phew'," said Kerwood. "She is getting better and better and better, she's learning how to go faster and she's learning how to behave, so it's all good. I mean she's out of a great mare, so if she just is a quarter as good as her we'll be all right." Brinys A Flirt is owned by breeder Terry Devos and Clarence Devos of Langton and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The filly is out of the Devos' great race mare Snazzy Millie, who earned $1.1 million in her nine-year career. One race later Susies Lady started from Post 7 and spent most of the mile leading the charge up the outer lane. The Muscle Mass daughter had a head in front of pacesetter Highland Foxytrotr at the top of the stretch and managed to fend off Pier Ho Kado in the stretch to secure a neck victory in 1:57.4. Scott Coulter engineered the win for Acton, ON resident Kerwood and her co-owner M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE. The win was the filly's first in OSS action this season. Susies Lady battled the Gold fillies in the first two legs, finishing fifth in the track, OSS and Canadian record mile by P L Notsonice at Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 26. "She's a nice filly, that's for sure, and she's got a great name," said Kerwood with a chuckle. "In Rideau there she had a super tough trip. And I raced her in Georgian here last week and she come up super flat and I drew blood on her and sure enough she had a high white (count). I said to the owner, 'I can't get her good in four days, it's impossible, but I may be able to get her good for Sunday and that's a Grassroots so why don't we just try her in there and we'll go from there'. I took another blood on her yesterday and she was good to go. I think the next Gold is in Flamboro, so we may try her there again. I'll talk to the owners and we'll go from there, but she was very good tonight." The three-year-old trotting fillies make their fourth Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 1 and their fourth Gold Series start at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 27. The other three Grassroots divisions went to Rockadero, Protostar and Letstaketothesky. Muscle Mass daughter Rockadero toured the Innisfil oval in 1:58.1 for driver Jonathan Drury, trainer Carmen Auciello and owner Bedrock Stables of Stouffville, ON. Favourite No Angel Here was second and Ride To Justice finished third. Protostar delivered a 1:59.2 effort for driver Ryan Desroche, trainer Dustin Jones and owner-breeder Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. of Lakefield Gore, QC. She Must Be Magic and Chelseas Magic finished second and third behind the fan favourite, making it a Kadabra-sired sweep. Letstaketothesky and driver Anthony Haughan stopped the teletimer at 1:59.2, besting favourite Alexa Blue Chip and Peppas Angel. Trainer David Holliday and Ben Holliday of Mount Forest, ON bred and own the Wheeling N Dealin daughter. In the $75,000 Earl Rowe Invitational Trot, reigning champion P L Jill defended her title with a front-end effort from Post 9. The Kadabra mare held off a charging Free Willy Hanover in the stretch, keeping a head in front for the 1:53.2 victory. Majestic Son gelding Perfetto completed the top three. Mike Saftic guided P L Jill to her second Earl Rowe Invitational title for trainer Ben Baillargeon and owners Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON, Jill Coleman of New York, NY and Alan Christensen of Calgary, AB. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

FRASERVILLE, ON - AUG. 15, 2020 - Reigning harness racing champion Lovedbythemasses returned to the Grassroots Series at Kawartha Downs on Saturday, Aug. 15 and trotted right back into the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle. Starting from Post 3 in the fourth $23,150 Grassroots division for three-year-old trotting colts, Mike Saftic settled the fan favourite in fourth as Remember Titans took the field of nine to a :28.2 opening quarter. As Remember Titans trotted by the :57.4 half, Saftic tipped Lovedbythemasses into the outer lane and began a measured advance on the leader. At the 1:25.4 three-quarters the reigning Grassroots champion was one length behind the pacesetter, but when Saftic asked for another gear Lovedbythemasses drew away effortlessly to a 1:55.1 victory. Awesomedabra, owned and trained by Gary Lance of Port Perry, ON, closed for second and Remember Titans settled for third. "That was a tough division, they ended up going a pretty good mile, but he was good and strong, and that's what we were hoping for," said Saftic. "He got sick and he missed a couple of events, so he's just kind of getting himself back on track right now, but that was a good mile he trotted today and he trotted a good mile at Mohawk on Monday (Aug. 10). I think maybe if we get down to that 1:51, 1:52 mark we could make some money with the big boys. "I'm not 100 per cent sure, but I think he's eligible for the Goodtimes (Aug. 28), so that would probably be next on his ballot," added the Campbellville, ON resident. "So that will be a good stop and then I guess he'll play it from there." Saftic engineered the win for trainer Ed Peconi of Peterborough, Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and breeder Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI. The win was the Muscle Mass gelding's second of the season and his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The trotter finished seventh in the season opening Gold leg, on June 28 at Georgian Downs, but missed the second leg due to sickness. At two Lovedbythemasses was undefeated in five Grassroots starts, including the season ending championship. Later in the program the two-year-old trotting fillies competed in a $7,200 Prospect Series division and Doug Hie piloted Lovedbythemasses' Angus Hall half-sister Incredible Two to a 2:00.4 victory. Somewhat Sacy and Got The Touch were second and third. "He was a real pet and she's a pistol. They're night and day," said owner-breeder Wade Peconi. "But it looks like she'll be all right if the boys can get her to settle down a little bit." Drive Mario Baillargeon piloted two colts to Grassroots wins, capturing the first and last divisions with Freedom Express and Ongoing Royalty. Baillargeon and Freedom Express got away fifth from Post 7 and were soon advancing up the outer lane behind You Go. When You Go ran out of gas at the five-eighths marker, Freedom Express circled out three-wide and continued to advance on the pacesetting favourite Archies Star. Second turning for home, Freedom Express dug in down the stretch to secure a one-length victory in 1:57.1. Archies Star settled for second and Aussie Lover was third. "I didn't like the post today, but he got fast fractions and he raced real good really," said Baillargeon, who was making his first appearance in the gelding's race bike. "He hasn't got too many starts so he's just getting better, that's what I think. And a 1:57.1 mile, that's a pretty good mile over here." Baillargeon drove Freedom Express to the win for owner-trainer Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville. It was the Wheeling N Dealin son's second Grassroots win and puts him in fifth spot in the division point standings. Five races later Baillargeon opted to send Ongoing Royalty to the front from Post 3 and the duo rang up fractions of :28.2, :58 and 1:26.2 on their way to a 1:56.2 personal best. Favourite Crossfit Mouse finished one-half length back in second and True Brew was third. "It was a good mile, a real good mile," said Acton, ON resident Baillargeon. "He's just a green horse too, he didn't race last year, and he's just that type of horse that he's just starting to get better right now. I think he'll be a real nice four-year-old too." Guelph, ON resident Ben Baillargeon trains and Andre Desrochers of St-Hughes and Sylvio Ravary of Les Cedres, QC share ownership of Ongoing Royalty. Saturday's win was the Royalty For Life son's second in Grassroots action and, along with a third-place finish, puts him in a three-way tie for second in the division standings. The other two divisions saw Field Gunner and Mikey Mass earn their first Grassroots victories, both starting from the outside Post 8. Field Gunner advanced up the outer lane for driver Scott Young and then opened up a three length margin on his peers, trotting under the wire in a 1:56.4 personal best. Pacesetter Chocolate Pie was second and Dart Guy completed the top three. "He raced very well today," said Young, who engineered the win for trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. "The eight-hole isn't the easiest of starting points out here, so I was very happy with his performance." Mikey Mass and driver Jason Ryan were able to follow the cover of No Time To Play up the outer lane before stepping out in the stretch and sprinting home to a three-quarter length victory in 1:57.2. No Time To Play was second and favourite Ripped And Ready was third. "He's a very fast horse, he just tends to be a little bit erratic, so we've been very careful with how we drive him and everything worked out really well today," said trainer Nick Gallucci. "He seems like every time he goes to the track he quiets down a little bit, so hopefully moving forward he gets to a be a little bit more professional, but I was very happy with how he was behaving in the paddock there today and in the race Jason said he drove perfect, so very happy with him." Stouffville resident Gallucci shares ownership of the Muscle Mass gelding with Vince Gallucci of Brantford, Frank Cirillo of Kleinburg and Bruno Didiomede of Hamilton, ON. The next opportunity for the three-year-old trotting colts to pad their Grassroots point totals comes Sept. 10 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at Kawartha Downs Results. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, AUG. 14, 2020 - Harness racing driver Bob McClure won a trio of Grassroots divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, Aug. 14, guiding two-year-old pacing fillies Nightlife Seelster, Joliette Hanover and Come On Sun to their first provincial victories. McClure and Nightlife Seelster kicked things off in the first $23,150 division, going gate-to-wire from Post 1 in a sharp 1:52.4, the quickest mile of the five Grassroots splits. Amini finished second, three and one-half lengths behind the fan favourite, and Spittin Chicklets was three more lengths back in third. "I'd say that she'll probably go out and try the Gold now. She's a pretty serious filly," said McClure. "I was pretty impressed by her. She's got all the weapons to be something really nice - a real nice gait, real nice attitude and drives like a sports car." Shawn Steacy trains Nightlife Seelster for Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC, Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC and Bertrand Gilhespy Stable of Edmonton, AB. The partners purchased the Sunshine Beach daughter at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale, offering up $72,000 for the half-sister to $1.2 million winner Nirvana Seelster. Friday was Nightlife Seelster's first appearance in the Grassroots program and her second lifetime start. She finished second to Joliette Hanover in her Aug. 7 debut over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval. In the third $23,150 division McClure allowed Joliette Hanover to ease away from Post 7 and settle in fifth as Annies Legacy battled to a :28 quarter. Chiefs Dream Girl led the field of nine to the :57.3 half, and McClure had already angled the fan favourite into the outer lane. Joliette Hanover had a head in front at the 1:26.3 three-quarters and opened up a three and one-quarter length margin on her peers by the finish, clocked in 1:54.1. Shes A Sassy Beach and Jackieofalltrades finished second and third. "She's just a really nice filly, you know. She's not very big, she hasn't got a lot of tools going for her, but she just always goes forward and loves her work, and she's really nice to drive, a nice mouth and everything," said Rockwood, ON resident McClure. "She's about as nice a little filly as you can drive and it's remarkable how mature she is for just her second lifetime start." McClure engineered Joliette Hanover's second straight win and her first Grassroots victory for trainer Casie Coleman Herlihy of Cambridge and her co-owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON, James Clarke Sr. of York, PA and Robert Darrow of Dublin, OH. The Sportswriter daughter was a $50,000 purchase out of the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Two races later, after leaving strongly from Post 8 and landing in fourth, McClure had Come On Sun on the lead by the :57.2 half and the filly battled down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:54.4. Better Kissthe Men finished second and favourite Sports Drink recovered from a mid-race miscue to be third. "She's a very, very fast filly, but they've clearly been trying to manage her a little bit, because she feels like she'd have a tendency to get hot," noted McClure. "I just kind of let the dust settle and then let her work her way to the front, and she kicked home really good. I was really happy with her too, maybe not quite as strong as her stablemate, but right up there." The win gave trainer Shawn Steacy of Brantford, ON his second of the program and was the second lifetime and first Grassroots victory for Come On Sun. The trainer's parents, Katherine and Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, share ownership of the Sunshine Beach filly with Stephen Klunowski of North York, ON. The partners offered up $13,000 for Come On Sun at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Friday was Come On Sun's second start in the Grassroots program. She finished sixth in the July 17 event at Grand River Raceway after suffering interference at the midway point. McClure almost added a fourth win to his collection in the final division, finishing second with favourite Sportsfire behind Control The Thong. Control The Moment daughter Control The Thong reeled in Sportsfire coming off the last turn and powered down the stretch to a two and one-half length win in 1:53.3 for driver Jody Jamieson, trainer Dominic Gladu and owners Roger Bourgeois of Rawdon, QC and Francois Dupuis of St-Alponese Roderiguez, QC. Sports Duchess rounded out the top three. "The other filly, that Jody was driving, I drove last week and she's a very nice filly with a really nice attitude, but I'd already won a couple races with Sportsfire, so I felt like I owed it to her to stick with her," said McClure, who piloted Control The Thong to a runner-up result in an Aug. 7 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "And given the fact Sportsfire had a month off and left hard and had to move to the front, I thought she put in a really great effort. I mean a mile in 1:53 off a half in :57.1, she certainly didn't do anything wrong, and maybe it will even her playing field if they're both race tight." With two wins and a second in the first three Grassroots events, Sportswriter daughter Sportsfire currently sits atop the division standings with 125 points. Shiatzu Seelster captured the other Grassroots division with a 1:54 effort for driver Louis-Philippe Roy of Guelph, who engineered the win for his co-owner 1876472 Ontario Inc. of Guelph and trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON. Patina Seelster finished a head behind the State Treasurer daughter and fan favourite Voelz Delight was three-quarters of a length back in third. The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Clinton Raceway on Sept. 6. Complete results from Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Video: Race 1 - Nightlife Seelster; Race 4 - Shiatzu Seelster; Race 6 - Joliette Hanover; Race 8 - Come On Sun; Race 9 - Control The Thong OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

FRASERVILLE, AUG. 13, 2020 - Over $114,000 is up for grabs in stakes action at Kawartha Downs on Saturday, Aug. 15 as Ontario's top three-year-old trotting colts arrive at the Fraserville harness racing oval for the third leg of their Grassroots campaign. Local colt Awesomedabra heads into the event with a flawless record of two wins in the first two legs for a share of top spot in the division point standings. In his most recent start the Kadabra gelding finished second in the Aug. 1 Dream Of Glory Final at Hanover Raceway, drawing in off the also eligible list after two horses were forced to withdraw from the final due to sickness, something owner-trainer Gary Lance was dealing with before the elimination. "He was sick the week before and he just wasn't himself," said Port Perry, ON resident Lance. "Luckily he drew in. He was the second also eligible and he drew in, you don't see that happen very often, and he raced good. Chris has done a great job with him." Awesomedabra will be without regular pilot Chris Christoforou, currently sidelined with injuries suffered at the beginning of the month, but top Kawartha Downs reinsman Nick Boyd will step in to steer the gelding from Post 4 in the fourth Grassroots division. The pair face a stiff test, starting in between last year's Grassroots champion and current Gold Series regular Lovedbythemasses, trained and co-owned by Peterborough resident Ed Peconi, at Post 3 and Dream Of Glory champion and division co-leader Remember Titans at Post 5. "We kind of drew in a little tough on Saturday, but you never know. That's why they give the money out after the race," said Lance with a chuckle. "Hopefully we'll have some luck." So long as Awesomedabra emerges happy and healthy from Saturday's start he will embark on a new adventure next week. The gelding was bred and raised in Kentucky and as a result he is also eligible to that state's sires stakes program. "I'm going to send him down to Anette Lorentzon. There's only 46 colts eligible and I've be been keeping track of them all spring and summer, so I think he'll be competitive. He'll go down there probably Monday or Tuesday and then he's got three races, and hopefully he'll make the final, and then he'll be back here for the (Grassroots) Semi-final (Oct. 2)," explained Lance. "I just wanted to do it for the experience. I go to the sale all the time and watch the races during the Grand Circuit and I would have just loved to go down there and race one, but unfortunately with this COVD it's not worth taking the chance." Before heading south, Awesomedabra will look to pad his Grassroots point total in Saturday's fifth race. The other Grassroots divisions are slated as Races 1, 2, 4, and 6 on the program, which also features a single $7,200 Prospect Series division for Ontario Sired two-year-old trotting fillies in Race 8. Post time for the stakes laden program is 4 pm. With on-track attendance limited to 100, fans can download a program and catch all the stakes action via the live stream on the Kawartha Downs website. In addition to Saturday's stakes action, Kawartha Downs also has three more Prospect Series legs on its 2020 calendar. The two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old pacing fillies will battle in their fourth leg on Saturday, Aug. 22 and the two-year-old pacing fillies will square off in leg four on Saturday, Sept. 5. Kawartha Downs Race Date Post Time Age/Sex/Gait Race Type           Saturday, August 8 4 pm 3-year-old Filly Trot Prospect Series           Saturday, August 15 4 pm 3-year-old Colt Trot Grassroots Series           Saturday, August 15 4 pm 2-year-old Filly Trot Prospect Series           Saturday, August 22 4 pm 2-year-old Colt Trot Prospect Series           Saturday, August 22 4 pm 3-year-old Filly Pace Prospect Series           Saturday, September 5 4 pm 2-year-old Filly Pace Prospect Series           Ontario Racing Follow the OSS on Social Media!  @ONTSSNews

DRESDEN, ON - AUG. 3, 2020 - One week after making their debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle, two-year-old trotting colts Stonebridge Armour, Tymal Chrome and Arch Hall collected their second provincial victories on Monday, Aug. 3 as Dresden Raceway hosted a trio of $22,000 Grassroots divisions. Fan favourite Stonebridge Armour opened the Grassroots action with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 5, cruising home a three and one-half length winner in 2:04.1. Lovin Life Hanover finished second and Showme Some Muscle was third in the $22,800 test. "The gate was a little bit tricky with him in Sarnia, but I kind of knew him a little more today and he seemed to be a little more mature about it today too. He handled the gate really well and after that it was pretty much just a cake walk from there. I never pulled the plugs or nothing, I just sat on him the whole way," said driver Tyler Moore, who piloted the colt to his first Grassroots victory at Hiawatha Horse Park on July 25. "It was my 500th win too, so that was nice." Campbellville, ON resident Moore drives the Muscle Mass colt for trainer Jacques Dupont's Les Ecuries D'Orleans Inc. of Repentigny, Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. of St-Hyacinthe, Mario Bourgea of Stanbridge East and Marc Camirand of Montreal, QC. A half-brother to $1.2 million winner Manofmanymissions, Stonebridge Armour was a $45,000 acquisition from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. With wins in both of his Grassroots starts Stonebridge Armour currently sits third in the freshman trotting colt standings with 100 points. Tymal Chrome earned his second Grassroots win with a gritty first-over trip, reeling in pacesetter Daylon Midnight and advancing down the stretch to a one length victory in 2:04.4. Doro Sogno tracked fan favourite Tymal Chrome from start to finish to secure the runner-up's share of the $22,450 purse and Diehard Seelster rounded out the top three. "He's been a nice horse all along. He just goes out, he just trots, it's like he refuses to make a mistake. He just wants to be a nice horse," said trainer Anthony Beaton. "He did the same thing in Sarnia, he went a big mile there first-up. He just seems like he wants to make you happy and not make mistakes, and that's great." Waterdown resident Beaton trains Tymal Chrome for Larry Menary of Branchton, Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON and George Harrison of Wanes Walton, England. The partners purchased the Muscle Mass son for $22,000 from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. With two wins and one third in Grassroots action, Tymal Chrome currently sits second in the division standings with 112 points. Division leader Arch Hall delivered his second Grassroots win off a pocket trip behind early pacesetter Insanity, who rang up fractions of :30 and 1:01.2 before being collared by Arch Hall heading by the 1:33 three-quarters. Once he was in command, fan favourite Arch Hall sailed home to a two and three-quarter length win in 2:03.1. Insanity settled for second with Willywin well back in third. "He just left out and that horse (Insanity) wanted to be on front so he just sat there. Down the backstretch he pulled him and just made sure he got through the turn fine, and then he asked him the top of the lane and he just took off again," said trainer Blake MacIntosh. "He's a nice colt and anybody can drive him, he's pretty childproof right now. For a two-year-old trotting colt he's really smart." St. George, ON resident MacIntosh shares ownership of Arch Hall with Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA. The Archangel colt has been no worse than fourth in four lifetime starts, with his two wins and one second putting him at the top of the Grassroots standings with 125 points. All three of Monday's winners are eligible to the Aug. 15 Balanced Image Eliminations at Hanover Raceway. The colts that make the Balanced Image Final on Aug. 22 will miss the fourth Grassroots event, which is slated for Aug. 25 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Dresden Raceway also hosted a pair of $7,000 Prospect Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts on Monday. Los Ballykeelamigo scored his second Prospect Series win with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 5 in the first division. The Amigo Hall son and driver Tyler Borth bested fan favourites The Reins Of Titan and driver Brett MacDonald and local colt Magnitude Ten and driver John Sullivan with the 2:02.4 effort. Cam McKnight trains Los Ballykeelamigo for his Ballykeel Racing Inc. of Tillsonburg, ON. The second Prospect Series division saw pacesetting Northern Flame hang on for a neck victory over fan favourite Royal Jewels in 2:05.3. Goaltender rounded out the top three. Phil Hudon piloted the Muscle Mass colt to his first Prospect Series win for trainer Jodie Cullen and owner Gestion J Y Blais of Montreal, QC. The three-year-old trotting colts will make their fourth Prospect Series start at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 6. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

DRESDEN, ON - JULY 31, 2020 - Dresden Raceway wraps up its 2020 season on Monday, Aug. 3 with a trio of $22,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts and a pair of $7,000 Prospect Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. Local colt Magnitude Ten will make his Prospect Series debut in the first division, starting from the advantageous Post 1. Owner-trainer John Sullivan of Dresden will be in the race bike for the Kadabra colt's stakes debut, looking to add a win to the trotter's resume of two seconds and one third in three lifetime starts. "He was so big as a two-year-old that I thought maybe I might hinder him by trying to race him, and I'm pretty patient, so what I did was I trained him down pretty good and then I stopped with him and gave him a rest and let him develop," said Sullivan, who sent the colt behind the gate for the first time on June 20 at Hiawatha Horse Park. "I am pretty happy with everything he has done. He's a nice horse." Magnitude Ten faces a field of four, including former Grassroots competitor The Reins Of Titan from Post 2 and July 11 Prospect Series winner Los Ballykeelamigo from Post 5. Sullivan hopes the colt can hold his own, but win or lose there will be a bag of carrots waiting for Magnitude Ten in the barn when he comes off the track. "He just loves his carrots. He costs me a lot by the amount of carrots that he eats. He doesn't like apples, but he loves carrots," said Sullivan with a chuckle. "He has to have something in his mouth all the time, whether it's a sleeve, a hat, part of the bridle or anything. He just has to have something in his mouth. He's quite a character." Magnitude Ten and his peers will kick off the Civic Holiday Monday program at 1 pm in the first race, with the second Prospect Series division going postward in Race 5. The Grassroots colts square off in Races 3, 7 and 8 and two-year-old trotting colt point leader Arch Hall will be looking for a second Grassroots win from Post 5 in the last division. Trainer Blake MacIntosh is expecting another strong performance from the son of Archangel and driver Paul Mackenzie. "He's just done everything we've asked him to do so far," said St. George, ON resident MacIntosh, who shares ownership of Arch Hall with Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA. "He's a very handy horse. He's very easy to drive, he doesn't do nothing wrong, and there's no real tricks to him. He's a pretty nice horse, for a two-year-old trotting colt he's pretty smart." Arch Hall will face off against six Grassroots foes in the eighth race, most of them veterans of the first two legs. In the July 11 season opener at Georgian Downs Arch Hall just got nipped at the wire and had to settle for second and in the July 25 contest at Hiawatha Horse Park he was a one and one-quarter length winner on the front end from Post 9, stopping the teletimer at 2:00.4. With a win and a second under his belt, Arch Hall sits atop the division standings with 75 points, 13 points ahead of Tymal Chrome who will start from Post 6 in the second Grassroots division. Fans can download a program and watch the live stream of Monday's races on the Dresden Raceway website. All the action gets underway at 1 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

ELORA, ON - Muscle Mass daughters swept a trio of $23,150 two-year-old trotting filly Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots harness racing divisions at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, July 29, with Imextraspecial, Tipsy In Dixie and Top Of The Bar reaching the winner's circle. Imextraspecial kicked the evening off with an effortless gate-to-wire victory, her second in Grassroots action, for driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, trainer Paul Walker of Owen Sound and owner Keith Coulter of Mono, ON. Starting from Post 2, the fan favourite rolled through fractions of :30.1, 1:01.2 and 1:31.1 on her way to a personal best 2:00. HP Mama B finished second and All Muscle N Sass was seven more lengths back in third. "I've never been able to just put a handle on her. Although she won at Mohawk (July 13), I wasn't totally impressed with her. Tonight was a better race; she put in a better performance," said Walker. "She looked well in hand actually. She's got us thinking now whether we'll move into the Gold for a race and see what she can do." Coulter offered up $95,000 to purchase Imextraspecial from last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale, with the assistance of Walker's brother Larry. Walker was initially asked to take the filly to his winter base in Georgia to train, but when he returned to Ontario the engagement was extended. "First of all he asked me to take her to Georgia, break her in and train her, and then he said well you might as well keep her then too," said Walker with a chuckle. "That's fine, we don't take too many outside horses now, but you don't often get somebody handing you one that's that kind of calibre. She's been good to work with, I mean really she's quite professional in every way. That part I really like about her, so we're hoping that she's maybe going to come and reach expectations yet." The second division saw Tipsy In Dixie and driver James MacDonald emulate the example set by Imextraspecial and Henry. Also starting as favourites from Post 2, MacDonald sent Tipsy In Dixie to the front where she rang up fractions of :29.4, 1:01.3 and 1:31.3 and then cruised home to a two and three-quarter length victory in 2:01.3. Mag N Lady and Salome finished second and third. "She's a nice little filly. She qualified good and she's just great gaited, so I knew coming here it would suit her. And she trained down on a half so I knew that wouldn't be a problem," said MacDonald, who drove Tipsy In Dixie to a second-place result in the Grassroots season opener. "Harry (Poulton) had her good, she just coasted to the lead and I never really had to open her up much. It's a good win for her." Tipsy In Dixie is trained by Harry Poulton of Milton for fractional ownership group TheStable Tipsy In Dixie, based in Guelph, ON, and a few of her delighted owners were there to greet her when she arrived in the winner's circle. A total of 100 owners were permitted in the outdoor area alongside the racetrack for the first time on Monday, July 27 and members were quick to get their names on the list for Tipsy In Dixie's second start. "It's great to see some owners in the grandstand and hear them cheering and stuff for their horses," said Guelph resident MacDonald. "There's always a good row when a Stable horse goes by, that's for sure." Top Of The Bar captured the final division with a late rush that saw her get a head in front of pacesetting favourite Fortune Tellers K for the 2:03.2 win. Liminary Hanover completed the top three. Trainer Mark Etsell of Rockwood drove Top Of The Bar to her first lifetime win for his co-owners Robert Newton of Walkerton, Graham Hopkins of Chesley and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The filly, a $25,000 purchase from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, finished third to Imextraspecial in the July 13 Grassroots leg. "I had her sister, Tymal Tempest, so I kind of knew what the family was like. This one is a lot nicer than the other; Tymal Tempest was a terror, just nasty. She could go, but she was handful," said Etsell of Top Of The Bar's half-sister, who earned $146,847 in her career. "She's not an aggressive filly like some Muscle Mass's, she's pretty laid back, pretty lazy, but she's willing and she's good gaited. I think she'll get nothing but better, but she just does what she has to do and that's fine with her." The freshman trotting fillies will make their third Grassroots appearance at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 17, while those that opt to step up to the Gold Series will be back at Grand River Raceway on August 19. Complete results from Wednesday's program are available at Grand River Raceway Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Aug. 3 as the three-year-old pacing fillies compete in five Grassroots and two Gold Series divisions on the Elora oval's annual Industry Day program, which is highlighted by the $128,149 Battle Of The Belles Final for two-year-old pacing fillies and the $200,964 Battle Of Waterloo Final for two-year-old pacing colts. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

OTTAWA, ON - JULY 26, 2020 - Rideau Carleton Raceway rolled out the red carpet for Ontario's talented three-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday, July 26 and a very fast carpet it turned out to be. Three Ontario Gold Series divisions, five Grassroots divisions and one Prospect Series division went postward at the Ottawa oval and in the first $71,467 Gold Series split P L Notsonice roared to a track, Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record 1:52.4 victory. In rein to regular Canadian pilot Jonathan Drury, P L Notsonice left smartly from Post 5 and had command of the tempo before the :28.4 quarter. Susies Lady was quickly out to challenge P L Notsonice and the two fillies duelled to a :56.4 half before Susies Lady conceded defeat. Fan favourite P L Notsonice maintained the sharp pace through the 1:24.3 three-quarters and then drew away to a four and one-quarter length victory over pocket-sitter Trina and Shape Shifter. The mile stripped almost three seconds off the former three-year-old trotting filly track record of 1:55.3 set in 2004 by the great Peaceful Way and matched in 2015 by Amoureuse Hanover, and also bettered the 1:53 all-age track record for trotters set by Majestic Son in 2007. It also lowered the 1:54.2 Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record for three-year-old trotting fillies on a five-eighths mile track set by Cross Of Lorraine at Georgian Downs in 2010 and matched by Miss Paris in 2012. "It was very exciting. Ronnie (Morales) was so excited he didn't answer his phone. And he didn't watch the race he was so nervous, he watched the replay," said Norm Clements, whose Prince Lee Acres bred the filly and shares ownership on her with Renaldo "Ronnie" Morales III of Sayre, PA. "We've only got a small stable, we've been cutting way back, but this is special because it's a homebred and it's all my guys that have looked after it. It's sort of a family thing, which is really neat. So it's very exciting, we're very blessed that this has all happened." The win was the Kadabra filly's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action and her third of the 2020 season, with her other two victories coming at Tioga Downs, where driver-trainer Morales and trainer Joseph Skowyra are based. For each of her Gold Series starts - she finished second in the July 2 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park - she has shipped north to race without her regular driver and trainer and then shipped back to Tioga Downs. "We ship her from Tioga so it's not without its challenges," said Uxbridge, ON resident Clements. "But right now she's as good as anybody I guess. I'm excited to watch the next Golds. It's exciting because so many people have been involved with it and we're all, everybody is excited. I've had more phone calls on this than I've had in a long time." In the second $71,467 Gold division, Warrawee Vicky returned to the track where she learned her early lessons and snuck up the inside to claim a neck victory in 1:56. Magic Cape finished second and pacesetter and fan favourite GP Dreamin settled for third. "I don't worry about time, she beat the best filly out there and I'm glad we got through along the rail. A win's a win and we're going to take it," said Puslinch resident Scott McEneny, who trains Warrawee Vicky for Brad Grant of Milton, ON. "She's getting better with the open bridle on, she's getting more relaxed. Sometimes she gets too relaxed, but I was happy with her." Driver Doug McNair engineered Warrawee Vicky's second Gold Series win of the season, putting the Royalty For Life daughter at the top of the division standings with a perfect 100 points. The final $72,266 Gold split saw Massive Flirt return to the provincial winner's circle just over one year since her first appearance. The Muscle Mass daughter, whose freshman campaign was cut short due to injury, controlled the pace from start to finish and held on in the stretch for a neck victory in a personal best 1:55.4. Talahassee Seelster finished second and She Rocks Kemp was third. "It was significantly slower than the other division, the PL horse that won the first division looked bionic, but yeah, we're certainly happy to get that one," said trainer Jeff Gillis. "She's honest. She doesn't want to give up the lead, she doesn't want to make a break, she does whatever she can." Hillsburgh resident Gillis bred and owns Massive Flirt with Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. The filly and regular reinsman Jody Jamieson were fourth in the Gold Series season opener. Rideau Carleton Raceway regular Tyler Jones recorded his first Ontario Sires Stakes win in his provincial program debut, steering Archangel daughter Peppas Angel to a 2:00.1 score in the second $22,800 Grassroots division for his father, trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON, Hebert Horses Inc. of Montreal and Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. of Lakefield Gore, QC. Validation finished second and Rockadero was third. "When I saw the rail horse made a break, I said, 'Well I might as well take a shot and go to the front', and it worked out," said Jones. "I wasn't a big favourite, so I kind of expected somebody to re-move and nobody did, and when somebody came up first-over I just drove on and she responded. Then she came back with a nice last quarter to win. "Me and my dad were pretty happy to win together, that was pretty cool," added the Sherbrooke, QC resident. "I hadn't seen my dad in four months and his birthday is the 31st of July, so it's kind of a nice little get together to have a race and have a win together." The other Grassroots divisions went to Th Present (Royalty For Life) and Bob McClure, who stopped the clock in 1:57.2 for trainer Marcel Barrieau of Cambridge, ON and Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longueil, QC; Pier Ho Kado (Kadabra) and Sylvain Filion, who were 1:57.4 winners for trainer Ben Baillargeon and owners Tom and Elizabeth Rankin of St. Catharines, ON; Profound Paragon (Muscle Mass) and Jean Bernard Renaud, who got their second Grassroots win of the season with a 1:57.2 effort for trainer Julie Walker of Carlisle, ON and Steven Titus of Manalapan, NJ; and HP Starlite (Muscle Mass) and Sylvain Filion, who posted a 1:56.4 win for trainer Daniel Martin and owners Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Guy Desautels of Montreal, QC. The $7,500 Prospect Series division was captured by local reinsman Guy Gagnon and Keep Ya Head Up. The Archangel daughter sailed to a 1:57.3 victory for trainer Susanne Kerwood and Rene Dion of Acton, David Nicol of Mount Hope and Princeton Farms Inc. of Princeton, ON. Complete results for Sunday's program are available at Rideau Carleton Raceway Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 16 with Gold, Grassroots and Prospect Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

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