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Driver Ryan Holliday captured a pair of Grassroots victories at Hanover Raceway on Saturday, capping off a spectacular night that saw the Mount Forest resident win a total of six races. After rain delayed the start of the program by 20 minutes, Holliday kicked things off with a win in the first race with two-year-old pacing gelding Lil Beau Duke and was back in the winner's circle following Race 3 with two-year-old pacing filly Mae Belle Duke, both for trainer Andrew McCabe and owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. In the fourth race, the second of four two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots divisions, Holliday was aboard Angel Status from Post 4 and guided the fan favourite to an effortless four and three-quarter length score in 2:04.2. Kashe finished second and Nifty Trick completed the top three. "She raced good. She's nice and handy and I own her, that's the best part," said Holliday with a chuckle. "Actually all the fillies I drove raced good, but she's nice and handy and has got a bit of gate speed." Angel Status is trained by the driver's father David Holliday and owned by his wife Caroline Holliday, both of Mount Forest, in partnership with Dennis Hannath of Harriston. The win was the Archangel daughter's second in Grassroots action and her third of the season. In addition to her Grassroots victories, she captured her Balanced Image elimination at Hanover Raceway on August 18. With one regular season event remaining Angel Status sits second in the division standings with 105 points and has assured herself of a berth in the Sept. 20 Grassroots Semi-Finals. Holliday added to his win tally in Race 8 with aged trotting mare Flexie for owner-trainer Melville Giles and then picked up his second Grassroots win in the last division with Snooker. The pair went straight to the front from Post 3 and fended off a challenge from favourite Warrawee Ultra to secure the 2:04.2 victory. Warrawee Ultra settled for second, three and one-half lengths behind the winner, and Knickers was another length back in third. "She was good, she got control of the race and win pretty handily," said Holliday of the Gregg McNair trainee. "When you can control the race, and you know they're legit horses, and you're driving for good trainers, it makes the game a lot easier." Guelph resident McNair shares ownership of Snooker with Bloomingwood Farms Ltd. of Harriston and Brian Zong of Downsview, Ontario. The win was the E L Titan daughter's first, but with one second and one fifth in her other two Grassroots outings, Snooker currently sits fourth in the standings with 80 points and will be among the 20 fillies that advance to the Semi-Final. Holliday made it an even half-dozen with a win in the tenth race with aged pacing gelding Mid Town Mickey for Arthur residents Kevin and Patricia Lynn Bodz. The productive night extended Holliday's lead atop the Hanover Raceway driver standings and gave him three big nights on the season over the half-mile oval. "I hit seven here once earlier this year, I think I win five one other night, but this would be the first six," said the reinsman. "It was a good night. It's a lot easier when they go ahead." The other two Grassroots divisions went to Lady Gabbie and Order Mattie. Lady Gabbie scored her first-ever victory with a 2:05.1 effort in the first $18,100 division. The Archangel daughter started from Post 1 and led from start to finish, reaching the wire two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Madam Shazam and Pyrrha. Cambridge resident Dagfin Henriksen drives and trains Lady Gabbie for his partners Gary Volpe and Steve Murphy of St. Thomas, Ontario. Order Mattie moved to the top of the division standings with her first lifetime victory, touring the Hanover half-mile in 2:06.4 for trainer-driver Doug Brown. The Angus Hall miss bested Stonebridge Swift and Msblackdiamondduke by two and three-quarter lengths to add a win to a trio of second-place results in Grassroots action. Brown trains the filly for Todd Coleman of Paris, Ontario and Jackson Wittup of Calgary, Alberta. The two-year-old trotting fillies will wrap up their regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 11. The top 20 fillies following the fifth event will advance to the Sept. 20 Semi-Final, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final moving on to the Sept. 29 Grassroots Championship, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. From the Ontario Sire Stakes          

Platoon Seelster made harness racing history on Wednesday evening at The Raceway in London when he equaled the fastest trotting mile in the track’s history. The four-year-old gelded son of Federal Flex took full advantage of post one in the $11,000 Preferred 2 Trot and jetted straight to command through a snappy :27.2 opening quarter. Driver Ryan Holliday was able to rate his speed to the tune of :30 seconds in the second quarter and hit the half in :58 seconds. Platoon Seelster faced first-over pressure in the third quarter but easily rebuffed the challenge through  three-quarters in 1:26.4. He then kicked home in :29.1 to stop the clock in 1:56, equaling the previous best clocking of 1:56 which was established by Brawn Seelster back in 2008. It was the sixth lifetime win for the former star of the Ontario Sires Stakes program who increased his career bankroll to more than $275,000 for owners Caroline Holliday of Mount Forest and Dennis Hannah of Harriston, Ontario. Greg Blanchard  

Muscle Mass daughter Desis Dream arrived at the harness racing meeting Hanover Raceway on Saturday needing a win to keep her Ontario Sires Stakes season alive and the three-year-old trotting filly got the job done in thrilling fashion. Starting from Post 5, driver Ryan Holliday settled Desis Dream into fourth on the rail as Ill Stay Here rocketed out to a :27.4 opening quarter as Arthur, ON resident Wayne Henry took his foot off Ill Stay Here's accelerator in the second quarter - reaching the half in :57.1 - Holliday and Desis Dream moved up to third. Heading for the 1:27.1 three-quarters Holliday sent Desis Dream up the outside to the lead and the filly battled down the stretch to a one-quarter length victory over Flexceptional and Tymal Fireitup in 1:58.2. "She's a good, honest little filly who capitalized on a great drive," quipped Mount Forest, ON resident Holliday. "She fought hard right to the wire." Holliday engineered the filly's first Grassroots win of the season for trainer David Byron and owner-breeder Glengate Farms of Campbellville, ON. In her five previous Grassroots outings the Muscle Mass daughter had tallied one second, two fourths, one fifth, and one sixth-place finish and she was sitting twenty-eighth in the division standings heading into Saturday's test. With the win, she jumped into the top 20 and will compete in the Sept. 18 Grassroots Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack. The other four winners also secured their spots in the post season, including local filly Mass Rail, who kicked off the festivities in the first race. Starting from Post 3, Mass Rail and driver Alfie Carroll got away fifth and moved into the outer lane heading for the half. Turning for home Carroll sent the Muscle Mass daughter after the leaders and Mass Rail got a head in front of Allies Gift for the 1:59 score. Roses In The Rain, who had served as a wind break for Mass Rail, settled for third. Iona Station, ON resident Carroll crafted the 1:59 victory for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON, Trevor Henry Stables Inc. and 1035840 Ontario Inc. of Arthur, ON. The win was the Muscle Mass daughter's first of the season, and with the two seconds, one fourth and one sixth she posted in her first four Grassroots starts, gives her 111 points and a berth in the Sept. 18 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack. "She is a big filly. She can't leave, but loves to finish," said Trevor Henry, who relinquished his usual spot in the filly's race bike due to driving commitments at Mohawk Racetrack. "With a little luck she will do good in the finals." Giona scored her second straight Grassroots win in the second division, controlling the tempo through fractions of :29.1, 1:00 and 1:28.4 before battling down the stretch to a neck victory in 1:58.4. Oh My Magic finished second and division point leader Renegade Magic settled for third after pressing the pace for most of the mile. Chelmsford, ON resident Wayne MacLean trains and drives Giona for Jocelyne Menard, also of Chelmsford. The Angus Hall filly scored her first Grassroots win in the Aug. 25 event at Mohawk Racetrack and has also finished second, third, fourth and fifth in her six regular season starts for a total of 150 points and sole ownership of third in the division standings. Elora, ON resident Bob McClure piloted Sheguindah to her first Grassroots win of the season in the third split, tipping out in the stretch and trotting home to a one and one-quarter length victory over GS Grasshopper and Tymal Signature. Sheguindah halted the Hanover Raceway teletimer at 1:59. "She's a solid Grassroots filly," said McClure, who piloted the Angus Hall daughter to the win for trainer Alan Fair and owner Elizabeth Fair of Ancaster, ON. "The Fairs have done a great job with her and she is going into the end of the season in great shape." Sheguindah wrapped up her regular season with one win, two seconds and one third in four outings for a total of 112 points. The final division saw Alfie Carroll make his second appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle, guiding Cincinnati Miss to a front-end score in 1:58.3. The Kadabra daughter hit the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Wing Flash and Summers Jewel. Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON trains Cincinnati Miss for his brother Doug McIntosh of Wheatley, ON and breeder Ivey Pharm Stable of Cincinnati, OH. In five Grassroots outings the filly posted two wins, one second, one third and one seventh for a point tally of 139, good enough for fourth spot in the standings. The top 20 fillies will battle in a pair of Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 18, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final returning to the Campbellville oval for the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 26. Ontario Horse Racing

The top local horseman for Wednesday night at Grand River Raceway was harness racing driver Ryan Holliday. Ryan was the winning driver of the 6th race aboard What Can I Say. It was Ryan's 74th win of the season and What Can I Say's first career win. Ryan and his wife, Caroline, who is also involved in the local harness racing industry, live in Mount Forest. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Complete schedule info at www.grandriverraceway.com . Kelly Spencer

Local horse Platoon Seelster earned his first Gold Series victory of the season at the harness racing meeting at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday night, and a sizeable number of Mount Forest and Harriston residents joined the three-year-old trotter in the winner's circle. "A bunch of family were out, and friends," said driver Ryan Holliday. "Everybody's pretty excited about him, so he's got quite a fan club." Starting from Post 4 - the first inside post they have seen in Gold competition this season - Holliday fired Platoon Seelster to the front and hit the opening quarter in :28.3. Through the :58.4 half and 1:29.2 three-quarters Platoon Seelster continued to lead the pack, with Muscle Up The Goal tucked in behind him and Namesmuscle in the outer lane. Turning for home Muscle Up The Goal attempted to power up the passing lane, but Platoon Seelster battled to a nose victory in 1:57.2. Muscle Up The Goal settled for second with Rubber Duck getting up for third. Fan favourite Dont Rush ran into traffic trouble in the outer lane and finished fifth. "I didn't really care if I cut it but I wanted to be up close you know, because you need to be on the half-mile tracks," said Holliday of the front-end tour. "I was happy to cut it. "He is a tough little horse," the Mount Forest resident continued. "He may not be the best one, but he gives everything he's got, every single time out there." Holliday engineered the win for his father, trainer David Holliday, his wife, co-owner Caroline Holliday, both of Mount Forest, and co-owner Dennis Hannath of Harriston The reinsman says the group is enjoying every experience with the son of Federal Flex, who moved into top spot in the division standings with Wednesday's win. "Everybody says it's easy when you get a good one, they're right," Holliday reflected. "He's simple, all he wears is a set a trotting boots, he tries good, he eats good - he does everything good. He's just a good horse, a pleasure to be around. "We're just trying to take it all in; we've never had one like this." Platoon Seelster will now enjoy a mini-vacation in a field at the Holliday's farm before beginning preparations for the fourth Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack on August 17. The other two Gold division winners also earned some special treatment from their connections. In the second $70,000 division driver Chris Christoforou employed the tactics that had proved fruitful for Holliday and sent Covert Operative straight to the front from Post 3. The duo rolled through fractions of :28, :57.4 and 1:27.3 before battling down the stretch to a one-half length victory over fan favourite Citizen Hall in a three-year-old trotting gelding track record 1:57. Caulfield rounded out the top three. Campbellville, ON resident Chris Christoforou engineered the win for trainer Per Henriksen of Norwood, ON and owners Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. of Lakefield Gore, QC and ASA Farm of Norwood. The win was the Deweycheatumnhowe son's fifth of the season, but his first ever in Ontario Sires Stakes action. In final division Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion also went with the proven formula and put Eternal Quest on the lead from Post 1. The favourites rang up fractions of :29.2, 1:00.1 and 1:29.4 before sailing across the wire two and one-quarter lengths on top in 1:58.1. Setanta and Winning Wizard finished second and third. Chad Milner conditions Eternal Quest for Murray Ferguson Jr. of Sutton West, ON. Through five starts this season Eternal Quest, a son of Pilgrims Taj, has now posted one Gold Series win, one Grassroots win and three runner-up finishes in overnight races. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Grand River Raceway next Wednesday, July 22 with the second Grassroots event for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

The top local horsemen for Wednesday night at  the harness racing meeting at Grand River Raceway were the Holliday family. They won the first division of the Ontario Sires Stakes gold division with Platoon Seelster. It was a family affair for the Mount Forest residents. Ryan Holliday was aboard Platoon Seelster while father, David Holliday, looks after the training duties. Caroline, Ryan's wife, is the co-owner of Platoon Seelster. It was Platoon Seelster's first win of the season and third lifetime. He has now made just over $200,000 lifetime for the Holliday family. The Ontario Sires Stakes return to Grand River Raceway next Wednesday, July 22. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Complete schedule info at www.grandriverraceway.com . Scott McNair

Clinton -- Two years ago, James MacDonald was winning Clinton Raceways' annual harness racing drivers challenge heading into the final race when Trevor Henry pulled off a last second victory. MacDonald got his revenge a year ago, winning his first title with a decisive victory over Jody Jamieson. Henry was third. On Sunday, May 31, the trio, along with five other top reinsmen, will suit up against each other again as the 35th annual Drivers Challenge hits the track in support of the Clinton branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. "Legions are having a tough time financially across the province. Every cause is a good one, but we think this will be a nice tie-in for us," said Clinton Raceway general manager Ian Fleming. Though it's a fun, relaxed atmosphere in which all proceeds of the day, including the drivers' fees, will go to the Legion, MacDonald said the drivers don't take the competition lightly. "Everyone's really competitive," he said. "You put a bunch of egos in together and one's a winner and you're going to get people trying pretty hard. There's no favours there, that's for sure." Henry, a finalist for the O'Brien Award for Canada's driver of the year in 2014, said pride is on the line. "It's always nice to have the bragging rights," Henry said, "But it's just a lot of fun. It's a good day out." The Drivers Challenge will pit Clinton's top three drivers of 2014 -- Henry, Ryan Holliday and Bruce Richardson-- against MacDonald, Jamieson, Doug McNair and Mike Saftic from the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit and Canada's leading dash winner, Alfie Carroll, who turned 30 in early May, and is leading the nation with nearly 200 wins already in 2015. For the first time in its long history, the Drivers Challenge is being held at the beginning, rather than at the end of the season, to make room for the eighth edition of Clinton Raceway's biannual Legends Day classic that will close out the track's 16-race season on Sept. 6 in support of the Clinton Public Hospital. Henry, long the king of Ontario's smaller tracks and now a regular fixture on the WEG circuit, said he's a big fan of Clinton Raceway. "It's just good to go there and give back to the town of Clinton," Henry said. "They do a lot of good there. It's a good town and a nice track and a good spot." MacDonald said he likes making the trip to Clinton because the Drivers Challenge usually draws a huge crowd and, "the people there seem to appreciate it and they put on a good show." MacDonald currently ranks a close second on Canada's driver earnings list with over $1.35 million made in 2015. McNair is a close third ($1.23 million), following by Henry in fifth ($1.09 million), Jamieson in sixth ($980,000) and Carroll in eighth ($890,000). In the wins department, after Carroll, McNair currently ranks sixth in the nation with 90 wins, followed by MacDonald in seventh (88) and Henry tied for ninth (80). The eight reinsmen participating in the Drivers Challenge have more than 26,300 career wins between them and combined career earnings of around $300 million.     Jessica Carnochan

London, January 26, 2015 --The Monday harness racing program at The Raceway at Western Fair District produced another large carryover in the late Super Hi-5 of more than $6,700 which means the London oval will be offering an instant guarantee of $15,000 on the early Super Hi-5 on Tuesday night's program. It was the longest shot on the board, Give Em Heck (31-1) and driver Ryan Holliday, who scored the upset in Monday's finale at The Raceway, triggering the large carryover into the Tuesday card. The Raceway offered a $15,000 guarantee on Monday's early Super Hi-5 pool and it was Lee Ave, at odds of 9-5, who topped the winning combination which returned a whopping $20,603.35 for a $1 ticket. The early Super Hi-5 is slated for race 7 on Tuesday's program which gets underway at 6:15 p.m. The Raceway will also feature a pair of $5,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pools as well and both the Pick-4 and Super Hi-5 are offered at a low 15% takeout rate. Free programs and free live streaming video are available at www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard Raceway Manager  

Fans that backed rookie pacer Weapons Dealer in Race 2 during the Monday evening program at Woodbine Racetrack likely needed a hand - or a wheelbarrow - to help tote home their winnings. The overlooked son of Western Ideal-Scootin Belle turned a two-hole trip into a pari-mutuel explosion for the tandem of driver Trevor Henry and trainer Isaac Waxman. Weapons Dealer got away in the two-hole behind the 1-5 favourite, Sports Warning, and those two held their positions through panels of :28, :58.2 and 1:26.4. Sports Warning rolled into a break coming out of the final turn, however, and that changed the whole complexion of the race. Weapons Dealer inherited the lead in the lane, and he wound up winning by a pair of lengths over His Boy Elroy in 1:54.3. Sports Warning regained his composure and re-rallied to finish third. To view the rest of this story click here. Raceway Preferreds to "Gustav" & "Winzel" A set of Preferred 3 events went postward Monday evening at The Raceway at Western Fair District, with Kendal Gustav and Winzel winning their respective assignments. Kendal Gustav shot to the front from Post 2 and rolled to an easy victory in his $7,400 affair for driver Lorne House. The public’s top choice, who closed at odds of 6-5, carved out splits of :27, :58 and 1:26.4 before sealing the deal with a :29.2 closing panel. He was 2-1/2 lengths better than Pacific Oak in 1:56.1. Lawmen Reign rounded out the top three finishers. Trainer Scott McNiven co-owns the five-year-old son of Life Sign-City Of Dreams with Tom Brodhurst of London and Shirley Griffin of St. Thomas, Ontario. The partnership has watched the gelding go 10-for-37 this season and 27-for-112 in his career. The lion’s share of Monday’s purse lifted his overall cash stash to $177,749. To view the rest of this story click here.

Two-year-old trotting colt Caulfield recorded his third straight harness racing victory in the third and final $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division tonight at Flamboro Downs. In that division Wilbur Eden was very quick at the start, hitting the opening marker in :29.3 for Trevor Henry. As they reached the half in 1:00.3 he had company from Holiday My Way and three wide came Alacrity as they reached the third panel in 1:30.1. Holiday My Way broke stride in the final turn and down the stretch Caulfield and Chris Christoforou closed a ton to win in 1:59.3. Wilbur Eden held for second while Winning Wizard was third. A son of Kadabra owned by Synereco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, and trained by Chris Beaver, Caulfield was notching his fourth win in six career starts and third in a row. Bred by Jeff Ruch of Innisfil and Ted MacDonnell of Allenford, Ontario, Caulfield sold for $20,000 at last year’s Harrisburg sale. Christoforou was also victorious in the first division where the two outside horses left quickest. Boli (post six) and Infiniti AS (post seven) got away first and second as the gate left with Boli leading the group by the first quarter in :30.3 and the half in 1:02.1. Luck O The Irish took over well before the 1:31.2 third panel as Boli went offstride. He soon had company in the form of Dont Rush and that pair battled down the lane with Dont Rush narrowly winning in 2:00.3. Luck O The Irish had to be content with the bridesmaid spot while Amityville Lindy survived an inquiry to take third. Christoforou was up behind the winner, a son of Infinitif owned and trained by breeder Dustin Jones of Waterdown, Ontario who recently sold a share in the talented colt to Greg Judson of Athens, Ontario. This was the second lifetime win for Dont Rush who improved his summary to 2-3-1 in nine lifetime starts for $136,000 in earnings. Three colts broke early in the second split which saw Namesmuscle by the first panel in :28.1. Just past the :59.2 half A Little More Love was neck and neck with the leader and managed to get a head in front by the 1:29.1 three-quarters. Three wide came Platoon Seelster and those three were close at the finish with Platoon Seelster prevailing, despite an early break in stride, in 1:59.4 for Ryan Holliday. A Little More Love, the leading point earner in this division coming into tonight’s contest, was a close second with Namesmuscle third. A lightly raced son of Holiday Road, Platoon Seelster was making just his fourth career start for trainer David Holliday and owners Caroline Holliday of Mount Forest and Dennis Hannath of Harriston, Ontario. Bred by Seelster Farms of Lucan, Ontario, the colt has yet to finish worse than second with two wins and two seconds in his young career. This group has one more Gold event to contest before the October 11 Super Final. That will take place one week from tonight, September 30, at Mohawk Racetrack. To view the complete results from tonight’s program, please click Flamboro Results - September 23. OSS News

Bestinthebusiness proved to be the best on Sunday evening at Flamboro Downs, winning the $11,000 Preferred 2 Pace for horses and geldings. Leaving from post seven, Bestinthebusiness ($14.80) out-sprinted outside assignee Adkins Hanover to the lead during a :26.4 opening panel. He continued on to the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:25 and then cruised home for the 1:54.3 triumph. Adkins Hanover followed one length behind while the hard-charging Tendtowin rallied wide from the backfield to show. Ryan Holliday was the winning driver behind the six-year-old Another Mile gelding, who is trained by Stephen Davis and owned and bred by the Mighican-based Brett Boyd Racing Inc. Eat Me Up ($14.50) left from outside her five rivals and went wire-to-wire to win the $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 in 1:56.3 with Insincerity following two and a half lengths behind from the pocket and Shellace rounding out the top three finishers. Bob McClure steered the five-year-old Mach Three mare down the road for trainer Richard Moreau and owner L. David Ratchford of North Sydney, N.S. To view the rest of this story click here. Wire to wire victory for Oakmont at Truro Oakmont went wire-to-wire to win the top class at Truro Raceway for the third consecutive week during Sunday afternoon's harness racing card. Oakmont held a commanding lead in the $1,275 Winners Over Pace through fractions of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26 and cruised home for the season's best 1:55.4 triumph with pocket-sitter Sf Razamatazz following one and three-quarter lengths behind under the wire and Electric Syl closing from the back of the five-horse field for third. Danny Romo trains and drove Oakmont for his last two wins -- one of which was a dead-heat -- while Robert Laffin took the lines for Sunday's score. Oakmont now has six wins in 15 starts this year in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. after a winless seven-race 2013 campaign in Ontario. The seven-year-old I Am A Fool gelding is owned by Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. To view the rest of the story click here. Johnny Gun shoots his way to Alberta win Two-year-old pacing colt Johnny Gun won the fastest of the three Alberta Sires Stakes Lonestar divisions on Sunday afternoon at Alberta Downs while Darryl Cutting trainees Pablos First and undefeated Urcutoff were victorious in the other races. The Sires Stakes divisions carried purses ranging from $16,800 to $17,100. Favourite Johnny Gun ($3.40) was first up and first home to equal his lifetime mark of 1:56.2 in Sunday's middle split. Johnny Gun and driver Travis Cullen settled off the pace in sixth place from post five and began to chip away at their 14-length deficit after the :27.1 opening panel. They advanced into second by the half in :59.4 and took over command from Chillinlikeavillin (Kelly Hoerdt) approaching the final turn. Johnny Gun then began to open up on top by the 1:28 third quarter station and extended that lead to fourth lengths as he kicked home in :28.2 to secure the victory. Withflyingcolours (Keith Clark) finished second off a pocket trip while early trailer Senga Shaganappi (Ryan Grundy) followed the winner's cover and finished third. To view the rest of the story click here. Make it two straight for Carrera Angel at Summerside Carrera Angel made it back-to-back victories taking the Sunday feature race for the second week in a row at Red Shores Summerside. The time of the mile was 1:59 flat. Owner/driver Rocky Schurman hustled the nine-year-son of Camluck off the gate to the lead into the turn and then released Say It Again Sam (Jason Hughes) en route to the opening quarter in :28-seconds flat. Carrera Angel tracked the pacesetter through splits of :58.3 and 1:28.4 before unleashing a powerful finishing kick to notch his fifth score from 18 starts this season. Cambest Kisser (Kenny Arsenault) found racing room in the stretch to finish second with Van Zant (Ron Matheson) rallying late to complete the triactor. Action O So Royal edged out Paphos to claim the Peter Coughlin Memorial in 1:59. Brian MacPhee did the driving for owner/trainer Wayne Pike of Winsloe, P.E.I. MacPhee came right back in the next race with Jarretts Jet to record a driving double. Garth Cole was the winning trainer. Bakardi Arti posted the fastest mile of the afternoon going right to his lifetime mark of 1:56.4 for Walter Cheverie, trainer Jonah Moase and owners Neal Moase of Cornwall, P.E.I. and Heather Neill of North Milton, P.E.I. Driver Todd Walsh enjoyed a great weekend competing in the Billings Driving Challenge. The Charlottetown resident won another division of the Billings with In Cahoots for owner Leon Stewart of Summerside, P.E.I. Jason Hughes, Walter Cheverie and Kenny Arsenault also recorded driving doubles on the program. From Red Shores  

Clinton Raceway will end their 2014 harness racing season this Sunday with a jammed packed card which includes Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action for two-year-old pacing colts, the track’s 34th annual Charity Drivers’ Challenge and a fundraiser for Childcan. The eight drivers participating in the drivers’ challenge, Trevor Henry, Bruce Richardson, Ryan Holliday, Chris Christoforou, Jody Jamieson, Doug McNair, Phil Hudon and James MacDonald, have all generously donated their driving fees from the competition to Childcan. “We’ve had a great season in 2014 and I’d like to thank all of our horse people, fans and staff who have contributed to its success. We’re very appreciative of the drivers who have donated their fees from Sunday’s card to our fundraiser. We’re looking forward to another great season next year,” noted Clinton’s General Manager Ian Fleming. In addition to participating in the driving challenge, all of the drivers will also be piloting colts in the six OSS divisions. Jamieson, MacDonald and Henry have drives in all six splits. McNair has five OSS steers, Christoforou is listed on four colts, Hudon has three OSS mounts while Holiday and Richardson will each guide one. The first OSS division, race four, features two colts who won a Grassroots event in their most recent outing. The simply named Jeb was a winner at Georgian on August 24 and will leave from the rail with Hudon driving for trainer James ‘Friday’ Dean and owners Wilma and Jim MacKenzie of Ennismore, Ontario. The Camluck son is looking for his third OSS victory this year having also won the first event for this group at Mohawk in early July. Jeb is tied as the leading point earner in this division with 137 points. Big Moment, who also has 137 points, has drawn post three in the second division, race five. Randy Waples will be at the lines as usual for trainer Bob McIntosh behind the son of Camluck who has won three Grassroots to date and was second in another. Moonwards Hanover will also look for his second straight Grassroots win in the first split. He won at Georgian in a life best 1:54. Paul MacDonell will be up behind the son of Sportswriter owned and trained by Jack Darling of Cambridge, Ontario. The third division, race six, finds two colts vying for their third straight Grassroots win. Thinkofagameplan, who has won his last two events, will leave from post two with Waples up for trainer McIntosh. The son of Ponder, owned by McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario and his cousin Al McIntosh of Leamington, Ontario, has yet to finish off the board in five starts to date. Pair Of Deuces has also captured his last two Grassroots outings, at Georgian and Mohawk, for trainer Nifty Norman and owner/breeder Pinske Stables. The son of Badlands Hanover will depart from post six with MacDonell at the lines. The two-year-old pacing colts are featured in races four, five, six, nine, 11 and 12 on Sunday’s card. To view the full program, please click Clinton Entries - August 31. Ontario Sire Stakes

Four divisions of 2-year-old trotters competed last Saturday at Hanover Raceway and now the top 2 finishers in each division return for a shot at the $70,600 final this Saturday. The $70,600 Balanced Image Final will go as Race number 10 on the 11 race program Saturday night at Hanover Raceway.  Post time is 7:15pm. Among those competing is Platoon Seelster owned by Dennis Hannath of Harriston and Caroline Holliday of Mt Forest.  After his elimination win, Hannath said the 2 year old was 1 of 2 yearlings he and Caroline purchased at the London sale.  Unfortunately the other yearling died when a tornado went through the London area earlier this year.   Hannath says he's extremely pleased with the colt and is just happy they get to participate in the final.  Platoon Seelster has earned over 21,000 dollars in just 2 lifetime starts and will be driven by Caroline's husband Ryan Holliday of Mt Forest.  The morning line favorite is 1 of 3 fillies in the final.  Gee Okeeffe is owned by Wilbur Lang and Chris Beaver of Ohio.  This 2 yea rold filly is one of the top Gold OSS filly trotters in her class this year and has already earned over 60,000 dollars in just 6 starts.  She will start from the coveted rail position and driver Dave Boughton who qualified 3 different horses for the final is listed to take the reigns. Also part of the card will be the Earl Ash Memorial Trot in race number 5.   Post time at Hanover Raceway is 7:15pm and as always the card will be available for viewing and wagering on Horse Player Interactive. From Hanover Raceway press box  

Clinton -- Ryan Holliday of Mount Forest, Ont. said he has extra incentive to win the 34th Annual Drivers Challenge Aug. 31 at Clinton Raceway that extends beyond trying to prove himself against a group of top drivers from Toronto. Holliday's cousin, Lindsay Foulon, has a two-year-old daughter with leukemia. While Hayden Foulon is being treated at Children's Hospital in London, her family has received support from Childcan (www.childcan.com), the charitable recipient of Clinton's Drivers Challenge for the fourth consecutive year. When Holliday, 26, was recovering from a broken elbow and wrist suffered in an accident in January at The Raceway at The Western Fair District in London, he spent a few days in the same hospital where Heyden was having some tests. "We were talking there one day and my cousin told me about how Childcan helps them. I said, 'Childcan? I'm pretty sure I drive for them in the charity event.' It makes you realize a little more about the good they do. I actually saw firsthand what the money does." The Drivers Challenge will pit Clinton's top three drivers -- Trevor Henry, Bruce Richardson and Holliday -- against Chris Christoforou, Jody Jamieson, Doug McNair, Sylvain Filion and James MacDonald from the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit. "That day there's a great crowd and there's a lot of good drivers there and it makes for a good day," McNair said. "It's definitely a fun event, but we race pretty tough out there, especially that day. No one does anybody any favours out there, that's for sure. Everybody wants to win and obviously it's for a good cause." All driver fees and proceeds from the day will be donated to Childcan. The charity has already received more than $40,000 from the Clinton Raceway event. The Drivers Challenge has raised more than $275,000 for various charities since its inception in 1981. Renee Simmons is in charge of Family Support for Childcan. She said the charity helps families with simple, daily expenses while they have a child being treated for cancer. "We offer every family a (hospital) parking pass and that is theirs until their child has completed treatment," Simmons said. "When they're in-patient, we set families up with two cafeteria vouchers per day. So, they have two $10 vouchers to spend on meals. "Then, we have an emergency financial assistance fund that our families can access, especially for our families that travel... Our mission is to make sure that the parents can focus on their child's care." Simmons, along with Hayden and Lindsay Foulon are expected to be at Clinton Raceway Aug. 31 for the Drivers Challenge. The program will also feature an Ontario Sires Stakes grassroots event for two-year-old pacing colts, as well as a charity barbeque, loom bracelet sale, 50/50 draw, bake sale, various auctions and a petting zoo, bouncy castle and face painting for the kids. The card starts at 1:30 p.m. "I'm looking forward to the pig roast, I'll be honest with you," Simmons said, laughing. "I always eat very well when I'm in Clinton." Holliday said Hayden's treatment is going well. "They're monitoring her counts all the time. As long as everything's good, she'll be out for the event," he said. As for the racing, Holliday said he's looking forward to testing his mettle against the big city boys, particularly at a track he calls home. "Clinton's a great place to race," he said. "They do a really good job there. They make sure there's a good show every week for everybody. The Drivers Challenge will be no different. They seem to go the extra mile there." Holliday said he might even have a little home track edge. "I know the horses there really well," he said. "I drive them week in and week out. So, maybe I have an advantage. Even to be recognized driving against those guys is pretty cool to me in general. I'm just glad I'm at that stage." by Jessica Carnochan, for Clinton Raceway  

There were four divisions of 2 year old trotters for the Balanced Image Trot eliminations hit the track as part of an 11 race card on Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. In the first elimination, a trio of breakers and some fancy stickhandling by driver Ryan Holliday got Platoon Seelster to the lead by the quarter mile marker in 30.2.  The 2 year old son of Federal Flex led from start to finish in times of 1:01.1, 1:32.1 and the mile in 2:01.1.  Race favorite Mandeville who has 3 OSS grassroots wins on larger tracks broke early and managed to fight his way back to second by the 3 quarter mile marker but when Keith Oliver tried to overtake Platoon Seelster around the final turn he went off stride again and lost his chances at a spot in the final.  Irish Scotch owned by Paul Lindsey of Fergus inherited second place after the miscue.  Platoon Seelster is owned by Ryan Holidays wife Caroline, and Dennis Hannath of Harriston.  Hannath says the 2 year was 1 of 2 yearlings they bought at the London sale, however, the other one had to be put down, after it was injured following a tornado near Tottenham. Hannath says he’s extremely happy with the geldings performance, and as for the final, Hannath says he doesn’t care where he finishes,  he’s just happy to make it to the final. The second division was won by Allies Gift in times of 30.0, 1:00.1, 1:30.1 and 2:00.4 for a Quebec Ownership group, and driver Anthony Haughan.  Leg 3 was won by Gee Okeefe for owners Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Ohio and driver Dave Boughton who qualified 3 horses for the final.   Boughton said the 2 year old filly who leads her OSS class this year was really easy to drive and had plenty of gas left in the tank.  Gee Okeefe led from start to finish in times of 29.3, 1:01.0, 1:31.1 and the mile in 2:01.1. The final leg was won by another Chris Beaver trained gelding.  Caulfield is owned by Synerco Ventures of Toronto and also led from start to finish by driver Boughton in times of 30.0, 1:02.1, 1:33.2 and the mile in 2:02.4. The post position draw was completed in front of the grandstand after race 10 and ended up as follows. Balanced Image Final  Saturday August 30th $70,600 Purse  Gee Okeefe  Caulfield  Allies Gift  Desis Dream  Cheque the Magic  Platoon Seelster  Pilgrims Joy  Irish Scotch Hanover also played host to the Grey Bruce Spinal Cord Injury group.  Spokesperson Merv Breadner of Owen Sound says thanks to Hanover Raceway they have been able to raise over 10,000 dollars for people with spinal cord injuries in Grey and Bruce Counties over the past 8 years.  Breadner says the money is used to help people with spinal cord injuries get adjusted and purchase much needed equipment. Racing resumes Saturday August 30th with the Balanced Image final headlining the card.  Posttime is 7:15pm. From the press box at Hanover Raceway

Harness racing father and son trainer and driver teams combined to win the final two $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies this afternoon at Clinton Raceway. Both duos won their respective events with a daughter of Mach Three, the fastest of which was Wicked Speed. With Scott Young in the sulky for trainer, co-owner and dad Bob Young, the diminutive lass went gate to wire in :30, 1:00, 1:30.2 and stopped the clock in 1:59 over Brilliant Idea and Hurricane Trina. It was the second straight win in as many lifetime starts for Wicked Speed who made her debut in an overnight at Clinton last Sunday where she won by five lengths to earn $2,000. That effort combined with today’s winnings find the filly paid for as she cost $10,000 at last year’s Lexington Select Sale for Bob Young of Guelph, Ontario and partner Marsha Sugarman of Status Stables, Ma. Young noted that the filly’s price was likely as a result of her stature. “She’s grown quite a bit since we got her and I think she’ll grow more by the time she’s three. She has a big, powerful rear end on her. She wears a fairly long hopple, 57 1/2 inches and no boots. “She’s done everything right from day one. She’s got tons of brains and likes her work,” he praised. Doug McNair was at the lines for dad Gregg in the fourth division with Mach Denali who managed to win by more than two lengths despite suffering interference just past the three-quarters when the lead filly made a break. Mach Denali was home in 2:01 over Jinglewriter and Ok Heartbeat. Gregg McNair, also of Guelph, shares ownership of the filly with Tony Lawrence and William Brown of Hanover and Paul Kidd from Guelph. This was the first lifetime win for the filly in three tries. Doug McNair also piloted the fastest winner on this afternoon’s card, Kastie Snoops who tripped the timer in 1:58.4. Tony O’Sullivan trains the Sportswriter filly, a half-sister to $573,000 winner Dalhousie Dave, for owner/breeder John Fielding of Toronto. The other two divisions were captured by Stonebridge Quest (Camluck) and Trevor Henry in 2:00.4 and Chase The Shadows (Shadow Play) with Ryan Holliday up in 1:59. The next Grassroots test for this group will be at Mohawk on August 11. To view the complete results from today’s card, please click Clinton Results - July 20. Ontario Sire Stakes

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