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ELORA, ON ­- Kelly Waterhouse triumphed in Grand River Raceway's first annual Media Race, staged on June 6 - the track's first Fun & Frivolity Friday Night of the 2014 live racing season. Waterhouse and three fellow local media personalities were paired with professional drivers and took to the track for the half-mile exhibition race in custom-made two-person jog carts. "It was amazing - just incredible!" Waterhouse buzzed in the winner's circle. "Everyone should have the chance to do this!" The News Director at 92.9FM The Grand in Elora, Waterhouse said she's long dreamed of driving a racehorse. Her win came aboard Echos Black Dress, with the assistance of driver Bobby McClure. Wellington Advertiser reporter Meagan Leonard finished second with Callie Magoo and driver Robert Shepherd. Randy Steinman, Sports Director at CTV Kitchener, picked up third with Killean Sweep and reinsman Bruce Richardson. Simon McGhee from 107.5 DAVE FM rounded out the field of media celebs with Hollywood Ham and Paul Mackenzie. Live racing continues Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

Jody Jamieson won a wide-open Ontario Regional Driving Championship in a heated battle right down to the finish line on Friday night at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Jamieson and Ontario Regional runner-up Billy Davis Jr. will advance to the 2014 National Driving Championship on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. Jamieson secured the victory in the final leg of the eight-race Ontario Regional, earning his third challenge win to give him a total of 67 points. Davis Jr. held on for second, finishing with 60 points. Rounding out the leaderboard were Doug McNair (56 points), Trevor Henry (47), Scott Coulter (43), J.R. Plante (36), James MacDonald (32), and Paul MacKenzie (29). To read the rest of the story click here.

London, May 6, 2014 -- Horse people are advised that the draw for Friday's program at The Raceway at Western Fair District is being held over until tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. The Raceway will be hosting the Ontario Regional Driving Championship on Friday night, with first post at 7:05 p.m. "We need a few more horses to round out the fields." said Racing Manager Greg Blanchard. "It's important for the fairness of the competition that we have full, competitive fields and we want to put out the best betting product we can on a night where there is going to be so much on the line." Eight of the provinces best drivers will be competing for two spots in the National Driving Championship later this summer in Charlottetown. Local reinsman Alfie Carroll was forced to pull out of the competition due to a concussion suffered in a racing accident at Flamboro Downs on Saturday. Paul Mackenzie accepted the offer to take his spot in the competition. The eight drivers will be on hand in the track lobby to meet fans and sign autographs Friday night, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Fans can take part in The Raceway's Facebook contest, which is now underway and there will be a contest Friday night for on-track patrons with the winner receiving a $100 gift card from Rona. by Greg Blanchard, for The Raceway

Nothingbutmach toted a two-race winning streak into Monday’s featured $11,000 Preferred 2 for pacers at The Raceway at Western Fair District, and the former claimer dug in late to extend the winning streak to three in a row for trainer Corey Johnson. With Paul MacKenzie at the controls, Nothingbutmach got away in the two-hole after starting from the second tier and he maintained the pocket spot through first-half fractions of :28.3 and :58.2. He engaged pacesetter Smokin Bear in battle at the three-quarter pole in 1:27.3 before using a :28.4 closing panel to win by a head over the hard-driving Stompin Tom Creek in 1:56.3. Lawmen Reign completed the Triactor ticket in the eight-horse affair. Debbie Element of Waterdown, Ontario, who claimed the horse for $8,000 on January 10, has watched the eight-year-old son of Mach Three-Nothing Special assemble a 4-1-0 record from his first six starts since the acquisition. The 12-time winner has stashed away close to $125,000. The card also included a trio of $7,000 Preferred 2 events, with two for pacers and one for trotters. To read the rest of the story click here.

On Wednesday, December 18, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2013 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, February 8, 2014. This year marks the 25th edition of the O’Brien Awards, named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Nine past O’Brien Award winners are looking to add to their trophy collections and are either defending titles or are nominated in a new division. These past winners include: Anndrovette, Bee A Magician, Foiled Again, I Luv The Nitelife, Intimidate, Mister Herbie, Sylvain Filion, Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. and Seelster Farms. Sylvain Filion will defend the Driver of the Year title against first-time nominee Doug McNair. Filion, 44, of Milton, ON, is currently the leading money winning driver on the WEG circuit with over $5 million to his credit between Mohawk and Woodbine. With 281 victories, he is closing in on Scott Zeron for the title as WEG’s top dash winning driver. He has a good shot of achieving that as Zeron has moved to The Meadowlands. A career winner of 7,477 races, Filion recently surpassed $6 million in earnings in 2013 in addition to going over $80 million in his career. He is also the regular driver for O’Brien finalist, Intimidate. Doug McNair, 24, of Guelph, ON, is enjoying a productive year as he’s driven 292 winners to go along with $5.6 million in purse earnings, his second best year on record ever for money. McNair was the regular driver for O’Brien finalists Precocious Beauty and Love Canal. There will be a new name beside the Trainer of the Year category as Gregg McNair and Richard Moreau are looking for their first National title. McNair, 52, of Guelph, ON, is en route to a career year and sits second in the Canadian trainer earnings standings. McNair conditions O’Brien finalist Precocious Beauty and to date has trained 109 winners and horses to $3.1 million in purse earnings. Moreau, 49, of Puslinch, ON, was a finalist in this category last year. The conditioner has been a mainstay on the WEG circuit for the last decade. He leads the Canadian trainer standings with $3.5 million in earnings and 270 wins. He celebrated the biggest win of his career this past season when Boomboom Ballykeel captured the $683,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. Kelly Hoerdt, 47, of Beaumont, AB, receives his third nomination for the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship and he is up against first time nominee Paul MacKenzie. Kelly Hoerdt is a successful horsemen who is annually near the top of the training and driving charts in Alberta. He’s been training in Alberta on and off for 25 years. Hoerdt was the leading trainer in earnings at Alberta Downs this year. He’s currently in the top five trainers at Northlands for both wins and money and sits in sixth at Northlands in the driving charts. Hoerdt has 66 wins and $487,528 in earnings as a driver and 81 wins and $616,517 as a trainer. Paul MacKenzie, 52, of Puslinch, ON, has been driving and training for over 35 years and has managed to be one of the top B circuit drivers for decades. The Charlottetown native is the all time leader in driving wins at Flamboro Downs. In 2013 he was the third leading dash winner at Grand River and in the top 10 drivers at Flamboro. Paul drove 169 winners and horses to earnings in excess of $1 million in 2013. He didn’t focus much on training. Unfortunately MacKenzie suffered some injuries at Grand River in late October and has not driven since. Precocious Beauty and Shes Da Bomb, both sired by Art Major, are the finalists in the Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly category. Precocious Beauty won 7 of 11 races, $462,912 and took a mark of 1:50.1 which happened to tie a World Record for the mile track. Her richest payday was a victory in the $451,000 Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. Shes Da Bomb had 5 wins in 8 starts and earnings of $216,056. She paced to her season’s record of 1:50.3 at The Red Mile. Both fillies captured divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes and Champlain at Mohawk. Arthur Blue Chip and Luck Be Withyou didn’t battle each other much on the racetrack but the two will vie for the Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt title. Arthur Blue Chip scored 6 wins in 11 starts, bankrolled $400,120 and took a mark of 1:51.2 in an elimination of the Metro at Mohawk before being scratched from the final. His most lucrative payday was a runner-up finish in the Governor’s Cup. He also won a handful of Ontario Sires Stakes races, an elimination of the Battle of Waterloo and a division of the Nassagaweya. Luck Be Withyou’s victory in the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs was the highlight of a 40 year partnership between owner John Craig and trainer Bill Cass. Luck Be Withyou had 5 wins in 11 races and $363,402 in purse earnings. He took a mark of 1:50 in an elimination of the Breeders Crown, and also scored a victory in a division of the Champlain at Mohawk. I Luv The Nitelife returned as a seasoned sophomore and looks to add another O’Brien to her trophy case. She is up against Love Canal in the three-year-old pacing filly division. I Luv The Nitelife boasted a record of 13-1-1 in 15 races and $1.2 million in earnings. She took a mark of 1:48.4 in the Valley Forge at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She also set a two-heat world record of 3:42.2 in the Jugette. She swept the Fan Hanover, the Lynch, the Mistletoe Shalee and closed the season as strongly as she began with a win in the Breeders Crown and runner-up finish in the American National. Love Canal put together a record of 4-3-1 in 13 races, earned $344,693 and took a mark of 1:50.1 at Mohawk in the Canadian Breeders Championship one week after her win in the elimination. She also had victories in the final of the SBOA Stake and an Ontario Sires Stakes event. Sunshine Beach and Vegas Vacation are finalists in the sophomore pacing colt category. Sunshine Beach hit for 16 top three finishes, including eight wins in 20 starts for earnings of $913,702. He defeated Captaintreacherous in the Battle of the Brandywine in a 1:47.4 world record mile at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in August and was a runner-up to the division leader in the Breeders Crown. He was also victorious in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes and the Progress Pace. Vegas Vacation put together a sophomore record reading 10-4-1 in 20 starts while banking $976,037 in purses with major wins in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, Empire Breeders Classic, Simcoe Stakes, Little Brown Jug and the Matron Stakes. He was also a close runner-up in the Hempt Memorial, the Tattersalls Pace and the Adios. Anndrovette is looking to defend her crown as Canada’s Older Pacing Mare against the talented Rocklamation. Anndrovette is looking for her third consecutive trophy as the country’s top pacing mare following a season where she scored 7 wins and bankrolled $564,827. She took a mark of 1:48 at Mohawk in the Roses Are Red Final -- a Canadian record -- and also posted a win in the elimination. She won three legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, an elimination of the Breeders Crown and finished third in the final. Rocklamation won 5 of 21 races and earned $546,217 on the season while posting a mark of 1:49.3 in the Golden Girls at The Meadowlands. She won two legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and captured the Milton Stakes at Mohawk. A Rocknroll Dance and Foiled Again are the Older Pacing Horse finalists. Multiple World Champion A Rocknroll Dance was the first horse in harness racing history to pace three consecutive sub-1:48 wins. Those scores came this year in an invitational at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs (1:47.4f) and in the elimination and final of the Canadian Pacing Derby (1:47.3-1:47.2). He established World Records as a four-year-old on both five-eighths and half-mile tracks. His 1:49.1 world mark on a half was taken winning the Battle Of Lake Erie at Northfield over Foiled Again, and his 1:47.4 world mark on a five-eighths came in an invitational race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He defeated the best older pacers of the year in winning the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk in track and Canadian record time. A Rocknroll Dance has been retired from racing and will begin his stud career in 2014 at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania. The $6 million horse, Foiled Again didn’t show any signs of slowing down in his nine-year-old season as he won 11 of his 29 starts, including three Levy divisions, the Ben Franklin elimination and final as well as the Breeders Crown elimination and final, for his third straight million-dollar campaign. Following Foiled Again's final start of the year, trainer Ron Burke noted that the iron tough pacer has exceeded his expectations with all of his accomplishments. He earned $1.4 million on the year, while surpassing the $6 million career marker and closed the season sweeping the elimination and final of the TVG Free For All Pace at The Meadowlands. Miss Aultsville and Riveting Rosie are nominees in the two-year-old filly trotting category. Miss Aultsville established a stakes, track and Canadian record of 1:59.2 for two-year-old trotting fillies on a half-mile track in an Ontario Sires Stakes event, one of her two season wins. She earned just over $151,000 on the season. Riveting Rosie closed out her 2013 campaign with six wins, one second and one third in eight starts and earnings of $468,613. Riveting Rosie’s major victories were the Peaceful Way Final, The Ontario Stakes Super Final and a division of the Champlain. Father Patrick and Muscle Matters will face off in the Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt division. Father Patrick topped the earnings chart in his division and was flawless in 10 stakes starts with his only blemish coming in an early season two-year-old race where he was beaten by just a head. Father Patrick amassed $752,395 in earnings with major wins in the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Champlain Stakes and Bluegrass Stakes. Muscle Matters was lightly raced but earned $218,800 in 6 starts, half of which he won. He took his mark of 1:55.4 in winning the OSS Super Final at Mohawk. Bee A Magician, who was perfect in her 2013 season, is up against Motown Muscle in the Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly division. Bee A Magician won all 17 of her 2013 races and earned in excess of $1.57 million for a perfect sophomore season. The invincible filly took a mark of 1:51 at The Meadowlands and won the SBOA elimination and final, the Casual Breeze, the Elegantimage elimination and final, three Ontario Sires Stakes events including the Super Final, the Delvin Miller, Hambletonian Oaks elimination and final, the Simcoe, Breeders Crown elimination and final, American National and Moni Maker. Motown Muscle enjoyed a productive 2013 campaign, hitting for 6 wins in 14 races and $331,423 in purse money. She took a mark of 1:53.4 at Mohawk and racked up wins in a division of the Casual Breeze, Canadian Breeders Championship elimination and final, and several Ontario Sires Stakes events. Flanagan Memory and Your So Vain are the sophomore trotting colt nominees. Flanagan Memory won seven of 11 races for $408,798 in earnings. He clocked a season’s best 1:53 effort in winning the OSS Super Final at Mohawk. He also scored victories in the Goodtimes and several OSS events. Your So Vain was a winner of 5 of 13 and $382,105. He posted a mark of 1:52.4 in winning an elimination of the Canadian Trotting Classic. He also added wins in the Simcoe Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes, and a heat of the Kentucky Futurity to his resume. Bax Of Life and Maven are the Older Trotting Mare finalists. Bax of Life won 4 of 23 races and earned just over $155,000. She took a mark of 1:52.2 at The Red Mile. She was a nose winner in a Breeders Crown elimination and second in the Miss Versatility. Since winning the 2012 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack, Maven has been one of the most consistent trotters in North America. She swept the Miss Versatility Trotting Series including a 1:51.4 World Record in the final at Delaware. She also added wins in an elimination and the final of the Armbro Flight and Allerage to her credentials. She showed just how good she was by claiming a second Breeders Crown title. At season’s end Maven had won 10 of 14 races, and added $513,485 to her coffers. Intimidate and Mister Herbie are the Older Trotting Horse finalists. Both horses were O’Brien winners in 2012 – Intimidate as Canada’s Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and Mister Herbie as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse. Intimidate stepped up to the Older Trotting Horse ranks to win 7 of 9 on the year and bank $176,000. He won several Preferred events and took a mark of 1:51 in the Credit Winner at Vernon Downs. Although Mister Herbie only won one race in 2013, he was a strong contender in many of the major stakes and scored six runner-up finishes in races including the Maple Leaf Trot, Allerage, John Cashman Memorial and Breeders Crown, finishing the season with $492,067. Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. and Seelster Farms are nominated in the Armstrong Breeder of the Year category, and are both previous winners of this award. McIntosh’s 98 starters have accounted for 228 wins and just over $2 million in earnings in 2013, while Seelster-bred horses have posted 254 victories and $2.1 million in purse earnings. In the Future Star Category, the finalists for this first-time award are Travis Cullen and Patrick Shepherd. Horseman Travis Cullen, 21 of Edmonton, AB, closed out Alberta Downs' 2013 meet with five wins on the last day of racing while securing both the Lacombe track's driving and training titles. Amidst a career-best year of over $366,000 in trainer earnings and over $577,000 in driving earnings, the Edmonton horseman concluded the Alberta meet with a chart-topping 64 training victories and 86 driving wins. His 2013 total of 109 training wins in Canada places him fourth among all trainers while his .430 UTRS leads the nation. Patrick Shepherd, 21, of Lynden, ON, trained 112 winners and horses to $542,799 in earnings. His Canadian win total ranks as the third best among all conditioners, as does his .389 training average. One of the 24 horse nominees will be honoured as Canada’s Horse of the Year. The winners will be announced at the O’Brien Awards Gala on Saturday, February 8, 20114, at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown, PE. The complete list of finalists and owners is as follows. 2013 O’Brien Award Nominees Pacers Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer Precocious Beauty - owned by James L Avritt Sr., Lebanon, KY Shes Da Bomb – owned by F. Bellino And Sons LLC, Bronxville, NY   Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer Arthur Blue Chip – owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Guelph, ON – R G McGroup Ltd., Bathurst, NB – Serge Savard, Saint-Bruno, QC Luck Be Withyou – owned by John H. Craig, North York, ON   Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer I Luv The Nitelife - owned by Richard P. Young, Boca Raton- Joanne Young, Coconut Creek, FL Love Canal - owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc – Robert Cooper Stables LLC, Boca Raton, FL - J and T Silva Stables LLC, Long Beach, NY   Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer Sunshine Beach - owned by Hudson Standardbred Stb Inc., Hudson- Conrad Leber, Montreal QC – Diane Bertrand, Edmonton, AB Vegas Vacation – owned by West Wins Stable, Cambridge- Adriano Sorella, Milton – Anthony B Beaton, Waterdown – Phyllis M Saunders, Hamilton, ON   Older Pacing Mare Anndrovette - owned by Bamond Racing LLC, Brick – Joseph Davino, Clarksburg, NJ Rocklamation - owned by J and T Silva Stables LLC, Long Beach, NY – Stable 45, Boynton Beach, FL- Our Horse Centre Stables, Clifton Park, NY   Older Pacing Horse A Rocknroll Dance - owned by A Rocknroll Dance Stable, Wauseon, OH Foiled Again - owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown – Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA – JJK Stables LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL   Trotters   Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter Miss Aultsville - owned by Old Aultsville Stable, Mississauga, ON – Pealer Pen, Camp Hill, PA – John Kopas Stables Ltd. Milton, ON Riveting Rosie - owned by Parkhill Stud Farm, Peterborough – Don Allensen, Wyoming – J And T Stable Newmarket – John F Hayes, Sharon, ON   Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter Father Patrick - owned by Father Patrick Stable, East Windsor, NJ Muscle Matters - owned by Nunzio Vena, Bolton – Santo Vena, Brampton – Benoit Baillargeon, Rockwood – Richard Thompson, London, ON   Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter Bee A Magician – owned by Melvin Hartman, Ottawa, ON – Herb Liverman, Miami Beach – David H McDuffee, Delray Beach, FL Motown Muscle - owned by Bet Max Stables Inc., Casco – Benenati Inc., Clinton Twp, MI   Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter Flanagan Memory - owned by Liette Flanagan, Repentigny-Rene Dion, Saint-Lazare, QC Your So Vain – owned by P G Van Camp Stables, Port Perry, ON   Older Trotting Mare Bax Of Life – owned by Jerry Duford – Joanne S Wray, Campbellville, ON Maven - owned by William J. Donovan, Ft Lauderdale, FL   Older Trotting Horse Intimidate – owned by Judith Farrow, Hemmingford – Luc Blais, Lochaber Ouest, QC Mister Herbie – owned by Jeffrey R Gillis, Hillsburgh – Mac T Nichol, Burlington, ON- Gerald T Stay, Buffalo, NY   People Awards   O’Brien Award of Horsemanship Kelly Hoerdt, Beaumont, AB Paul MacKenzie, Puslinch, ON   Armstrong Breeder of the Year Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., Windsor, ON Seelster Farms, Lucan, ON   Driver of the Year Sylvain Filion, Campbellville, ON Doug McNair, Guelph, ON   Trainer of the Year Gregg McNair, Guelph, ON Richard Moreau, Puslinch, ON   Future Star Award Travis Cullen, Edmonton, AB Patrick Shepherd, Lynden, ON

Driver Paul MacKenzie was sent to local hospital after being unseated during an incident prior to the fifth race on Sunday night at Grand River Raceway. Three-year-old trotting filly Charmbo Grace made a break behind the gate in race five and locked wheels, unseating MacKenzie and causing a recall. The loose horse was caught without incident and scratched from the race. With assistance, MacKenzie was able to walk to the starting car, which transported him to the paramedics in the backstretch. The Puslinch, Ont. reinsman was complaining of pain in his upper leg and hip and was then transported to the local Fergus Hospital by ambulance. Mackenzie was x-rayed last night at Fergus Hospital. He doesn't have any broken bones but is still very sore and there appears to be some muscle damage. Reprinted with permission by  

Spartan Victory romped to a three length victory as the favourites made breaks when launching their attacks throughout the mile in Wednesday night's featured $7,000 Preferred 3 Trot at Grand River Raceway. With Ryan Holliday steering his second straight winner on the card, Spartan Victory won a battle for the lead from the inside post as three others hustled off the gate looking for early position. Meanwhile, 4-5 favourite Here Comes Numbers (Paul MacKenzie) broke stride to his immediate outside. With the lead, Spartan Victory carved out fractions of :29.1, :59.2 and 1:29.3. Second choice Boogie Woogie (Keith Oliver) rallied three-wide off cover around the final turn, but also broke stride. Spartan Victory remained unchallenged into the stretch and coasted home for the open length victory in 1:59.1, returning $31.70 to his backers. Long Ago (Bruce Richardson) followed in the pocket to finish second at odds of 17-1 while 110-1 longshot Oaklea Torpedo (Thomas Smith) came in third. London's Brad Pittock trains and owns the six-year-old Hard Rock N Roll gelding, who notched his third win of the season from 21 starts. Spartan Victory's 11th career win leaves him just shy of the $100,000 earnings mark. To view Wednesday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Wednesday Results - Grand River Raceway. Reprinted with permission by

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — In the last decade no horse has captured a Grassroots Championship at two and come back to defend their title the following season. At Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening two horses have an opportunity to change that statistic, three-year-old pacing filly Cams Macharena and three-year-old pacing colt Panpero Firpo. Cams Macharena will attempt to defend her crown from Post 7 in the sixth race and trainer Tony O’Sullivan is hoping the filly is able to rise to the occasion. “Her last three or four Sires Stakes have been really good. I’m actually pleasantly surprised with how fast she’s gone,” says the Cambridge resident, who has struggled to get the Mach Three daughter back on track since an early season jaunt to Ohio’s Northfield Park for the Courageous Lady. “That trip set her back a month or six weeks, it was really hard on her,” explains O’Sullivan. “It threw a kink in her and it seemed to take her a while to recover.” In the June 3 Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Cams Macharena finished ninth, but she had bounced back by the end of the month and recorded her first win of the season in the June 30 test at Clinton Raceway. Since then the defending champion has added another Grassroots win, in a personal best 1:53.1 at Georgian Downs, one second, one third and one fourth, putting her fourth in the point standings. O’Sullivan conditions Cams Macharena for owner-breeders Chris Arold and Michael Drury of Strongsville, OH and Kenneth Kohut of Independence, OH. Regular reinsman Doug McNair of Guelph will be in the race bike Saturday. Panpero Firpo will take aim on a second division title from Post 9 in the tenth race. In three regular season appearances the No Pan Intended son netted two wins and one fifth to squeak into the post season in ninth-place with 105 points. The colt claimed his victories at Georgian Downs and Mohawk, recording his 1:51.1 personal best over the Campbellville oval on Aug. 9. The David Menary trainee also tried his hand against the Gold Series colts on two occasions this season, but failed to crack the top five. Brett Miller will pilot Panpero Firpo after his second Grassroots title on behalf of Menary and owner-breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. Peter Pan Stables and Menary will also send out Panongahela in the three-year-old pacing colt Championship. Undefeated in four regular season starts the gelding will be looking to make it a perfect five from the outside Post 10. Billy Davis Jr. will be aboard Panongahela, who is also a son of No Pan Intended. Before either Cams Macharena or Panpero Firpo attempt to replicate their 2012 success, O’Sullivan will be preparing Concert Artist for his first run at a provincial title. The two-year-old pacing gelding comes into the season finale riding a two race win streak and will start from Post 2 in the fourth race. “He’s stepped his game up every week,” says O’Sullivan. “It was a pleasant surprise what he did the other night.” Concert Artist and Puslinch resident Paul Mackenzie wrapped up the regular season with a five and one-half length victory at Mohawk on Sept. 12, stopping the clock in an impressive 1:53. The win gave the son of Artistic Fella and Western Concert a record of three wins and one fifth in four Grassroots starts and he also picked up a win in an overnight event at Georgian Downs on Aug. 10. “Other than the Battle of Waterloo Elimination, where he over-paced himself, he really hasn’t raced bad all year,” adds O’Sullivan, who also trained the gelding’s mother for owner-breeder Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. Concert Artist finished fifth in the freshman pacing colt point race, a hotly contested division which should result in an outstanding showdown on Saturday. Mohawk Racetrack’s first race goes postward at 7:25 pm and the eight Grassroots Championships will be featured in Races 2 through 6 and 8 through 10. For complete entries please go to Ontario Sires Stakes  

DRESDEN, ON — Dresden Raceway fans were treated to five impressive Grassroots performances by Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts on Monday afternoon. Driver Paul Mackenzie kicked things off in the first $18,000 division, guiding King Royalty to a 1:58.4 score over Electric Western. Local favourite Regal Babe, owned by Rob Chapple of Chatham, finished third. All three colts were affected by an accident that saw driver Brad Forward thrown from Opening Line’s race bike heading into the final turn. Fortunately Forward was not seriously injured and was able to drive in the Monday evening program at Elora’s Grand River Raceway. Mackenzie crafted King Royalty’s first lifetime win for trainer David Menary of Cheltenham. The trainer shares ownership of the son of Classic Card Shark with his father Larry Menary of Cheltenham and Michael Guerriero of Puslinch. Two races later Puslinch resident Mackenzie was back in the Dresden winner’s circle with Concert Artist, who rang up the quickest clocking of the five Grassroots divisions, hitting the wire in 1:57.1. Tony O’Sullivan conditions the Artistic Fella gelding for owner-breeder Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. The colt’s second Grassroots win vaulted him into contention for a berth in the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship. Division point leader Cheeky Fool scored his fourth Grassroots victory in the final division, going gate-to-wire in 1:59.3 for driver Scott Coulter and trainer Clifford Hill. Joshua Wade Jamieson owns the son of Western Maverick, who boasts a five race point tally of 196. The other divisions were captured by On The Big Swing, who bested Hoorei For Flash and Rather Swell, owned by trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, with his 1:57.3 effort and V I P Bayama, who posted a 1:57.2 clocking. The two-year-old pacing colts wrap up their Grassroots regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 12. by Sandra Snyder  

The two-year-old crop of 2013 was out in full force on Monday afternoon Canada Day harness racing for Callbeck Stakes action at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.

Ciaran Morrison opted to start Lyons Luck in the shallow end of the 3-year-old pacing filly pool this harness racing season and the decision paid off at Kawartha Downs last Thursday (August 2) as the filly made a victorious leap up to the Gold Series level.

Lyons Luck moved up from the Grassroots harness racing program for Thursday's (August 2) Gold Series event at Kawartha Downs and the three-year-old pacing filly proved that she belongs in the top tier with an impressive 1:52.1 score in her $40,000 Gold Elimination.

Harness racing driver Dave Boughton has driven in nearly 19,000 races but confesses he never considered calling one. Adding the venture to his bucket list and knocking it off in the same night, Boughton is the seventh reinsman to take the mic in Grand River Raceway's guest announcer series, From Bike To Mic.

Hamilton resident Dave Van Camp enjoyed a golden afternoon at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday (July 4) as two-year-old trotting gelding Musclescorleone captured the first Gold Final trophy of the freshman harness racing season.

Grand River Raceway has released its weekly video recap of race night highlights. The latest Week In Review MashUp captures harness racing action from race nights on June 4, 6 and the first Fun & Frivolity Friday Night of the season (June 8).

Arthur resident Trevor Henry piloted not one, but two sophomore pacing fillies to track record performances in the harness racing Grassroots season opener at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening.

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