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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: www.ontariosiresstakes.com 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. Hoofbid.com 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 www.cosatv.ca. 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

Live harness racing is expected to make its return to Rideau Carleton Raceway this June 7th.  And even though spectators will not be physically present in the stands, horseracing enthusiasts will be able to follow all of the live racing action from the comfort and safety of their own homes. All seasonal events will for the time being be live streamed and available for viewing online. But not only that, because fans will also be in a position to bet on their race-favourites, enhancing the experience even more. Rideau Carleton Raceway director Andy Wright made the re-start of season official by way of the announcement. Wright reminded fans that whilst horseracing will to some extent resume, the same will unfortunately not apply to gaming at the Hard Rock Ottawa Casino. All casinos will for the moment remain closed as part of the staggered reopening of the local economy. Ontario’s horse racing industry will now at long last tap into the benefits of a re-opening of business it so desperately needs. The province is now entering the first phase of its reopening plan and the industry has said that it welcomes local government’s decision that horseracing be permitted to resume already during the first phase. The fact that live racing action is to resume on June 7 aside, strict health and safety protocols are to be followed by horse people involved in the actual organisation of the races, on-site care of the horses, maintenance of equipment, general race-day logistics, etc. Canadian public health agencies have provided detailed safety policies to be followed closely so as to ensure that workers and support staff are protected. No Change To Race Timetable According to Wright, live races at Rideau Carleton Raceway will, save for spectators not being present in person, follow the same exact weekly format as before. Live races will be run on Thursdays and Sundays, at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively. All live races will be broadcast by HorsePlayerInteractive TV, and even though fans will not yet be permitted to enjoy live horseracing in person track-side, many have expressed their joy and happiness at once again being able to connect with their favourite sport and all the world of wagering on sports has to offer. Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino will hopefully be up and running again in no time too. The casino is a major contributor to the financial support offered to the local community by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation each year. By Ben Hamill Reprinted with permission of gamingpost

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the host tracks and dates for the 2020 Regional Driving Championships and National Driving Championship which will ultimately determine Canada’s representative to the 2021 World Driving Championship for harness racing. The 2020 National Driving Championship will take place at Century Mile in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, September 11. “As the newest racetrack in Canada, it is not only a privilege but also very exciting to host the National Driving Championship at Century Mile Racetrack and Casino,” commented Paul Ryneveld, Managing Director, Racing, at Century Mile. “In the inaugural meet, drivers and horsemen alike found the one-mile track to their liking and we believe the wide turns and long homestretch will make for a fun event from both a spectator and a betting angle. This will also be a fantastic event to showcase Century Mile to racing fans across Canada and North America, and to the drivers competing to represent Canada in the next World Driving Championship.” This marks the first time that the National Driving Championship has been hosted in Alberta. Drivers must earn their way into the National Driving Championship by finishing first or second in their respective Regional Driving Championship. In addition, Hippodrome 3R is a first-time host for a Regional event as they will host the Eastern Ontario / Quebec Regional Driving Championship. The Ontario Regional will be hosted at The Raceway at the Western Fair District, Century Downs will host the Western Regional and Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park will be the site of the Atlantic Regional. “We are very pleased to see the interest that tracks across the country have in hosting the Regional and National Driving Championships, and we're happy to have two first-time host venues this year in Century Mile and Hippodrome 3R,” said Dan Gall, President & CEO of Standardbred Canada. “We are looking forward to working with Paul Ryneveld and the team at Century Mile, Canada’s newest horse racing venue, to showcase the National Driving Championship. The one-mile oval promises an exciting competition and this state of the art facility will provide an exceptional experience for both the drivers and the fans.” Here are the locations and dates for the four regional events (in chronological order): REGIONAL DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS Tuesday, May 12 Ontario Regional Driving Championship - The Raceway at Western Fair District; London, Ont. Saturday, May 30 Western Regional Driving Championship - Century Downs; Calgary, Alta. Sunday, June 7 Eastern Ontario / Quebec Regional Driving Championship - Hippodrome 3R; Trois Rivieres, Que. Saturday, June 13 Atlantic Regional Driving Championship - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park; Charlottetown, P.E.I. NATIONAL DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP Friday, September 11 - Century Mile; Edmonton, Alta. Regional events will feature either eight or nine drivers who will compete in a minimum of eight races. Drivers will receive points based on their finishing position and the top two point earners will advance to the National. Past winners of the NDC title include Doug McNair (2018), Brandon Campbell (2016), Jody Jamieson (2014 & 2011), Brad Forward (2009), and Gilles Barrieau (2007). The winner of the 2020 National Driving Championship will have the opportunity to represent Canada in the 2021 World Driving Championship. From Standardbred Canada

OTTAWA, ON - AUG. 25, 2019 - Rideau Carleton Raceway hosted a battle of the three-year-old pacing filly heavyweights on Sunday evening and harness racing fans were treated to a championship display in the $158,000 Gold Series division. Division leaders Boadicea, Powerful Chris and Sunny Dee were sent off as the top choices in the 10-filly field, with Powerful Chris getting the slight edge over her rivals. Starting from Post 5 with regular driver Bob McClure in the race bike, Powerful Chris left sharply and led the field to a :26.1 opening quarter. Boadicea and driver Jonathan Drury took over heading for the :54.1 half and continued to set the tempo through the 1:21.4 three-quarters with Powerful Chris in the pocket and Sunny Dee and driver Trevor Henry looming on the outside. Boadicea turned for home with a one and one-quarter length margin, but McClure hit the accelerator when Powerful Chris reached the passing lane and the fan's top choice sprinted by the pacesetter to a one length victory in a track record 1:50.2. Boadicea finished second and Sunny Dee was another length back in third. "What can I say? She's amazing. Such a pleasure to drive," said McClure, who steers Powerful Chris for trainer John Pentland of Dorchester and his partners Jack Darling Stables Ltd. of Cambridge and Syllabus Stable of Georgetown, ON. "John (Pentland) has done an excellent job and she keeps improving." The mile took almost one full second off the former three-year-old pacing filly track record of 1:51.1, set by Michelles Power in an August, 2007 Gold Series event. "She's just got so many tricks, this filly. That's the beauty of her," said trainer Pentland. "She can race from off the pace, absolutely, but we rarely, rarely leave with her. I don't think it's a surprise to anybody that she's that capable of leaving, it's just not something we use very often." Sunday's victory was Powerful Chris's third in Gold action this season and boosted her lifetime earnings to $412,255. The Betterthancheddar daughter was also victorious over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval on June 22 and July 27. Heading into the last Gold Series event on Sept. 22 at Flamboro Downs, Powerful Chris and Boadicea are tied for top spot in the division standings with 175 points. The top 10 point earners from the regular season will compete in the $225,000 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 12 and Pentland said Powerful Chris will make a couple more overnight starts in between the remaining Ontario Sires Stakes events. "She'll race once or twice. She won't be over raced for sure, but she hasn't raced a lot this year. I just want to make sure I keep her up," said the trainer. "She loves her work, she loves to race. She's funny, she loves being in her stall and played with and she's okay for half an hour out in the paddock, but she gets bored fast, she wants to come in and she knows she can jog, she loves jogging. She's kind of a hard-working homebody." In addition to the Gold Series fillies, Rideau Carleton also hosted four $22,800 Grassroots divisions for the sophomore pacing lasses and they were dominated by father and son team Gregg and Doug McNair. The McNair's kicked off the Ontario Sires Stakes action in the first Grassroots division as Doug McNair guided Sports Flix to a 1:54.1 gate-to-wire effort from Post 1. Saulsbrook Jessie finished two and one-quarter lengths back in second leaving fan favourite Springbridgevision to settle for third. The Grassroots champion at two, Sports Flix did not get off to the start the McNair's expected as a three-year-old and after her July 25 Grassroots start trainer Gregg McNair decided a complete break was in order for the Sportswriter daughter. "We were expecting pretty big things out of her this year. We started her off in the Fan Hanover and she raced real big in the elimination and boy she was no good in the consolation and the next Gold," recalled the elder McNair, who trains Sports Flix for James Fraleigh of Dresden, ON. "We ended up giving her three weeks off and put the antibiotics to her. She really didn't have a lot of work in her for this start, because she'd had such a long time off, but she was real good tonight." Two races later the McNair's were back in the winner's circle with fan favourite Kylie Seelster, who floated off the gate from Post 5 and watched Freya Seelster post a :27 opening quarter. Doug McNair sent Kylie Seelster to the front before the :56 half and the Big Jim daughter fended off a challenge from Premier Cabernet heading by the 1:24 three-quarters and then repelled a second challenge in the stretch to grab a head victory in 1:52.2. Premier Cabernet settled for second and Freya Seelster was third. Guelph resident Gregg McNair shares ownership of Kylie Seelster with Hall of Fame horseman Keith Waples of Durham and Dr. Chris Robson of London, ON and the two-time Grassroots winner has been a pleasant surprise for the partners this season. "She's been a bit of a surprise, she's come back better than we thought she was. I think she has anyways," admitted the trainer. "She's been a nice filly all year. Even in the overnight races she's raced good." The McNair's capped of the night of Ontario Sires Stakes action in the last Grassroots division with heavy favourite Swift Ally who took control early from Post 1 and never looked back, cruising to a three length victory in 1:53.4. Behavenmyself finished second and Red River Jane was third. Gregg McNair and Ian Fleming of Londesborough, ON bred and own Swift Ally, who was unraced at two due to an injury and the Big Jim daughter has been another pleasant surprise. "We had no idea what kind of a filly she was last year, so she's just been kind of like a pleasant surprise," said the horseman, a three-time winner of the Johnston Cup as the top trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes. "She's been good. She's a nice big mare and everything. "She trained in Florida last year, all three of them did. They trained back good all of them, but we had no idea they were going to work out to be decent fillies like this," he added. The other Grassroots division went to first-time OSS winner Deb, who stopped the clock at 1:52.3 for driver Trevor Henry, trainer James Dean and owners Wilma and James MacKenzie of Ennismore, ON. Crisp Mane was one and one-quarter lengths behind the Sportswriter daughter in second and favourite Twin B Tipster was another length back in third. The Grassroots fillies will wrap up their regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 10 and then the top 20 point earners will return to the Campbellville oval for the Sept. 28 Grassroots Semi-Finals. All four of Sunday's winners are currently in contention for a post season berth, with Swift Ally leading the division with 150 points. Complete results from Sunday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0825ridcfn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

MILTON, ON - August 5, 2019 - The Race Office at Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople at Rideau Carleton Raceway that the harness racing draw for this Thursday's card (August 8) has been moved to Tuesday morning (August 6). The entry box for Thursday's card will now close Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. The draw will be released shortly after and final changes will be required by Noon. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

OTTAWA, JULY 21, 2019 - Six divisions of three-year-old trotting colts battled over the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval on Sunday evening and All Wrapped Up saved the best for last - a 1:54.1 track record in the final Gold Series harness racing split. All Wrapped Up and driver Louis-Philippe Roy charged away from Post 5 and as they rolled through fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:26.1 two lengths in front of their peers there was little doubt about the eventual outcome of the race. The only question was how fast the fan favourites would go and whether the Rideau Carleton track record was in jeopardy. Down the stretch Roy kept his foot on the accelerator and when All Wrapped Up powered across the finish line almost four lengths ahead of Jumpshot and Gold Edition, the teletimer delivered the news - 1:54.1, a new track record. "I always thought he was one of the best of his division, if he behaves," said Roy, who drives All Wrapped Up for trainer Robert Fellows. "Tonight Robert made a few changes on his equipment, adding trotting hopples, and he was all business. He was still very strong at the wire." All Wrapped Up's impressive mile took three-fifths of a second off the former 1:54.4 track record set by Try Try Again in August 2017 and matched by Dream Nation in the second Gold division on Sunday. Rockwood, ON resident Fellows shares ownership of the Archangel gelding with Arpad Szabo of Bradford, ON and Blair Corbeil and Mike McAllister of Beaumont, AB. Sunday's victory was All Wrapped Up's first in Gold Series action. In his three previous Gold Series appearances, one as a two-year-old and two this season, the gelding had made breaks and finished well back of the leaders. When the fractious youngster made his fourth miscue of eight starts in a July 12 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park Fellows decided it was time to try the trotting hopples and the decision paid immediate dividends, giving All Wrapped Up his sixth career win and pushing his earnings to $83,313. All Wrapped Up's record setting mile came on the heels of Dream Nation's track record equalling performance in the second $71,467 Gold division. Unlike his record-setting peer, Dream Nation stalked fan favourite Southwind Avenger through fractions of :28.4, :57.4 and 1:26.4 before sprinting down the stretch to a head victory in 1:54.4. Southwind Avenger settled for second and Esa was three lengths back in third. Sylvain Filion drove Archangel son Dream Nation to his first Gold Series win of the season for trainer Jacques Dupont and owners Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, Ecurie CSL of Sorel-Tracy, Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc., St-Hyacinthe and Marc Camirand of Montreal, QC. The other Gold Series division went to Only For Justice and driver Chris Christoforou, who cruised through fractions of :29.2, :58.3 and 1:28.1 on their way to a one and three-quarter length win in 1:56. Manatlas finished second and JMR Pinarello was well back in third. It was the second Gold Series win, and third of the season for Only For Justice, who also captured his division of the Gold Series opener at Flamboro Downs before running into his own early season hiccups. "He win at Flamboro, easy, so we think he can be all right in the (June 15) Goodtimes and the next (June 24) Gold, but he make a mistake in the Gold and he was sick in the Goodtimes Final," said Dany Fontaine, who trains Only For Justice for Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. "But after that he had a rest for two weeks and we go to Three Rivers (July 12), and at Three Rivers the competition is not very strong, you know, so he have a good training," said Fontaine of the Justice Hall son's win in the July 12 leg of the Breeders Cup Series. "And tonight, you know a short field like that and this horse he likes to leave the gate, he was good. He's a nice horse." Sunday's win moves Only For Justice into second spot in the three-year-old trotting colt Gold Series standings with 100 points, 25 behind leader Southwind Avenger. In addition to the Gold Series divisions, Rideau Carleton Raceway also hosted three Grassroots divisions with CT Conabra, Royale Elite and Cool Clifford emerging victorious. Sunday's start marked CT Conabra's sophomore debut. The Kadabra colt and driver Doug McNair led through all stations before trotting under the wire one length in front of fan favourite Southwind Frost in 1:56.1. Archway rounded out the top three. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON trains CT Conabra for Brad Grant of Milton and Jason Badder of Thamesville, ON. Fan favourite Royale Elite and driver Jonathan Drury took command heading for the half and held off a closing Fitzgibbons to secure a three-quarter length victory in 1:57 in the second division. Lifetime Royalty finished three lengths back in third. Shawn Steacy of Guelph, ON trains Royalty For Life son Royale Elite for owner-breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. Cool Clifford went gate-to-wire from Post 3 in the third $22,800 Grassroots division. The Kadabra gelding and driver Sylvain Filion hit the wire in 1:56, three-quarters of a length ahead of Isnt He An Angel and four ahead of Judge Ken. Scott McEneny of Waterdown, ON trains Cool Clifford, who started his season at the Gold Series level, for Brad Grant of Milton and Martwest Racing Stable of Mississauga, ON. The three-year-old trotting colts and geldings will make their next Ontario Sires Stakes starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park, August 12 for the Gold colts and August 19 for the Grassroots contenders. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, August 25 with Gold and Grassroots action for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Complete results from Sunday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0721ridcfn.dat.   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

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

Rallying from third over, Flying Isa N kicked off cover to collar his competition on a foggy harness racing night at Rideau Carleton Sunday, Dec. 2 when winning the $8,100 Preferred Trot in 1:57.2.   To read the full article on the Standardbred Canada site click on this link

MILTON, ON- October 24, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to notify horsepeople at Alliance Racetracks of a change to the cheque issuing process due to the Canada Post rotating strike. Due to the rotating strike, cheques have been sent to the various Alliance Racetracks and horsepeople can pick up their cheques at the track in which they raced. Cheques are available for pickup today (October 24) at The Raceway at Western Fair and Flamboro Downs. Cheques for Rideau Carleton will be couriered on Thursday to the Ottawa area racetrack. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications      

AUGUST 26, 2018 - Rideau Carleton Raceway rolled out the red carpet for the three-year-old trotting colts on Sunday evening, welcoming both the Grassroots and Gold Series competitors for a total of four Ontario Sires Stakes divisions. In the first $94,800 Gold Series contest, local colt Stormont Ventnor delivered an impressive effort to claim his second Gold win of the season. Starting from Post 4 the heavy favourite spent the bulk of the mile in the outer lane as Joey Bats trotted to fractions of :29.1, :58.4 and 1:26.4, but around the final turn Stormont Ventnor caught the pacesetter and proceeded to draw away to a six and one-quarter length victory in 1:55.4. Joey Bats settled for second and Perfetto was third. Regular reinsman Phil Hudon piloted Stormont Ventnor to the victory for trainer Kevin Benn of Napanee and owner-breeder Eric Baker of Long Sault, Ontario and said the Justice Hall son is in top form heading toward the last regular season event. "He was really sharp tonight. He seems as fresh as he was when he started the season," said Hudon. "The Benn's have done a great job keeping him on his 'A' game, and I'm lucky enough to get the drive." With 126 points earned through two wins, one second and one eighth-place result in the first four Gold events, Stormont Ventnor currently sits in second spot in the division standings, 24 points behind Run Director, who captured the other $95,600 Gold division. Starting from Post 3, Run Director settled into fourth as Say You Do hit the opening quarter in :28.4. As Henderson Seelster took over top spot heading for the :59.3 half, driver Sylvain Filion tipped Run Director into the outer lane behind Mister Magic and was content to follow that horse past the 1:28.1 three-quarters. As the colts straightened up in the stretch Filion gave the heavy favourite a clear look at the finish and Run Director powered home to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:56.4. Henderson Seelster finished second and Say You Do was third. "He was awesome today. Sylvain said he wanted to go so badly he had to be careful when he moved him three deep. The colt wanted to go too fast, too quick, he wanted to make sure we stayed trotting," said Ben Baillargeon, who trains Run Director for owner-breeders Tom and Elizabeth Rankin of St. Catharines, Ontario. "He was real good today, but he's been good all along. We didn't have too many hiccups with him, and I think the best is yet to come." The son of Kadabra and Keep The Spirit has tallied two wins and two seconds in his four Gold Series starts and will take a second run at the best sophomore trotters in North America in the September 1 Simcoe Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Run Director was third in his elimination and sixth in the final of the Goodtimes Stake in June. "We have him in the Simcoe next week, this Saturday coming up, so this race will be a good tightener for him," said Baillargeon. "He is eligible to the Canadian Trotting Classic too, but we'll go week-by-week. Our main goal is the next Gold at Mohawk (Sept. 27) and the Super Final (Oct. 13)." Having butted heads against Run Director and Stormont Ventnor through the first two legs of the sophomore campaign, Levitation made the move to the Grassroots on Sunday and found the winner's circle for the first time this season. The Kadabra gelding went gate-to-wire from Post 6 in a personal best 1:57.3 for driver Louis Philippe Roy. Daylon Phantom was one and one-half lengths back in second and Delcrest Holiday was three more lengths back in third. "He looks like a horse you have to be a bit careful with," said Roy, who made his first appearance in Levitation's race bike Sunday. "He showed me he wanted to run a few times, so I just made sure he went enough to win, making sure he was staying flat." Roy crafted the win for trainer Tony Alagna and owners David Anderson of Aurora, Ontario and Robert Leblanc of Austin, Texas. Local colt Majestic Fire captured the second $18,450 Grassroots division, getting away fourth from Post 1 and then rolling up the outside to catch pacesetter The Magic Number and claim the 1:57.3 victory by one and one-half lengths. The Magic Number settled for second and T Barrr rounded out the top three. James MacDonald drove the fan favourite to the win for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne and owners David McDonald of Cornwall, David Reid of Glenburnie, Shelly MacMillan of Waterloo and A K Malik stable of Ottawa, Ontario. "He raced great. He gives you everything he has every time he goes behind the gate," said MacDonald of the Majestic Son gelding. "I knew if I could find him a decent trip and keep him out of trouble he would give me a big effort. "The trip worked out pretty good, and when I asked him to trot at the top of the stretch he had tons left and responded really good." Majestic Fire had also tested his skills against the Gold Series colts after making his sophomore debut in the Grassroots season opener. With their victories on Sunday, Levitation and Majestic Fire currently sit among the top 20 point earners who would advance to the September 21 Grassroots Semi-Finals, meaning their connections will have to choose between remaining in the Grassroots or returning to the Gold Series for the fifth leg of the campaign. The final regular season Grassroots event is September 10, while the last Gold Leg is September 27, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

JULY 22, 2018 - After two weeks spent south of the border taking on the best three-year-old pacing colts in North America, Jimmy Freight returned to the Ontario Sires Stakes program on Sunday and delivered his third straight commanding Gold Series victory, circling the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval in 1:50.3. The clocking was a new track record for three-year-old pacers. Driver Louis Philippe Roy sent Jimmy Freight directly to the front from Post 2 and the heavy favourite cruised through fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:23.3 on his way to the two and three-quarter length victory. Sharp Action Money finished second and JM Jack Of Hearts was four more lengths back in third. "Louis turned around a few times to make sure he was having good control of this race, and it worked out perfect," said trainer Richard Moreau. Puslinch resident Moreau conditions Jimmy Freight for Adriano Sorella of Milton, Ontario. Through 10 starts this season the Sportswriter son has posted six wins, one second and two thirds, banking $258,439. Prior to Sunday's start he had been in New Jersey competing in The Meadowlands Pace where he finished third in his July 7 elimination and fourth in the July 14 final. "I guess he has to get used to travel now," said the trainer with a chuckle. "I think we have Mohawk next, for another Gold (August 4), and then going back to the States on the 11th. It's (Carl Milstein Memorial) an eight horse field and they go for $400,000 US." Sunday's victory made Jimmy Freight the fastest sophomore pacing colt to tour Rideau Carleton Raceway and was just one-fifth of a second shy of the 1:50.2 three-year-old track record set by Camluck gelding Michaels Power in a Gold Final on August 26, 2012. The second $96,400 Gold division was captured by The Downtown Bus, who led the field through fractions of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:23.2, fighting off challenges from Pretty Handsome and favourite St Lads Neptune before pacing away in the stretch to a two and three-quarter length victory in 1:51.1. Taste Of History and Grantmeawish closed well to secure second and third. "He raced great. I used him up a couple of times and he still held them off," said driver Doug McNair. "It was a huge effort tonight." Guelph resident McNair piloted The Downtown Bus to his first-ever Ontario Sires Stakes win for trainer Jeff Gillis of Mississauga, Ontario and Ellen Ott of Buffalo, New York. Gillis and Ott also bred the son of Mach Three. In 14 sophomore starts The Downtown Bus now has five wins, two seconds and four thirds for earnings of $103,315. In addition to the pair of Gold Series divisions, Rideau Carleton Raceway also hosted three Grassroots splits for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, and after starting their season at the Gold level, both When You Dance and Casimir Richie P found success in their respective Grassroots divisions. Fan favourite When You Dance hit the wire three and one-quarter lengths ahead of Pokerface Bluechip and Stock in 1:52. Guy Gagnon piloted the Mach Three son to the win for trainer Ben Wallace of Puslinch, Ontario, Daniel Plouffe of Bromont, Quebec and Birnam Wood Farms of Boca Raton, FL. Also sent off as the favourite, Casimir Richie P romped home to a six and one-quarter length victory in 1:52.3 for driver Tyler Moore of Campbellville, trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge and their partner Michael Goldberg of Toronto, Ontario. My Teen Idol was second and Mighty Mach third. The final $18,450 division saw Hudson Phil earn his second Grassroots victory of the season with a pacesetting 1:52.3 effort that saw him hit the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Gold Rush and Luka Shenko. Guelph resident James MacDonald crafted the win for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Ontario and owner-breeders Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, Quebec. Both a Grassroots and a Gold winner at two, Hudson Phil had made one appearance at each level before Sunday's victory. "Phil's always been a nice colt, but just a touch behind a few of the Gold horses, so we'll try the Grassroots for the time being," said Steacy. "He will go back to Hippodrome 3R for his next start and then return to Mohawk." On July 15 Hudson Phil captured his division of the first leg of the Coupe Des Eleveurs at Hippodrome 3R and will return to the Quebec oval for the July 29 second leg. The Gold Series colts and geldings will compete in their fourth event on August 4 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, while the Grassroots competitors make their fourth start at Clinton Raceway on August 5. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, August 26 with the fourth Gold and Grassroots legs for the three-year-old trotting colts. From the Ontatio Sire Stakes

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