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Hanover Raceway will feature twelve races this Saturday including the $75,100 Dream of Glory final, five divisions of 3 year old Filly Pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes, and two Preferred 3 races. This is the 14th annual Dream of Glory trot and the field includes new Track Record holder Hemi Seelster who won his elimination in 1:56.4, breaking the previous record set by Millionaire trotter Abbey Road C in the very first Dream of Glory in 2002. Hemi Seelster is trained by John Bax of Campbellville, and driven by Steve Byron who have won the Dream of Glory twice before.   The pair won the 2009 final with Augusto, and won again in 2012 with Summer Indian.  Summer Indian came back the next year and won a Match Race against 2011 Dream of Glory Winner Traverse Seelster. The Ontario Sires Stakes field includes 2 Gold Horses dropping down to the Grassroots level and several horses in a battle to try and gain points to make the field for the OSS Superfinals this Fall. Code One Hanover highlights Race 3.  This John Darling trained Filly is 5th in the Grassroots standings after a win at Georgian Downs in her last start in 1:52.3.  Race 3 also includes Dublin Rose who is 9th in the Gold Standings after a 3rd place finish in 1:52.3 and a 1st in the Grassroots at Mohawk in her last start in 1;52.2.   Code One Hanover starts from Post 3 while Dublin Rose will start from Post 5, in what should be a very exciting race. Among the other starters. Ainsleynoelle is 4th in the Grassroots standings after a win in a Grassroots division at Mohawk most recently in 1:53.2 and will start from post 7 in Race 4 Saturday night. Dream of Glory day includes a BBQ and Live Band starting at 5:30, retired Standardbred Westgate Son and rider Taylor Fritz will be on hand to meet fans along the fence between races, and there will be a Huge Fireworks display after the races. Dream of Glory Post time is 6:15pm. Gord Dougan

JULY 25, 2015 – Even before his three-year-old pacing geldings Robert Hill and J Js Delivery swept the Gold Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, harness racing trainer Dave Menary was having a pretty amazing weekend. ‘I’m pretty pumped. I wasn’t at the races tonight myself. I was watching them at home on TV, because yesterday morning I had a daughter born,” explained the rural Cambridge, ON resident. “Julie and I, my fiancé, we had a beautiful baby girl born yesterday morning. We just come home from the hospital tonight.” As if in celebration of daughter Mikayla’s birth, the Menary Stable had an extraordinary evening at Mohawk. In addition to sweeping the Gold divisions, the trainer captured an overnight event and posted three seconds and one third. “I had seven in to go, including three colts in the Sires Stakes, and it couldn’t have gone any better,” said the trainer. “Everything we raced tonight has been unbelievable.” Adding another touch of the extraordinary to the evening was the fact that James MacDonald was in the race bike behind both of Menary’s Gold Series winners, just one night after being involved in an accident at Mohawk that sent him to the hospital for stitches in his arm. In the first $105,000 Gold test MacDonald and Robert Hill started from Post 6 and were sitting seventh when Shoe Shine reached the opening quarter in :26.4. At the :54.1 half and 1:22.1 three-quarters clocked by fan favourite Drachan Hanover, Robert Hill was still at the back of the pack, although MacDonald had moved him into the outer lane. At the top of the stretch Drachan Hanover still had a short lead and another Menary other starter, Sportsmanship, looked poised for victory, but when MacDonald gave Robert Hill a clear look at the wire the gelding powered down the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51.1. Sportsmanship finished second, giving Menary a one-two sweep, and Thinkofagameplan rounded out the top three. “Last week I think Sportsmanship went the mile of his life, and tonight when they come up to the head of the stretch I was cheering for him, but then all of sudden, when he was getting conquered it was by my other horse, so I had to change cheering,” said Menary. “I had to jump off one bandwagon and get on the other bandwagon.” Menary conditions Jereme's Jet son Robert Hill for Tom Hill of Lancashire, GB and Sportswriter son Sportsmanship for Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, ON, Denis Breton of Welland, ON, Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON and Parkinson Farms of Lucan, ON. Robert Hill In the second Gold division MacDonald and J Js Delivery also lined up at Post 6, but the Guelph, ON resident hustled the Jeremes Jet son away from the starting gate, reaching the opening quarter in :26.1. The duo yielded to Go Daddy Go through the :53.2 half, but were back out and powering toward the front at the 1:21.1 three-quarters. J Js Delivery turned for home with a narrow lead and had to battle all the way down the stretch to secure the victory, keeping a neck in front of Go Daddy Go and Star Cover. The 1:49.4 clocking was a personal best for J Js Delivery, who had posted one second and one third in the first two Gold Legs. Bob Hamather of Exeter, ON owns J Js Delivery, who is a half-brother to $1.1 million winner Secrets Nephew. J Js Delivery “It’s been a non-sleep week. I’m lucky I have a good staff around me,” said Menary. “Everything has just fallen into place, partly because of luck, partly because of the people, but mostly because of the horses.” Joining J Js Delivery in the winner’s circle was lucky “Be A Winner” contestant Nick Toltl, who had his photo taken with the gelding and driver MacDonald. In addition, Toltl will be back at Mohawk for the Sept. 26 Grassroots Championships enjoying dinner for four and a $100 wagering voucher. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will make their fourth Gold Series start at Georgian Downs on August 25. Next on Mohawk Racetrack’s active Ontario Sires Stakes calendar are six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday, July 28. The colts will battle in Races 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, and 10 on Tuesday’s program, which kids off at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

JULY 24, 2015 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the second Grassroots event for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night and there were four first-time visitors to the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle. Nationalize captured the first Grassroots division, sprinting from the back field in the last quarter to post a two and one-quarter length score in 1:52.3. Brown Binny and Lady Jen finished second and third. Camluck daughter Nationalize is trained by Ron Adams of Lasalle, ON for David Kryway of Amherstburg, ON, and Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson engineered the filly's first Ontario Sires Stakes victory. Milton, ON resident Randy Waples also used a come-from-behind strategy in the second $18,000 division, getting Ainsleynoelle into the outer flow at the halfway marker and then gearing her up in the final quarter. The Jeremes Jet daughter powered down the stretch to a one length score over Much Adoo and OK Heavenly, stopping the Mohawk teletimer at 1:53.2. Colin Johnson of Repentigny, QC conditions Ainsleynoelle for Debbie Element of Rockwood, ON, David Heffering of Port Perry, ON and Ecurie JGV Enrg of Laval, QC. Friday's win was also Ainsleynoelle's first in the provincial stakes program. Paul MacDonell chose a different route to the winner's circle for Dublin Rose, putting the fan's second choice on the front heading for the half and pulling away to a five and one-quarter length victory over Twin B Honour and Windsun Chanel. Guelph, ON resident MacDonell crafted the win for trainer-owner-breeder Allen Tomlinson of Mason, MI. Tomlinson started Dublin Rose in the June 6 Gold Series season opener at Mohawk, where she finished third, then headed to Clinton Raceway for the Kin Pace where the Major In Art daughter won her June 28 division and finished third in the July 5 final. Through seven sophomore starts first-time OSS winner Dublin Rose has never been worse than third, posting two wins, two seconds and three thirds for earnings of $42,484. Stonebridge Quest earned the trophy in the fourth division, which was marred by an accident that sent driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville, ON to hospital in an ambulance and driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON to the emergency room for stitches. Both of their mounts, Twin B Sweetheart and Betty And The Jets, returned to the race paddock under their own steam. On the front end from start to finish, Stonebridge Quest and driver Trevor Henry crossed the finish line three-quarters of a length in front of Northern Starlet in a personal best 1:51.1. Southwind Mischief was eight lengths back in third. Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON piloted Stonebridge Quest to her second Grassroots win of the season for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and owners Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa and Angie Stiller of Arva, ON. The Camluck miss, who won the final of the Kin Pace, currently sits alone atop the three-year-old pacing filly standings with 100 points. The final Grassroots trophy of the evening went home with Sportswriter daughter Maplelea, who made a powerful move to the front heading by the three-quarters and drew away to a four length victory in 1:52.2. The fan favourite bested Southwind Geisha and Black Widow Baby. Oakville, ON resident Rick Zeron drove the filly to her first Ontario Sires Stakes win for owner-trainer Andrew Moore of Russell, ON. Friday's outing was Maplelea's first since she tested the provincial waters at the Gold Series level on June 6, finishing fourth. The filly spent the early months of 2015 competing in the Miss Vera Bars, HPI, Blossom and Princess Series' at Woodbine and Mohawk, winning both legs and the final of the HPI and taking at least one leg of the other three. Through 15 starts Maplelea boasts a record of nine wins, three seconds and one third for earnings of $124,198. The three-year-old pacing fillies will make their third Grassroots start at Hanover Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 1. On Saturday Mohawk Racetrack hosts a celebration of Ontario Sires Stakes racing that features two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts, the "Be A Winner" contest, an opportunity to meet OSS drivers, and great OSS giveaways. The pacing colts will be featured in Races 6 and 8, with the first race going postward at 7:25 pm. Nationalize Ainsleynoelle Dublin Rose Stonebridge Quest Maplelea Ontario Horse Racing

JULY 23, 2015 - Mohawk Racetrack fans can get into the winner's circle this Saturday during the Ontario Sires Stakes "Be A Winner" contest. The Campbellville oval hosts two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, and the second $105,000 division will see a "Be A Winner" semi-finalist assigned to each horse. Each semi-finalist and one guest will be invited to tour the race paddock and watch the Gold Series colts battle from the winner's circle, and the semi-finalist who was assigned to the winning horse will be able to join in the post-race celebrations. The victorious semi-finalist will also receive a digital copy of the winner's circle photo, dinner for four during the Grassroots Championships at Mohawk on Sept. 26, and a $100 wagering voucher for the Sept. 26 program. Hoping to greet the "Be A Winner" victor after the eighth race is Guelph, ON resident Dr. Ian Moore, who will send out the division's number-three ranked colt Physicallyinclined. The Mach Three son and driver Paul MacDonell, also of Guelph, will start from Post 1, looking for their first Gold Series win after a pair of runner-up finishes in the first two Legs. "Hopefully his luck turns around this week," said Dr. Moore. "He's a very, very game, tough individual. "And actually this will be one of the first times that he's drew close to the rail in all his starts," the trainer continued. "He's been outside or in the middle in most all of them." Physicallyinclined boasts a sophomore record of 4 wins and two seconds through 7 starts, with his biggest win to date coming in the North America Cup Consolation at Mohawk on June 20. Owners Bruce McGean of Stewiacke, NS and Sterling Feener of Sydney, NS have attended all the colt's stakes starts and will be at Mohawk for Saturday's Gold Series test, hoping to share their enthusiasm for Physicallyinclined with the successful "Be A Winner" contestant. "He's the only horse they have and they're really, really excited," said Dr. Moore. "North America Cup Consolation night we're going up to the winner's circle, and I went to shake Bruce's hand and he's crying. He said. 'I can't help it'. He's a real good guy and it's nice to see people like that have success with their horses." In addition to Physicallyinclined, Moore will also send out Shoe Shine in the first Gold division. It will be the Shadow Play son's Ontario Sires Stakes debut and Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry will steer him from Post 3 in the sixth race. "He's been a surprise actually. He had a bad heel crack in one foot and we got that fixed up and it seemed to have made a big difference," said Dr. Moore, who still spends his afternoons working at his veterinary practice. "Now I know it's a little tougher in the Gold, but they wanted to try him and I was okay with that, so away we go on Saturday." Wayne Whebby of Dartmouth, NS and R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NS share ownership of Shoe Shine and Whebby trained the colt before leaving him with Moore following his first Mohawk start on June 29. Since arriving in Ontario the pacer has posted three wins and one fourth in four outings, starting in non-winners of $7,000 and moving up to non-winners of $25,000. "Both of those two colts have been pleasant surprises for all of us associated with them," noted Dr. Moore. "So hopefully we have a little more luck." Fans who do not reach the semifinals of the "Be A Winner" contest can still catch an Ontario Sires Stakes ball cap during the trackside hat toss, and the first 200 fans arriving for Saturday's festivities can have an OSS T-shirt autographed by their favourite drivers. The first race rolls in behind the Mohawk Racetrack starting gate at 7:25 pm on Saturday and the three-year-old pacing colts will be featured in Races 6 and 8. Ontario Horse Racing

JULY 22, 2015 - Guelph resident Anthony MacDonald took his brother's advice about an equipment change on two-year-old trotting filly Onatopp, and it paid off with a harness racing Grassroots victory at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening. "I was stubborn; I didn't want to put the hopples on her. I felt that, the few times that I put them on her, I didn't feel that she was as strong or as fast with them on, and I felt that I could keep her trotting, at least on the bigger track, without them," said MacDonald, who co-owns, trains and drives Onatopp. "And James had schooled her for me when I was away and he said, you know, I think she needs the hopples. And, you know, he was right. I put them on her and she was really, really good." Making her debut with trotting hopples from Post 9 in Wednesday's sixth Grassroots division, Onatopp was able to secure a spot on the rail in fourth as favourite Ballykeel Rocket led the field to a :31.4 opening quarter. MacDonald was content to sit fourth through the 1:04.3 half, but when Favourite Tweet stepped into the outer lane from third, he followed suit. Rolling by the 1:36 three-quarters MacDonald tipped Onatopp out three-wide and she sailed effortlessly past the leaders to the front, pulling away to a two and one-half length lead in the stretch and stopping the clock at 2:05.1. Ballykeel Rocket settled for second and pocket sitter Sweet With Heat was third. "I know she only went in 2:05.1 tonight, but she can go as fast as any Grassroots filly out there, there's no end to her speed," said MacDonald. "I mean she come a last half in :59 or something tonight and I never pulled the ear plugs, never even asked her, I just moved her out in position where she could do her work, and she was more than happy to do it." MacDonald and his partner Rene Allard of Milford, PA purchased Onatopp out of the Canadian Yearling Sale for $11,000. The filly is a Manofmanymissions half-sister to $529,825 winner Sim Brown, and the partners had high hopes for her all winter. Onatopp made her Ontario Sires Stakes debut in the July 12 Gold Series opener at Georgian Downs, but made a break and finished eighth, a result that prompted MacDonald to take his brother, James MacDonald's, advice. In addition to his brother, the horseman said a great deal of credit for Onatopp's victory falls to his wife Amy who works alongside him in their 11-horse stable. "She works really, really hard on them and she deserves a lot of the credit, a lot of the credit," he emphasized. In addition to Onatopp, six other fillies went home from Grand River Raceway with Grassroots trophies on Wednesday, with four of them also stepping down from the Gold Series for their second Ontario Sires Stakes start. Mariana and trainer-driver Riina Rekila kicked things off in the first race with a 2:04 clocking, reeling in pacesetter Shezastrikin Loral and pocket sitter Tala Seelster in the stretch. Rekila and Esa Lahtinen bred and own Mariana through their Overseas Farms Ltd. of Campbellville, ON. Rekila piloted the daughter of Manofmanymissions to a runner-up result in the Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs on July 7. Trainer-driver Eddie Green piloted Malia to a 2:03 win in the second $18,000 division. The Cornaro Dasolo daughter bested Tymal Tempest and Early Decision by one-half length. Green conditions Malia for Kristine Green of Ohsweken and, like MacDonald, sent her to the Gold Series for her first provincial appearance, where she finished sixth. Guelph resident Phil Hudon crafted a gate-to-wire victory for Toss It Back in the third division. The Majestic Son filly cruised across the wire four lengths ahead of Chapel Hall and Talbotcreek Jetta. Trainer Pat Hunt of Cambridge, ON shares ownership of Toss It Back with Leo Fleming of Campbellville, ON. The win gives the filly one victory and one fourth-place result through the first two Grassroots events. Magical Steph was the second filly of the evening to step down from the Gold Series and find success, capturing the fourth Grassroots division with a late sprint past pacesetter and favourite Shes In Gear. Major Muscle rounded out the top three in the 2:02.1 mile. Steve Byron engineered the Kadabra filly's first victory for trainer Gary Lance and owner GL Racing Inc. of Port Perry, ON. In the fifth division, Deweycheatumnhowe daughter Dewdle All Day hit the wire three and one-half lengths up on Windsongmusclelady and Herbe A Loral in 2:03.3. Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON drives, trains and co-owns Dewdle All Day with partners 9177 8720 Quebec Inc. of Saint-Sauveur, QC and Greg Judson of Athens, ON. Dewdle All Day came into the test off a sixth-place result in the July 12 Gold Series event. The final Grassroots trophy of the evening went home with Myretirementticket, the fifth competitor shifting from Gold to Grassroots competition. The Cornaro Dasolo daughter and owner-trainer-driver Eli Wagler of Ingersoll, ON cruised along on the front end to a 2:01.1 victory, crossing the wire two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Very Classy and Cadillac Sally. The two-year-old trotting fillies make their third Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 30. Grand River Raceway's next Ontario Sires Stakes event will come during the highly anticipated Industry Day program on Monday, Aug. 3. The Elora oval will host the third Gold Leg for the three-year-old pacing fillies in addition to the finals for its signature races, the Battle of the Belles for two-year-old pacing fillies and Battle of Waterloo for two-year-old pacing colts. Ontario Horse Racing

Wednesday's top local harness racing horseman was Anthony MacDonald. He was the winning owner, trainer and driver of 2 year old filly, Onatopp, in the Grassroots Ontario Sires Stakes. It was Onatopp's first lifetime win in just her 2nd lifetime start. It was MacDonalds 60th driving win and 14th training win of the season. Anthony is a local of Guelph and is a very involved member of the local and harness racing communities. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Complete schedule info at www.grandriverraceway.com . Kelly Spencer

JULY 20, 2015 - Two weeks after Thatsoveryverynice lowered the Ontario Sires Stakes record at Mohawk Racetrack, the two-year-old pacing fillies returned to the Campbellville oval for their second Gold Series event and delivered another set of impressive harness racing performances. Kicking off the Monday evening program, the first $70,000 division saw L A Delight make a successful transition from the Grassroots to the Gold Series with a 1:53.2 victory. The filly made her Ontario Sires Stakes debut in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk on July 9, where she romped to a 1:54.1 win. With Milton, ON resident Randy Waples in the race bike, L A Delight sailed away from Post 1 and landed third on the rail, watching pacesetter Free Show roll through fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:25.3. When Kays Shadow stalled in the outer lane around the final turn, there was ample room for Waples to move L A Delight into an open path and the filly accelerated away to a two and one-quarter length win over Free Show and a hard closing Big White Pearl. Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON conditions L A Delight for his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON. The trio also bred the daughter of Bettor's Delight and West Of L A, who is a sister to $1.9 million winner Thinking Out Loud. From three racing age foals West Of L A has already produced $618,411 winner Somewhere In L A. L A Delight  Thatsoveryverynice made her second Gold Series appearance from Post 1 in Monday's second race and driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON crafted a trip similar to the one that led to the July 6 track record. Easing off the gate the heavy favourites sat sixth through the :27.1 quarter clocked by Stonebridge Pearl. Heading by the :56.3 half Jamieson tipped Thatsoveryverynice into the outer lane behind Twenty Three Red and waited for the top of the stretch to ask the filly for top gear. Thatsoveryverynice sprinted home to a three-quarter length victory in 1:53.3 over Maniana, with Twenty Three Red another length back in third. "She was my top filly all winter and I'm pleased she's living up to my expectations," said Tony Alagna, who bought the filly as a weanling in the summer of 2013 - along with her mother, $294,295 winner Fox Valley Zena - and sold a share to Toronto, ON resident Marvin Katz following the 1:51.2 OSS track record mile. "I trained the mare when I worked for Erv Miller," noted Alagna. "Marvin Katz is my new owner on the filly, buying half interest in her after her last start. I'm pleased to have him as a partner, as we will plan on keeping her as a future broodmare." Thatsoveryverynice, a daughter of first year sire Vintage Master, will now enjoy almost a month of vacation time before the third Gold Series event at Georgian Downs on August 15. "We'll give her an easy schedule and qualify her back before the next Gold," said Manalapan, NJ resident Alagna. Thatsoveryverynice Twin B Thong may also be getting a vacation after trainer Casie Coleman felt she was not at her best winning Monday's third Gold division. "I'm never going to complain about a win, but I believe this filly could be Grand Circuit, and she should have won easier, I thought," said Coleman following the filly's 1:53 victory. "I'm going to scope her and check, but the first two I raced tonight came up a bit sick." In addition to Twin B Thong, Coleman started Southwind Shania and Three Dreams, who finished fifth in the first and second divisions, respectively. Starting from Post 5, driver Chris Christoforou landed Twin B Thong in fourth spot and watched Vintage Babe reach the opening quarter in :27. Heading by the :56.1 half the Campbellville resident sent Twin B Thong after the lead and she was one length on top by the 1:24.1 three-quarters. Through the stretch Twin B Thong repelled a challenge from Thisorthat Hanover to secure her second Gold Series trophy. Thisorthat Hanover finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second and Bernadette completed the top three. "I'm very happy with her, but I just thought Chris had to chase her more than I would like tonight, after giving her a perfect steer," added Cambridge, ON resident Coleman, who shares ownership of the Sportswriter daughter with her partners in West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON. Twin B Thong Next up on Mohawk Racetrack's Ontario Sires Stakes calendar are three Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, July 23. The fillies are featured in Races 1, 5, and 8 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

JULY 19, 2015 - Reigning Lampman Cup champion Doug McNair earned his first Ontario Sires Stake hat trick of the harness racing season at Georgian Downs on Sunday evening. The 25-year-old made his first trip to the Georgian Downs winner's circle in the third of nine Grassroots divisions, guiding two-year-old pacing filly Mattjestic Tempo to an impressive 1:54.3 score over Bad Lightning and Vermilion Bird. After sitting fourth for much of the mile, McNair tipped Mattjestic Tempo into the outer lane heading by the half and the Royal Mattjesty daughter sprinted home to a two length victory. "She raced in the Gold last week and got a piece of it so I figured she had a big shot at winning," said McNair of the Blake MacIntosh trainee. "That was a big mile tonight. It was really, really windy up here tonight; a big head wind. "It was really windy down the backside, pretty much wore the ones on the front, and the ones first up, out," added the reinsman. "The weather wasn't as good as it looked on TV, that's for sure." Waterdown, ON resident MacIntosh shares ownership of Mattjestic Tempo with Stuart McIntosh of Essex, ON and Brett Authier of Wheatley, ON. The partners anted up $9,000 to acquire the daughter of $448,335 winner Daylon Tempo from last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale. With a runner-up finish in her career debut, her fifth-place result in the July 6 Gold event, and her Grassroots victory the filly has already earned $16,000. One race later McNair was back in the winner's circle, this time with a filly hammered down for $92,000 at the Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale to owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON. Starting from Post 7, McNair and Life Book paced by the quarter pole in the outer lane, found a spot on the rail heading by the half and then were three-wide at the three-quarters before accelerating down the stretch to the half-length victory. Life Book stopped the Georgian Downs teletimer at 1:56.4, reeling in pacesetter Active Lady and favourite Miss Print. "She went a pretty good trip too, she was three wide early," said McNair. "I thought she may be third at the head of the stretch, but she mowed them down." The daughter of Shadow Play is out of $133,217 winner Give Me Life, who has already produced three $200,000-plus winners. Life Book made her debut in the July 9 Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack, finishing fifth. McNair completed the driving hat trick with MacIntosh trainee Sports Expert, who captured her first lifetime start in 1:56.1, besting My Rhythm Of Rhyme and No Shadows. Starting from Post 1 Sports Expert landed in third through the early going, and McNair sent her after the leader heading for the halfway marker, reaching the front before the 1:26.4 three-quarters. "I didn't want to drive her like that tonight, but I just got away in a bad spot - being first up and battling the one all the way down the backside - and she won pretty handy," noted the Guelph, ON resident. "She's going to be a pretty nice filly I think." MacIntosh, Touch Stone Farms of Guelph, and 30-Plus Stable of Trenton, ON purchased the Sportswriter filly, a full-sister to last season's multiple Gold Series winner Sporting The Look, from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $20,000. "I'm happy with the ones I'm driving," said McNair. "I've got some nice ones." The other six divisions also featured some well-bred, talented fillies. Bourbon Seelster kicked things off, capturing the first division in 1:58.1 for driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON, trainer Robert Manders and owners Scott and Keith Manders of Watford, ON. The Camluck miss - a $14,000 yearling purchase from the Forest City Yearling Sale - bested Machioda and Icthelight Hanover. Twin B Virtue and driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON captured the second split, with a 1:56.2 effort, over Selling the Dream and Cracklin Rosie. It was the first lifetime start for the Badlands Hanover daughter, a $30,000 purchase out of the Canadian Yearling Sale by trainer Dave Menary of Cambridge, Brad Gray of Dundas and Michael Guerriero of Puslinch, ON. The filly is out of $116,833 winner What An Attitude, who has already produced six $100,000-plus winners. Dr. Ian Moore of Guelph, Sally MacDonald of Souris, PEI, Paul MacDonald of Toronto, ON and Shirley Yeung of Toronto offered $52,000 for Bold Amoretto at the Harrisburg Sale, and the daughter of Big Jim and $1.6 million winner Armbro Amoretto captured her first Grassroots trophy on Sunday. The filly and driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville hit the wire in 1:56.1, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Boozer Bruiser and Jimmys Little Girl. Milton resident Sylvain Filion steered Mayhem Seelster to a 1:57.2 win over Noone To Depend On and Rosy Outlook in the sixth tilt. Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge trains the Mach Three daughter for Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton, ON, who selected her from the Forest City Yearling Sale for $55,000. Division eight went to Dewar N Soda and Mike Saftic, who went gate-to-wire in 1:56.1 for trainer Marcel Barrieau and owners Joseph Wilkie and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. The daughter of Badlands Hanover and $233,166 winner Hasty Dewar was a $16,000 purchase at Harrisburg. Glorious Delight and Divas Image finished second and third. Tempus Seelster and trainer-driver Travis Henry captured the final Grassroots trophy of the evening with a 1:55.3 effort, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Heavenly Hill and Buttermilk Hanover. Benbar Stables of Oakville, ON Glen Wark of St. Catharines, ON and Craig Wood of Waterdown share ownership of the daughter of Big Jim and The Patriot ($623,324), acquiring her for $10,000 from the Harrisburg Sale. The two-year-old pacing fillies make their third Grassroots start at Clinton Raceway on Aug. 9. Ontario Sires Stakes action keeps rolling at Georgian Downs, with three Gold Series divisions of two-year-old trotting colts slated for Tuesday, July 21. The trotters are featured in Races 1, 4, and 8 on Tuesday's program, which gets under way at 7:15 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

JULY 18, 2015 - Back at Mohawk Racetrack for their second Gold Leg on Saturday, Ontario's elite harness racing two-year-old pacing colts looked every bit as sharp as they had in their debut. Two division winners from the season opener went head-to-head in the first $105,000 division and it was Voracity that came out on top with a 1:53.1 score over Heavymetal Hanover, Stonebridge Beach and July 11 division winner Nvestment Bluechip. Milton, ON resident Randy Waples piloted Voracity to the one and one-half length victory for trainer Tony Alagna of Manalapan, NJ and his partners Brad Grant of Milton and John Fodera of Staten Island, NY. The partners acquired the son of Sportswriter from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $47,000. "I sold Brad Sandbetweenurtoes and we discussed buying a few yearlings together last fall, and Voracity was one of our purchases," said Alagna of his new partnership with Milton resident Grant. "Brad is a fantastic owner and partner because he understands the ups and downs of the business and we have had some good success in a short amount of time together." In just two starts Voracity has already banked $87,500 for the partners and will have ample opportunity to add to that tally in the remaining Ontario Sires Stakes and open stake events. "Voracity is heavily staked," noted Alagna. "The Metro Pace, Breeders Crown, Governors Cup and all the major events at three as well." Voracity and his peers make their third Gold Series start at Rideau Carleton Raceway on August 13. Voracity Betting Line earned his second Gold Series trophy with an impressive 1:51.4 triumph in the other division. The Bettor's Delight son and driver Chris Christoforou took command of the race heading for the halfway marker and pulled away to a three length victory over Carolina Hurricane and Semi Automatic. Campbellville, ON resident Christoforou - who won three freshman pacing colt Grassroots events at Mohawk on Friday - was in the race bike for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Christine Calhoun of Chatham, ON and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. "He won very handy again, Chris never spoke to him," said Coleman, who was captivated by the colt the first time she saw him at Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, NJ. "When I first saw him at Fair Winds Farm, about a month before the sale, he was a jaw dropper and I knew I had to have him," recalled Coleman, who anted up $60,000 for the youngster at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. "He was one of the best colts I have ever seen in a field." Like Voracity, Betting Line will have the opportunity to race against North America's best if he continues to perform the way he has in the first two Gold Series events. "I believe and hope he is a Grand Circuit colt," said Coleman. Betting Line Mohawk Racetrack fans will get their second look at the colts' feminine counterparts on Monday evening as the 2-year-old pacing fillies return to the Campbellville oval for their second Gold Series event. The fillies are featured in Races 1, 2 and 9 on the 7:25 pm program, with Ontario Sires Stakes record holder Thatsoveryverynice getting Post 1 in the second $70,000 division. Ontario Horse Racing

JULY 17, 2015 - Clinton Raceway is hosting Ontario Sires Stakes Super Sunday this weekend, and the stars of the harness racing show will be six divisions of two-year-old trotting colts and geldings competing in their second Grassroots event. Heather Toll will harness two colts during the Super Sunday festivities and the Dungannon, ON resident is hoping hometown advantage pays off for Heineken Seelster and Warrawee Rob. "I would think hometown advantage is kind of nice," said the trainer. "With baby trotters Clinton is always tough, and so is the swimming pool because they're all a little leery of that, but hopefully due to the fact that we're around it all the time it won't be so scary. "Hopefully there's a hometown advantage, but you never know. We'll know Sunday afternoon," she added with a chuckle. Heineken Seelster will make his second Grassroots start from Post 3 in the second $18,000 Grassroots division for Toll and owners Stan Henderson of Denfield, ON and Susan Clarke of Strathroy, ON. The colt, a Federal Flex half-brother to Goodtimes Stake winner Hemi Seelster, finished fifth in his provincial debut at Georgian Downs on July 11. "Stan Henderson does a lot of the breeding at Seelster, and he's the one that picked him out," said Toll of Heineken Seelster, who was an $8,000 purchase from the Forest City Yearling Sale. "He's been their vet for years, but it's his first Standardbred and we ended up with him in our barn, so that's nice." Warrawee Rob gets Post 2 in the third split, and will be looking to match or better the fourth-place result he posted in the Georgian Downs event. Janet and Murray Bradshaw of Waterford, ON own the Angus Hall son through their 574238 Ontario Inc. company and offered up $13,000 to acquire him from the Canadian Yearling Sale. Brantford, ON resident Scott Coulter drove both colts in their Grassroots debut and will be back in the race bike on Sunday. "There's a third filly that Murray owns as well, with his brother Dave, and the three trotters basically trained together all winter and have a good head on their shoulders, so that really helps," noted Toll. "And it's surprising because the three trotters were the first - well, three out of the first four babies of our eight - that made it. Usually the pacers have the better brain, but not his year, the trotters seem to be doing a lot a better. It's unique, but that's good." The colts will be hoping to continue the stable's successful start in front of their hometown cheering section, which will also be entertained by a host of Ontario Sires Stakes giveaways. The first fans to arrive will receive a free OSS t-shirt with their program purchase, OSS ball caps will be awarded to the winners of trackside trivia contest "Guess with Jess", and young fans can join in an OSS colouring contest. The two-year-old trotting colts are featured in Races 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, and 9 on Sunday's program, with the first division rolling in behind the Clinton Raceway starting gate at 1:30 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

JULY 7, 2015 - Georgian Downs hosted the Ontario Sires Stakes debut of the two-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday evening and harness racing driver Alfie Carroll piloted three of the novice trotters to Grassroots victory over the rain-soaked oval. "The trainers had them all ready and they raced super," said Carroll. "Made my night great, made it easy - it wasn't really anything I did." Carroll kicked things off with a win in the first $18,000 Grassroots division, guiding Ballykeel Rocket to a 2:03.2 score for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and owner-breeder Ballykeel Racing Inc. of Tillsonburg, ON. The Majestic Son daughter finished two lengths ahead of pacesetter Shes All Muscle and Darling Diva. "Richard doesn't really tell you too much how to drive, he just said don't get her on the gate too soon, so I just timed her in and she got away decent," said Carroll of Ballykeel Rocket. "Then I just moved her first up and she trotted on by. She raced good." In the second Grassroots division Carroll followed a nearly identical path to the winner's circle with Bob McIntosh trainee Tough Affair. Getting away third, the reinsman tipped the filly out heading for the three-quarters and Tough Affair pulled away from the field to a four and one-quarter length victory in 2:00.3, an impressive mile over a surface rated two seconds slower than normal. Shes In Gear and Windsongmusclelady finished behind Tough Affair in second and third. "The trainer said Bob said to say that they were better than their lines showed," noted Carroll. "So I just basically did the same thing, left comfortably, got away third and was able to move first up, and she raced tough too." Hall of Fame horseman McIntosh of Windsor, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio bred and own Tough Affair, a Muscle Mass daughter from their $462,826 winning broodmare Armbro Affair. Carroll completed the driving hat trick in the final Grassroots division aboard another McIntosh trainee, Krafty. Starting from Post 1 the fan favourites went straight to the front, cruised through fractions of :32, 1:05 and 1:35.4, and hit the wire three-quarters of a length on top in 2:05.3. Pocket-sitter Mariana and a hard-closing Malibu Seelster rounded out the top three. "They said she's a Cadillac to drive and the Kadabra filly was," said Carroll of his third winner. "She left good, I got to the front, got decent fractions and she was strong right to the end." While Carroll has visited the Grassroots winner's circle before, the Iona Station, ON resident had never captured three events on one night. Coming off a personal best season in 2014 and on track for an even more successful 2015, Carroll is hoping the Ontario Sires Stakes program becomes a regular part of his summer schedule. "I've won a few Grassroots, but never three in one night, so it was a great night for me," said the 30-year-old. "Bob (McIntosh) was wondering if I could drive some of them for him, kind of commit to some of them, so I said I'd try to do my best. And then there's a few other trainers, hopefully if I get that one of Moreau's back I'll follow it too. Hopefully it keeps rolling." The other two Grassroots divisions on the Tuesday evening program went to Jangone and Its All About Sam. Trainer Riina Rekila piloted Jangone to a front-end victory from Post 7 in the third division, sailing home three and three-quarter lengths ahead of The Power of Many and Shezastrikin Loral in 2:03.4. It was the second straight win over the Georgian Downs oval for Jangone and Rekila, who captured a two-year-old event on June 27. A daughter of Johnny William and Panderosa F, Jangone is owned by breeder Overseas Farms Ltd. of Campbellville, ON. Its All About Sam closed hard through the last quarter to earn her first victory, reaching the wire three lengths ahead of First Mission and Attitude To Burn in 2:02.3. The Angus Hall daughter, a $40,000 acquisition at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale, is trained by Scott McEneny for Bradley Grant and Teresa Davidson of Milton and Michelle McEneny of Waterdown, ON. Guelph resident James MacDonald engineered the win. The two-year-old trotting fillies will make their second Grassroots start on July 22 at Grand River Raceway. Georgian Downs has a full weekend of Ontario Sires Stakes action on tap beginning Saturday, July 11 with the two-year-old trotting colt Grassroots season opener and continuing on Sunday, July 12 with the first Gold Series event for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

JULY 5, 2015 - Just over two years ago Brian Peterson made the leap from harness racing fan to yearling owner and four weeks ago he made his first start as a trainer, winning an overnight event with three-year-old trotting filly Amoureuse Hanover. On Sunday Peterson shipped Amoureuse Hanover to Rideau Carleton Raceway for the second Gold Leg of the season and the filly delivered a track record equalling 1:55.3 effort to give the Port Hope, ON resident his first training win in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. "My wife and I just started going to Kawartha Downs to watch the races about six years ago, and I just kept on getting more and more interested in it and decided I wanted to give it a go," said Peterson of his transformation from fan to owner. Peterson purchased two yearlings from Hanover Shoe Farms in the spring of 2013 and, with the help of his friend and long-time horseman John Smith, started to teach them the basics of racing. One year later Amoureuse Hanover was ready to qualify and the daughter of Pilgrims Taj and A Youre Adorable proved good enough for the Gold Series. Racing out of Smith's barn, the two-year-old Amoureuse Hanover posted one win and two seconds in Gold Series action, and finished fourth in her elimination and the final of the Peaceful Way at Mohawk Racetrack, for freshman earnings of $102,435. With an additional year of knowledge under his belt, Peterson stepped into the training role in time for Amoureuse Hanover's second start this season, and the filly rewarded him with a 1:56.3 victory at Mohawk Racetrack. In the June 18 Gold Series opener one week later the filly finished fifth for her newly minted trainer and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON. "She was good as a two-year-old, and this year she just seems to have matured," said Peterson. "She just wasn't quite as driveable. Last year she was just to the front, to the front and there was no stopping her. This year she's learned to race. "Mike's done a great job driving her this year, an awesome job." Amoureuse Hanover showed off her maneuverability in Sunday's Gold Leg, circling out three-wide at the three-quarters and accelerating home to reel in the leaders and fend off a late challenge from runner-up Lady Ping. Fan favourite Stubborn Belle rounded out the top three in the 1:55.3 mile, which matched the three-year-old trotting filly track record set by the great Peaceful Way in 2004. While Amoureuse Hanover has been a full-blown success for the novice horseman, Peterson has not been so lucky with the pacing colt he acquired. "He hasn't made it to the races yet. He's got some leg issues that I've been dealing with, so he's still unraced," explained Peterson. "Gary (Oliver), I board my horses at his place now, he says, 'You've got the one percent and you've got the 99 per cent,'" Peterson added with a laugh. One percenter Amoureuse Hanover will attempt to continue her successful season in the third Gold Leg at Mohawk Racetrack on July 16. Joining her will be division leader Muscle Baby Doll, who won her second straight Gold Series trophy in the other $105,000 division at Rideau Carleton on Sunday. Starting from Post 1, driver Doug McNair allowed Muscle Baby Doll to float away from the gate into fifth spot while Juanitas Fury battled her way to the :28.2 opening quarter. Heading for the :58 half McNair tipped the heavy favourite to the outside and Muscle Baby Doll made a powerful move to the front and had opened up a two length lead before the 1:26.2 three-quarters. LMC Marshmellow attempted to catch Muscle Baby Doll in the stretch, but the leader refused to yield and hit the wire three-quarters of a length on top in 1:56. Juanitas Fury finished third. Guelph, ON resident McNair engineered the win for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON and owners F. Bellino And Sons LLC of Bronxville, NY. The victory was Muscle Baby Doll's fourth in five starts this season, boosting the Muscle Mass daughter's earnings to $127,640, and giving her sole ownership of top spot in the division with 100 points. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday, August 13 with a unique program that will feature both the Grassroots and Gold Series divisions of two-year-old pacing colts. Ontario Horse Racing

JUNE 29, 2015 - Dresden Raceway will ring in Canada Day with exciting prize draws, an eight-foot long cake and seven Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for the talented three-year-old trotting fillies. It will be the first Ontario Sires Stakes event at the historic half-mile since September 2013 and Dresden fans are looking forward to seeing the province's best in harness racing action. "The races themselves are kind of a highlight for us," says General Manager Greg Blanchard. "They haven't had OSS races there in quite some time, so I think there's a lot of excitement around there for that." Among the fillies heading to Dresden for the 1:30 pm program is Cincinnati Miss, co-owned by Wheatley resident Doug McIntosh. Cincinnati Miss posted a third-place result in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on June 22 and McIntosh likes her chances from Post 5 in Wednesday's sixth race. "I was saying, the four or five is perfect at Dresden," McIntosh explains. "But there's a couple in there that can go pretty good too. The Grassroots is not easy racing now, it's pretty solid. It's a good quality of racing, and that's what we're after." McIntosh shares ownership of Cincinnati Miss with breeder Ivey Pharm Stable of Cincinnati, Ohio, and his brother Bob McIntosh of Windsor trains the filly. Through four starts this season the daughter of Kadabra and Livias Image has tallied one win, two seconds and one third for earnings of $16,160. "We don't know what we've really got," adds McIntosh, who retired from training horses in the spring to focus on his business, McIntosh Pro Line. "I think she'll be a nice filly and I think there's life for her beyond (the OSS), as a four-year-old. I think she'll get better." In addition to the seven Grassroots divisions, racing for a total of $126,000 in provincial purse money, early arriving Dresden Raceway fans will be treated to an OSS t-shirt with their program purchase and OSS ball caps will be tossed to the crowd between divisions. Fans can also enter to win a variety of prizes from local sponsors and enjoy a piece of the eight-foot long Canada Day cake. "There will be lots of prizes and giveaways - and cake to celebrate - throughout the day," says Blanchard. Dresden Raceway's Canada Day program gets under way at 1:30 pm with seven $18,000 Grassroots divisions followed by three overnight events. Ontario Horse Racing

JUNE 24, 2015 - Lets Be Honest battled in the Gold Series as a two-year-old, but Rockwood, ON resident Benoit Baillargeon decided to start the trotter in the Grassroots this season and the decision proved a wise one as the harness racing gelding captured his first Ontario Sires Stakes trophy at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday. Lets Be Honest and driver Mario Baillargeon of Milton, ON benefitted from Post 1 in the fifth Grassroots division and were able to sit behind pacesetter A Little More Love through fractions of :29.3, :59.4 and 1:29.4 before sneaking up the passing lane to a narrow victory. A Little More Love settled for second in the 2:00.2 mile, with Jayport All Muscle completing the top three. "He's coming along real nice," said trainer Baillargeon after the race. "He's got a little bit of talent, let's put it that way. I don't know if he'll be able to step back up to the Gold, we'll see as we go." The horseman conditions Lets Be Honest for Claude Gendreau Stb. Inc. of Buffalo Grove, IL. Through eight starts this year Lets Be Honest has tallied two wins, two seconds and two thirds for earnings of $20,318. Since finishing sixth in the Grassroots season opener on June 4, the Deweycheatumnhowe son has two wins and a third, all over Mohawk Racetrack. "So far he's done what we ask him to do," noted Baillargeon. "He's getting better every start." Baillargeon also picked up a runner-up cheque with Numbers Game in the fourth $18,000 division, while Century Behemoth made a break and finished sixth in the sixth heat. "I've got three or four (3-year-old trotting colts), they're mostly all Grassroots right now," added the trainer. "Hopefully one will step up to the Gold, but right now it's still too early." Unlike Lets Be Honest, Its Huw You Know was a regular on the Grassroots scene last year and the Holiday Road gelding picked up his second ever Grassroots trophy in the first division on Wednesday. Fan favourites Its Huw You Know and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON led from start to finish, sailing under the wire three and three-quarter lengths ahead of P L Intimidator and Mandeville. The 2:00.2 clocking shaved one-fifth of a second off the gelding's personal best. Conditioned by Keith Jones of Midland, ON for Douglas McCarthy of Holland Landing, ON, Its Huw You Know had been winless through eight starts prior to Wednesday's outing. The second Grassroots division also featured a tight finish as favourite Call Me Richard stuck a neck in front of pacesetter New Muscle AS at the wire. South Star finished third in the 1:58.2 mile. Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell engineered Call Me Richard's first sophomore victory for trainer Clare Bradshaw of Simcoe, ON and owner Andrea Arthur of Scotland, ON. At two the Muscle Mass colt was a three-time winner in the Grassroots program. Buzz scored his first ever victory in the third division, trotting home three and one-quarter lengths ahead of Easton Road and Innkeeper in 2:01.3. Sylvain Filion made his second appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle, guiding the Kadabra gelding home for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Top Dollar earned his second straight Grassroots victory with an impressive come-from-behind effort in the fourth split. Another son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Top Dollar sprinted from fifth at the top of the stretch to a three length victory over Baillargeon starter Numbers Game and Molon Lave, halting the teletimer at 2:00.1. Guelph, ON reinsman James MacDonald piloted Top Dollar to his third lifetime victory for trainer Ann Karin Larsen of Norwood, ON and her partners Steve Organ of Aurora, ON and Stig Westrum and Tor Jan Larsen of Norwood. Arthur, ON horseman Trevor Henry captured the sixth Grassroots trophy with lightly rated Delcrest Massy. The pair powered down the stretch to a 1:58.2 win over Tswalu and Irish Scotch. Henry was in the race bike on behalf of trainer Victor Puddy of Mountain, ON and owner Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, ON. The evening's final trophy went home with Windsor, ON resident Bob McIntosh, who will add it to the hardware Kadabrasnewrecruit earned in the Grassroots season opener. Driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON fired the Kadabra gelding straight to the front and the heavy favourites led through all stations on their way to a 1:59 victory. Ontheroad De Vie and Rebel Rebel rounded out the top three. McIntosh owns and trains Kadabrasnewrecruit, who boasts a record of two wins and two seconds in four sophomore starts for earnings of $27,250. After their second Grassroots victories, Top Dollar and Kadabrasnewrecruit share top spot in the standings with 100 points and will have an opportunity to add to their tally at Mohawk Racetrack on July 3. Rather than head to Mohawk, some of the three-year-old trotting colts may choose to return to Grand River Raceway when the Elora oval hosts the third Gold Series leg for the division on Wednesday, July 15. Ontario Horse Racing

Five years after harness racing trainer Casie Coleman won the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup and set Sportswriter on track to become the leading stallion in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, the trainer is back in the NA Cup with Arque Hanover. Casie Coleman of Cambridge remembers Sportswriter’s 2010 victory in the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack as if it was yesterday, not five years ago. “Saying that, I’ve got three-year-olds of his in the barn,” she said, laughing. “Time flies.” Sportswriter, now based at Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, ON, is the leading stallion in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Coleman said it all started with his Pepsi North America Cup win. “We had a rough Cup week with Sportswriter. I wasn’t even sure we were going to be able to race in the final that week (due to serious feet problems). He ended up winning it and it was pretty special,” Coleman said. “Obviously that sealed the deal to take him to stud which was going to be a huge stepping stone. So far, he’s proven himself as a sire.” Saturday night, Coleman will try to win the NA Cup for the second time in her career. She sends out Arque Hanover from post seven with Hall of Famer John Campbell in the bike on behalf of part-owner and fellow trainer Jeff Gillis of Hillsburgh, ON. Earlier this year, Gillis sent Arque Hanover to Coleman’s U.S. stable to race in a stakes event at Yonkers Raceway in New York City. Coleman maintains stables in Canada and New Jersey. When Arque Hanover returned to Canada, Gillis and fellow owners Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON, Big Als Stable of Woodbridge, ON and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY opted to keep the son of Rock N Roll Heaven with Coleman for the North America Cup run. “Switching barns back and forth so many times wasn’t going to make much sense for the horse. So, they just decided they would keep him with me for the Cup. Then after the Cup he’s going back to the States and he’s pretty fully staked through the summer in the U.S.” Coleman said she was impressed with Arque Hanover’s second-place finish in his NA Cup elimination on June 13, despite finishing six lengths behind morning line Cup favourite Wiggle It Jiggleit, an opponent Coleman calls “an absolute creature. No one’s beaten him, yet, and he’s just been awesome.” Arque Hanover, winless in five starts this year, has been pegged at 25-1 in the morning line. “Hopefully, they can go some speed duels up front. I don’t believe mine will be part of the speed duel, but you never know. He can leave lots if (John) Campbell decides to do that. But, in a perfect world, I’d love to somehow be second over. That would be sweet, but I’m a realist… Not many people can beat Wiggle It Jiggleit, especially the way he looked last week. But, it’s a horse race. You never know and I think my horse is as good as any of the other ones.” “He’s just a sweetheart. He’s good-gaited, he’s a nice horse in the barn. Everything we’ve asked of him, he does it. He just wants to do his job. He digs hard right to the wire and he definitely doesn’t want to be beaten. We’ve only had the horse about a month or so, but, so far, I haven’t found many bad qualities on him.” The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is race 12 on a gangbusters 15-race, stakes-rich Mohawk card that starts with a 6:30 p.m. first-race post. The Pepsi North America Cup will also be televised live on TSN. The show begins at 10 p.m. For more information about the Pepsi North America Cup, including a long list of fan promotions, please visit: www.northamericacup.com Dave Briggs Standardbred Communications Ontario Horse Racing

JUNE 13, 2015 - Last season's harness racing Grassroots champion Stonebridge Quest took a direct route back to the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle in the three-year-old pacing filly season opener at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening. Starting from Post 1 in the second $18,000 Grassroots division, Stonebridge Quest and driver Nick Steward took immediate command and reached the first quarter in :26.4. From there the Camluck daughter rolled to a :57 half, and a 1:25 three-quarters before cruising home to a two and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:53. Windsun Chanel and fan favourite Cottonwood Creek rounded out the top three. "She started off the season relatively slow, but she seems to have resumed her form," said trainer Andrew McCabe after the race. "It maybe just took a few starts to get her condition back." McCabe conditions Stonebridge Quest for Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa, ON and breeder Angie Stiller of Arva, ON. Out of Stiller's prolific mare Glacier Express, Stonebridge Quest is a full-sister to $801,785 winner Stonebridge Tonic, $530,665 winner Stonebridge On Ice, and $122,923 winner Stonebridge Breeze. "She's following in the footsteps of a great family," noted McCabe. "If she can be half as successful as they were/are, we'll be ecstatic." The Rockwood, ON resident added that Stonebridge Quest's victory is a team effort that includes Glenview Livestock manager Shaun McDonald and the filly's caretaker Lacey Lamoureux. Through four starts this season Stonebridge Quest has now tallied one win, one second and one third for earnings of $16,650. Last year's Super Final winner also made her sophomore Ontario Sires Stakes debut at Georgian Downs on Saturday. Code One Hanover and driver Mike Saftic led from start to finish in the third division, holding off Warrawee Qually in the stretch to secure the 1:52.3 victory. Machmeter finished third. Cambridge, ON resident Jack Darling owns and trains Code One Hanover, who had also failed to find the winner's circle in her first four starts this season. The Sportswriter daughter captured one Gold Leg and the Super Final at two, banking $182,325. Saturday's Grassroots victory bumped Code One Hanover's lifetime earnings to $199,975. Promesse Duharas wove through traffic in the stretch to grab the evening's first Grassroots trophy for driver-trainer Stuart Sowerby of Guelph, ON. The Art Colony daughter reeled in Black Queen and Wicked Speed to claim the one length victory in a personal best 1:55.1. Saturday's appearance was Promesse Duharas' first in Ontario Sires Stakes action and her eighth lifetime start. Since her March debut the filly boasts a record of four wins and two seconds, banking $21,175 for owner-breeder Haras De L'Estrie Inc. of Dunham, QC. Twin B Honour captured the fourth division, holding off Amazing Control and OK Heavenly for a neck victory in 1:53.3. Alfie Carroll guided the Sportswriter daughter to her first sophomore victory for trainer Victor Puddy and owner Percy Elkins of Milton, ON. Elkins now has three Grassroots trophies on his mantel courtesy of Twin B Honour, who was a two-time winner last season. OK Heartbeat got a neck in front of pacesetter Southwind Luna to earn her first lifetime victory in the fifth Grassroots division. Clarke Steacy drove the Mach Three daughter to the 1:54 victory for his father, trainer Mark Steacy, and owners Oak Knoll Stables of Campbellcroft, ON, Higgs Boys Stable of Gananoque, ON, Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC and Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga, ON. Southwind Geisha rounded out the top three. The final Grassroots trophy went home with Southwind Mischief, who stalked pacesetter Franney Love Dat for much of the mile, pulling away in the stretch to a three length victory in 1:54.2. Sassafras Girl closed well to be third. A Gold Leg winner at two, Southwind Mischief was piloted to her first win of 2015 by Robert Shepherd. The Sportswriter daughter is trained by Casie Coleman for her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, ON, breeder Southwind Farms LLC of Pennington, NJ and Adriano Sorella of Milton, ON. The three-year-old pacing fillies make their second Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 24. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Georgian Downs on Saturday, July 4 with the third Grassroots event of the season for the three-year-old pacing colts. Ontario Horse Racing 90 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M2N 0A4 416-213-1800 www.ontariohorseracing.ca  

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