Brussel Sprout (Glidemaster) completed a training double for Heidi Rohr on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The conditional trotter was dropping down from the $15,000 claimers when he finally moved to a good post with driver Shawn Gray in the sulky. The morning line favorite, Brussel Sprout followed the cover of the race's public choice before tipping three wide around the final turn. The five-year-old trotter had plenty left in the tank to cruise by his rivals before securing a 2:01 victory. Brussel Sprout went off at odds of 7-2 and completed a double for Saratoga's defending Trainer of the Year Heidi Rohr, who also teamed up with Gray for a victory with pacer Chrome Seelster (Stonebridge Regal). by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway
Now that he is healthy, harness racing pacer Getitoffyourchest is trying to get it going. Or, maybe more appropriately after winning his first two starts of the year, keep it going. The 4-year-old male pacer is 2-for-2 this season after capturing his opening round division of the Bobby Weiss Series last weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He starts from post No. 1 in the second of three $15,000 second-round divisions Saturday. Getitoffyourchest, owned by Delaware's David Banks and trained by Richard "Dickie" Lewis, last year won two of five races before being sidelined by a hairline ankle fracture. For his career, the son of stallion Tell All has won five of 10 starts and earned $23,265. Driven by Mike Simons, Getitoffyourchest won by a head over Dinner At The Met in a lifetime-best 1:52.1 last week. The Lunch Pail, the favorite, was third. "He can pace with them if he races like he has been," Lewis said. "He's off to a good start. I think he'll be even a little sharper this week. We'll just do the best we can do." Getitoffyourchest was purchased for $3,000 at the 2011 Lexington Selected Sale. His dam, Jolie Hanover, is a half-sister to Jimmie Hanover, who was runner-up in the 2010 New York Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old male pacers. His family also includes stakes-winners Lady Joanna and Stonebridge Regal. "He was a nice looking colt and had a lot of sense," Lewis said. "He had a lot of speed. As a 2-year-old, his knees got to bothering him, so we quit with him. Last year, he had the hairline fracture and we brought him back real slow. He's just a nice colt. He's easy going and good to be around. You'd never know he's a stud." The 66-year-old Lewis and Banks have known each other for decades, but Lewis only started training for Banks about three years ago. Lewis, who conditioned free-for-all trotter Calvert in the late 1970s, has worked for a number of trainers over the years, including his son Doug. "I've known Mr. Banks for a long time," Lewis said. "We drove together in our younger days. He needed a trainer and we've lucked out and come up with a few decent horses. Hopefully we'll get a few more." In addition to Getitoffmychest, Lewis and Banks send out All Gold in the third division of Saturday's Weiss. All Gold, who has won five of 18 career starts and earned $41,155, was scratched last week because of illness and a hoof abscess. Geititoffmychest's division features two other first-round winners: Stratos Hanover, who won by 3-3/4 lengths over Kostas Wine in 1:52.2, and UF Rockin Dragon, who won by 1-1/2 lengths over A Stitch In Time in 1:51.3. Shark Fantasy, who also was a first-round winner last week, competes in All Gold's division. The five-week series concludes with a $30,000 final April 19. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
The Tasmania Premier Harness Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd and Tasracing at 6pm next Friday at Inveresk Showground, Launceston. The sale comprises 39 lots by 17 different sires including Australia’s leading juvenile sire Art Major and the champion North American sire Rocknroll Hanover. Other well known stallions include Courage Under Fire, Shadow Play, Elsu, Four Starzzz Shark, Julius Caesar, Mister Big, Major In Art, Tiz A Masterpiece, Stonebridge Regal and JR Mint. The offering includes the first foal of the Vicbred 2YO champion and Tasmanian Oaks winner Shez Ryleymak and a colt closely related to the Miracle Mile winner and nominal Inter Dominion favourite Beautide. Besides Shez Ryleymak, the progeny of Group and classic winners Cam River, Mon Poppy Mary, Laconic, Cullens Angel (1:54.8), Thabela Brioso, El Jays Belle, Pennys Dragon and Whata Dragon are listed to go under the hammer. There’s half-brothers and sisters to top performers such as Abbreviated (Vic. Youthful), Cat Bay (Globe Derby Stakes), Cullens Angel (Granny Smith), Daisy Adele, Black Centurian, Prisoner, Laconic Jamane, El Jays Belle, Cruisin Fella and Melolyn. All yearlings presented for sale will be eligible to compete in $10,000 Yearling Sale Classics for two and three-year-olds of both sexes. They will also be eligible for a $2,000 Tasbred win bonus for each of their first two race wins as both as a two and three-year-old. Furthermore, the youngsters are eligible for a one-off $2,000 First Win Bonus for their first race win anywhere in Australia before reaching four years of age. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K.Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com . by Peter Wharton
Many of Tasmanian’s leading breeders and studmasters have thrown their support behind the Tasmanian Premier Yearling Sale to be held on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston. Lyndon and Gail Menegon’s Big Park stud, Karoola has the biggest draft with eight lots including two by highly promising sire Major In Art and five by the royally bred Tiz A Masterpiece. The consignment includes half-brothers to the dual Melton winner Cruisin Fella and the Bathurst Tiara heat winner Dakota Hanover and a filly out of the Belmont winner El Jays Belle. Strezlecki Lodge, Windemere, conducted by Brooke Hammond, will offer six yearlings – by five different sires. The pick of the draft appears to be the Rocknroll Hanover colt out of a strong New Zealand family which includes Charleys Dream (Tas. Golden Mile), Village Hero and so on. The Hammond clan will also offer a Stonebridge Regal filly out of the Bandbox Stakes winner Cam River, the dam of Cat Bay (Globe Derby Stakes), and a JR Mint brother to Sales Classic winner Prisoner. The Jetsonville Park Syndicate, who imported JR Mint from America, has entered five yearlings – four fillies and a colt – by the 1:49 $920,000 winning son of Northern Luck. The draft includes a daughter of the Evicus Stakes winner Mon Poppy Mary, whose first foal in Black Centurian took out the Sales Classic. Prominent Devonport breeder and owner Mick Maxfield has nominated two lots, one a colt by champion sire Art Major from a good winning NZ mare and the other an Elsu filly out of a half-sister to the Victoria Sires Classic winner Romeo Castle. Briighton breeder Peter Walker’s four-strong entry includes a pair of fillies by Art Major, one of out Ticket To Angel and the other from her Granny Smith winning daughter Cullens Angel. He will also offer fillies by Shadow Play and Jeremes Jet, both out of winning Resurgent Dragon mares. A Mister Big filly out of the immediate family of Miracle Mile hero Beautide will spearhead the three-strong draft of the Harford-based Paine family. The well made filly is out of Atlarak, a half-sister to Gorse Bush, the dam of Beautide. Brighton studmaster Sue Streit has nominated a colt and a filly by resident stallion Mountain Glory, a former Tasmanian Horse of the Year. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com by Peter Wharton
Many of Australasia’s leading stallions will be represented in the catalogue for the Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale to be conducted on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston. Art Major, Australia’s premier juvenile sire for the last few years, has four yearlings nominated for the sale, while the deceased Rocknoll Hanover, a champion sire in North America, has a single entry. The Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play, the sire of unbeaten Victorian youngster Spot Ona Shadow, will be represented by a filly. The sale has attracted entries by 17 different stallions. The ‘Top Ten’ stallions Courage Under Fire (2 lots) and Elsu are both represented, along with up-and-coming sires Major in Art (3), Mister Big (2), Stonebridge Regal (2), Four Starzzz Shark, Jeremes Jet and Julius Caesar. BG’s Folly, a 1:49 son of Rocknroll Hanover, is the only first crop sire at the sale. He has a half-brother to Cruisin Fella as Lot 28. JR Mint (8 lots) and Tiz A Masterpiece (6) have the biggest drafts in the sale. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the Tasmanian sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com. by Peter Wharton
Four-year-old pacer Ok Ebury stole the spotlight on Sunday evening at Rideau Carleton Raceway winning the featured $6,400 Winners Over Handicap Pace in front-stepping fashion for driver Stephane Pouliot and owner/trainer Luc Loyer. Leaving from post two, Ok Ebury retook the lead over favourite D Gs Woodstock (Denis St. Pierre) past the :27.1 first quarter mark. Once in control, he raced by the half in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:26.1 with Draconian (Gord Brown) looming first over before that rival eventually faded to seventh in the stretch. Ok Ebury then held off the closing Woodrock Nation (Kyle Forgie) for the three-quarter length victory in 1:56 flat over the 'good' surface. Keyed Entry (Truman Gale) came from last to show, one length behind. Ok Ebury returned $15.40 for the mild 6-1 upset. The win was the Modern Art ridgling's third this year and eighth all-time, pushing his bankroll to $109,398. In other racing action, sophomore pacing gelding Brother John kept his Rideau record perfect for owner/trainer Gary McDonald. Driven by Gord Brown, the son of Stonebridge Regal earned his sixth win in a row since shipping to the Ottawa oval in November. His Sunday score was his second fastest, clocked in 1:57.2. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Rideau Carleton Raceway Reprinted with permission by www;standardbredcanada.ca
Mach It Big wore down favourite Major Hottie in a tight finish to win the $10,000 Preferred 2 Pace featured on a Sunday night at Flamboro Downs for Team Shepherd. Robert Shepherd drove the five-year-old son of Mach Three for his brother, trainer Patrick Shepherd, and owner Stephen Morton of Windsor, N.S. Major Hottie (Luc Ouellette), the slight favourite at odds of 8-5, left hard from post four to establish a two length lead over insiders Bestinthebusiness (Scott Coulter) and Mach It Big. Major Hottie led the field of nine through fractions of :28.1, :58.1 and 1:27.1, but Shepherd sent Mach It Big first over at the half and moved up to pressure the leader around the final turn. Major Hottie maintained a slight lead into the stretch, but his rivals were quickly closing in. Bestinthebusiness zipped up the passing lane while Mach It Big surged by on the outside to prevail by a quarter-length in 1:57.3. Major Hottie held on for second over Bestinthebusiness while Smokin Bear (James MacDonald) made it a four-across finish with a late rally on the grandstand side. Sent postward as the 5-1 third choice, Mach It Big paid $12.60 to win. He now has 22 top three finishes from 37 starts this year, including eight wins, for earnings of $81,543. The Shepherd brothers also teamed up to win the $6,500 Preferred 3 with 8-1 shot Bad Boy Hill prevailing in another close call in 1:58.1 for Great Britain's Tom Hill. The gelded sophomore son of Stonebridge Regal sat fifth for most of the mile before sweeping wide to win by half a length over Web Cam (Trevor Henry). Im Feelin Good (Anthony MacDonald) was third. Bad Boy Hill paid $18.80 for the upset win. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca.
BATAVIA, N.Y. --- 'Blondes' do have more fun, at least they did at Batavia Downs Wednesday night (Dec. 4). Regally Blonde ($34.80), the co-longest shot on the board, used a strong drive in the stretch and won the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open in 1:57.1 over a fast track. She took the 'crown' by beating the front-running Red Star Fiona (Ray Fisher Jr.) by two lengths while Athleticlyinclined (Jack Flanigen) took third. Sitting sixth on the inside at the half, Batavia Downs' leading driver Shawn McDonough managed to shake free with Regally Blonde at the three-quarter pole and fanned out three-wide down the stretch to overtake Red Star Fiona. She put up a 29-second last quarter to surge to the victory. Trained by Jim Graham, the 4-year-old mare Regally Blonde (Stonebridge Regal-Highly Charged) has now won five times this season in 26 starts, improving her bankroll to $23,081 and $97,192 lifetime. Wednesday night also saw a $5,000 donation from Todd and Lon Frocione and a $3,500 donation from Michael and Howard Ouriel to the 'Stay Strong Anthony Coletta' fund which pushed the total to $12,885 from the Batavia Downs' staff, employees, trainers, owners, drivers and fans. The final weekend of action kicks off on Friday night with a 12-race program. The highlight of the card will be the $8,500 Open Trot where Lutetium will score from the four post as the 5-2 morning line favorite. Jack Flanigen is scheduled to drive. For more information on the final weekend activities including promotions, race replays and the latest news, go to http://bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs
LONDON, ON - Ontario's two-year-old Grassroots competitors wrapped up the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes season on an impressive note at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Tuesday evening. Next season's provincial stars gave London fans several heart-pumping finishes and one track record equaling mile in the eight $20,000 Grassroots Consolations. The record went to two-year-old pacing gelding Regal Babe, who rocketed home to a 1:54.4 triumph in the ninth race. The clocking equaled the track record for a two-year-old male pacer at The Raceway and gave Regal Babe his second win of the season. Gregg McNair conditions Regal Babe for owner-breeder Rob Chapple of Chatham, ON and driver Doug McNair crafted the come-from-behind victory, which saw Regal Babe hit the wire five and one-half lengths ahead of Concert Artist and fan favourite King Royalty. The win boosted the Stonebridge Regal son's earnings to $23,983 through nine freshman starts. Driver Jody Jamieson picked up two Grassroots Consolation victories on Tuesday, with the first coming aboard freshman pacing filly Stellllllla in the third race. Jamieson guided the Mister Big daughter to a two and one-half length victory in 1:58.2, besting Hare To Eternity and Girlsgotmachzie. Daryl Sherman of Elmore, OH bred and owns Stellllllla and David Menary trains the two-time Grassroots winner, who was sent off as the favourite by London fans. The other pacing filly Consolation was captured by Brookdale Shadow and driver Sylvain Filion in 1:57.1. Jamieson's second visit to the winner's circle came in the last Grassroots Consolation with pacing colt Allstar Seelster. The duo reeled in pacesetter Hunch Man in the stretch to claim the one and one-quarter length victory in 1:56. Opening Line was another length back in third. Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON owns and trains Artistic Fella son Allstar Seelster, who posted a record of two wins, three seconds and two thirds in 11 starts this season. The Grassroots Consolation program got under way with a nail biting finish by the two-year-old trotting fillies that saw Just Call Me Lady reel in pacesetter Bit A Magic to score her second Grassroots victory. Just Call Me Lady hit the wire one-quarter length ahead of Bit A Magic in a personal best 2:02.1. Majestic Jewel was two more lengths back in third, while fan favourite Lenny Mac settled for fourth after making an early miscue. Cambridge, ON resident Blake Macintosh trains Angus Hall daughter Just Call Me Lady for his partners Anne Campbell and Stephen Waldman of North York, ON, and Trevor Ritchie piloted the filly to both of her Grassroots wins. Trevor Henry piloted Wonderland Snow to a commanding 2:01.3 triumph in the other trotting filly Consolation. Trotting colts Crowningcrest and Rival Seelster also battled to a tight finish, with Crowningcrest prevailing by a neck over the favourite in 2:02.3. Conway Escape rounded out the top three. Scott Coulter engineered the win for trainer Susanne Kerwood and owner-breeder Langcrest Farm of East Garafraxa, ON. The win was the Mutineer gelding's second straight and his third on the season. The other trotting colt trophy went home with Ramas Last Son, who was piloted to a 2:02.1 win by Steve Condren. The two-year-old trotters and pacers will now enjoy a winter break from provincial racing action before they begin preparations for the 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes campaign. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder
Team Horner had a profitable Monday at The Raceway at The Western Fair District thanks to an eye-catching triumph with the class jumping Franceschetti in this week’s edition of the $12,000 Preferred Pace. Fresh off a 1:56.2 score in the Preferred-3 class, Franceschetti romped to an easy victory in Monday's follow-up assignment for driver Mike Horner and trainer Mark Horner. The OSS graduate got away third in the early going before marching first over on the way to the half. He took command shortly past the mid-way point and motored to a four-length triumph over Clic K in 1:53. Modern Xhibit was third. Sent off at odds of 6-1, the four-year-old son of Mach Three-Puttinontheglitz won for the fourth time this year and for the 13th time in his career. The winner of $176,870 is owned by R A W Equine Inc of Burlington and Mark Horner of St. Marys, ON. Bad Boy Hill pushed his winning streak to two-in-a-row, as well, thanks to his 1:55 triumph in the $8,000 Preferred-2. Sent off at odds of 15-1, Nick Steward hustled the three-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal-Asleep Onthebeach rolled the field through fractions of :28.3, :57.2 and 1:26 before sprinting home in a :29-second clip en route to the 1:55 victory. It was 3-1/2 lengths back to runner-up Bestinthebusiness, with Beach Buff taking home the show dough. The gelding went 0-for-9 last season, but he’s put together a 4-for-13 record this year. He’s 2-for-2 since joining forces with Patrick Shepherd, who trains the winner of $95,120 for owner Tom Hill of Lancashire, GB. Cimeronken also used a ‘catch me if you can’ approach en route to winning the $8,000 Preferred-2 Handicap for trotters for the team of driver Scott Coulter and trainer Daryl Roberts. The four-year-old son of Ken Warkentin-Ms Biynka sliced out splits of :28, :58.1 and 1:28.3 before using a :29.2 closing quarter to win by a nose over Amigo Loco in 1:58. Thundering Ovation, who was the longest shot on the board at odds of 25-1, was third. Denise Anderson of Mossley, ON bred and owns the gelding who improved this year’s record to 7-1-1 from 18 trips to the track. The nine-time winner has stashed away more than $115,000 in lifetime earnings. The program also featured a set of $5,000 Preferred-3 tilts for pacers, with Judge Jon (1:54.4) and Just Crowned (1:54.2) winning their respective assignments. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at The Western Fair District. (reprinted with persmission from www.standardbredcanada.ca)
DRESDEN, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes excitement roars into Dresden Raceway on Labour Day Monday, Sept. 2 with five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts. Leading the charge is top point earner Cheeky Fool, featured in the last $18,000 division, who will benefit from Post 1 in his quest for a fourth Grassroots victory. The Western Maverick son races out of the Clifford Hill barn for owner Joshua Wade Jamieson of Hagersville. A pair of local colts, Regal Babe and Rather Swell, will be on the hunt for their second Grassroots victories on Monday. Regal Babe scored a 1:55.2 win in the Aug. 24 stop at Kawartha Downs after finishing out of the money in his other two Grassroots starts. Regal Babe will tackle the third race field from Post 3, with Doug McNair in the race bike for trainer Gregg McNair. Bred and owned by Chatham’s Rob Chapple, Monday’s start will be a homecoming for the son of Stonebridge Regal and Nascar Babe. Unlike Regal Babe, Rather Swell has been the model of consistency through his first three Grassroots starts. The son of Western Maverick and Breathtacular finished second in his June 27 debut at Mohawk Racetrack, won his July 6 start at Georgian Downs with a 1:54.4 mile, and finished second to Regal Babe in the Aug. 24 test. In between the gelding posted two thirds in his elimination and the consolation of the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway. Windsor resident Bob McIntosh trains Rather Swell, bred the colt in partnership with Ohio-based C S X Stables and shares ownership of him with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville. Currently ranked fifth in the point standings, Rather Swell will start from Post 4 in Race 7. Dresden Raceway’s Labour Day Monday program gets under way at 1 pm and features five prize draws for Ontario Sires Stakes apparel in addition to the five Grassroots divisions, slated for Races 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0902dresn.dat by Sandra Snyder
CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - Reigning Johnston Cup champion Gregg McNair heads into Saturday night's Mid-Summer challenge at Mohawk Racetrack with five three-year-olds looking to vie for a share of the $700,000 in Ontario Sires Stakes purse money. In the $150,000 trotting colt Challenge the Guelph resident will harness two hopefuls; division co-leader Buddy Hally and fifth-ranked Kennel Buddy. Kennel Buddy will make his bid for a second Gold Series win from Post 4 in the fifth race. The Ken Warkentin gelding started his provincial season with a victory in the Grassroots Series, then made the move up to the Gold Series in time for the June 28 event at Mohawk Racetrack. Kennel Buddy scored a 1:56.1 victory against the top tier horses and McNair says the gelding has been impressive this season in spite of a few miscues. "He's stepped up pretty good this year," notes the trainer, who also owns the gelding. "I hope he gets back to where he was a month ago. He got fairly hot on us there for some reason, we couldn't really race him like we wanted to, but I think he's quieted down some." Kennel Buddy heads into Saturday's Challenge off an error in overnight action at Mohawk on July 27, but the trainer is hoping his son Doug McNair can engineer a smoother trip for the gelding this week. Stablemate Buddy Hally will start from Post 5 in the Challenge, and is also looking for his second win. Last year's Grassroots champion, Buddy Hally kicked off his sophomore season with a Gold Series win at The Raceway at Western Fair District in London and followed it up with a third-place effort in the June 28 Gold event. "He's been a little disappointing," reflects McNair, who shares ownership of Buddy Hally with Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. "I thought he'd step up a little better than he has." Rick Zeron will pick up the lines on Buddy Hally this week and McNair is hoping the Oakville resident can help the Angus Hall son find his way back to the winner's circle. In addition to the trotting colts, McNair will harness pacing fillies Pertty Music in the $50,000 Consolation and Jettin Jamie in the $150,000 Challenge. Pertty Music will benefit from Post 1 in the Consolation, and McNair says the Jeremes Jet daughter finally seems to be over the virus that swept through his barn. "She's been sick off and on most of the season, but I think she's straightened out here now," notes the trainer. "She's a nice mare. There's lots of go to her usually. We like her; she's a nice mare to have around." Thomas Harmer of Willowbrook, IL and Michelle Crawford of Cazenovia, NY share ownership of Pertty Music, who finished fourth in the Gold Series season opener at The Raceway at Western Fair District on May 31 and sixth in the July 1 contest at Mohawk Racetrack. Harmer and Gerald Bookmyer of Sycamore, OH own Jettin Jamie, another daughter of Jeremes Jet who earned her berth in the $150,000 Challenge with a fourth in the season opener in London and a win in the July 1 leg at Mohawk. The filly will be handicapped in her bid for a second provincial victory by Post 9, a spot she has become familiar with in recent weeks, starting from Posts 8, 9 and 10 at the Campbellville oval since July 13. "She's had some tough holes," acknowledges McNair. "But she's a decent mare too. She's got lots of gate speed." The final starter from the McNair contingent is Gallant Seelster, who surprised his trainer with a victory in the July 28 Gold Series leg at Rideau Carleton Raceway. "It was a little surprise, his win up in Ottawa, to me any way," admits the horseman. "I wasn't looking for him to win. He hasn't had many starts, only eight or 10, and it's hard for him to go against those colts that raced all last year." Gallant Seelster made just one start last season for owners Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, KY, but the Stonebridge Regal gelding has been solid since making his sophomore debut. In addition to his win, the youngster logged a runner-up finish in the Gold Series season opener at Mohawk on June 24, and through nine lifetime starts he boasts a record of three wins, two seconds and one third for earnings just shy of $100,000. Guelph resident Doug McNair will steer all of his father's pacers, and sends Gallant Seelster after a share of the $150,000 from Post 7 in the ninth race. In addition to the four races McNair's charges will compete in, Mohawk Racetrack fans will also be treated to a trotting filly Consolation and Challenge in Races 1 and 2. Post time for Saturday night's event is 7:25 pm. For complete entries. For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. Sandra Snyder
CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — August has already been an exceptional month for trainer Carmen Auciello and the Stouffville resident is hoping there is a bit of excitement left to come as he readies five starters for Saturday night’s Mid-Summer Challenge event at Mohawk Racetrack. On August 3 the trainer celebrated his biggest stakes victory to date when three-year-old trotting gelding Enough About You captured the Dream Of Glory Final at Hanover Raceway. The Mutineer son dominated the field in both his elimination and the final, clocking a 1:59.1 score off the front end in the elimination and coming from the back to post a seven and one-quarter length 1:57.3 victory in the final. “He was very impressive in his last two races,” says Auciello, adding that the gelding had been battling sickness for much of July. “This is a horse that raced in 1:54.2 back in June, and if he can trot back to that, he has a good shot in there (Saturday).” Enough About You will start at Post 1 in the $150,000 sophomore trotting colt Mid-Summer Challenge, drawing into the main event when some of the colts ahead of him in the point standings opted not to enter. Auciello and owners Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga were delighted with the draw and are looking forward to seeing how the colt, currently ranked thirteenth in the division, measures up in a head-to-head battle against the cream of the crop. “We plan to keep him in the Gold for the rest of the year, and these are the horses he has to beat if he’s going to do any damage and make the Super Final,” says Auciello of the fifth race field. “It’s tough, very tough, but he’s got a chance at some money.” The gelding’s stablemate Brenway Dixie will battle in the three-year-old trotting filly Challenge and while Auciello is conceding top spot to world champion Bee A Magician, who will start from Post 10, he is hoping the filly can earn a share of the $150,000 pie from Post 3. “Nobody is going to beat Bee A Magician,” says Auciello. “But she’s got as good a shot as anybody to finish second, third, fourth if she’s on top of her game.” Denarben Stables of Thornhill and the trainer’s father Rocco Auciello of Stouffville purchased Brenway Dixie in mid-June and the Oaklea Julian daughter immediately paid off her $30,000 purchase price by finishing third and second in the first two Gold Series legs. The filly made an error in her most recent start, an Aug. 3 overnight at Mohawk, but Auciello expects her to be back on track for Saturday’s test, slated for Race 2. One race later Auciello trainees will occupy the centre of the starting gate in the three-year-old pacing filly Mid-Summer Consolation as Kamkar Kutie, Mach Away and In The Wheelhouse landed Posts 3, 4, and 5, respectively. All three fillies were affected by the virus that felled Enough About You, but the trainer is hoping they can bounce back in time for the $50,000 Consolation. “I had a virus go through my barn like I’ve never had before. One older horse didn’t get sick, but every single two and three-year-old got it,” he explains. “I think (these fillies) are probably over it now, but they didn’t bounce back as good as I thought they would. “All three are competitive in there if they’re healthy and they get a trip,” he adds. Jeffrey Goldenthal of Toronto bred and owns No Pan Intended daughter Kamkar Kutie, who posted a 1:54.3 win at Mohawk on July 11, but struggled to a ninth-place result in her July 26 start at the Campbellville oval. Mach Three daughter Mach Away finished seventh in her Aug. 2 prep at Mohawk for Denarben Stables and Rocco Auciello, and Stonebridge Regal daughter In The Wheelhouse was eighth in her Aug. 2 test for Wheelhouse Racing Stable. In addition to the three races Auciello trainees will participate in, Mohawk Racetrack will feature the $50,000 three-year-old trotting filly Consolation in Race 1, the $150,000 sophomore pacing filly Challenge in Race 6, and the $150,000 sophomore pacing colt Challenge in Race 9. Post time for Saturday’s Mid-Summer Challenge event, the final one on the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes calendar, is 7:25 pm.
McNairs Dominate Battle Eliminations at Grand River Raceway ELORA, ON - Elimination races for Grand River Raceway's 23rd annual Industry Day event were contested this evening, July 29. A total of seven elimination dashes were featured for two stake events: the $144,500 Battle Of Waterloo (ON-sired two-year-old pacing colts) and the $75,400 Battle Of The Belles (ON-sired two-year-old pacing fillies). Both stake finals will be featured during the 11-race afternoon card valued at more than $300,000 on Monday, August 5. It was a big night for local trainer Gregg McNair, who secured three hopefuls in the Battle Of The Belles, and two colts in the Battle Of Waterloo. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Father-son, trainer-driver duo Gregg McNair and Doug McNair dominated Battle Of The Belles action with two winners and a runner-up from three divisions. The Guelph, ON residents took the first division with race favourite Lady Shadow. Gregg McNair conditions the Shadow Play filly for Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI. A winner of three from four career starts, she has banked $56,500. Arrivista Hanover (Chris Christoforou) and Justabit Mean (Sylvain Flion) rounded out the top three. The McNairs were back in the winners circle in the next division with Momara. Doug McNair took the filly to the top from post eight to clock her third consecutive win. Gregg McNair co-owns the filly with Leonard Gamble, Don MacDonald and David Kryway. Her three-quarter length victory in 1:57.2 was followed by Yoselin Seelster (Rick Zeron) and Slick Rumor (Brad Forward). The quickest clocking of the girls' eliminations went to Catalea Seelster in the final round. The Stonebridge Regal miss recorded her first career win for owner James Boucher and trainer Ron Adams. Brad Forward piloted the filly to a new Canadian season record (for two-year-old fillies on a half-mile track) of 1:56.4. Can Art (Doug McNair) and Regil Meg (Jody Jamieson) rounded out the top three. BATTLE OF WATERLOO The McNairs - who won the 2008 edition of the race with Trail Boss - have two starters in the Battle Of Waterloo courtesy of division winner Three Of Clubs and runner-up OK Gladiator. Three Of Clubs recorded his second career score during race 10 for Gregg McNair and co-owners Tony Lawrence and Shady Hill Racing Stable. The Mach Three son won by a length in 1:55.1. Sword Of the Spirit and Shadowbriand filled out the top three. McNair's OK Gladiator finished second to Arthur Blue Chip in race six. Owned by Shadow One Stable of Guelph, ON, Arthur Blue Chip was driven by Jody Jamieson to a two-length score in 1:55.1. The priciest yearling in the field ($135,000), the Shadow Play colt has banked $116,250 for the Shadow One Stable of Guelph, ON. He's trained by Dr. Ian Moore who won the 2009 edition of the Battle Of Waterloo with Wellthereyougo. Trainer Wayne McGean paid $12,500 to supplement Steady Warrior to the Battle Of Waterloo. He drew the rail in the third division, and took the lead at the first quarter with driver Sylvain Filion to record his maiden win in 1:56.2. McGean and co-owner Michael Gouthro paid just $5,000 for the Royal Mattjesty colt as a yearling. He's now banked $67,550. Cambridge, ON trainer Jack Darling has two prospects as he looks to secure his first Battle Of Waterloo victory. Allstar Seelster was a runner-up to Steady Warrior in elimination division three, and Cluster Hanover won the first division in 1:56. Darling owns the Badlands Hanover colt. The 3-1 shot scored his first lifetime win by a length with Jody Jamieson in 1:56, followed by P L Hellcat and Pop Pop Joe The fifth annual Battle Of The Belles and 16th annual Battle Of Waterloo and will go postward as races nine and 11, respectively, during Industry Day at Grand River Raceway on Monday, August 5. Post time for race one is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit www.IndustryDayCelebration.com Post position draws for both stake races were conducted on July 29. The following are the fields for the finals on Industry Day: POST POSITIONS FOR THE $144,500 BATTLE OF WATERLOO 1. THREE OF CLUBS tr: Gregg McNair dr: Doug McNair 2. STEADY WARRIOR tr: Wayne McGean dr: Sylvain Flion 3. POP POP JOE tr: Blake Macintosh dr: Brad Forward 4. ALLSTAR SEELSTER tr: Jack Darling dr: Jody Jamieson 5. OK GLADIATOR tr: Gregg McNair dr: Doug McNair 6. CLUSTER HANOVER tr: Jack Darling dr: Jody Jamieson 7. ARTHUR BLUE CHIP tr: Dr. Ian Moore dr: Jody Jamieson 8. SWORD OF THE SPIRIT tr: Martin Lachance dr: Mario Baillargeon 9. P L HELLCAT tr: Dan Clements dr: Chris Christoforou POST POSITIONS FOR THE $75,400 BATTLE OF THE BELLES 1. SLICK RUMOR tr: Blake Macintosh dr: Brad Forward 2. ARRIVISTA HANOVER tr: Rene Laarman dr: Chris Christoforou 3. CATALEA SEELSTER tr: Ron Adams dr: Brad Forward 4. LADY SHADOW tr: Gregg McNair dr: Doug McNair 5. CAN ART tr: Gregg McNair dr: Doug McNair 6. YOSELIN SEELSTER tr: Ben Wallace dr: Rick Zeron 7. REGIL MEG tr: Reg Westgarth dr: Jody Jamieson 8. MOMARA tr: Gregg McNair dr: Doug McNair 9. JUSTABIT MEAN tr: Murray Brethour dr: Sylvain Filion Kelly Spencer
OTTAWA, ON - Mach It So took sole ownership of top spot in the three-year-old pacing colt division standings with a victory in the second of two $105,000 Gold Series legs at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, July 28. The Mach Three son and driver Scott Zeron sat fourth through the bulk of the mile before rolling up the outside in the final quarter. After reeling in pacesetter Brocks Fortune and Mach Pride the heavy favourites sailed down the stretch to a one length victory in 1:52. The win was the fourth straight for Mach It So, who also captured a division of the Gold Series season opener on June 24 and his elimination and the final of the Canadian Breeders Championship on July 13 and 20, all at Mohawk Racetrack. Richard "Nifty" Norman conditions the winner of $218,837 for Bamond Racing LLC of Brick, NJ. The other Gold Series division was captured by Gallant Seelster and driver Doug McNair, who also left the early pacesetting to others. McNair and Gallant Seelster watched from fifth as Closing Credits rolled to a :26.2 opening quarter and then caught a ride up the outside behind favourite Tarpon Hanover heading for the :55.2 half. Tarpon Hanover was on top at the 1:23.1 three-quarters, but Gallant Seelster circled the leaders and cruised down the stretch to a four length triumph in 1:52.2. Gregg McNair, last season's leading trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, conditions Gallant Seelster for Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI. Through eight starts the Stonebridge Regal son has tallied three wins, two seconds and one third. The gelding finished second to Mach It So in the June 24 Gold Series event and currently sits second to him in the point standings. The top 20 point earners from the first two events will now compete in the Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 10. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday, Aug. 15 with the third Gold Series leg for the two-year-old trotting fillies. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. Sandra Snyder
Night racing in the middle of winter is for the hardiest of souls, and last Wednesday’s Bathurst meeting tested the toughest, with the temperature hovering around the four degrees mark throughout, before dropping to zero as floats were loaded for home. It didn’t bother Nathan Hurst, however. Back in action on his home track after serving a suspension incurred at the end of a working holiday in sunny Queensland, Hurst celebrated with a driving double, to share the honours with Amanda Turnbull. We Own The Night provided the first leg of his double in race two, leading throughout in a 3CO-3C1 sprint event to score decisively from William Peter and Signum Vitae, which sat behind him. The overall rate was a tidy 2:00.8, with a last half in a minute. The Aces N Sevens gelding is owned and trained by Hurst’s girlfriend Angela Hedges, who helped keep his stable ticking over during his absence in Queensland. She’s currently on holidays, and he’s now returned the favour. Express Jet completed the double for Hurst in race five, a 2130 metres R2-R3 class. Drawn inside the second line, the Jet Laag four-year-old mare was driven quietly and finished strongly to score the narrowest of wins from leader Rebel Shannonn and trailer Son Of Lopez. The mile rate was 2:02.5, and the last half was 59.9. Like their trainer, owners Ray and Margaret Mawhood have recently spent some time away from the track- in their case, through illness – so the win was the best possible welcome back present. Being from Oberon, the weather did not present any problems for them! Amanda Turnbull began the meeting on 180 winners for the season, and her driving double keeps that “double ton” goal very much in sight with five weeks of the season remaining. Steve Turnbull’s season has been equally outstanding. His training tally stood at 182 to begin the meeting, so the prospect of both father and daughter achieving a remarkable milestone is highly likely. The race to get there first is played down by both, but is full of interest for the rest of us. Pevensey (for Josh Turnbull) led throughout in a 2130 metres CO class, to record her second win from four starts this season. Destiny Hope and Outlaw filled the minor places, and a slow lead time and even sectionals led to a modest mile rate of 2:04.2 . Ausswin sat outside the lead in race seven, for R0-R1 class, and proved too tough for Happy Camper, which had enjoyed a one-one trip, and Captain Barbossa, which made a wide run over the final lap. They were a very tired bunch at race end, with a final quarter of just 32.4 contributing to the overall mile rate of 2:04.8 Steve Turnbull being the trainer of Ausswin, the scoreboard then read this way: daughter 182 , dad 183 . The “Great Race” continues! Another double act from the Siejka sisters, with Amie (Bateup) successful in the C1 class opening race aboard Miners Lane, for trainer Bob Schweickle, and Ashlee scoring with Red Vee Hanover in the C2-C3 class two races later. They were contrasting wins. Miners Late led all the way, zipping up the back in a sharp 27.9 for an overall rate of 1:59.8, and defying his $36 quote. Red Vee Hanover started odds on, got a nice trail into the business end of the race, and just outstayed stablemate Stirling William which closed late. Graham Betts and Mark Hewitt have impressed all season, and again turned in excellent winning drives at this meeting. Betts, drawn the inside with favourite Abercrombie Alice (for trainer Leon Bennetts) in a 3YO Fillies sprint event, kept back a little from the early speed battle and then kicked through on the first corner to post his main rival and second favourite Crazzy Falcon in the death seat. He dictated the race from the lead, getting home in 60 seconds for a narrow win from the trailing Long Cool Woman. Hewitt’s runner in the 2YO Fillies final event, Pullabookaprincess, had to contend with the outside gate, and his move to take up the death seat might have seemed obvious enough, but it nevertheless confined Our Lissome behind race leader Rachelle Shannon during a slowly run affair, and enabled him to open up a break on the corner which he maintained to the line. Pullabookaprincess, by first-season sire Stonebridge Regal, is a very genuine trier, as her season’s record of 18 starts for 2 wins and 8 placings indicates. On these cold Bathurst nights, it’s mostly only regulars who attend. One unfamiliar face at this meeting belonged to an older man who identified himself as a traveller making his way from Sydney to Perth, in slow stages, sleeping in his swag along the way. He appeared to be enjoying himself, which is good because he might be thawed out just in time for the next meeting! Bathurst Harness Racing Club