Six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots dashes for harness racing rookie trotting colts and geldings were the marquee events on Saturday night (August 16) at Georgian Downs. The first three races on the card were all Grassroots races, and driver Trevor Henry won all of them to get his night started off on the right foot. Henry won the opener with Kadabrasnewrecruit in 2:01.4. Racing over a surface left sloppy and two seconds off due to rain, Kadabrasnewrecruit came from well off-the-pace to gain the lead in the stretch and then stepped away to win by two and a half lengths over Angels Kid (Keith Oliver). Muscles All Over (Eddie Green) finished third. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ont. owns Kadabrasnewrecruit, a gelded son of Kadabra. Kadabrasnewrecruit, who was bred by Tymal Farms, broke his maiden in his second attempt, and he has now earned $13,500. He’s the fifth foal out of the Mr Lavec mare Keystone Alberta, who was third in the $100,000 Grassroots final when she was a two-year-old. Olympic Son then gave Henry the double, leading through panels of :30, 1:01.2, and 1:32.1 on his way to a four and three-quarter length victory in 2:02.1. Parkhill Lancelot (Steve Byron) crossed the finish line in second, but was off-stride in doing so, and following a judges’ inquiry, he was moved back to third, elevating original third-place finisher Covert Operative (Per Henriksen) to runner-up status. Paul Reid trains Olympic Son, a colt by Majestic Son, for owner/breeder Bob Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. Olympic Son picked up his first win from three attempts and he has now put away $13,320. The winner is the second foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Graceful Sister ($104,714). Snapshot Springs overcame post nine to give Henry the hat trick. Snapshot Springs had command through splits of :29.4, 1:01.4, and 1:33.1 en route to a 2:03.1 triumph. Numbers Game (Kevin Sizer) came in second, beaten a length and a half by the winner, and Jayport All Muscle (Keith Oliver) nabbed third. The Striking Sahbra-Spring Photo gelding is owned and bred by trainer Richard and Regina Beinhauer of Venetia, Pennsylvania. The win was his second (consecutive) in five starts and lifted his earnings to $22,500. In other action, Mandeville now leads the Grassroots point standings for the group after a 2:01.3 tally in the fifth Grassroots flight with Scott Coulter driving. He also went all the way on the lead, clicking off fractions of :30.4, 1:02, and 1:31 before he trotting a :30.3 final kicker to prevail by one and a quarter lengths over Stormont Wizard (Oliver). Top Dollar (Byron) collected third. Trainer Wayne Langille of Harley, Ont. also co-owns the victorious Majestic Son gelding with Brett Burleigh of Paris, Ont. Mandeville, who has won three times in Grassroots competition and banked $31,500, was bred by Dr. John Brown of Granton, Ont. and was purchased for $10,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. Mandeville is the fifth foal out of the Yankee Paco mare My Charmer, making him a half-brother to Grassroots winner Momentous (Mr Lavec). Coulter also clicked in the Grassroots nightcap with Call Me Richard. Call Me Richard circled from third to first after the :30-second opening quarter, and after he reached the half in :59.1 and the three-quarters in 1:30.3, he romped to a 12 length decision in 2:01.3. Ontheroad De Vie (Robby Robinson) was next, followed by Concept (Oliver). Call Me Richard, who picked up his other career win in Grassroots action on July 12 at Georgian Downs, is trained by Clare Bradshaw. Andrea Arthur of Scotland, Ont. owns Call Me Richard, whose dam is Andover Hall mare Olympic Dreams. Call Me Richard, now an earner of $23,940, was bred by Tri Star Farms Ltd. of Brantford, Ont. and was hammered down for $11,500 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. The other Grassroots winner was El Diablo Hall and Keith Oliver, who led at the :29.4 opening quarter, the 1:00.2 half, and the 1:31 three-quarters in the fourth Grassroots race. He had a stern challenge from pocket-sitter Freddie (Trevor Henry) through the lane, but El Diablo Hall held sway, prevailing by a head in 2:00.4. Now Thats Scary (Wayne Henry) finished third. Tony Montini trains the winner, a Windsong Espoir gelding, for Ontario owners Albina Montini of Acton, Paul Giammichele of Burlington, and Rick Podolinsky of Alvinston. Dale Hunter of London, Ont., the former head coach of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, also co-owns El Diablo Hall, who has now won six times from seven tries and banked $26,000. 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. The next Grassroots event for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters will take place on September 6 at Hanover Raceway. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
The Nelson Harness Racing Club has been named in a Gambling Commission decision as loaning money to set up a trust to run pokie machines, which the club later benefited from. The Gambling Commission said last week it would shut down Blenheim gaming machines trust Bluegrass Holdings because it obtained its licence to operate pokie machines by deception. Bluegrass provided false and misleading information to the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) about its funding, those involved in the society and the role of Blenheim man Mike O'Brien in particular, the commission said in its decision. "Bluegrass's deliberate and repeated efforts to deceive the Secretary [of Internal Affairs] were intolerable," Internal Affairs acting director of gambling compliance, Raj Krishnan, said. The trust said it was considering appealing the decision. O'Brien is well known in the harness racing community and is the son of Patrick O'Brien, former chairman of Harness Racing New Zealand and former chairman of Bluegrass. It primarily provided grant money to the racing sector - in its March 31, 2014 year return of its total donations of $5m, more than $4.1 million went back into the horse racing industry, to clubs through New Zealand. Bluegrass Holdings was incorporated in June 2009 and traded as Bluegrass Trust, operating 140 gaming machines in eight venues across New Zealand, including Hardy's Bar & TAB in Nelson. The trust's licence will be cancelled from August 18. Hardy's owner Carmen Cartwright refused to comment on what she planned to do when the trust lost its licence. The commission decision comes after a two-year process between Bluegrass Holdings and Internal Affairs. Nelson Harness Racing Club was listed in the ruling as lending O'Brien $100,000 in September 2009. The Kaikoura Trotting Club and Marlborough Racing Club also made loans of $100,000 each to Bluegrass. In the following days O'Brien advanced $300,000 to his father, Patrick O'Brien, who in turn advanced it to Bluegrass, the ruling found. On December 22, 2009 Bluegrass was granted a six-month class 4 operating licence to run pokie machines. In June 2010 Bluegrass repaid the loan to the Nelson Harness Racing Club. Over the five years the trust has operated, the Nelson club received a total of $620,000 in grants from Bluegrass. Department of Internal Affairs senior communications advisor Trevor Henry said while it was legal for grants from trusts to go toward racing clubs, there was an issue with the racing clubs that provided funds that then set up the trust. "Had the department known of this source of funding we would have been concerned. The Gambling Act 2003 anticipated a separation between societies that operate gaming machines, venues that host those machines, and community groups that receive grants." Nelson Harness Racing Club former president Terry Nelson said he was part of the committee that loaned Mike O'Brien the $100,000 and did not think the loan request was suspicious. He still believed O'Brien was a trustworthy person. "At the time Mike said he was trying to borrow money and the bank wanted - I would be guessing - quite exorbitant interest rates. He was happy to borrow off the club and pay us a good interest rate. The club was able to make some good money for whatever was needed at the time, and it was duly repaid." He said he was told it was a personal loan. O'Brien had helped out the Nelson Harness Racing Club over the years, and had been its raceday secretary. Nelson was president for four years, and said he left his post because it took up too much of his time. He was still a member of the club. He said the grants money the club received would often go toward its raceday stakes. He said he was never suspicious about the connection between lending the funds to O'Brien and then later getting grants from the trust O'Brien's father set up. He said all grants were used for approved purposes and the club would apply to about six different trusts around the country for grants. "Sometimes you are lucky with Bluegrass, sometime with the others." However, in the Bluegrass Trust grants records, the club was always "lucky" - records show it had never been turned down for a grant. Stacey Knott Reprinted with permission of the Nelson Mail
Rideau Carleton’s track record for two-year-old trotting fillies took a beating tonight first by Danielle Hall then Stubborn Belle in two harness racing $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes divisions, the track’s first OSS events of the year. In the first division Railee Priti grabbed early control for Steve Byron but she was covered up before the :28.2 first quarter by Danielle Hall. That filly trotted by the half in a sedate :58.2 and had company in the form of Muscle Baby Doll at the 1:27.3 third quarter. Danielle Hall was up to the challenge though and held strong through the stretch to win in 1:56.2 over Muscle Baby Doll and Juanitas Fury. It was the third win in four lifetime starts for Danielle Hall, a daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe owned by trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, Ontario along with Winnipeg Racing of Concord, Ontario. “Carl told me she was a nice filly; he was right,” praised Mario Baillargeon who guided the filly to the victory. “We got a little breather from the quarter to the half. She felt pretty good in the last turn, I tried to get away from Dougie (McNair aboard Muscle Baby Doll) and I did just enough to keep him at bay in the lane.” Bred by Walnut Hall Ltd. Of Kentucky, the filly was a $21,000 yearling purchase. Tonight’s win put her over $100,000 in earnings in her young career. She is the third foal from the $247,000 winner Debbie Hall, and a full sister to Danica Hall who earned $108,000 from just six starts last year at two. The time took almost a full second off the previous track standard of 1:57.1 set two years ago by Seeuinthespring but it didn’t last two races as Stubborn Belle reduced it further in the second OSS test. In that division it was Allies Gift and Trevor Henry showing the way past the opening quarter in :27.1 and the half in :57 but up came Stubborn Belle who took over before the 1:26 three-quarters for Paul MacDonell and never looked back to win by more than five lengths in 1:55.4. Bistrobistro Taj was second followed by Youre Majestic. “She’s always been a lot like her name, that’s why she was named Stubborn Belle. She’s been a little hard to get to do it the way we want her to. I think Paul let her do her own thing tonight,” noted trainer John Bax who shares ownership of the Taurus Dream daughter with Al Libfeld of Pickering, Ontario. “I set a world record here with Goodtimes many years ago in the Frank Ryan so I always like coming back here,” he added. Goodtimes’ mark of 1:53.3, set in 1999, still stands at the Ottawa track. As for the plans for the filly bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and sold for $85,000 last year at Harrisburg, Bax said: “I think she’ll take on the Grand Circuit back at Mohawk in September and if everything goes well I’m hoping to start her in the Breeders Crown.” The next Gold event for this group is set for August 18 at Mohawk. To view the complete results from tonight’s program at Rideau, please click Rideau Results - August 10. Ontario Sire Stakes
Pilgrims Joy trotted to his second straight Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots victory in the sixth and final $18,000 division for harness racing two-year-old trotting colts tonight at Mohawk. The Pilgrims Taj colt was sent off as the favourite in his event which saw Muscles All Over set the tempo of :29.2, 1:01.1 and 1:31.2. James MacDonald had Pilgrims Joy first up and advancing past the half and once field came out of the final turn he took over to win in 2:00.3. Stormont Wizard closed well on the far outside to take second while Secret Muscle was third. Johnathan McKinnon trains the winner for owner/breeder Len Kordy of Kingston, Ontario. Pilgrims Joy is the final foal from the Incredible Abe mare Joys Incredible. Pilgrims Joy The quickest of the half dozen OSS events belonged to Mandeville who hauled down pacesetter El Diablo Hall to win in 1:58.2 for Steve Condren. El Diablo Hall stayed for second while Angels Kid took third. Wayne Langille of Harley, Ontario, trains the winner, a son of Majestic Son he co-owns with Brett Burleigh of Paris, Ontario. Mandeville Two other colts were just a tick off that time, winning in 1:58.3 for their first lifetime victory. Party On The River hit that time for Doug McNair in his division defeating Parkhill Lancelot and Top Dollar. It was the first lifetime win for the Kadabra colt trained by Gregg McNair for Harmon Racing Stable of New Jersey. Party On The River The other colt to score in 1:58.3 was Snapshot Springs who was a whisker better than Kadabrasnewrecruit in the close finish. Trevor Henry was at the controls behind the Striking Sahbra gelding owned and bred by Regina and Richard Beinhauer, Pa. Richard handles the training of Snapshot Springs who visited the winner’s circle for the first time in four tries. Snapshot Springs Tonight’s other winners were Freddie (Majestic Son) in 2:01 for Randy Waples and trainer Corey Johnson and owners Debbie Element and Fred Brayford and Caulfield (Kadabra) in 2:01.1 for Chis Christoforou, trainer Chris Beaver and owners Synerco Ventures of Toronto. Freddie Caulfield The next Grassroots event for this group is schedule for August 16 at Georgian Downs. To view the results for tonight’s program, please click Mohawk Results - August 8. Ontario Sire Stakes
Alacrity and Luck O The Irish each picked an opportune time to score their first lifetime win as they both captured an $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division for two-year-old trotting colts tonight at Mohawk. In the first and fastest division it was Win The Day hitting the first quarter in :28.2. Eddie Green sent favourite Alacrity up to grab control by the :59.1 half. As the field hit the three-quarters in 1:29.1 Trevor Henry had Win The Day on the move again and that colt was neck and neck with Alacrity down the stretch. Alacrity held tough to narrowly win in 1:58. Win The Day and Lets Be Honest, both by Deweycheatumnhowe, completed the ticket. Kristine Green of Ohsweken, Ontario owns the winner, a son of Pilgrims Taj, trained by Eddie Green. This marked the first lifetime win for the colt who finished second in his first two starts, also Gold divisions. Bred by Wilbur Lang of Ohio, Alacrity is the fifth foal of the former OSS champion Elena, a winner of $414,000 in her career. The colt was a $30,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Canadian Yearling Sale. The complexion of the second division changed dramatically with the late scratch of Muscle Up The Gold, a winner in both of the previous Gold divisions to date. As the race got underway Hemi Seelster, a winner of three straight Grassroots tests, broke stride and took himself out of contention. It was A Little More Love in control at the quarter in :28.2. Luck O The Irish came up to challenge and was kept parked by the :59 half. Coming up three wide at the 1:29 third panel was Up The Alley but Luck O The Irish came back on and fought back and held off Up The Alley (Muscle Mass) to win in 1:59.1. Boli (Kadabra), who broke stride in the first turn, recovered to finish third. For Luck O The Irish it was his first lifetime victory in four attempts for owner/breeder June Durand of Puslinch, Ontario whose husband Tom trains and drives the son of Holiday Road. The colt is the second foal from the Kadabra daughter Kavita. The next Gold event for this group is slated for September 23 at Flamboro Downs. Fro the Ontario Sire Stakes
Warrawee Promesse and trainer/driver Wayne Henry romped to an open length victory in the $78,800 Dream Of Glory Trot for Ontario-sired three-year-old trotting colts and fillies on Sunday evening at Hanover Raceway. The Henry family swept the top three spots with Wayne driving Warrawee Promesse to the 1:58 victory over brother Trevor aboard Aventure and nephew Travis with Erin Hall. Leaving from post five, Warrawee Promesse worked his way to the lead over Erin Hall through the :28.4 opening quarter. He continued to lead past the half in :58.4 and three-quarters in 1:28 while beginning to draw away from the rest of the field. Meanwhile, Kremlin and Billy Davis Jr. advanced first over, but stalled on the outside prompting 4-5 favourite Aventure to rally wide from the backfield in his pursuit of the leader. However, Warrawee Promesse had opened up nearly five lengths on top turning for home and could not be caught. "I left out of there and it took me a little while [to make the lead]," said Henry after the race. "I didn't want to rush him too much because he's been known to run in this first turn before. Once he made the front, he was pretty much on his own." Warrawee Promesse now boasts three consecutive wins in seven starts this year with his sophomore earnings soaring to $51,940. The Windsong Espoir gelding is owned by the Henry Stable of Arthur, Ont. and Fred Brayford of Alliston, Ont. Warrawee Promesse paid $6.30 to win as the 2-1 second choice. Track Record Set In Ontario Sires Stakes Coming into Sunday evening’s program at Hanover Raceway, the track record for a three-year-old pacing gelding was 1:55.1, established by Bandexter on July 17, 2010. Well, after the five $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots dashes that took place over the half-mile oval, the mark had been lowered to 1:53.4, and it belonged to a trio of geldings. The first gelding to smash the track record was Shadow Place (Trevor Henry) in the second section. Shadow Place came first-over past the :27.3 opening quarter and then battled on the outside of High Flier (Stu Sowerby) through the half in :56.1 and the three-quarters in 1:23.4. High Flier fought the good fight into the lane and continued to keep Shadow Place at bay, but in deep stretch Shadow Place finally forged his way past. The race wasn’t over, though, as Lucky King (James MacDonald), who had followed from second-over, lunged at Shadow Place at the wire, but in the win photo it was revealed that Shadow Place had just held on, defeating Lucky King by a nose. High Flier was third, beaten a length. Richard Moreau trains Shadow Place, a son of Shadow Play, for Quebec owners 9174 7998 Quebec Inc. of St-Janvier-Mirabel, Les Ecuries Bruce of Piedmont, and Henri Hebert Jr. of Papineauville. Shadow Place has now won twice from six tries this year, and he has four career victories. He has put away $23,440 in 2014 and $51,522 lifetime. Shadios (Billy Davis Jr.) then equaled the new 1:53.4 track record for a sophomore pacing gelding in the fourth Grassroots flight. Fresh off a fast 1:50.3 victory in Grassroots action last time out at Georgian Downs, Shadios led through fractions of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.1 en route to a one and three-quarter length decision over Waco Bruiser (Travis Henry). Some Major Beach (Jody Jamieson) collected third. Tony Alagna trains Shadios, also sired by Shadow Play, for Great Britain-based owner Tom Hill. Shadios has won four times from seven starts this year, and he has five career triumphs. He has earned $35,860 in his sophomore campaign and $50,150 in his life. The time of 1:53.4 also flashed up on the clock following the Grassroots nightcap. This time it was Titus Seelster(Sylvain Filion) who added his name to the record book after nosing out Blacktree (Trevor Henry) at the wire after showing the way through stations of :27.1, :57.3 and 1:25.1. Finishing in third was Arrived Late (James MacDonald). Stephane Larocque trains the victorious son of Artistic Fella for Quebec owners Brian Paquet of Quebec City and Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil. Titus Seelster, making his sixth trip behind the gate this year, broke through for the initial win of his season, and it was his second lifetime tally. He has banked $16,027 this year and $56,152 lifetime. The other Grassroots races were won by: --Little Ben (sired by Jeremes Jet), who halted the clock in 1:54.2 for driver Trevor Henry, trainer Richard Moreau, and owners Luc Ouellette Incorporated and Anita Ouellette of Campbellville, Ont. --Reasonable Force (Shadow Play), who was a 1:55.1 victor for driver James MacDonald, trainer Tony Montini, and owners Doug Dunbar of London, Ont. and Robert Leblanc of White Plains, New York. Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action for the three-year-old male pacers will resume on August 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
Canada's leading driver Trevor Henry doubled his weekend win count on Sunday at Clinton Raceway with another five-win performance in the sulky. After winning five races at Hanover Raceway and dominating the Dream Of Glory Trot eliminations, Henry was back at it racking up win after win during Sunday's 10-race card in Clinton. The Arthur, Ont. reinsman started the day with a 10-3/4 length victory in the opener aboard Ninette B for trainer Denis Kerr. He then won the third race by 11 lengths with Jason Libby trainee Ruthies Pride and the fifth as Randy Henry's Girlwithagrin prevailed by a head. Henry later won the final two races on the card with Keystone Samurai prevailing in a four-across finish for trainer Ryan Steward and trotter Strike A Light winning by one and a quarter for conditioner Stephen Brossence. Henry has dominated the Clinton standings this season and boasts 30 local wins, more than triple his closest competitor. He leads all drivers in Canada with a total of 292 wins this year. Compiled with Standardbred Canada files
The " Dream of Glory " eliminations were staged in front of a very large crowd Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. The top 2 finishers in each of the 4 eliminations, all advance to the final Sunday August 3rd for a purse in excess of $60,000. The big winner on the night was driver Trevor Henry who qualified a horse in all 4 elimination races. After finishing 2nd to his brother Wayne Henry who shares ownership on Leg 1 winner Warrawee Promesse who won in 1:57.3, Trevor promptly won the next three elimination races with " Massacaia for owner Gestion Jean Yves Blais of Montreal, in 1:59.4, Wings of Ballykeel for owner Ballykeel Racing of Tillsonburg in 2:00.3, and Aventure for owner Orville Rursch of Illinois in 1:58.3. Interviewed at trackside, Trevor Henry admitted he was leaning towards driving :" Aventure " for the Dream of Glory Final. In other news from the track, Marit Valstad of Norway won the Racing Under Saddle feature taking " " Radical Dreamer " to victory in what is believed to be a record 2:03 for racing under saddle on a half mile track. Valstad said the show of support at Hanover Raceway was terrific and her hope is the series continues to grow similar to what occurs in Scandinavia. Hanover Raceway made a presentation to Bruce Richardson during the evening for his surpassing the 3,000 career victory mark last week at Hanover. Richardson said although winning a GOLD OSS final at Grand River was among his career highlights so has been his victories in the Walker Memorial Trot at Hanover. Dream of Glory final day kicks off next Sunday August 3rd with a BBQ and live band starting at 5:00pm, Clydesdale Wagon rides for fans, a celebrity horse for petting and pictures, and after the races a huge BEM fireworks display. Up to 10,000 people are expected to attend. Post time next Sunday is 6:30pm. Here are the post positions for the Dream Of Glory Final next week. 1. Massacaia 2. Tothepointe James 3. Verdi 4. Erin Hall 5. Warrawee Promesse 6. Kremlin 7. Wings of Ballykeel 8. Aventure by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway
Zorgwijk Jock closed out Friday night's harness racing card at Grand River Raceway with a wire-to-wire victory in the $7,000 Preferred 3 Trot for Canada's 2014 leading driver and trainer. Trevor Henry drove favourite Zorgwijk Jock to the win in the finale for reigning Trainer of the Year, Richard Moreau. Leaving from post four, the eight-year-old son of Southwind Lustre carved out fractions of :28.2, :57 and 1:26.4 en route his 25th lifetime victory in 1:58.2. Osprey Vision (Dave Boughton) followed one length behind off a pocket trip with Falcor Bluestone (Scott Coulter) right there in third. Zorgwijk Jock paid $4.50 to win. To read the rest of the story click here.
Elora, ON --- A total of seven $16,740 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series divisions for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers were featured on Monday night (July 21) at Grand River Raceway and they saved the fastest split for last as Single White Sock toured the half-mile oval in 1:56. With Scott Coulter at the lines, Single White Sock was in front through fractions of :27.4, :58, and 1:27.3. Single White Sock turned away a big three-wide bid by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon) past three-quarters, and he then kicked clear in the lane to prevail by 2-1/4 lengths. Twin B Scandal wound up second with Pan Street USA (Bob McClure) back in third. It was the second win in three starts for Single White Sock, a Badlands Hanovercolt trained by Barry Treen for owner Len Gamble. Tanya Prescott bred Single White Sock, who was purchased for $24,000 at the 2013 Canadian Yearling Sale. Single White Sock, an earner of $17,281, is the fifth foal out of the Apaches Fame mare Love You Dear, making him a half-brother to millionaire and former Ontario Sires Stakes winner Ramegade Bruiser. Camluck, the long-time stalwart sire of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, had a pair of winners with Big Moment winning the second division in 1:56.1 with Alfie Carroll handling the driving assignment and Mike's Powerhouse picking up a 1:56.4 victory in the third section for driver Trevor Henry. Big Moment broke his maiden in his second attempt for trainer Bob McIntosh, who also bred the colt with CSX Stables. McIntosh and partner Max Newham own Big Moment, the fourth foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Breathtacular. Breathtacular is related to two six-figure earners in Breathdefying and Lucky Encounter. Mike's Powerhouse, who is out of the Artsplace mare Michelle's Jackpot, making him a full brother to the likes of 2012 Little Brown Jug champion and millionaire Michael's Power and millionaire Michelle's Power, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner-breeder Jeff Snyder. Mike's Powerhouse was victorious at first asking after finishing fourth and first in two qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack. Coleman was right back in the winner’s circle in the next race after Mike's Powerhouse’s victory as her Sportskeeper (Jody Jamieson) romped to a an 8-1/4 length decision in 1:56.3. Coleman also bred and co-owns Sportskeeper, a Sportswriter colt, with partner Merlin Howse. Sportskeeper, who was also making the initial start of his racing career, is the third foal out of the Nuclear Flash mare Keeper Flying, which means Sportskeeper is a half-brother to former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Keepers Destiny (Intrepid Seelster, $702,855). Sportswriter had another siring credit with Half A Billion, who was a 1:57.3 victor in the sixth Grassroots flight. Mike Saftic drove the colt for trainer Marcel Barrieau. Half A Billion is a homebred for the Hudson Standardbred Stable and he is a perfect two-for-two in his career and in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series competition. Half A Billion, the fifth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Racey Miss, is a half-brother to multiple OSS winner Racey Miss ($214,571) and Petite Courageuse ($195,733). Also picking up victories were: Bridge Of Stone, a Stonebridge Regal-Dreamlands Sachi (Western Hanover) gelding, who halted the clock in 1:57.3 for driver Scott Coulter, trainer Carmen Auciello, and owners Denarben Stables and Rocco Auciello. He has won both of his Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series tries The Fire Within, a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover. The half-brother to Illusionist ($893,246) picked up his second win from three attempts for driver Jody Jamieson and breeder/owner/trainer Fred Drouillard. The next time the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series will be in action is August 15 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results of Monday’s night’s events, click here. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
Harness racing father and son trainer and driver teams combined to win the final two $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies this afternoon at Clinton Raceway. Both duos won their respective events with a daughter of Mach Three, the fastest of which was Wicked Speed. With Scott Young in the sulky for trainer, co-owner and dad Bob Young, the diminutive lass went gate to wire in :30, 1:00, 1:30.2 and stopped the clock in 1:59 over Brilliant Idea and Hurricane Trina. It was the second straight win in as many lifetime starts for Wicked Speed who made her debut in an overnight at Clinton last Sunday where she won by five lengths to earn $2,000. That effort combined with today’s winnings find the filly paid for as she cost $10,000 at last year’s Lexington Select Sale for Bob Young of Guelph, Ontario and partner Marsha Sugarman of Status Stables, Ma. Young noted that the filly’s price was likely as a result of her stature. “She’s grown quite a bit since we got her and I think she’ll grow more by the time she’s three. She has a big, powerful rear end on her. She wears a fairly long hopple, 57 1/2 inches and no boots. “She’s done everything right from day one. She’s got tons of brains and likes her work,” he praised. Doug McNair was at the lines for dad Gregg in the fourth division with Mach Denali who managed to win by more than two lengths despite suffering interference just past the three-quarters when the lead filly made a break. Mach Denali was home in 2:01 over Jinglewriter and Ok Heartbeat. Gregg McNair, also of Guelph, shares ownership of the filly with Tony Lawrence and William Brown of Hanover and Paul Kidd from Guelph. This was the first lifetime win for the filly in three tries. Doug McNair also piloted the fastest winner on this afternoon’s card, Kastie Snoops who tripped the timer in 1:58.4. Tony O’Sullivan trains the Sportswriter filly, a half-sister to $573,000 winner Dalhousie Dave, for owner/breeder John Fielding of Toronto. The other two divisions were captured by Stonebridge Quest (Camluck) and Trevor Henry in 2:00.4 and Chase The Shadows (Shadow Play) with Ryan Holliday up in 1:59. The next Grassroots test for this group will be at Mohawk on August 11. To view the complete results from today’s card, please click Clinton Results - July 20. Ontario Sire Stakes
Its been 8 years since the Whatthehecklavec set the last Aged Mare Track Record and it was in the Walker Invitational Trot. This year Trevor Henry owned and Richard Moreau trained Angies Lucky Star beat the old mark by 1/5th of a second on a track rated good, due to a light steady rain. Angies Lucky Star got away second to the quarter behind Spartan Victory driven by Ryan Holliday in 27.3, but quickly took over control, and never looked back hitting the half in 56.2, the 3/4â€²s in 1:26.1 and the mile in 1:56.4. The Walker Trot is named for Allan and Viola Walker. Allan was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1996 and was not only a top driver, but a well respected trainer as well and his children and grandchildren and great grandchildren are still involved in the sport. Hanover Raceway also host the staff from 92.3 The Dock radio, who gave away a $1500 dollar Smart TV, won by Randy Cook of Holland Centre, and 2 more people qualified for the Survivor handicapping contest. So far 17 fans have correctly picked 4 horses that finished in the money, and will return on August 9th for a shot at another High Definition TV package. Next Saturday is Dream of Glory elimination night. Over 90 horses are paid up to the series, and the top 8 will return on Sunday August 3rd for the 60,000 dollar final. Hanover Raceway will also host the 2nd Rider under Saddle race to feature wagering next Saturday. its being billed as Canada vs Norway, and the girl riders will be on hand after their race for a meet and greet and autograph session. Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm. by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway 519-364-2860 x 2
O’Brien Award-winning trainer Richard Moreau enjoyed a profitable Monday evening at Grand River Raceway thanks to a three-win performance on the 11-race card. Moreau, a native of Quebec who now resides in Puslinch, Ontario, got the ball rolling in Race 3 with Inbox Hanover. The filly went wire-to-wire for driver Trevor Henry in a time of 1:58.4. Scott Coulter then guided Galarina to a come-from-behind score in Race 7 in a sharp clocking of 1:56.4 to give Moreau his second winner on the program. He then completed the hat trick when Tail R Swift powered to a 1:54.3 triumph two races later in the $7,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3. Trevor Henry mapped out the winning trip for the daughter of Whosurboy. To view the rest of this story click here.
Two-year-old colt and gelding trotters were in the spotlight on Saturday night at Georgian Downs as five $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series divisions for freshman colt and gelding trotters went behind the starting gate. Hemi Seelster (Steve Byron) was the fastest of the five winners as he trotted a :29.1 final quarter to rally from sixth at three-quarters to a 2:00.4 decision in the third division. He defeated Win The Day (Trevor Henry) by three-quarters of a length with Tarot (Riina Rekila) back in third. It was the first win in two starts for Hemi Seelster, who is trained by John Bax for his Parkhill Stud Farm, Matthew Bax, and Goin To The Show Stable of Peterborough along with John Houston of Cobourg, Ontario. Sired by Holiday Road, Hemi Seelster was bred by Seelster Farms Inc. of Lucan, Ontario, and sold for $19,000 at last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale. His dam is Hollywood Beauty, who is by Angus Hall. To view the rest of this story click here.
Thisgirlisonfire lived up to her name as she captured the fastest of six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday night at Grand River Raceway. Mario Baillargeon was content to sit the garden spot in second with Thisgirlisonfire and they had a perfect view of Wings Of Ballykeel, who cut the mile for Trevor Henry. The fractions were :28.4, :58.4 and 1:28.3 and down the stretch the leader tired allowing Thisgirlisonfire to hit the wire first in 1:58.4. Wings Of Ballykeel had to settle for the bridesmaid’s role this night while Viva Bayama was third. The win was the first of the season for the daughter of Angus Hall, who is owned by one of the leading driver's in the sport, Jeff Gregory, of New Jersey along with William Richardson of New York. Trained in the U.S. by Linda Toscano, Ron Parsons handles Thisgirlisonfire’s conditioning during her stay in Ontario. To view the rest of this story click here.
The top 7 Grassroots starts and the top points earner in the Gold OSS series will compete this Saturday at Hanover Raceway. Tyrone Haji leads the Gold Point earners for Trainer Bob McIntosh who shares ownership of the 3 year old with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville. The son of Kadabra won a Gold Elimination at London on May 30th and was 5th in the slop at Mohawk in his last start on June 24th. Mcintosh says they decided to drop the 3 year old into the Grassroots because he races really well on a half mile track, and he felt that the son of Kadabra is better suited in the Grassroots. The top points earner in the Grassroots this season is Aventure who is 2 for 2 this summer including a 1:55.3 win at Mohawk on June 26th. Bill Budd of Waterdown says he got the horse from Orville Rursch of Illinois as a 2 year old, and he returned him back this year. Budd says the son of Muscle Mass is a pleasure to work with and he's very handy both on the 7/8th and the half mile track. Budd says he expects driver Trevor Henry will leave from post position 6 but says the colt has proven he can work out a mile from the front, or from behind. Also doing well this season is Dream of Glory eligible horse, Razor Ramone for trainer driver and part owner Mark Etsell, formerly of Hanover. Etsell shares ownership on the son of Kadabra with Bob Newton of Walkerton and Chuan Tan of Cambridge. The homebred has a win and a 2nd at Mohawk in 2 OSS starts this year, including a win from Post 10 at Mohawk on June 26th. Etsell says he's not sure how his horse will handle the half mile, and isn't too concerned about getting the outside 7 post position. Razor Ramone won his last start from the 10 hole at Mohawk, and despite an early break 3 starts back, closed well enough to finish 2nd on June 9th in his other OSS start. Etsell says if he would have had a few more feet of stretch drive he probably would have won adding if Ramone does well on Saturday he'll likely be back for the Dream of Glory eliminations on July 26th. 6 divisions of 3 year old Colt trotters hit the track Saturday night. It's also Ladies Night with special prize draws, and the start of the Survivor Handicapping Contest. One lucky fan will win a high definition Television courtesy of Country 93 radio. The FREE contest starts in Race 5 and runs every Saturday for the month of July. Post time at Hanover Raceway is 7:15pm. From the Hanover Raceway Press Box