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Heading into Saturday's $400,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack just one point separates drivers Sylvain Filion and Trevor Henry in the Ontario Sires Stakes Lampman Cup race. Filion has 498 points earned from 204 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) starts, 40 wins, 28 seconds and 25 thirds, while Henry has accumulated 497 points in 215 starts, scoring 29 wins, 32 seconds and 35 thirds. In the weeks leading up to the Grassroots post season the race between Filion and Henry had been close, but Henry closed the gap when he captured four Semi-Finals last weekend and the Arthur, ON resident is optimistic about Saturday's prospects after drawing inside posts with four of his five Championship mounts. "I drew pretty good I thought," said Henry. "The one filly (Traviata) didn't draw too good, she drew the nine-hole, but I think she can overcome that." Henry won both two-year-old trotting filly Semifinals, guiding Myretirementticket and Traviata to identical 1:57.1 clockings, and the reinsman chose Richard "Nifty" Norman trainee Traviata for the Championship in spite of her outside post. Henry will also steer two-year-old pacing filly Semi-Final winner St Lads Smokin Hot from Post 3, three-year-old trotting colt and gelding Semi-Final winner Duh Bubbees from Post 2, three-year-old pacing filly Stonebridge Quest from Post 2 and three-year-old pacing colt Win One Soon from Post 5. After getting nudged aside by Henry following the two-year-old Semi-Finals, Filion reclaimed his narrow lead in the standings when he captured a three-year-old trotting filly Semi-Final with Meadow Seelster. That filly will make her bid for a third straight win from Post 5, with Filion's other mounts - two-year-old trotting gelding Dynamic Edge, three-year-old trotting gelding Buzz, three-year-old pacing filly Aniston Seelster and three-year-old pacing colt Western Bayama - starting from Posts 1, 9, 1, and 8, respectively. "I think it might be a tough assignment for me, but you never know. Hopefully we'll get lucky," said Milton, ON resident Filion, who also had to overcome outside posts with Buzz and Western Bayama in the Semi-Final round. "We'll need some points." This is the second time Henry and Filion have been neck-and-neck in the race for the Lampman Cup, which is awarded annually in memory of long time Ontario Jockey Club harness racing publicist Jim Lampman. The duo also battled for top spot in 2012, with Filion capturing what would be the first of back-to-back titles. While he was bested by Filion in 2012, Henry is no stranger to the title, having won the point race in 1996 and 2007 What has changed for Henry this time around is the way he has accumulated points. Three years ago the reinsman was plying his trade at the province's smaller ovals - Grand River Raceway, Hanover Raceway, Clinton Raceway and Western Fair Raceway - but in the fall of 2014 he made the decision to race full-time at Mohawk and Woodbine, where Filion has been a fixture among the top reinsman since relocating from Quebec in 2008. "I wanted to slow down and not drive as much as I used to, just drive four or five days a week instead of seven," said Henry, while admitting that peak OSS season remains a seven-day a week commitment. "In the summer it's pretty much every day anyways, with the Sires Stakes and that. I think the other day was the first day off I had in, it was almost three months," added the 44-year-old reinsman. "It's more in the winter-time, in the winter they only race four days at Woodbine." While they are in a virtual dead-heat in the OSS driver's race, Filion is sitting on a comfortable lead in the Mohawk/Woodbine driver standings with 152 wins, 111 seconds, 113 thirds and earnings of $3,353,366 as of Sept. 21. Henry currently sits fifth, with 83 wins, 92 seconds, 117 thirds and $1,795,318 in earnings. "I had a really good start of the year, it's kind of tailed off a bit at the end, but I can't complain," said the 41-year-old Filion. "It's been a very good year." While Saturday's Championship marks the end of the OSS season for the Grassroots competitors, Filion and Henry will continue to duel through the Oct. 10 Gold Super Finals. Both resinmen have impressive mounts at the Gold level, with Filion the regular pilot for top sophomore pacing filly Wrangler Magic and two-year trotting filly Emoticon Hanover and Henry the regular guide for two-year-old trotting colt division leader Deweylovernleaver and his stablemate Smoke Monkey. While Filion and Henry are duelling on the racetrack Saturday, fans can test their Ontario Sires Stakes knowledge in the Spin & Win Trivia game, where every correct answer earns an OSS prize. In addition, fan arriving early for the Grassroots Championship program will receive a special gift with their program purchase and each program contains a ballot for a Super Final Dining and Wagering package for four. The two-year-old colt and gelding trotters kick off the Grassroots Championship at 7:25 pm and the other seven Championships go behind the Mohawk Racetrack starting gate in Races 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11. Ontario Horse Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 4, 2015 - The richest day of harness racing in the province of Quebec for 2015 takes place Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with the $500,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. There are eight finals on the 13-race program that gets underway at 1:30 pm. The four two-year-old finals each go for a purse of $55,000 and the four three-year-old finals each go for $65,000. The finals culminate three weeks of preliminary races with the top eight pointer earners returning for the finales. Trainer Dany Fontaine leads the way with seven horses from his stable in the finals, four of them look to be the race favorites in their respective divisions. Fontaine's race favorites include Mr Mach Jimmy, Mach On The Beach, Miss Babe Delight and National Trace. Owner Gaetan Bono of Montreal owns six of the seven horses trained by Fontaine and a close second is the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC, who has five entered in the finals. Two full brothers, Seeyou Men (age 3) and Wildwild Men (age 2), both sired by Muscle Mass from the Angus Hall mare, Seeyouinthecircle, head their respective trot finals for trainer Isabelle Darveau. The $55,000 two-year-old trotting filly final is the only race that is not open for betting. It will be held between the 5th and 6th races on Sunday as a non-wagering event. Ontario's top drivers, Sylvain Filion, Mario Ballargeon and Simon Allard are coming to compete in the finals and will go against 3R's best reinsmen, Denis St. Pierre, Pascal Berube, Mario Charron and Stephane Brosseau. "This will be a great day of racing," said Vincent Trudel, the general manager of the Hippodrome 3R. "It shows that our Quebec-bred program is very viable with nearly $750,000 in total purses this year for two and three year-olds in the series." The Hippodrome 3R offers a free race program and live video of the race card at From the Quebec Jockey Club

Jack Darling​ hauled five two-year-old pacing colts to the harness racing meeting Georgian Downs on Sunday evening and went home with two Grassroots trophies and two runner-up cheques. The Cambridge, ON trainer, who owns all five horses, paired up with driver Jody Jamieson to win the second $18,000 division with Continual Hanover and the final division with St Lads Moonwalk. Notetoself Hanover and King Of Sports were second in the third and fourth splits, with only Vegas Dream failing to earn a pay cheque in the first race. "Continual Hanover is the best Grassrooter, in my opinion." "He's right on the cusp of being a Gold colt," said Jamieson of the duo's first winner." "He was a very easy winner tonight, got a perfect trip." "St Lads Moonwalk also got a great trip and won very handily," added the Moffat, ON resident. Starting from Post 1, Jamieson settled Continual Hanover into second as fan favourite Derecho zipped through fractions of :27, :56.3 and 1:24.4, then popped the colt out coming off the final turn and sprinted home to a five and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.2. Derecho settled for second and Instant Shadow finished third. "1:53.2 tonight is a pretty darn good mile on that track." "I thought it was a pretty impressive mile," said Darling. "He acts like he's kind of, he's almost borderline Gold, but he's had some bad luck." "This is actually the first Grassroots he's won." "These Grassroots this year are a very tough bunch," added the horseman. "By far the best that I've seen, and there's a lot of them." The win was Continual Hanover's first through six starts, with his previous best effort being a pair of seconds in the July 17 and Aug. 13 Grassroots events. Darling trained the colt's Sportswriter half-sister Code One Hanover to earnings of $182,325 last season and was willing to shell out $120,000 for the colt at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale based on that experience, but the trainer says Continual Hanover has little in common with his sister. "He does a lot of squealing at other horses and when you go on the track he likes to do a lot of bucking and rearing and he's a real pain," said Darling. "He's actually lazy when you're jogging him and training him, but he's just one of those horses, when you put him in a race he puts his game face on and he's just a different horse." "He's all racehorse, where his sister had huge talent but she doesn't try her hardest all the time." "This horse has lots of try when he gets in a race." Darling says desire is also St Lads Moonwalk's best trait. "He's just a real gamer, got all kinds of try to him," said Darling. "He got a nice trip tonight and he finished it off real well." The Mach Three colt got away fifth from Post 4 in the last Grassroots division and Jamieson was able to slide into the outer lane behind Gotti heading for the half and trail that colt through the three-quarters. Coming around the final turn Jamieson sent St Lads Moonwalk out three-wide and the colt accelerated down the stretch to a two length win in 1:56.2. Only Half Bad and Moot Court also closed well to be second and third. The win was the second straight for St Lads Moonwalk, with his first coming in the Aug. 13 Grassroots event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. In five lifetime starts the $47,000 yearling purchase has posted two wins, one second and one third. Darling did not earn a share of the $18,000 purse in the first division, which went to Sutton Seelster off a pocket trip behind Twin B Machniven. Sutton Seelster and driver Tyler Moore of Guelph, ON hit the wire one-half length ahead of Twin B Machniven in 1:55.3, with Day Trade Hanover three more lengths back in third. Dr. Ian Moore of Guelph trains Sutton Seelster, a Camluck colt acquired from the Forest City Yearling Sale for $31,000 by Nor Easter Stable of Guelph. Sunday's win was the pacer's first, and came in his third lifetime start and first Grassroots appearance. The third division trophy went home with Perseverant, who got a come-from-behind steer from the Ontario Sires Stakes program's leading reinsman Sylvain Filion. The Vintage Master son powered home to a one length victory in 1:55.1, besting Darling's Notetoself Hanover and Rockstar Dreams. The win was Perseverant's third straight and first in Grassroots action. Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC conditions the colt for owner-breeder Determination of Montreal, QC. Kokanee Seelster moved to the top of the two-year-old pacing colt division point standings with his second Grassroots win. The only colt to win on the front end, Kokanee Seelster and driver Phil Hudon of Guelph rang up fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:25.2 on their way to a 1:54.3 score in the fourth division. Darling trainee King Of Sports finished two lengths back in second and Three Truths was hot on his heels in third. Acton, ON resident Anthony Montini conditions Kokanee Seelster for Ming Siu of Richmond, BC and Edmund Lui of Parkhill. In three Grassroots outings the Camluck son has two wins and one second for a point tally of 125, 11 more than St Lads Moonwalk and Blue Zombie. The freshman pacing colts will make their fifth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 31 and then wrap up their regular season at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 7. The top 20 point earners from the six regular season events will square off in a pair of Semi-finals at Mohawk on Sept. 17, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final earning a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 26. 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AUGUST 21, 2015 - In the second last regular season Grassroots event, at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening, Western Bayama proved he belongs at the top of the three-year-old pacing colt standings. Starting from Post 8 in the last of four $18,000 Grassroots divisions, Western Bayama and driver Sylvain Filion used enough power to land in fourth on the rail as favourites Jody Jamieson and Sporting The Look zipped out to a :27.2 opening quarter. As the pacesetters reached the :57 half, Filion fired Western Bayama up the outer lane and took clear command of the lead before the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Turning for home with a three and one-half length lead, Western Bayama and Filion sailed under the wire one and a half lengths on top in 1:52.3, a new personal best for the colt. Dialamara and Sporting The Look attempted to rally in the stretch, but had to settle for second and third. "Western Bayama was very good tonight. We might have caught Jody off guard," said Milton, ON resident Filion about his third-quarter sweep to the front. "He's a nice little horse with a lot of speed, and he's very handy. "I've got to give trainer Stephane Larocque credit for having him fresh and good," added the reinsman, who currently tops the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings with 400 points. Carlisle, ON resident Larocque conditions Western Bayama for owner-breeders Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. Through the first five Grassroots events the colt has posted three wins, one second and one fourth for a total of 183 points. Western Bayama Driver Randy Waples and trainer Bob McIntosh took two of the other three Grassroots divisions, teaming up with Artful Way in the second split and Thinkofagameplan in the third. Starting from Post 5, Artful Way rang up all the fractions on his way to a 1:52.3 clocking, digging in down the stretch to hold off mild favourite Mach Code and claim the half-length victory. Twin B Scandal finished two lengths back in third. Windsor, ON resident McIntosh bred, owns and trains Artful Way, who jumped to second in the division standings with the win, also his third in Grassroots action. In addition to his trio of wins, the Artistic Fella son has one third and one fifth for a total of 167 points. In the third division Milton, ON resident Waples once again opted to control the tempo and fan favourite Thinkofagameplan rolled along through fractions of :27.1, :57 and 1:26 before battling down the stretch to a neck victory over Filion and Ace Of Clubs in 1:53.2. The Fire Within was one and one-quarter lengths behind the leaders in third. Friday's win came in Thinkofagameplan's first appearance in the Grassroots program. The Ponder colt started his Ontario Sires Stakes season at the Gold Series level, logging one third, one fourth and one seventh before McIntosh decided to alter course. The Hall of Fame horseman shares ownership of the homebred with Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON. Artful Way Thinkofagameplan Favourite Southwind Indy posted the fastest time of the four Grassroots divisions, sailing under the wire in a personal best 1:51.3 to kick off the evening's Ontario Sires Stakes action. The Sportswriter gelding and driver Steve Condren bested Make Some Luck by one and three-quarter lengths, with Waples and McIntosh trainee Regal Sight rounding out the top three. Milton, ON resident Condren crafted the win for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, ON, West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON and breeder Southwind Farms LLC of Pennington, NJ. In four Grassroots starts Southwind Indy has two wins, one second and one third for 137 points and sole ownership of fifth spot in the division standings. Southwind Indy The top 20 colts in the standings following the regular season finale at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 2 will qualify for the Sept. 18 Semi-finals at Mohawk. The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will secure a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 26. Ontario Horse Racing

Throughout his career Luck O The Irish has been a consistent player on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit, but the three-year-old trotting colt has recently found a new gear, posting his third straight victory and his first Gold Series win of the season at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday. "I'll tell you what it is, he's a big-strided colt and he's finally developed power to drive his stride," said trainer Tom Durand of the colt's win streak. "He always had the big stride, but he just couldn't power it, and it's just like all of a sudden it kind of clicked." "The combination of that and starting to race him a little more aggressively, once he saw the front end there a few starts ago he kind of woke up," added the Puslinch, ON resident, who trains the colt for his wife June Durand. Luck O The Irish found the winner's circle for the first time this season off a front-end effort in a July 28 non-winners of two races contest at Mohawk, stopping the teletimer at 1:55.2. Two weeks later he lowered his personal best to 1:54.4, winning a three-year-old conditioned event crowded with his Gold Series peers. On Monday, starting from Post 5 in the second $70,000 Gold division, driver Sylvain Filion powered the colt off the gate and landed in third on the rail. Rubber Duck rang up the :27 opening quarter, but he was not in charge for long as Milton, ON resident Filion moved Luck O The Irish to the front. The fan favourites led the field to a :55.4 half and a 1:25.4 three-quarters and then Luck O The Irish demonstrated some grit, holding off the pocket-sitting Rubber Duck to record a quarter length victory in a personal best 1:53.3. Boli finished well behind the leaders in third. "His form's coming really good, a new lifetime mark three weeks in a row now, so it probably won't happen again," said Durand with a chuckle. In 11 starts this season Luck O The Irish has tallied three wins, four seconds and one third for earnings of $80,040. At two the colt captured one Gold Leg, finished second three times and third once in nine starts, for earnings of $141,210. A homebred by Holiday Road and out of Kavita, the consistent youngster has become one of the Durand's favourites. "He was a very shy boy as a yearling, very shy." I wouldn't say nervous, but very shy." And I think for that reason I didn't have people begging to be partners on him." He didn't strike you as a brave horse that would be such a good racehorse," recalled the trainer. "Other than that he's been pretty straightforward." "He's kind of a dream horse in many ways, we kind of love him." Monday's win, added to the second, sixth and ninth Luck O The Irish posted in the first three Gold Legs, give the colt a total of 78 points and put him among the top 10 point earners with one regular season event remaining. Last year's division champion Dont Rush earned his second Gold trophy of the sophomore campaign with a three and one-half length triumph in Monday's first Gold division. The Infinitif colt lowered his personal best to 1:53.2 with the victory over Madman Hall and Olympic Son. Trainer-driver Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON shares ownership of Dont Rush with Greg Judson of Athens, ON. Through six starts this season the colt now has three wins and one third for earnings of $104,160, boosting his lifetime earnings to $401,145. With two wins and one fifth in Gold Series action, Dont Rush sits in second spot in the standings with 105 points. Eternal Quest leapt to top spot in the division standings with a 1:53.4 score in the final division. Sylvain Filion picked up his second Gold Series win, and fourth of the evening, steering Eternal Quest through deep stretch traffic to nab the neck victory over Covert Operative and Platoon Seelster. Guelph, ON resident Chad Milner conditions Eternal Quest for Murray Ferguson Jr. of Sutton West. In eight starts the Pilgrims Taj son has three wins, three seconds and one third for earnings of $114,440. In four Ontario Sires Stakes appearances Eternal Quest has one Grassroots win, two Gold Series wins and one runner-up result in the Gold Series. He currently leads the division with 125 points. The three-year-old trotting colts wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on September 28. The top 10 point earners from the regular season will return to the Campbellville oval for their $250,000 Super Final on October 10. Ontario Horse Racing

AUGUST 14, 2015 - Heading into Friday night's three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots event at Mohawk Racetrack harness racing driver Sylvain Filion had a 22 point lead on Trevor Henry in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings. Early in the evening Henry looked to have gained ground with a pair of wins in Gold Series action at Grand River Raceway, but Filion scored a driving double of his own, capturing the first two Grassroots divisions at Mohawk. Starting from Post 6 in the first $18,000 division, Filion fired Ainsleynoelle to the front and the filly rolled through fractions of :27.3, :57.3 and 1:26 without facing a challenge. All alone turning for home, Ainsleynoelle and Filion paced under the wire four and one-quarter lengths ahead of Mystery Writer and favourite OK Heavenly, stopping the clock at 1:53.3. Milton, ON resident Filion engineered the win for trainer Colin Johnson and owners Debbie Element of Rockwood, ON, David Heffering of Port Perry, ON and Ecurie JGV Enrg of Laval, QC. It was the second Grassroots win of the season for Jeremes Jet daughter Ainsleynoelle, who now boasts a point total of 104. Ainsleynoelle Filion was right back in the winner's circle after the next race, guiding fan favourite Southwind Geisha to a 1:51.4 result that saw her control the pace over a rain-soaked track rated one second slower than normal. Machmeter finished three and one-half lengths back second and Pinot Grigio was well back third. Victor Puddy of Mountain, ON trains Southwind Geisha for his partners Limco Inc. of Chateauguay, QC and Otnevram Inc. of Saint-Leonard, QC. In her first three Grassroots starts the Sportswriter daughter posted a pair of seconds and one third, giving her a point total of 112 and ownership of second spot in the division standings. Southwind Geisha Filion looked poised for a third Grassroots victory with Northern Starlet in Race 6 when lightly rated Jody Jamieson and OK Hallelujah roared up the inside and stole a one and one-quarter length win. Favourites Filion and Northern Starlet settled for second, with Pinky Tuscadero third in the 1:53.4 mile. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson piloted Sportswriter daughter OK Hallelujah to her first Grassroots win for trainer Mark Steacy and owners Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, ON, Oak Knoll Stables of Campbellcroft, ON, Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC and Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga, ON. Driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON also used the inside lane to land Evas Girl in the winner's circle following the fourth division. The Rambaran filly bested Warrawee Qually and favourite Lovely Erin by three and three-quarter lengths, stopping the teletimer at 1:53.4. Isaac Waxman trains Evas Girl for Aaron Waxman of Hamilton, Alan Alber of Thornhill, ON and Crawford Partners LLC of Syracuse, NY. The win gives Evas Girl a record of one win and one third in two Grassroots starts for a total of 62 points. The last Grassroots trophy of the evening went home with Glamour Seelster's connections, who cheered their filly to a two and one-quarter length victory over favourite Dublin Rose and OK Heartbeat. The Jeremes Jet daughter, in rein to Guelph, ON resident Doug McNair, paced under the wire in 1:53.3 to record her fifth lifetime win and first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. Gregg McNair of Guelph conditions Glamour Seelster for Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI. The three-year-old pacing fillies now head to Georgian Downs for their fifth Grassroots start on August 29. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, August 17 with three $70,000 Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. The colts will be featured in races 1, 2, and 9, with the first race getting under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Ontario's elite trotting fillies continued to impress fans as they battled in their third Gold Series event at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. More than half of the fillies entered in the trio of $70,000 Gold divisions were sired by Kadabra and when the evening was over, all three trophies had been awarded to daughters of North America's leading trotting sire. Starting the sweep was Ready Any Time, who sprinted out of the back field to catch heavy favourite Caprice Hill in the stretch, halting the Mohawk teletimer at 1:56.4. Bested by one-half length, Caprice Hill settled for second and Krafty finished third, three and three-quarter lengths behind the leaders. All three fillies are by Kadabra. "It didn't really surprise me, I know this filly is a good filly," said driver Rick Zeron of the upset. "She was scratched her last start because she was sick, and the start before that she was second, Sylvain Filion, Luc Blais' trotting filly (Emoticon Hanover) nailed her at the wire up at Georgian Downs in 1:56.3." Oakville, ON resident Zeron drives Ready Any Time for New Jersey-based trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman, who felt the filly was back to herself after the bout of sickness, but expected her to be a bit shy of peak fitness after three weeks away from the racetrack. "I took her off the gate and let her settle," said Zeron, who lined up behind the number 5 on the Mohawk starting gate. "And when I moved her coming down the stretch, boy... well I didn't have to pull the plugs until halfway down the stretch." "Halfway down the stretch I knew I had (Tim) Tetrick dialed in and then this trotting filly just trotted right on by." "Nifty's done a great job with her," added Zeron. "He's always been high on this filly and she showed it tonight." The win was Ready Any Time's first in three starts and bumped her earnings to $49,805. A $62,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, the filly is owned by Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, breeder Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. "The connections of all these horses, I can't say enough about them," said Zeron. "They enjoy the sport and they like to see the sport, the racing, going forward and they do the best they can to keep it going forward by using their own broodmares and breeding horses to keep this industry alive." "They do a great job those guys." The second Gold division saw Sylvain Filion and Emoticon Hanover pick up their second win of the season after missing three weeks due to sickness. The duo cruised home four and one-quarter length winners in 1:58.2, besting Devils Advocate (Manofmanymissions) and High Heels (Kadabra). Milton, ON resident Filion pilots Emoticon Hanover for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC, who offered up $165,000 for the daughter of Kadabra and Emmylou Who at last fall's Harrisburg Sale. The talented youngster was also a winner in the Gold Series season opener at Georgian Downs on July 12, where she caught Ready Any Time in the stretch and hit the wire in 1:56.3. The final division also saw a repeat performance from a July 12 winner. Could It Be Magic and trainer-driver Wayne Henry fired directly to the front from Post 4 and never faced a challenge, rolling under the wire three and one-quarter lengths ahead of Levitator (Kadabra) and Northern Sweetie (Deweycheatumnhowe).   Arthur, ON resident Henry shares ownership of the Kadabra-In The Mean Time daughter with Fred Brayford of Alliston, ON. The partners acquired Could It Be Magic for a relatively modest $18,000 from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Through four starts the filly has tallied three wins and one fifth for earnings of $71,750. With her win, Could It Be Magic jumped into second spot in the division standings with 105 points, 20 behind leader Caprice Hill. Devils Advocate and Emoticon Hanover share third spot with 100 points and Ready Any Time rounds out the top five with 75 points. The two-year-old trotting fillies make their fourth Gold Series start at Georgian Downs on August 15. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday, Aug. 7 with three Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts. The colts will battle in Races 1, 2 and 6 on the 7:25 pm program with Race 1 featuring the debut of Bee A Magician half-brother Bee In Charge from Post 2. Ontario Horse Racing Video Oakville resident Rick Zeron and two-year-old trotting filly Ready Any Time catch favourites Tim Tetrick and Caprice Hill in the stretch to win their August 4 Gold division at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:56.4.

Local father-son harness racing duo Gregg and Doug McNair captured their third Battle Of Waterloo victory during the 25th anniversary edition of Grand River Raceway's Industry Day celebration on August 3. The Guelph, ON residents won the race in 2008 with Trail Boss and again in 2013 with Three Of Clubs. A winner in his elimination division one week ago, Magnum J went off at odds of 3-1 leaving from post seven in the $227,397 final. Doug McNair, 25, guided the two-year-old pacer straight to the front of the nine-horse field and never looked back, maintaining the lead in the stretch against a fast-closing Stonebridge Beach with driver Stephane Pouliot. Magnum J finished a half-length the best in 1:55.3. Gregg McNair purchased Magnum J for $10,000 from last year's Forest City Yearling Sale for co-owners Tony Lawrence and William Brown. The black gelding's share of the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo brings his career bankroll to $126,799. The McNairs also nailed back-to-back wins in races two and three of the 11-race card. Solar Sister was the betting favourite heading into the first of two $105,000 Gold Series divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS). Doug McNair dominated gate-to-wire, scoring the sophomore pacing filly's sixth win from nine season starts. The victory pushes her career bankroll to $540,190 for owners David Willmot and Clay Harland Horner. The 1:53.2 clocking set a new Canadian season's record and was just one-fifth of a second off the track record. Team McNair was back to the winners circle in the next dash for the Battle Of The Belles Consolation. Stonebridge Pearl was sixth in last week's elimination division but scored handily in today's $15,000 contest. The Mach Three filly's maiden win clocked in at 1:57.3 for Gregg McNair who co-owns with Terry & Jake Davidson. In the Battle Of Belles final, trainer David Menary and driver Jody Jamieson teamed up for their second stakes win. The pair won the 2012 edition with Macharoundtheclock. This year's $141,246 final was all Free Show as she scored her second career win after last week's victory in the eliminations. Jamieson finished a length the best in 1:56.3 for Hutt Racing Stable, who paid just $14,000 for the Badlands Hanover filly as a yearling. She has now earned $110,623 in five career starts. The second OSS Gold Series division of the day was won by Ms Mac N Cheese. Driver Sylvain Filion fired the Badlands Hanover filly up the passing lane to win by a length over Sports Chic in 1:55.3. Richard Moreau trains Ms Mac N Cheese for David Ratchford. This is her fifth win in eight season starts. On the lighter side, driver James MacDonald stole the half-time show with an incredible repeat performance in the Industry Day Drivers' Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes. The Guelph, ON reinsman has won the event for the past five consecutive years. Fellow drivers Ryan Holliday, Tyler Moore and Travis Henry put up a good fight, but simply could not stack up against the unstoppable MacDonald. "Everyone's got their thing," said MacDonald in a post-race interview. "Gretzky had hockey and I've got the bounce." The Best In Show competition sponsored by the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) awarded $1,500 to the caretakers of horses racing on the Industry Day card. Fifteen prizes of $100 were presented to the top five in each of the following categories: Best Of Show Head-To-Toe; Horse & Groom; Above & Beyond (braids, sparkles, etc.). The winners were: Sharleen MacDonald, Brandy Jamieson, Marylou Gingras, Nancy O'Hagan, Alexis Hebert, Ethan Gagnon, Laura Ireland, Leanne Murphy, Kellie Browne, J. Richards, Rick Welsh, Kelley McNiven, Gabriella Sasso, Jeff Williams, and Patty Drury. A crowd of approximately 5,000 people wagered $93,110 on-track. The total handle was $312,548.  Battle Of The Belles race video Battle Of Waterloo video  Bouncy Pony Stakes race video Kelly Spencer

Rural Guelph residents Gregg and Doug McNair had another outstanding afternoon during their local oval's annual showcase of harness racing. The father-son duo - the top trainer and driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program in 2014 - took four horses to Grand River Raceway on Monday for the 25th Industry Day program and went home with three wins and one third. Kicking off Team McNair's impressive afternoon was three-year-old pacing filly Solar Sister, who captured the first $105,000 Gold Series division in 1:53.2, just one-fifth of a second off the track record. Starting from Post 1 the Mach Three filly and driver Doug McNair took command of the race just past the :26.3 opening quarter and carried on to a :54.4 half and a 1:24 three-quarters before hitting the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Wrangler Magic. Stonebridge Quest finished two and one-half lengths back of the favourites in third. "She drew good and took advantage of it," said Gregg McNair, who conditions Solar Sister for owner-breeders David Willmot of King City, ON and Clay Harland Horner of Toronto, ON. "It was a big mile. We had a lot of rain around here yesterday so the track, it's good now, but it'll likely even get faster by the end of the day." "They done a good job, this morning I was up here and it had a few ruts in it," he added. "They did quite a bit of work." The win was Solar Sister's third in Gold Series action this season, giving her a perfect 150 points and top spot in the division standings. Through nine sophomore starts the filly boasts a record of six wins and one third for earnings of $325,362. In addition to her Gold Series trophies she also captured the SBOA Stake Final at Mohawk Racetrack on May 30 and finished third in the Fan Hanover Final at Mohawk on June 20. Doug and Gregg McNair returned to the Grand River Raceway winner's circle one race later, with two-year-old pacing filly Stonebridge Pearl, who sprinted down the stretch to a 1:57.3 score in the Battle Of The Belles Consolation. Doug McNair and the Mach Three daughter, who is a Gold Series regular, bested Miss Babe Delight and favourite Twin B Virtue by a length. Gregg McNair trains Stonebridge Pearl for his partners Terry and Jake Davidson of Walkerton, ON. Five-year-old trotting gelding Buddy Hally, who was a Grassroots Champion at two and a Gold Series Consolation winner at three, was the next horse out of the McNair barn and he posted a third-place result in the Doug Gamsby Memorial Trot, behind 1:58.2 winner Extracurricular and Stormont Kate. Gregg McNair shares ownership of Buddy Hally with Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. The McNair's capped off their spectacular afternoon by capturing their third Battle Of Waterloo title with Magnum J, who rocketed away from Post 7 and around the half-mile oval to a 1:55.3 victory. Stonebridge Beach closed hard to finish one-half length back in second and Carolina Hurricane rounded out the top three. From the first crop of Ontario stallion Big Jim, Gold Series regular Magnum J is owned by Gregg McNair and Tony Lawrence and William Brown of Hanover, ON. The other Gold Series division went to Ms Mac N Cheese and driver Sylvain Filion. The fan favourites landed in second spot from Post 4 and stalked pacesetter Sports Chic through fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:26 before sprinting up the inside in the stretch to a 1:55.3 triumph. Sports Chic settled for second, one length behind the winner, and Ride Away Shark completed the top three. "I really thought I could maybe cut it out but I could see that Jody wanted to cut it out," said Filion. "I didn't mind the two-hole, and she just responded great. "She's pretty much a push-button filly," added the Milton, ON resident. "She showed today she was real good." Filion engineered Ms Mac N Cheese's second Gold Series win for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and owner David Ratchford of North Sydney, NS. The Badlands Hanover daughter currently sits second in the division standings with 125 points from two wins and one second in three Gold Series starts. Second by a neck to Solar Sister in the SBOA Stake Final, Ms Mac N Cheese boasts a record of five wins, two seconds and one third in eight starts for earnings of $210,805. The three-year-old pacing fillies make their fourth Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 27. Rounding out the stakes action on the 25th anniversary Industry Day program was the Battle Of The Belles, which went home with driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary for the second time since its inception in 2009. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson piloted Badlands Hanover daughter Free Show to an effortless 1:56.3 score over Betty Hill and Golden Idol for Cambridge, ON resident Menary and owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. Stakes action returns to Grand River Raceway on Friday, Aug. 14 with the fourth Gold Series event for the two-year-old trotting colts. August 14 is Ontario Sires Stakes Fan Celebration night at the Elora oval and fans can dress up in the likeness of one of the freshman trotting colt's names for a shot at $500 in prizes, or receive an OSS t-shirt autographed by some of the province's top sires and racehorses. Ontario Horse Racing

Sylvain Filion had a golden touch at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday night, guiding both of his two-year-old trotting colt mounts to an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series victory. In the first $105,000 division Stormont Esquire surprised Filion, trainer Kevin Benn and the Mohawk Racetrack fans when he fired off the gate and had established a four length lead by the :28.3 opening quarter. When Willyorwonthe and driver Mike Saftic finally stepped up to take control heading for the :58.4 half Filion was content to sit behind the fan favourites. Around the final turn Dewey Dont Cheat pressed Willyorwonthe, getting out to a quarter length lead by the 1:28.2 three-quarters. With an open lane behind the duelling leaders, Filion sent Stormont Esquire to the outside and asked him for another gear. The colt responded with a strong effort that saw him reel in the leaders and hold off a hard-charging Will Take Charge to score the quarter length win in 1:57.4. Tony Soprano rounded out the top three. "Kevin (Benn) just told me try to get him around, he's really green." "He didn't have really much expectations, he said he liked him, but he meant that he was really green," said Filion after the race. "So I put him on the gate and he got fired up and he wanted to leave the gate real hard, so I went on with him." "Then I was waiting for Mike (Saftic) to come and cover me up - and obviously Mike's horse wasn't 100 per cent tonight - and around the last turn we were able to find room and pull out, and he just got there," Filion continued. "That was a nice surprise." Filion engineered the victory for trainer Benn of Napanee, ON and owner-breeder Stormont Meadows of Long Sault, ON. Stormont Esquire is a son of Muscle Mass from the mare Queen Of Stormont, who earned $124,059 in her career and counts four $250,000-plus winners among her siblings. Starting from Post 7 in the second division, Filion had a vastly different situation on his hands. Where Stormont Esquire had been keen to accelerate away from the gate, Adored By Masses was not even keen to approach the gate. With a few colts making early breaks, Filion was able to land Adored By Masses in fifth, from where they watched Unitaliano BI and Dad Leads battle through a :28 quarter and :58.2 half. When fan favourite V For Victory tipped to the outside, Filion sent Adored By Masses up behind him and the colt reached the 1:27.2 three-quarters almost six lengths behind the leaders. Getting a clear look at the wire at the top of the stretch, Adored By Masses trotted steadily down the centre of the racetrack and got a neck in front of Dad Leads, who went off stride just before the wire. V For Victory was well back in third. "Robin, who takes care of him,trains for Erv Miller, told me he was really, really lazy and you know what, she didn't lie." "Not often you see a lazy trotter, but he is lazy." "So I had to work on him just to get him to the gate," said Filion. "Once the gate left he kind of got into it; there was a lot of breakers leaving the gate and that helped us." "We were able to sit fourth or fifth and we just kind of followed them along." "Top of the stretch he kind of kicked in and got drifting out bad, and I was just worried to keep him trotting," added the reinsman. "I was just hoping to finish in second because Mike (Saftic) had such a lead I didn't think I was going to catch him." So I was just paying attention to my horse and all of a sudden I look and Mike's on the run." "That was kind of lucky I think, because no way we're going to catch him (Dad Leads) if he doesn't run." The 1:56.3 mile was the third straight win for Adored By Masses, who also captured a two-year-old conditioned event at Pocono Downs on June 21 and one at Georgian Downs on July 4. Erv Miller of Wind Gap, PA conditions the Muscle Mass half-brother to $243,945 winner Pizzazzed for Anthony Lombardi of Morris, IL, Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and Mystical Marker Farms of Dyer, IN. The freshman trotting colts head to Georgian Downs for their second Gold Leg on July 21, and Filion is hoping to be back in the race bike behind both colts. "I'll probably continue to drive them because I think them two colts are the kind of colts that are going to improve, they're going to go forward," Filion noted. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack this Thursday, July 16 when the Campbellville oval welcomes back the three-year-old trotting fillies for their third Gold Series event. The sophomore trotting lasses will battle in Races 3 and 8 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

JULY 3, 2015 - With 15 events completed Sylvain Filion currently leads all harness racing drivers in the Ontario Sires Stakes program with 115 Lampman Cup points, and the Milton resident added a few more to his total guiding two sophomore trotters to Grassroots victory at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening. Filion's first Grassroots appearance came in the second $18,000 division with Duh Bubbees, who opened his three-year-old campaign with a fifth-place result at the Gold Series level. Starting from Post 2, Filion sent Duh Bubbees straight to the front and the duo controlled the tempo through fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26.2, holding on at the wire for a half-length victory over former Grassroots division winners Call Me Richard and Kadabrasnewrecruit. Duh Bubbees hit the wire in 1:55.2, the quickest of the five Grassroots divisions and a new personal best for the homebred son of Up Front Ben and Nothing To Justify. Trainer Jamie Wilson of Huron Park, ON bred the gelding and conditions him for Chris Wilson of Huron Park. Through 10 starts this season Duh Bubbees has two wins and one second for earnings of $27,295. Filion was back in the winner's circle after the last race, delivering a confident performance with fan favourite Its Huw You Know from Post 8. After getting away fourth, Filion sent the Holiday Road gelding to the front and Its Huw You Know cruised home a one length winner over P L Intimidator and Delcrest Massy in a personal best 1:56.4. Keith Jones of Midland, ON conditions Its Huw You Know for Douglas McCarthy of Holland Landing, ON. Filion also guided the gelding to a Grassroots win in the June 24 event at Grand River Raceway, and adding his fourth-place result from the June 4 season opener at Mohawk gives Its Huw You Know a total of 108 points and sole ownership of second spot in the standings at the halfway mark in the three-year-old trotting colt and gelding Grassroots schedule. A two-time winner of the Ontario Sires Stakes driving title (2012 and 2013), Filion finished third in his only other Grassroots start on Friday, unable to catch the fourth division favourite New Muscle AS with his mount Buzz. After getting caught at the wire in the Grand River event, Oakville resident Rick Zeron opted to race New Muscle AS from off the pace and the Muscle Mass gelding responded with an impressive 1:56.2 personal best, powering down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory over Stormont Wizard and Buzz. Anette Lorentzon trains New Muscle AS, who finished second in both of his early season Grassroots starts, for ACL Stuteri AB of Paris, KY and Kjell Johansson of Sosdala, Sweden. Friday's win bumped the gelding into a tie for third spot in the standings with 100 points and puts him in an excellent position to earn a berth in the lucrative post season. Pilgrims Joy also leapt up the standings with an impressive performance in the third Grassroots division. After getting away near the back of the field from Post 7, driver James MacDonald of Guelph sent Pilgrims Joy up the outside and the colt accelerated past the leaders and opened up a five-length margin heading into the stretch that he maintained all the way to the wire, besting Ontheroad De Vie and Lets Be Honest. The 1:56 performance was a personal best for Pilgrims Joy, who is trained by Johnathan McKinnon of Guelph and owned by breeder Len Kordy of Kingston, ON. The Pilgrims Taj son made a break and finished eighth in his Grassroots outing at Grand River and logged a second-place result in the season opener for a total of 76 points. The other Grassroots trophy awarded at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening went home with Namesmuscle, who delivered a two and one-quarter length victory in the first division for driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON, trainer Pam Forgie of Goderich, ON and owner John Patterson of Bayfield, ON. Parkhill Lancelot and Thoughtful Leader completed the triactor. Like Duh Bubbees, Namesmuscle started his sophomore campaign at the Gold Series level, finishing second in a division of the season opener at Western Fair Raceway on May 27. Friday's 1:56.3 triumph was the Muscle Mass son's first of the season and boosted his lifetime earnings to $49,019. With just 50 points, Namesmuscle and Duh Bubbees will be looking to add to their tally in the fourth Grassroots event on the three-year-old trotting colt and gelding calendar, July 18 at Kawartha Downs. Mohawk Racetrack kicks off the two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes season on Monday, July 6 with three Gold Series divisions for the pacing fillies. The fillies are featured in Races 3, 6, and 9 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

 JULY 2, 2015 - Solar Sister took command of the three-year-old pacing filly division with a 1:50.3 victory in her harness racing Ontario Sire Stakes Gold division at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. Starting from Post 2 in the second $105,000 Gold split, fan favourite Solar Sister landed on the rail behind number two choice Ms Mac N Cheese and watched contentedly from the pocket as the pacesetter zipped to fractions of :26.1 and :54.4. Rolling toward the 1:23.2 three-quarters, driver Doug McNair tipped Solar Sister into the outer lane and the filly reeled in her Ontario Sires Stakes rival, earning a half-length victory in a personal best 1:50.3. Ms Mac N Cheese and driver Sylvain Filion settled for a hard fought second, with Capela and driver James MacDonald well behind the duelling leaders in third. "I figured Sylvain (Filion) would be pointing her (Ms Mac N Cheese) out of there and trying to either cut it out or sit on my back," said McNair after the race. "We went out of there pretty fast; his filly was rolling right along to the half. I could have come back around, but I was pretty content to where I was at. It looked to me like a two horse race when the draw came out, so I was happy to be following her. I knew she'd get me to where we had to go." Guelph resident McNair engineered Solar Sister's second Gold Series victory for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, and owner-breeders David Willmot of King City and Clay Harland Horner of Toronto. The win bumped the daughter of Mach Three and $1.4 million winner Cabrini Hanover to lifetime earnings of $485,690 and gives her a sophomore record of five wins, one third and one fourth in seven starts. "She's just getting to be a really nice mare. You can race her any way, on the front or from the back or in the middle," added the reinsman. "Them type of mares are horses that make it a lot easier for me, you can kind of judge the speed and make up your mind as you go, and she's happy to race any way. "She's a big filly, good gaited, a nice bred filly, I'm glad we got her." Solar Sister With wins in the first two Gold Legs, Solar Sister sits alone atop the three-year-old pacing filly division standings with 100 points. Ms Mac N Cheese, also a winner in the June 6 season opener at Mohawk Racetrack, falls to second spot which she shares with the winner of the first division, Wrangler Magic. Fan Hanover champions Wrangler Magic and Sylvain Filion went off as the heavy favourites from Post 4 in the first Gold Series contest and, as he would later do with Ms Mac N Cheese, the Milton reinsman opted to take command of the race. Wrangler Magic rolled easily to a :27 quarter, fended off a challenge from Delightful Hill heading by the :55.1 half, and was comfortably in charge at the 1:23.1 three-quarters. Turning for home, however, things got decidedly less comfortable for the pacesetter. Facing pressure from all sides, Wrangler Magic had to battle all the way to the wire, securing a 1:51 victory by a scant nose over Cast No Shadow. Delightful Hill sprinted into third, three-quarters of a length behind the leaders. Owners Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON, Dr. Maurice Stewart of Leduc, AB, Brian Paquet of Quebec, QC and Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC now have a Gold Series trophy to display alongside the Fan Hanover trophy Wrangler Magic earned at Mohawk on June 20. Through six sophomore starts the Mach Three daughter has tallied two wins, two seconds and two thirds and Thursday's win boosted her lifetime earnings to $513,894. Stephane Larocque conditions the talented young pacer, who was also a Gold Series winner at two. Wrangler Magic Solar Sister, Wrangler Magic and their peers will now enjoy a brief break in their provincial stakes schedule before it resumes at Grand River Raceway on August 3. Mohawk Racetrack fans have a much shorter interlude before the next Ontario Sires Stakes event at the Campbellville oval. On Monday, July 6 the two-year-old stakes season gets under way with three Gold Series divisions for the freshman pacing fillies. The fillies will be featured in Races 3, 6 and 9 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

JUNE 24, 2015 - Lets Be Honest battled in the Gold Series as a two-year-old, but Rockwood, ON resident Benoit Baillargeon decided to start the trotter in the Grassroots this season and the decision proved a wise one as the harness racing gelding captured his first Ontario Sires Stakes trophy at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday. Lets Be Honest and driver Mario Baillargeon of Milton, ON benefitted from Post 1 in the fifth Grassroots division and were able to sit behind pacesetter A Little More Love through fractions of :29.3, :59.4 and 1:29.4 before sneaking up the passing lane to a narrow victory. A Little More Love settled for second in the 2:00.2 mile, with Jayport All Muscle completing the top three. "He's coming along real nice," said trainer Baillargeon after the race. "He's got a little bit of talent, let's put it that way. I don't know if he'll be able to step back up to the Gold, we'll see as we go." The horseman conditions Lets Be Honest for Claude Gendreau Stb. Inc. of Buffalo Grove, IL. Through eight starts this year Lets Be Honest has tallied two wins, two seconds and two thirds for earnings of $20,318. Since finishing sixth in the Grassroots season opener on June 4, the Deweycheatumnhowe son has two wins and a third, all over Mohawk Racetrack. "So far he's done what we ask him to do," noted Baillargeon. "He's getting better every start." Baillargeon also picked up a runner-up cheque with Numbers Game in the fourth $18,000 division, while Century Behemoth made a break and finished sixth in the sixth heat. "I've got three or four (3-year-old trotting colts), they're mostly all Grassroots right now," added the trainer. "Hopefully one will step up to the Gold, but right now it's still too early." Unlike Lets Be Honest, Its Huw You Know was a regular on the Grassroots scene last year and the Holiday Road gelding picked up his second ever Grassroots trophy in the first division on Wednesday. Fan favourites Its Huw You Know and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON led from start to finish, sailing under the wire three and three-quarter lengths ahead of P L Intimidator and Mandeville. The 2:00.2 clocking shaved one-fifth of a second off the gelding's personal best. Conditioned by Keith Jones of Midland, ON for Douglas McCarthy of Holland Landing, ON, Its Huw You Know had been winless through eight starts prior to Wednesday's outing. The second Grassroots division also featured a tight finish as favourite Call Me Richard stuck a neck in front of pacesetter New Muscle AS at the wire. South Star finished third in the 1:58.2 mile. Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell engineered Call Me Richard's first sophomore victory for trainer Clare Bradshaw of Simcoe, ON and owner Andrea Arthur of Scotland, ON. At two the Muscle Mass colt was a three-time winner in the Grassroots program. Buzz scored his first ever victory in the third division, trotting home three and one-quarter lengths ahead of Easton Road and Innkeeper in 2:01.3. Sylvain Filion made his second appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle, guiding the Kadabra gelding home for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Top Dollar earned his second straight Grassroots victory with an impressive come-from-behind effort in the fourth split. Another son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Top Dollar sprinted from fifth at the top of the stretch to a three length victory over Baillargeon starter Numbers Game and Molon Lave, halting the teletimer at 2:00.1. Guelph, ON reinsman James MacDonald piloted Top Dollar to his third lifetime victory for trainer Ann Karin Larsen of Norwood, ON and her partners Steve Organ of Aurora, ON and Stig Westrum and Tor Jan Larsen of Norwood. Arthur, ON horseman Trevor Henry captured the sixth Grassroots trophy with lightly rated Delcrest Massy. The pair powered down the stretch to a 1:58.2 win over Tswalu and Irish Scotch. Henry was in the race bike on behalf of trainer Victor Puddy of Mountain, ON and owner Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, ON. The evening's final trophy went home with Windsor, ON resident Bob McIntosh, who will add it to the hardware Kadabrasnewrecruit earned in the Grassroots season opener. Driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON fired the Kadabra gelding straight to the front and the heavy favourites led through all stations on their way to a 1:59 victory. Ontheroad De Vie and Rebel Rebel rounded out the top three. McIntosh owns and trains Kadabrasnewrecruit, who boasts a record of two wins and two seconds in four sophomore starts for earnings of $27,250. After their second Grassroots victories, Top Dollar and Kadabrasnewrecruit share top spot in the standings with 100 points and will have an opportunity to add to their tally at Mohawk Racetrack on July 3. Rather than head to Mohawk, some of the three-year-old trotting colts may choose to return to Grand River Raceway when the Elora oval hosts the third Gold Series leg for the division on Wednesday, July 15. Ontario Horse Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20 - Wrangler Magic delivered the performance of her harness racing career to win the $479,000 Fan Hanover Saturday night at Mohawk. A impressive field of ten three-year-old pacing fillies, including 2014 Horse of the Year JK Shesalady, lined up to contest the Fan Hanover. Wrangler Magic and Sylvain Filion showed early speed to grab the front heading into the first turn. Sassa Hanover, who handed JK Shesalady her first loss last week, brushed to the front in the second-quarter from fourth and posted a half of :54.4. Around the final turn, JK Shesalady was forced to come first up from fifth and grinded her way up to the leader's wheel at the three-quarter pole in 1:23. In the stretch, Wrangler Magic came off the cones to battle with Sassa Hanover, while JK Shesalady didn't have her kick once again. Wrangler Magic was able to surge by the leader and paced off to win by a length and three-quarters in 1:50.2. "She (Wrangler Magic) showed it last year at the end of the year, she started coming on really good," said trainer Stephane Larocque, following the race. "Yves Filion did just an amazing job (developing Wrangler Magic) to get her to be so good and sound this year and right now she's awesome." The Show Returns (Rocknroll Hanover) and Solar Sister (Mach Three)  finished second and third, while Sassa Hanover was fourth. A daughter of Mach Three, Wrangler Magic is owned by Thomas Kyron, Maurice Stewart, Brian Paquet and Bayama Farms Inc. The Fan Hanover victory was the first in five starts this season and third overall for the Larocque trainee. Wrangler Magic's career earnings now exceed $450,000 and the clocking of 1:50.2 is a new career best. Wrangler Magic paid $13.80 to win. Mark McKelvie

JUNE 6, 2015 - Solar Sister and Ms Mac N Cheese established themselves as the early stars of the harness racing three-year-old pacing filly division with impressive outings in their respective $105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Legs at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening. Ms Mac N Cheese opened the Ontario Sires Stakes action with a commanding front end performance that saw her roll through fractions of :26.3, :56.2, and 1:24 without facing a significant challenge. In rein to Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion, fan favourite Ms Mac N Cheese sailed under the wire one length ahead of Evas Girl and Dublin Rose in a personal best 1:52.1. The win was the third this season for Ms Mac N Cheese, who was also victorious in an overnight event on May 15 and in her elimination for the WEG-SBOA Stake on May 23, both over the Mohawk oval. In her only other sophomore start the Badlands Hanover daughter finished second by a neck to Solar Sister in the WEG-SBOA Final on May 30. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON conditions Ms Mac N Cheese for David Ratchford of North Sydney, NS, who acquired the filly for $10,000 from the 2013 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. At two Ms Mac N Cheese was a star on the Grassroots circuit, winning three regular season events and her Grassroots Semifinal before being edged out in the Grassroots Final by Stonebridge Quest. The filly's successful Gold Series debut boosted her lifetime earnings to $181,882. Solar Sister also controlled the tempo in the second Gold Series division, but the Mach Three daughter faced heavier pressure on the way to her one length, 1:51.2 victory. Driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON sent Solar Sister to the front heading for the half way marker, and the fan favourite first turned away a challenge from Tessa Seelster, then held off Wrangler Magic and Delightful Hill to extend her sophomore win streak to four. Gregg McNair conditions the talented youngster, who started her win streak in an overnight event at Mohawk on May 15, then swept her elimination and the final of the WEG-SBOA Stakes before landing her first Ontario Sires Stakes win. The Guelph, ON resident trains Solar Sister for owner-breeders David Willmot of King City, ON and Clay Harland Horner of Toronto, ON. The filly is the most successful offspring to date from their $1.4 million winning mare Cabrini Hanover. Although she did not earn an Ontario Sires Stakes trophy last season, Solar Sister did capture an elimination of the Battle of the Belles at Grand River Raceway and a division of the Eternal Camnation Stake at Mohawk, earning $214,828. Saturday's win bumped the filly's lifetime earnings to $378,658. Solar Sister and Ms Mac N Cheese will attempt to maintain their position atop the three-year-old pacing filly leaderboard when the Gold Series returns to Mohawk Racetrack on July 2. Ontario Sires Stakes

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 23 - Ontario sired three-year-old fillies were out in full force for the harness racing eliminations of the WEG-SBOA Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A pair of $25,000 eliminations were contested for both pacing and trotting divisions to determine the fields for next Saturday's finals. A group of 22 sophomore trotting fillies were split into two 11-horse divisions. In the first elimination, Stubborn Belle, last year's O'Brien Award winner, made her 2015 debut a winning effort in 1:55.2. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Stubborn Belle made a move from third to first in the second-quarter to take control at the half in :57.1. After posting a third-quarter of :28.2, Stubborn Belle trotted home under minimal urging to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Meadow Seelster, who made a break after the start, made a huge comeback to finish second. Summers Jewel, Battle Mage and Tymal Illbthere rounded out the top-five to secure spots in the final. A daughter of Taurus Dream, Stubborn Belle is trained by John Bax and owned by Al Libfeld and Bax's Parkhill Stud Farm. The sophomore trotting filly won five of 14 starts last season and compiled earnings of over $524,000. Stubborn Belle returned $2.90 to win. Stubborn Belle The second elimination saw Danielle Hall, last year's Ontario Sires Stakes champion, sent-off as the heavy favourite in her season debut, but an early break from the star filly tossed the division up in the air. Second Sister and driver Doug McNair showed early speed to grab the lead. Once on the front, McNair got to call all the shots and set fractions of :29, :58.1 and 1:26.4. In the stretch, Second Sister cruised home in :28.1 to win by three-lengths over first-up challenger Kaddy in 1:55. Yanks Ball Girl, Magic Shelley and Sumthintotalkabout picked up the remaining cheques to earn a spot in the final. Following her break, Danielle Hall caught the field and was able to finish sixth. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Second Sister is trained by Gregg McNair for owner Jarold Hawks. The trotting filly finished third last week in her season debut. Last season, Second Sister won three of eight starts and earned $55,760. Her clocking of 1:55 Saturday night established a new career mark. Second Sister paid $26.70 to win. Second Sister On the pacing side, a total of 20 three-year-old fillies were split evenly into two ten-horse eliminations. In the first elimination, Ms Mac N Cheese was able to overcome post-ten to win in 1:52.4. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Ms Mac N Cheese, the 2/1 favourite, sprinted off the gate and was able to make the front from the far outside. The public's choice set fractions of :26.4 and :55.4 before being challenged around the final turn. Ms Mac N Cheese reached the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1 with a first-over challenger at her wheel. In the stretch, the favourite turned aside all rivals to create some separation and paced home in :28.3 to win in 1:52.4. Code One Hanover, who got a two-hole trip, was able to close in on the leader in late stretch to finish second and narrow the margin of victory down to a length. Wrangler Magic, Capela and Southwind Ginger finished in the money to earn the final three spots in next week's final. A daughter of Badlands Hanover, Ms Mac N Cheese is trained by Richard Moreau for owner David Ratchford. The sophomore pacing filly is now two for two this season and nine for 12 in her career with over $84,000 in earnings. Ms Mac N Cheese lowered her career-mark by a fifth of a second with Saturday night's victory. She returned $6.10 to win. Ms Mac N Cheese In the second elimination, Solar Sister, the even-money choice, made it a sweep of the pacing eliminations by post-ten starters with a 1:53 victory. Driven by Doug McNair, Solar Sister sprinted to the front from post-ten and was able to reach the pylons at the opening-quarter in :26.2. The public's was then able to call the shots and posted fractions of :56 and 1:24.4. In the stretch, Solar Sister kept her momentum going and held off her rivals with a :28.1 final-quarter to win by a length. Delightful Hill came charging from the back to finish second. Win The Gold, Much Adoo and Twin B Honour rounded out the top-five. A daughter of Mach Three, Solar Sister is trained by Gregg McNair for owners David Willmot and Clay Horner. Her elimination victory improves her 2015 record to a perfect two for two and was the fourth win of her career. Last season, Solar Sister won two of 12 starts and banked over $214,000. Saturday's clocking of 1:53 established a new career mark for the McNair trainee. A $2 win ticket on Solar Sister paid $4.30. Solar Sister The post position draw for both finals was conducted following the eliminations. The elimination winners earned the right to select their posts. The $129,661 WEG-SBOA Stakes final for trotting fillies and the $127,661 WEG-SBOA Stakes final for pacing fillies will take place next Saturday (May 30.) Here is how they will lineup in next week's finals. WEG-SBOA - Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly Final 1. Kaddy - Steve Condren 2. Stubborn Belle - Paul MacDonell 3. Second Sister - Doug McNair 4. Summers Jewel - Mario Baillargeon 5. Battle Mage - Jack Moiseyev 6. Meadow Seelster - Jody Jamieson 7. Sumthintotalkabout - Rick Zeron 8. Yanks Ball Girl - Randy Waples 9. Tymal Illbthere - Trevor Henry 10. Magic Shelley - Chris Christoforou AE: Danielle Hall - Jody Jamieson WEG-SBOA - Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly Final 1. Much Adoo - Paul MacDonell 2. Ms Mac N Cheese - Sylvain Filion 3. Solar Sister - Doug McNair 4. Wrangler Magic - Yves Filion 5. Twin B Honour - Trevor Henry 6. Win The Gold - James MacDonald 7. Code One Hanover - Paul MacDonell 8. Southwind Ginger - Jody Jamieson 9. Delightful Hill - Jody Jamieson 10. Capela - James MacDonald AE: I Wonder Why - Steve Condren Mark McKelvie

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