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Whether they reach the winner's circle in Saturday night's Grassroots Championships at Woodbine Mohawk Park or not, Scott Young and Julie Walker have already had milestone years in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. While not met with great fanfare, their achievements have been deeply meaningful for two people who never dreamed of doing anything other than driving and training Standardbred racehorses. "I've been committed to be a driver my whole life; it's all I ever wanted to do," said Young, who won more Ontario Sires Stakes races this season than in his eight previous years in the provincial program, including a Grassroots Semi-Final victory with two-year-old trotting filly Rebellious Lady. "It was awesome, especially to win with Rebellious Lady, because she's been good all year. So for her to just keep going in the right direction, that was pretty cool," said the 25-year-old of his first post-season win. "Any time you can win a Sires Stakes of some sort, let alone be in a Semi-Final or Grassroots Final, it's always good." The Guelph resident will steer Rebellious Lady from Post 2 in the first of eight $50,000 Grassroots Finals on Saturday's program. The filly is trained by his father Bob Young and owned by Hugh Fitzpatrick, also of Guelph. In seven starts the daughter of Angus Hall and Radical Missy has tallied two wins, one second and one third for earnings of $28,754. She captured last Thursday's Semi-Final in a personal best 1:59.1. "I was very happy with her last week, she raced tough first over again," said Young about the filly. "I'm just looking for her to behave, and I can see her definitely hitting the board on the weekend. "If everything goes right, hopefully she can even be a Gold filly at three," added the reinsman, whose OSS victories to date have all come in the Grassroots program. "She's very long, she's got great manners, great gait and very pleasurable to drive, so if she grows up next year and fills out and everything it wouldn't surprise me if she even could be a Gold filly." Young will also compete in the second Grassroots Final, steering two-year-old trotting gelding Lariat Seelster from Post 7 for his father and partners Robert Deveau of Toronto, Frank Chiaravalloti of Downsview and Jaftica Stable of Guelph. The son of Kadabra and Ladycane squeaked into the final with a fifth-place result in last week's Semi-Final, but had won two straight over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval prior to that outing. "Larry had a rough outside trip last week, but that comes with the nine-hole sometimes. He actually hasn't been drawing very good all year," noted Young, who returns to the gelding's race bike on Saturday for the first time since July 31, replacing Roger Mayotte. "But it looks like there's quite a bit of speed in that race, so hopefully maybe work out some kind of trip and, you know, I think he's good enough to go with them, he's just going to need them to maybe battle a little bit up front and pick up some pieces. "Larry is a very, very big colt. He's learning to go speed. I think Larry is going to be a very, very nice three-year-old and an even better four-year-old and an even better five-year-old," the reinsman added. "I think he's just going to get better with age." Julie Walker has the same opinion about two-year-old trotting filly At Will, who won the other Semi-Final on Sept. 20. The daughter of Kadabra and Excuse My Face returns to Woodbine Mohawk Park for Saturday's final riding a two-race win streak over the Campbellville oval and recorded a personal best 1:58.1 in the Semi-Final, but Walker is most excited about her long-term prospects. "This whole year has just been building up to her three-year-old year. She's never been pushed this year," the trainer explained. "That's all I kept thinking was how - I've been raised, you know with the Walker family, to have old horses and teach them how to be racehorses - so I am really excited for her three-year-old year." At Will's Semi-Final victory pushed Walker's 2018 win tally to 21, the first time the 36-year-old has recorded more than 20 wins since hanging up her solo shingle in 2012, and marked her first victory in the OSS post-season after a trio of runner-up results with Oaklea Uptown, Massive Muscles and Rubber Duck. "It doesn't seem like a big year when you look at guys like Mark Steacy and Bob McIntosh, but I believe with At Will's win the other night I went over 20 wins," Walker noted. "I think I have 21 wins now, and that's actually the highest for me, which, like I said, doesn't seem like a lot, but at least it's progression. "It's always just been, for me, to get them in there has been special," the Carlisle resident added. "I've never had a heavy favourite, I don't think, like At Will." Whether the filly and driver Sylvain Filion can find the winner's circle from Post 7 or not, At Will has already given Walker and her co-owners Layhoon Chan Brunner of Etobicoke and Ron Piers of Georgetown a special ride this summer. "It's kind of a nice story. Fred Brunner came to us, it must have been five, six years ago, and asked us to take care of the mare. He didn't think she was going to have very many more foals so he said, money aside, who would you breed to? And I said well, no doubt, Kadabra, and the mare actually caught, which was unbelievable, and then threw out a filly on top of that," recalled Walker. "Fred was living with cancer, he was very sick for quite a while, and he gave us 20 per cent of the mare along with Ron Piers got 20 per cent. He actually passed away in June and he would have been very happy to see her as big and strong and as good as she's doing." While At Will has met and exceeded her owners' hopes and expectations, their other Championship entrant, three-year-old trotting ridgling Takter, has enjoyed a more turbulent ride through the provincial program. The son of Johnny William and Toss Up snuck into the Semi-Final with just three Grassroots points and rode his first interference-free trip in a month to a fourth-place finish and a berth in Saturday's final, where Filion will steer him from Post 3. "It's been a disappointing year for him, because he came out really strong," said Walker. "We've always thought he was better than what he has been showing, and I am just hoping that comes back at the right time. He did race better to get into the final than he has, he's still going to be a long shot, we know that, but he's there and he's better than he has been." Walker and Young are clear-eyed about the chances of capping off their milestone seasons with a Grassroots Championship, acknowledging that the competition is fierce in all three divisions, but both are content in the knowledge that their efforts earned them a place on the starting gate among the province's best human and equine athletes. Saturday's $400,000 Grassroots Championship gets under way at 7:10 pm, with the province's best squaring off over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval in Races 1 through 3, and 5 through 9. Complete entries are available at From the Ontario Sire Stakes

AUGUST 18, 2018 - Scott Young had the keys to the Kawartha Downs winner's circle on Saturday, steering a trio of three-year-old pacing fillies to Grassroots victory. The reinsman kicked off his Grassroots hat trick in the first race with Machnhope. Starting from Post 5 Young eased Machnhope away from the starting gate and was sitting sixth when fan favourite Katniss S BG hit the quarter in :27. As Katniss S BG continued through a :56 half and 1:24.4 three-quarters, Young and Machnhope were rolling up the outside behind Lifelong Dream and made the turn for home just one and one-half lengths behind the leader. A sharp late kick powered Machnhope down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:54.1. Lifelong Dream finished second and Katniss S BG settled for third. "They just told me she likes to close up, so I was fortunate enough a bunch of them were leaving so I just landed away fifth and followed Scotty Coulter (with Lifelong Dream)," said Young. "Scotty took me right to the head of the lane with Dean Nixon's filly, and when I came off Scotty's back at the head of the lane she was full of pace and she kicked home good for me." Young piloted Machnhope to her second Grassroots win of the season for trainer Bill Robinson and owners CMR Farms of Hagersville, David Serwatuk of Hamilton and BC Reichheld Stables of Caledonia, Ontario. Through 12 sophomore starts the Mach Three daughter now boasts a record of three wins, one second and two thirds for earnings of $39,510. Young teamed up with trainer Mark Steacy to take the next two $18,450 divisions with Hello Love and Lady Bubbles. Starting from Post 4 with fan favourite Hello Love, the reinsman employed the same tactics that earned him the win in the first division. After sitting fifth through the opening quarter Young tipped Hello Love to the outside behind Mike Saftic and Sunday Afternoon, who reached the front before the three-quarters. With a clear path to the wire Hello Love shifted into overdrive and sailed away from her peers to a five and one-quarter length victory in 1:52.2, just one-fifth of a second shy of the Kawartha Downs track record for three-year-old pacing fillies. Sunday Afternoon finished second and Shadow World was hot on her heels in third. "Hello Love is a beautiful filly, a pleasure to drive, did everything I asked," said Young. "The trip couldn't have worked out any better with her either. I was following Mike (Saftic), and then Mike actually cleared the leader so I didn't even have to worry about moving three-wide or anything. When I kicked the plugs turning for home, I'm sure if I was to chase her she could have went a lot more." The win was the second in Grassroots action and the fifth of the season for Hello Love, who also has one second and one third through 10 starts for earnings of $50,732. The Shadow Play daughter is owned by Landmark 10 Racing Stable of Kingston, Ontario, J And T Silva Stables LLC of Long Beach, New York, Bertrand Gilhespy Stable of Edmonton, Alberta and Conrad Leber of Montreal, Quebec. Young completed the hat trick in the third division with Lady Bubbles, who took command before the half and never looked back, pacing under the wire two lengths ahead of I Shadow U. Color Envy rounded out the top three. "I was fortunate enough I won a Grassroots with her at Grand River last year as a two-year-old and that was the last time I drove Bubbles," noted the Guelph, Ontario resident. "I left out tonight and landed third and they were starting to tap the brakes pretty good going into the first turn so I, you know being favourite on the board makes life a little easier, so when I did the quarter-pole move he was looking for me. I heard the half pop up in :57 and I said, she should be tough from here, and she was very, very strong as well." Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, Quebec bred and owns the daughter of Sportswriter, who now has three Grassroots wins and sole ownership of top spot in the division standings with one regular season event remaining. The only blemish on the filly's Grassroots record came in the August 6 event when she was unable to complete the race due to broken equipment. In addition to his trio of Grassroots victories, Young also piloted five-year-old pacing gelding Big Sport to a win in the seventh race, giving him four wins on the night. "I've had four before and I've had one five before, but (this is) the first hat trick in a Grassroots I've ever had," said Young who had only won two Grassroots events this season prior to Saturday's hat trick. "Mark Steacy has been very, very good to me and I appreciate all the work he gives me, and his owners. They've given me opportunity and I can't thank them enough." The last Grassroots division went to fan favourite Azure Seelster, who went gate-to-wire in 1:53.1. Cardiff finished three and one-quarter lengths back in second and Catshark was two more lengths back in third. Guy Gagnon piloted the Shadow Play daughter to the win for trainer Jacques Dupont and owners Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, 2745 5815 Quebec Inc. and Sylvain Descheneaux of Sorel-Tracy and Paul Andre Lehoux of Sainte-Marie, Quebec. The three-year-old pacing fillies will make their fifth, and final, regular season start at Flamboro Downs on September 4. The top 20 point earners will advance to two $20,000 Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park on September 21, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final moving on to the $50,000 Championship on September 29. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway hosted two finals of the Sharpe's Summer Series on July 16. The series, sponsored by Sharpe Farm Supplies Ltd., has been showcased at five tracks throughout the province. Since being transferred to the Patrick Shepherd stable, Lady London and regular driver Robert Shepherd have been leaders in the mare's condition claiming ranks of the B-Track circuit. Posting a 4-1-0 average in 5 starts for the Shepherd tandem, Lady London now adds the $14,400 Sharpe's Feed Series Final to her resume. With front runner Broadway Pebbles breaking stride in addition to having the rail advantage, Lady London was able to find the front with ease and cut the mile out to fractions of 27.3, 56.3, 1:25.4 with a mile time of 1:55.2, a new lifetime mark for the 5 year old Big Jim - Maddam Luck mare. Owned by Carl Kuepfer of Newton, Ontario, Lady London has banked in $31,685 lifetime earnings with a 51-5-2-3 record. In the second $13,800 Final, front end speed prevailed again with Carolina Magic hanging on by a head for the win against condition claiming horses and geldings, fending off a fast-closing Puddin Pie. The three-year-old gelding, driven by Scott Young, went off at odds of 3-2 and posted fractions of 28, 58.1, 1:26.3 to a mile time of 1:56.3 which is a new lifetime mark for the Art Major - Put On A Display colt. Trained by veteran Ben Wallace for owners Birnam Wood Farms and Wallace Standardbreds Inc, Carolina Magic now has $38,317 and a 21-3-6-1 record. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

Driver Scott Young was the top local harness racing horseman for Monday night at Grand River Raceway. He was able to steer longshot, Faiths Maverick, around the oval at 14-1. Scott is a native of Guelph and is a lifetime winner of 362 races. Scott is 23 years old and has been on the local harness racing scene for 5 years. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Complete schedule info at . Kelly Spencer  

The temperature was just above the freezing mark for an eight-pack of qualifiers Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack. The track was listed as fast Friday, but the judges did allow a one second variant on the chilly and windy morning. Many eyes were on the seventh qualifier, as World champion Hes Watching and Milton Stakes winner Voelz Hanover lined up behind the gate. Leaving from post six in a field of six, Voelz Hanover and Randy Waples sprinted off the gate to grab the early, while Hes Watching and Jody Jamieson dropped in the two-hole. After an opening-quarter of :28, Volez Hanover kept the tempo hot with a :27.3 second-quarter to lead Hes Watching by half a dozen lengths. Voelz Hanover reached the three-quarter pole in 1:24, but Hes Watching, who was five lengths back, started to hit his best stride as they rounded the far turn. In the stretch, Hes Watching would track down Voelz Hanover, but came up half a length short at the wire in 1:53.4. Hes Watching paced his last quarter in :28.4, while Voelz Hanover's final panel was in :29.4. Hes Watching was making his second qualifying appearance in as many weeks in preparation for the Breeders Crown eliminations next weekend at the Meadowlands. The son of American Ideal is trained by Dave Menary, who shares ownership with Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Muscara Racing Trust. Hes Watching has won five of 12 starts this season for earnings of over $837,000. His career bankroll currently sits at over $1.1 million. Voelz Hanover was making her first appearance since finishing fourth in the Fillies & Mares Preferred at Mohawk on October 10. She was entered to race the following week at Woodbine, but was a vet scratch sick. A nine-year-old daughter of Astreos, Voelz Hanover recorded the biggest victory of her career back in September when she won the $286,000 Milton Stakes at Mohawk. She is trained by Corey Johnson for owner Richard Berthiaume and has won six of 16 starts this season for earnings of over $262,000. Voelz Hanover's career record currently sits at 44 wins from 168 starts for earnings of over $1.7 million. Also making an appearance Friday morning was Valley Victory elimination winner Whataworkout. The Frank Antonacci trainee turned in a 25 length victory in 1:58. Driven by Domenico Cecere, Whataworkout was making his first appearance since making a break in the stretch of the $521,000 Valley Victory on October 25 at Woodbine. A two-year-old son of Muscle Hill, Whataworkout has won twice in his first five starts for earnings of over $32,000. He is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut. Ontario Sires Stakes standout Sports Chic was also a winner Friday morning. A two-year-old daughter of Sportswriter, Sports Chic won her qualifier by 13 lengths in 1:56.4. Driven by Jody Jamieson, this was Sports Chic's first charted line since finishing fourth in the $250,000 OSS Super Final on October 11 at Mohawk. Trained by Blake Macintosh, Sports Chic has won five times from 10 starts for earnings of over $241,000. Macintosh is also a co-owner of the filly along with Hutt Racing Stable. The full list of Friday morning's winners can be found below. Mohawk Qualifiers - Friday, November 7 Race 1 - Whataworkout (Domenico Cecere) - 1:58 Race 2 - Sports Chic (Jody Jamieson) - 1:56.4 Race 3 - Sas Warkentin (Scott Young) - 2:00 Race 4 - Century Angeldust (Mike Saftic) - 1:58.2 Race 5 - Barefoot Beauty (Doug McNair) - 1:59.1 Race 6 - Hldontghttoyurdrms (Jonathan Drury) - 2:00.2 Race 7 - Voelz Hanover (Randy Waples) - 1:53.4 Race 8 - Screen The Call (Jody Jamieson) - 1:58   Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred  

The feature race of the evening Saturday at Georgian Downs saw Swan In A Million and trainer/driver Dustin Jones get great cover and come home strong to win the $100,000 Honourable Earl Rowe Memorial Trot in 1:52.4. The time of the race set a Canadian season's record for trotters over a five-eighth-mile track. Swan In A Million got away fourth at the pylons through a :27.4 opening quarter and flushed out cover in the form of pocket-sitting Natural Herbie (Verlin Yoder) approaching the half, which was clocked in :57.1. In the stretch, he rallied by race favorite Natural Herbie and tempo-setter R Raised Emotions (Mario Baillargeon), who fronted the field past three-quarters in 1:24.2, and held off the quick-closing Intimidate (Rick Zeron) for the half-length victory. Charmed Life (Robert Shepherd) finished three-quarters of a length behind off a three-hole trip. There were five $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events for two-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night and the last split was the quickest as Southwind Luna toured the five-eighths mile oval in 1:54. With driver Billy Davis Jr. calling the shots, Southwind Luna was in the lead through panels of :27.2, :56.3, and 1:24.3. Faithful Friend (Rick Zeron) took a shot out of the pocket in the final quarter, but Southwind Luna held sway to prevail by half a length. Wicked Speed (Scott Young) finished third. Otis Hall trains Southwind Luna, a Sportswriter filly, for owner Nasussito Racing Inc. of Ayr, Ontario. Southwind Farms bred Southwind Luna, who has won twice from five starts and has earned $23,540. Southwind Luna, the first foal out of Lil Presto Hanover, a The Panderosa half-sister to $2.6 million earner McArdle, sold for $20,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. Drivers Rick Zeron and Trevor Henry split up the other four Grassroots sections, with each of them winning two. Zeron scored with Mister Big filly Show Some Leg in 1:54.4 for trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman and Shadow Play daughter Chase The Shadows in 1:54.2 for trainer Dave Menary. Henry’s victories came courtesy of Vic Puddy trainee Twin B Honour (1:55) and Richard Moreau pupil Ms Mac N Cheese (1:54.2). The feature race of the evening saw Swan In A Million and trainer/driver Dustin Jones get great cover and come home strong to win the $100,000 Honourable Earl Rowe Memorial Trot in 1:52.4. The time of the race set a Canadian season's record for trotters over a five-eighth-mile track. The next Grassroots test for rookie pacing fillies comes on September 2 at Flamboro Downs. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Harness racing driver Scott Young aka 'The Answer' was kind enough to take a few moments to chat between races at Georgian Downs, (Innisfil, ON). Driving horses at Grand River Raceway and Georgian Downs, Scott acknowledges that a lot of strategy comes in to play when racing at the two tracks. Georgian Downs is a 5/8 mile track while Grand River Raceway is a ½ mile track. "This track, Georgian Downs, is known as a speed track" says Scott. "If you lead with your horse from the start off the gate, you're better for it. It's really hard to make up ground on this track if they don't go any fractions up front. You really try to get yourself well positioned here." Scott confirms the same type of strategy works well at Grand River Raceway. One thing Scott enjoys about driving at Georgian Downs is getting the opportunity to drive better horses. "I find there are better horses and the trainers you drive for are a lot of Mohawk Raceway trainers and they're bringing young horses here.... You get a chance to drive for some class stables and some decent horses." Scott has driven some horses for his dad, Bob Young. Scott admits his dad's horses make him look good! "He gives me a shot to win every time." Scott says. "My dad has a really nice filly named Wicked Speed and she's 3 for 3 this year with 2 Grass Roots (Ontario Sire Stakes)." Scott continues, "I drive a horse for my dad named Mitt Jagger and he's a pretty nice horse." When he isn't racing, Scott works for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. Well, why not his dad 'Bob Knowledge'? "We are the same person" Scott confirms, "I can work for him for about three weeks. We are too much alike. We always want to change stuff all the time... so I drive for him at night and this way when I see him, I am just driving." With that being said, Scott knows his dad is his biggest fan and Bob always does his best to watch all of Scott's drives. So what does Scott and his fellow horsemen do when they are in between races and have a few minutes? Play practical jokes of course. Scott speaks about times where he has found his gloves stuffed with candy wrappers or even stones. It seems to always take place when he's trying to rush onto the track. "There I am looking for my gloves with one minute before the post parade" says Scott. "And I am trying to empty them out. Or I will find my gloves pulled inside out." "Sometimes someone will switch whips with you. They'll leave you with a broken whip and they go and take your good one." Scott says with a laugh. "There's always something going on." Pranksters being called out are J Harris, Bob McClure and James MacDonald! It's safe to say Scott doesn't play any pranks as he admits the favor will be returned twice as harsh. "I try and stay clear of that" Scott says. Coming to the track is a delight for Scott, "I am friends with everybody and there's nothing like doing what you love with your friends." As mentioned before, 'The Answer' is a big Bruins fans and he's ready for the NHL season to kick off. In the mean time, Scotty is enjoying cheering on the Blue Jays as they fight for a wild card ticket to the post season. "The last five games I've been to the Blue Jays won each time" says Scott. If that's the case, I say we make sure Scott goes to every remaining home game! Third baseman Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays is Scott's favorite player. "My dad says we are a lot alike. When something goes bad for Brett, he has a little freak out." Scott explains. "When I was younger and I got beat with a favorite, I would throw a fit and my dad would say 'Easy Brett, easy'..."   by Roderick Balgobin,    

Headlining Mohawk Racetrack’s Monday night (August 11) harness racing program were six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series events for two-year-old pacing fillies, and while she wasn’t the swiftest winner, Wicked Speed’s win in the fifth flight pushed her record to a perfect three-for-three with two of those victories coming in Grassroots action. With Scott Young handling the driving assignment for his father, trainer Bob Young, Wicked Speed came first-over in the final half and wore down leader Marachere (Jody Jamieson) late in the mile to win by half a length in 1:57.4. Fiftyshadesofbay (Rick Zeron) finished third in the race, which was conducted over a track rated good and a second off due to rainy conditions. Bob Young of Guelph, Ontario, also co-owns the victorious daughter of Mach Three with partner Status Stables Inc. of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Wicked Speed, who also won in Grassroots action at Clinton Raceway on July 20 and has now earned $20,000, was bred by GBW Breeding Farms Inc. and was purchased for $10,000 at last year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Wicked Speed’s dam is the Western Hanover mare Pannie Oakley ($106,925). Sassafras Girl (Phil Hudon) also picked up her second win in Grassroots competition after grabbing a 1:57 triumph in the nightcap. She was in front through fractions of :28.1, :58.4, and 1:28 before she splashed home in 29 seconds to win by two and a half lengths over Little Miss Artist (Mike Saftic). OK Hallelujah (Sylvain Filion) claimed third. Murray Brethour trains Sassafras Girl, a Badlands Hanover filly, for owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, Pennsylvania. Sassafras Girl, who is now three-for-six overall and has banked $21,380, was bred by Winbak Farm. She’s out of the Die Laughing mare Tug River Della ($219,395) and a half-sister to the likes of Rub N Tug ($433,999). Before the rain visited Mohawk, Ride Away Shark (Jody Jamieson) was an impressive 1:53 winner in the third Grassroots contest. She moved from fifth to first on the way to the 57 second half and didn’t look back on her way to a three length decision over Solar Sister (Doug McNair). Ms Mac N Cheese (Sylvain Filion) collected third. Ride Away Shark, another Winbak Farm-bred filly, has a pair of victories from five attempts and has put away $18,280 for trainer Scott McNiven and owners Kim McNiven of Putnam and Thomas Brodhurst of London, Ontario. Those connections took Ride Away Shark, a daughter of Classic Card Shark, out of last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale for $7,000. She’s the first foal out of the Dream Away mare Freedom Away. Double Creme was an OSS winner as a two-year-old filly, and her daughter is now too as OK Heavenly (Doug McNair) won the Grassroots opener by two and a quarter lengths in 1:55. Chase The Shadows (Jody Jamieson) was next in that dash, followed by Maralika (Chris Christoforou). Mark Steacy trains OK Heavenly, a daughter of Sportswriter, for co-owner/breeder Oak Knoll Stables of Campbellcroft, Ontario, Conrad Leber of Montreal, Quebec, Richard Karper of Saint-Laurent, Quebec, and Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga, Ontario. It was OK Heavenly’s first win from four trips behind the gate, and she has now banked $12,600. Her dam, who earned $415,049 in her career, has already produced multi-time OSS winner OK Boromir (No Pan Intended, $569,884) and OK Commander ($612,304). Also winning in OSS competition on Monday night were: --Lady Jen (Royal Mattjesty-Ladyjack-Cams Card Shark), who tallied in 1:55.4 for driver Sylvain Filion, trainer Scott McEneny, and owner Hutt Racing Stable. She was also the third winner for breeder Winbak Farm. --Southwind Luna (Sportswriter-Lil Presto Hanover-The Panderosa), who clicked in 1:55.3 for driver Billy Davis Jr., trainer Otis Hall, and owner Nasussito Racing Inc. of Ayr, Ontario. Bred by Southwind Farm, Southwind Luna is the first foal out of her dam, who is a half-sister to the likes of $2.6 million earner McArdle. The next Grassroots event for rookie pacing fillies is on August 23 at Georgian Downs. For full results and charts of Monday night’s events Ontario Sire Stakes .

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

Scott Young put the pedal to the metal right from the word ‘Go’ with Justasmalltowngirl in Tuesday’s $7,000 Preferred 3 for trotters at Georgian Downs, and the mare kept on trucking en route to a narrow score. The five-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Armbro Exuberant sliced out splits of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27.1 before using a :29.4 closing quarter to win by a quarter of a length in 1:57. Justasmalltowngirl edged out Euro Classic, who was eventually placed fifth for causing interference to another foe in the late stages of the mile. Will To Do was third-placed-second while Thor Seelster finished fourth-placed-third. To view the rest of this story click here.

Mopey Corey prevailed in a three-across finish in Sunday's featured $11,000 Preferred 2 Handicap Trot at Georgian Downs. Driver Bob McClure moved 8-1 shot Mopey Copey from the pocket and collared pacesetter Justasmalltowngirl (Scott Young) at the wire in 1:56.1 with Money Maven (Daniel O'Brian) sprinting into the win photo. The eight-year-old Southwind Lustre gelding earned his 30th career win (and sixth this year). Sent postward as the second longest shot on the board, he returned $19.60 to his backers at the betting windows. Thomas Riley trains the winner for Amanda Riley of Roseneath, Ont. Fantastic Flirt, one of two mares in the field and the longest shot in the race, pulled off a 25-1 upset in the $7,000 Preferred 3 as she rallied home from the backfield to win in a new lifetime mark of 1:57.1 for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Brenda Lane. The six-year-old CR Excalibur mare paid $53.50 to win.

TORONTO, May 21 - WEG standardbred racing is set to return to Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville for the 51st season of live racing. The 102-day meet will kick off on Thursday, May 22 and live racing will be held five nights a week on Mondays, Tuesdays (except May 27 and October 7) , Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Each race night will have a 7:25 p.m. first race post time. "It's an exciting time of the year," noted driver Jonathan Drury. "Everyone looks forward to the return of Mohawk because that means it's summer time and a full schedule of great stakes events. Other drivers along with fans and customers are going to have a lot of fun this summer." The most anticipated event on the stakes calendar is the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, featuring the finest three-year-old pacers, set for Saturday, June 14. The evening will offer a special post time of 6:45 p.m. Stakes action begins immediately at Mohawk, with the SBOA Stakes eliminations for three-year-old filly pacer and trotters featured on the initial Saturday card, and continues almost non-stop until fall. Major stakes engagements include the Maple Leaf Trot (Saturday, July 19), the Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby and Shes A Great Lady Stakes (Saturday, August 30) and the Canadian Trotting Classic, Elegantimage Stakes, Peaceful Way Stakes and William Wellwood Memorial (Saturday, September 13). Ribs will be prominent throughout Pepsi North America Cup weekend as Crabby's BBQ Shack and Silver Bullet BBQ will play host to fans.The popular 'Your First Bet Is On Us' promotion returns. Every customer can register on site for a free $2 bet. Fans can also visit Labatt's Beerville to play great games and win cool prizes. Mohawk Racetrack will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the town of Campbellville. Mohawk will host fireworks on Friday, June 13 with a special post time of 7:05 p.m. Mohawk fans can also follow the action each night on Twitter. Hosts Mike Hamilton, along with track announcer Ken Middleton and Greg Gangle will offer 'tweets' during each live program aimed at giving customers more race related information. You can follow them on Twitter at the following: Hamilton_WOMoh, Middleton_WOMoh, GGangle_WOMoh. Fans should also be sure to check out Mohawks Trackside Bar for its nightly specials throughout the meet. The specials are listed below: Monday - 1/2 Price Wings Tuesday - Bud & Burger Thursday - Steak N Stella Friday - Thank Cod It's Friday Patrons are also encouraged to engage with Mohawk Racetrack through its Facebook page found by clicking the following link: Also fans can go to to sign on to Twitter and then search for the following harness racing stars. Drivers: Aaron Byron - @ByronAaron Chris Christoforou - @CCAstreos Dan Clements - @DanielWClements Jonathan Drury - @JDruryRacing Billy Davis Jr. - @BillyDavisRacin Phil Hudon – @Whodon99 Jonathan Drury - @JDruryRacing Anthony Haughan - @AHaughan Jody Jamieson - @JodyJamRacing James MacDonald - @JamesOMac26 Anthony MacDonald – @HorseRacingAMac Doug McNair – @DMcNair12 Scott Young – @YoungieAnswers Scott Zeron - @ScottZeron Trainers: Carmen Auciello - @CarmenAuciello Nick Boyd - @Ralphie9 Blair Burgess - @Desibesi Casie Coleman - @FastLane111 Danny Girard - @DannyGirard1 Mark Horner - MarkHorner44 Corey Johnson – @SeaJay09 Blake MacIntosh - @BlakeMacRacing Robert McIntosh - @BobMcIntosh52 Jason McGinnis - @JasonMcGinnis21 Anthony Montini - @MontiniRacing Mike Sinclair - @Sinny51 Shawn Steacy - @S_Steacy‎ by Greg Gangle, for WEG

At the age of ten, harness racing driver Scott Young knew he wanted to be a catch driver. As a ten-year-old, Scott helped his dad, Bob, jogging and training horses. "I always knew I wanted to be a catch driver" says Scott. "It was always a dream to win the big races and my favorite race was the Little Brown Jug. I always wanted win that race as well as the Breeders Crown, North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace." When Scott, now 22, graduated from high school he was 17 and his dad wanted Scott to continue on with furthering his education as Bob felt Scott was too young to be out of school. "He made me enroll in a college," says Scott. "I ended up going to Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and I studied two years of Broadcast Journalism. Once I graduated from there I was 19 and already driving horses. My dad said at least 'you have an education to fall back on just in case'. I am happy he made me go, because it's always going to be there in case I need it." Scott sees himself racing in Ontario for the next five years. If the opportunity arose where he could drive for a strong stable in the USA, Scott would consider making the move. "That's what you need to become a top driver; you need a barn and one good horse that will get your name out there. If I ever had a barn from the States that would put me down to drive everything, I would consider that for sure." If Scott had to pick any trainer to drive for, hands down it would be his dad! "I love winning races for other people, I love winning in general but when I win for my dad it's something special." Scott says. "I have a lot of respect for my dad." Since Scott started driving, he's grown and matured. Scott can reflect on races he's driven where he recognizes mistakes he's made and knows how he can learn from it. Not many young adults can do this, so that is a testament to his character. Secret Weapon, (trained by Wayne Prescator) is a horse that helped Scott make his name. "I owe a lot of my career to Secret Weapon." Scott states. "He was my first ever track record holder. I set the track record at Hanover Raceway with him. I was lucky enough to race him at Woodbine Racetrack in the winter. He won a Preferred and an Open Pace at Woodbine. That was my first ever Open Pace and Preferred and I drove him in the Gold Cup and Saucer eliminations in 2012 and we won the Consolation." When it comes to interacting with fellow drivers, Scott considers himself a social butterfly of the drivers' room. "I'm buddies with everyone whether it's the Woodbine drivers' room or the Flamboro drivers' room" says Scott. "Ryan Holiday is somebody who I consider one my best friends but I'm friends with everyone. Billy Davis and James MacDonald are close friends too." With Scott's dad being in the industry for over thirty five years, he's known fellow drivers Scott Zeron and Jonathon Drury since he was ten. "I knew Chris Christoforou and Sylvain Filion since I was five years old" Scott explains. "I grew up around them." In the mornings Scott works for Tony O'Sullivan. "I jog and train with him. Tony has a forty horse barn" says Scott. When he's finished, Scott heads some to clean up his colors, grab a nap and then it's off to the races. "I always have a full day." Scott's nickname is 'the Answer' and it was given to him by veteran drivers Chris Christoforou and Jody Jamieson and Woodbine analyst Ken Middleton. The nickname stemmed from Scott's dad because Bob Young was known as Bob Knowledge. "Everyone would say Bob knows everything" explains Scott. "People would say I have an answer for everything anytime I was asked something. I got the nickname during my second year of driving." "It took off after other announcers starting using it and I even put (the nickname) on my race bike." Scott says. Driver's having nicknames is awesome; it's something fans can gravitate towards just like fans do with baseball, hockey, football and basketball players. Tim Tetrick is known as the Bionic Man, Brian Sears is the White Knight, George Brennan is the Minister of Speed, Andy Miller is the Orange Crush, David Miller is the Buckeye and John Campbell is JC for Jesus Christ. Away from the track Scott goes golfing when he can but admits he'd rather not have any time off during the peak season so he can drive as much as possible. Scott also plays baseball and during the winter months he plays in a men's hockey league. "Being so young, I might as well keep doing as much as I can while I can still do it" says Scott. Scott is a Toronto Blue Jays fan and hopes the Blue Jays can make the playoff this season, the first time since 1993. Scott is a diehard Boston Bruins fan! Scott is confident the Bruins will win game seven against the Montreal Canadiens and the Stanley Cup. A side note is Scott hates the Toronto Maple Leafs. Roderick Balgobin's column will appear weekly on Harnesslink. You can contact him at rod.balgobin or Twitter: ScSupernova

Voting closes Wednesday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m. (EST) for the best guest announcer in Grand River Raceway's FROM BIKE TO MIC series. The initiative put 16 drivers, trainers and track personnel in the announcer's booth during Grand River Raceway's Fun & Frivolity Friday Night harness racing cards.

The Bob Young (Guelph) trained Lifeimittatesart was the only horse to go under 1:52 at tonight's (Monday July 23) harness racing meeting at Mohawk in Ontario.

Harness racing driver Scott Young put his broadcast schooling to good use as Grand River Raceway's newest guest announcer during a jam-packed Fun & Frivolity Friday Night.

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