TORONTO, November 29 â€“ Woodbine Racetrack was the host of four Autumn Series finals on Friday evening, featuring sophomores of both gaits and sexes. In the $34,700 glamour boy final, Thorn In Your Side and Anthony Macdonald got the jump on their rivals down the stretch to score in a career-best clocking of 1:51. MacDonald and Thorn In Your Side were the first leaders, but allowed Grantor Hanover (Randy Waples) to command at the quarter in a quick :26. The lead wouldnâ€™t last long as Thorn In Your Side quickly retook command and laid down middle-half speed of :55 and 1:22. Turning for home, MacDonald and Thorn In Your Side appeared to get the jump on co-favourite Alexas Jackpot (Jody Jamieson), who had stalled cover from the half on. Down the stretch, MacDonald was in an all-out drive on Thorn In Your Side as he got the jump on his rivals to win for the tenth time on the year. Alexas Jackpot closed well to finish second, with Sea Harrier (James MacDonald) finishing third. Trained by Carmen Auciello for owner High Stakes Stable Inc, Thorn In Your Side earned his sixth win in seven starts as he increased his lifetime earnings to $98,327. Thorn In Your Side finished first and second in both preliminary rounds. The son of Mach Three paid $4.60 to win. Be Winnin, driven by Chris Christoforou, posted the 35-1 upset as she defeated heavily-favoured Samira Hanover in the final strides to take the $33,600 final for sophomore trotting fillies. The daughter of Angus Hall sat In The Pocket throughout the mile as Samira Hanover laid down panels of :27.4, :58.2 and 1:27.3, before Be Winnin angled out to wear down the tempo-setter to score in 1:55.4 - a new stakes record. Fathers Amiga (Mike Saftic) finished third. Trained by Glenn Lalonde for owner/breeder Bob Key, Be Winnin increased her bankroll to $55,448 as she celebrated her fourth career tally. The trotting lass enjoyed a new career best in the process before returning $61.80 to her backers. In the $33,600 trotting colts and geldings division, Popeda and Sylvain Filion provided the 5-1 minor upset in 1:55.3. Popeda was in no hurry off the start as heavily-favoured Doubledown Gass (Reg Gassien) was the first leader through the opening quarter in a quick :26.4. Doubledown Gass continued to lead past the mid-way point in :56.4, before Popeda angled out of fourth and began the first over attack around the final turn. Doubledown Gass continued to lead past three-quarters in 1:27, but Popeda quickly surged to command down the stretch and held off a late challenge from Lets Leavem (Chris Christoforou), who enjoyed a pocket trip throughout the mile. Doubledown Gass stayed for third. Owned by Overseas Farms Ltd and trained by Richard Moreau, Popeda enjoyed his fourth career victory as his lifetime earning now sit at $58,676. The son of Ken Warkentin celebrated a new lifetime best as he returned $13.60. Machnbyrd Princess and Hall of Fame driver Steve Condren clicked in the $35,300 pacing filly final in 1:53.1. Putmeintogo (Roger Mayotte) was the leader throughout most of the mile as she laid down panels of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:25.2. Condren used first-over tactics with Machnbyrd Princess around the final turn and was within striking range of the tempo-setter turning for home. Down the stretch, Machnbyrd Princess, Putmeintogo and Lyonssweetie (Randy Waples), who enjoyed a pocket trip, were all heads apart with Machnbyrd Princess getting the upper hand on her rivals in the final strides. Post time favourite Lyonssweetie finished second, with Putmeintogo completing the triactor. Shawn Robinson trains the six-time winner for owner Canamerica Capital Corp and Hyatt Holdings. The daughter of Mach Three increased her bankroll to $91,360. She paid $9.50 to win as the third choice. Videos of all races are attached. Greg Gangle WEG Communications
After winning a conditioned event in a career-best 1:49.1 clocking with an eye-catching :25.3 closing quarter last week, Franceschetti hauled down the Preferred pacers on Saturday night for back-to-back wins at Woodbine Racetrack. Sent postward as the favourite in the $34,000 Preferred class following his impressive performance last week, Franceschetti and driver Doug McNair settled away fifth in the field scratched down to six. Meanwhile, second choice Camaes Fellow (Jack Moiseyev) established the lead and carved out fractions of :27.3, :55.4 and 1:23.1. As the field rolled by the third quarter station, Franceschetti followed Piston Broke (Sylvain Filion) to the outside and then unleashed a :26.4 final frame to sweep by for the 1:51.3 triumph over a track rated two seconds off. Camaes Fellow held off Piston Broke for the runner-up honours three-quarters of a length behind. Franceschetti paid $4.80 to win. The four-year-old Mach Three gelding is co-owned by trainer Mark Horner of St. Marys, Ont. and R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, Ont. He now boasts eight wins in 21 starts this year with his seasonal earnings climbing over the $100,000 mark. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
TORONTO, November 22 - The final four preliminary divisions of the Autumn Series for three-year-olds were featured on the 12-race programme Friday evening at Woodbine. Three-year-old colt and gelding trotters and sophomore pacing colts and geldings each clashed in a set of $15,000 divisions. After finishing second in the opening round, post time favourite Doubledown Gass (Reg Gassien) redeemed himself with a 1:56.3 victory. Gassien and Doubledown Gass led from start-to-finish through panels of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.3, before using a :30-second final quarter to seal the win. Lets Leavem (Chris Christoforou) finished second, with Popeda (Sylvain Filion) third. Gassien also trains, owns and bred the youngster, who enjoyed his fifth career tally. His bankroll now sits at $61,863. He paid $6.40 to win. One race later, Sir William celebrated his fifth career tally due to disqualification of Rock Of Cashel. Random Dynasty, driven by James MacDonald, was the quickest to the to lead past the opening quarter in :28.4 and the half in :59.3. Around the final turn, heavily-favoured Ozzy Ozzy (Jody Jamieson) began the first-over attack, but Rock Of Cashel angled out of the pocket before three-quarters in 1:29.1. Turning for home, Rock Of Cashel had command while Ozzy Ozzy appeared to be trotting by, but make a break in stride due to interference. Rock Of Cashel quickly regained the lead en route to the victory in 1:59. Following the win, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) judges ruled that Rock Of Cashel interfered with Ozzy Ozzy. As a result, Rock Of Cashel was placed from first-to-fifth. That allowed, Sir William to be second-placed first for driver Sylvain Filion. The son of Muscle Mass increased his bankroll to $38,439 for trainer Gerard Demers and owner Robert Montgomery. He paid a handsome $58.60 to win. Later on the card, Ja El Pocketrocket (Doug McNair) won the first of the two pacing divisions. The son of Santanna Blue Chip came from off-the-pace through panels of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:26.1, before wearing down tempo-setter Lyonsparkhavenlake (Sylvain Filion) in deep stretch to score in 1:55.2. Tauranga (Chris Christoforou) finished second, with Lyonsparkhavenlake third. Trained by Barry Treen for owner Leonard Gamble, Ja El Pocketrocket enjoyed his seventh career victory as his bankroll now sits at $77,510. He paid $6.10 to win as the second choice. In the other split, Thorn In Your Side went gate-to-wire in 1:52.1. Driven by Anthony Macdonald, the son of Mach Three led through panels of :27, :55.3 and 1:23.1, before getting the jump on post time favourite Alexas Jackpot (Jody Jamieson) en route to the victory. Alexas Jackpot came from off the pace to finish second, with Sea Harrier (James MacDonald) third. Trained by Carmen Auciello for owner High Stakes Inc, Thorn In Your Side earned his ninth career victory as his bankroll grew to $80,977. He paid $6.70 as the second choice. All four Autumn Series finals for three-year-olds of both gaits and sexes will take place next Friday, November 29. Greg Gangle
TORONTO, November 21 - After a comfortable victory in the second round of the Autumn Series, Samira Hanover has established herself as the horse to beat heading into the $33,600 final next Friday at Woodbine. The trotting miss captured her division in the opening round last week before cruising to a new lifetime best of 1:55 to kick off the Thursday programme. Keith Oliver and Magic Peach were first to the front before the opening station in :28, but Samira Hanover and Paul Macdonell quickly gained the lead well before the half in :57.4. MacDonell and the heavily-favoured daughter of Kadabra cruised past three quarters in 1:26.1, before dashing away from her rivals to win by one and a half lengths. Magic Peach stayed for second, with Katla (Sylvain Filion) finishing third. Trained by Mike Keeling for owners P C Wellwood Enterprises Inc, Steve Organ, William Weaver III and A K Malik Stable, Samira Hanover increased her bankroll to $67,480. She paid $2.40 to win. In the other split, Ocean Miss Beauty and Jody Jamieson provided the upset to complete the early double. Jamieson guided the daughter of Kadabra led from start to finish through panels of :27.1, :57.2 and 1:26.2, before fending off a late challenge from I Like My Kaddy (Paul Macdonell) to win in 1:57. Candida (Pat Hudon) finished third. Trained by Rene Dion for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc, Ocean Mist Beauty celebrated her first career tally as her bankroll climbed to $40,372. She paid $10.90 to win. Four Autumn Series divisions took place in total, featuring a pair for sophomore trotting fillies and two for three-year-old old pacing fillies. On the pacing side, Putmeintogo and Lyonssweetie stamped themselves into the $35,300 final with victories in their respective divisions. Putmeintogo, driven by Roger Mayotte, posted a 1:53.4 victory in the first division as the favourite. Mayotte put Putmeintogo on the front past the quarter in :26.4 and continued to lead past the middle-half in :57 and 1:25.2. Turning for home, Mayotte asked his charge for more pace and the four-time winner responded with a :28.2 final quarter to win by two and a quarter lengths. Stonebridge Adore (Doug McNair) finished second, with Miss Poppycock (Jody Jamieson) finished third. Trained/owned and bred by Robin Morley, Putmeintogo increased her lifetime earnings to $54,300. She paid $5.20 to win. In the other split, Lyons Sweetie and Randy Waples found the wire first in 1:52.3. Waples and the daughter of No Pan Intended were first to the front before the opening station in :27.1, but allowed Lutetia Semalu (Sylvain Filion) to pocket-pull their way to the front. As Lutetia Semalu marched towards the half in :56.2, heavily-favoured Machnbyrd Princess (Roger Mayotte) angled out of fifth and aimed towards the front, but couldn't pass the tempo-setter. Lyonssweetie continued to enjoy a perfect, pocket trip around three-quarters in 1:24.2, before wearing down the tempo-setter en route to victory. Lutetia Semalu stayed for second, over Panstakingly (Donald Jobin) finished third. Trained by Corey Johnson for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound, Lyonssweetie increased her bankroll to $53,210. She paid a handsome $23.80 to win. All four Autumn Series finals for three-year-olds of both gaits and sexes will take place next Friday, November 29. Videos of all races attached. Greg Gangle WEG Communications
Three-year-old fillies found themselves in the spotlight Thursday evening at Woodbine Racetrack, as the Rexdale, Ontario oval hosted the opening leg of the Autumn Series for pacers and trotters. A pair of divisions for trotters and a trio of splits – each of them worth $15,000 - went postward on the 12-race card, and wind was a hindrance to those fillies in the final quarter of their respective assignments. Samira Hanover, who made breaks in her last two pari-mutuel outings, was forced to requalify on October 30 for trainer Mike Keeling. She was on her best behaviour that morning at Mohawk Racetrack, and she was just as much of a professional in this evening’s pari-mutuel assignment under the lights. The daughter of Kadabra-Southern Puff got away sixth from her Post 7 starting spot, and that allowed Alluring K to hustled to the front and chop out splits of :28.2, :59 and 1:28.2. Samira Hanover tipped out to catch cover in the backstretch before making a three-wide moving at the mid-way point of the final turn for driver Paul MacDonell. She kicked home in a :29-second clip to win by 2-1/2 lengths over Candida in 1:58.3. Fathers Amigo trotted home late to finish third. P C Wellwood Enterprises Inc, William B Weaver III, Steve D Organ and A K Malik Stable share ownership on the photogenic filly who improved this year’s record to 4-2-4 from 13 starts with the win. Her share of the $15,000 purse lifted her lifetime loot to $59,980. Be Winnin also used an off-the-speed approach to winning her division for the tandem of driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Glenn Lalonde. The daughter of Angus Hall-Brenda B Winnin got away fourth and watched Ocean Mist Beauty sail through fractions of :29, :59.1 and 1:28. Be Winnin was third at the half, and improved to be second on the outside at the three-quarter pole before using a :30-second kicker to win by 1-1/2 lengths over I Like My Kaddy in 1:58.1. Ocean Mist Beauty faded late and settled for third. Owned and bred by Robert J Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania, Be Winnin won for just the second time this season in 14 starts. The three-time winner has banked $37,448 to date. In the first division for the pacing fillies it was Lutetia Semalu pulling off a 10-1 upset for the team of driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Richard Moreau. The daughter of Million Dollar Cam-Signature Semalu powered to the lead from Post 6 and threw down an opening quarter of :29.3 before taking a brief tuck into the two-hole behind Stonebridge Adore. Filion came right back around that foe for the re-take and after clearing she led through middle panels of :56.3 and 1:25.4 before using a :28.2 closing quarter to win by 2-3/4 lengths over Parade Route. Race favourite Stonebridge Adore had to settle for third. Zoom And Fish Stable Inc of Laval and Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc of Montreal, Quebec own the sophomore who won for just the second time in her career. She’s 2-for-24 in her career, but those two wins have come in her last four starts since moving to Moreau’s outfit. Machnbyrd Princess was 1-9 on the toteboard, and she proved to be 1-9 the best in the second division for driver Steve Condren. He got away fourth with the Shawn Robinson pupil while D Gs Pesquero blasted to the lead and laid down a :27.3 opener. Condren had Machnbyrd Princess on the move in the backstretch and she cleared without a fight shortly past the half in :56.3. She was in charge at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4 and used a :29.1 closing quarter to win by 6-1/4 lengths over Call It Courage in 1:53. D Gs Pesquero weakened late and settled for the show dough. The Mach Three-Respectednbeloved homebred races for Canamerica Capital Corp and Hyatt Holdings Inc of Milton, Ontario, and so far this season she’s put together a sterling record of 5-2-0 from just seven trips to the track – a far cry from the 0-for-7 record she established last year. The filly, who clearly was worth waiting on, has potted $73,710. Panstakingly and trainer/driver Donald Jobin clicked for an 18-1 upset in the final division. The daughter of No Pan Intended-Pantathlon was nowhere to be found in the early stages of the mile, but she had plenty of speed to chase thanks to Hippie Chic, Its No Secret and Putmeintogo who took turns on the engine through fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:25.1. Panstakingly kicked off cover turning for home and used a :28.4 closing panel to win by 2-1/4 lengths over Mach It A Par. Race favourite Putmeintogo was third. Jobin shares ownership on the four-time winner with Danielle Belisle of Clarence Creek, Ontario. Together, they’ve watched the filly put together a 4-7-4 record from 22 trips to the track this season. The lion’s share of the purse bumped her cash stash to $43,853. To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca
Camaes Fellow won the $34,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine tonight Saturday the 2nd of November in 1:50 flat. Never in doubt from the getgo the Mach Three son won for the 21st time in his career and took his stake earnings to just over the $785,000 mark. Sylvain Filion did the driving for David Menary. All videos are attached.
Toronto, November 1 - Round two of the Autumn Series continued Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack with five divisions contested. Divisions were held for rookie colts and geldings of both gaits. Aventure will look for the series sweep after an impressive 1:57.3 victory to start the 13-race programme. The trotting son of Muscle Mass sat third in the early going past the opening quarter in :29.2. From there, driver Sylvain Filion pulled on the right line and marched the three-time winner to the front at the half in :59.1. The Bill Budd trainee led his six rivals past three quarters in 1:28.2, before edging away from his rivals in deep stretch to score the victory. Longshot Theresademoninme (Steve Condren) finished second with Kremlin (Riina Rekila) third. Owned by Orville Rursch, Aventure increased his bankroll to $24,250. He paid $7 to win. In the other trotting split, Hitchin A Ride and Jack Moiseyev got under the wire first as the heavy 1/9 favourite. Moiseyev guided the son of Angus Hall into the pocket spot before the opening station in :28.2, before pocket-pulling the three-time winner at the half in :58.2. Moiseyev and Hitchin A Ride continued to lead five rivals past three-quarters in 1:27.4 and never looked back en route to a 1:58.2 victory. Wire Me Cash (Anthony Macdonald) finished second with Yoooukilis (Paul Macdonell) finishing third. Trained by Tom Durand for his wife, June, along with Allan Smith and Catherine and Lynn Baker, Hitchin A Ride increased his rookie earnings to $33,428. He paid $2.30 to win. Major Starlight, driven by Paul Macdonell, pulled off the 7/2 minor upset in the first of three pacing divisions. The son of Major In Art enjoyed a three-hole trip through panels of :26.4, :55.4 and 1:25.2, before MacDonell was able to find racing room late in the mile to win in 1:54.3. Vegas Rich (Sylvain Filion) finished second with even-money favourite Pop Pop Joe (Chris Christoforou) settling for third. Trained and co-owned by Allen Tomlinson along with Thomas Phillips, Major Starlight earned his second career victory. The brown gelding increased his bankroll to $19,155 and paid $9.70 to win. In the next division, Allstar Seelster and Mike Saftic prevailed as the heavy favourite in 1:54.1. The four-time winner was first to the front well before the opening station in :28, before releasing a parked-out Brodys Scrapper (Randy Waples). Saftic and Allstar Seelster quickly regained the lead and marched past the half in :57 and three-quarters in 1:25.2, before edging away from his rivals in deep stretch to win by one and three quarter lengths. Brodys Scrapper stayed for second over Royal Ashton (James MacDonald). Trained and owned by Jack Darling, Allstar Seelster now has three straight wins and will look for the series sweep next Friday evening at Woodbine. The talented youngster increased his bankroll to $43,443. He paid $3.70 to win. In the final division, heavily-favoured Prince Clyde found the wire first in 1:53 for driver Keith Oliver. The son of Camluck overtook command past the opening station in :27, before allowing Shadios (Billy Davis, Jr.) to command. Prince Clyde sat In The Pocket as Shadios controlled the pace past the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. Oliver angled Prince Clyde off the pylons before the top of the stretch and the four-time winner cruised to an effortless victory. King Royalty (Randy Waples) came from well off-the-pace to finish second, over Shadios. Trained by Tony Montini for his wife, Albina, and Holland Racing Stable, Prince Clyde increased his bankroll to $38,038. He paid $3.30 to win. All four $25,000E Autumns Stakes finals for two-year-olds of both gaits and sexes will take place next Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Due to the Breeders Cup, tomorrow night's 12-race programme will have a special 7:55 p.m. post time. Videos of all races attached Greg Gangle
TORONTO, OCTOBER 31 - Twelve dashes took place on Woodbine's Thursday programme with two-year-old fillies of both gaits headlining the Hallowe'en card. The second $12,000 leg of the Autumn Series was held as the youngsters were vying for top spots to advance to the rich $25,000E finals next Friday. In the lone trotting division, Sweetie Hearts stamped herself as the filly to beat in the final as she has now captured both preliminary legs. The daughter of Angus Hall sat comfortable in third in the early stages for driver Mario Baillargeon before the opening quarter in :29.1. Heading towards the half, Baillargeon angled the three-time winner to the front and she laid down panels of 1:00 and 1:30.1, before dashing away from her rivals to win by four and three quarter lengths in 1:59.3. Capturethememory (Scott Zeron) finished second with Audrey Pearl (James MacDonald) finishing third. Trained by Ron Parsons for owner/breeder Bob Key, Sweetie Hearts now increased her bankroll to $19,300. The bay paid $4.50 to win as the 6/5 favourite. One race later, the first division for filly pacers took place with 2/5 favourite Witch Dali prevailing by nine lengths. The same tactics were used as Sweetie Hearts in Race 1 as Witch Dali settled in third before the first quarter in :27.1. Driver Jack Moiseyev then angled his charge out of third and Witch Dali marched to the front and laid down middle-half fractions of :56.4 and 1:26 before cruising to a 1:56.1 romp. Exhilarated (Sylvain Filion) finished second Zenobia Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) third. Trained and co-owned by Tony Alagna along with Aaron Waxman and Gaetan Hebert, Witch Dali increased her bankroll to $34,320 as she celebrated her third career tally. She paid $2.90 to win. In the other split, Stelllllla and Scott Zeron got under the wire first in 1:56.2. The daughter of Mister Big cleared to the lead past the opening quarter in :27.4 and never looked back as he went past the middle-half in :57.3 and 1:27, before scoring the narrow win over Brescia Seelster (Mario Baillargeon). Artful Impulse (Randy Waples) finished third. Trained by David Menary and owned/bred by Daryl Sherman, Stellllla now has $34,282 in career earnings as she celebrated her third career victory. She paid $4.40 to win as the favourite. The second leg of the Autumn Series continues tomorrow night with five divisions. First race post is scheduled for 7:25 p.m. Videos of all races are attached Greg Gangle
Toronto, October 23 - Beginning tonight Woodbine Racetrack will be playing host to the Autumn Series featuring two-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters as well as three-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. Each series will consist of two preliminary legs and a final. A quartet of divisions kicked off on Thursday evening. Two divisions for two-year-old filly trotters and a pair for rookie pacing fillies highlighted the 12-race programme. Trainer Ron Parsons and owner/breeder Bob Key took both trotting divisions to sweep the daily double. In the opening dash, Wonderland Snow, driven by Trevor Henry, let gate-to-wire in 2:00.1. The daughter of Angus Hall led through panels of :29, 1:00.1 and 1:31.2, before using a :28.4 final frame to seal the victory. Post time favourite Aphrodity (Rick Zeron) finished second with Andrea Lea (Per Henriksen) finishing third. onderland Snow, a two-time winner from 10 career starts, increased her rookie bankroll to $25,300. She paid $5.20 to win as the second choice. In the next race, Sweetie Hearts came from behind to score the win in 1:57.3. Mario Baillargeon guided the daughter of Angus Hall off the speed through panels of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.4, before showing his charge clear racetrack down the stretch to win by half a length. Torches Star (Steve Condren) finished second with Capturethememory (Scott Zeron) third. Sent off as the heavy favourite, Sweetie Hearts also enjoyed her second career victory as her lifetime earnings increased to $13,900. She paid $3 to win. Filly pacers were up next and Witch Dali, driven by Jack Moiseyev, kicked off the Early Pick 4 in the fourth with a 1:53.2 score. The heavily-favoured daughter of Dali cleared to the front past the :27.4 opening quarter and never looked back through the middle-half of :57 and 1:25.1 before sailing to an open length victory. Zenobia Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) finished second with Exhilarated (Sylvain Filion) completing the triactor. Trained and co-owned by Tony Alagna along with Aaron Waxman and Gaetan Hebert, Witch Dali increased her rookie bankroll to $28,320. She paid $3.20 to win. In the final division, Noble Jilly and Jody Jamieson found the wire first in 1:54.1. The daughter of Jeremes Jet came from well off the pace through fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25, before picking up all the pieces in deep stretch to seal the win. Stellllllla (Scott Zeron) finished second with Artful Impulse (Randy Waples) grabbing third. Trained by Harry Poulton for owner/breeder Banjo Farms, Noble Jilly now has back-to-back wins and $29,854 in career earnings. The pacing miss celebrated a new lifetime best in the process and paid $6.30. The Autumn Stakes returns to Woodbine tomorrow night with six divisions on the 13-race card. Post time is scheduled for 7:25 p.m. Greg Gangle
TORONTO, October 17 – As WEG’s harness meet resumes at Woodbine Racetrack this evening, both Scott Zeron and Richard Moreau have commanding leads in the WEG driver and trainer standings. Zeron, a resident of Oakville, currently has 229 victories this season, 31 more than his closest rival Sylvain Filion. Zeron, who was a finalist for the O’Brien Award as Canada’s top driver for the past three seasons, finished third in the standings last year behind Filion and Jamieson, who tied for the win. “There really isn’t any better feeling than being the top driver at any track let along Woodbine/Mohawk,” Zeron said. “I’m driving against guys that I’ve idolized since I was 12 years old and I’m fortunate enough to have a great support system that provides me with quality horses on a nightly basis. “As much as I focus on maintaining the lead, all I can do is show up every night and try to get into the winners circle as much as possible,” Zeron continued. The talented reinsman, who led the WEG driver standings with 123 victories when the spring meet at Woodbine concluded, is hoping to continue where he left off. “I’m looking forward to returning to Woodbine and excited to make the most of the remaining months of the year,” Zeron said. The 24-year-old has 2,172 career tallies to his credit and is approaching $30 million in purse earnings. Moreau has also separated himself from his rivals in the training standings. The Puslinch resident has 111 victories this season, 46 more than nearest rival Jeff Gillis. The veteran conditioner, who has been a mainstay on the WEG circuit for the last decade, celebrated his biggest of his career this season as Boomboom Ballykeel captured the $683,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. Moreau, who was a finalist for Canada’s trainer of the year in 2012, has 4,214 lifetime victories to his credit along with over $34 million in purse earnings. The Woodbine Fall-Winter-Spring Standardbred meet is now a three-day-a-week schedule, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, through December. Following its Saturday, December 28 card, Woodbine will be “dark” until Monday, January 6, when a Monday-Friday-Saturday night schedule through March, is launched. First race post-time is 7:25 p.m. The special Thursday, December 26 Boxing Day card is scheduled for 1 p.m. by Greg Gangle for WEG
CAMPBELLVILLE, October 17 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that overall handle and average nightly handle on the 2013 Mohawk Standardbred meet, which concluded Monday, October 14, were up over last year. The Campbellville oval, which celebrated its 50th racing season with 84 race cards, recorded an "all-sources" betting total of $131,619,692, a 6.5 per cent increase over last year's $123,533,108 (81 dates). The average per night total of $1,566,901 in 2013 was a 2.7 per cent increase over the $1,525,100 bet per card in 2012. The company was especially pleased with the betting numbers on its signature event, the Pepsi North America Cup. The 'Cup' card proved successful once again with $3,001,079 wagered, while $2,988,123 was wagered in 2012. The evening's on-track handle also showed an increase with $935,630 wagered compared to $885,710 last year. "We are very encouraged to see the wagering growth during the Mohawk meet," said WEG's Executive Vice President of Racing, Jamie Martin. "The industry situation, with the cancellation of the Slots At Racetracks Program, created a difficult operating environment this summer for staff and horsepeople. I'm pleased to see everyone's effort produced positive results." When the 2013 Mohawk summer meet came to an end, a fresh face was atop the driving leaderboard. Sylvain Filion, who finished second during at the 2012 Mohawk meet, was the leading driver for the first time in his career. The Milton resident captured 114 wins in 752 starts, eight more victories than nearest rival, Scott Zeron. O'Brien Award finalist, Richard Moreau led all trainers with 48 victories from 296 starters during the meet. Moreau finished one victory ahead of conditioner Jeff Gillis. The Woodbine Fall-Winter-Spring Standardbred meet, which kicks off Thursday, October 17, offers a three day-a-week schedule, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, through December. Following its Saturday, December 28 card, Woodbine will be "dark" until Monday, January 6, when a Monday-Friday-Saturday night schedule through March, is launched. First race post-time remains unchanged at 7:25 p.m. The special Thursday, December 26 Boxing Day card is scheduled for 1 p.m. by Greg Gangle for WEG
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
Camaes Fellow lead from go to whoa in the $34,000 Preferred in a stunning 1:47.3 win at Mohawk Racetrack tonight Saturday the 12th of October. The Mach Three son was driven to victory by the hot Sylvain Filion who won five on the night. Camaes Fellow's 1:47.3 winning time was just one-fifth of a second off the all-age track record held by Won The West and A Rocknroll Dance. The Mach Three gelding earned his ninth win in 22 starts this year and 20th lifetime while his bankroll is now over $760,000. Videos of all races attached. Camaes Fellow is in race 10.
You can tell from talking to trainer Luc Blais that he’s familiar with the old adage-If you take care of the horse the horse will take care of you. Blais, the trainer of last year’s sophomore Breeders Crown champion Intimidate, seems to have no set plans other than to let his horse dictate a course of action. After capturing the $214,000 Credit Winner at Vernon Downs on September 6 in 1:51, it appeared as if Intimidate would have the division at his mercy. “We had him entered at Mohawk (9-30) and I had to scratch him,” said Blais when Intimidate came up sick. It wasn’t until the eleventh hour that the Blais stable veterinarian cleared Intimidate to race, paving the way for entry this past Tuesday in the $600,000 Crown Final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on October 19. There were no eliminations necessary for the race with just nine declared, so Blais has elected to race Intimidate on Monday (10-14) at Mohawk. “He needs the race,” said Blais who expects to ship Intimidate to Pocono on Wednesday and hopefully give him enough time to acclimate to the track surface. Last year Intimidate came on strongly towards the end of the season and capped it off with an awesome performance when supplemented to the Breeders Crown, taking down Hambletonian winner Market Share, among others, for driver Ron Pierce. This year the altered son of Justice Hall needed some extra time to get his act together and Blais has been more than willing to accommodate him. “He wasn’t ready for the big track (Mohawk or Woodbine) so we gave him some easier races on the small track starting out,” said Blais. It was August 19 when Intimidate finally made his debut at Mohawk, which meant missing some big races, including the Maple Leaf Trot, a race he surely would have been favored to win. It may have been late in the season, but Intimidate was set to go when he first raced at Mohawk, and fortunately was eligible to compete in a level below the top class in his first assignment. With Sylvain Filion in the bike Intimidate showed the same impressive late stride, scoring in 1:52 1/5 with a :26 3/5 final quarter. He followed that up by taking on the best horses at Mohawk and winning in 1:52. When Intimidate shipped to Vernon for the Credit Winner he was not only on foreign soil for the first time in his career, but was also pitted against some of the best and more seasoned older trotting performers in North America. Reunited with Ron Pierce, Intimidate was able to knife his way out of traffic and finish with incredible acceleration to post a track record 1:51 mile. What caught the attention of Pierce and many of those watching was the relative ease with which Intimidate accelerated and passed horses. But this year’s Breeders Crown will not be contested on a mile or seven-eighths mile track. Pocono’s circumference is a five-eighths mile and the track is known to favor speed horses as opposed to closers. Blais deflected any concern for race strategy. “I’ll leave that up to Ron (Pierce). He showed speed last year in the Simcoe,” said Blais, recalling the first trip Pierce sat behind Intimidate. It was an awesome effort in which Pierce got Intimidate down to the three quarters in 1:22 4/5 only to get beaten on the wire in a 1:51 4/5 stakes record mile. Prior to that effort Intimidate had never gone a mile faster than 1:56 1/5. While the number of races under his girth this year have gone down, Intimidate continues to do what all trainers want most-win races. Last year he captured 13 of 17 starts and heading into Monday’s prep for the Crown Intimidate has won six of seven starts, losing one early after making a break. Other than the number of starts Blais sees Intimidate as a bigger and stronger horse. His careful management with the horse has set Intimidate up for the big miles and many experts in the field believe the horse is capable of trotting a mile in 1:50 or better. Given the track surface and the impressive number of world records already set this year at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, it’s within reason to expect this year’s Breeders Crown Trot to go in that neighborhood. “I definitely think he’s got the speed,” said Blais in the response to whether Intimidate could get that type of record. But Blais is not counting his money just yet. He admits that the group of horses Intimidate is in with in the Crown is much stronger than the field he beat in last year’s Breeders Crown. “This is a nice bunch of four-year-olds. It’s good that the fans will get to see so many good older trotters in one race. We’re lucky to have so many,” said Blais. Despite some bumps in the road Intimidate is likely to enter the Crown just as sharp as he was a year ago. Blais was fortunate that the gelding recovered from some minor ailments and has been cleared to attempt back-to-back Crown victories. After the Crown Blais doesn’t seem to have any specific goals in mind. He wouldn’t commit to sending the horse to Europe to race as a five-year-old or even whether he would continue to race him this season. No doubt he’ll let Intimidate tell him what the next move should be. by Jay bergman for the Breeders Crown
LONDON, ON — After missing the Grassroots Championship by just nine points, two-year-old pacer Brodys Scrapper will be looking to capitalize on his second opportunity at a post season pay cheque in Tuesday’s Grassroots Consolation at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Through his six regular season Grassroots starts Brodys Scrapper posted one win, one third, two fourths and two fifths for 88 points and thirteenth spot in the point standings — the top 10 point earners advanced to the Sept. 21 Championship. The Mach Three son’s 1:56.1 personal best came in the Aug. 24 Grassroots event at Kawartha Downs and trainer Bud Sinclair of Stratford, ON is hoping the gelding is ready to match that effort from Post 2 in Tuesday’s tenth race. “He trained super the other day. Hopefully he’s fresh and ready to go,” says Sinclair, who shares ownership of the gelding with his wife Lindsey Sinclair and Kenneth Bryant of Dorchester, ON. The Sinclairs bred and raised Brodys Scrapper, who is out of their $192,922 winning mare Witness To Fame, and the trainer says the gelding is very much like his mother, who was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. “Everything off that mare, they want to kill you when you start with them,” he says ruefully. “To train him down was a nightmare. “It was real hard to get him to focus on stuff,” Sinclair continues. “I raced him in a bunch of maidens just to braven him up and he finally figured it out. He has tons and tons of speed; it’s just the mental part, he’s very tough on himself.” Brodys Scrapper made his racing debut in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on June 27 and has made eight more starts, scoring four wins, one third and $17,986 for his owners. After Tuesday’s Consolation, the gelding will wrap up his season in the Ontario Sired Autumn Series at Woodbine Racetrack. “He’s got four more starts if he makes the final of the Autumn Series,” notes Sinclair. “He’ll have more starts than we’d really like, but the way the industry is right now you don’t want to pass up an opportunity to make money.” The trainer is hoping a recent alteration to the gelding’s equipment will help Brodys Scrapper earn a pay cheque in the $20,000 Grassroots Consolation on Tuesday. In the last regular season Grassroots event, on Sept. 12 at Mohawk Racetrack, driver Sylvain Filion moved the gelding early and was unable to reapply the brakes once Brodys Scrapper reached the front. “Once you start him up he doesn’t know ‘Whoa’ again,” explains Sinclair. “So I’ve changed his rigging a little bit this time.” With a few equipment changes and a little maturity, Sinclair is also hoping Brodys Scrapper can follow in his mother’s footsteps and make a successful return to the Ontario Sires Stakes program as a three-year-old. “I think next year he’s got a great future ahead of him,” says the trainer. “I hope he can step up a level, I know the speed is there, he just has to get the mental part.” Among the challengers Brodys Scrapper will face in his last freshman Ontario Sires Stakes battle are two colts who finished ahead of him in the point standings. Major Homer finished in eighth spot and gets Post 6, while eleventh ranked Allstar Seelster will benefit from Post 1. The two-year-old Grassroots Consolations will be featured in Races 1 through 6, 9 and 10; with the first $20,000 contest parading onto The Raceway at 4:05 pm. Fans will have an opportunity to wager on a special $1,000 Pick 8 on the eight Grassroots Consolations. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e1015lonn.dat by Sandra Snyder for the Ontario Sire Stakes
ELORA, ON - The last time trotting filly Angies Lucky Star appeared at Grand River Raceway she cruised to an effortless Gold Series victory, and Arthur residents Shannon and Trevor Henry are hoping she can reprise that effort Sunday evening in the last start of her sophomore season. "Hopefully she throws us a good one, but if not we can't be upset," says Shannon Henry. "She's made $340,000 more than we paid for her." Angies Lucky Star will wrap up her three-year-old campaign in the $50,000 Gold Series Consolation on Sunday, lining up at Post 6 on the Grand River Raceway starting gate. A late addition to the Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, the Gold Series Consolation was open to the top nine regular season point earners who did not earn a cheque in the Sept. 28 Super Finals. Of her six Gold Series starts this season, the Super Final saw Angies Lucky Star deliver her worst result, making a pair of breaks and finishing ninth. While the Angus Hall daughter also made mistakes in both of the August vents, her other regular season Gold starts netted one win, one second and one third for Trevor Henry Stables Inc. and the Estate of Daniel J. McCann of Parkhill. In total Angies Lucky Star tallied four wins, three seconds, three thirds and $229,858 in earnings in her 13 sophomore outings. She posted a 1:53.1 personal best winning her Elegantimage Stake elimination at Mohawk in early June and finished just a head behind division superstar Bee A Magician in the June 15 final. "Even to be classified in with Bee A Magician, we'll take that," says Henry. "She just loves to race; she puts her heart into it. She just tries so hard that sometimes she overdid it trying to keep up with that other mare." Richard Moreau trained Angies Lucky Star through the bulk of her three-year-old season and Sylvain Filion handled most of the driving, but Trevor Henry will be back in the bike for Sunday's season finale. Grand River Raceway's leading driver piloted the filly in her July 3 win over the Elora oval and will be looking to repeat that effort in the evening's third race. "Trevor's driving her, he knows her and she knows him," says Henry. "I think she'll be all right going into this." Trevor Henry will also be in the race bike behind Eat Pray Trot in the three-year-old trotting colt Consolation. The Ken Warkentin son will benefit from Post 2 in the eleventh race and Henry is hopeful he can pick up a piece of the $50,000 purse. "I actually didn't expect him to get in," notes Henry, who trains the colt and sent him out just twice in Gold Series action this summer. "He can't win it, we know that, but if he gets a good piece of it we'll be happy with him." Eat Pray Trot spent most of his summer competing at the Grassroots level, but skipped both of the Grassroots events at Mohawk Racetrack in favour of the Gold events at half-mile racetracks. In the Gold Series season opener at The Raceway at Western Fair District he finished third and in the Aug. 23 test at Grand River he finished fourth. "He's such a tiny, tiny little colt. He can't trot the big track," Henry explains. "But he just seems to go along where ever you put him," she continues. "We had the mare too, we raced her, and she was gutsy too. Owned by Donna Weaver and Robert Rooney's 1035840 Ontario Inc. of Arthur, Eat Pray Trot has three seconds and two thirds to his credit through 13 sophomore starts for earnings of $36,948. In addition to the sophomore trotting colts and fillies, Grand River Raceway will also roll out the welcome mat for the other six Gold Series divisions on Sunday. The $50,000 Gold Series Consolations will go postward as Races 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11, with the program getting under way at 6 pm. The on track excitement will be complimented by a $200 free-to-play Ontario Sires Stakes Survivor Handicapping Contest and $100 Cheerleading Squads after each OSS race for a total of $1,000 in cash prizes. Both contests require the on-track purchase of an Oct. 13 Grand River Raceway program. For complete entries For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder