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The top local horseman for Wednesday night at Grand River Raceway was harness racing trainer driver Joe Hudon. Joe was able to capture the 9th race and the 3rd division of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots level for three-year-old pacing colts aboard Twin B Scandal. Joe also trains Twin B Scandal and is a part owner. The mild upset at 9-1 returned $21.70 on a win wager. The race purse was $18,000. It was just Joe's 4th driving and training win of 2015 and Twin B Scandal's 2nd trip to the winner's circle this season. The win puts Joe's total lifetime driving wins at 3812 and training wins at 1701. Joe is a native of Rockwood, ON and is a regular of the Ontario Sires Stakes and local harness racing scene. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Complete schedule info at www.grandriverraceway.com . Scott McNair

Hanover Raceway will play host to five divisions of 3 year old Filly Trotters in the Ontario Sires Stakes this Saturday night. Among those taking part are 6 of the top 10 horses in the OSS Grassroots standings, and several with local connections.    They’ll all be trying to gather points to qualify for the season ending Grassroots Championship. Among those taking part are two owned by the Henry Stables of Arthur. Wing Flash won her first start in the 3 year old OSS program at Dresden in 1:58.2 but has struggled at Mohawk in her recent starts. Pointe of Inquiry however won at Mohawk on August 10thin 1:57.1. Jeff and Lori Thomson of Chesley own Renegade Magic who leads the OSS Grassroots standings with 3 wins and a second in four starts. This daughter of Kadabra has earned over 43,000 dollars already this season. Julie Walker and JB Renaud own Tymal Fireitup, who has a 3rd and 4th place finish so far and will need a good finish in order to move up the Grassroots points standings. Fans who purchase their program at the Kiosk this Saturday starting at 6:00pm will get a choice of an OSS T Shirt, or OSS hat,  while supplies last. Also Saturday Hanover Raceway will feature a live band, as Craig Dougan from the Almost Hip will be playing some classic Tragically Hip songs,  as well as some of his originals from his 1st 2 CD’s. And its CKNX Night at the Races.  The staff will be on hand to help with swag prizing and one lucky fan will win a 50 inch Smart TV package from HDTV in Hanover and Walkerton. Post time is 7:15pm  

AUGUST 29, 2015 - Georgian Downs wrapped up their 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Saturday evening with four impressive Grassroots performances from the harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies. Stonebridge Quest paced the quickest mile of the four $18,000 divisions, rocketing around the Georgian Downs oval to a one and one-half length victory in 1:51.4. The Camluck daughter and driver Trevor Henry powered away from Post 7 as the heavy favourites and controlled the pace from start to finish, ringing up fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:23.3 on their way to the win. Warrawee Qually and Brown Brinny finished second and third. Arthur, ON resident Henry engineered Stonebridge Quest's third Grassroots win of the season for trainer Andrew McCabe and owners Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph, ON and Angie Stiller of Arva, ON. The Grassroots Championship winner at two, Stonebridge Quest currently sits second in the division standings with 150 points, assuring her of a berth in the Semi-finals. The top 20 point earners following the last regular season event, at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 7, will compete in the Sept. 18 Semi-finals, also at Mohawk, and the top five finishers from each Semi-final will return to the Campbellville oval for the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 26. In addition to the win with Stonebridge Quest, Henry also piloted Evas Girl to victory in the last Grassroots division. Evas Girl also lined up behind the number seven on the Georgian Downs starting gate, but Henry opted for a different strategy with the Rambaran daughter, easing away from the start and landing on the rail in fifth. From that vantage point Henry watched Nationalize lead the field to a :26.4 quarter and a :55.3 half and then decided to send Evas Girl into the outer lane. When the fillies leading the charge up the outer lane failed to make any gains on the leader, Henry sent Evas Girl out three-wide and the filly had a short lead by the 1:24.2 three-quarters which she had increased to five lengths by the finish. The 1:53.2 clocking was a personal best for Evas Girl. I Wonder Why and Windsun Chanel completed the top three. Isaac Waxman of Dundas, ON trains Evas Girl for Aaron Waxman of Hamilton, ON, Alan Alber of Thornhill, ON and Crawford Partners LLC of Syracuse, NY. In three Grassroots starts the filly now has two wins and one third for a total of 112 points and a share of fourth spot in the standings. Division leader Dublin Rose captured her third Grassroots trophy in the third division at Georgian Downs on Saturday. The Major In Art daughter delivered an impressive effort that saw her pressing pacesetter Machmeter for most of the mile before pulling away to a one-half length victory in the stretch. Much Adoo and Twin B Honour finished second and third in the 1:53 mile. Purchased by Finksburg, MD resident Jerry Clark from breeder Allen Tomlinson of Mason, MI following her Aug. 14 Grassroots start, Saturday's outing was Dublin Rose's first from trainer Dave Menary's Rockton, ON barn. Driver Robert Shepherd of Cambridge, ON steered the fan favourite to the win. With three wins and one second in the first four Grassroots events, Dublin Rose has accumulated 175 points. The other Grassroots division saw Lovely Erin earn the first Grassroots trophy of her career with a hard fought effort that saw her pressed through every step of the mile. The Sportswriter daughter hit the wire a neck in front of Got Some Spark and War Filly in 1:54.1 to secure the win. London, ON resident Nick Steward piloted Lovely Erin to the win for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle, ON and owner 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor, ON. Third in her Grassroots debut at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 14, Lovely Erin has 62 points and will be looking to pad that total in the last regular season event. In addition to the four Grassroots divisions, Georgian Downs fans were also treated to the $100,000 Honourable Earl Rowe Memorial Trot, which was captured by Rockin With Dewey in 1:53.2. Bob McClure of Orangeville, ON crafted the win for trainer Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood, ON and his partner Diane Ingham of Mount Pleasant, ON. Ontario Horse Racing

AUGUST 27, 2015 - A few strides from the wire in Thursday's ninth race it looked as though Solar Sister's perfect Gold Series season would come to an end at Mohawk Racetrack, but the gritty harness racing three-year-old pacing filly fought to the end and extended her Ontario Sires Stakes win streak to four. "I think he backed her off a little around the last turn, hoping to get some room there, and then next thing he knew Mario (Baillargeon) was gone on him, so he had to gain a fair bit of ground to catch her," said trainer Gregg McNair of the race crafted by son Doug McNair. "She raced good, she's a good mare." Starting from Post 1, Doug McNair and Solar Sister had early command of the race, reaching the opening quarter in :26.3. However, a parked out Mario Baillargeon and Tessa Seelster decided the front end was more appealing than a spot among the followers and McNair chose not to disagree, allowing the challengers to take the lead before the :54.4 half. Fan favourites McNair and Solar Sister watched from the pocket as Baillargeon and Tessa Seelster reached the three-quarters in 1:23 and turning for home they were hemmed in by Maplelea mounting a charge in the outer lane. Once the fillies straightened out in the stretch, McNair was able to maneuver Solar Sister into an open lane, but it took every ounce of stubborn determination the filly possessed to reel in Tessa Seelster. The fillies hit the wire almost as one, with Solar Sister a narrow winner in 1:50.4. Capela was three lengths back in third. The victory was Solar Sister's fourth straight in Gold Series action, giving her a perfect score of 200 points in the sophomore pacing filly standings, a division Gregg McNair predicts will only get more interesting through the final Gold Leg and Super Final. "There's some good mares in there. I'd say there's a couple new ones there that nobody was looking for that much earlier in the year. They're just starting to pop out here now," said the Guelph, ON resident, adding that he was impressed with Tessa Seelster's effort. "The nice thing about her, she was parked around the first turn, so she raced a heck of a trip, then the ones that were one-two in the first division raced big," continued the horseman, whose Glamour Seelster was the runner-up in the first division, in her first Gold Series start. "It's shaping up to be a different looking division than it was two weeks ago." With the next Gold Leg not taking place until Oct. 1 at Flamboro Downs, many of the three-year-old pacing fillies will be battling in open stake events in the coming weeks. Among the races McNair is considering for Solar Sister are the Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk on Sept. 5 and the Jugette at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio on Sept. 23. "She's going to the Simcoe, then she'll go to, possibly, the Jugette," said McNair, who conditions the daughter of Mach Three and $1.4 million winner Cabrini Hanover for owner-breeders David Willmot of King City, ON and Clay Harland Horner of Toronto, ON. "We'll see how she comes out of tonight and see how she races in the Simcoe. "We'd like to have her good for the Breeders Crown (Oct. 17 and 24) is what we'd like to have her good for, but it's a hard race to have them good for, because it's later on," added the trainer. "It's hard to keep them good all year, and she's been consistent here all year." Through 11 sophomore starts Solar Sister has accumulated seven wins, one second, one third and $384,112, giving her a two-season total just shy of $600,000. In addition to her flawless Gold Series record the filly swept her elimination and the final of the WEG-SBOA Stake in May and finished third in the Fan Hanover Final in June. Solar Sister The first $105,000 Gold division also featured a fierce stretch duel between fan favourite Wrangler Magic, pocket-sitter Cast No Shadow and McNair trainee Glamour Seelster. Wrangler Magic and driver Sylvain Filion took early command of the race, reeling off fractions of :27.1, :56 and 1:24.1 with Cast No Shadow and Randy Waples tucked in behind them. Rolling off the final turn Waples tipped Cast No Shadow out and the filly accelerated past Wrangler Magic and held off a late charging Glamour Seelster to secure a one-quarter length victory in 1:51. Glamour Seelster earned the runner-up cheque, with Wrangler Seelster settling for third. The win was the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for Cast No Shadow, but not her first in stakes competition. The daughter of Shadow Play and $374,152 winner Hypnotize captured two legs of the Blossom Series and the final of the Princess Series in the spring. Through 15 starts she boasts a record of eight wins, three seconds and one third for earnings of $185,544. Nick Gallucci of Brantford, ON conditions Cast No Shadow for owner Millard Adams of Carlisle, OH. Cast No Shadow Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Aug. 31 with five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts. The freshman pacers will be featured in Races 3, 4, 6, 9, and 10 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

AUGUST 22, 2015 - Hiawatha Horse Park hosted four Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts on Saturday evening as part of their harness racing Ontario Sires Stakes Fan Celebration. Lucky fans took home Ontario Sires Stakes t-shirts and ball caps, and division point leader Kadabrasnewrecruit took home his fourth Grassroots trophy with a commanding victory in the third $18,000 division. Starting from Post 4, driver Steve Byron put the fan favourite on the front and the pair rolled through fractions of :27.3, :58 and 1:27 before accelerating away from the field to a six and three-quarter length victory in 1:56.4. Boondock and Raising Richard rounded out the top three. Thornton, ON resident Byron piloted Kadabrasnewrecruit to his fourth Grassroots victory for owner-trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON. With one regular season event remaining, the son of Kadabra and Keystone Alberta boasts a point tally of 212, 71 points more than the second-ranked colt. Saturday's victory boosted the gelding's sophomore record to four wins, three seconds and one third in 10 starts for earnings of $54,165. Both Byron and McIntosh were also successful in another Grassroots division, McIntosh in the first and Byron in the second. McIntosh trainee A Little More Love opened the Grassroots competition with a gate-to-wire score in 1:57.1. Alfie Carroll of Iona Station ON was in the Kadabra colt's race bike, asking him to dig in down the stretch as pocket-sitter Mandeville mounted a late charge. Fan favourite A Little More Love prevailed by one-half length, with Mandeville settling for second and Ja El Storm completing the triactor. The win was the second in Grassroots action for A Little More Love, who competes for Hall of Famer McIntosh and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. The number two ranked colt in the province last season, A Little More Love has struggled to regain his Gold Series form this year, posting just two wins and one second through eight starts for earnings of $26,565. Byron's other victory came with John Bax trainee Parkhill Lancelot in the second division. Starting from Post 5, Byron settled the Muscle Mass son in third as favourite El Diablo Hall rang up fractions of :27.3 and :58.3, and then tipped into the outer lane heading for the 1:27.3 three-quarters. Parkhill Lancelot grabbed control before the colts turned for home and hit the wire one length ahead of his peers in a personal best 1:57.3. Its Huw You Know finished second with Lets Be Honest well back in third. The win was Parkhill Lancelot's first in Grassroots action this season and boosted the gelding into sixth spot in the division standings with 108 points. In 10 starts this season Parkhill Lancelot has two wins, three seconds and one third for earnings of $33,540 for trainer Bax, of Campbellville, ON and his son Marshall Bax of Mississauga, ON. The final Grassroots honour was bestowed upon P L Intimidator, who trotted under the wire in 1:59 after favourites Delcrest Massy and Pilgrims Joy locked wheels in the stretch. P L Intimidator got a nose in front of Easton Road and A Rod Hall to secure his first lifetime victory. Scott Coulter of Brantford, ON engineered the win for trainer Robert McMillan of Beaverton, ON and his partners, breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON, Martin Garey of Ventura, CA and Irene McMillan of Aurora, ON. The win boosted the Kadabra son into fifth in the point standings with 113 and improved his lifetime record to one win, four seconds, two thirds and earnings of $27,225 in 14 starts. The three-year-old trotting colts and geldings make their last regular season Grassroots start at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 3. The top 20 point earners through the regular season will compete in the Sept. 18 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack and the top five finishers from each Semi-final will battle in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 26 at Mohawk. Ontario Horse Racing

AUGUST 19, 2015 - Four divisions of three-year-old trotting colts will battle at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday evening and the trotters are not the only ones with a chance to win Ontario Sires Stakes merchandise. Early arriving harness racing fans will receive an Ontario Sires Stakes t-shirt and throughout the evening fans trackside will have an opportunity to catch an OSS ball cap. In addition to taking home some OSS-wear, Hiawatha fans can enter "Last Chance" draws or catch a ride in the starting car.. Sophomore trotting gelding El Diablo Hall will be lining up behind number 4 on the starting gate in the second $18,000 division and will have an enthusiastic crowd of supporters on hand for his second Grassroots start. The colt is co-owned by Oil Springs native Dale Hunter, who currently resides in London, and Rick Podolinsky of Alvinston. "It's a great group of guys," said trainer Anthony Montini, who also owns a share of El Diablo Hall, along with Paul Giammichele of Burlington, ON. "It's pretty easy when they win - like that night in London there, they had a ball - but the horse did struggle a little bit and not once did I feel pressured by them to say. 'Hey what's going on, let's get this horse raced.' They left it up to me. Good owners make good trainers." El Diablo Hall started his three-year-old season in the May 27 Gold Series season opener at Western Fair Raceway and delivered a four and one-half length triumph, resulting in the fun-filled winner's circle celebration Montini referenced, but since then the colt has struggled, starting just three more times and posting third, fifth and seventh-place finishes. "I wasn't satisfied with just accepting the fact that he's maybe not that good, because I think he is, so I just did more diagnostics on him," explained Montini, adding that veterinarians at the University of Guelph's equine clinic finally zeroed in on the cause of the gelding's lacklustre efforts and seem to have him heading back toward full strength. "I think he's on the straight and narrow now," added the Acton, ON resident. "But it's always a horse race." Among the seven horses El Diablo Hall will face in Saturday's Grassroots test is two-time Grassroots division winner Its Huw You Know, who will start from Post 5. Hiawatha's leading driver Nick Steward will pilot El Diablo Hall and Montini is hoping both fans and his connections see an improved effort from the gelding. "He does everything right, he's probably the sanest trotter I've ever had," said the trainer. "He's such a - I'm going to call him a great half-mile track horse, he just zips around those turns like they're straightaways and that's really the main advantage we have." A successful outing over Hiawatha's five-eighths mile surface on Saturday would see Montini and his partners faced with the choice of returning to the Gold Series at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 29 or remaining in the Grassroots program for a trip to Flamboro Downs' half-mile oval on Sept. 3. "One hurdle at a time," said a cautious Montini about the gelding's future plans. El Diablo Hall and his peers will battle in the fifth race on Saturday, with the other three Grassroots divisions going postward as Races 4, 7, and 10. The Ontario Sires Stakes Fan Celebration festivities get under way at 7 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

AUGUST 14, 2015 - Grand River Raceway hosted Ontario Sires Stakes Fan Celebration Night on Friday and fans that placed their trust in harness racing driver Trevor Henry did a whole lot of celebrating. The Arthur, ON resident won a pair of two-year-old trotting colt Gold Series divisions, finished second in the other Gold division, and won three overnight races on the 11 race program. "I haven't driven there in a while, so it was nice to have a good night," said Henry, who switched his focus from driving at the province's smaller ovals to driving at Mohawk and Woodbine Racetracks in 2014. Henry kicked off his evening with a runner-up finish in the first $70,000 Gold division, ringing up fractions of :28.3, :59 and 1:29.1 with Smoke Monkey before being caught in the stretch by Dunvegan Don. Fan favourite Adored By Masses finished third. "He's a nice colt. They had a lot of problems with him steering, he would always run in on the turns and he wasn't easy to drive, but Chris has got him figured out now," said Henry, who piloted Smoke Monkey for trainer Chris Beaver of Delaware, OH and Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON. "Tonight was the best he ever drove so he'll probably only get better from now on." Guelph, ON resident Doug McNair piloted Dunvegan Don to his first victory, halting the Grand River teletimer at 1:58.2. Herbert Holland of Milton, ON owns and trains the Cornaro Dasolo colt, who finished third in the Aug. 7 Gold Leg at Mohawk Racetrack after a pair of disappointing outings in the first two Legs. "That horse has been quick since the start of the year, but was a little choppy gaited," explained McNair. "The last two starts he's been almost perfect. Herb has done a good job on him." The Trevor Henry show got under way in earnest in the second race when he piloted Ground Shaker to a win in a claiming event and then went back to the paddock to climb into the race bike behind two-time Gold Series winner Deweylovernleaver. Starting from Post 2 Henry fired the colt to the front and controlled the tempo through a :29.3 quarter, 1:00 half and 1:30.1 three-quarters. Henry then hit the accelerator and Deweylovernleaver accelerated down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory in a track record equalling 1:58.1. Fan favourite Tony Soprano settled for second and Unitaliano BI completed the top three. "He didn't have to work too hard, he kind of got everything his own way, but he trotted home a last quarter in :28," said the reinsman, adding that he feels the colt has not yet tapped his full potential. "He's a nice horse to drive and he doesn't do anything wrong." Chris Beaver trains Deweylovernleaver for his partners Synerco Ventures Inc. and Leo Fleming of Campbellville, ON. The Deweycheatumnhowe son boasts a record of three wins and one fourth in Gold Series action and currently sits atop the two-year-old trotting colt division standings with 158 points. In the final Gold Series division Henry also lined up behind Post 2 with Mass Balance and opted for the same strategy. Taking early command, Henry and Mass Balance got away with a :30 quarter, 1:01.1 half and 1:32 three-quarters on their way to a 2:01.2 victory. Nofear Blue Chip was one and one-quarter lengths back in second, and favourite Will Take Charge was two lengths to the rear in third. Synerco Ventures Inc. also owns Mass Balance, who is trained by Rob Fellows of Rockwood. The Muscle Mass son started his season in the Grassroots program where he was a winner in the July 11 season opener at Georgian Downs. Moving up to the Gold Series level Mass Balance finished third at Georgian Downs on July 21 and fifth at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 7. "He's a nice colt," said Henry, adding that he appreciates the investment Synerco Ventures has made in the Ontario Sires Stakes program in recent years. "I drive a lot for Synerco Ventures, Costa (Athanassoulias), I've got to know him over the last couple years and I've driven quite a few horses for him." The reinsman completed his five-win evening in the seventh and eighth races, both claiming events, with Tomei Seelster and Delcrest Flexyhall. In addition to the Gold Series divisions and the driving clinic put on by Henry, 100 fans were treated to Ontario Sires Stakes t-shirts autographed by first-crop sire Big Jim and Hall of Fame stallion Camluck, who passed away recently at the age of 28, and all fans enjoyed the creativity on display in the Horse Name Costume Game. After some difficult deliberations judges Gayle O'Brien from DAVE-FM, Jenna Knox from Grand River Raceway's Booking Department and driver Ryan Holliday selected one adult and one 15 and under winner. In the adult category Becky Koeslag got the nod for her representation of Gold Series competitor Bee In Charge and Paula Turnbull was the judge's choice in the youth category for her Coal Black Shadow costume. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Grand River Raceway next Wednesday, Aug. 19 with two $105,000 Gold divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

AUGUST 10, 2015 - Grand River Raceway harness racing fans can put their creativity on display Friday night as the Elora oval celebrates the Ontario Sires Stakes program with the Horse Name Costume Game. Fans can choose to represent the name of any horse on the program, including the 20 freshman trotting colts competing in three $70,000 Gold Series divisions. Among the possibilities from the trotting colt ranks are division point leader Adored By Masses, who will start from Post 6 in the first race, second ranked Tony Soprano, who starts from Post 3 in the third race, and first-time Gold Series starter UF Musclemass Star, who gets Post 1 in the sixth race. Horse Name Costume Game participants need to register at the Ontario Sires Stakes table in the main lobby between 6 and 7 pm. The costume parade will take place on the Tarmac Show after the last Gold Series trophy is awarded in Race 6, with judges awarding a best Horse Name Costume prize for both adults and kids 15 and under. Fans who would rather sport OSS-wear than a costume can present their program coupon at the OSS table between 6 and 7 pm to receive an "autographed" t-shirt. There are 100 shirts available, with half bearing the hoof print of first crop Ontario sire Big Jim, and half bearing the hoof print of Hall of Fame sire Camluck, who passed away recently at the age of 28. "Friday's OSS Celebration will be a mix of emotions. The fun and frivolity of the costume contest is always a hoot -- we've had so many creative and amazing costumes during past editions of this contest. The autographed t-shirt giveaway will be a little melancholy, I'm sure, given the announcement today (August 10) of Camluck's passing," said Kelly Spencer, Grand River Raceway's Manager of Marketing and Communications. "We were just at the farm a few weeks ago to pick up his shoes, and we were remarking how stunning of a beast he is, and reflecting on everything he has done for Ontario racing." A winner of $1 million racing out of the Bob McIntosh stable, Camluck stood at Seelster Farms in Lucan throughout his stallion career, which was a prolific one. His sons and daughters earned more than $221 million, including Ontario Sires Stakes stars Burning Point ($3,120,089), Invitro ($2,383,597), Chancy Lady ($2,083,514), Mystician ($1,919,762) and Michaels Power ($1,637,655). Camluck was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2003, the United States Living Hall of Fame in 2008, the first Canadian horse so honoured, and The Raceway at Western Fair District's Wall of Fame this spring. In addition to all the trackside fun, Ontario's top two-year-old trotting colts will continue their battle for Gold Series points and purse money in Races 1, 3 and 6. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry will steer one colt in each division, including two-time winner Deweylovernleaver who gets Post 2 in the third race. "He's a nice colt. He's very well mannered, doesn't do a thing wrong," said the reinsman after piloting Deweylovernleaver to his most recent win, a 1:57.1 personal best at Mohawk Racetrack on August 7. "He is big and will be a nice horse." Henry pilots the Deweycheatumnhowe son for trainer Chris Beaver of Delaware, OH and his partners Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON and Leo Fleming of Campbellville, ON. Henry also steers Smoke Monkey for Beaver from Post 4 in the first race. The Majestic Son colt was second to division point leader Adored By Masses in the August 7 Gold Series event at Mohawk delivering his first flawless performance in Ontario Sires Stakes action. In the first two events the young trotter made miscues that resulted in one fourth and one sixth-place finish. Synerco Ventures Inc. own Smoke Monkey, who was a $9,000 acquisition from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Mass Balance will also get the benefit of Henry's half-mile track expertise from Post 2 in the sixth race. The Muscle Mass son was a Grassroots division winner in the July 11 season opener at Georgian Downs before making the leap up to the Gold Series, where he has posted one third and one fifth. Rob Fellows of Rockwood, ON conditions Mass Balance for Synerco Ventures Inc., who offered up $24,000 for the son of $365,577 winning mare Aimees Image at the Harrisburg sale. All the OSS fan celebration fun gets under way at 6 pm on Friday evening, with the first Gold Series division rolling in behind the Grand River Raceway starting gate at 6:30 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Pedigrees for the 2015 Canadian Yearling Sale are now available online. Prospective yearling buyers have access to some of harness racing's hottest stallions, with 127 yearlings eligible to the strong Ontario Sires Stakes program. In addition, the current difference in value between the Canadian and U.S. dollar means added value for those buying yearlings north of the border. "Owners and trainers should be looking very hard at what we have to offer, not just because of the strong group of yearlings entered in the sale but also because of the value of the Canadian and U.S. dollars," said SC Sales Manager Heather Reid. Set for Sunday, September 20, a total of 127 yearlings will enter the SC Sales Pavilion at Flamboro Downs. The action begins at 12:00 p.m. To view the catalogue, click the following link: 2015 Canadian Yearling Sale Catalogue. Courtesy of Standardbred Canada

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

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