TORONTO, Februrary 6 - The eleven-race program Friday night at Woodbine was dominated by a pair of harness racing drivers and a conditioner. Driver Trevor Henry was on fire Friday night, as the reinsman won five of his nine drives on the card. Henry kicked off the night by winning his first three drives on the card. Henry guided Dialamara and Camvicted to victories in The Count B Series in races one and three. He then completed the hat-trick in the fifth race behind trotter Hie Benny. The Arthur, Ontario resident would score his fourth victory in the seventh race behind trotter O Narutac Perfetto and then completed the high-five by winning the eighth race with pacer Rubis Prescott. While Henry had the biggest night of all on Friday, driver Sylvain Filion also had a solid night at the office. Filion won three races from ten drives on the card. His first victory came in the second race behind trotter Exemplar. The Milton, Ontario resident picked up his second victory of the evening in race six, the first leg of the Ontario Girls Series, with pacer Artistic Fusion. Filion completed his own hat-trick in the ninth race behind trotter Grande Diablo. The success for Henry and Filion also benefited trainer Richard Moreau, as WEG's leading trainer won three races from his eight starters on the card. Filion guided two of Moreau's winner, Exemplar and Grande Diablo, while Henry drove the other winner, Camvicted. Henry, who is first in the WEG driver's standings, now has 28 wins on the season, three more than Filion. Meanwhile, Moreau's training triple gives him 20 wins this season and extends his lead in the trainer's standings to six over Joe Cirasuola. Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred
TORONTO, February 6 - A pair of winter harness racing series got underway Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Count B Series for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings saw two $17,000 divisions contested, while the Ontario Girls Series for four-year-old pacing mares needed just one $18,000 division for the first leg of the three-week event. A field of seven battled in an eventful first division to get Count B action underway. Conversation Boy, the 4/5 favourite, got away early in fifth, but made a break as the field turned into the backstretch. The miscue was quickly resolved and driver Sylvain Filion elected to roll the favourite to the front, eventually clearing in front of the leader Newbie just after the midway point. Conversation Boy would lead the field around the final turn, but was confronted first up by Dialamara and driver Trevor Henry. Meanwhile, Legion Of Boom, the 5/2 second choice, was pacing along fourth, but made a break just before the three-quarter pole taking himself out of contention. In the stretch, Conversation Boy and Dialamara would slug it out, while Newbie came off the rail to the outside to make it a close three-horse finish. At the wire, Dialamara came away with a three-quarters of a length victory over Conversation Boy in 1:54.3. Newbie finished third. Legion Of Boom recovered from the final turn break to finish fourth, but was placed back to sixth for interference while on a break. A three-year-old son of Lis Mara, Dialamara was making his first start of 2015. The sophomore now has three career wins from nine starts for trainer Patrick Fletcher and owner John Lamers. Friday night's victory pushes his bankroll over $40,000 and the clocking of 1:54.1 lowers his lifetime mark by more than three-seconds. Dialamara returned $10.70 to win. In the second division, Camvicted went gate-to-wire to remain undefeated in three starts. Driven by Trevor Henry, Camvicted sprinted out to the lead ahead of his five other rivals and was able to call the shots without any challengers through the first three-quarters of the mile. Camvicted posted fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:26.4 and faced his first challenge when His Boy Elroy came first up from fourth around the final turn to draw within half a length of the leader as they turned into the stretch. In the stretch, Camvicted and Henry were able to fight off His Boy Elroy and Shippen Out on the far outside, while also keeping Nobettorplacetobe locked in the pocket to win in 1:56. Shippen Out finished second by a length, while Nobettorplacetobe finished third just ahead of His Boy Elroy. A three-year-old son of Camluck, Camvicted has now won the first three starts of his career in 2015 for owners Doug & Dennis Belan and Brian Fitzgerald. The sophomore pacer is trained by Richard Moreau and now has a bankroll of $22,500. A $2 win ticket on Camvicted returned $3.20. In order to be eligible to The Count B Series, the three-year-old pacers had to be non-winners of three races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2014. Artistic Fusion carried the momentum from her Blizzard Series sweep into round one of the Ontario Girls. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Artistic Fusion left from post nine and was parked past the opening-quarter before eventually clearing to the front in the first turn. Filion was able to tap the breaks in the second-quarter and reach the half in :58. Around the final turn, Mea Lilley Mark came first up to challenge the leader and the mares past the three-quarter pole in 1:26.2. In the stretch, Artistic Fusion put away Mea Lilley Mark, but had to deal with Performing Art, who got a two-hole trip, coming at her on the inside. Artistic Fusion was able to hold off Performing Art to reach the wire first and win by a head in 1:56.1. Jakardez got up for third, while Bet Ya finished fourth. Artistic Fusion is trained by Joe Agostino and has now won four consecutive starts to remain undefeated in 2015. Friday night's win was the tenth of her career and pushes her career earnings over $115,000 for owner Mike Foote. Artistic Fusion returned $3.90 to win, In order to be eligible to the Ontario Girls, the four-year-old pacing mares had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime or $50,000 last year as of October 31, 2014. The second leg of both The Count B and the Ontario Girls will take place next Friday (February 13). Mark McKelvie
TORONTO, January 26 - Not even the cold temperatures could cool off the red-hot harness racing trainer Richard Moreau Monday night at Woodbine. Moreau's stable sent out seven starters in six races over the course of Monday's 10-race card and visited the winner's circle an impressive five times. Driver Sylvain Filion teamed up with Moreau to drive four of the five winners. The Moreau barn didn't waste anytime winning races, as they swept the first three races of the night. Trotter Big Package, a first time starter for the Moreau stable, won the opener with Filion in the bike in 1:57.1. In the second race, three-year-old pacer Camvicted also won in his Moreau barn debut to remain unbeaten in two career starts. Trevor Henry piloted the sophomore to victory in 1:54.1. Trotter Tymal Colossus kept the barn's hot streak going by easily winning the third race with Filion in 1:57. Moreau didn't send out his next starter until the sixth race, but he picked up right where he left off. Pacer Arrived Late and Filion turned in a big last-quarter to track down and defeat the favourite Velocity Headlight in 1:56. Moreau would next send out a pair of trotters in the top-level conditioned trot and score his fifth victory in upset fashion. Filion was able to get the veteran trotter Watkins to the wire first for a 13-1 upset in 1:55.2. The other Moreau starter, Cracker Zack, finished fourth. Moreau's final starter on the evening, Gonna Rock N Roll, finished out of the money in the final race of the night. The five win evening for Moreau catapults him ahead of Joe Cirasuola for top spot in the WEG trainer's standings. Moreau has won 15 races from 74 starters in 2015 at Woodbine. The veteran conditioner is a finalist for the O'Brien Award as Canada'a top trainer in 2014. The O'Brien Awards will take place on Saturday, February 7. Moreau will look to keep the hot streak going when he sends out three starters Thursday night at Woodbine. Richard Moreau's five winners Race 1 - Big Package Race 2 - Camvicted Race 3 - Tymal Colossus Race 6 - Arrived Late Race 9 - Watkins Mark McKelvie
TORONTO, January 9 - Round one of the Snowshoe Series continued winter series action Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Four $16,000 divisions of the series for three and four-year-old pacers that were non-winners of two races or $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2014 were contested Friday evening. In the first division, Vegas Rich went gate to wire to pick up the victory as the second choice on the board. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Vegas Rich cut the mile and set fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:27, before pacing home in :28.3 to score a 1 ¾ length victory in 1:55.3. P L Heavenly, the heavy 3/5 favourite, was first up around the final turn, but had to settle for second. Dragon Seelster finished third. A four-year-old son of Million Dollar Cam, Vegas Rich is trained by David Gibson, who shares ownership with David Goodrow Stable and Glenn Traver, and is now one for one this year. Vegas Rich now has three career victories and pushes his bankroll to over $40,000 with the victory Friday night. He returned $6.40 to win. Kindofabigdeal did not disappoint as the 1/5 favourite and won the second division in 1:56. Also driven by Filion, Kindofabigdeal picked up second over cover around the final turn and capitalized off that trip to pace by his rivals and score a three-quarters of a length victory over Ramblingamblinman. Newbie finished in the show spot. A four-year-old son of No Pan Intended, Kindofabigdeal is trained by Richard Moreau for owner Hudson Standrdbrd Stb Inc and is now one for one in 2015. Last season, Kindofabigdeal won five of 10 starts and banked more than $53,000. Friday night's victory pushes his career earnings over the $60,000 mark. Kindofabigdeal paid $2.70 to win. Another favourite delivered a victory in the third division, as Whistle Jimmy K picked up his fourth win in his last five starts. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Whistle Jimmy K got a two-hole trip and followed closely behind American Island until just before the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, American Island tried to hold off Whistle Jimmy K, but the favourite eventually pushed his way by in the final eighth to prevail over American Island by a length and a half in 1:55.4. Mittcent Van Gogh finished third. A four-year-old son of Mach Three, Whistle Jimmy K is trained by Ben Wallace and had won his final three starts of 2014 before finishing second last week in his 2015 debut. Whistle Jimmy K now has four career victories and earnings of over $26,000 for owners Brad Grant and Wallacestandardbreds Inc. A $2 win ticket returned $3.70. In the final division, Decisive Destiny and Trevor Henry scored an impressive victory in 1:55.2. A four-year-old son of American Ideal, Decisive Destiny got away sixth and was able to get in the outer flow on the way to the half. Around the final turn, Decisive Destiny was third-over and just a little more than three lengths off the lead. In the stretch, Henry showed Decisive Destiny a clear path and he paced right by his rivals to record a 3 Â½ length victory. A Boy Named Suuzz finished second, while Bad Bug got up for third. Decisive Destiny is trained by Shawn Robinson for Robert Hamather and was making his second start of 2015. Last year, the son of American Ideal won three of 20 starts for earnings of just under $40,000. Friday night's victory was his fourth career triumph and pushes his career bankroll over $47,000. Decisive Destiny paid $8.70 to win. The second leg of the Snowshoe Series will take place next Friday (January 16). Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG Communications
Four-year-old pacer Nickle Bag has not missed the board in the past three months racing on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit and on Saturday night he stormed home from the backfield to add another victory to his impressive 2014 campaign against a full field of Preferred competitors, including Canadian Pacing Derby champion Modern Legend. Closing from third and fourth over, Sing For Me George and Nickle Bag pulled ahead of the field down the stretch and battled to the wire in a photo finish. Nickle Bag and driver Trevor Henry ultimately prevailed in Woodbine Racetrack's $34,000 Preferred Handicap Pace by a nose in 1:50 flat for trainer Shawn Robinson and owners Linda Loyens of Denfield, Ont. and Harry Loyens of Ilderton, Ont. Leaving from post eight, Camaes Fellow (Jonathan Drury) charged to the lead over Avatartist (Mike Saftic) while the 4-5 favoured outside assignee, Modern Legend (James MacDonald), sprinted up into contention through a sizzling :25.4 first quarter. Modern Legend worked his way to the top as the pacers headed into the backstretch, but Camaes Fellow refused to sit a pocket trip and quickly retook command. To view the rest of the story click here.
Fans that backed rookie pacer Weapons Dealer in Race 2 during the Monday evening program at Woodbine Racetrack likely needed a hand - or a wheelbarrow - to help tote home their winnings. The overlooked son of Western Ideal-Scootin Belle turned a two-hole trip into a pari-mutuel explosion for the tandem of driver Trevor Henry and trainer Isaac Waxman. Weapons Dealer got away in the two-hole behind the 1-5 favourite, Sports Warning, and those two held their positions through panels of :28, :58.2 and 1:26.4. Sports Warning rolled into a break coming out of the final turn, however, and that changed the whole complexion of the race. Weapons Dealer inherited the lead in the lane, and he wound up winning by a pair of lengths over His Boy Elroy in 1:54.3. Sports Warning regained his composure and re-rallied to finish third. To view the rest of this story click here. Raceway Preferreds to "Gustav" & "Winzel" A set of Preferred 3 events went postward Monday evening at The Raceway at Western Fair District, with Kendal Gustav and Winzel winning their respective assignments. Kendal Gustav shot to the front from Post 2 and rolled to an easy victory in his $7,400 affair for driver Lorne House. The public’s top choice, who closed at odds of 6-5, carved out splits of :27, :58 and 1:26.4 before sealing the deal with a :29.2 closing panel. He was 2-1/2 lengths better than Pacific Oak in 1:56.1. Lawmen Reign rounded out the top three finishers. Trainer Scott McNiven co-owns the five-year-old son of Life Sign-City Of Dreams with Tom Brodhurst of London and Shirley Griffin of St. Thomas, Ontario. The partnership has watched the gelding go 10-for-37 this season and 27-for-112 in his career. The lion’s share of Monday’s purse lifted his overall cash stash to $177,749. To view the rest of this story click here.
The trips to Western Fair in London aren’t as regular as they once were for driver Trevor Henry, but he still knows the oval like the back of his hand. Henry, who has spent a great deal of his time plying his trade on the WEG circuit this year, returned to the half-miler Tuesday evening and produced a five-win performance. He clicked in the opener with Suckitupbuttercup (1:58) and tacked on wins with Guiness Seelster (Race 5 – 2:00.2), Rutherford Lass (Race 6 – 2:03.2), Topanga Canyon (Race 8 – 1:58.4) and Hawaiian Drummond (Race 10 – 2:01). The Arthur, Ontario-based horseman leads the nation with 409 wins this season. The career winner of 5,537 has racked up purse earnings in excess of $35 million to date. To view the rest of this story click here.
TORONTO, November 3 - Hape and Dublin Rose turned in career best harness racing performances to win their respective Autumn Series finales Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The three-week Autumn Series for Ontario sired two-year-old fillies wrapped up Monday night with the $31,600 final for the trotters and the $30,200 final for the pacers. The top ten money earners, who entered the final, from the first two legs contested the finales. Hape and trainer/driver Jack Moiseyev got up in deep stretch to win the Autumn Series final for the two-year-old filly trotters. Cum Laude Hall, the 4/5 favourite, got away in second and was sent first up on the way to the half by driver Scott Zeron. Leader Mischief Smile and Trevor Henry didn't allow Cum Laude Hall to clear without a bit of a fight, as the fillies slugged it out to the half in :58.3. Cum Laude Hall posted a third panel of :29 and looked to be in control as the field entered the stretch, but Mischief Smile came off the rail and quickly corralled Cum Laude Hall. However, Hape, who was sitting third the majority of the mile, also took her shot at the leaders and powered by the top two in deep stretch to win by half a length in 1:57.2. Mischief Smile took the place spot over Cum Laude Hall, while Yanks Ball Girl and Meadow Seelster finished fourth and fifth respectively. A daughter of Pilgrims Taj, Hape entered the series finale off a tenth place finish in the opening leg and a second place finish in the second leg. Hape joined the Moiseyev barn only a day before the opening leg, when she was purchased by new owners Joanne Colville and Nancy Macnevin for $23,000 at a mixed sale. The series final victory is the second win in ten starts for the rookie trotter and boosts her career earnings to $27,900. The clocking of 1:57.2 is also a new lifetime best for Hape. She returned $11.90 to win. Dublin Rose made it back-to-back victories capturing the pacing filly final in 1:53.3. Driven by Trevor Henry, Dublin Rose got away third and sat comfortably there, as Tessa Seelster hung up opening panels of :27.1 and 55.4. In the third quarter, Henry sent Dublin Rose first up to challenge Tessa Seelster and the fillies dueled by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Dublin Rose overtook the lead and fought off an outside challenge from Evas Girl, who got a second over trip, to win by three-quarters of a length. Tessa Seelster held on for third, while Marachere and Lady Hill picked up the last two cheques. A daughter of Major In Art, Dublin Rose is owned and trained by Allen Tomlinson and has now hit the board in seven of nine career starts. Dublin Rose entered Monday night's final off a third place effort in round one and a victory in last week's second leg. The two-year-old filly now has three career victories and lowered her career mark by a fifth of a second. The winner's share of the purse increases Dublin Rose's bankroll to $37,970. She returned $5.60 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
TORONTO, October 23 - Thursday night was the two-year-old boys turn for round one action of the Autumn Series at Woodbine Racetrack. Three $14,000 divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings and four $14,000 splits for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were completed. In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, two-year-olds must be Ontario sired and be non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of September 30, 2014. In the opening division for the trotters, One Direction broke his maiden with a 1:58.3. Trained and driven by Dustin Jones, One Direction got a two-hole trip and trotted by Numbers Game, who cut the mile, to score an easy 5 Â¾ length victory. Numbers Game held on for second, while In Secret finished third. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, One Direction is owned by Ernst Gerbaulet and has now $7,800 earned in five career starts. He returned $6.30 to win. Olympic Son went gate to wire to take the second division in 2:00.1. Sent off as the 2/5 favourite, Olympic Son and driver Trevor Henry charged off the gate to take the lead and never looked back to win by 2¼ lengths over Baudron. William Star finished third. Trained by Paul Reid for owner Robert Key, Olympic Son has now won three of eight career starts for earnings of $41,420. The clocking of 2:00.1 was a new lifetime best for the son of Majestic Son. Olympic Son paid $2.90 to win. In the third division, Namesmuscle prevailed in a win photograph over Muscles All Over. Driven by Trevor Henry, Namesmuscle sat in the two-hole for most of the mile behind Muscles All Over. In the stretch, Muscles All Over tried to kick away from his rivals at the top of the stretch, but Namesmucles grinded him down on the inside and got up to win by a nose in 1:59.1. Jayport All Muslce took the show spot. A son of Muscle Mass, Namesmuscle is trained by Mike Brealey for owner John Patterson. The leg one victory was a maiden breaking score in his seventh start for Namesmuscle and increased his career earnings to $22,000. He paid $12.10 to win. A total of 33 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into four first round divisions. In the first division for the pacers, Sugarsam showed plenty of grit to hold off his rivals and pick up the victory in 1:54.2. Touching down on the lead as the field entered the backstretch, Sugarsam would not relinquish the lead and dug in down the stretch to hold off His Boy Elroy by three-quarters of a length. J Js Delivery finished third. Trained by Corey Johnson, Sugarsam has now won four of ten starts and lowered his lifetime mark by more than two seconds. The son of Sportswriter is owned by Sotirios Anastasopoulos and has now earned $25,475 in his young career. Sugarsam paid $3.90 to win. Making only his second career start, Machnificent reached up late to take the second division in 1:55.4. Trained and driven by Roger Mayotte, Machnificent was second over on the final turn and was just able to get by a trio of his rivals on the outside to win by half a length. Midnight Play finished second, Frankie Boy took the show spot and The Battle Begins finished fourth. All three horses were only beat half a length. A son of Mach Three, Machnificent had finished third in his career debut last week and was the most lightly raced horse in the field of eight. The maiden breaking score pushes his career earnings to $8,680 for owners Just In Time Stable, The Fine Whine Stable and Big Als Stables Inc. Machnificent paid $6.50 to win. In the third division, Halton Hurricane did not disappoint as the 6/5 winning in 1:56.2. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Halton Hurricane got a two-hole trip behind Antar Phil, who made an early break at the eighth pole, but regrouped to pace on to the lead. In the stretch, Halton Hurricane had to wait for the first up challenger, Art Of Luck, to fade away, before finding clear sailing to pace by Antar Phil and win by half a length. Art Of Luck held on to finish third. Owned and trained by Robert Robinson, Halton Hurricane has now won twice in 11 starts career starts for earnings of over $23,000. The son of Santanna Blue Chip lowered his lifetime mark by three seconds with the victory. Halton Hurricane paid $4.40 to win. Robert Hill lived up to his 1/5 billing in the fourth and final division. Driven by James MacDonald, Robert Hill was second over on the final turn and came off his cover to pace by his rivals and on to victory in 1:55.4. Regal Sight made a late charge to finish second by half a length, while Strong Profile finished third. A son of Jeremes Jet, Robert Hill is trained by Tony Alagna for owner Thomas Hill. The leg one score was the third win from ten starts for the two-year-old pacer and pushes his career earnings to $39,150. He returned $2.70 to win. The second leg for the two-year-old boys will go next Thursday, October 30. Autumn Series action continues Monday night with the second leg action for the two-year-old fillies. Post time each night of racing is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
ELORA, ON - Monday (September 29) marks the final live race card of the year at Grand River Raceway, but it's already proven to be a successful year at the track. Despite fewer races and fewer cards, the average bet per race jumped 10.5 per cent in 2014 compared to 2013 and total wagering on Grand River is up 4.8 per cent from just under $6.5 million in 2013 to nearly $6,786,149 this year through Wenesday's card. All this despite a decrease in the number of races per card of nearly 10 per cent. On the track, nothing topped Hall of Fame driver John Campbell and Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh teaming up to win the $217,140 Battle of Waterloo Aug. 4 with McIntosh's two-year-old homebred pacing colt Go Daddy Go. It was the first Battle of Waterloo victory for both men. "I haven't started that many in it, but it feels tremendous," McIntosh said in the winner's circle. "It's a real thrill." Campbell said the victory felt great. "It's been a fun day for me and it's capped off extremely well," he said. This year also marked Campbell's first trip to Grand River and he liked what he saw. "I got a tour before the races started here and it's very efficient and very convenient for fans. It looks like a very nice plant," Campbell said. The Grand River meet also saw rising star James MacDonald win his first premier stakes race at the track when he drove 20-1 longshot Win The Gold to victory in the Battle of the Belles for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. In August, Grand River's general manager Dr. Ted Clarke was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in the builders' category. That same month, Jet Airway set a track record for three-year-old pacing colts when he buzzed the Grand River oval in 1:51.1. Five other horses also set Canadian seasonal records at the track. On the drivers' side, Trevor Henry was again crowned the top Grand River driver for both wins and money. Casie Coleman was Grand River's top money-winning trainer and Richard Moreau led all trainers in wins at the track by a wide margin. And this year, we also learned important information such as what three people driver Scott Coulter would enlist to thwart a zombie apocalypse. "I'm going to take Clint Eastwood," Coulter said, "Superman and throw Sly Stallone in there, too. Why not?" We also discovered what Randy Waples would be doing if he wasn't driving horses for a living -"At one time, being a surfer sounded pretty good. I likead the idea of that." - what music trainer Casie Coleman thinks Satan has playing on repeat in her version of hell - "Anything country, probably." - and what James MacDonald does better than his two famous driving brothers, Anthony and Mark - "Golf, that's for sure, because they're both horrible." To hear our conversation with some of the most prominent drivers and trainers in the game, check out our weekly podcast, the Harness Racing Report, produced for Grand River Raceway by award-winning journalist Dave Briggs, at https://soundcloud.com/grandriverraceway Final Training Day at Grand River Raceway Grand River Raceway will remain open for training every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon, with all horses vacated by 1:00 p.m. This schedule will remain in effect until the final training day on October 9. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway
The top harness racing performers in this year’s Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots program faced off in eight $50,000 Finals tonight at Mohawk Raceway Saturday. The competitiveness of each division was evident in the exciting races which saw both favourites and longshots victorious. The following are recaps of each final. Two Year Old Trotting Fillies – Second Sister “I pulled on the right line at the head of stretch and she did the rest.” That’s how Doug McNair described his trip with Second Sister in the two-year-old trotting filly final. McNair and Second Sister sat back in fourth during the early going while Wing Flash, who left from post 10, grabbed control for Trevor Henry and reeled off fractions of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:27.1. McNair had his filly three wide and driving down the lane and she managed to haul down the leader in the final few feet to win in 1:56.3, a new life mark. Wing Flash held for second while Tymal Illbthere got up for third. “She’s been good all year, I’ve had road trouble with her two or three times when we raced her here. She didn’t surprise me at all tonight. I figured if I had no road trouble she’d be good and she was,” explained Doug McNair afterwards. “She trotted :27.2 at the end, that’s a big last quarter for a two-year-old trotting filly in the Grassroots. I just let her coast to the end, I was easy on her at the end of the mile.” Trained by Gregg McNair for Jarold Hawks of Michigan, Second Sister was recording her third win in eight tries this year and upped her earnings to $55,000 on the year. Bred by Diamond Creek Farm of Kentucky, the Deweycheatumnhowe daughter, a half-sister to Unshakeable ($210,000), sold as a yearling for $32,000. Hawks noted that while the filly is eligible to the Breeders Crown, he’s fairly certain this will be her final race of the season. “She’s had a good season, we’ll turn her out and let her mature,” he noted. Two Year Old Pacing Fillies – Stonebridge Quest Longshot Stonebridge Quest dueled with leader and favourite Ms Mac N Cheese in the late going in the two-year-old pacing filly final and prevailed for Trevor Henry. Ms Mac N Cheese with Sylvain Filion at the controls showed her rivals the way getting the girls by the fractions in :26.2, :55.3 and 1:24. Out from the pocket popped Stonebridge Quest who managed to get by the leader and hit the wire first in 1:53.1. Ms Mac N Cheese fought gamely to the wire and was a very close second followed by Show Some Leg. Henry was impressed by the performances of both fillies. “I was sure (he had won) at the wire, but I was a little worried (mid stretch). She was half way by pretty easy and then Sylvain’s horse come back on. His horse fought back well. “She’s a nice filly, when I drove her in Clinton, she didn’t know a lot, it was just her second lifetime start. She overcame it and won that day and raced well,” he said of Stonebridge Quest’s only other win this year back in July. A daughter of Camluck owned by breeder Angie Stiller of Arva, and Glenview Livestock Ltd., of Guelph, Ontario, Stonebridge Quest is a full sister to $774,000 winner Stonebridge Tonic and $528,000 winner Stonebridge On Ice. Two Year Old Trotting Colts - Mandeville In the two-year-old trotting colt final three of the rookies broke stride before the first turn which saw El Diablo Hall on top for Keith Oliver by the opening panel in :28.2. He went past the half in :59.1 and three-quarters in 1:28.1. For the last half of the race he had pressure from Mandeville and Steve Condren who went on to win in 1:57.2. El Diablo Hall, who has not finished worse than second in 10 starts this year, held for second while Olympic Son was third. Trainer Wayne Langille of Harley, Ontario, co-owns the winner, a son of Majestic Son, with Brett Burleigh of Paris, Ontario. This was the fourth win in eight starts this year for Mandeville who was bred by Dr. John Brown of Granton, Ontario and sold for $10,000 as a yearling. After his third place finish in last week’s Semi-Finals Langille was concerned the horse wasn’t himself – “he didn’t cool out like he should” - and treated him with ulcer medication which seemed to help. “I’m going to turn him out tomorrow,” Langille said. “The big track suits him, his mistakes this year have all been on the smaller tracks.” Two Year Old Pacing Colts – Star Cover Star Cover played giant slayer in the rookie pacing colt final as he hauled down heavy favourite Thinkofagameplan to win in 1:53. Jody Jamieson had Star Cover on top early and he hit the first quarter in :26.4. Randy Waples and Thinkofagameplan passed the leader well before the :55.3 half but he was overtaken by Twin B Scandal before the 1:24.4 third panel. Jamieson had Star Choice back on top as the field swung into the stretch and opened up to win by three lengths. Thinkofagameplan took second while Twin B Scandal was third. Star Cover was notching his third win in 10 tries this year. Trainer Blake MacIntosh of Waterdown, Ontario, who co-owns with Stuart McIntosh of Essex and Brett Authier of Wheatley, Ontario, said that this will be the colt’s final start of the year. “We’ll turn him out now. Jody gave him a great trip,” he praised. Jamieson noted that it wasn’t the trip he’d planned but it worked out anyway. “I was hoping to be able to follow Randy but there were a few horses between us. This colt’s been improving all the time. I knew if I had room he’d come home well, he has a good closing kick.” Bred by Winbak Farm of Maryland, the Royal Mattjesty son sold for $4,500 at the Forest City Sale. His dam is the former OSS standout Armbro Rosebud who earned $721,000 in her career. Three Year Old Pacing Fillies – Dana Dearest Throughout the OSS season Dana Dearest has shown an explosive rally from off-the-pace that carried her to four wins from five starts in the provincial program. She came through again with those tactics in tonight’s $50,000 Grassroots Championship for three-year-old pacing fillies, rallying into hot fractions and winning in 1:51.3. Her Own Land (James MacDonald) led the field of ten fillies to the opening quarter in :26.1 but Born To Dream (Jody Jamieson) was parked and pressing at that point, and she would clear to command in the backstretch. Born To Dream would get to the half in :54.4, but Shadows Wonder (Trevor Henry) was out and moving out of third at that point, and she would become the new leader as they raced into the far turn. Shadows Wonder reached the three-quarters in 1:22.3, giving the cold shoulder to Her Own Land, who was now first over. Meantime, Dana Dearest and Chris Christoforou were trying to get involved, tracking three-wide cover and then moving four-deep into the stretch. In the lane Shadows Wonder had kicked away from the field and looked to get to the wire first, but Dana Dearest was in top gear on the far outside, and she would come with that unrelenting brush all the way to the wire, which she found a length to the good over fellow closer Bet Ya (Jack Moiseyev). Shadows Wonder would finish third. “It was very hot speed up front, which suits my filly exactly,” said Christoforou. “She loves to come into strong fractions and come home good. She raced really well. Everybody was leaving. I looked over to my right and everybody was leaving; I looked to my inside and everybody was leaving, so I was just trying to keep up as much as I could with her. She’s not that quick leaving. Luckily, we were just close enough to get the jump on them late. “There’s no pressure driving for my dad (owner/breeder Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville, Ontario), especially when he’s out of the country (in Greece)." Trained by Casie Coleman, Dana Dearest was winless in four starts last year, but she’s turned it around in her sophomore campaign, going nine for 16. She has season’s earnings of $102,820 and a career bankroll of $107,048. “She’ll be turned out now,” said assistant trainer Tony Beaton. “We were happy with the race. I expected the speed up front and that works for us as she’s a good closer.” Three Year Old Trotting Fillies - Quadrophenia A 13-1 upset was triggered by Quadrophenia and driver James MacDonald in their finale. Leaving from post position three, Quadrophenia was fast off the wings of the gate, and she was first at the :27.4 opening quarter. Public choice Mystical Wishes (Doug McNair) was fourth at that point, but she would move to the outside in the backstretch, and Mystical Wishes took over the top spot just past the 57 second half-mile marker. Mystical Wishes opened up a gap on the field to the 1:25.3 three-quarters and still had the lead for much of the stretch. However, she got soft inside the final sixteenth and Quadrophenia re-rallied out of the two-hole, passing Mystical Wishes and winning by a head in 1:55.1. Mystical Wishes had to settle for the runner-up position and Missys Ga Ga (Rick Zeron) circled from eighth to third in the final quarter. "I don't think she deserved to go off at 13-1,” said MacDonald. “She was caught in last week. She's a nice filly from a good family." Dave Menary trains the victorious Kadabra filly for owner Kjell Magne Andersen of Norway. Quadrophenia, who was unraced as a freshman, has five wins from 12 attempts this year to go with a bankroll of $65,300. Quadrophenia won twice in Grassroots competition during the regular season at Mohawk – on June 17 and September 2. Three Year Old Trotting Colts - Kremlin Kremlin wriggled free off the rail early in the stretch and then passed the leaders late to claim victory in the final for three-year-old trotting colts. The final time was 1:55.2, a new lifetime mark for the winner. Warrawee Promesse and Wayne Henry showed stout speed early in the proceedings, and they would work around Jack Litten and Doug McNair for the lead before the :27.3 opening quarter. Warrawee Promesse would then be unchallenged in the second quarter, and he got to the half in :56.4. Around the far turn Warrawee Promesse opened a bit of a gap on his foes, but then first-over challenger Tyrone Haji (Randy Waples) began to chip into the margin before the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Jack Litten was still locked up in the pocket and Kremlin, with Sylvain Filion at the lines, moved up to sit right behind Jack Litten on the inside. In the stretch Warrawee Promesse drifted out off the rail and Jack Litten was able to slip through and grab the lead. However, Kremlin had gotten to the outside and was taking the overland route. McNair urged Jack Litten to try and get him home, but Kremlin got up late to win by half a length. Jack Litten finished second and Ramas Last Son was up to collect third. Richard Moreau trains Kremlin, a Kadabra gelding, for owner Mike Wassilyn of Rockwood, Ontario. Kremlin, a winner in Grassroots competition on June 9 at Mohawk and in last week’s Grassroots Semi Final, scored his sixth triumph from 16 efforts this season and his eighth career victory. Bred by Overseas Farms Ltd., Kremlin has put away $70,472 on the campaign and $80,352 lifetime. "I'm not sure if we'll keep racing him or give him a break,” stated Wassilyn. “That will be up to Richard, who has done a tremendous job with him. Sylvain deserves a lot of credit as well; he's driven him great. We bought him from Riina Rekila in June, and she was quite helpful when we first got him. Sylvain said his gait's improved a lot." Three Year Old Pacing Colts - Atomic Million AM The fractions were hot and the action was heavy, but when the dust settled, public choice Atomic Million AM emerged with a 1:50.3 victoy in the final OSS Grassroots Championship of the night, for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Regal Babe (Doug McNair) blasted full bore from the outside post 10, and he would clear his rivals for the lead. However, the first quarter was hot, :25.4 hot, and High Flier (J. Harris) was left on the outside and forced to drive on despite the swift tempo. Up the backstretch Regal Babe and High Flier hooked up in a duel, but High Flier finally got the top spot at the :53.3 half. While High Flier was clearing Regal Babe for the lead Atomic Million AM (Rick Zeron) commenced a first-over bid out of the fifth position. Regal Babe began to fall back on the far turn, so Zeron was able to get Atomic Million AM down to the rail for a couple strides. However, he came right back to the outside and closed more ground on High Flier at the 1:21.4 three-quarters. High Flier held Atomic Million AM off early in the stretch, but Atomic Million AM forged his way past for good just before the eighth pole. From there Atomic Million AM persevered to the wire, which he reached two lengths to the good over a closing Nirvana Seelster (Phil Hudon). High Flier held third despite the testy tempo. "I told the owner last week that we'd win tonight,” Zeron said. “I was very confident. We got locked in last week. I didn't get the trip I'd hoped for tonight, but he was strong and brave and got the job done." Alain Martin of Gatineau, Quebec, bred, owns, and trains Atomic Million AM, a gelded son of Million Dollar Cam-Lady Hustler (Daylon Hustler). This was his 11th win from 17 efforts this year and his 14th career victory. He has earned $110,382 in 2014 and $122,902 lifetime. "He'll get turned out now. He's been good to me all year and deserves a rest," offered Martin. Tonight’s finals also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Ontario Sires Stakes. There will be more celebrating when the Super Finals, for the top performers in the Gold division, are contested on October 11 back at Mohawk. To view the full results from tonight’s program, please click Mohawk Results - September 27. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
Two-year-old trotting colt Caulfield recorded his third straight harness racing victory in the third and final $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division tonight at Flamboro Downs. In that division Wilbur Eden was very quick at the start, hitting the opening marker in :29.3 for Trevor Henry. As they reached the half in 1:00.3 he had company from Holiday My Way and three wide came Alacrity as they reached the third panel in 1:30.1. Holiday My Way broke stride in the final turn and down the stretch Caulfield and Chris Christoforou closed a ton to win in 1:59.3. Wilbur Eden held for second while Winning Wizard was third. A son of Kadabra owned by Synereco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, and trained by Chris Beaver, Caulfield was notching his fourth win in six career starts and third in a row. Bred by Jeff Ruch of Innisfil and Ted MacDonnell of Allenford, Ontario, Caulfield sold for $20,000 at last year’s Harrisburg sale. Christoforou was also victorious in the first division where the two outside horses left quickest. Boli (post six) and Infiniti AS (post seven) got away first and second as the gate left with Boli leading the group by the first quarter in :30.3 and the half in 1:02.1. Luck O The Irish took over well before the 1:31.2 third panel as Boli went offstride. He soon had company in the form of Dont Rush and that pair battled down the lane with Dont Rush narrowly winning in 2:00.3. Luck O The Irish had to be content with the bridesmaid spot while Amityville Lindy survived an inquiry to take third. Christoforou was up behind the winner, a son of Infinitif owned and trained by breeder Dustin Jones of Waterdown, Ontario who recently sold a share in the talented colt to Greg Judson of Athens, Ontario. This was the second lifetime win for Dont Rush who improved his summary to 2-3-1 in nine lifetime starts for $136,000 in earnings. Three colts broke early in the second split which saw Namesmuscle by the first panel in :28.1. Just past the :59.2 half A Little More Love was neck and neck with the leader and managed to get a head in front by the 1:29.1 three-quarters. Three wide came Platoon Seelster and those three were close at the finish with Platoon Seelster prevailing, despite an early break in stride, in 1:59.4 for Ryan Holliday. A Little More Love, the leading point earner in this division coming into tonight’s contest, was a close second with Namesmuscle third. A lightly raced son of Holiday Road, Platoon Seelster was making just his fourth career start for trainer David Holliday and owners Caroline Holliday of Mount Forest and Dennis Hannath of Harriston, Ontario. Bred by Seelster Farms of Lucan, Ontario, the colt has yet to finish worse than second with two wins and two seconds in his young career. This group has one more Gold event to contest before the October 11 Super Final. That will take place one week from tonight, September 30, at Mohawk Racetrack. To view the complete results from tonight’s program, please click Flamboro Results - September 23. OSS News
Harness racing three-year-olds of both sexes and gaits set the fields for their $50,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series Finals with eight $20,000 Semifinals Saturday (September 20) at Mohawk Racetrack. The top five horses in each Semifinal moved on to next week’s Finals. Pacing Males High Flier (J. Harris) left out fast from his post nine starting spot in the first Semifinal, and he had the lead at the :26.1 opening quarter. Shadow Place (Trevor Henry) was in second at that point, but he moved to the outside and took control before the :55.1 half. Regal Son (Randy Waples) then rolled the dice first-over out of fourth, and he would match strides with Shadow Place at the 1:23.2 three-quarters. Regal Son forged his way around Shadow Place in the lane, but High Flier got a lane up the inside, and he took advantage, getting up to win by a head in 1:52.1. Shadowbriand (Mike Saftic) turned a second-over trip into the runner-up spot and Regal Son finished third. Some Major Beach (Doug McNair) came in fourth, followed by V I P Bayama (Sylvain Filion). Trainer David Taff of Waterdown, Ontario, shares ownership of High Flier, a Shadow Play colt, with Christopher Nicol of West Yorkshire, England. High Flier, who won at the Grassroots level on June 13 at Mohawk, has won five times from 11 attempts in 2014, and he has six career tallies. He has earned $43,436 this year and $47,386 in his life. Atomic Million AM (Rick Zeron) shot through from the pole position to take the field of ten to the :27.1 first quarter in the second Semifinal, but favoured Titus Seelster (Sylvain Filion) vacated the pocket past that marker, and he became the new front-stepper before the :56.3 half. Titus Seelster still had command at the 1:24.4 three-quarters while he felt some first-over pressure from Regal Babe (Doug McNair). Titus Seelster continued to hold Regal Babe off as they raced through the lane, but a number of horses began to close in on the leaders inside the final sixteenth, and it would be 50-1 shot Nirvana Seelster (Phil Hudon) charging up on the far outside to win the race in 1:53.4. Atomic Million AM, who lacked room for much of the stretch drive, was the runner-up and Regal Babe checked in third. Titus Seelster faded to fourth and Little Ben (Luc Ouellette) rallied to get fifth. Nirvana Seelster is a Camluck gelding trained by Bill Budd for owner Bruce Davy of Brockville, Ont. Nirvana Seelster, who was unraced at two, now has a trio of wins from 19 efforts and has put away $52,296. He was bred by Seelster Farms. Trotting Males Warrawee Promesse (Wayne Henry), who was starting from post ten and gunning for his eighth consecutive victory, took the lead away from 80-1 shot Hetties Commander (Paul MacKenzie) just after the :27.4 first quarter in the Semifinal opener for this bunch. Warrawee Promesse would go on to reach the half in :57.2 and the three-quarters in 1:27, never facing a serious challenge along the way. At the top of the lane Henry asked Warrawee Promesse to kick away, but inside the final sixteenth he was overhauled by several challengers, including Kremlin (Sylvain Filion), who rallied from next-to-last at three-quarters to the win by a quarter of a length in 1:57.1. Hetties Commander shook loose from the pocket and wound up second with Tyrone Haji (Randy Waples) nabbed third. Warrawee Promesse had to settle for fourth and Massive Pockets (Jody Jamieson) survived a tough outside journey to finish fifth. Richard Moreau trains Kremlin, a Kadabra gelding, for owner Mike Wassilyn of Rockwood, Ontario. Kremlin, a winner in Grassroots competition on June 9 at Mohawk, scored his fifth triumph from 15 efforts this season and his seventh career victory. Bred by Overseas Farms Ltd., Kremlin has put away $45,472 on the campaign and $55,352 lifetime. It looked like Totally Ripped (Steve Byron) was going to the lead in the other Semifinal, but then he went off-stride, leaving Jack Litten (Doug McNair) in first at the :27.3 opening quarter. Justcallmeronald (Jody Jamieson) then popped out of the pocket, and he would take the lead before the 58 second half-mile marker. Justcallmeronald would go on to click off three-quarters in 1:27.4, but McNair angled Jack Litten back out of the two-hole in the lane, and he would out-trot Justcallmeronald late in the mile to prevail by just over a length in 1:57.4. Justcallmeronald, Ramas Last Son (Steve Condren), Crowningcrest (James MacDonald) and Taurus Seelster (Randy Waples) rounded out the top-five finishers. Jack Litten is a Muscle Mass gelding trained by Gregg McNair for owner Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, Michigan. Jack Litten, who did not compete as a two-year-old, has three wins from 12 starts in 2014, and he has put away $48,962. Jack Litten, who was bred by Tony Holmes and Walter Zent, also won in Grassroots competition on June 26 and September 2 at Mohawk. Pacing Fillies 70-1 shot Stellllllla (Jody Jamieson) held the lead at the :27.2 first quarter in the Semifinal opener, but Murrayfield (Sylvain Filion) would take over the front prior to the :56.1 half. Murrayfield then came under siege from first-over challenger Regally Ready (Doug McNair), and Murrayfield and Regally Ready were head-and-head at the 1:25.2 three-quarters. In the stretch Regally Ready put away Murrayfield, but then Bet Ya (Paul MacDonell) came from off cover to duel with the new leader. Meanwhile, 3-5 favourite Dana Dearest (Chris Christoforou), who had been fourth-over at three-quarters, began to close in as well. Regally Ready managed to fight off Bet Ya, but Dana Dearest was unrelenting with her brush, and she got up to win by about a neck in 1:53.3. Regally Ready came in second and Bet Ya was third. Mea Lilley Mark (Mike Saftic) checked in fourth and Double Joy (Mario Baillargeon) finished fifth. Dana Dearest, a daughter of Jeremes Jet, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner/breeder Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville, Ontario. Dana Dearest was winless in four starts last year, but she’s turned it around in her sophomore campaign, going eight-for-15. She has season’s earnings of $77,820 and a career bankroll of $82,048. Dana Dearest has only been defeated once in five Grassroots starts in 2014. Her Own Land (James MacDonald), the public’s 4-5 choice, led through fractions of :26.4, :56.1, and 1:24 on her way to a 1:54 decision in the second Semifinal. She beat runner-up Shadows Wonder (Chris Christoforou) by about two lengths with Artful Impulse (Randy Waples) back in third. Fourth went to Born To Dream and Royal Mama (Steve Condren) collected fifth. Dave Menary trains Her Own Land, a filly by Blissfull Hall, for owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, Pennsylvania. Her Own Land now has five wins in Grassroots company and six wins from 14 starts overall this year. Now a seven-time winner in her career, Her Own Land has earned $77,490 in 2014 and $87,050 lifetime. Trotting Fillies In the first Semifinal for this group it would be Serendipitious (Chris Christoforou) who took the field of ten through fractions of :27.4, :58.3, and 1:28. Flexible Woman (Steve Byron) attacked the pace-setter from first-over on the final bend, and that gave a second-over tow to public choice Mystical Wishes (Doug McNair). Serendiptious put away Flexible Woman turning for home, but Mystical Wishes was sent into three-wide territory for McNair, and she would trot past the pace-setter on her way to a 1:56.4 victory. Serendiptious held second, beaten a length by the winner, and Diamonds For Life (Sylvain Filion) took third. Also securing positions in next week’s final were fourth-place finisher Missys Ga Ga (John Campbell) and fifth-place filly Chelseas Chance (Randy Waples). Tony Alagna trains the winner, a daughter of Muscle Mass, for co-owner/breeder Mystical Marker Farms LLC. of Dyer and co-owner Peggy Hood of Valparaiso, Indiana. Mystical Wishes is eight-for-13 in the win column this year after going winless in four tries as a rookie. Mystical Wishes has earned $63,990 in 2014 and $67,740 lifetime. This was Mystical Wishes’s fourth OSS win of the year, joining her successes on August 12 at Mohawk, September 2 at Mohawk, and September 11 at Flamboro Downs. Quadrophenia (James MacDonald) blasted out from post ten to take the second Semifinal field to the opening quarter in 28 seconds, but 3-5 favourite and point standings leader Torches Star (Steve Condren) trotted her way to the top before the :57.1 half. Torches Star was still the boss at the 1:27.2 three-quarters, but she didn’t have her best game on this night, and she was overtaken by first-over challenger Doweypuffandhow (Steve Byron) with an eighth of a mile to go. A host of closers were coming after the new leader, though, and trotting fastest of all was Lenny Mac (Randy Waples), who surged from third-over at the top of the lane to win in 1:57.3. Wonderland Snow (Trevor Henry) split horses to get second and Quadrophenia was third. Nickange Two (Mike Saftic) got fourth at 60-1 and Northern Secret (Mario Baillargeon) nailed down the last spot in the final. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario, also co-owns Lenny Mac, a filly by Kadabra, with partner Earl Hill Jr. of Ohsweken, Ontario. McIntosh also bred Lenny Mac with C S X Stables and Michael Kohler. Lenny Mac has four triumphs from 14 trips behind the gate this year, and this was her seventh career trip to the winner’s circle. She has banked $57,759 this season and $97,099 in her life. This was Lenny Mac’s third Grassroots win of the season, matching her total from her freshman campaign. Mohawk Racetrack will roll out the red carpet again next Saturday night with eight $50,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Finals for two- and three-year-olds. For full results of this Saturday night’s races at Mohawk, please visit - http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0920mohsn.dat. OSS News
Rookie pacers and trotters of both sexes competed in eight $20,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Semifinals on Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The top five finishers from each Semifinal will return for the $50,000 Grassroots finals next Saturday night at Mohawk. Pacing Males The first Semifinal for this group saw Star Cover (Jody Jamieson) in front of a parked-out Thinkofagameplan (Randy Waples) by half a length at the 27 second opening quarter. Thinkofagameplan surged into the lead after that, and he would go on to click off the half in :57.1 and the three-quarters in 1:25.3. Through the stretch Thinkofagameplan, who led the Grassroots regular season point standings for the two-year-old colt and gelding pacers, remained in charge, and he would go on to defeat Star Cover by a length and a quarter in 1:53.4. Single White Sock (James MacDonald) was third, followed by Mybestolxfriendray (Billy Davis Jr.) and Pair Of Deuces (Paul MacDonell). Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his fifth win (all in Grassroots competition) from nine attempts and pushed his earnings to $86,440, is a homebred for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ontario. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. Thinkofagameplan has also raced against Grand Circuit two-year-old male pacers this year, finishing second in a division of the Champlain Stakes at Mohawk. In the other Semifinal post nine starter Supersonic Jet (Trevor Henry) blasted out for command, and he got around favourite Moonwards Hanover (Paul MacDonell) at the :26.2 opening quarter. Moonwards Hanover then moved to the top, and he got to the half in :55.2 and to the three-quarters in 1:26.1. MacDonell asked the public choice to pick it up at the top of the stretch, but he didn’t have it on this night, and that set up a wild scramble to the finish line that resulted in Rightinthekisser (Doug McNair), who had drawn into the race following the scratch of Bridge Of Stone, rallying from off –the-pace and splitting horses inside the final sixteenth to beat far outside challenger Big Moment (Randy Waples) by a head in 1:56. Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon Jr.) nabbed third, The Fire Within (Jody Jamieson) got fourth and Half A Billion (Mike Saftic) snagged fifth. Rightinthekisser, a colt by Major In Art, is trained by Mark Steacy for owners Annmari Daley of Lake Worth, Florida, James Crawford of Manilus, New York, and Michael White of Royal Palm Beach, Florida. Rightinthekisser, who was bred by Martinez Equine and was purchased for $12,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale, broke his maiden in his eighth start, and he has put away $24,160. Rightinthekisser is the tenth foal out of the Pacific Fella mare Pacific Kiss, which makes him a half-brother to the likes of Pacific Mariner (Astreos, $375,166), a one-time Grassroots winner in his racing career. Trotting Males El Diablo Hall (Keith Oliver) went all the way on the lead in the first Semifinal, hitting the opening quarter in :27.1, the half in :57, and the three-quarters in 1:26.4 on his way to a two length win over Call Me Richard (Paul MacDonell). The final time was 1:57.4. Numbers Game (Mario Baillargeon) got third ahead of Olympic Son (Trevor Henry) and Grandprix Seelster (Sylvain Filion). Tony Montini trains the winner, a Windsong Espoir gelding, for owners Albina Montini of Acton, Paul Giammichele of Burlington, and Rick Podolinsky of Alvinston, Ontario. Dale Hunter of London, Ontario, who played for several years in the National Hockey League and was also head coach of the Washington Capitals, also co-owns El Diablo Hall, who has now won seven times (including a Grassroots success on August 16 at Georgian Downs) from nine tries and banked $40,500. He’s the third foal out of the Andover Image mare EL Mistress Chesea, meaning he’s a half-brother to multi-time Grassroots winner Erin Hall. Snapshot Springs (Trevor Henry) showed the way through stations of :28, :59, and 1:29.1 in the other Semifinal, but first-over challenger and favourite Freddie (Randy Waples) wore him down in the stretch to score by half a length in 1:58. Mandeville (Steve Condren) finished in third while Pilgrims Joy (James MacDonald) got fourth and Ontheroad De Vie (Rick Zeron) took fifth. Corey Johnson trains Freddie, a gelding by Majestic Son, for owners Debbie Element of Rockwood and Fred Brayford of Alliston, Ontario. Freddie, who was bred by Rossridge Stables, is three-for-seven in the win column with earnings of $36,000. Freddie, a Grassroots winner on July 30 at Grand River Raceway and on August 8 at Mohawk, is the second foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Circe Hanover. She’s a half-sister to the likes of Capriccio Hanover ($254,073). Pacing Fillies Race favourite Ms Mac N Cheese won the first Semifinal by a pair of lengths in 1:53.2 after she led the way through splits of :26.3, :56, and 1:24.3. Ride Away Shark (Jody Jamieson), who was stuck on non-advancing cover around the far turn, rallied to get second and Shes A Pansation (Steve Condren) collected third. Amazing Control (Mike Saftic) and OK Heavenly (Doug McNair) also secured spots in the final by finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Richard Moreau trains the victorious Badlands Hanover filly for owner L. David Ratchford of North Sydney, Nova Scotia. She has six wins from eight attempts this season, and she has earned $43,467. The second foal out of the Artiscape mare Mr Delis Filly, Ms Mac N Cheese was sold for $10,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. This was Ms Mac N Cheese’s fourth consecutive victory in Grassroots competition. In the second Semifinal 40-1 longshot Bella Santanna (Tyler Moore) gave the cold shoulder to 99-1 shot Machin Marley (Billy Davis Jr.) through panels of :26.3, :56.2, and 1:27. Even-money favourite Twin B Honour (Trevor Henry) was in behind Bella Santanna in the pocket but then she made a break when doubled up before three-quarters. At the top of the stretch Stonebridge Quest (Jody Jamieson) swept around the battling longshot leaders after a third-over trip, but driver Doug McNair cut Little Miss Artist loose on the far outside, and she would hit the wire first in 1:56.2. OK Hallelujah (Sylvain Filion) was second, beaten half a length by the winner, and Stonebridge Quest held third. Show Some Leg (Steve Condren) came in fourth and Lady Jen (Paul MacDonell) grabbed fifth. Mike Weller trains Little Miss Artist, a daughter of Artistic Fella, for breeder/co-owner DM Stables LLC. of Naples, Florida, and co-owners William Webb of Defiance, Ohio, and Denny Miller of Archbold, Ohio. Little Miss Artist posted her second victory from eight tries, and she has now pocketed $28,420. She’s the fourth foal out of the Noble Ability mare Parapanalia ($130,319), making her a half-sister to horses such as Panongahela (No Pan Intended, $224,324). He won eight times and earned over $108,000 in his OSS career. Trotting Fillies In the first Semifinal Wing Flash (Wayne Henry) popped out of the pocket past the :28.4 opening quarter, and then she went on to hit the half in 1:00.4 and the three-quarters in 1:29.3. The fillies sprinted for home off those internal fractions, and Wing Flash kicked out a :28.4 final panel to win by three-parts of a length in 1:58.2. The Murmuring Pan (Steve Condren), Tymal Illbthere (Chris Christoforou), Second Sister (Doug McNair) and Delcrest Flexyhall (Anthony MacDonald) also moved on to the final. Henry Stable of Arthur and Daylon Farms Ltd. of Komoka, Ontario, own Wing Flash, a daughter of Kadabra who was bred by Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm, and Donald Robinson and sold for $30,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. Wing Flash, who is also trained by Wayne Henry, has a trio of victories from eight attempts, and she has now put away $40,725. A winner in Grassroots action on September 9 at Mohawk and on August 17 at Clinton Raceway, Wing Flash is the fourth foal out of the Andover Hall mare Armbro Everlasting. The dam is a half-sister to the likes of millionaire Armbro Keepsake. Summers Jewel (Mario Baillargeon) was in the lead at the :27.4 front quarter in the other Semifinal, but she would give way to public choice Bistrobistro Taj (Rick Zeron) prior to the :58.1 half. Bistrobistro Taj continued to have the lead at the 1:29 three-quarters, but Summers Jewel had already moved to the outside, leaving the pocket spot open to Railee Priti (Steve Byron). In the stretch Summers Jewel forged her way past Bistrobistro Taj, but inside the final sixteenth Railee Priti, who was sent off at odds of 26-1, came up on the outside of Summers Jewel, and Railee Priti would get up to prevail by a quarter of a length in 1:58.4. Summers Jewel had to settle for second and Bistrobistro Taj wound up third. Also moving on to the final for this group were Hope Rises (Steve Condren) and Pinky The Intern (Chris Christoforou), who overcame an early break in stride. John Bax trains Railee Priti, a filly by Muscle Mass, for owner-breeder Ron Mersky of Paris, Kentucky. Railee Priti, who also won in Grassroots action back on July 22 at Georgian Downs, has two victories from eight trips behind the gate, and she has pocketed $31,720. She’s the first foal out of the Broadway Hall mare Railee Beautiful, a half-sister to horses such as Railee Possible ($386,807). Grassroots Semifinal action continues on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack when three-year-old of both sexes and gaits go behind the starting gate in eight $20,000 events. For full results and charts of Friday night's races at Mohawk, please visit - http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0919mohsn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
The best performers in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots this year, pacers and trotters, colts and fillies, will be on display at Mohawk Racetrack Friday and Saturday night. Two $20,000 Semi-Finals will be raced for each division to determine the starters for next week’s $50,000 Grassroots finals. The horses earned their way into the Semi-Finals through their performances in the Grassroots races in their divisions throughout the course of the OSS season. The top 20 point earners entered into the Semi-Finals are eligible to compete. The two-year-olds are in the spotlight on Friday night with the trotting fillies kicking things off in races one and two. Leading point earner Summers Jewel, who has yet to finish worse than third in her young career, has drawn post two for breeder/owner/trainer Ben Baillargeon of Rockwood, Ontario, whose brother Mario will be in the sulky. The Angus Hall miss has started in all six Grassroots events this year with three wins, a second and two thirds. The rookie pacing colts are next up in the third and fifth races. The top two colts in the division, Thinkofagameplan and Jeb will square off in the third race from posts six and eight respectively. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario and his cousin Al McIntosh of Leamington, Ontario, bred and own Thinkofagameplan, a son of Ponder who has captured four of six Grassroots events this year. A horse to watch in the fifth race is Moonwards Hanover, who comes into the contest riding a three race winning streak, all in Grassroots events. From the red hot first crop of Sportswriter, Moonwards Hanover is owned and trained by Jack Darling of Cambridge, Ontario, who also trained her dam, Mouse Hanover. He’s drawn post four with Paul MacDonell aboard. MacDonell will also be up behind Call Me Richard, the leading point earner among the rookie trotting colts, in the next race. Trained by Clare Bradshaw for owner Andrea Arthur of Scotland, Ontario, the Muscle Mass son has won his last two races, both OSS events. The two-year-old pacing fillies are featured in races seven and 10 on Friday’s program with top point earner Ms Mac N Cheese departing from post four in the first split. The Badlands Hanover daughter owned by David Ratchford of Nova Scotia has been on a real roll lately with three straight victories on her scorecard. Sylvain Filion will drive from post four. On Saturday’s card it’s the three-year-old trotting fillies getting the Semi-Finals underway. Torches Star tops the point standings in this group and has post five in race five with regular pilot Steve Condren in the race bike for trainer Ben Wallace and owner Brad Grand of Milton, Ontario. The Angus Hall filly is the second foal from former OSS star Torch, a winner of $357,000 in her career. Their colt counterparts get things rolling in race two and come right back in race three for their two Semi-Finals. Aventure, the leader in this bunch, drew post nine in the third race with Trevor Henry up for trainer Bill Budd. Owned by Orville Rursch of Illinois, Aventure is 4-1-0 in five OSS starts this year. The glamour boy division, the three-year-old pacing colts, are featured in races six and nine on Saturday evening. Top point earner Shadow Place has post three in race six with Henry at the lines for trainer Richard Moreau. Regal Babe, who is less than 10 points behind in second in this division, has post five in race nine. The pacing fillies close out the card in races eight and 10. The latter finds Her Own Land in post five with James MacDonald at the helm for trainer Dave Menary. The leading point getter in this category, the Blissfull Hall filly has three wins and a second in her most recent starts, all Grassroots events. Saturday’s card also features the $286,000 Milton final for pacing mares with three Ontario-sired performers, Monkey On My Wheel, Camille and Voelz Hanover, taking part. To view the entries for Friday and Saturday night at Mohawk, please use these links Mohawk Entries - September 19. Mohawk Entries - September 20. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
The regular harness racing season for the two-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series concluded on Friday (September 12) night at Mohawk Racetrack with five $18,000 divisions, and Moonwards Hanover and Thinkofagameplan both kept their Grassroots win streaks intact. Competing in the opening event, Moonwards Hanover (Paul MacDonell), who came into this race off Grassroots successes on August 24 at Georgian Downs and August 31 at Clinton Raceway, circled from third to first before the :56.3 half. He would go on to post three-quarters in 1:26.1 and then kicked home in :28.4 to win by half a length over a closing Rightinthekisser (Doug McNair). There was a dead-heat for third between Big Moment (Randy Waples) and Ballybunion (James MacDonald). Trainer Jack Darling’s stable of Cambridge, Ontario, owns Moonwards Hanover, a son of Sportswriter. Darling purchased Moonwards Hanover, who is now three-for-six in the win column with a bankroll of $36,000, for $35,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. The Hanover Shoe Farms Inc.-bred is the third foal out of the Western Ideal mare Mouse Hanover, a half-sister to the likes of Mt Vernon Hanover (Rustler Hanover, $623,067), a two-time OSS winner. Thinkofagameplan (Randy Waples), the points leader in this group, was behind the gate in the second Grassroots split, and he would pull out of the pocket to take command after the 27 second opening quarter. Thinkofagameplan, who was second in a division of the Grand Circuit Champlain Stakes at Mohawk in his last try, would then click off the half in 57 seconds and the three-quarters in 1:26.2 en route to a 1:54.3 score. He defeated runner-up Mybestolxfriendray (Phil Hudon) by a length and three-quarters with Ace Of Clubs (Doug McNair) back in third. Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his fourth win (all in Grassroots competition) from eight attempts and pushed his earnings to $76.440, is a homebred for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ontario. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. While those familiar faces were victorious, the other three Grassroots flights were all won by horses who hadn’t yet tasted a win in the provincial program this season. Mr Carrotts (Phil Hudon) was the first to break through as he won the third section in 1:54.2. He was first at the :27.2 opening quarter and the :56.4 half, but first-over challenger Star Cover (Jody Jamieson) put a head in front at the 1:25.2 three-quarters. Mr Carrotts would battle back on the inside in the lane, and he would go on to beat Star Cover by a length at the finish line with Windsong Lord (Chris Christoforou) in third. Murray Brethour trains Mr Carrotts, a colt by Mach Three, for owner-breeder Melvyn Varcoe of Thornton, Ontario. Mr Carrotts broke his maiden in his fifth trip behind the gate, and he has now put away $10,000. He’s the fourth foal out of the Run The Table mare Cueless ($466,638), who was a three-time winner in OSS competition during her racing career. Robert Hill (James MacDonald) had been picking up minor shares against Gold Series competition, but a drop to the Grassroots level made him a 1:54.1 winner on this night. He left from post eight in the fourth Grassroots test, and he was up to grab the front after the :27.4 opening quarter. Robert Hill would go on to put the :56.3 half and the 1:25.3 three-quarters on the board before a :28.3 final kicker sealed his two and a quarter length triumph. Halton Hurricane (Rick Zeron) was second and Pace Seelster (Jody Jamieson) nabbed third. Tony Alagna trains the winner, a Jeremes Jet colt, for owner Thomas Hill of England. Robert Hill, who was bred by Perretti Farms and sold for $30,000 at the 2013 Canadian Yearling Sale, picked up his first win from six attempts, and he has now pocketed $19,220. He’s the seventh foal out of the Caprock mare Smooth Latin N ($217,884), which makes him a half-brother to two six-figure earners in McApulco ($365,942) and Mcaracas ($170,579) and to three-year-old Shadios, who has won twice in Grassroots competition this year for the Alagna/Hill combination. In the nightcap it was Supersonic Jet (Trevor Henry) who chopped out the :26.4 first quarter, but he would be overtaken by both Pier Ho Temptation (Chris Christoforou) and Shippen Out (Doug McNair) prior to the :56.2 half. Shippen Out then got to three-quarters first in 1:25, fighting off a first-over test by Jeb (Phil Hudon) in the process. Shippen Out put away Jeb for good early in the stretch drive and then held his pursuers at bay late in the mile to win by a length and a quarter in 1:54. Mystical Jet (Jody Jamieson) came in second and Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon) took third. Blair Burgess trains the victorious Badlands Hanover colt for owner Karin Olsson-Burgess of Milton, Ontario. Shippen Out won for the first time in eight starts, and he has now earned $16,150. Winbak Farm bred Shippen Out, who fetched $9,000 at last year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. He’s the first foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Shipps Bikini ($410,500), who won a Grassroots division herself as a two-year-old. The two-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series will return to Mohawk next Friday (September 19) to compete in their Semifinal events. For full results and charts of this Friday’s races at Mohawk, please visit - http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0912mohsn.dat.