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Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club, the only harness racing horsemen's association in North America that is run by horse people and is a not-for-profit group, is hosting the $508,000 Super Sunday in Quebec at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday. The 12-race program will feature eight championship finals for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. It is the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec. The finals for three-year-old's each race for a purse of $65,000 and the two-year-old finals each go for $55,000. There is one final for two-year-old trotting fillies that will be a non-wagering event held after the first race on the card Sunday. Post time for Super Sunday is 1:00 pm and joining the leading drivers at the track, Pascal Berube, Stephane Gendron, Stephane Brosseau and Pierre-Luc Roy, will be two of the top drivers in all of Canada, Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy. Both drivers began their careers at the Hippodrome 3R. Filion will be driving two horses that are trained by his father, Hall of Famer Yves Filion, in the finals. They are Celia Bayama (race 7) and Cadillac Bayama (race 9), both of whom are the betting favorites in their respective finals. Filion has a total of five drives in the finals. Louis-Philippe Roy has returned to drive on Super Sunday at the request of his longtime friend, trainer Francis Richard, who has five horses in the finals. They are Genetic Taurus (race 6), Ibiza Panic (race 7), YS Do It Right (race 9), Streakazana (race 10) and HP I Got To Play (race 11). Roy will drive in six of the finals. "It will be nice to see my friends from the track," Roy said. "And I also planned to spend the night in Quebec City with my parents after the races. My good friend Francis (Richard) asked me if I wanted to come and drive all of his horses in the finals, so I thought it would be a good time plan a little trip in Quebec, as I didn't have the chance to go back since Christmas with everything that happened with the Covid." There are two horses who are seeking sweeps of the series and finals. They are Mag N Lady and Acaena De Chakrika. Mag N Lady, a two-year-old trotting filly by Royalty For Life, headlines the non-wagering final. She has won her last three starts, all in the Future Stars Series for trainer-driver and co-owner Jean Francois Maguire of Ontario. In her last start, Mag N Lady set a track record with an amazing 1:59.2 victory, becoming the first two-year-old ever at H3R to trot under 2:00. Acaena De Chakrika goes from post 5 in the 10th race for driver Stephane Brosseau. The filly by Sunshine Beach was last year's two-year-old filly champion. This year she has swept all three preliminary legs, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:56.4 for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Diane Lepine of Quebec City. For a free race program for Super Sunday in Quebec, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Two of the best harness racing drivers in North America, Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy, are returning to the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday to compete in the $480,000 Quebec Championship Finals. It is Super Sunday in Quebec with finals being held for the trotters and pacers in the Breeders Trophy Series and Future Stars Series. The are four Breeders Trophy Finals for the three-year-old's, each with a purse of $65,000 and four Future Stars Finals for the two-year-old's, each with a purse of $55,000. Super Sunday is the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec. The Hippodrome 3R is where both Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy began their harness racing careers. Both drivers are now standouts on the WEG (Woodbine Entertainment Group) Circuit in Ontario. "I will be there next Sunday for sure," said Filion, who had raced earlier this month at H3R, driving his father, Yves Filion, horse's in the Future Stars Series. "I always like coming back to drive at H3R." Yves Filion and his Bayama Farms have two top two-year-old pacing colts in Future Stars Final, Cadillac Bayama and Colonel Bayama. Cadillac Bayama will be driven by Filion. Bayama Farms will also have Celia Bayama in the Future Stars Final for the fillies. Filion has had five drives at H3R this season with three wins, one second and one third place finish. His Universal Driving Rating (batting average) UDR is an impressive .600. For Roy, it will be the first time that he has driven at H3R this season. "It will be nice to see my friends from the track," LPR said. "And I also planned to spend the night in Quebec City with my parents after the races. "My good friend Francis Richard asked me if I wanted to come and drive all of his horses in the finals," LPR explained. "So, I thought it would be a good time to plan a little trip in Quebec, as I didn't have the chance to go back since Christmas with everything that happened with the Covid." Both Filion and Roy know they are coming back to their home track and facing some tough drivers. The meets leader, Pascal Berube, sports a UDR of .401, Stephane Gendron has a UDR of .400 and Stephane Brosseau, Pierre-Luc Roy (LPR's older brother), Francis Picard, Steeven Genois and the youngster, Samuel Fillion (LPR's brother-in-law), are all top-class drivers. The draw for post positions for Super Sunday in Quebec is Wednesday afternoon. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

MILTON, ON - August 1, 2020 - Matticulous GB came back strong from a disqualification last week to win Saturday's $36,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Colin Johnson trainee was first to the line for the second-week in a row, this time comitting no interference and taking home the winner's share of the $36,000 purse for owner Brett Thompson. Sylvain Filion fired Matticulous GB out to the early lead and forced Casimir Richie P to take a seat in the two-hole after an opening-quarter of :26. A returning Sintra made a second-quarter brush to the lead from third, leading by the half in :54.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.2. In the stretch, a large Matticulous GB came back out and powered by to score the win by a length and a half in a career-best 1:49.1. Always A Hotshot finished second, while Sintra was third and Wheels On Fire fourth. To watch replay click here. A five-year-old gelding, Matticulous GB is now four for 12 this season and has 23 career wins to his name. He paid $10.30 to win. Saturday evening's 11-race card was spoiled by an accident in the fifth-race. The accident saw four-year-old pacer Best In Show made a quick bolt towards the rail at the head of the lane, taking out six-year-old Sports Column and driver James MacDonald. The incident caused a chain reaction with five-year-old Yacht Seelster dumping driver Chris Christoforou and four-year-old Tyga Hanover falling to the track with driver Sylvain Filion remaining in the sulky. MacDonald was examined by paramedics on the track and transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Early reports were a possible broken collarbone and concussion. Christoforou left the track under his own power, but did book off his remaining drives. All horses involved in the accident were okay from initial examinations and escaped with only cuts and bruises. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - JULY 6, 2020 - Two-year-old harness racing pacing colts invaded Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening, starring in six $23,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions and No Better Joy kicked off the provincial campaign in style with an impressive 1:52.1 victory. Starting from the outside Post 9, driver Bob McClure settled No Better Joy in fourth as Flash Cube took the field to a :27.2 opening quarter. Heading for the :56.2 half McClure put the fan favourite on the front, but Flash Cube stepped up to apply pressure before the 1:24.3 three-quarters. At the top of the stretch it looked as though Flash Cube would prevail, but No Bettor Joy shifted into another gear and came back on for a head victory. Flash Cube settled for second and Cantstoplying closed well to be third. "I've never had a horse, like even when you're training at the farm and when you come to the top of the stretch, even if there's another set 20 or 30 lengths ahead, he always puts it in another gear to chase them, so I think he kind of seen that horse and he picked it up again," said Nicky Comegna, who trains No Better Joy for his father Bruno Comegna of Burlington, ON. "He's always had that attitude, that's why I liked him." Comegna's son Jordan picked No Better Joy out at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale, offering up $46,000 for the Betterthancheddar son. The youngster impressed his connections all winter, but a few hiccups in qualifying action and his first race made Comegna opt for the Grassroots rather than the July 3 Gold Series event. "If he had gone good last week we were going to put him in on Friday, but I just couldn't justify throwing him in there after that interference break (June 26)," said the Cambridge resident. "So I figured we'd maybe get him in a little easier and see if we do have something that can go a little bit, you know. Believe it or not it gave him an extra two, three days to kind of forget about last week, and it worked out." McClure closed the Grassroots portion of the evening with another victory, guiding Shadow Play son Lawless Shadow to a 1:53 score for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON and his partners R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB, Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC and Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL. Bulldog Hanover was hot on the heels of the fan favorite in second and Wisk Key K completed the top three. Driver Sylvain Filion captured three Grassroots divisions, kicking off his hat trick in the second $23,150 contest with fan favourite Uncontrollable. The Control The Moment son delivered the largest margin of victory in the Grassroots divisions, reaching the wire six and one-half lengths ahead of Candy Trader and Watch My Beverage in 1:53. "He told me a couple of days ago that he was really high on him. He said he probably made a mistake, he should have probably put him in the Gold, so it made me pretty high on him too, you know," said Filion of the Scott McEneny trainee. "He was actually very, very nice. I left with him, then I pulled again around the last turn and he just cruised home." Like No Better Joy, Uncontrollable will likely make the jump up to the Gold Series for his second Ontario Sires Stakes start. McEneny, who also owns the $6,000 yearling purchase, noted that a strong showing against the top colts on July 18 could see Uncontrollable supplemented to the Battle Of Waterloo Eliminations at Grand River Raceway on July 27. "I think I'm going to give him a shot. You know what, he's better off a helmet. You can see he buzzed around them really quick and then he kind of got a little lazy, but I think if you can keep him covered up he can pace with any of them," said Puslinch resident McEneny. "Like I said, first start, with a big drop time-wise, and he did it right, so I'm pretty happy with him." Filion was back in the winner's circle after the third division with Betterthancheddar son Brilliant Corners, who sat fourth before stepping out to mount an attack on pacesetting favourite West Coast Kid. Brilliant Corners sprinted home to a 1:54.2 victory, one and three-quarter lengths ahead of his TheStable.ca stablemate First Glance. Frank Deford was four and one-quarter lengths back in third. "He was a bit of a hot-headed horse early on and I was able to sit him in the hole in the qualifiers, but he was really strong, headstrong you know, and he wouldn't really relax, but tonight he was as good as I've ever seen him. Calm, relaxed and I was able to sit him in the hole as long as I wanted and that's the reason why he was so strong at the end of the mile," said Filion. "He's learning - it's still a learning process with the two-year-olds - but every time I sat behind him he got better and better, so I hope he keeps going." Filion engineered the win for trainer Harry Poulton and fractional ownership group TheStable Brilliant Corners of Guelph, ON. The Milton resident completed the hat trick in the fifth division with Saratoga Blue Chip, who was as headstrong as Brilliant Corners was relaxed. The He's Watching son gave Filion a workout as he sat in the pocket behind Mr Charisma, but had enough left to get home for a one-half length win over Beach Blogger. Mr Charisma finished third in the 1:53.3 mile. "When he left the gate he was half a runaway. I had a hard time to hold him and I had to re-move him to the front, and then I had to take a huge hold of him again to let James (MacDonald, with Mr Charisma) go by, and then moved him again around the end of the last turn. So it wasn't the greatest drive, but it worked out anyway," said Filion with a rueful chuckle. "He stretched my arms pretty good." Filion piloted Saratoga Blue Chip to the win for trainer Anthony Beaton and owner Larry Menary of Branchton, Michael Guerriero of Brampton, Alan Alber of Thornhill, ON and George Harrison of Wanes Walton, England. Avion Seelster took the other division with a 1:53.2 victory over Lil Red Sportsstar and Warrawee Wazzup. Jody Jamieson piloted the Sportswriter colt to the win for owner-trainer Jack Darling. "There's a good group of Grassrooters. Wow, it's amazing how fast they go," said Filion of the freshman colt season opener. "The weather is so warm, and no wind at all and the track is perfect, so it makes for speed." The two-year-old pacing colts will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 20 for their second Grassroots start. Complete results from Monday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, June 19, 2020 – Boadicea and harness racing driver Sylvain Filion made sure there was no repeat of last week’s effort, scoring a coast-to-coast 1:50.4 victory in Friday’s $32,000 Mares Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Boadicea was fired to her usual spot on the lead, setting calm fractions of :26.4, :56 and 1:24, before kicking home in :26.4 to secure her second win of the season. The Bill Budd trainee set similar fractions on the front in last week’s contested, but surrendered the lead late to finish third to winner So Much More and runner-up Kendall Seelster. Last week’s top-pair turned in big efforts again on Friday, but had to settle for second and third, respectively. Kendall Seelster and Robert Shepherd sat in the two-hole behind Boadicea, angling out in the lane to sprint home, while So Much More got a perfect second-over trip from driver James MacDonald and fired off cover in the lane. Kendall Seelster edged out So Much More for the second spot, coming up a length and a quarter short of the winner. A four-year-old daughter of Big Jim, Boadicea is now two for three this season and 13 for 22 overall. Her latest victory increases her career earnings to $475,492 for owners C E Lawrence Stable Inc. and G A Lawrence Stable Inc of Blenheim, Ontario. Boadicea returned $4.90 to win as the public’s top-choice.   Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m. Mark Melvie

Standardbred Canada reports that race favourite Northern Royale swept to command after the opening quarter and closed out the Wine & Roses Trotting Series a winner during the Valentine's Day harness racing card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Northern Royale left sharply from post six in the $33,000 series finale for driver Sylvain Filion before 52-1 shot Kinderunbelievable, firing to her outside, crossed in front through a :27.4 opening quarter. The favourite then looped the longshot leaver down the backstretch and posted middle splits of :56.4 and 1:26.3 en route to a three-length victory in 1:55.4. Second-place went to 3-1 second choice Club Belvedere (James MacDonald), who made a bold rush out of the four-hole in tandem with Northern Royale's winning move during the second quarter and dropped into the pocket to follow the rest of the way. Delilah Seelster (Bob McClure), the longest shot on the board, was last at the half and closed late to finish third at nearly 75-1. Northern Royale, who endured a parked out trip to win the January 30 first leg, was just a head shy of a series sweep as rival Club Belvedere had collared her in their last match up on February 6. Sent postward as the favourite in the finale, she paid $3.30 to win as the 3-5 bettors' choice. Northern Royale's bankroll swelledd to six figures as she improved her career record to 9-5-1 from 26 starts. Julie Walker trains the four-year-old Royalty For Life-Dover Miss mare for owners Brenda Walker, Barry Klages and Nancy Holmes. The series was for three and four-year-old fillies and mares that were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2019. To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Mohawk Park.

Standardbred Canada reports that through a swift first-over grind Nirvana Seelster downed his competition to win the $30,000 featured harness racing pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Dec. 14. Pointomygranson cleared command from Classic Pro passing a :27.1 first quarter but faced pressure as Nirvana Seelster raced parked uncovered into the backside. The eight-year-old Camluck gelding eventually crossed over to the pegs after a :54 half and gained separation on his tiring rivals. By three-quarters in 1:22.1, Nirvana Seelster owned a two-and-three-quarter length advantage. The Bill Budd trainee strolled through the stretch to a two-and-a-quarter length win over Ellis Park, rallying off cover for second with Physicallyinclined following in suit for third. Owned by Bruce Davy, Nirvana Seelster won his third race from 29 starts this season and his 44th from 219 overall, earning $1,221,964. Sylvain Filion steered the $11.30 winner. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Standardbred Canada reports that the four-year-old Shadow Play harness racing mare Kendall Seelster swept to the front past the half and held command from the late-surging Physicallyinclined to take the $34,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Nov. 23. Easy Lover Hanover rolled to the front past a :25.4 opening quarter but yielded command past a :56 half as Kendall Seelster brushed uncovered towards the top. Physicallyinclined also began to move for the front past the half and ranged within two lengths of the lead nearing three-quarters in 1:23.2. Kendall Seelster opened two lengths on Physicallylinclined in the stretch but worked to hold control through the lane. Physicallyinclined drew closer but hit the finish a half-length shy of victory in a 1:51.4 mile. Easy Lover Hanover gave chase from third. Owned by 1187422 Ontario Inc., Kendall Seelster won her ninth race from 22 starts this season and her 22nd from 56 overall, earning $931,346. Sylvain Filion drove the $6.70 winner for trainer Rod Boyd. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park. From Standardbred Canada

DUNDAS, ON - OCT. 2, 2019 - Scoring her second straight Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series victory on Wednesday evening at Flamboro Downs, Wine Rack Hanover has established herself as one of the two-year-old harness racing trotting fillies to watch heading into the post season. Starting from the advantageous Post 1, driver Sylvain Filion wanted to control the tempo and, on her best behaviour, Wine Rack Hanover complied. The filly laid down fractions of :30, 1:00.2 and 1:31.1 and, without facing a challenge, sailed home a one and three-quarter length winner in 2:00.1. Princesspartypants finished second and Alpina was third. Fan favourite Jula Shes Magic made an early break and finished well back in fifth. "When you've got the rail on a half-mile you've got to try and hold your position and hope for the best, but I knew at from the start when she left the gate that she felt solid and I was pretty confident," said Filion. "She did it pretty easy, well in hand. She's still learning, but I mean she's come a long way from how she started off to how she is now." Wine Rack Hanover started her Ontario Sires Stakes on a strong note, winning her July 14 Grassroots division at Georgian Downs, but struggled mid-season with breaks. Filion first sat behind the Kadabra daughter when trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman re-qualified her on Sept. 17. Wine Rack Hanover won that qualifier with a 1:56.1 effort and then earned her first Gold Series win at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 24. Regular reinsman Trevor Henry was in the bike for that start but is currently in Lexington, KY, so Filion was happy to fill in for Wednesday's outing. "I had a chance to qualify her a few weeks ago and I really liked her," said Milton, ON resident Filion. "She had a tendency to make breaks, so they kind of changed the gear and she qualified real good, and then she raced good and tonight, well Trevor's gone away, so they asked me to come and drive her and I said, 'Sure, absolutely'." Norman trains Wine Rack Hanover for Pinske Stables of Plato, MN and Bridgette Jablonsky of Hanover, PA. In nine starts the filly now boasts a record of three wins and two thirds for earnings of $133,238 and heads into the Oct. 12 Super Final in fourth spot in the division standings. Warrawee Vicky will lead the two-year-old trotting fillies into the post season after scoring her third Gold Series win Wednesday. Starting from Post 4, the fan favourite tucked in third early as Trina led the field of seven to a :30 quarter and a 1:00.2 half. Heading for the 1:30.4 three-quarters driver Doug McNair sent Warrawee Vicky up the outside to the lead and although Trina went off-stride McNair kept the pedal down and Warrawee Vicky powered home to a six and one-quarter length victory in 1:59.3. Pocket-sitter She Rocks Kemp finished second and Ride To Justice recovered from an early break to be third. "She raced good last week and real good again tonight," said McNair, who was making his second appearance in Warrawee Vicky's race bike. "She's flawlessly gaited and absolutely perfect to drive. It gives you lots of options." McNair crafted the win for trainer Scott McEneny of Puslinch and owner Brad Grant of Milton, ON. In addition to Wednesday's win Warrawee Vicky was also victorious in the July 11 Gold event at Woodbine Mohawk Park and the July 24 Gold event at Grand River Raceway. In nine lifetime starts the Royalty For Life daughter boasts a record of five wins and one second for earnings of $173,265. The top 10 point earners from the regular season will now advance to the Oct. 12 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Wednesday's event wrapped up Flamboro Downs' 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, which was highlighted by an Ontario Sires Stakes and track record performance by three-year-old pacing filly Sunny Dee in Gold Series action on Sept. 22. Complete results from Wednesday's program are available at Flamboro Downs Results. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - September 20, 2019 - Harness racing fans will want to arrive early to Woodbine Mohawk Park this Saturday (September 21) to collect the third and final t-shirt in the 'Road to the Breeders Crown' giveaway series.   Sylvain Filion is the next driver to have his racing colours incorporated into a t-shirt. The four-time O'Brien Award winning Driver of the Year will be set up on the main grandstand floor beginning at 6 p.m. this Saturday (September 21) to giveaway t-shirts and sign autographs.   The $750,000 Metro Pace is the main event for this Saturday's stakes-filled card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment      

MILTON, ON - SEPT. 13, 2019 - His rivals took a run at him on Friday night, but three-year-old pacing colt Century Farroh proved up to the challenge and wrapped up the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series regular harness racing season with a perfect record of five wins in five starts. Bronx Seelster pressed Century Farroh through Woodbine Mohawk Park's opening turn, challenging the division leader for the early lead, but Century Farroh refused to cede his Post 1 advantage and led the field of seven to a :27 opening quarter. After allowing Century Farroh to cruise to a :55.3 half Stag Party mounted a serious challenge heading for the 1:23 three-quarters and the colts turned for home neck-and-neck. However, driver Sylvain Filion simply asked Century Farroh for another gear and the fan favourite pulled away to a three-quarter length victory in 1:50. Bronx Seelster closed to be second and Stag Party finished third. "I was very impressed with Casie's (Coleman) horse tonight (Stag Party). He took a run at him, and kept going too, and so did Bronx Seelster in the first turn and in the stretch, but he's just a very determined animal. He fights them off," said Century Farroh's trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "I hope we can get one more. That's the one that really counts, the Super Final." Cambridge, ON resident Moore trains Century Farroh for Ratchford Stables NS of North Sydney, NS. Trainer and owner now face the task of mapping out the Mach Three colt's schedule leading up to the $225,000 Gold Series Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Oct. 12. "There's probably only going to be one race, I would say, in the four weeks," said Moore. "It could be next week (Sept. 20) in Hoosier in the Jennas Beach Boy or it would probably have to be an overnight here. You have to supplement him to Hoosier, so we might, and then he won't race until the Super Final. He's been off before and he seems to do well on it. He had almost two weeks here too." The $150,000 Jennas Beach Boy at Harrah's Hoosier Park in Indiana requires a $12,500 (US) supplement to make Century Farroh eligible. The same situation exists for the Breeders Crown in late October at Woodbine Mohawk Park and the Matron Pace and Progress Pace in late November at Dover Downs should Moore and the Ratchfords choose to extend the Mach Three colt's season beyond the Super Final. "At this point in time with any horse really it's week-to-week basically, when you get near the end of the season. I mean he started training back in late January I believe, early February, so it's been a long old road," said Moore. "Mr. Ratchford has already stated - he's had numerous offers again recently and also stallion offers too - he's already stated that he wants to race him as a four-year-old, so if he does then you've got to take care of them a little bit. So it will be week-to-week and we'll keep going until he shows signs that he's had enough. Good horses always show you that. Shadow Play told me when it was time to stop with him and this guy will too." Shadow Play would earn a total of $1.5 million in his racing career, retiring to stallion duty in 2009 after his four-year-old season. The horse is just one of several notable pacers that have resided in the Moore stable in the last two decades and while Century Farroh has not had the same stakes opportunities as some of his predecessors the trainer still ranks him among the top performers. "He's a horse that loves his work, he loves his business, and he's a very, very determined animal," said Moore. "I've had the good fortune of being associated with a lot of good horses over the last 15 years I've been doing this and he's right up there with all of them, that's for sure." Following in the footsteps of their older peers, the two-year-old pacing colts will wrap up their Grassroots season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Sept. 16, competing in Races 3, 4, 7 and 9 on the program, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. Complete results from Friday's program are available here. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

CLINTON, ON - SEPT. 1, 2019 - Clinton Raceway wrapped up its 2019 season on a high note Sunday afternoon with the 39th annual Charity Driver's Challenge and four OSS $22,800 Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old harness racing pacing colts. The first seven races were dedicated to the driver's challenge, which benefitted the Royal Canadian Legion branches in Clinton, Seaforth, Wingham and Brussels. The top four drivers from Clinton Raceway, Colin Kelly, Scott Wray, Natasha Day and Ryan Holliday, competed against four of the top drivers from Woodbine Mohawk Park, Sylvain Filion, Louis-Philippe Roy, Jonathan Drury and Jody Jamieson, with each driver looking to amass the most points through seven starts Louis-Philippe Roy got off to a quick start, winning the first two races, and finishing second to defending champ Jody Jamieson in the third. Canada's leading reinsman Sylvain Filion romped to an 11 length win in the fourth race and Natasha Day edged out Roy for the win in the fifth. Roy looked to have things well in hand, but the early leader finished last in the final two legs and Filion finished first. Filion took the win with 175 points through the seven races, Roy was second with 158 and Jamieson was third with 117. Once Filion had been crowned the winner of the Charity Driver's Challenge, which raised over $12,000 for the Royal Canadian Legion branches, the freshman pacing colts stepped to centre stage. Bettorbuckleup and driver Mike Saftic won the first $22,800 division with a sharp front end effort from Post 3, sailing home two and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:57.2. Usurper finished second and Twin B Watch Me was third. "He's been in the Gold a couple times, but he's just kind of a fringe payer in the Gold," said trainer Eric Adams. "He's got all kinds of go, but he's not quite a Gold horse so we're going to tackle the Grassroots and see if we can get to the Grassroots Semi-Final." Adams trains the son of Bettors Delight for Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON. The win was the colt's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action and his second through seven starts. In his three Gold Series appearances Bettorbuckleup's best finish was a second at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 15. Century Grizzly has competed in all four of the Grassroots Legs this season and earned his first provincial victory with a track record equalling effort at Clinton on Sunday. With Jody Jamieson in the race bike the fan favourite controlled all the fractions, cruising through a :28.3 quarter, :59 half and 1:28 three-quarters on his way to the 1:57 victory. Sundown Kid was one and one-half lengths back in second and Bee Two Bee was three lengths back in third. The mile matched the 1:57 track record set by Thinkofagameplan in Grassroots action on Aug. 31, 2014. "He's turned the corner a bit. He was a slow starter, but he's figuring it out," said Jim Ritchie, who trains the Sunshine Beach colt for Paul Ritchie of Mono, ON. "He was always fast but he was goofy, like playing around and whinnying at horses, but he's starting to figure it out." After finishing no better than third in his first four starts, Century Grizzly recorded his first victory on Aug. 22, touring Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:54.1. Sunday's win bumped him up among the top 20 point earners heading into the last regular season Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 16. The top 20 point earners from the five regular season events will advance to the Sept. 27 Semi-Finals, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final earning a berth in the Oct. 5 Grassroots Championship. In the third division, Doc Fanelli also took a front-end tour to the Grassroots winner's circle, battling down the stretch to a three-quarter length victory in 1:58.4. Fan favourite Gentry Seelster settled for second and Walk It Talk It rounded out the top three. Sunday's win was the Badlands Hanover son's second. He also won his career debut at Georgian Downs on June 29. "He was kind of lazy horse training down and after his first qualifier it just kind of clicked," said owner-trainer Kyle Bossence of Arthur, ON. "Great gaited, paced without the hopples right from Day 1, he just did what you asked him to do. He wasn't an overachiever, but he's kind of catching the hang of it now and wanting to go a little more." Colin Kelly, who finished the 2019 meet as Clinton Raceway's top reinsman, drove Doc Fanelli to the win. The reinsman - along with Clinton's leading trainer Andrew McCabe - was presented with his trophy just before he drove Doc Fanelli to the win. Captivate Hanover wrapped up the fourth Grassroots Leg and the 2019 Clinton meet with a 1:57.3 victory in the last division. The Bettors Delight son and driver Phil Hudon sat behind pacesetter Needless To Say through fractions of :29, :57.3 and 1:28.2 before sprinting down the stretch to a one and one-half length victory in 1:57.3. Mr Cheeseman finished second and Disneyman was third. "He put in a big effort, that's for sure. He got a little steppy from time to time, but he's quick and everything so he was able to make up for it," said trainer Shawn Steacy of the fan favourite. "He's just a nice horse. He comes to play all the time, so that's why we like him." Steacy trains Captivate Hanover for Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC, Stephen Klunowksi of North York, ON and James Feeley of Pine Bush, NY. The colt was also victorious in the July 5 Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and currently sits second in the division standings with 116 points. In addition to supporting the Royal Canadian Legion through a bake sale, 50-50 draw and silent auction, fans wagered a total of $67,417 on the races, the biggest handle of Clinton Raceway's 2019 meet. Complete results for Sunday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0901clntnn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - AUG. 9, 2019 - Two-year-old harness racing trotting fillies took centre stage at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday and for the second straight evening driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Ake Svanstedt struck Gold with a first-time Ontario Sires Stakes starter. On Thursday night Filion guided Svanstedt trainee Moon Bridge to victory in freshman trotting colt Gold Series action and on Friday the Milton resident teamed up with Winter Olympics. The fan favourites left smartly from Post 6 and settled into third as Jula Shes Magic rolled out to a :29.1 opening quarter. Feeling confident in Winter Olympics through the opening stages, Filion pointed her toward the front heading for the :58.3 half and the filly carried on unchallenged through the 1:27.4 three-quarters. Turning for home She Rocks Kemp shifted into high gear and started to reel in Winter Olympics, but the tempo setter had enough left in the tank to secure a three-quarter length victory in 1:56.3. She Rocks Kemp finished second and Jula Shes Magic was two more lengths back in third. "I was just being extra careful leaving the gate, I didn't want to get caught in a speed duel," said Filion. "I just waited until things settled down to re-move to the front, and from there she did the rest on her own." Both Winter Olympics and Moon Bridge made one start south of the border before shipping to Woodbine Mohawk Park for this week's Ontario Sires Stakes action. Sarah Svanstedt briefed Filion on the duo Thursday afternoon and the driver said both youngsters lived up to their advance billing. "She told me that they were pretty high on them, and I guess they were right," said Filion. "That's a very nice filly. Big and strong, and she can do everything right. She was a little green on the front end, but there was still lots left," he added. "She really impressed me the way she travels. She looks like she's walking out there and she's still going pretty fast." Wrightstown, NJ resident Ake Svanstedt also owns Winter Olympics, who is a daughter of Muscle Mass and Olympic Dreams. Intense Justice clocked the second fastest mile of the three Gold Series divisions Friday, touring the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval in 1:56.4. The filly and regular reinsman Chris Christoforou got away third from Post 2 and watched heavy favourite Warrawee Vicky lead the field to a :28.3 opening quarter. Warrawee Vicky continued to lead at the :58.4 half, but Christoforou had circled around pocket sitter Jasmine Volo and dropped in behind the pacesetter, who reached the three-quarters in 1:27.3. In the stretch Christoforou angled out around Warrawee Vicky and asked Intense Justice for a burst of speed. The Justice Hall daughter responded and pulled away to a one and three-quarter length victory. Warrawee Vicky finished second, her first loss in five lifetime starts, and Wine Rack Hanover was third. "She showed me a lot of talent the first time I sat behind her," said Christoforou, who has driven the filly in all of her starts, beginning with a June 8 qualifier. "She has a great turn of foot and a very nice gait. She's a very good feeling filly and once the gate opens she's all business." Dany Fontaine of Terrebonne, QC trains Intense Justice for owner-breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. Friday's win was the filly's second in Gold Series action this season and boosted her lifetime earnings to $103,182. The filly's elder brother Only For Justice is also a two-time Gold Series winner this season. "Dany does a fantastic job with her and all his horses, he's patient and a very intelligent horseman," said Christoforou, who makes his home in Campbellville, ON. "I'm very happy for her owner-breeder Mr. Bono. If you look at the numbers, he is an excellent judge of pedigree and has done a brilliant job with his breeding program. It's been an absolute pleasure to drive for them." The other $73,067 Gold Series division went to Sheer Energy, who went gate-to-wire from Post 6, stopping the clock at 1:58.1. Modern Mass was three and one-quarter lengths back in second and Th Present was two more lengths back in third. Guelph, ON resident Louis-Philippe Roy engineered the win for trainer George Ducharme of Norfolk, MA and owner W. J. Donovan of Delray Beach, FL. The filly, a half-sister to $1.2 million winner Manofmanymissions, was the $187,000 sale topper at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale and now has two wins to her credit through three starts. The two-year-old trotting fillies will make their fourth Gold Series start on Sept. 24 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Complete results from Friday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0809wbsbsn.dat. On Monday, Aug. 12 Woodbine Mohawk Park will host Gold Series action for the three-year-old trotting colts. The colts will square off in Races 2 and 8 on the program, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - AUG. 2, 2019 - Century Farroh reaffirmed his position as king of the three-year-old pacing colt class with his third Ontario Sire Stakes Gold victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening. With regular reinsman Sylvain Filion of Milton in the race bike, Century Farroh left well from Post 3, landing in second and tipping out to take aim on early leader Sportsline before the :26.1 quarter. Once he reached the front Century Farroh led the field through a :55 half and a 1:22.4 three-quarters and then dug in down the stretch to secure a neck victory over Bronx Seelster and Best In Show in 1:49.4. "I really think that the time off did him some good. It seemed to rejuvenate him a little bit, not that he was really worn out, but he just seemed to be a totally different horse tonight. I needed ear plugs in him warming up tonight, he was grabbing me that bad," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore who started the colt just once, in a July 6 overnight at Woodbine Mohawk Park, between Friday's test and his last Gold Series win on June 29. "He had 10 days right off in the paddock after his last race and he was still on full feed and he put weight on and filled out a little bit more. I trained him in 1:51 at the farm last Wednesday, 10 days ago. That's all he had from July 6." The win in Friday's $158,000 Gold Series division was Century Farroh's eighth in nine starts this season. The son of Mach Three and Beachy Girl suffered his only sophomore loss in his June 8 North America Cup elimination where he finished seventh. The Grassroots champion at two, Century Farroh has banked $321,700 competing against the top colts this season for owner Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, NS. Century Farroh will make his tenth start in the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park in Ohio next Saturday, August. 10. It will be the colt's first trip south of the border and Moore said it will likely be the lightly staked colt's only out of province outing. "It's not that long a ship to Northfield, so it shouldn't be too bad. This will be his only one," said Cambridge, ON resident Moore, who plans to send the colt to Ohio on Friday, Aug. 9. "Now, you know, half-mile track, you've got to draw good, right," the trainer added. "Draw anywhere near the outside down there you're out right from the start, that's all there is to it, period." Following the Carl Milstein Memorial Century Farroh and his Ontario Sired peers will be back in Gold Series action at Georgian Downs on August 18. Next up on Woodbine Mohawk Park's provincial stakes schedule are the two-year-old trotting colts competing in five Grassroots divisions on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The colts will kick off the Tuesday evening program at 7:10 pm and also compete in Races 2, 5, 6, and 9. Complete results for Friday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0802wbsbsn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, July 16, 2019 - Harness racing driver Sylvain Filion put on a driving clinic Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park by winning six-races. The Milton, Ontario resident scored six wins in 10 drives with four of his victories coming in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Filion busted into the win column in the evening's third-race with rookie pacing colt Allywag Hanover ($2.70) for trainer Casie Coleman. The veteran reinsman proceeded to post victories in the following two-races, both OSS Grassroots events, with Tabloid Writer ($13.20) for Ben Baillargeon and Quick Tour ($10.20) for Mark Horner. After a one-race break from the winner's circle, Filion kicked off his second natural Hat-Trick of the card with Kevin McMaster trainee Dontblvmejustwatch ($3.40) in an OSS Grassroots contest. His fifth and sixth victories of the card came with six-year-old trotting mare P L Jill ($2.90) for Baillargeon and two-year-old gelded pacer My Land ($9.20) for Gerard Demers in an OSS contest. Filion nearly made it seven-wins on the evening, as he finished second in the finale with rookie pacing colt Better B Swift. The six-win night gives Filion 150 victories this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a 34-win lead in the driver's standings over nearest rival Louis Philippe Roy. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, JULY 16, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park held 10 races on Tuesday evening and harness racing driver Sylvain Filion won six, including four wins in the second Grassroots leg for the two-year-old pacing colts. "It was one of those nights when nothing goes wrong you know, and even a bad drive, my horses were so good they overcame it," said the Milton resident, who teamed freshman pacers Tabloid Writer, Quick Tour, Dontblvmejustwatch and My Land to Grassroots victories and finished second in the other two divisions with Twin B Watch Me and Better B Swift. Filion collected his victories in stretches of three and kicked off the first in Race 3, an overnight race for two-year-olds he won with Allywag Hanover, followed by a pair of Grassroots victories in Races 4 and 5. In the fourth race Filion and Tabloid Writer got away fifth from Post 3 and were able to slip into the outer lane behind Three Trick Gainer heading for the :59.1 half. The colts advanced steadily on pacesetter Twin B Frenchtoast and turning for home Filion shifted Tabloid Writer into a bigger gear and the colt sprinted to a one length victory in 1:55.3. Three Trick Gainer finished second and Twin B Frenchtoast settled for third. "He's a nice little horse. He's not very big, but he's all there, he's all guts and perfectly gaited," said the driver. "I thought he raced real big." Ben Baillargeon of Guelph trains Tabloid Writer for Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC. The son of Sportswriter was an $80,000 purchase from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Tabloid Writer Filion and Quick Tour were saddled with Post 10 in the third $23,500 Grassroots division, but the Mach Three son left smartly from the gate to find a spot in fourth on the rail. Filion soon had the gelding aiming for the lead and the pair was in command before the three-quarter mark. From there Quick Tour battled hard to hold off My Bettors Del and fan favourite Better Take It and earn the 1:54.1 victory for trainer Mark Horner of St. Marys and his partner R A W Equine of Burlington, ON. "He (Horner) told me before the race he's better covered up, but from the outside post, I guess I had him a little too wound up and when I got in the four-hole there he started getting a real big hold of me. I didn't want to take any chances and I moved him back to the front," explained Filion. "Once at the front he kind of got lost, but he dug in hard. That was a great mile for him, a great, great effort." A $7,000 bargain at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Quick Tour finished second in the Grassroots season opener to Tattoo Artist, who went on to win a Gold Series division on Monday night. Quick Tour After an off-the-board finish in Race 6, Filion kicked off another three-race win streak with Dontblvmejustwatch, who clocked the quickest mile of the six Grassroots divisions. Starting from Post 3 Filion and Dontblvmejustwatch landed in sixth and Filion asked the fan favourite to reel in the leaders heading by the :57 half. Once they took control the outcome was never in doubt, Dontblvmejustwatch cruised home a one and three-quarter length winner in 1:53.1. Usurper finished second and Colima was three more lengths back in third. "That's a nice little horse, he's a sweetheart. I guess they didn't really think much of him as of like a month ago, but he's been improving every start and my god he was good tonight," said Filion. "I had him in the bad position, I was far off the lead, and he made a quick brush to the front and he made it pretty easy. He's not very big, but he's slick and he's very, very fast." Filion drives the Hes Watching gelding for trainer Kevin McMaster and fractional ownership group TheStable Dontblvmejstwtch of Guelph, ON. Through three starts the youngster has now delivered one win, one second and one third for his delighted owners. Dontblvmejustwatch The driver then won another overnight event with aged trotting mare P L Jill before returning to the Grassroots winner's circle with My Land, who went gate-to-wire from Post 1 in 1:54.2. Night Watchman finished two and one-quarter lengths back in second and Wilsons Vinner was two more lengths behind in third. "That's a horse I raced last time and I was caught back in the field. There was no flow and he still come home pretty good, so tonight I wanted to make sure with the rail that I was going to be, maybe not in front but in the two or three-hole," said Filion. "So anyway, I left hard and ended up on the front end and I was able to get a soft middle half and he sprinted home pretty good and got the job done." Gerard Demers trains My Land for La Ferme Tag Inc. of Papineauville, QC, who offered up $10,000 for the Badlands Hanover son at the 2018 London Selected Yearling Sale. My Land The other two divisions went to fan favourites National Sport and Poseidon Seelster. Sportswriter son National Sport and driver Louis-Philippe Roy caught Filion and Twin B Watch Me in the stretch and pulled away to a three and three-quarter length win in 1:54.2 for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch and owner 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor, ON. Bettor Focus rounded out the top three. National Sport  Both Bob McClure and Poseidon Seelster and Filion and Better B Swift used late charges in the final division, but Poseidon Seelster had the bigger kick and claimed the 1:54.1 victory by three-quarters of a length. Century Grizzly completed the top three. McClure piloted Sunshine Beach colt Poseidon Seelster to the win for trainer Matthew Dupuis and owner Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, ON. Poseidon Seelster Tuesday's quartet of victories and pair of runner-up finishes will edge Filion closer to current leader Trevor Henry in the race for the Lampman Cup, awarded each year to the top driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Filion is a five-time winner of the honour, and he has also chalked up the occasional six-win night in his decorated driving career. "Not very often, not often enough," said the reinsman with a laugh. "I'll take it." The two-year-old pacing colts will make their third Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 15. Next up on the Campbellville oval's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies and two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, July 18. The freshman pacing fillies will open Thursday's program at 7:10 pm in the first race and will also be featured in Races 4 through 7 and Race 9. The trotting lasses will battle in Races 3 and 8. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available here.. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

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