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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

MILTON, ON - June 30, 2018 - The Woodbine Standardbred Race Office has announced details for the inaugural "Hard Rock Claiming Series" to take place at Rideau Carleton Raceway during the months of July and August. The "Hard Rock Claiming Series" will consist of two events for $7,000 claiming level pacing horses and mares. Each event will feature three preliminary legs and an added money final. The purse for the preliminary legs will grow each week from $5,500 to $6,000 and the final will race for $12,000 (Added). Horses that do not qualify for the added money final will be eligible for an $8,000 consolation, to be raced the same night as the final. Claiming is allowed during the preliminary legs, with the claiming price set at $7,000 for the opening-two legs and $8,500 for the third-leg. The "Hard Rocking Gals" event for pacing mares will start Thursday, July 26 and conclude on Thursday, August 16. The "Hard Rocking Gents" event will launch on Sunday, July 22 and conclude on Sunday, August 12. Nominations to the "Hard Rock Claiming Series" close Monday, July 16. To view the conditions and nomination form, click here. All draws for Rideau Carleton Raceway are conducted at Woodbine Mohawk Park and stakes administration of the series is coordinated by Woodbine Entertainment. Nominations to the "Hard Rock Claiming Series" can be made online by clicking here. If sending stakes payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than July 16, 2018 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

TORONTO, October 6, 2017 - The Standardbred Alliance is pleased to announce Rideau Carleton Raceway (RCR) has joined the Ontario racetrack association. "The Standardbred Alliance is very pleased to have Rideau come forward and ask to join in the success of this consortium," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "The Standardbred Alliance has delivered on its fundamental objectives of creating Standardbred racing and wagering opportunities that focus on ease-of-access for new and existing customers, while offering consistent and coordinated racing opportunities with guaranteed purses for its participants. Rideau's participation will only further ensure the association continues to achieve its key goals." The Ottawa-area facility, which will operate as a 'Signature' track, has offered two cards under the Standardbred Alliance banner. Led by Woodbine Entertainment, the Standardbred Alliance members represent a three-tier racing hierarchy, 'Grass Roots' (Clinton Raceway, Hanover Raceway), 'Signature' (Flamboro Downs, Georgian Downs, Grand River Raceway, The Raceway at Western Fair and Rideau Carleton Raceway) and 'Premier' (Mohawk Racetrack and Woodbine Racetrack). Rideau Carleton Raceway made several modifications in their racing program to join the Standardbred Alliance, including consolidating purses into fewer race dates, specifically winter evenings, which hold the potential for cancellation due to inclement weather and operational difficulties. "We are thrilled to be joining the Standardbred Alliance," said Richard Gardner, Secretary and Treasurer, RCR. "Joining the Alliance helps us to ensure long-term sustainability and growth for our track and enables us to continue to promote the sport of harness horse racing to new audiences." The National Capital Region Harness Horse Association (NCRHHA) will join forces with the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) in order to streamline processes and further support Ontario horse racing. "We are very pleased to collaborate with COSA to solidify the future stability of our Standardbred racing community at Rideau Carleton and across Ontario," said Gordon McDonald, President, NCRHHA. "Working with the National Capital Regional Harness Horse Association will allow us to provide a unified voice for harness horsepeople racing at Woodbine, Mohawk and Rideau Carleton Racetracks," said Bill O'Donnell, President, COSA. "This expanded partnership strengthens the foundation for Ontario Standardbred owners, breeders and horsepersons." "The strength of the Standardbred Alliance partnership, led by Woodbine's team, has benefitted our racetrack greatly and allowed our track and our horsepeople to stay in business," said Dr. Ted Clarke, General Manager of Grand River Raceway. "Adding Rideau to the partnership will strengthen the future for Standardbred racing in eastern Ontario." Woodbine Entertainment has been responsible for management and administration of the Standardbred Alliance since it was launched in 2014. "A successful and sustainable horse racing industry continues to have an important role to play in the economic and social life of this province, especially in rural Ontario," said Mr. Lawson. "The expanded alliance represents an unparalleled level of partnership." John Siscos Woodbine Entertainment Group

SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 - Rideau Carleton Raceway wrapped up its 2017 Ontario Sire Stakes season with the final Grassroots event for the harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday evening. In the first $18,800 Grassroots division heavy favourite Neon Moon cruised to a three length victory over Color Envy and Love Kills, taking control just after the :27.4 quarter and leading the field of seven through a :57 half and 1:26.1 three-quarters on her way to the 1:54.3 victory. "She is a very fast filly, so I thought she would probably cut the mile," noted Jack Darling, who bred, owns and trains Neon Moon. "She is very game and looked strong at the wire." Louis-Philippe Roy engineered the win, which was the fourth in five Grassroots starts for the daughter of Sportswriter and Beach Of A Time. With a third in her other Grassroots start Neon Moon finished the regular season with 212 points and sole ownership of top spot in the division standings. She and the other nine top point earners will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 30. "There is a gap of three weeks until the final, so I hope there will be a race for her at Mohawk before then," said Cambridge, ON resident Darling, whose Write Me A Song also finished in the top 10, but will not compete in the final due to an injury that brought her freshman campaign to an early close in mid-August. Heading into the second division Askmysecretary was sitting on the edge of a championship berth, tied for ninth with 70 points. Sent off as the fans' fourth choice the Mach Three daughter left smartly from Post 5 for local reinsman Brett MacDonald, reaching the quarter in :27.4. Manotick, ON resident MacDonald opted to let favourite Duchess Dolly take the lead before the :57.1 half and then watched from the pocket as Sunday Afternoon challenged the leader through the 1:26.2 three-quarters. In the stretch MacDonald fired Askmysecretary out of the pocket and the filly pulled away to a three-quarter length victory, leaving Duchess Dolly to settle for second. Hammering Haley rounded out the top three. The win was Askmysecretary's second in Grassroots action and boosted her point total to 120, putting her sixth in the standings and securing her berth in the championship. Ted MacDonnell of Allenford trains the winner of $25,672 for his partners Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke and Tony Lawrence of Hanover, ON and says Askmysecretary has become a true professional through her eight race freshman campaign. "I honestly thought she was possibly a Gold filly for a little while, until some of the bear cats right off the bat came out, and then we quickly changed our mind, but she's been good in that she has had very few hiccups really," said MacDonnell. "She's been pretty easy, pretty easy on us to look after and she's pretty push button, she's nice gaited and behaves well and does everything right. Sylvain Filion did a great job bringing her along for me and that shows up now, it's meant a lot. "Being a Mach Three they can tend to get a little warm, so that's what Sylvain really worked on, her manners, and now she's two fingers no matter what you do with her," the horseman added. Like Darling, MacDonnell would like to see Askmysecretary have one more race under her belt before the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship, but is pleased to be heading into the post season off a victory. "That heads her into the final in nice shape, so that's good," said MacDonnell. The top 10 two-year-old pacing fillies will join the top point earners from the other seven Grassroots divisions at Mohawk Racetrack for the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championships, with a total purse for all eight finals of $400,000. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

AUGUST 13, 2017 - Rideau Carleton Raceway harness racing fans were treated to an impressive display of speed and skill as the Ontario Sires Stakes arrived in the nation's capital on Sunday evening. With almost $250,000 on the line all six Gold and Grassroots winners recorded new personal bests, Try Try Again established a new speed record for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, and the reigning Lampman Cup champion, Sylvain Filion, captured two Gold Series divisions and four overnight events. Try Try Again opened the Gold Series competition in the evening's second race and the fans' second choice delivered a commanding front-end performance that saw him lower the track record to 1:54.4. Magic Night finished one and one-half lengths back in second while Life Well Lived was well behind the leaders in third. "He got off the gate well in third, I removed him to the front and he was very strong from there," said Try Try Again's regular reinsman Chris Christoforou, Jr. "He was very good tonight." Campbellville, ON resident Christoforou engineered the mile for trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON and his partners Ecuries Daniel Plouffe Inc. of Bromont, QC, Noblock Racing Stable of Collingwood, ON and Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. of Lakefield Gore, QC. The clocking took three-fifths of a second off the former track record for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, set by Ontario Sired superstar Arch Madness in a 2007 Gold Series contest, and lowered Try Try Again's personal best by two-fifths of a second. With two wins and one second in three Gold Series starts, the son of Kadabra and Sweetspellosuccess currently sits second in the division standings with 125 points and is assured of a berth in the $225,000 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Oct. 14. Filion piloted the winners of the other two Gold Series divisions, taking the first with LMC Mass Gem and the second with Capteur De Reve. Starting from Post 4, LMC Mass Gem led from start to finish, sailing across the wire in a personal best 1:55. Mister Muscle was one and one-quarter lengths back in second, with Head Turning Jag two more lengths behind in third. With two wins and two thirds in four Gold Series starts, LMC Mass Gem sits third, just one point behind Try Try Again, in the division standings. Nick Gallucci of Brantford trains the homebred son of Muscle Mass and Hornby Gem for Loredana Cirillo of Kleinburg, ON. Capteur De Reve enjoyed a ground-saving trip behind pacesetter On First in the last Gold division, tipping out in the stretch and trotting home to a one length victory in a personal best 1:56.1. On First settled for second and Try Try Again's stablemate Northern Major rounded out the top three. Filion crafted the win for trainer Max Velaye and Ecuries Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. It was the Muscle Mass son's second of the season and came in his 2017 Ontario Sires Stakes debut. Euro Gap posted the fastest win of the three Grassroots divisions, sprinting down the Rideau Carleton Raceway stretch to a 1:55.4 personal best ahead of Yo Yo Mass and Santini. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry piloted Euro Gap to the victory, his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. "He looked good today. Trevor (Henry) said he was really good," said trainer Scott McEneny, who had to watch the gelding's winning effort on his phone after a delayed flight saw him arrive in Ottawa just 10 minutes before post time. "He's got a lot of talent; he's just had his days. His gait's not the best, he's a little pacey, and sometimes the track just doesn't suit him because of his feet." McEneny conditions Euro Gap for his wife Michelle McEneny of Waterdown and Brad Grant and Teresa Davidson of Milton, ON. The win was the third lifetime for the son of Manofmanymissions, who has also made two appearances at the Gold Series level this season. The other two Grassroots divisions went to Federal Flex son Bred For Greatness and Manofmanymissions son Vesuvio Bi, who trotted under the wire in 1:58.2 and 1:56.4, respectively. Bred For Greatness reeled in Radical Road and Motown Jackpot in the stretch to score his first lifetime victory for driver Bob McClure of Elora, trainer Shane Weber of Welland and owner-breeders Thomas and Elizabeth Rankin of St. Catharines, ON, while Vesuvio Bi took command at the half and sailed home a three and one-quarter length winner over Short Term Memory and Masster Blue. Travis Henry of Embro, ON drove Vesuvio Bi to the win for trainer Martin Lachance of Guelph, ON and owners Lachance Racing Stable of Millstone Township, NJ and Dan Mogridge of Hillsdale, ON. The Grassroots colts and geldings will now head to Hanover Raceway on August 26 for the fifth event of their season, while the Gold Series competitors make their last regular season start at Mohawk Racetrack on September 25. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 10, when the two-year-old pacing fillies will compete in their last regular season Grassroots event. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

AUGUST 11, 2017 - Ontario's best three-year-old trotting colts and geldings will roll into Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening to compete for almost $250,000 in three harness racing Gold and three Grassroots divisions. The Ontario Sires Stakes program's leading trainer, Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON, will send out one Gold Series starter and two Grassroots contenders in Sunday's event, with Dream Massive helping to kick things off in the first $65,600 Gold Series division. "He's been good. He seems to show up, especially in most of his sires stakes, he holds his own quite well," said Steacy about the Muscle Mass colt, who will start from Post 7 in Race 2. "He's not real flashy, but he always seems to get the job done. Unfortunately he drew a tough post in a tough division this time, but I'm sure he'll do well." Dream Massive faces a field of six that includes the top three point earners in the division, Magic Night at Post 4, R First Class at Post 2 and Try Try Again at Post 1. With one win, one third and one fourth through the first three Gold Series events, Dream Massive currently sits fifth in the standings with 70 points. The colt's regular reinsman, James MacDonald, is representing Canada in the World Driving Championship which gets under way August 12 at Alberta's Century Downs, so Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry will pick up Dream Massive's lines in Sunday's contest. "Trevor should be a good back-up plan," said Steacy, who trains Dream Massive for Michael Soehnlen of Dalton, OH. "I think he'll fit that horse good." Steacy's Grassroots starters, More Than Majestic and Dontcrampmystyle, will compete in the second and third divisions, lining up behind Posts 2 and 7, respectively. "They both should like Rideau I think," said Steacy. "I know that More Than Majestic will, because he's been over it a couple times now." More Than Majestic shipped into Ottawa in mid-July and has a hard-closing second and a win to his credit in two starts over the Rideau Carleton oval, on July 27 and August 3. The August 3 win was the Majestic Son gelding's second lifetime and came in a personal best 1:58.4. "Again, he's not a real flashy horse either, but he's always knocking on the door and he raced good last week," said the trainer. "I think he'll do okay." Steacy's son Clarke, who also makes his home in Lansdowne, will steer More Than Majestic in Sunday's sixth race for owners Landmark 9 Racing Stable of Kingston, ON, Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC and Bridle Path Stables Ltd. of Ossining, NY. Like Dream Massive, Dontcrampmystyle will be hampered by Post 7 in his quest for a second Ontario Sires Stakes victory. Another son of Muscle Mass, Dontcrampmystyle has one win, one second and one seventh through the first three Grassroots events and currently sits third in the standings with 77 points. "I'm not sure what he's in against, but he did get one OSS win and it's possible he could do that again," said Steacy, who conditions the gelding for owner-breeder Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, ON and will hand the lines over to Trevor Henry in the ninth race. "He's always kind of the same way, knocking at the doors, and if somebody makes an error he'll be there." The Grassroots competitors will be featured in Races 1, 6 and 9, with the Gold Series colts showing off their skills in Races 2, 8 and 13. The first race goes in behind the starting gate at 6:30 pm. In addition to the Ontario Sires Stakes battles, Rideau Carleton Raceway fans will also be treated to a Racing Under Saddle (RUS) contest in the fourth race. Among the trotters that will don a saddle and rider rather than a race bike and driver are three former Ontario Sires Stakes competitors, Thor Seelster, Amityville Lindy and Lets Leavem. Thor Seelster, who will start from Post 2 with Clinton, ON resident Natalie Elliott aboard, was a two-time RUS winner in 2015, Amityville Lindy makes his RUS debut from Post 4 with Stacey Reinsma, of Cambridge, ON, in the saddle, and Lets Leavem comes into Sunday's contest off an August 4 RUS victory at Grand River Raceway. Freelton, ON resident Sarah Town piloted Lets Leavem to the August 4 win and will be back in the saddle on Sunday, guiding the Angus Hall son from Post 5. Racing Under Saddle volunteers will be on hand all evening to answer questions about the program and fans are invited to meet the riders following the fifth race. More information about Racing Under Saddle is available at http://rusontario.com. Fans will also have an opportunity to win one of 10 Ontario Sires Stakes prize packages, with ballots available in the program. The first 100 people to arrive for the evening's festivities will receive a $2 betting voucher with their program purchase and all programs contain a coupon for a $2.50 hot dog and pop combo. In addition to Sunday's Ontario Sires Stakes event, Rideau Carleton Raceway will also host the final regular season Grassroots event for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday, Sept. 10. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

Québécois harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy has announced that he will be leaving the province of Quebec within a month to take on the best drivers in the world at the Meadowlands and Yonkers Racing. Roy hopes to follow in the footsteps of world-renowned drivers Yannick Gingras and Daniel Dube and make the big move from Quebec to the New York-New Jersey area. Roy, 28, hails from Mont-Joli, Quebec and is having a breakout career season. He is the current leading driver at two tracks in Canada, Rideau Carlton Raceway with 117 wins and also at the Hippodrome 3R with 57 wins. "Drivers Simon Allard and Yannick Gingras made me a pressing invitation in recent weeks to come and drive in the USA," Roy said. "So I will try my luck. I will try at the Meadowlands, specifically where there will be races on Fridays and Saturdays in the coming months and hopefully at Yonkers Raceway too. There are a lot of tracks in the area. "Yannick assured me that I would have horses to drive," Roy said, "and there is no one more connected that Yannick, that's for sure. It is not a blind leap of faith I am taking. "I do not know when I can start," Roy explained. "It will depend on the ease more or less of when I can get a temporary work permit. It is not so simple. It could come soon, maybe within a month or so, I am not sure, but I know it will come. I even told my current employer that this week would be my last, so you know I am taking this move seriously." Roy started driving harness horses professionally in 2008 on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. After seven years of learning the ropes he had a good season in 2015, winning 58 races and $166,000(US) in purses with the horses he drove. Many local owners, trainers and fans saw that Roy had exceptional talent driving and that has continued in 2016. Roy currently has 191 wins in 2016 and purses won at $656,000 (US), but most impressive is his Universal Driving Rating or batting average, which is at .424. Talented young harness racing drivers from the province of Quebec that have gone on to become world renowned drivers in the sport has been taking place for many years. The great driver Herve Filion, his brothers Yves and Henri Filion, Yves's son, Sylvain Filion, Michel Lachance, Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube, Luc Ouellette, Gilles Gendron, Lucien Fontaine, Jimmy Larente, Gilles Lachance, Stephane Brouchard, Simon Allard and many more from Quebec have made their mark in harness racing in the USA. According to the world's top harness driver, Yannick Gingras, "I got to meet him (LPR) a little at 3R." Gingras said. "And he seems like a very nice guy with great hands. He sits "right" in the bike and he seems to have all the tools including a good head on his shoulders. "I talked to a few friends of mine at home about him," Gringras explained, "and everyone had nothing but good things to say about him. We have been in communication since the summer and I'm very happy he's making the move now. There's definitely a need for a new driver around here and I will do my best to help him achieve his goals the same way I was helped when I moved here." Roy was also influenced in his decision when he traveled to Prince Edward Island in August and won the prestigious Gold Cup and Saucer Final at Charlottetown Driving Park and recently was second with Yagonnakissmeornot in the $311,000 (CA) final of the Milton Stake for older pacing mares at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario. "Winning for Rene Allard in the Gold Cup and Saucer and being second for him in the Milton Stake helped me to get great visibility," Roy said, "and from there I told myself that it might be the right time to try it, but I thought about it before as how I want to spend my life in the future. "If I want to be a harness racing driver full time," Roy explained, "I got to go somewhere else because racing in Quebec and Ottawa makes it hard to earn a living without having another job then just driving. With Simon Allard and Yannick Gingras telling me that I should try it in the USA this winter, it convinced me to go for it." Daniel Delisle has been the track handicapper at the Hippodrome 3R for many years and had this to say about Louis-Philippe Roy. "I have had the privilege of witnessing the ascent in the world of harness racing of both Daniel Dube and Yannick Gingras," Delisle said, "who as Louis-Philippe Roy, made their professional debut at 3R and I must say that the progress of Louis-Philippe is equally phenomenal. It can only be successful in the USA and that's what all the world wants for him in Quebec. "One advantage is that he has is that he is a young man, simple and articulate," Delisle said. "and he has such natural ability which to succeed in this industry is a necessary asset. He will be missed by many in Quebec, but his future looks very bright in harness racing." By Steven Wolf, for the Hippodrome 3R

AUGUST 21, 2016 - Ontario's talented three-year-old pacing fillies were the featured performers on the second half of Rideau Carleton Raceway's Family Day double header Sunday and the harness racing distaffers delivered impressive efforts in three Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots and two Gold Series divisions. Goodwill Hanover posted the fastest mile of the evening in the first $105,000 Gold division, going gate-to-wire in 1:51.3. Lay Lady Lay pressed the pace through the middle stages of the race, but had to settle for second, one and one-quarter lengths behind the winner. Fan favourite Mayhem Seelster was right behind Lay Lady Lay in third. "This is the first time that, in the year or so that we've had her now, that she's gone away from home, if you like, to a race at a different track other than Mohawk, or a local track, and so we were concerned about that," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore about his cantankerous filly. "But she trucked down with Doyle Transport in a box stall, and she was pretty good, they were watching in the camera, and she's been pretty good all day. She didn't quite eat all her lunch, but not bad, so anyway we're all very happy." Paul MacDonell of Guelph, ON piloted Goodwill Hanover to her first Gold Series win of 2016 for Moore and owners GLB Stable of Lakeview, NS. The win boosts the Big Jim daughter's sophomore record to four wins and one second in 11 starts for earnings of $203,469. In addition to the long trip away from home, Moore also spent some time worrying about a change in Goodwill Hanover's routine that saw MacDonell handle all the filly's on-track warm-ups Sunday. "I was in Trois-Rivieres today with Rockin In Heaven in the Prix D'Ete, so I just made it here in time for the race, just got here about a minute to post," said the trainer, who alerted the filly's caretaker Vicki Paulic once he realised he would not make it to Ottawa in time. "Paul got along excellent with her and Vicki, she's done a heck of a job with her." The Guelph resident also handed credit for the filly's victory to owners GLB Stable, who remained stalwart while Goodwill Hanover struggled to find the winner's circle in July and August. "The owners of Goodwill Hanover have been great, Karl, Stephen and Deanna Tufts and Start Rath, the GLB Stable, they've been fantastic," said Moore. "I was telling them all the options for trucking her down here and they said, well the best option is to truck her in a box stall with Doyle's and we'll pay for the whole truck, so you know, I like to see them rewarded for doing that. It makes me feel good that we, meaning the mare and all of us, can give back to them for all their support." Next up on Goodwill Hanover's schedule is the Simcoe, back at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 3, and she will wrap up her regular season Gold career at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 30. Sunday's win should assure the filly of a berth in the season ending Super Final on Oct. 15, where Moore hopes she can give reigning division champion L A Delight a run for her money. "There's only one of those (Gold) left and then hopefully the Super Final and, of course, L A Delight is going to be tough as nails, there's no doubt about that, but you know if this mare acts well and everything goes good for her maybe we'll give her a run," mused Moore. "I don't know, we'll see what happens." L A Delight extended her two-year Gold Series unbeaten streak to nine with a victory in the second $105,000 division at Rideau Carleton on Sunday. The Bettor's Delight daughter and regular reinsman Randy Waples took control of the race before the half and were easy one and one-half length winners over Divas Image and Bourbon Seelster in 1:52. Milton resident Waples piloted the heavy favourite to her fifth sophomore victory for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The win pushed L A Delight's career earnings to within $2,000 of the $1 million mark. In Grassroots action Glorious Delight kicked things off with a 1:54 victory that saw her step out of the pocket in the stretch and reel in pacesetter Heavenly Bet. Westsluckycam earned the third-place finisher's share of the $18,000 Grassroots purse. Campbellville resident Mike Saftic piloted Glorious Delight to the win for trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON and owner-breeder Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. The win was the Bettor's Delight daughter's second of the season and her first in Grassroots competition. Windsun Glory captured the second Grassroots division, capping off a successful night for driver Doug McNair, who recorded three wins, two seconds, one third and two off the podium results from eight drives on Sunday evening. A patient steer saw Windsun Glory sprint by the leaders to her 1:53.1 victory, besting Bernadette and Golden Idol by two lengths. "She raced good," said McNair. "She loves a trip like that - leave, sit and get through late." McNair drove the Mach Three filly to her third Grassroots win for trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland and his partners Windsun Farm Inc. of Uxbridge, Kevin McKinlay of Holland Landing and Jim Fielding of Toronto, ON. Through 18 starts Windsun Glory now has six wins, two seconds, three thirds and earnings of $88,092. The final Grassroots trophy was awarded to fan favourite Noone To Depend On, who cruised along on the front end to a three length victory in 1:54.1. Killean Finale and Diamond Tested finished second and third. Jody Jamieson of Moffat drives the Santanna Blue Chip daughter for his father, trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, and sister, Brandy Jamieson of Milton, ON. Noone To Depend On has been completely dependable in the Grassroots this season, scoring three wins and one third for a total of 162 points, good enough for top spot in the division standings with one regular season event remaining. "She's a real nice filly," said driver Jamieson. "She's making a mint racing in the Grassroots circuit. It's just too bad there aren't more Grassroots Series races left." The Grassroots fillies will wrap up their regular season at Clinton Raceway on Sept. 4. The top 20 point earners through the six regular season events will advance to the Sept. 16 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final competing in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 24. Ontario Racing

AUGUST 4, 2016 - Ontario's talented harness racing two-year-old trotting colts invaded Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening and Mass Production posted the quickest mile of the three Ontario Sire Stakes Gold and two Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions. Starting from Post 3 in third $70,000 Gold division, Mass Production made an early break in stride that left him 12 lengths behind pacesetter Parkhill Nonstop by the :28.4 quarter. Still 12 lengths behind at the :58.3 half, Mass Production started to gain ground as Parkhill Nonstop handed over front end control to Vero Amore Bi heading by the 1:28 three-quarters. Turning for home Mass Production was five and one-half lengths back, but when trainer-driver Rick Zeron saw Vero Amore Bi go off stride he quickly shifted his colt into overdrive. Sprinting down the stretch Mass Production hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front of Parkhill Nonstop in a personal best 1:58.3. Rosberg was promoted from fourth to third after it was determined that Vero Amore Bi did not lose ground while off stride. "Mass made a miscue in the first turn, I don't know why, but he came back trotting and settled down," said Zeron. "So I just sat back with him and waited for the head of the lane, then I spoke to the big colt and he responded perfectly for me. "He's a great colt," added the Oakville resident, who shares ownership of the Muscle Mass son with James Walker of Port Perry, Bruno Dipoce of Wasaga Beach, ON and Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA. Thursday's victory was Mass Production's second in Gold Series action. The gelding, a $32,000 purchase from the Canadian Yearling Sale, was also victorious at Georgian Downs in the July 9 season opener. He finished a narrowly beaten second in the July 25 Gold Leg at Mohawk Racetrack and currently sits atop the Gold Series standings with 125 points. The first Gold division went to Life Well Lived in a personal best 1:59.3. After getting away fourth from Post 4, driver Travis Henry sent Life Well Lived after the lead before the :59.4 half and the colt was well in control by the 1:28.4 three-quarters. Without facing a challenge, Life Well Lived sailed down the stretch to a three and one-half length victory over Warrawee Shipshape and fan favourite Clarion Hall. "He's a nice horse to drive," said Henry. "He's very calm and well- mannered and you can do whatever you want with him." Carmen Auciello conditions Life Well Lived for Robert Burgess of Cedar Valley, ON, who offered up $33,000 for the son of Muscle Mass and Life Class at the 2015 Forest City Yearling Sale. In his first two Gold Series starts the colt finished second to Rose Run Speedster and Thursday's victory moved him into third in the Gold standings with 100 points, right behind his rival. The second Gold division went to Dream Massive, who powered away from Post 4 and landed in second as Magic Night led the Gold Series field to a :29.3 opening quarter. Driver James MacDonald and Dream Massive continued to shadow the pacesetter through the 1:00.4 half and 1:30.1 three-quarters and then tipped out for the stretch drive. As Dream Massive accelerated past Magic Night the pacesetter went off stride and Dream Massive opened up to a two and one-quarter length win in 1:59.1. Pennant Seelster recovered from his own early break in stride to be second, while fan favourite Rose Run Speedster settled for third after dodging the breaking Magic Night. "He is a nice going colt who finally found his luck," said trainer Mark Steacy of Dream Massive's first lifetime victory. "He made a green break in his first race when we felt he would be close, and he raced well last time. "He fought off a slight virus this time to race very good," added the Lansdowne, ON resident, who trains the son of Muscle Mass for Michael Soehnlen of Dalton, OH. Dream Massive finished eighth in the July 9 opener at Georgian Downs after making a break and then bounced back to finish third in the July 25 event at Mohawk Racetrack. Thursday's victory boosted the colt's earnings to $43,400 and his Gold Series point tally to 63. Rideau Carleton Raceway fans were also treated to a pair of $18,000 Grassroots divisions and former Gold Series competitor Santini captured the first one, going gate-to-wire in 1:59.4. A pair of Robert McIntosh trainees - My Big Kadillac and Willie Wonka - finished three and one-quarter lengths back in second and third. The win was Santini's first, after the Kadabra colt finished fifth and fourth in the July 9 and 25 Gold Legs. Richard Simard piloted fan favourite Santini to the win for trainer Stephen Oldford of Croswell, MI and his partner Gene Oldford Farms LLC of St. Clair, MI. The colt was a $40,000 acquisition from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. After finishing second and third in the first Grassroots division, trainer Bob McIntosh captured the second division with Many A Man. The Manofmanymissions son and driver Randy Waples took control before the half and never looked back, trotting home to a one and three-quarter length victory in 2:00. The fan favourite bested Zorgwijk Rocket and Little Lion Man. The win was Many A Man's second straight in Grassroots action and moved him into third spot in the division standings with 113 points. Windsor, ON resident McIntosh and his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON bred and share ownership of Many A Man, who is a half-brother to $389,221 winner Dr Cal. The fifth Grassroots contest for the two-year-old trotting colts goes postward at Hiawatha Horse Park on August 13, while the Gold Series colts head to Mohawk Racetrack for their fourth event on August 12. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 21 with the fourth Gold event for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Ontario Racing

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