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LEAMINGTON, ON -  Dr. Ian Moore will make his first visit to Leamington Raceway this Sunday, Sept. 6, sending out two-year-old pacing colts Marlboro Seelster and Dietrich Seelster and three-year-old pacing colt Usurper in their respective $7,000 Prospect Series divisions. "I grew up around those kind of tracks, that's what I used to race on all my life. I enjoy going to the small tracks quite frankly," said Moore, a native of Prince Edward Island who now calls Cambridge, ON home. "We'll give it a shot and hopefully have a good day." The two-year-old pacing colts will open the stakes action in the fifth race, with five colts squaring off for $7,000. Starting from Post 3, with Moore making his second start of the season in the driver's seat, Marlboro Seelster will be looking to add to the eight points he earned with a fourth-place finish in the July 18 Prospect Series leg at Hiawatha Horse Park. "He's coming along a little better all the time," said Moore of the Bettors Delight son he co-owns with Jeffrey and Michael Snyder of New York, NY. "He paced in 1:58 at Grand River on the half there, so hopefully he'll get around Leamington. "The other colt was good at Grand River on Monday (Aug. 31). I thought he was one of our better colts when we started the season, he went a good mile his first race (July 3), and then he kind of slipped backwards ever since," said Moore of Dietrich Seelster. "He got to pulling and stuff like that, so I made a bunch of equipment changes and put an open bridle on him on Monday and went with him myself to see what was going on, and I think he'll come along a little bit. He should be okay down there as well." Sally MacDonald of Souris, PEI and Paul MacDonald of Regina, SK share ownership of State Treasurer colt Dietrich Seelster, who will be piloted from Post 3 by Donnie Rankin, Jr. In the $7,100 three-year-old pacing colt division, Moore sends out three-year-old pacing colt Usurper, who was a winner in the Aug. 16 Prospect Series event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Moore will steer the Sportswriter son from Post 6 in the six-horse field, which goes postward as the eighth race. "He's got a bad post position, but he grew up at Charlottetown so he knows the half-mile track, he's okay with that," said Moore. "The poor little guy, he goes in 1:52-ish, around there, at Mohawk, and it's just not good enough. And he keeps drawing bad; he drew the nine-hole last week (Aug. 27) and got a rough trip. It's just tough for a horse like him; he needs to have some kind of trip to do any good at Mohawk. "The Prospect Series to me is a good option if you've got one that can't do in the Grassroots," added Moore, whose pupils have propelled him to fourth spot in the Canadian trainer's ranking this season. "If you're getting tired of chasing them all the time it gives you an option." Next Generation Stable of Stratford, PEI own Usurper, who currently sits fourth in the Prospect Series standings. The top nine colts from the five regular season events will compete for $15,000 in the Sept. 25 Final at Grand River Raceway. Although on-track attendance is limited to 100 pre-registered spots, fans can follow all of Sunday's action by downloading a program and watching the live stream on the Leamington Raceway website. The first race goes in behind the gate at 1:30 pm. Prospect Series action continues at Leamington Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 13 with the last leg for the two-year-old trotting colts. 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: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, AUG. 21, 2020 - When harness racing driver Trevor Henry arrived at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, Aug. 21 he was expecting to drive division leading Desperate Man in the second of two $107,200 Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts. He did not have a drive in the first Gold division. Fortunately for Henry, Jack Darling had just learned that Randy Waples was unable to drive Friday and the trainer was in need of a replacement to steer Bulldog Hanover in the first split. Henry was happy to step into the breach and eight races later he had piloted both colts to Gold Series victories. Starting from the outside Post 9, Henry dropped Bulldog Hanover down to the rail in seventh and sat at the back of the main pack as Lawless Shadow sprinted out to a :26.3 quarter and battled Springbridge Duel to a :55.3 half. Springbridge Duel kept the tempo lively through the 1:23.4 three-quarters as No Bettor Joy and Bulldog Hanover started to advance up the outer lane. Turning for home Henry moved Bulldog Hanover into an open lane and the colt sprinted down the stretch to a three length victory in a personal best 1:52. Favourite Lawless Shadow finished second and Flash Cube was third. "He raced good for the nine-hole He had a lot of luck, three of them made breaks, and he landed in a good spot, but yeah he raced really well," said Henry. "He's a nice colt." "Trevor did a good job. When he drew the nine-hole you're kind of expecting the worst, but actually the trip worked out perfect and he got around all the breaking horses," added owner-trainer Darling. "So he got a little bit lucky and ended up getting a good trip, but he raced big too. That was a nice mile." Bulldog Hanover started his Ontario Sires Stakes campaign at the Grassroots level, finishing second in the July 6 season opener and romping to a five length win in the July 20 leg, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. With a month in between the second Grassroots leg and Friday's test, Darling gave the Shadow Play son a tightener in an Aug. 11 qualifier, where Bulldog Hanover cruised to an 11 length win in 1:56. "He's basically been a nice colt all the way through; he just kept getting better and better as we went. He qualified good, he won the Grassroots kind of handy, so we gave him a try in the Gold and it looks like he's a nice Gold horse too," said Cambridge, ON resident Darling. "He's just a nice horse. He's just that cocky type, always feeling good, got lots of try to him, and a beautiful looking horse. Most of the Shadow Plays are great looking horses and he is one of them." Another good-looking son of Shadow Play, Desperate Man lined up at Post 3 in the second Gold division and left well enough to land in fourth as Bettor Sun and Darling-trainee Avion Seelster hustled to a :26.2 quarter. Bettor Sun marched on to a :55 half, with Henry angling Desperate Man off the rail and catching a windbreak from Ucanttouchthis. As Bettor Sun paced by the 1:23.2 three-quarters, Desperate Man had advanced to third and once the colts squared up in the stretch Henry asked the favourite for another gear and Desperate Man drew away to a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51.2. Bettor Sun stayed game for second and Socrates Blue Chip closed to be third. Two-year-old pacing colt Desperate Man won his third straight Gold Series division "Tonight he got second-over and kind of got towed up into it," said Henry. "I figured he would be a little short because he hasn't raced in a while, and then the qualifier we had him in he made a break at the gate and he never got a real good workout that day, but he still finds a way to win. Good ones do." Desperate Man romped to victory in the July 3 Gold Series opener and the July 18 Gold leg, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and then dropped into the same Aug. 11 qualifier as Bulldog Hanover for his prep in advance of Friday's start. However, things did not go according to plan for Henry, trainer Kathy Cecchin and her co-owners, husband John Cecchin, daughter Nicole Davies and son-in-law Paul Davies, all from Arthur, ON. Desperate Man made a break behind the starting gate and was never part of the action. "He was just behind the gate so long, because with the two-year-olds they bring the gate way to the back here and he was behind it for quite a while," Henry explained. "He actually, when I schooled him the once he did it, but then he landed right away and I got away with him, but that day he just didn't land and it was just one of those things. Better going for nothing than when he's going for money." While Henry does not foresee any long term issues for the colt behind the starting gate, he said it is unlikely Desperate Man will be hustling off the wings this season. "I don't think you'd want to really rush him out of there, it takes him a while to kind of get in gear; he's a big colt. He'll come to that when he gets older, but for now it takes him a while to get in the motion," said the driver. "He's not maybe as quick off the gate as some of them, but he always, he's quicker home than the rest of them." The two-year-old pacing colts will make their fourth Gold Series start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 5 before wrapping up their regular season at Flamboro Downs on Oct. 4. The top 10 point earners through the regular season will earn a spot in the $250,000 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 17. Complete results from Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Find current point standings on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. Video: Race 4 - Bulldog Hanover; Race 8 - Desperate Man OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JULY 25, 2020 - Tattoo Artist collected his second Gold Series and fourth straight victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, July 25 as the harness racing three-year-old pacing colts met for the second time in their Ontario Sires Stakes season. Lining up at Post 1 with Bob McClure in the race bike, Tattoo Artist took a brief spin in the pocket as Aneto led the field of six to a :26.4 opening quarter, but was soon heading for the front where he rang up a :54.2 half and 1:21.1 three-quarters. Down the stretch the fan favourite had to contend with a hard closing Beach Blanket Book, hanging on for a neck victory in 1:49.1. Indictable Hanover finished two lengths back in third. "I think that three weeks hurt him a bit," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore, noting that Tattoo Artist had not raced since the Gold Series season opener on July 4. "I think that good horses have got to be trained or raced pretty well right to where they're going to go, or else if you don't and they have too big a gap there, they may struggle a little bit. And he certainly got a little tired on the end there tonight, which is uncharacteristic of him." Tattoo Artist and his peers face the same three week gap before the next Gold Series event, at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Aug. 16, and the North America Cup eliminations are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22. The North America Cup has been circled in red on Tattoo Artist's calendar for months, so Moore is a bit undecided about how the coming weeks will play out for the Hes Watching son. His preference would be to race the colt at Woodbine Mohawk Park in preparation for the North America Cup, but he also does not fancy putting the sophomore in against more experienced competition, which may see him make the trip to Rideau Carleton and head into the elimination on short rest. "I'll have to start looking somewhere and see what we come up with. I'm not taking him across the border anywhere, so we'll see if we can find something here for him," said the Cambridge, ON resident, who conditions Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon of Sanford and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. "They don't want to train this time of year, they want to race now. Earlier on they're gung ho to train, and then once the racing starts they look forward to that, any competitive horse does, and he's a good competitive horse and he looks forward to it, so it's difficult. You want to keep their mind fresh and their body in good shape and ready to roll when it's time." Tattoo Artist The second $104,800 Gold division saw heavy favourite Beaumond Hanover and driver Jody Jamieson land in fourth from Post 2 as Rhythm In Motion rolled out to a :26.3 quarter. Jamieson sent Beaumond Hanover to the front heading by the :54.2 half and the colt cruised through a 1:22.4 three-quarters and one to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:49.2. Rhythm In Motion stayed game for second and Springbridge Jim sprinted into third. "He caught the softer division, so I thought if everything goes right he should win it," said owner-trainer Jack Darling. "It all worked out good. He (Jamieson) was just kind of sitting there chilly through the lane." The win was also Beaumond Hanover's second Gold Series win and fourth of the season. The Sportswriter son prepped for Saturday's test with a 1:49.4 win in a July 18 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but, like Moore, Darling is also considering his options heading toward the North America Cup. "It's just turned out, because of the situation this year, that the schedule isn't good, because you've got, like for my horse I've got a Gold at Rideau, which you hate to miss that, and then you've got the NA Cup, the elims and the final, then the week after is the Somebeachsomewhere, the week after that is the Simcoe, both good races, and then the week after that is another Gold, so it's just going to be tough to map out," said the Cambridge, ON resident. "If you're going to skip the NA Cup, then the schedule is just fine, but it's hard to skip the million dollar race." While Darling considers his options, Beaumond Hanover will maintain his usual routine, which Darling says has not varied much even as the racing season heats up. Beaumond Hanover "I try to train him light, but he's such a good trainer he seems to have to go a certain speed, or it's like he's done nothing," Darling explained. "I train him faster than I would another horse, but it's actually easier on him, he just needs to roll along. He just always feels good, always trains great. He's just a real pleasure to have around." Beaumond Hanover Complete results from Saturday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Video: Race 1 - Tattoo Artist; Race 8 - Beaumond Hanover OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JULY 21, 2020 - Paul Walker has had some nice horses in a career that spans five decades, but the harness racing trainer thinks three-year-old trotting gelding Pemberton has the potential to top the list. On Tuesday at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the gelding was so impressive in his Ontario Sires Stakes debut that even the trainers of his rivals were calling him the one to beat on the Gold Series circuit. Starting from Post 4 driver Trevor Henry eased Pemberton away from the starting gate and watched from fourth as Hayek led the field of six to a :27.1 quarter and a :56.4 half. Henry sent Pemberton up the outer lane heading for the 1:25 three-quarters and the Wheeling N Dealin son laid down a :27.1 final quarter on his way to a personal best 1:52.2. Hayek finished two and one-half lengths back in second and Blue Cupertino was three more lengths back third. "It's been a while since we had one like him, that's for sure. Well, I don't know if I ever have," said Walker. "I've had some good ones, but he's starting to look like he might be the best one. It's kind of a surprise, a nice one." Unraced at two due to a minor injury, Pemberton returned to training when Walker and his wife Brenda made the move to their winter base in Georgia late last fall. Walker said the gelding always did what he was asked, but they did not really know how much ability he had until his second lifetime start on June 16 when he blazed home in :25.4 to record a 1:55.4 victory against his non-winners of one race peers. Following that effort the gelding scored two more wins in overnight action before Tuesday's successful leap to the Gold Series. "To trot a quarter like that in a mile in 1:55, yeah I was surprised, and he's done nothing but surprise us ever since," said Walker. "I mean when I trained him in Georgia - as I said, I trained him in 2:01 before we left there, and well under wraps - you know, you 're thinking, well at least we've got something that we're going to be able to race if nothing happens." Brenda Walker and Christine Walker of Tara bred and own Pemberton, whose next Gold Series start is Aug. 19 at Grand River Raceway. The only other stake the gelding was made eligible to was the Dream Of Glory Trot at Hanover Raceway, but with eliminations slated for this Saturday, July 25, the Walkers opted to skip that event. "Being as he's racing here tonight, I said to Brenda, 'He's going to leave the track tired tonight no matter where he finishes, racing with that bunch, so we're not going to take him back to Hanover on Saturday'. I'm glad I didn't, he's just a little gelding and that's enough for him," said the Owen Sound resident, adding, "He could have come out of there tonight with a third or fourth and we'd have been pretty near just as happy, because you just never know, it's a big jump up." Pemberton made the jump look so easy even trainer Ben Baillargeon, who finished second with Hayek, was impressed. "Right now he sure is a freak that Pemberton. I think he's the horse to beat right now," said Baillargeon. "He come first up and he come home in :27.1, and we got beat and he won easy." Pemberton Guelph resident Baillargeon, who swept the first Gold Series event of the season, captured the other $105,600 division on Tuesday with HP Royal Theo, who also hit the wire in 1:52.2. The fan favourite and driver Louis-Philippe Roy took control of the race heading by the :55.2 half and fought off a challenge from Hot Wheelz in the stretch to score their second Gold Series and third straight victory. Pemberton's stablemate Horse Trader finished third. "Theo, he looked like he missed a start, but he raced real good," said Baillargeon, noting that neither HP Royal Theo or Hayek had raced since their wins in the June 28 season opener. "I wanted to race them and Theo, I thought he fit the non-winners of five races and he didn't, but I didn't really want to put him in the non-winners of seven yet, so I said, 'Ah, we'll wait, we'll race like that'. He did well, I'm very happy." Driver Roy said the Royalty For Life son may have been short a race, but he demonstrated the kind of grit in Tuesday's win that sets good horses apart from great ones. "I knew the horse was fast with a good set of lungs, but tonight he also proved to me he was a fighter. I thought he was getting a little short down the lane, but when Jody's (Jamieson with Hot Wheelz) horse came to him, he wasn't going to let him go by," said Guelph resident Roy. "He's definitely a special horse. I'm happy for the connections." Baillargeon trains HP Royal Theo for breeder Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and his co-owner Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, QC. Tuesday's win boosted HP Royal Theo's lifetime earnings to $403,040 and put him at the top of the three-year-old trotting colt standings with a perfect 100 points through two events. Hayek sits second with 75 points and Pemberton is tied for third with Hot Wheelz at 50 points. HP Royal Theo Complete results for Tuesday's event are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, July 24 with six Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts. The colts kick off the evening at 7 pm in Race 1 and will also battle in Races 2, 4, 6, 8 and 9. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

INNISFIL, JULY 19, 2020 - Bet On Becky extended her win streak to three on Sunday with an effortless 1:53.3 harness racing victory in the first $108,000 two-year-old pacing filly Gold Series division at Georgian Downs. The Bettors Delight daughter and regular reinsman Jody Jamieson eased away from Post 2 and settled fifth as stablemate Ring Of Kerry led the field of 10 to a :27.2 quarter. Heading by the grandstand for the first time Bet On Becky buzzed to the front, reaching the half in :56.2, and it was smooth sailing from there for the fan favourite. Off a three-quarters in 1:25, Bet On Becky cruised home a three and one-quarter length winner in 1:53.3 City By The Bay finished second and Ring Of Kerry was third. "I even think we could do okay with (driving) her," joked trainer Tony Beaton. "She did it with relative ease again, by the looks of things. Jody was real happy with her too, so that's good." In the July 7 Gold Series season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Bet On Becky delivered an impressive 1:50.4 victory, still the fastest mile clocked by a two-year-old in North America this season. She also posted a 1:54.4 win in an overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 26. With those two starts and a June 19 qualifier under her belt, Beaton gave his fledgling star a mini-vacation before prepping her for Sunday's test. "We kind of gave her an easier week there last week and then we trained her up pretty good there the other day and tried to make sure we had them ready for tonight," said Beaton. "She showed she was ready anyway and, actually all four of them raced pretty good tonight. I was happy with all of them, but obviously Becky just stands out." In addition to Bet On Becky and Ring Of Kerry, Beaton trainees Turning The Table and Best Keepsake finished third and fourth in the other Gold Series division. All of the fillies save Best Keepsake are eligible for the July 27 Battle Of The Belles eliminations at Grand River Raceway and Beaton said that will be their next start so long as they remain happy and healthy. Bet On Becky is eligible to all of the major two-year-old pacing filly stakes in Ontario and has an action-packed schedule ahead if she continues to find the winner's circle with the ease she has demonstrated in her first three starts. "Becky is going to have a long, long season ahead of her if everything goes good. She's paid into stuff right to the Breeders Crown," said Beaton, adding that filly will not be able to appear in every stake she is eligible for. "We don't want to over race her, we've got to pick our spots. We'll take it week-to-week and go from there. We've got to stay healthy and sound before we do anything else." Waterdown resident Beaton trains Bet On Becky for Larry Menary of Branchton, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, Alan Alber of Thornhill and Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON. The partners offered up $70,000 for the filly at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and have recouped $97,633 through her first three starts. Andra Day also picked up her second Gold Series victory with a front end effort in the other $108,000 division. Starting from Post 5, Andra Day left smartly and was moving forward from third when Turning The Table reached the :27.3 quarter. Comfortably in front at the :57.4 half, Andra Day soon faced pressure from fan favourite Best Keepsake, who challenged her through the 1:26.1 three-quarters. Andra Day remained resolute however, and held off all challengers to score a three-quarter length victory in 1:54.1. Scarlett Hanover closed hard to be second and pocket-sitter Turning The Table was third. "She's small, but very tough and very, very gritty," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "She is very fiery, and just all go, so we're very pleased with how she's done." Cambridge resident Moore trains the Shadow Play daughter for Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Bottom Line Racing LLC of Boca Raton, FL. Guelph resident Doug McNair was in the race bike for Sunday's victory and her 1:54.1 win in the Gold Series season opener. Like Bet On Becky, Andra Day is eligible to the Battle Of The Belles, but Moore is not sure if the filly will compete in the eliminations or look ahead to the next Gold Leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 18. "I'll be talking with the owners. She might be the only one, because she's small and probably will handle the half. I won't take the other one because she's a great big filly," said Moore of Andra Day and stablemate Alumni Seelster, who finished fifth to Bet On Becky Sunday after winning her division in the opening leg. "It's a possibility, but right now I'd say 50-50." Complete results from Sunday's program are available at Georgian Downs Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs on Sunday, Aug. 16 with the third Grassroots Leg for the three-year-old trotting fillies. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JULY 18, 2020 - One was a trainer's worst nightmare, the other a harness racing dream, but both Springbridge Duel and Desperate Man have done nothing but win since making their Ontario Sires Stakes debut two weeks ago. Back in Gold Series action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, July 18, the geldings were sent off as heavy favourites in their respective $107,200 divisions and proved that their victories in the season opener had nothing to do with luck. Starting from the outside Post 9, Springbridge Duel got away fourth as Twin B Heart Throb led the field to a :26.3 quarter. Next Big Thing took over on the front before the :57 half, but driver Bob McClure was content to let Springbridge Duel hover in fourth waiting for a wind break that came from Twin B Fighter heading for the 1:25.1 three-quarters. Just over five lengths behind the leader at the top of the stretch, Springbridge Duel eventually shifted into high gear and sprinted away from his peers to a two length victory in 1:53.1. Avion Seelster closed well for second and Next Big Thing stayed game for third. "Once Bob got his attention, he was really motoring that last eighth, but he definitely scared me at the head of the lane where it looked like he was kind of hanging little bit," said trainer Casie Coleman Herlihy. "But I've got to remember he's green too, he doesn't know what he's doing." After Springbridge Duel's 1:51.3 win on the front-end in the July 3 season opener, Coleman Herlihy opted to switch him to an open bridle in an effort to keep the fractious youngster calm, cool and collected. While she was pleased with his effort, she is not sure the new equipment will remain in place for the Big Jim son's next start in the Battle Of Waterloo eliminations at Grand River Raceway on July 27. "I was kind of worried he was too quiet," admitted the Cambridge resident. "I'm not a trainer that ever uses an open bridle much, I like a horse up on the rigging and I like keeping their attention, but saying that this horse is extremely hot, he's hard to handle, and when he gets mad he'll get chucking his head and he will make a break if you get fighting him. So you've got to keep him happy and kind of do things the way he wants so he doesn't get upset with you. "Bob gave him a perfect trip, he couldn't have got a better trip, where we finally we got to sit for a while and then come second over, that was a really good learning experience for him," she added. "Now I've just got to figure out a happy medium with the horse." Coleman Herlihy trains Springbridge Duel for West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo, ON and Mark Kantrowitz of Delray Beach, FL. The partners offered up $40,000 for the gelding at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale and wondered all winter whether they would even see the horse race, let alone recoup any of his purchase price. "Casie sent me two really funny videos - funny now that the colt has shown what he can do - and he was not a friendly animal at the start and we really didn't have any high aspirations for him," said Heimbecker. "He's definitely proven us wrong. I'm very excited to see what this colt can do for the rest of the year. And I know it's a little early to say, but I am excited about next year too." Springbridge Duel Arthur, ON residents Kathy and John Cecchin and their daughter and son-in-law Nicole and Paul Davies are also excited to see what else is in store for Desperate Man after the Shadow Play son cruised to a three length victory in Saturday's second $107,200 division. Starting from Post 4 with regular reinsman Trevor Henry in the race bike, Desperate Man got away fifth and watched the fans' second choice Uncontrollable reach the quarter in :27.2. As the pace eased Henry sent Desperate Man after the lead, achieving that goal just after the :57.1 half. On top by two and three-quarter lengths at the 1:24.3 three-quarters, Desperate Man sailed down the stretch to the three length victory in 1:52.3. Ucanttouchthis was second and Socrates Blue Chip finished third. "I don't think that we really ever thought, I mean John liked him and everybody liked him, but you know when you go to baby race you find out that everybody's got a super nice colt, so we really didn't have those kind of expectations at all," said trainer Kathy Cecchin. "We're happy that we have him and we really like him, but there's a lot of nice colts out there and we'll just hope for the best." Where Springbridge Duel was a headache for Coleman Herlihy and her team all winter, Desperate Man was a model student for the Cecchin's, learning his lessons almost effortlessly. "Super smart, John said all winter he's much more like a four-year-old than he is like a two-year-old," said Cecchin. "He just doesn't do anything wrong really. He wears two head poles, but he doesn't wear any big equipment, he's just a pretty easy-going guy." The son of Shadow Play was a $20,000 acquisition at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, with Henry, John MacLeod and Jim Fleming responsible for bidding on the youngster for the Cecchin's, and son after he arrived in Arthur the couple gave half-ownership of him to the Davies' as a wedding gift. "We were looking for a horse from the family of Outlawgrabbingears, and his mother is a sister to Outlawgrabbingears mother. Outlawgrabbingears is their good horse, maybe a horse of a lifetime, and so I said, 'Dad and I will give you money when you buy a house or we'll give you half of the colt, whatever you want', and they said that they wanted half of the colt so that's what they got," said Cecchin. "They're pretty pleased about the whole thing I think. But like I said, it could have legitimately been half of nothing, because you don't know, right." Desperate Man, in rein to Trevor Henry Through just two starts Desperate Man has earned $106,000, and while he is not eligible anything other than the Ontario Sires Stakes, he will have ample opportunity to pad the Davies' down payment fund. His next start comes on Aug. 21 when the two-year-old pacing colts return to Woodbine Mohawk Park for their third Gold leg. Complete results from Saturday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Video: Race 1 - Stonebridge Duel; Race 6 - Desperate Man OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JULY 9, 2020 - It was debut night for the two-year-old trotting colts on Thursday and the 25 harness racing youngsters put on an impressive show for Woodbine Mohawk Park fans in a trio of $73,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions. Tokyo Seelster went off as the heavy favourite in the first division and the Kadabra son delivered a commanding front end performance that saw him trot under the wire two and one-half lengths ahead of his peers in 1:58.1. Rookie Season shadowed the fan favourite to claim runner-up honours and C My Kicks Hanover closed hard to be third. "We broke him and then he went on to Robbie Robinson and we just got him back last week," said trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, tipping his hat to Robinson for teaching the colt his early lessons. "He's a beautiful colt, mature for his age." Moreau selected Tokyo Seelster from the London Yearling Sale last fall, offering up $52,000 for the colt on behalf of owners Michael and Sam Sergi of Canton, NY. Ottawa-based Robinson gave the young trotter two qualifiers at Rideau Carleton Raceway in June and then brought him to Woodbine Mohawk Park for a June 30 race, which he won by a neck in 1:58. "He's big and strong and mature for his age and his size. Usually those big kind of trotters are kind of clumsy and stuff, but he's all business and he knows what to do. I give credit to Robbie Robinson, he did a great job with the horse to have him the way he is now, he just did a great job with him," said driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, echoing Moreau's praise. "I could have raced him any way I wanted, but once I cleared the front, I knew I was in control of the race and that was it, he was an easy winner." The second division saw Woodbine Mohawk Park fans put their money behind Walkonthemoon, but Macho Martini caught the pacesetting favourite in the stretch to claim the 1:57.2 victory by three-quarters of a length. Walkonthemoon settled for second and Greg finished seven lengths back in third. The win may have come as a surprise to fans, but driver Bob McClure has been convinced of Macho Martini's star potential for several weeks. "The first time he came to Mohawk was probably a month ago. I had heard about him from Luc (Blais) and the first time I went with him I said, 'Either this one is really, really good or the rest are really, really bad', because he was just waves ahead of the other ones and such a natural," said McClure. "And then the first time I ever stretched him out was his last qualifier (July 3), and I had no idea I was coming :27 flat, all I knew was that he just kept getting faster and faster and faster. Even tonight, down by the wire is where he was trotting his fastest, so he's had me excited for about a month now." McClure, trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination of Montreal, QC are no strangers to success in the trotting colt ranks. Macho Martini's stablemate Forbidden Trade was an Ontario Sires Stakes star at two and three and captured the Hambletonian Final last summer. McClure points out that young horses can change a great deal over the season, sometimes for the better and sometimes not, but for now he is allowing himself to imagine unlimited potential for Macho Martini. "At this point you don't know what they're going to be, the sky's the limit," said the Guelph resident. "Especially when they go out and the open their career that way, you know. You start thinking down the road and it's pretty exciting." The Muscle Mass son was a $37,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale and provided a quick return on investment Thursday, banking $36,933 with the win. Not to be outdone by his peers, in the final division favourite Royal Tyrone halted the teletimer at 1:57.1, overcoming a couple of awkward moments in the stretch to keep a head in front of Mystic and Logan Park. "When I tried to get him into gear in the lane he was trying to trot fast, but he was getting a little mixed up. He can go a lot faster if I can iron him out," said driver Robert Shepherd with a rueful chuckle. "He's a really manageable colt, but when one comes he wants to race, he wants to go fast, he wants to win, right, and then he just gets a little mixed up late." Shepherd and his partner Isabelle Darveau condition Royal Tyrone for 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON and they will spend the next three weeks trying to help the Royalty For Life gelding maximize his speed in preparation for the second Gold Leg on July 30 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "I'm going to maybe change some things, see if I can maybe just mess around with some gear and stuff I think," said Flamborough resident Shepherd of the gelding, who was a $13,000 acquisition from the London Selected Yearling Sale. "I can't fault the colt, he always tries, he always wants to go forward." Complete results from Thursday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Milton oval on Friday, July 10 with five Grassroots divisions for the pacing fillies. The fillies will make their provincial debut in Races 2, 4, 6, 9 and 10 on the program, which gets under way at 7 pm. Video: Race 2 - Tokyo Seelster; Race 6 - Macho Martini; Race 8 - Royal Tyrone OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JULY 3, 2020 - There is an alchemy involved in teaching a yearling how to be a racehorse - the top tier of the Ontario Sires Stakes is, after all, the Gold Series - and last winter harness racing trainer Casie Coleman Herlihy though it might actually take supernatural power to transform Springbridge Duel into a racehorse. As a result it felt like a bit of a miracle when the two-year-old pacing gelding captured one of the season opening Gold Series divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night with an impressive 1:51.3 victory, six and one-quarter lengths ahead of Magnum Moon and Twin B Heart Throb. The time is the fastest for a two-year-old in North America in 2020. "He was a terrible horse to break. I think it took two to three weeks before we even got a jog cart on this horse. I literally had to geld him before we hooked him in a jog cart. I had a horse whisperer work with the horse. He was nuts, he was just absolutely insane," said the trainer. "He's got to be the worst horse, or very close up to the worst horse, we've ever broke and I definitely said to myself, over and over again, what the hell was I thinking." Coleman Herlihy's typical selection process during yearling buying season is rigorous. She studies pedigrees, she visits farms, she looks at horses repeatedly, but on the final day of the Harrisburg Yearling Sale last November she realised she had not filled her quota of Ontario Sired horses. "I love the Ontario Sires Stakes program, but I was focussing more on Betting Line's and I simply didn't have very many Ontario Sired, so I was literally doing last minute shopping, which I never do," said Coleman Herlihy, with emphasis on the never. "I was looking at every Ontario Sired horse there was basically, and seeing him - he's a gorgeous colt, he's big, good looking, perfect conformation, he's gorgeous - I ended up buying him." The trainer would question her last minute purchase repeatedly through the winter as her Florida-based team of second trainer Ray Domenico, caretaker Evelyn Harms and driver Steve Condren wrestled with Springbridge Duel, trying to channel his raw talent into a usable form. "If they weren't as patient with him he could have been ruined very, very easy. Even myself, I owned him and trained him, and I was ready to just say I'm done, give up, sell him, move him or whatever," said Coleman Herlihy, who shares ownership of the colt with her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo, ON and Mark Kantrowitz of Delray Beach, FL. "And saying that, he's always showed the speed. He has a great gait on him and he's wicked, wicked fast, but it took a long time to get him there and we just had to be so, so careful with him. He's a ton better than what he was, but it was a tough winter, for sure, breaking that colt." Once the son of Big Jim and Stonebridge Damsel returned to Ontario second trainer Mark McKinnon and caretaker Kayla Chappell took up the task of keeping Springbridge Duel on an even keel and on June 20 Bob McClure piloted him in a two-year-old qualifier. The colt finished second and returned to Woodbine Mohawk Park for a second qualifier on June 27, which he won by 16 lengths. On Friday, knowing nothing of his winter-time struggles, fans at the Milton oval sent him off as the favourite in the second $105,600 division. Starting from Post 6 McClure floated Springbridge Duel off the gate, but many of his peers had the same idea and a there was a crowd around pacesetter Dietrich Seelster as he reached the :28.1 opening quarter. Stuck on the outside, McClure put Springbridge Duel on the front before the :56.1 half and the gelding had opened up a two length lead by the 1:24.4 three-quarters. Without urging, the pacer rolled home in :26.4 to claim his first victory. "All I told Bob, in the qualifiers and that, all I ever said was, he likes to be first on the gate and then just take him off. Do not leave with him, do not move with him, just sit him in a hole and keep him calm, keep him relaxed, because as soon as somebody leaves with him you're never going to take him back again, he's going to get nuts," said the Cambridge resident. "The way that he was tonight, it's not like he blasted off the wings, he was floating, looking for a spot and he couldn't find a spot, and so I really don't think that's going to stir him up any more than he already is. I did not want him on the front, but he looked like he was pretty calm and relaxed and Bob had him under control. "When I saw Bob stop, and he was still checked up and Kayla wasn't there yet, I was like, 'Oh God', and I couldn't believe how good he was. He actually was very, very good," she said of the gelding's winner's circle behaviour. "Like I said, his manners are getting so much better no doubt, but I've got his very first video on my phone still from where he ended up laying on the ground." Springbridge Duel will now begin preparations for the second Gold Series Leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 18. He will be joined by the first division winner, Desperate Man, who was equally impressive for driver Trevor Henry, trainer Kathy Cecchin and her co-owners John Cecchin and Nicole and Paul Davies of Arthur, ON. Starting from Post 2 in the first $104,800 division, Desperate Man got away fourth as Vino Louie charged out to a :26.2 opening quarter. Henry edged the fan favourite off the rail just after the :55.4 half and was putting the pressure on Vino Louie by the 1:24.4 three-quarters. The Shadow Play son unleashed a :26.3 last quarter to claim the 1:51.4 victory, two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Twin B Fighter and Next Big Thing. "He is probably the nicest two-year-old I have sat behind. Very smart and professional," said Arthur resident Henry. "I'm so glad for John and Kathy and their kids. It's really well deserved." Complete results from Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Video: Race 2 - Desperate Man; Race 8 - Springbridge Duel OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

INNISFIL, JUNE 28, 2020 - They arrived at Georgian Downs off impressive wins, harness racing fans made them the heavy favourites, and three-year-old trotting geldings Hayek and HP Royal Theo delivered the goods, cruising to victory in their respective Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions on Sunday evening. Hayek led off for the Ben Baillargeon stable, starting from Post 3 in the first $105,600 Gold division, and the E L Titan son made it look easy from the moment the wings closed on the starting gate. Driver Sylvain Filion sent the gelding to the lead and Hayek rolled unchallenged through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27.1 before opening up a five and three-quarter length margin on his peers heading for the 1:55.2 finish. Your Still Up was promoted from third to second and Northern Sultan moved up from fourth to third after Port Perry made a late break in the stretch, crossing the wire second but being placed back to fourth. "He was a lot smarter tonight than he was Monday when I won with him," said Baillargeon. "I was a little bit anxious to see how he was going to behave himself, you know. He looks like he's fast enough, but he's still racing against better horses like Port Perry and company, but he was well behaved and Sylvain said, 'Geez, he was well-behaved and he was very good, very nice'. He asked him to go a little bit and he just went." The Guelph-based trainer shares ownership of Hayek with Teresa Davidson of Milton, Santo Vena of Brampton and Nunzio Vena of Bolton, ON. The partners acquired the trotter on June 8 and Hayek has now delivered two wins and $60,300 in earnings to his delighted new owners. In the second $106,400 Gold Series division, HP Royal Theo and driver Louis-Philippe Roy lined up behind Post 5. Roy eased the fan favourite away from the starting gate, allowing Horse Trader and Hot Wheelz to battle to the :28 opening quarter, and then sent HP Royal Theo to the front. Like his stablemate, HP Royal Theo was unchallenged through a :57 half and 1:26.1 three-quarters, and sailed home to a three and one-quarter length win in 1:54.1. "He's a fast horse and he's a lot more mature this year and everything," said Baillargeon. "He's pretty smart, like he could have ducked in in the four-hole, but I told Louis, 'Take your time, but don't duck. You're the best, drive him like you're the best, but take your time at the gate.' And he's getting to be very smart and very good. "I couldn't ask for anything better right now. If I can keep them both like that, with their head on their shoulders, we're going to have a good summer." Breeder Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, QC share ownership of HP Royal Theo. The Royalty For Life son won a Gold Leg at two and also captured the William Wellwood Memorial Final, earning $286,040. Sunday's victory boosted the gelding's lifetime earnings to $350,240. "You need some of them to pay for the ones we don't see. I have some in the field, so it's nice to get some to pay for them. It's a wheel you know, it's a big wheel. These two will keep the wheel turning for a while anyway, let's put it this way," said Baillargeon with a chuckle. "I have broodmares and I have all kinds of stuff too. Monsieur Hamel is the same thing, and Santo (Vena), he's the same thing. We dabble in about everything there is about the sport, so you need to get a few like that sometimes." The next Gold Series event for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings takes place July 21 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, so Baillargeon said Hayek and HP Royal Theo will make one overnight start before continuing their Ontario Sires Stakes campaign. Complete results for Sunday's races are available at Georgian Downs Results. Georgian Downs will host its second Ontario Sires Stakes event on Saturday, July 11 when the two-year-old trotting colts will make their Grassroots debut. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JUNE 27, 2020 - Sophomore pacing colts were the stars of the harness racing show at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night, battling for a total of $139,950 in six Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions. The Wild Card opened the program with a 1:52.2 score on the front end, holding off Sundown Kid and Century Grizzly at the wire. Doug McNair piloted the fan favourite to the one-half length victory for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON and his partners R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC. "He raced good. He's a nice little guy to drive and has a big gait to him," said McNair. "Ian has them ready to go." The win was the first of the season for The Wild Card and also marked the Bettors Delight son's first appearance in the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle. McNair was back in the winner's circle following the fourth division, when Day Delight was promoted from second to first due to a pylon violation by West Coast Beach. West Coast Beach settled for second after the violation and Captivate Hanover was third. "He was good too, he just kind of waited on them once he cleared," said the driver of Day Delight, who was caught in the stretch by West Coast Beach. "You don't like to see anyone get placed, but we will take it." Victor Puddy trains Day Delight for Bill Manes of Rockwood, Lloyd Stone of Portland, 10462217 Canada Inc. of Gloucester, ON and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. The Bettors Delight son was a two-time Grassroots winner last season, including a victory in his Grassroots Semi-final. Bob McClure also piloted two Grassroots winners Saturday, guiding Lottery Winner to victory in the third $23,500 division and Bettorbuckleup to a win in the last split. A recent arrival from New Jersey, Lottery Winner looked impressive in his Ontario debut, opening up a two-length margin on Better Take It and St Lads Beat It by the 1:51.3 finish. Lottery Winner made one start at the Gold Series level before returning to New Jersey last season, but McClure hopes the Nancy Takter trainee will be a regular player in the provincial program this year. "He made a nice first impression," said the Rockwood resident. "He's not a big horse, but he has a slick gait. Hopefully he sticks around for the season." Allentown, NJ resident Takter shares ownership of the Bettors Delight son with R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, ON, Hatfield Stables of Columbus, OH and Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, OH. McClure wrapped up the Grassroots program with fan favourite Bettorbuckleup, who sprinted home in 1:51 to best pacesetter Bettor At Hightide and a closing Delightful Terror. All three colts are sired by Bettors Delight. "As nice of a horse as you could drive. My (four-year-old) son could drive him," said McClure, who engineered the win for trainer Nick Gallucci and owner Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON. Of the six pacing colt divisions, Y S Mathis and driver Louis-Philippe Roy were sent off as the biggest favourites and delivered the widest margin of victory, cruising home six lengths the best in 1:51. A two-time Gold Series winner as a two-year-old, the Sportswriter son never gave his fans cause for concern, taking control before the half and accelerating away from the field in the stretch. Heart On My Sleeve and Bee Two Bee rounded out the top three. "He's a very nice horse. He felt good, but he still wasn't steering great," said Roy, who steers Y S Mathis for trainer Richard Moreau and owner-breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, QC. "I'm confident Richard will do some adjustments before his next few starts and hope that he'll be able to compete at the Gold level." The other division went to Mission Bay, who caught pacesetting favourite Sunshine List in the stretch for his first Ontario Sires Stakes victory. My Bettors Del closed for third. "He raced really good last week and I thought he would be okay, but I didn't think that okay," said driver Phil Hudon, who engineered the 1:51.1 clocking for trainer Matthew Dupuis and owner Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls. "He feels like he's catching on. He's a big, strong horse." Mission Bay and his peers will look to add to their point totals when they return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 24 for the second Grassroots Leg. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. The Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series makes its debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, June 29 with three divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. The fillies will be featured in Races 2, 6 and 9; with the first race going in behind the starting gate at 7 pm. Downloadable programs and a live stream of all the races are available on the Woodbine Mohawk Park website. Video: Race 1 - The Wild Card; Race 2 - Mission Bay; Race 5 - Lottery Winner; Race 7 - Day Delight; Race 8 - Y S Mathis; Race 10 - Bettorbuckleup OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JUNE 26, 2020 - Ontario's talented three-year-old pacing fillies kicked off the 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday with two harness racing veterans of the provincial program and two newcomers gracing the Grassroots winner's circle. Mach My Kiss opened the campaign with a victory in the first $22,800 division, cruising along on the front end to a 1:53 personal best for driver Doug McNair. Bettorthanbobbi finished two lengths behind the fan favourite in second, with Trafalgar three more lengths back in third. "She raced great, we got a cheap half," noted Guelph resident McNair, who engineered fractions of :28.1, :58 and 1:26.1. "She is a real handy filly and she had lots of pace." Rob Fellows trains the Mach Three daughter for his wife Yolanda Fellows of Rockwood and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, AB. Mach My Kiss was a three-time winner in the Grassroots last season, including a victory in the Semi-finals. Mach My Kiss Got Power also made a return to the Grassroots winner's circle, powering up the outside to catch pacesetter Sunshine Hall and hold off the late closing Need Ur Opinion in the last division. The Royal Mattjesty daughter had a head in front at the 1:55.2 finish, with Need Ur Opinion edging out fan favourite Sunshine Hall for second. "She had the outside in her first start back this year and drew better tonight," said driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville. "The plan was to be second over but one of the inside horses made a break leaving so it turned into first over, but she overcame it and raced great. She was a nice filly last year, she finished third in a Gold at Grand River." Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge shares ownership of Got Power with Gary Volpe of St. Thomas and William Hill of Dundas, ON and the trainer was pleased with the filly's sophomore Grassroots debut, coming on the heels of a ninth-place effort from Post 9 in a June 12 overnight event. "I'm happy with the result," said O'Sullivan. "It was her first real race of the year, so a good step in the right direction and hopefully she can improve off that." Got Power Mia Culpa and Greystone Natali O made their debuts in the Grassroots winner's circle with impressive efforts in the second and third divisions. Mia Culpa and driver Rick Zeron sprinted from sixth to first in the final quarter to halt the teletimer at 1:53, a personal best for the Shadow Play filly. Pacesetter Lyons Tilt Hanover finished second, leaving fan favourite Landry Seelster to settle for third. It was the second win in three sophomore starts for Mia Culpa, who made just one appearance in the Grassroots at two. Jean Tourigny trains the filly for Roland Trudel of Becancour, Michel Damphousse of Louiseville and Guy Lavoie of Terrebonne, QC. Mia Culpa In the third split, driver Sylvain Filion had Greystone Natali O on the move early from Post 5 and landed on the rail behind fan favourite Mary Kat and Odds On Vero Beach. Content to sit third through a :26.1 quarter, :56 half and 1:25.2 three-quarters, Filion found himself with an open lane in the stretch as Odds On Vero Beach tipped out to attack and Mary Kat drifted off the rail. Greystone Natali O took full advantage of the opportunity and powered up the inside to a two and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:52.4. Odds On Vero Beach and Mary Kat finished in a dead heat for second. The win was the fifth of the season for Greystone Natali O, who did not make her two-year-old debut until after the provincial program had wrapped up last fall. Since then the Shadow Play daughter has been a model of consistency for trainer Brent Belore and owner-breeders Jean Caddey, Alana Belore and Dylan Belore of Embro, missing just one cheque in 14 starts. Greystone Natali O The three-year-old pacing fillies will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 14 for their second Grassroots start. Complete results for Friday's contest are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Campbellville oval on Saturday, June 27 with six Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts. The colts will open the program at 7 pm in the first race and also compete in Races 2, 5, 7, 8, and 10. Downloadable programs and a live stream of all the races are available on the Woodbine Mohawk Park website. Video: Race 2 - Mach My Kiss; Race 4 - Mia Culpa; Race 7 - Greystone Natali O; Race 9 - Got Power OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

INNISFIL, JUNE 26, 2020 - Since harness racing resumed at the beginning of June Ben Baillargeon has been on a tear, sending out 20 winners from 54 starters, and the trainer will be looking to add to that tally when the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series season gets underway this Sunday, June 28 at Georgian Downs. Baillargeon goes into the event with the early favourites in both Gold Series divisions after his three-year-old trotting geldings Hayek and HP Royal Theo delivered a pair of impressive victories at Woodbine Mohawk Park last weekend. "They're similar, they're both fast, I can tell you that," said Baillargeon. "We all knew about HP Royal Theo, we knew that he's very good, he showed all kinds of ability last year," said Baillargeon of the Royalty For Life son who captured the 2019 William Wellwood Memorial Trot. "We cut him loose a little bit last week - not that we didn't cut him loose his first start, he trotted in 1:54.3, last quarter in :27.1, in against older horses - but last week he was ready and I needed to see what we had in the tank. So I said he (Louis-Philippe Roy) might want to let him trot a little. He didn't really let him trot, this is what's amazing about it, he didn't really let him trot and he went in 1:52.3, last quarter in :27.3. "And the other horse, Hayek, a friend of my dad said, 'This horse is for sale Ben, you should look into it, this one's for you'. So I looked into it. I called Marcus Melander and he told me what I wanted to know and that was it, we made the deal," said Baillargeon, who acquired Hayek on June 8. "And the horse looked awful good his first start. He was a little bit of a handful last week, I think he will settle down with time, but he sure has lots of speed, serious speed." Hayek and driver Sylvain Filion will be looking to replicate that June 22 effort - a seven-length gate-to-wire score in 1:53.3 - from Post 3 in the first division on Sunday, facing off against six rivals for the $105,600 purse. Baillargeon shares ownership of the E L Titan gelding with Teresa Davidson of Milton, Santo Vena of Brampton and Nunzio Vena of Bolton, ON and the trainer said Hayek enjoyed a day off after Monday's victory and will just jog and continue to settle into his new home leading up to his Ontario Sires Stakes debut on Sunday. "He came to the barn I think 10 days before I raced him last Monday and he was a little bit, not a handful, but he was a little aggressive, let's put it this way," said the Guelph resident. "Today (Thursday) he was very nice on the track. I think he's starting to like his new surroundings." HP Royal Theo will make his sophomore Gold Series debut from Post 5 in the second $106,400 division, coming into the season opener off the impressive June 20 effort that saw him cruise home three lengths the best in 1:52.3. Regular reinsman Louis-Philippe Roy will be in the race bike for owner-breeder Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, QC. The gelding was a Gold Series winner at two, but he also made breaks in three provincial starts, so Baillargeon is hoping the trotter can kick off a more consistent provincial campaign on Sunday. "These two horses, they're sure nice," said the trainer. "That Hayek horse, he looked very good his first start and well Theo, like I said, we always knew that he was good, but he showed that he's matured a lot since last year." Georgian Downs will send the first race behind the starting gate at 6 pm on Sunday and feature the Gold Series three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in Races 5 and 8. Downloadable programs and a live stream of all the races are available on the Georgian Downs website. In addition to Sunday's Gold Series, Georgian Downs will also host two $7,100 divisions of the Prospect Series for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday evening. Horses that were sustained to the 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes program are eligible for the Prospect Series, which consists of five legs contested at racetracks across Ontario leading up to a $15,000 final. Saturday's divisions will go postward as Races 1 and 7, with a 7:15 pm post time. Downloadable programs and a live stream of all the races are available on the Georgian Downs website. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit www.ontariosiresstakes.com For feature stories, photographs, background information and/or contact details for local Ontario Sires Stakes participants contact Sandra Snyder at 519-572-0167 or ossnews@ontarioracing.com. Ontario Racing

MILTON, JUNE 25, 2020 - Ontario harness racing fans and participants will be celebrating on Friday evening as the Ontario Sires Stakes program makes its 2020 debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Delayed by five weeks due to the COVID-19 shutdown, the OSS program will kick off with four $23,000 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies and last season's leading trainer Gregg McNair will look to pick up where he left off, sending out early favourite Landry Seelster in the second split. The Mach Three daughter will start from Post 2 and heads into the Grassroots season opener off a sharp runner-up finish in a June 19 test at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a fourth-place result in her June 9 sophomore debut. "She raced good both starts really. She seems to be getting a little stronger," said Guelph resident McNair, who shares ownership of the filly with Ilderton Boys Stable of London and Dany Fontaine of Ormston, QC. "She still has a bit of a mind of her own on the track and stuff, she's a little hyper, but she's got a good gait to her and everything. We hope that she's all right; she drew good." McNair's son Doug, currently the leading driver at the Campbellville oval, will steer Landry Seelster in the third start of her sophomore campaign. As a two-year-old the filly captured the Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and went on to qualify for the season ending Grassroots Championship, where she finished seventh. Trainer Rob Fellows started two fillies in the Grassroots Championship last fall and both Mach My Kiss and Coqui Coqui will look to launch another successful provincial campaign on Friday. Mach My Kiss is the early favourite from Post 6 in the first division and Coqui Coqui gets Post 2 in the final split. "The two of them train bridles apart every time they train together," said Fellows. "To me like they act like they have the same amount of ability, but a lot of time when they start racing they separate real quick, because we try to train and keep them together just for attitude as much as anything you know, but once you start racing of course no one's waiting on you, you've got to be able to keep up and go. "Obviously we're hoping for good things for both of them. Both of them actually are owned by the breeders," the Rockwood resident added. "My wife Yolanda and I own part of Mach My Kiss, with Blair and Erna Corbeil who bred her, and of course Jack Turigliatto, he bred Coqui Coqui. They believe in us to keep their horse and you hope you can do them proud." Doug McNair will steer Mach Three filly Mach My Kiss for the Fellows and Corbeil families, while Bob McClure gets the call on Sportswriter daughter Coqui Coqui. With fans not permitted at the racetrack, the owner-breeders will be cheering on their Grassroots hopefuls from afar Friday, but Fellows hopes to see them trackside before the season comes to an end. "Hopefully it will be behind us partway through this season and we'll get people out," said the trainer. "The racetracks will do all they can do to bring it back as quickly and safely as they can, because we don't want to be doing something that's not 100 per cent safe for the people. We want to do whatever is right." Post time for Friday's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 7 pm and the Grassroots divisions will be featured in Races 2, 4, 7 and 9. Downloadable programs and a live stream of all the races are available on the Woodbine Mohawk Park website. Both McNair and Fellows will be back at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday when the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings kick off their Grassroots season. McNair will start Mack from Post 3 in the third division and Doubleagentman from Post 7 in the fifth, while Fellows sends out Lous Delight from Post 2 in the second split. Saturday's Grassroots action goes postward in Races 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, and 10, with the colts kicking things off at 7 pm. Downloadable programs and a live stream for Saturday night's races are also available on the Woodbine Park website. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, ON - FEB. 12, 2020 - Seelster Farms topped all harness racing participants in the Ontario Resident Mare Program in 2019, earning a total of $370,026 in breeders' rewards from the efforts of offspring from their Resident Mares. Pacing filly Karma Seelster topped all Seelster-breds competing in 2019, contributing $75,727 to the Lucan, ON nursery's bottom line. In her freshman campaign the daughter of Sportswriter and Kiddie Cocktail won an Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series leg and finished third in the Super Final, captured her elimination and the final of the Battle of Waterloo, and finished second in her Eternal Camnation leg for a record of four wins, three seconds, three thirds and earnings of $262,205 in 11 starts. "It's encouraging to be able to see a horse that you bred go on and achieve," said Walter Parkinson, assistant farm manager at Seelster Farms and president of the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association. "You can do well here in Ontario when everything is done here, from the breeding and the raising to the actual racing." Seelster Farms enrolled almost all of their mares in the Ontario Resident Mare Program (ORMP) in 2016 and 2017, and a total of 28 two and three-year-old starters from 22 different mares contributed toward their 2019 breeders' rewards. Of the $370,026 total, $359,039 came in the Ontario Sires Stakes with the remainder from open stakes. "Generally we're breeding on average about 60 mares that are farm owned each year. Certainly every one of them gets enrolled in the resident mare program when she's in foal, with the hope that we'll be able to participate once they hit the track as two and three-year-olds," said Parkinson. "There might be years where it's slightly higher or slightly lower, but I think it's a fairly good representation of OSS performers that we had in the 2019 stakes season." From his perspective as SBOA president, Parkinson feels the breeders' rewards are both an excellent incentive for Ontario breeders to upgrade their operations and a tangible acknowledgement of the investments those breeders have made in the province's Standardbred industry. "I think it's a tremendous bonus to have these breeders' rewards allocated towards the performance of the offspring. I think it encourages breeders to continually invest in their breeding stock, to upgrade, and to reward them for producing horses that perform," he explained. "Certainly this year's standout was Century Farroh, so a horse like that, who is an Ontario Bred horse, versus Alicorn, who was not, the earning potential for the breeder is substantial. Both great horses, both had great seasons, but one is Ontario Bred and one is not." All horses produced by Ontario Resident Mares are considered Ontario Bred and their earnings in eligible races contribute toward their breeder's rewards. Prior to foaling mares that meet the eligibility requirements can be enrolled in the program for $100. After foaling and before September 1, the enrollment fee is $300 and third party proof of residency is required. For complete information about the Ontario Resident Mare program please visit Ontario Resident Mare Program. Further questions can be directed to program co-ordinator Kathie Wilkinson at ontariomare@ontarioracing.com or 416-477-5529. Top 10 Ontario Breeders' Rewards Recipients in 2019 [Breeder/Top Performer/Total Breeders' Rewards] Seelster Farms Inc. (Karma Seelster, Sportswriter-Kiddie Cocktail, $75,727)............................... $370,026 Century Spring Farms (Century Farroh, Mach Three-Beachy Girl, $180,386)............................... $193,159 Charles and Gordon Lawrence (Boadicea, Big Jim-Rose Seelster, $138,281).............................. $138,287 Warrawee Farm (Warrawee Vicky, Royalty For Life-The Tall Poppy, $72,736).............................. $129,677 Robert McIntosh Stables Inc./ CSX Stables / Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. (Sunny Dee, Sunshine Beach-West Of L A, $106,542)....................... $119,637 Tymal Farms (Haveoneforme, Kadabra-All Filled Up, $98,607)................................................... $110,941 Glengate Farms (Scorched Romance, Kadabra- Tequila Slammer, $32,990)............................... $100,033 Bet Max Stables Inc. (Bright Eyes M, Kadabra-Motown Muscle, $87,159)................................... $87,556 Leonard Gamble (Teddys Littleangel, Archangel-Pine Knolls, $63,973)....................................... $64,125 Winbak Farm (Hetalkstoangels, Archangel-J Marie, $23,496)..................................................... $62,399 From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - DEC. 9, 2019 - As 2019 winds down, Standardbred harness racing owners are looking forward to the start of the 2020 breeding season and the arrival of several new stallions to the Ontario program. To participate in the 2020 Standardbred Improvement Program as an Ontario Sire, stallions must be registered with the program. Complete details about stallion eligibility, deadlines, fees and the registration process are available at 2020 Standardbred Stallion Conditions. Applications for registration as a 2020 Ontario Sire, along with all required fees, must be submitted by January 15, 2020. The registration form is available at 2020 Standardbred Stallion Registration Form. Those applications received after the deadline will be subject to payment of a late fee. Stallions are ineligible for registration as a 2020 Ontario Sire if they breed any mares in 2020 prior to the approval of their application. A list of registered Ontario Sires for the 2020 breeding season will be published as soon as possible after the January 15 deadline. Late registrants will be added to the list as they are approved. For additional information about stallion registration please contact the Ontario Sires Stakes Administration Coordinator at 905-854-7808 or records@ontariosiresstakes.com. Complete details about the Standardbred Improvement Program are available at Ontario Racing - SIP. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

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