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TORONTO -  April 12, 2021 - Ontario Racing is pleased to announce that Standardbred horsepeople now have the opportunity to access certain purse funds that remain available under the Funding Agreement with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) as a result of the suspension of live harness racing in the province as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The aforementioned funds were already committed to the industry through the Funding Agreement for Live Horse Racing between Ontario Racing and OLG. "We are pleased to be able to provide these equine benefit payments," said John Hayes, Chair, Ontario Racing. "Horse racing, like so many other industries, continues to be severely impacted by the pandemic. The Ontario Racing team, OLG, and industry representatives, remain dedicated to assisting horsepeople and horses across the province. We are grateful for your ongoing support throughout these challenging times." In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Racing created a task force, as it did during the spring lockdown in 2020, to address the financial impacts to Standardbred horse racing in Ontario. Eligibility Requirements: For horsepeople to be eligible for financial payments for the month of April pursuant to this program, the Standardbred COVID-19 Task Force has determined that horses must meet the criteria outlined below to be eligible to receive an equine benefit payment. Horses Drawn into Race Cancellation Payment - $300 per horse: Horses entered to race Saturday April 3, 2021 and Sunday April 4, 2021 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Western Fair, and Rideau Carleton will be awarded the standard $300 cancellation fee. These races were previously drawn. April Training Benefit Payment - $1,000 per horse: 1. Any horse stabled in Ontario with a charted line in Ontario in 2021 and is not currently racing or training/stabled outside of Ontario without returning to Ontario prior to April 5 shall receive $1,000 in relief funding. No application required. 2. The following horses that are preparing to race and are currently stabled in Ontario for the month of April may be eligible to apply for $1,000 in relief funding: Unraced in 2021 3- & 4-year-olds Any horse who started in Ontario between September 1 - December 23, 2020 that was stabled in Ontario at the time of the start and remained in Ontario until December 23, 2020 All horses under both criteria must remain in Ontario for the month of April to receive funding and make their first start in Ontario once live racing resumes in Ontario. If a horse qualifies under both criteria, the horse is eligible for only a single $1,000 payment. Application form: The Standardbred Equine Benefit application for this payment can be found here (Application Form Link). The deadline to submit your application to Ontario Racing is Friday, April 23, 2021. All mailed applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 23, 2021 in order to be eligible. Please email or mail completed applications to: Attn: Sarrah Young - Ontario Racing Management 555 Rexdale Boulevard Toronto, ON M9W 5L2 Important Notes: All payments received must be used for the care and maintenance of Standardbred horses Once racing resumes in Ontario, horses who have received benefits under this program MUST make their first start at an Ontario Standardbred racetrack Ontario Racing reserves the right to request additional information to ensure all criteria has been met. Those receiving benefit payments under the program could be subject to an audit by Ontario Racing. Failure to meet the criteria will result in all amounts being repaid to Ontario Racing. All decisions are at the discretion of Ontario Racing and are ABSOLUTE and FINAL Horses are currently under the care of an AGCO licensed trainer at the time the application is submitted From Ontario Racing  

On Tuesday (April 6) Ontario Racing issued a notice to the harness racing industry regarding support payments for the cancelled race cards that were slated to be conducted at The Raceway at the Western Fair District, Rideau Carleton Raceway and Woodbine Mohawk Park earlier this month. The release is as follows: Ontario Racing is pleased to notify industry participants that Standardbred horsepeople affected by the cancellation of race cards for Woodbine Mohawk Park (April 3, 2021), The Raceway at Western Fair District (April 3, 2021) and Rideau Carleton Raceway (April 4, 2021), due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will receive a one-time payment of $300 for each horse drawn into race on the specified days. The number of horses, 310 in total, affected by the cancellation of races due to the Ontario Government’s latest lockdown measures put into effect on April 3, 2021, are as follows: Woodbine Mohawk Park – 103 horses, The Raceway at Western Fair District – 78 horses, and Rideau Carleton Raceway – 129 horses. These funds were already committed to the industry through the Funding Agreement for Live Horse Racing between Ontario Racing and OLG. The support payments will be mailed out in the coming days. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Racing created a task force, as it did during the spring 2020 lockdown, to address the financial impacts to Standardbred horse racing in Ontario. From Ontario Racing

All harness racing in Ontario will stop again as Premier Doug Ford announced today (Thursday, Apr. 1) that Ontario will move into a province-wide lockdown effective Saturday, Apr. 3 at 12:01 a.m. EDT.   The provincial government said that it is "pulling the emergency brake" as Covid-19 cases begin to rise again. This will result in the temporary closure of Woodbine Mohawk Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, and Rideau Carleton Raceway. Flamboro Downs has previously been placed in lockdown and planned to move its cards to Mohawk Park.   The racing industry in Ontario was closed for seven weeks during the last lockdown, which began on Dec. 26, 2020 and ended on Feb. 16.   Ontario's last race programs before shutting down will be the Friday, Apr. 1 cards of Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Raceway at Western Fair.    by Nicholas Barndsale, for Harnesslink

Racemup claimed the early lead and converted it to a harness racing victory in the Rideau Carleton Raceway Preferred Pace on Sunday, Mar. 28.     Marie-Claude Auger sent her gelding away quickest of the leaving pack, reaching the top in a quarter of 27.1 and parking out Vanilla Malted (Clarke Steacy) in doing so. Racemup cruised to a half in 57.2 but was besieged by Vanilla Malted going to three-quarters in 1:26.   Vanilla Malted retreated turning for home, and the leader opened up four lengths on the field. 3/5 favourite National Debt (Pascal Berube) surged late, but the remaining racetrack was insufficient. Racemup survived for a 1:55.4 victory. National Debt was a head short in second, and Avatar J (Guy Gagnon) came from the backfield for show.   RACEMUP REPLAY     Racemup is now 23-for-96 lifetime with just shy of $235,000 in earnings. Victor Puddy trains the six-year-old son of Whatayasay for Gordon McDonald and Christopher Boland of Ottawa.   Mr Contestant came from well back in the co-feature Preferred Trot in a fast-closing victory.   Early leader Wildwild Men (Richard Simard) flew off the car and maintained full power, creating a seven-length cushion from the rest of the field. Stephane Brosseau dropped Mr Contestant into sixth and was more than 15 lengths off the front going by the quarter in 28.2.    He moved the gelding to the outside and began to chip away at the lead going by the half in 58.4. He made headway on the cover of Undercover Strike (Gagnon), reducing the gap to under five lengths at the three-quarters in 1:28.4.   Wildwild Men stayed on well, but Mr Contestant found another gear in the stretch and went by his cover, pocket-sitter Crossfit (Auger), and the leader to win by a half-length in 2:00.1. Crossfit got up for second, and Wildwild Men held third.   MR CONTESTANT REPLAY     Mr Contestant, a six-year-old gelding by Winning Mister, surpassed the $200,000 mark in career earnings with the win; it also brought his lifetime tally to 17-for-95. John Macmillan co-owns and trains for partner 2099551 Ontario Inc.    For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

National Debt and Lestenpercent both came from off the pace to capture Rideau Carleton Raceway's two Preferred events on Sunday, Mar. 21.   Pascal Berube withheld National Debt from a four-way battle for control headed for the first bend and tucked his stallion into fifth in the Preferred pace. Oceanview Magnum (Tyler Jones) prolonged his bid to take the lead through a blazing opening quarter in 26. National Debt shifted outside by the half in 54.1 and picked up cover before three-quarters in 1:22.4.   He had an unimpeded path to victory as first-over Vanilla Malted (Clarke Steacy) cleared to the front entering the stretch. National Debt went past that tired foe with ease and was wrapped up by Berube well before crossing the line to win by a length and a quarter in 1:52.4. Officer Jones (Ryan Guy) and Racemup (Sylvain Filion) closed late for place and show, respectively.   NATIONAL DEBT REPLAY     National Debt is now 68-for-202 with $619,679 in career earnings. Yves Tessier trains the 10-year-old by Allamerican Native for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville.   Three races later, Lestenpercent had an almost identical trip in his Preferred trot win.   Rodney La Framboise slotted his gelding into fifth in a 27.3 first panel and went first-over toward the half in 57.4. Hat Trick Marleau (Pierre Bovay) provided cover quickly and the pair advanced through a third quarter completed in 1:27.2.   Lestenpercent's drive to the line was more difficult with four willing competitors on his inside, but the six-year-old got up in time to win by a length for the second straight week in 1:57.2. Lmc Mass Gem (Jacques Beaudoin) found a path up the rail and nabbed the place spot; Wildwild Men led most of the way and finished third.   LESTENPERCENT REPLAY     Lestenpercent is owned and trained by Paul Laframboise of L'Ange-Gardien. The horse is a six-year-old Justice Hall gelding that has won 22 of his 79 starts and earned more than $110,000. He paid $4.50 to win.   Two drivers won four on the card. Richard Simard steered winners Shemaksmefelunreal in the third, Sos Justified in the fourth, Twin B Fearless in the 13th, and Undercover Strike in the 14th; Berube had a natural hat trick with National Debt, Bs Tyrrific, and Farmers Tan in races seven through nine, and won aboard Windsun Cheyenne in the 11th.   Also on the card, trainer Gina Bragagnolo had her first win of the season with the aforementioned Windsun Cheyenne. Michel Allard did the same with Shemaksmefelunreal.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Harness racing driver Guy Gagnon drove seven horses to victory on Rideau Carleton Raceway's 15-race, Sunday, Mar. 14 card.   Gagnon struck early, taking Wild River Coyotee all the way in the opener. His next win came in the third, with Windson Quincy retaking the lead at the half and storming off to a seven-and-a-half length jog. Gagnon returned to the winner's circle in the sixth after putting his charge, Saskabush Steve, in the pocket and sliding up the passing lane to nab the leader on the line.   He then confidently won the eighth, retaking the lead immediately after losing it at the three-eighths and getting Avatar J home to win by a length and a quarter. The Roadies gave Gagnon his fifth in a very similar fashion to the previous winner. Stelios was his penultimate victor, going all the way on the front to win comfortably. Undercover Strike and Gagnon rode second-over cover to score in the 13th race for the reinsman's final win on the card.   Gagnon was favoured in all but one of the seven; four of his mounts went off at 1/5 or lower.   While he won just under half of the track's races, he didn't win either co-feature. Lestenpercent and Rodney La Framboise came from eighth to first in the Preferred trot after being nine and a half lengths back at the half.   La Framboise found the seven-hole with the six-year-old gelding, sitting well behind the 28.2, 57.2, and 1:28 fractions set by leader Severus Hanover. Lestenpercent joined the outside flow fourth-over, and La Framboise made the three-wide call turning for home. It was the correct one, as Lestenpercent swept past tired foes and won under wraps by a length in 1:58.3. Mr Contestant (Stephane Brosseau) made the last-to-second journey for place money, and Nimbus Deo (Yves Fillion) was third.       Lestenpercent's circling move resulted in his 21st win from 78 outings and upped his bankroll to $106,705 lifetime. The Justice Hall gelding is owned and trained by Paul Laframboise of L'Ange-Gardien. Both driver and trainer broke their seasonal maidens.   Pascal Berube steered National Debt to victory in the Preferred trot, driving on to claim the front and finishing the job from there.   Berube refused a rail seat from post six, urging his 10-year-old stallion on throughout the 27.1 first stanza. They made the top just past the quarter, and Berube cut out middle fractions of 56 and 1:25.1. Vanilla Malted (Clarke Steacy) put in a first-up bid turning for home, but he was no match for National Debt on this occasion. National Debt turned him away and trotted on to a two-and-a-quarter length win in 1:53.4. Officer Jones closed from eighth to second, and journeyman Atomic Million Am collected a third-place cheque.       National Debt is now 67-for-201 lifetime with $615,079 in career earnings. Francois Morin owns the son of Allamerican Native that paid $4.40 to win. Yves Tessier, who is now in his seventh different spell of conditioning the horse, trained him to victory tonight.   Also on the card, Philip Reid acquired his first training win of 2021 as Journalistic took him to victory lane in the 12th race.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink  

Mr Contestant went from buried in the three-hole to victory lane at 25-1 in Rideau Carleton Raceway’s co-featured harness racing Preferred trot on Sunday, Mar. 7.   Driver Stephane Brosseau tucked the six-year-old gelding into third starting from the rail. They sat there behind leader Lmc Mass Gem (Jacques Beadoin) and pocket-sitter Pasadena Star (Stephane Pouliot) through fractions of 28.2, 59, and 1:28.2.    His patience was rewarded as the inside path was vacated, allowing Mr Contestant to fly up the rail and pass all four in front of him to win by a neck in 1:58.1. Pasadena Star nearly outpaced him to the line but fell short. Crossfit (Marie-Claude Auger) stayed on after his first over effort to grab third. Lmc Mass Gem faded to fifth.       That was Mr Contestant’s 16th win from 92 lifetime, and it brought him to just a few thousand dollars shy of $200,000 in career earnings. The John Macmillan-trained son of Winning Mister also recorded his first win of 2021, paying $54.40.   Racemup took the other co-feature, overcoming a taxing front-end trip to go all the way in the Preferred Handicap.   Driver Marie-Claude Auger refused to take a seat through the first turn, driving on to take the lead going past the quarter in 26.4. Luke and Duke (Guy Gagnon) then provided almost immediate first-over pressure, hurrying Racemup to a half in 55.4. Auger carved out a mild breather to the three-quarters in 1:25.1 and sprinted out to a one-and-a-half-length lead in the stretch.   National Debt (Pascal Berube) threw in his hat with a late rally, as did Officer Jones (Ryan Guy) and Dreydl Hanover (Samuel Fillion), but Racemup had just enough to survive the cavalry charge and win by a neck in 1:55. National Debt surged for place, and Officer Jones edged Dreydl Hanover for show.       Racemup, a six-year-old gelding by Whataysay, increased his tally to 22 wins from 94 starts lifetime and surpassed $225,000 in earnings with that victory. Gordon Mc Donald and Christopher Boland of Ottawa own the Victor Puddy trainee. The horse paid $4.60 to win.   Richard Simard had four winners on the huge 15-race card: Twin B Fearless in the third, Atomic Million Am in the fifth, Sos Justified in the eighth, and Lunar Lunch in the ninth. Two trainers scored three: Macmillan, along with his preferred victory, captured the fourth race with Dylans Bank and the 13th with Vanilla Malted; Anne Turenne conditioned Twin B Fearless in the third, as well as the aforementioned Sos Justified and Lunar Lunch.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Racing at both Flamboro Downs and Rideau Carleton Raceway has been cancelled for Sunday, February 28 due to deteriorating track conditions. Racing is scheduled to resume at Flamboro Downs on Thursday, March 4 with a first race post time of 6:35 p.m. Rideau's next scheduled card is one week from today on Sunday, March 7. From Standardbred Canada

Its Huw You Know and driver Mike Healey went down during the third race at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, Feb. 21.   The condition of both horse and driver is currently unconfirmed after the harness racing accident. Announcer Dave Schriber called during the race that Healey was moving his arms. The reinsman was then off the racetrack before the field came around for the next lap. Its Huw You Know got to his feet after the fall and galloped around the outside of the racetrack. The horse appeared to have fallen into the snowbank on the inside of the track at some point after the incident, and he was later removed and seen standing on the live broadcast.   Seeyou Men was attempting to clear to the front coming around the first turn when he hooked wheels with leader Sir Chopin. The pair drifted out and backed into Its Huw You Know, who then fell. The Preferred event was declared a no contest. No further information is available at this time.    Guy Gagnon won his fourth of five races later in the card as he and Luke And Duke made short work of the Preferred Handicap field.   Gagnon, Rideau's leading driver of 2020, sent the nine-year-old Mach Three gelding marching early from post six. Racemup got away best and hung out Luke And Duke, who made the front midway through the first turn and set a quick 27.3 first panel. Gagnon then produced a perfect second-quarter breather, bringing his mount to the half in 58 and accelerated again to hit the three-quarters in 1:26. Racemup took his shot turning for home, pulling out of the pocket, but the leader had far too much. Luke And Duke put away the challenger with mild urging and coasted to a one-and-a-quarter length victory. Racemup held on for place and Officer Jones converted a three-hole trip into show money. The winner paid $3.20.     Gagnon co-owns with Jean Laroche and trains Luke and Duke, who they claimed on Aug. 23rd, 2020. The horse now has 29 wins and more than $180,000 in earnings lifetime.   Rideau Carleton held 13 races on Feb. 21. The track has no more scheduled race dates.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Harness racing returned to Ontario on Feb. 16 as horses and horsepeople braved snowstorms and freezing temperatures to contest the province's first races of 2021 at The Raceway at Western Fair District and Rideau Carleton Raceway. While racing itself was the unquestionable winner of the night, driver Guy Gagnon was a very close second as Rideau Carleton's leading driver of 2020 won six of the track's 13 races on the evening. Heza Handy Man became the first winning Standardbred of the 2021 Ontario season, taking The Raceway's opener with a brush-and-crush 2:00.4 effort. Driver Mike Horner popped the pocket just past the quarter in 28.2 and took a breather with a half in 1:00. He repelled pressure from Yannick Seelster as they hit three-quarters in 1:00.3 and pulled away to a length-and-a-half victory with a 30.1 final panel. The four-year-old horse by Big Jim notched his 10th lifetime win for owner and trainer Mark Horner. Yannick Seelster finished a game second and Atthebeach Hanover circled up late for third. Heza Handy Man paid $7.00 to win. Minutes later, Sos Justified became the second victor of the year as Pascal Berube and he swept by late to score in the first race at Rideau Carleton in 1:58.3. The nine-year-old, Anne Marie Turenne-trained gelding secured his 28th win lifetime, paying $13.60. Senior K posted a 28.4 first quarter, but Badstormanyport brushed by at 3/8s, hitting the half in :58.1 and third quarter in 1:28. Sos Justified went to the outside and grinded down Badstormanyport, who finished second, for a half-length win. Matts Tuition found late pace and finished third. Matthew Mcdonald and Makayla Romano own the son of Art Colony who has now earned more than $225,000. The N/W $50000 Lifetime feature race at Western fair saw a heated battle in the stretch between leader Spectrum Seelster and pocket-sitter Curious Cortez; the latter proved to be a head better, winning in 2:01. Spectrum Seelster took the early lead under orders from driver and co-owner Travis Cullen setting the first three panels in 29.0, 1:01.2, and 1:31.2 with little opposition. Curious Cortez sat second from the start, drifted off the rail at the head of the lane and emerged victorious with heavy urging by Colin Kelley. The five-year-old gelding by Big Jim and conditioned by Jared Bako makes it 10 wins and more than $50,000 in earnings for owners Christopher Jewitt and John Gray. Spectrum Seelster held on bravely to finish second and Harry G capitalized on a rail trip to finish third. Guy Gagnon won his second - and possibly easiest - of the night in Rideau Carleton's first of two Preferred races. He sent Seeyou Men to the engine from post six in a 28.1 first quarter, and then set well-rationed 1:00, 1:30, and 1:59.3 splits in a dominant performance. Trainer Catheline Pelletier trains and co-owns the nine-year-old Muscle Mass gelding with Chantal Gravel, who also bred him. He has now earned more than $325,000 and won 30 races lifetime for Pelletier and Gravel. He paid $14.80 in a two-and-a-quarter length win over Crossfit, who finished second, and Vero Amore Bi, who finished third. Gagnon completed a sweep of the Preferred events in race 10, setting Luke and Duke up nicely with a pocket trip and rallied in the final quarter to win comfortably by three lengths in 1:56.1. Racemup led for the first three panels, setting quarter times of 28.1, 57.3, and 1:27, but he was unable to stop Luke And Duke, who came off cover and soared by in mid-stretch. Racemup settled for place, and Avatar J faded to third after a first-up challenge. Gagnon also co-owns with Jean Laroche and trains the nine-year-old son of Mach Three, whose earnings now top $175,000 lifetime and whose wins total 28. He paid $6 to win. The night's combined 24 races were the first since Ontario entered a state of emergency on December 23. Western Fair handled $539,668 and Rideau Carleton saw $376,083 come through their virtual windows. Ontario's next track to reopen will be Woodbine Mohawk Park on Feb. 18. Regulars Louis-Philippe Roy and Doug McNair each scored twice at The Raceway. For full race results, click here.  by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

MILTON, ON - September 10, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park's Race Office would like to inform all horsepeople that today's harness racing draws for Monday at Mohawk Park and Sunday at Rideau Carleton will be delayed due to internet issues. The Race Office hopes to have the draws posted later this afternoon. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

OTTAWA, AUG. 16, 2020 - Thirty-eight of the finest harness racing three-year-old pacing colts in Canada descended on Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 16 to compete in two $104,800 Gold Series divisions, three $22,00 Grassroots splits and a single $7,100 Prospect Series division and, in spite of a drenching, the colts put on an impressive show. Sunday's Gold divisions served as a final North America Cup tune-up for top ranked Tattoo Artist and Beaumond Hanover and both colts looked ready to take on the continent's best in the Aug. 22 eliminations. In the first Gold split Tattoo Artist and driver Bob McClure cruised through fractions of :27.2, :55 and 1:23.1 on their way to a 1:50.4 victory, two lengths ahead of Beach Blanket Book. Bettorbuckleup was three more lengths back in third. One race later Beaumond Hanover and driver Jody Jamieson laid down a :27.4 quarter, :55.2 half and 1:23.2 three-quarters on their way to a 1:50.2 clocking, matching the Rideau Carleton Raceway track record for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Aneto finished two and three-quarter lengths back in second and Tattoo Artist's stablemate Denali Seelster was four more lengths back in third. "It's making for quite a story. I don't know how those two draw apart from each other all the time," said Dr. Ian Moore, who trains Tattoo Artist. "But anyway, they are two nice colts. Those are wicked miles both of those two went tonight." Yet to face each other in Gold Series competition, Tattoo Artist and Beaumond Hanover are both three-for-three in the provincial program this season. While Beaumond Hanover was the quicker over Rideau Carleton Raceway's five-eighths mile, which was rated one second slower than normal due to the rain, Tattoo Artist has the edge on the Woodbine Mohawk Park seven-eighths, winning the July 4 Gold Series opener in 1:48.2. Cambridge, ON resident Moore conditions Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL. In addition to his trio of Gold Series victories, the Hes Watching son also has a pair of wins in overnight action on his resume this season and has not been bested since his June 6 sophomore debut. At two, Tattoo Artist won a Grassroots division, two Gold legs and the season ending Super Final in an eight race campaign. Jack Darling owns and trains Beaumond Hanover, who missed out on his freshman Ontario Sires Stakes season due to an injury. Since making his debut last fall, the son of Sportswriter has posted nine wins in 12 starts. Like Tattoo Artist, he has a pair of overnight wins to his credit this season and has not been collared since late June. Unlike Tattoo Artist, he had never ventured away from Woodbine Mohawk Park and that fact caused Darling a few moments of concern on Sunday. "I was a little nervous because he was pretty worked up tonight, just being in a different environment and all the new surroundings. He was a handful to get calmed down and get him warmed up, but it didn't seem to hurt him in the race," said the Cambridge, ON resident. "He's just kind of a superior animal." Both colts will have a few days rest before beginning preparations for the North America Cup eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Aug. 22. In addition to Tattoo Artist's victory, Dr. Moore also captured the $7,100 Prospect Series division with Usurper and the first $22,100 Grassroots division with The Wild Card. Usurper and driver Trevor Henry controlled the tempo for most of the mile and were comfortable winners in 1:55.2. P H Impulse finished two lengths behind the fan favourite and Journalistic completed the top three. Next Generation Stable of Stratford, PEI owns the Sportswriter son, who had been winless in eight starts this season. In rein to Doug McNair, fan favourite The Wild Card also controlled the tempo and held off Sunshine List in the stretch to record a one-half length win in 1:54.1. Truffle Dog finished three lengths behind the leaders in third. Moore shares ownership of The Wild Card with R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC and said the partners are thoroughly enjoying the Bettors Delight son's sophomore success. Sunday's win was The Wild Card's third in the Grassroots program and gives him sole ownership of top spot in the division standings. "He's been a great little horse this year. It's been a very enjoyable experience with him this summer so far," said Moore. "I won't be putting him up in the Gold that's for sure, but he's a very nice Grassroots horse to have around, no doubt about that. "Very pleased with all four of them, actually, it will make the drive home a little bit nicer." Drivers Jody Jamieson and Trevor Henry also notched two stakes wins on Sunday's program. Jamieson piloted fan favourite Sports Obsession to a win in the second $22,450 Grassroots division for his wife, trainer Stephanie Jamieson, father, co-owner Carl Jamieson of Puslinch, ON, and George Harrison of Wanes Walton, England. The Sportswriter son powered along on the front end to a 1:54.1 victory, hitting the wire one length ahead of Beach Demon and Delightful Terror. Henry settled Sundown Kid in the pocket behind favourite Twin B Frenchtoast and then tipped the Sunshine Beach son out coming off the final turn in the last $22,450 Grassroots split. Sundown Kid powered home to a 1:52.1 victory, one and one-half lengths ahead of Twin B Frenchtoast. Rhett Seelster finished third. Henry engineered the win, the gelding's first in Grassroots action, for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his co-owners Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The three-year-old pacing colts make their next Grassroots start on Sept. 7 and their next Gold Series appearance on Sept. 18, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The fourth Prospect Series division goes postward Sept. 6 at Leamington Raceway. Complete results for Sunday's program are available at Rideau Carleton Raceway Results. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

Harness racing driver Stephane Brosseau put on a clinic during Thursday’s 10-race card at Rideau Carleton Raceway as noted by the six-win performance he manufactured. Brosseau came out flying with four straight wins before tacking on two more later on the card. He got the ball rolling with Machapelo (1:54.3 – Race 1) before adding scores behind Mach Lee (1:54.3 – Race 2), Eau Naturelle (1:57.2 – Race 3) and Badstormanyport (1:54 – Race 4). Brosseau returned to victory lane in Race 8 with Reddit Hanover (1:54) before capping off his big day at the office by winning Race 10 with P H Impulse (1:54.2). Currently sitting second behind Guy Gagnon in the drivers’ standings at Rideau Carleton Raceway, Brosseau had racked up 58 wins this season for purse earnings in excess of $267,000. The career winner of 3,382 wins is just shy of $21 million in lifetime earnings. To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Rideau Carleton Raceway. From Standardbred Canada

August 13, 2020 -- COSA TV's Facebook Live series continues this Sunday night with a stop at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa. Three-year-old harness racing colt pacers will be featured in the Ontario Sires Stakes on the show which also features remote coverage of the $75,000 Earl Rowe Memorial Trot from Georgian Downs. The two-hour broadcast gets underway at 7:30 p.m. and covers five races. Trainer Ben Baillargeon will be well represented at both venues with two starters in the Earl Rowe (P L Jill and Musical Rhythm) and one of the expected favourites, Rhythm In Motion, in the OSS Gold divisions. COSA TV sent their cameras to the farm of the veteran conditioner earlier this week for a behind the scenes look at his weekend starters. Greg Blanchard, Mark McKelvie and Jaimi MacDonald will be on location at Rideau Carleton to host the action. The show will be aired on the COSA TV Facebook and YouTube channels as well as the CUJO Entertainment and Harness Racing Update (HRU) Facebook channels. Standardbred Canada will also stream the broadcast live on their website. The hosts will have a chance to engage the audience through a pair of new contests that will be introduced. is sponsoring the show's poll question and everyone with the correct answer will be entered win a new e-bike to be drawn during the season finale. As well, COSA is sponsoring draws during the next two Facebook Live shows where winners will receive Pepsi NA Cup 'viewing party' packages. Below is the upcoming show schedule. For more details, visit UPCOMING SHOWS: Des Smith/Earl Rowe - Rideau Carleton/(Remote) Georgian (Aug. 16) Balanced Image - Hanover Raceway (Aug. 22) Canadian Pacing Derby/Maple Leaf Trot - Mohawk (Sept. 5) Wellwood Memorial Final - Mohawk (Sept. 12) Canadian Trotting Classic - Mohawk (Sept. 19) Mohawk Million/Metro Pace - Mohawk (Sept. 26) OSS Gold - Western Fair (Oct. 9) Grassroots Final - Mohawk (Oct. 10) OSS Super Finals - Mohawk (Oct. 17) SBOA Finals - Mohawk (Nov. 14) From COSA TV

OTTAWA, ON - JULY 26, 2020 - Rideau Carleton Raceway rolled out the red carpet for Ontario's talented three-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday, July 26 and a very fast carpet it turned out to be. Three Ontario Gold Series divisions, five Grassroots divisions and one Prospect Series division went postward at the Ottawa oval and in the first $71,467 Gold Series split P L Notsonice roared to a track, Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record 1:52.4 victory. In rein to regular Canadian pilot Jonathan Drury, P L Notsonice left smartly from Post 5 and had command of the tempo before the :28.4 quarter. Susies Lady was quickly out to challenge P L Notsonice and the two fillies duelled to a :56.4 half before Susies Lady conceded defeat. Fan favourite P L Notsonice maintained the sharp pace through the 1:24.3 three-quarters and then drew away to a four and one-quarter length victory over pocket-sitter Trina and Shape Shifter. The mile stripped almost three seconds off the former three-year-old trotting filly track record of 1:55.3 set in 2004 by the great Peaceful Way and matched in 2015 by Amoureuse Hanover, and also bettered the 1:53 all-age track record for trotters set by Majestic Son in 2007. It also lowered the 1:54.2 Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record for three-year-old trotting fillies on a five-eighths mile track set by Cross Of Lorraine at Georgian Downs in 2010 and matched by Miss Paris in 2012. "It was very exciting. Ronnie (Morales) was so excited he didn't answer his phone. And he didn't watch the race he was so nervous, he watched the replay," said Norm Clements, whose Prince Lee Acres bred the filly and shares ownership on her with Renaldo "Ronnie" Morales III of Sayre, PA. "We've only got a small stable, we've been cutting way back, but this is special because it's a homebred and it's all my guys that have looked after it. It's sort of a family thing, which is really neat. So it's very exciting, we're very blessed that this has all happened." The win was the Kadabra filly's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action and her third of the 2020 season, with her other two victories coming at Tioga Downs, where driver-trainer Morales and trainer Joseph Skowyra are based. For each of her Gold Series starts - she finished second in the July 2 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park - she has shipped north to race without her regular driver and trainer and then shipped back to Tioga Downs. "We ship her from Tioga so it's not without its challenges," said Uxbridge, ON resident Clements. "But right now she's as good as anybody I guess. I'm excited to watch the next Golds. It's exciting because so many people have been involved with it and we're all, everybody is excited. I've had more phone calls on this than I've had in a long time." In the second $71,467 Gold division, Warrawee Vicky returned to the track where she learned her early lessons and snuck up the inside to claim a neck victory in 1:56. Magic Cape finished second and pacesetter and fan favourite GP Dreamin settled for third. "I don't worry about time, she beat the best filly out there and I'm glad we got through along the rail. A win's a win and we're going to take it," said Puslinch resident Scott McEneny, who trains Warrawee Vicky for Brad Grant of Milton, ON. "She's getting better with the open bridle on, she's getting more relaxed. Sometimes she gets too relaxed, but I was happy with her." Driver Doug McNair engineered Warrawee Vicky's second Gold Series win of the season, putting the Royalty For Life daughter at the top of the division standings with a perfect 100 points. The final $72,266 Gold split saw Massive Flirt return to the provincial winner's circle just over one year since her first appearance. The Muscle Mass daughter, whose freshman campaign was cut short due to injury, controlled the pace from start to finish and held on in the stretch for a neck victory in a personal best 1:55.4. Talahassee Seelster finished second and She Rocks Kemp was third. "It was significantly slower than the other division, the PL horse that won the first division looked bionic, but yeah, we're certainly happy to get that one," said trainer Jeff Gillis. "She's honest. She doesn't want to give up the lead, she doesn't want to make a break, she does whatever she can." Hillsburgh resident Gillis bred and owns Massive Flirt with Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. The filly and regular reinsman Jody Jamieson were fourth in the Gold Series season opener. Rideau Carleton Raceway regular Tyler Jones recorded his first Ontario Sires Stakes win in his provincial program debut, steering Archangel daughter Peppas Angel to a 2:00.1 score in the second $22,800 Grassroots division for his father, trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON, Hebert Horses Inc. of Montreal and Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. of Lakefield Gore, QC. Validation finished second and Rockadero was third. "When I saw the rail horse made a break, I said, 'Well I might as well take a shot and go to the front', and it worked out," said Jones. "I wasn't a big favourite, so I kind of expected somebody to re-move and nobody did, and when somebody came up first-over I just drove on and she responded. Then she came back with a nice last quarter to win. "Me and my dad were pretty happy to win together, that was pretty cool," added the Sherbrooke, QC resident. "I hadn't seen my dad in four months and his birthday is the 31st of July, so it's kind of a nice little get together to have a race and have a win together." The other Grassroots divisions went to Th Present (Royalty For Life) and Bob McClure, who stopped the clock in 1:57.2 for trainer Marcel Barrieau of Cambridge, ON and Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longueil, QC; Pier Ho Kado (Kadabra) and Sylvain Filion, who were 1:57.4 winners for trainer Ben Baillargeon and owners Tom and Elizabeth Rankin of St. Catharines, ON; Profound Paragon (Muscle Mass) and Jean Bernard Renaud, who got their second Grassroots win of the season with a 1:57.2 effort for trainer Julie Walker of Carlisle, ON and Steven Titus of Manalapan, NJ; and HP Starlite (Muscle Mass) and Sylvain Filion, who posted a 1:56.4 win for trainer Daniel Martin and owners Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Guy Desautels of Montreal, QC. The $7,500 Prospect Series division was captured by local reinsman Guy Gagnon and Keep Ya Head Up. The Archangel daughter sailed to a 1:57.3 victory for trainer Susanne Kerwood and Rene Dion of Acton, David Nicol of Mount Hope and Princeton Farms Inc. of Princeton, ON. Complete results for Sunday's program are available at Rideau Carleton Raceway Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 16 with Gold, Grassroots and Prospect Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

OTTAWA, ON - JULY 24, 2020 - Rideau Carleton Raceway harness racing fans will be treated to a full slate of three-year-old trotting fillies this Sunday, July 26 as the Ottawa oval kicks off its 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes season. The fillies will compete in three $71,000-plus Gold Series divisions, five $22,000-plus Grassroots divisions and a single $7,500 Prospect Series division. Top Gold Series filly Warrawee Vicky, who was developed at Rideau Carleton Raceway by Metcalfe, ON resident Robbie Robinson, makes her return to the Ottawa oval in the second Gold Series division. "She seems to be coming into the race in good form. She qualified last week (July 17) just to tighten her up," said Scott McEneny, who trains the Royalty For Life daughter for owner Brad Grant of Milton, ON. "It looks like a tough division, but she should be one of the tough ones. We'll be hoping for a good trip." Warrawee Vicky and driver Doug McNair will line up at Post 2 in the $71,467 test, looking for their second Gold Series win of the season. They face a field of five, including GP Dreamin, who was also a winner in the July 2 Gold Series opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and is undefeated in four starts this season. Lansdowne native Shawn Steacy will start two fillies in Grassroots action, including division co-leader Moana, who gets Post 4 in the last $22,800 Grassroots split. "I think Moana should be very good and competitive, especially with the four-hole there, the way she raced in Clinton," said Steacy. "We had a little sickness go through the barn last week, but I think it's basically all over. Moana had a little bit of a temperature coming out of the race last time, but she seems to be 100 per cent healthy now, so I think she should be good." Moana and driver James MacDonald scored a 1:59.2 victory from the outside Post 7 at Clinton Raceway on July 5. A three-time winner in the Grassroots program last season, the Muscle Mass daughter is owned by Landmark 12 Racing Stable of Lansdowne, 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. Stablemate Cute Accountant also gets Post 4 in the third $23,150 Grassroots division and Steacy is hoping the Archangel daughter can finally put together a successful start for owners Landmark 12 Racing Stable, 1187422 Ontario Inc. and Stephen Klunowski of North York, ON. "She has just as much speed as Moana, and any normal horse in the Grassroots, but she just can't keep herself together," said the trainer. "She's probably left more wins on the table this year than just about any other horse." MacDonald will also steer Cute Accountant, who made a break and finished fifth in the Grassroots season opener. Both fillies will arrive in the Ottawa area on Friday, shipping back to the Steacy's Lansdowne farm, where they learned their early lessons. "We trained them at the farm here, at the First Line farm, yesterday (Wednesday), trained them around 2:02, and we're sending them back to our home farm tomorrow (Friday) where they're just going to jog and rest before the race on Sunday," said Steacy. "We have a full good facility there that we're able to use where other people have to truck in the day before or day of, whatever they do, and ours will get home and relax a little bit." Although Ottawa harness racing fans will not be able to watch the fillies compete in person, a downloadable program and live stream are available on Rideau Carleton Raceway's website. In addition to Sunday's slate of Ontario Sires Stakes events, Rideau Carleton Raceway will also host Gold, Grassroots and Prospect Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts on Sunday, Aug. 16. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

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