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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MILTON, ON - AUG. 2, 2019 - Century Farroh reaffirmed his position as king of the three-year-old pacing colt class with his third Ontario Sire Stakes Gold victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening. With regular reinsman Sylvain Filion of Milton in the race bike, Century Farroh left well from Post 3, landing in second and tipping out to take aim on early leader Sportsline before the :26.1 quarter. Once he reached the front Century Farroh led the field through a :55 half and a 1:22.4 three-quarters and then dug in down the stretch to secure a neck victory over Bronx Seelster and Best In Show in 1:49.4. "I really think that the time off did him some good. It seemed to rejuvenate him a little bit, not that he was really worn out, but he just seemed to be a totally different horse tonight. I needed ear plugs in him warming up tonight, he was grabbing me that bad," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore who started the colt just once, in a July 6 overnight at Woodbine Mohawk Park, between Friday's test and his last Gold Series win on June 29. "He had 10 days right off in the paddock after his last race and he was still on full feed and he put weight on and filled out a little bit more. I trained him in 1:51 at the farm last Wednesday, 10 days ago. That's all he had from July 6." The win in Friday's $158,000 Gold Series division was Century Farroh's eighth in nine starts this season. The son of Mach Three and Beachy Girl suffered his only sophomore loss in his June 8 North America Cup elimination where he finished seventh. The Grassroots champion at two, Century Farroh has banked $321,700 competing against the top colts this season for owner Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, NS. Century Farroh will make his tenth start in the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park in Ohio next Saturday, August. 10. It will be the colt's first trip south of the border and Moore said it will likely be the lightly staked colt's only out of province outing. "It's not that long a ship to Northfield, so it shouldn't be too bad. This will be his only one," said Cambridge, ON resident Moore, who plans to send the colt to Ohio on Friday, Aug. 9. "Now, you know, half-mile track, you've got to draw good, right," the trainer added. "Draw anywhere near the outside down there you're out right from the start, that's all there is to it, period." Following the Carl Milstein Memorial Century Farroh and his Ontario Sired peers will be back in Gold Series action at Georgian Downs on August 18. Next up on Woodbine Mohawk Park's provincial stakes schedule are the two-year-old trotting colts competing in five Grassroots divisions on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The colts will kick off the Tuesday evening program at 7:10 pm and also compete in Races 2, 5, 6, and 9. Complete results for Friday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0802wbsbsn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

OTTAWA, JULY 19, 2019 - Rideau Carleton Raceway raises the curtain on its 2019 harness racing Ontario Sires Stakes season this Sunday, July 21, featuring the province's top three-year-old trotting colts in three Grassroots and three Gold Series divisions. With a flawless record of two wins in two Gold Series starts, Southwind Avenger heads into Sunday's test atop the sophomore trotting colt standings and co-owner Mel Hartman is hoping the gelding can maintain his momentum from Post 5 in the second $71,467 Gold division. "It should be good racing this week, I see they have three divisions there," said the Ottawa, ON resident. "He's not the greatest trucker in the world, but hopefully he's fine. We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope that he races good." Southwind Avenger will be heading to Ottawa on Sunday from trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman's Ontario base in Cambridge. The E L Titan son made a foray south of the border last weekend for the July 13 Stanley Dancer at The Meadowlands where he finished fourth, 12 lengths behind heavy favourite Greenshoe. "His last start he raced with Greenshoe, who's probably going to be the best trotter of all time," said Hartman of the gelding's New Jersey start. "He was eligible to the Hambletonian (at The Meadowlands), but we brought him back home to race him in the Ontario Sires. In Ontario he's very competitive, and he's a pleasure to own, that's for sure." Regular reinsman Trevor Henry will make the trip to Rideau Carleton to steer Southwind Avenger for Hartman and his partners David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. The pair will face off against five challengers in the ninth race, including third-ranked point earner Magical Journey from Post 6 and fifth-ranked Dream Nation from Post 3. Southwind Avenger seen here with an upset score in the Valley Victory at The Meadowlands The other two Gold Series divisions go postward as Races 6 and 12 while the Grassroots competitors will battle in Races 1, 4 and 7. The colts will kick off Rideau Carleton Raceway's Sunday evening program at 6:30 pm. Complete entries are available here. In addition to Sunday's contest the Ottawa oval will also Gold and Grassroots action for the three-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday, August 25. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com. For feature stories, photographs, background information and/or contact details for local Ontario Sires Stakes participants contact Sandra Snyder at 519-572-0167 or news@ontariosiresstakes.com. Ontario Racing

FRASERVILLE, JULY 18, 2019 - Kawartha Downs will roll out the red carpet for the Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing program this Saturday, July 20, welcoming four divisions of two-year-old trotting colts and geldings for the second Grassroots start of their campaign. Among the youngsters vying for a share of the $91,900 in Ontario Sires Stakes purse money is Tymal Tarot, who took a victorious test run over the Kawartha Downs oval last Saturday. The son of Kadabra and Rod Hughes were elevated to the win when Meeas Dream was placed back for causing interference, but Hughes was still pleased with his protégé’s second lifetime start. "Not the way you want to do it, but we'll take it," said the Dunsford, ON resident with a chuckle. "He's very calm, does everything you want. Really hasn't done much wrong all winter training down," added Hughes, who owns, trains and drives Tymal Tarot. "He's done nothing wrong so far, so hopefully Saturday doesn't put a blip on that." Hughes and Tymal Tarot will line up at Post 4 in the third $23,150 Grassroots division, facing off against a group of eight rivals including J Cs Royal Tease who was a 2:02.3 winner in the Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs on July 7. Tymal Tarot made his debut at the Gold Series level at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 4, but floundered against the province's top colts, finishing ninth. "I think, just looking back, he's probably just two or three weeks behind everyone that's stabled up near Mohawk, just lacking a little bit of experience," said Hughes. "I do still think he has more potential, but yeah, maybe jumped in a little over our head there the first time. He just got a little lost when he got gapped out in that Gold." The gelding will be looking to find his place amongst the Grassroots regulars on Saturday and gain enough points over the four remaining events to qualify for the post season. In addition to the freshman trotting colts, Kawartha Downs will also roll out the red carpet for NHL legend Darryl Sittler this Saturday. Sittler will be on hand to sign autographs and take photographs with fans and, along with the regular Saturday night prize draws, there will be a signed No. 27 Toronto Maple Leafs sweater up for grabs. Saturday's program gets under way at 7 pm and the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings will battle in Races 2, 4, 7 and 9. Complete entries for the Kawartha Downs program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0720kdfn.dat. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit www.ontariosiresstakes.com For feature stories, photographs, background information and/or contact details for local Ontario Sires Stakes participants contact Sandra Snyder at 519-572-0167 or news@ontariosiresstakes.com. Ontario Racing

INNISFIL, JULY 5, 2019 - Georgian Downs kicks off its 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes this Sunday, July 7, hosting the Grassroots debut of the harness racing two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The trotters will battle in three Grassroots divisions, worth a total of $69,800, and local reinsman Stephen Byron will steer a colt in each split. The Thornton resident will guide Awsomedabra from Post 4 in the first division, Aussie Lover from Post 7 in the second and Dimante Vic from Post 2 in the third. "Everybody is just learning and green, but they qualified well by their lines so that's kind of good," said Byron of his novice mounts. Awsomedabra, a Kadabra colt owned by trainer Gary Lance of Port Perry, heads into Sunday's test off a pair of steady qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park and while Sunday will be Byron's first opportunity to drive the colt he has seen him in action on several occasions. "He's had him over Georgian training and I've seen him go. He's not a bad looking horse," said Byron of Awsomedabra, who was a $45,000 purchase at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. "I kind of think they're quite high on him, they like him. "The other horse I am driving of Gino Cicero's, that Aussie Lover, he's been over here and I've schooled him a few times and then he raced here last week which will sure help his chances I think, just because he's used to the place," Byron added. Melancthon resident Cicero owns and trains Angus Hall colt Aussie Lover, who was a $20,000 acquisition from the London Selected Yearling Sale. The colt finished fifth in his June 30 racing debut at Georgian Downs, trotting his own mile in 2:04.3. Aussie Lover also has a third-place finish in a June 22 qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park under his belt. Like Byron's other two mounts, Dimante Vic has been behind the starting gate twice, qualifying at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 28 and July 2 for trainer John Bax of Campbellville and breeder Dave Hudson of Dallas, Texas. "They say he's good and steady too. I think he's hoping that he progresses in the speed department, but they say he just trots all the time," said Byron of the Muscle Mass colt. Byron, who currently sits eleventh in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver's standings, will appear in six of the 10 races on Sunday's program, steering five trotters and two pacers. "I've always enjoyed the trotters for some reason," said the horseman. "A good pacer is a nice thing to have too, but a good trotter is a nice animal, that's for sure." Sunday's program gets under way at 6 pm and the freshman trotting colts will make their provincial debuts in Races 5, 7 and 9. Complete entries for the event can be found here. In addition to Sunday's season opener, Georgian Downs will host two additional Grassroots events this summer, along with three Gold Series legs. A complete schedule is below and can also be found here. Ontario Racing Georgian Downs Race Date Post Time Age/Sex/Gait Race Type           Sunday, July 7 6:00 pm 2-year-old Colt Trot Grassroots Series           Sunday, July 14 6:00 pm 2-year-old Filly Trot Grassroots Series           Tuesday, July 16 7:15 pm 3-year-old Filly Trot Grassroots Series           Tuesday, July 23 7:15 pm 2-year-old Colt Trot Gold Leg           Tuesday, August 13 7:15 pm 3-year-old Filly Trot Gold Leg           Sunday, August 18 6:00 pm 3-year-old Colt Pace Gold Leg                                

MILTON, JULY 4, 2019 - The Ontario Sires Stakes two-year-old season got under way on Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a pair of $108,000 Gold Series divisions for the freshman trotting colts, and harness racing driver Bob McClure was in the race bike of both winners. "Those are two nice colts right there," said McClure of young trotters Threefiftytwo and Port Perry. Making his first appearance at the helm of Threefiftytwo, McClure moved the colt smartly away from Post 8 in the first division and was on top just after the :29.3 opening quarter. Tuckers Out soon moved to the front, followed by Built Strong, which put Threefiftytwo in third as the field reached the 1:00 half. Fans who had selected Threefiftytwo had a moment of worry as a parade of rivals rolled up the outer lane heading into the final turn, but McClure was able to slide the colt out before the 1:29.1 three-quarters and once Threefiftytwo had an open look at the wire, the young trotter found a big gear and was able to reel in fan favourite Crossfit Mouse by a head. A pair of sharp last quarters - :27 and :27.1 - saw Threefiftytwo and Crossfit Mouse hit the wire in 1:56.3, four lengths ahead of third-place finisher Built Strong. "He left out good and cleared to the front and let one go and then let two go, and then all of a sudden he was sitting pretty well fourth over, and that's a horrible spot to be," said McClure. "He made up for it, so he was really impressive." Threefiftytwo McClure drove Threefiftytwo to the win for trainer George Ducharme of Norfolk, MA and his co-owner Michelle Larson of Rochester, MA. A homebred out of Royalty For Life and Four Damsals, Threefiftytwo was making his first start in Ontario after doing his qualifying at Vernon Downs in New York, where he was a 1:58.3 winner on June 28. Threefiftytwo "I talked to George before we went out just quick. He told me that the colt hadn't done anything wrong, he was pretty high on him, and looking at him in the paddock, I mean he's a very impressive looking horse," said McClure of his introduction to Threefiftytwo. "He's flashy, got an athletic build, he's tall, he's real nice to look at and his qualifiers looked pretty good. "George told me he was having slight hiccups with the gate, but he's done a good job because he was over it, he was perfect tonight," the Elora resident added. Unlike Threefiftytwo, McClure was very familiar with his mount in the second Gold division. The reinsman had piloted Port Perry in two qualifying starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park and several schooling miles for trainer Luc Blais and was hopeful the lanky youngster could hold his own in top class company. Starting from Post 2 McClure settled Port Perry into fifth as Hetalkstoangels led the field to a :29 quarter. Fan favourite Magics Wizard took over top spot and reached the half in :59.3, where McClure tipped Port Perry off the rail and started up the outer lane. Heading into the last turn Kenogami Coco and driver Trevor Henry moved off the rail and provided cover for McClure and Port Perry, putting them just three lengths back at the 1:29.1 three-quarters. Squaring up in the stretch McClure simply pointed Port Perry at the wire and the big colt accelerated away from the field with every stride, reaching the wire four and one-half lengths the best in 1:57.3. Blue Cupertino also closed hard to be second, with Hetalkstoangels completing the top three. Port Perry                                                                                             --New Image media "I always liked him. He was always really professional, but he's big, he's very, very big, a big, strong, thick horse. If you looked at him in the stall, you'd say, 'There's no way he's going to be a good two-year-old, he'll probably be a nice three-year-old,'" said McClure. "And he is built like he's going to be a better three-year-old, but if he stays sound this year he's got a wicked engine. The big thing about him is how strong he is. He's the type that could really overpower a field." Campbellville resident Blais conditions the son of Kadabra and former Gold Series winner Danica Hall for Determination of Montreal, QC. Danica Hall's third foal, Port Perry was an $85,000 acquisition from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. McClure started driving the Blais-trained, Determination-owned totters last spring and the partnership has proven fruitful; Forbidden Trade was the top two-year-old trotting colt last season and with one freshman event complete they appear to have another strong contender for the role in 2019. "I really enjoy it," said McClure. "And Luc - I mean we've got really nice horses to work with, Serge Godin, he buys some really nice horses - but he does a good job maintaining them and I just try to do my part." Port Perry Threefiftytwo and Port Perry will make their second Gold Series start on July 23 over the Georgian Downs oval in Innisfil, ON, where McClure will hope they once again draw into different divisions. Two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park this weekend as the Milton oval welcomes the pacing colts for Grassroots action on Friday night and Gold Series action Saturday. The Grassroots colts will compete in Races 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8 on Friday's program, which gets under way at 7:50 pm. The Gold colts will battle in Races 5 and 8 on Saturday, with the first race going postward at 7:10 pm. Complete results for Thursday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0704wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

JUNE 28, 2019 – For the past five years the Ontario Sires Stakes program has been featured on Dresden Raceway’s popular Canada Day harness racing program and this Monday the half-mile oval will play host to four Grassroots divisions of three-year-old trotting fillies. Tyler Borth will steer Luckyjohanna in the second Grassroots division and Dresden Raceway’s leading driver expects the Eli Wagler trainee to be in the hunt for a share of the $22,100 purse. “He took her there last week, which was a good idea, just to get her used to it,” noted Borth. “She raced good, she closed up well. As long as it’s not too tough she should be all right.” Luckyjohanna finished second in the overnight event last weekend, one-half length behind five-year-old mare Massivepajamaparty. Ingersoll resident Wagler bred, owns and trains the daughter of Archangel and Shine Again, who has two wins and $10,532 to her credit through 12 sophomore starts. “She’s really come around her last four or five starts. I think she’s getting a little bit better with age and more experience,” said Borth, who also hails from Ingersoll and will line up at Post 5 with the filly in Monday’s six-horse field. “You’ve kind of got to watch her on the first turn so I’ll likely just settle her away. I think the game plan is just get around the first turn and then go from there, but the short field definitely helps, that way she’s not too far out of it. As long as you keep her on the bit she seems to be able to kick home pretty good.” Borth will also steer two of the favourites in the second leg of the Mark Austin Pacing Series, Toxic Hanover from Post 1 in the first split and Township Willy from Post 2 in the second division. “They both raced good last week. They’re pretty simple, they can both leave,” said the reinsman. “Toxic Hanover is maybe a little bit better than the other one, that’s probably the one I’ll drive in the final, he’s a nice big horse.” In addition to the exciting program of racing, fans will be treated to Canada Day giveaways and cupcakes along with the usual range of community-sponsored prize draws. “The first 150 people get Canada Day pins and Canada Day flags and we’ve got 500 cupcakes we’re giving away to celebrate Canada Day,” said Dresden Raceway’s Gary Patterson. “And we have a slew of giveaways every week from Tim Horton’s, Harvey’s/Swiss Chalet, Shoppers Drug Mart, McDonald’s, Mario’s Pizza Plus, The Track Kitchen, Lisa Fox essential oils, Subway, and there will also be some surprise draws. The Chase The Ace draw we have going along, we’re expecting it to be almost $800 on the weekend “So a great day of racing and Canada Day festivities.” Borth adds that fans will be in for a treat as some of the top drivers in the country travel to Dresden for the Ontario Sires Stakes divisions, including Sylvain Filion, Trevor Henry and James MacDonald who currently sit first, fifth and sixth among all drivers in Canada. “They always do a good job there, they’ve always got giveaways and stuff going on in the grandstand,” Borth noted. “Canada Day, with the Sires Stakes there’s some other drivers coming so they’re always nice to watch.” Dresden Raceway’s Canada Day program gets under way at 1:30 pm, with the three-year-old trotting fillies featured in Races 1, 3, 5, and 7 and the Mark Austin Pacing Series divisions slated as Races 8 and 9. Complete entries for Monday’s program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0701dresn.dat. Ontario Sires Stakes

JUNE 27, 2019 - Today the Standardbred Horse Improvement Payment (HIP) Administration Committee announced that the 2019 HIP contribution to Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series harness racing events with a single division will be $150,000, plus starting fees. The Standardbred HIP Committee's decision goes into effect immediately and the single three-year-old pacing colt Gold Series division at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, June 29 will race for $159,600. This decision follows the boost of $2.375 million to the 2019 Standardbred Horse Improvement Program (SIP) which was provided by the additional $10 million of HIP funds earmarked for the horse racing industry by the Ontario government on March 21, 2019. The HIP contribution for 2019 Gold Series events with multiple divisions remains at $200,000 per event (divided by the number of divisions) plus starting fees, as announced by Ontario Racing on May 17, 2019. As detailed in the 2019 OSS Racing Guide, if only one division is required for a Gold Series event there will be a maximum of two trailers. More information about the OSS program can be found at www.ontariosiresstakes.com and www.ontarioracing.com.    

MILTON, August 10, 2018 - Harness racing driver Louis Philippe Roy recorded his 1,000th career driving victory with an Ontario Sires Stakes score on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Roy, 28, entered the evening just two wins shy of the milestone and proceeded to post three wins in seven drives. The Mont-Joli, Quebec native picked up his first win of the evening in the sixth race with pacing mare Cenalta Call Girl and just three-races later hit the 1,000 win mark with rookie trotting filly Hp Titania Runner in a $98,800 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event. Roy is currently this season's Woodbine leading driver and his climb from Quebec fairs to top driver in Canada has been unprecedented. Roy's first drive took place in 2008 and by the end of 2014 he had 253 races under his belt. That number has skyrocketed to over 4,800. "I'm always telling the same story, but every time I take my time to look at where I was just two, three years ago and where I am now, it's always over my expectations," said Roy following his 1,000th win. "I don't think anyone would expect to go so quickly from the fair racetrack to the biggest track in Canada." The young reinsman appeared on the Woodbine circuit in late-2016 and has been racking up the victories at a rapid-pace, while becoming a go-to driver for many top trainers. Roy posted 380 wins last season and currently sits at 260 for the current year. Also on Friday, Witch Dali extended her current win-streak to three with a late-charging score in the $30,000 Mares Preferred. A talented group of six older pacing mares clashed in the top-class Friday. Witch Dali was making her first start since July 13 and went off as the 9/5 second-choice, as Firebby, the most recent Mares Preferred winner, was made the 7/5 favourite. Firebby shot out to the lead and called the shots for most of the mile, posting fractions of :27, :55.3 and 1:23.3. Meanwhile, Witch Dali and driver Jody Jamieson got away at the back of the pack, but were just a little less than four-lengths from the lead while fifth at three-quarters. In the stretch, Firebby held off first-up challenger Bettors Up, but couldn't stop Witch Dali from soaring by in deep stretch for a half-length score in 1:51.1. Shezarealdeal finished third, while Bettors Up was fourth. Trained by Richard Moreau, Witch Dali is now seven for 14 with $140,900 earned this season. The seven-year-old, who is owned by Brad Grant, notched her 30th career victory and went over $600,000 in career earnings with Friday's victory. Witch Dali, who has now won four of her last five starts, paid $5.90 to win. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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