Three of the two-year-old trotting fillies competing in tonight’s third $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division at Grand River Raceway came into the contest riding two race winning streaks. Danielle Hall and Juanitas Fury had both won a division of the first Gold event for this group of the 2014 season while newcomer Muscle Baby Doll was making her first appearance in Ontario after starting her career on the Indiana Fair circuit. In their division Muscle Baby Doll left sharply from post five for Doug McNair and easily obtained the lead. Jody Jamieson sent Danielle Hall up to take over just past the :30.1 opening quarter. She continued on top by the 1:01.1 half but just past that point Bistrobistro Taj came to call and had a head in front by the 1:31 three-quarters. Those two fillies battled it out around the final turn while McNair tipped his filly three wide and cruised on by to win in 2:00, the fastest of the three divisions tonight. Danielle Hall (Deweycheatumnhowe) was second with Bistrobistro Taj (Pilgrims Taj) taking third. This was the first start for Muscle Baby Doll under her new ownership of Frank Bellino and Sons Stable of New York and trainer Tony O’Sullivan. The Bellinos purchased the daughter of Muscle Mass–Have You Ever last week. Another recent acquisition for the Bellinos and O’Sullivan is Youre Majestic who won her first outing for her new connections in the first OSS Gold test last week at Mohawk. She raced very well tonight but had to settle for the bridesmaid spot. That division saw Amoureuse Hanover and Randy Waples gain early control to head the fillies by the opening marker in :29.2. Just past that point she was overtaken by Ditcherquicknhide and Jack Moiseyev who trotted by the half in :59.4. Waples pulled his filly back out from second and she hit the three-quarters first in 1:30.2. Three wide and driving on through the final turn was Youre Majestic but she could not catch the leader who tripped the timer in 2:00.3. Youre Majestic (Majestic Son) was second followed by Sumthintotalkabout (Muscle Mass). It was the first win in three lifetime starts for Amoureuse Hanover, who finished second and third in her previous outings. Trained by John Smith for Brian Peterson of Port Hope, Ontario, the daughter of Pilgrims Taj was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. The second split saw favourite The Grand Filly make a break just before the opening quarter while trying to overtake Desis Dream who hit that point in :30.3 and the half in 1:00.3. She had pressure at that point from Magical Gem but that filly miscued, taking herself out of contention. Just past the 1:30.3 three-quarters Gee Okeeffe came out from second for James MacDonald and flew by Desis Dream to win by more than six lengths in 2:00.3. The Grand Filly (Muscle Mass) recovered to take second while Mischief Smile (Majestic Son) was third. It was the first lifetime win in three starts for Gee Okeeffe who finished second in her first two tries. From the first crop of Holiday Road, the filly is trained by Chris Beaver who co-owns with breeder Wilbur Lang, both of Ohio. The rookie trotting fillies will next meet for Gold action on August 10 at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
Elora, ON --- It was a banner night for trainer Casie Coleman and driver Chris Christoforou as they teamed up to sweep the trio of C$70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series events for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Wednesday (July 16) at Grand River Raceway. All three winning colts – Bob Ben And John, Southwind Indy, and Rollwiththepunches – are from the first crop of Sportswriter, who Coleman also trained throughout his career, including his victory in the 2010 North America Cup. In the first Gold Series test Bob Ben And John and Christoforou moved from third to first before the :56.3 half-mile marker. From there, he would go on to reach three-quarters in 1:26.2 before he closed with a :28.2 final kicker to win by a length and three-quarters in 1:54.4, which was the fastest of the three divisions. Go Daddy Go (Randy Waples) challenged Bob Ben And John first-over in the final half but had to settle for second and early leader Moonwards Hanover (Paul MacDonell) checked in third. West Wins Stable of Cambridge and Adriano Sorella of Milton, Ontario, own Bob Ben And John, who is a perfect two-for-two in his career, with both victories coming in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series events. Bob Ben And John, who was bred by Frank Coleman and sold for $17,000 at last year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, is the fifth foal out of the Cambest mare My Best Girl, making him a half-brother to the likes of Ohmybelle ($223,097). Odds-on favorite Sporting The Look (Jody Jamieson) was in control through stations of :28, :58.1, and 1:27.1 in the second section, but he would make a break in stride and leave the course just past three-quarters. With Sporting The Look out of contention, Southwind Indy and Christoforou inherited the lead from the pocket, and Southwind Indy would go on to win by a length and a quarter in 1:56.3. Sports Bettor (Randy Waples) was the runner-up and Windsong Lightning (Eddie Green) grabbed third. It was the first win in two tries for Southwind Indy, who is owned by West Wins Stable, Steve Calhoun of Chatham, Ontario, and Southwind Farms LLC. of Pennington, New Jersey. Southwind Farms also bred Southwind Indy, who was purchased for $45,000 out of the 2013 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Southwind Indy is the first foal out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Its Only Rocknroll. Its Only Rocknroll’s dam is Armbro Wallflower (Village Jasper), a multiple-time OSS winner at two and three, including the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for 3-year-olds in 2002. Deetzy (Randy Waples) showed the way through fractions of :29, :58, and 1:26.4 in the OSS Gold Series nightcap, but Christoforou fanned Rollwiththepunches wide for the drive following an off-the-pace trip, and Rollwiththepunches would take the lead at the top of the stretch. Once he was in control, Rollwiththepunches drew away to score by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:56.2. Win One Soon (Phil Hudon) finished second, followed by Lyons Jimmydean (James MacDonald). Like Bob Ben And John, Rollwiththepunches improved his record to two-for-two in his career and in OSS competition for owner West Wins Stable. Bred by Concord Stud Farm LLC., Paul Stromick, and Birnam Wood Farms, Rollwiththepunches was taken out of last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for $17,000. Rollwiththepunches is the first foal out of the Western Terror mare Terroronthebeach, a half-sister to Guestimate ($656,546) and Dinner Guest ($554,867). Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series action for the rookie colt and gelding pacers will resume on August 10 at Georgian Downs. For full results and charts from Wednesday night’s events, please click - http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0716grvrn.dat From the Ontario Sire Stakes
MARKET SHARE WINS HIS ELIM IN 1:53
The first leg of the Town Pro Pacing Series got underway on Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack, with two $18,000 divisions taking place. In the first division, heavy favourite Major Dancer lived up to expectations with a two and three-quarter length victory in 1:53. Driver Chris Christoforou dropped the Casie Coleman trainee in sixth early and got a second over trip on the back of Unique Rock N Roll (Doug McNair). At the top of the stretch, Christoforou brought her off that cover and never looked back with the daughter of Art Major-Two Steppin Sally. Major Dancer used a :26.3 last quarter to draw away from her competitors. In a tight four-horse photo for place, Poppies Pride (Randy Waples) and Sam (Roger Mayotte) finished in a dead-heat for second, while Polk Dot Hanover (Rick Zeron) was fourth. To read the rest of the story click here.
ELORA, ON - What's it like to be going crazy fast behind a 1,000-pound animal, with no seat belt, just two strips of leather as your steering wheel and only millimeters separating you and eight other thundering horses? Veteran driver Randy Waples says there's no feeling anything like it. "It's the greatest high in the world when you get to line up behind the gate. I've never lost it. It's been 31 years of driving horses now. Every time I go behind the gate I get that same kind of a rush, that adrenaline rush. It's just fantastic," Waples said. "You want to feel what it's like to be in a horse race? Get on a motorbike and do 100 miles an hour down the 401." Randy Waples went to high school in Fergus. When he was young, he used to play in a field in Elora that became the site of Grand River Raceway. Today, he's one of Canada's leading harness drivers and a four-time winner of Grand River Raceway's signature race, the Battle of Waterloo. At the age of 49, even after more than 6,000 wins and over $100 million in purse earnings, Waples said he still gets pumped when he takes the reins. "It's got that dangerous sort of aspect. You know they're close to you. You know how powerful the animals are. But you really don't put that into your mind because, basically, the whole time you're thinking, 'What should I be doing? Where should I be? Is this one live? Is that one stopping? Can I get out? Do I want to pull now?' There's a lot of things that go through your mind where you kind of push the dangerous part in the back of your mind." Waples said there's no better place for fans to get a taste of that adrenaline rush than at Grand River Raceway. "First of all, you're up close to the horses. To me, that's more important than anything," Waples said. "The other thing is, I think Grand River Raceway has gone out of their way to treat people the way they should be treated. It's customer first. "It's just such a friendly kind of an experience. That's Elora. Fantastic people." Waples is one of the most personable drivers in the game. He invited fans to say hello at Grand River. "I hope I see you there and if I do, come over to the fence, lean over and say, 'Hi' unless you're an ex-school teacher, then stay away," he said, laughing. Waples said horses are simply the greatest animals on earth. "We've been so lucky that God put these animals on the earth... They're so accommodating," he said. "Horses went to war with us, they carried the guns... Years ago, when there was no cars, the doctor went to the houses in a horse and a buggy. If that doctor couldn't get around in that horse and a buggy, a lot of people wouldn't be here today. We've got a horse to thank for it. "A lot of people don't know horses have blue eyes. You get up close to them, every one of them have the prettiest blue eyes you've ever seen in your life." As for the horse that changed his life, Waples didn't even think for half-a-second before answering. "San Pail. Absolutely San Pail," he said of the Breeders Crown and three-time Maple Leaf Trot winner. "People looked at me differently. I was able to compete at the highest level with a very good horse and he made me look good and people just, all of a sudden, looked at me in a different light. "He's meant everything to me." To hear more of our conversation with Randy Waples - including which three people, living or dead, he'd pick to have dinner with - check out our weekly podcast, the Harness Racing Report, produced for Grand River Raceway by award-winning journalist Dave Briggs, at https://soundcloud.com/grandriverraceway by Kelly Spencer for Grand River Raceway
The Roses Are Red Series at Mohawk Raceway Saturday saw two classy older pacing mares, Anndrovette and Yagonnakissmeornot win their $35,000 elimination divisions in photo finishes. The first division saw Jerseylicious and driver Ron Pierce leave and park out Shebestingin (David Miller) to the opening quarter mile in :26.2. Meanwhile, Anndrovette and Tim Tetrick got away in third place along the rail as they raced to the half mile in :55.2. It was then that Charisma Hanover (Yannick Gingras) came first-over over with Summertime Lea (Scott Zeron) following the outside flow as the field hit the three-quarters in 1:22.4. Starting down the stretch, Summertime Lea tipped out and looked to collar Shebestingin with Shelliscape (Brian Sears) coming into the picture. All the while weaving with Anndrovette around four horses, Tim Tetrick got the game mare into high gear and she came charging down to the wire to win by a head in 1:49.3 over Summertime Lea and Shelliscape. Shebestingin had faded and finished fourth with Charisma Hanover fifth and making it to the $325,000 final next week. For Anndrovette, the seven-year-old mare by Riverboat King and a three-time Dan Patch award winning older pacing mare of the year, she posted her second straight win and third victory on the year for trainer P J Fraley. She is owned by Bamond Racing of Brick, NJ and Joseph Devitto of Clarksburg, NJ. She paid $3.70 to win as the only favorite in all of the eliminations races to win. “I was following some good mares,” said driver Tim Tetrick, “Shebestingin and Jerseylicious and I figured they would carry me and I would have some room in the stretch. When I finally did get some room she really charged home. After her good mile last week she really responds after an effort like that. She likes the Canadian air. She always does well on this track and right now she is tough as nails. When the money is down she always seems to show up.” The second division saw an amazing “true grit” grind it out first-over effort from Yagonnakissmeornot and driver Ron Pierce as they were able to wear down pacesetter and race favorite Somwherovrarainbow and driver Brian Sears to win by a neck in 1:50.1. After taking the early lead away from Voelz Hanover (Randy Waples), Sears led the way with Somwherovrarainbow to the quarter in :27.3, the half in :56.3 as Pierce was already on the outside with Yagonnakissmeornot and starting to work their way up to the front. And they did by the three-quarters in 1:24. It was then a two-horse race to the finishing and Yagonnakissmeornot was super game and nipped Somwherovrarainbbow at the wire. Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick) was third with Camille (Brett Miller) fourth and rounding out the field for the final was fifth place finisher Rocklamation (Yannick Gingras). “We got away badly,” Pierce said. “And I was concerned but I figured if I let her have some racetrack she would respond and she did. I raced her before when George Teague had her and I learned a lot about her. After one start I knew just how to race her. I knew this track would help her a lot and that she would just eat it up. She has the speed, everything is there, she’s the complete package.” A five-year-old mare by The Panderosa, Yagonnakissmeornot is trained by Carmen Auciello and is owned by Allard Racing, Inc. of Yves Sarrain, QC and Kapildeo Singh of NY. Her time of 1:50.1 was a lifetime mark. She paid 416.40 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
Trixton and trainer/driver Jimmy Takter breezed to a six length romp in winning their $30,000 elimination division of the Goodtimes Trotting Stake at Mohawk Raceway Friday as the three-year-old colt post his fourth straight harness racing victory. In the first elimination division, race favorite Flyhawk El Durado and driver Yannick Gingras were able to grind out a victory by a diminishing three-quarters of a length after leading by four and three-quarters at the top of the stretch. Sent off as the overwhelming 1/9 betting favorite, Trixton wasted little time for Takter in taking control of the race. Harper Blue Chip (Sylvain Filion) left quickly from the outside in post nine and was able to take the early lead away from Dontcheatonmenow and driver Jack Moiseyev. But Takter was already on the move on the outside with Trixton. Past the opening quarter mile in :28.2, Takter took control with Trixton as Filion was content to sit the two-hole trip. They went by the half mile marker in :57.2 with no one making any real challenge and then by the three-quarters in 1:26.1, Trixton held the field at bay. As they came down the stretch, Takter never raised his whip but under gentle urging, Trixton pulled away from the field to win in 1:53.3. Harper Blue Chip was second with Speak The Truth (Tim Tetirck) third. Also making it to the $271,100 final next week were See The Wind (Brian Sears) in fourth and Pasadena Star (Randy Waples) fifth. “He was just very powerful tonight,” said Jimmy Takter. “He’s a big horse and he has a very effective way of going and can cover a lot of ground. It took a little while to get him right. Big horses take a little longer to get their stride. He is just a fantastic horse. He will face tougher horses later on this season. But right now he is having a lot of fun.” A winner now in four of his five starts this year, Trixton is a three-year-old colt by Muscle Hill and is owned by Brixton Medical Ab and Christina Takter. He paid just $2.10 to win. To watch Trixton's race click here. In the $30,000 first Goodtimes division, it was a Calvary charge for control of the lead as Il Sogno Dream (Tim Tetrick) left like a rocket from post nine to grab the quick lead with So Not Cool (Mario Baillargeon) also leaving from post ten and grabbing the two-hold spot but by the opening quarter mile in :27, Skates N Plates and driver Ron Pierce were the already on the lead. Then it was the race favorite, Flyhawk El Durado and Gingras who started up first over as the pace quickened to the half in :56 and then the three-quarters in 1:25.2 but Flyhawk El Durado worn down Skates N Plates and by the top of the stretch had a commanding lead and then coasted home an easy winner in 1:54.1. Il sogno Dream was second with Verdi (Paul MacDonell) third and also making it to the final were Massacaia (Sylvain Filion) with Massive Talent (Jody Jamieson) fourth. It was the second straight win and second victory on the year for Flyhawk El Durado, a son of Conway Hall, who is trained by Jeffrey Gillis and is owned by Martin Sharf of Lawrence, NY. He paid $3.00 to win and his time of 1:54.1 was a lifetime mark. To watch the race replay click here. The field will line up as follows for next week's final as post positions have been drawn: 1) See The Wind 2) Massacaia 3) Verdi 4) Flyhawk El Durado* 5) Trixton* 6) Massive Talent 7) Pasadena Star 8) Il Sogno Dream 9) Speak The Truth 10) Harper Blue Chip AE) Raise The Curtain By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
CAMPBELLVILLE, May 31 - North America's top sophomore pacing colts contested in the final preliminary race before the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup as Mohawk played host to a trio of $75,000 division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes. In the first split, Pepsi North America Cup eligible JK Endofanera and Brian Sears clicked in 1:50. Sears and the son of Art Major sat third in the early stages as Luck Be Withyou (Ron Pierce) was first to the quarter in :26.3. As the field of seven headed towards the half, JK Endofanera angled out of third and marched to the front before the mid-way point in :55. JK Endofanera would continue to lead past three-quarters in 1:23.1 as pocket-sitter Luck Be Withyou angled to the outside. The pair of sophomores separated themselves from the field with JK Endofanera prevailing in deep stretch to win by one length. Marco De Vie (Randy Waples) finished third. Trained by Ron Burke for owner 3 Brothers Stables, JK Endofanera celebrated his sixth career tally as his bankroll now sits at $451,057. JK Endofanera captured last year's Governors Cup en route to $363,402 in seasonal earnings. The talented pacer remains a perfect three-for-three to start the season. His 1:49.4 lifetime best was taken place just two starts ago at Pocono Downs. He paid $2.20 to win. Heavily-favoured Always B Miki didn't disappoint his backers as the son of Always A Virgin prevailed in 1:50 for driver Corey Callaghan. Callaghan and Always B Miki laid parked on the outside past the opening station in :27.1, before marching to command. From there, the five-time winner carved out fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.3, before fending off a light challenge from second-choice Mcwicked (David Miller) to score the win. Silverhill Shadow (Jody Jamieson) finished third. Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Bluewood Stable, Val Dor Farms and Roll The Dice Stable, Always B Miki increased her career earnings to $206,891. The talented sophomore has a 3-1-0 record from five starts this season. He also remains eligible to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. After tasting defeat for the first time in his career, He's Watching redeemed himself with a 1:49.3 lifetime best. The talented son of American Ideal led from start-to-finish through panels of 27.2, :55.3 and 1:23, before fending off a challenge from first-over attacker and race favourite Lets Drink On It to win. Melmerby Beach (Paul Macdonell) finished third. Trained and co-owned by David Menary along with Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Muscara Racing Trust, He's Watching increased his bankroll to $329,222. He paid $7.70 to win. The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations take place next Saturday evening with the $1 million rich final on Saturday, June 14 at Mohawk. by Greg Gangle, for WEG
Making her 2014 debut, millionairess Voelz Hanover established a new Canadian season's record for distaffers with a 1:50.3 victory in a $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Leaving from post two as the heavy 1-2 favourite, the Randy Waples-driven Voelz Hanover ($3) led her five foes through fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:23.3. Meanwhile, last year's New York Sire Stakes champion Social Scene (Jonathan Drury) advanced first over from fourth in her own season's debut, but leveled off in the stretch. Voelz Hanover then held off a pocket-pulling D Gs Pesquero and Sylvain Filion by a half-length as they sprinted to the wire. Its No Secret and Phil Hudon finished over four lengths behind in third. To read the rest of the story click here.
TORONTO, May 2 - The Princess Series continued on Friday evening at Woodbine as 15 sophomore pacing fillies showcased their talent in a pair of $20,000 second round divisions. Bahama Blue, driven by Jody Jamieson, captured the first split in 1:53.1 at odds of 9-1. Jamieson and Bahama Blue were first to the front to lead at the quarter in :27.3, but then found themselves In The Pocket heading towards the half as heavily-favoured Rock N Roll Xample (James MacDonald) took over command. Rock N Roll Xample would lead her six rivals past the half in :56.3 and 1:24.4. Down the stretch Rock N Roll Xample and Bahama Blue separated themselves from their rivals, but it was Bahama Blue getting the upper-hand in deep stretch to win by a length. Artful Impulse (Randy Waples) finished third. Trained and co-owned by Carl Jamieson along with David Shea and Thomas Kyron $88,540. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere posted her first victory in 2014 from four starts and enjoyed a new career best. She paid $20.70 to win. After finishing second in the opening round last week, Take That Hanover and Mike Saftic redeemed themselves to take the second division in 1:53.2. Saftic had the daughter of Well Said out quickest for command in the early stages, but allowed a parked-out Polk Dot Hanover (Jody Jamieson) to the lead at the opening quarter in :27. The lead wouldn't last long heading towards the half as Take That Hanover was on the move again to lead past the half in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.4. Polk Dot Hanover angled to the outside for Jamieson at the three-quarter pole, but Take That Hanover quickly opened up on her rival and was a going-away winner in deep stretch to win by four and three quarter lengths. Wildcat Magic (Chris Christoforou) finished second with Lasting Appeal (Steve Condren) third. Trained and owned by Jack Darling, Take That Hanover increased her career earnings to $62,909. She paid $4.70 to win. by Greg Gangle, for WEG
For Release: Greg Gangle - WEG Communications Magic Feeling is magical in Celias Counsel final TORONTO, May 1 - Magic Feeling, driven by Mike Saftic, parlayed a two-hole trip into a winning effort in this year's edition of the $34,400 Celias Counsel final at Woodbine Racetrack. After capturing last week's second leg at odds of 50-1, the daughter of Kadabra remains unbeaten in two starts this season for trainer and co-owner Frank O'Reilly. Flexible Woman (Steve Byron) was quickly on the march in the early stages as she led her nine rivals past the opening quarters in :27.4. Magic Feeling was sitting In The Pocket with K D Bella (Randy Waples) sitting third. Flexible Woman would continue to lead past the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:27. Race favourite Tosca (Per Henriksen) would venture first-over around the final turn, giving cover to Just Call Me Lady (Trevor Ritchie), who had been parked the mile. Turning for home, Flexible Woman was still in command, but Tosca, Magic Feeling and K D Bella were within striking range. In deep stretch, K D Bella appeared to have the most momentum on the outside, but Saftic was able to split between horses with Magic Feeling and find a seam in the final stages to score the victory in 1:57.3. K D Bella finished second with Tosca third. Flexible Woman completed the superfecta. A $30,000 yearling purchase, Magic Feeling increased her bankroll to $24,700 for co-owners John Fielding and Isidoro Russo. She paid $7 to win. -30- Greg Gangle WEG Communications - Standardbred (416) 675-7223) x4209 @GGangle_WOMoh P Please consider the environment before printing this email. - Proud Member of Imagine Canada, achieving Caring Company Status - Recycling Council of Ontario's Platinum Waste Minimization Award - Quality ERA Gold Award winner for continuous improvements This e-mail and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail, delete this e-mail and destroy any copies. Any dissemination or use of this information by a person other than the intended recipient is unauthorized and may be illegal.
TORONTO, April 28 - A familiar face was found back in the winner's circle at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening as a pair of $15,000 divisions took place in the second round of the Tie Silk Series. Entranced, driven by Mike Saftic, will aim for the series sweep after turning back all rivals in a 1:56.4 victory. The talented son of Kadabra led from gate-to-wire through panels of :27, :58 and 1:28.3, before kicking home with a :28.4 final quarter to seal the victory in 1:56.4. Musical Spell (Jack Moiseyev) finished second, with Verdi (Paul Macdonell) third. Trained and co-owned by Garth Gordon along with Gary Green and Bernard Tobin, Entranced enjoyed his second victory in three starts this season. . The bay gelding increased his bankroll to $36,000, while paying $3.50 to win. After capturing his division in the opening round of the series, Entranced will look for the series sweep on Monday, May 5 in the rich $25,000 (added) final The Muscler, owned, trained and driven by Dustin Jones, took the other division in the opening dash on the 11-race program with a 1:56 victory. Jones guided the gelded son of Cantab Hall gate-to-wire through panels of :26.1, :56.3, 1:26.3, before fending off Tyrone Haji (Randy Waples) in deep stretch to win by a length. Alerthemedia (Eddie Green) finished third. The Muscler earned his third career tally from six starts this season and increased his bankroll to $20,940. He paid $7.70 to win. by Greg Gangle, for WEG
After having broken stride in his 2014 pari-mutuel debut, San Pail looked to correct himself on Friday, April 25 during a blustery qualifying session at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ont. The 10-year-old San Pellegrino gelding had his regular driver, Randy Waples, in tow when he lined up in Post 6 for the first dash on the nine-race qualifying docket. Over a ‘fast’ track rated one second slow, Waples and San Pail worked their way into the two-hole as Magic Lindy (driven by Paul MacDonell) crossed over and clicked off the opening quarter in :28.4. The multiple O’Brien Award winning San Pail assumed control in the second quarter and trotted down to the half-mile marker in 1:00.3. The career winner of 52 races and over $3.1 million in earnings maintained an open-length lead along the final turn and passed by the three-quarters pole in 1:31. The multiple stakes winner kicked it up a bit during his final quarter (:27.2) as he came home for a three and a half-length win in 1:58.2 for trainer Rod Hughes. To read the rest of the story click here.
TORONTO, April 21 - Samira Hanover found the line when it counted the most as she notched her first win of the season in the $43,200 final of the Lifetime Dream final on Monday evening at Woodbine. The trotting miss, driven by Paul Macdonell, stopped the clock in a stakes record time of 1:53.3 at odds of 28-1. MacDonell left alertly in the early stages as he settled Samira Hanover in third, behind the two favourites Rose Run Oriana (Randy Waples) and Rockin With Dewey (Mario Baillargeon) at the opening quarter in a quick :26.4. As the field of 10 headed towards the half, Standing My Ground (Sylvain Filion) made a brush to the lead at the half in :56.2. That left Frisky Magic first over around the final turn, which allowed Samira Hanover to angle to the outside to catch cover. Heavily-favoured Rose Run Oriana popped out of the two-hole before three-quarters in 1:25 and quickly took over command. Down the stretch, Rose Run Oriana was in an all-out drive from Waples, but MacDonell showed his charge open road and Samira Hanover wore down the tempo-setter in deep stretch to win by half a length. Rockin With Dewey split horses late in the mile to finish third. Trained by Mike Keeling for P C Wellwood Enterprises Inc, Steve Organ, William Weaver and A K Malik Stable, Samira Hanover increased her career bankroll to $104,280. The four-year-old daughter of Kadabra celebrated her sixth career victory. She paid $59.40 to win. The Lifetime Dream Series is for four and five-year-old trotting mares, who are non-winners of $200,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2013. Also on Monday's programme, the opening round of the Tie Silk Series kicked off with a pair of $15,000 divisions. Driver Mike Saftic guided both Musical Spell and Entranced to victory in their respective connections. Sent off as the co-favourite at odds of 2-1, Musical Spell Mike Saftic went gate-to-wire in 1:57.2 to capture the first division. The son of Kadabra laid down panels of :27.2, :58.4 and 1:29.1, before fending off a late challenge from the other co-favourite Windsun Revenge (Chris Christoforou) to stop the clock in 1:57.2. Gangio (Keith Oliver) finished third. Trained by Mike Guitard for owner Haryott Stables Inc, Musical Spell remains a perfect two-for-two to start his 2014 campaign. The bay gelding increased his bankroll to $15,500. He paid $6.80 to win. One race later, Saftic used the same tactics as Entranced stopped the clock in a speedy 1:54.4, a North American season's record. The Garth Gorden trainee cruised through panels of :27.1, :56 and 1:25.1, before scoring a comfortable one and a half length win. So Not Cool (Mario Baillargeon) came on for second, over even-money favourite Verdi (Paul Macdonell). Gorden also co-owns the son of Kadabra with Gary Green and Bernard Tobin. After banking $21,000 as a rookie last season, Entranced celebrated his second career victory and new lifetime best. He paid $11.90 to win. The Tie Silk Series is for three-year-olds trotters, who are non-winners of $30,000 in 2013. More stakes action continues on Thursday night as two $15,000 divisions of the Tie Silk kicks off in the opening round. Post time is set for 7:25 p.m. by Greg Gangle, for WEG
After being sidelined from harness racing for six month’s, $3.1 million career winner, San Pail, was not his former world champion self in his 2014 debut at Woodbine Racecourse Saturday, making a break in the two-hole and finishing seventh. The 9th race $34,000 Preferred Trot feature saw Slip Into Glide and driver Mario Baillargeon shoot to the early lead with San Pail (Randy Waples) using their inside position to grab the two-hole spot. Past the opening quarter mile in :28 and then to the half mile marker in :57.2, Slip Into Glide seemingly held the field at bay with a two and one-half length lead. Race favorite San Pail could not keep up and when approaching the three-quarters, make a break that took him out of the race. Slip Into Glide pulled away after the three-quarters in 1:25.4 and then glided home a five and three-quarter length winner in 1:53.3. Boogie Woogie (Keith Oliver) was second with Burnin Money (Jonathan Drury) third. It was the third win this season for Slip Into Glide, a six-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide, who is trained and co-owned by Benoit Baillargeon with Craig Turner. Slip Into Glide paid $6.20 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
The field for the 2014 Ontario Regional Driving Championship scheduled for Friday, May 9 at The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont. has been confirmed. The participating drivers are: • Alfie Carroll • Scott Coulter • Billy Davis Jr. • Trevor Henry • Jody Jamieson • James MacDonald • Doug McNair • J.R. Plante The top two drivers from the eight-race competition will join six other drivers at the 2014 National Driving Championship scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. Several drivers declined invitations to take part due to other commitments, including Sylvain Filion, Canada’s Driver of the Year for 2013, Randy Waples and Scott Zeron. To read the rest of the story click here.