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The 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots regular season for two-year trotting fillies came to a close on Tuesday night (September 9) at Mohawk Racetrack as the Campbellville harness racing oval played host to six $18,000 divisions. Sires Kadabra and Deweycheatumnhowe dominated the action with Kadabra picking up a trio of winners and Deweycheatumnhowe grabbing two credits. Magical Lass was the first winner for Kadabra as she took the opener in 1:59.1 for driver Paul MacDonell. She swept from third to first prior to the 1:30.1 three-quarters and then held sway through the lane to prevail by half a length over public choice Mass Rail (Trevor Henry). Lmc Marshmellow (Jack Moiseyev) checked in third. Richard “Nifty” Norman trains Magical Lass, who is the first foal out of the Cantab Hall mare Priceless Lass, for co-owner/breeder Mel Hartman of Ottawa and co-owner R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, Ontario. Magical Lass broke her maiden in her fifth attempt, and she has now earned $11,875. The Murmuring Pan then made it a "Kadabra Daily Double" as she won the second race in 1:58.2 with Hall of Famer Steve Condren in the bike. The Murmuring Pan made a first-over move into the lead at the 1:00 half and didn’t look back from there on her way to a five and a quarter length decision. Giona (Wayne MacLean) was the runner-up and Desis Dream (Steve Byron) nabbed third. Paul Reid trains The Murmuring Pan for owner/breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, Ohio. She is now two-for-four in the win column with earnings of $18,000. Both of her wins have come in Grassroots competition as she also clicked at Mohawk on July 31. The Murmuring Pan is the second foal out of $448,000 earner Epangeline (Conway Hall). The final Kadabra winner was Wing Flash, who got up out of the pocket in the stretch to win the fifth Grassroots flight in 1:57.3 for trainer/driver Wayne Henry. Stay In Touch (Randy Waples), the leader at the head of the lane, had to settle for second and Hape (Riina Rekila) finished third. Henry Stable of Arthur and Daylon Farms Ltd. of Komoka, Ontario, own Wing Flash, who was bred by Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm, and Donald Robinson and sold for $30,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. Wing Flash has a pair of victories from seven attempts, and she has now put away $30,725. A winner in Grassroots action 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. As for Deweycheatumnhowe, his initial siring triumph came with Tymal Illbthere (Chris Christoforou) in the third section. She followed the cover of divisional point standings leader Summers Jewel (Mario Baillargeon) and then got around her late in the mile to win by a neck in 1:57.1. Muscle Kit (Randy Waples) was third, more than 14 lengths behind the top two finishers. Erv Abdulov trains Tymal Illbthere for co-owner/breeder Tymal Farms of Oldcastle, Timothy Varey of London, and Shawn Dixon of London, Ontario. Tymal Illbthere won for the first time from six trips behind the gate, and she has now pocketed $37,660. She’s the first foal out of the Kadabra mare Ill Be There ($398,603), a six-time winner in OSS competition during her racing career. Solar Sister provided Deweycheatumnhowe with his other tally as she rallied from sixth at three-quarters to take the fourth division by a neck in 1:58.1. Magic Shelley (Trevor Henry) was up for second and Railee Priti (Steve Byron) collected third. Gregg McNair trains Second Sister, who has two triumphs from six starts and a bankroll of $29,160, for owner Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, Michigan. Bred by Diamond Creek Farm LLC., Second Sister was purchased for $32,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She’s the seventh foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Sister Sammy, and Second Sister is a half-sister to the likes of $210,000 earner Unshakeable. Second Sister also won in the Grassroots Series on July 15 at Mohawk. The other winner on the night was Bistrobistro Taj (Rick Zeron). Competing in the nightcap, Bistrobistro Taj popped the pocket to take command past the :27.3 opening quarter . She then reached the half in :58.1 and the three-quarters in 1:28.2 before she kicked away to win by three and three-quarters lengths in 1:57.3. Mets Life (Mario Baillargeon) was next, followed by Judy The Beauty (Bob McClure). Zeron also trains Bistrobistro Taj, a filly from the first crop of former Breeders Crown champion Pilgrims Taj, for owner 9215 6447 Quebec Inc. of Montreal, Quebec. Bistrobistro Taj, who was bred by Gestion Belvidere Inc., was successful for the second time from five starts, and she has now banked $58,250. Bistrobistro Taj, who also prevailed in Grassroots action on July 15 at Mohawk before she stepped up to take on Gold foes in her next few attempts, is the second foal out of the Angus Hall mare Freda Hall. The two-year-old trotting fillies of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series will be back in action on September 19 at Mohawk Racetrack as they clash in their Semifinal round. Click here for full results Ontario Sire Stakes  

“He impreses me every time I sit behind him, I can’t ask any more than what he does. He’s very efficient. I love this horse; he’s very easy to drive and that makes my job a lot easier.” That was driver Sylvain Filion praising Harper Blue Chip moments after their victory in the second of three $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old trotting colts tonight at Rideau Carleton Raceway Thursday, the home track for Harper’s ownership group and trainer Mark Steacy. In fact it was at Rideau where Harper Blue Chip made his first start in June of last year. The colt earned his victory this night, over a track rated sloppy from heavy rains during the afternoon at the Ottawa oval. He was parked until after the opening quarter, reached in :27.4 by Ole Jack Magic, and took over command before the :58 half. Down the backside Muscle Matters came up to challenge and that pair reached the three-quarters in 1:26.3. Harper Blue Chip repelled that challenger and opened up down the lane to win by more than four lengths in 1:56.1. Muscle Matters took second while Sheer Flex was third. It was the fourth win in nine starts, and second straight Gold victory, for the son of Majestic Son owned by Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall, David Reid of Glenburnie and George Judson of Athens, Ontario. The first Gold test also found Filion posing in the winner’s circle. It was Verdi and Steve Byron first off the gate and they hit the opening quarter in :29.3 and the half in a sedate 1:02.2. Entranced passed the leader before the three-quarters in 1:31.1 but he was quickly passed by Mr Lover and Filion who pulled away in the stretch to win in 2:00.1. Lucky Mass closed well to get second while Verdi held for third. Filion’s father, Yves, trains the winner, a son of Deweycheatumnhowe for owner/breeder Ecuries Belanger of Laval, Quebec. It was Mr Lover’s first win in four tries this year. Yves had also trained Mr Lover’s dam, Norway No Day, a winner of $337,000 in her career. The third and final Gold division saw heavy favourite Maximuscle make a break leaving. Meanwhile Jack Litten and Doug McNair hit the quarter in :28.3 and the half in :58.4 where he had company in the form of Warrawee Promesse on the outside. That colt had a slight lead past the 1:27 three-quarters and held off Massive Talent to win in 1:57.1. Jack Litten was right there for third. Trainer Wayne Henry was up behind the winner, a son of Windsong Espoir he co-owns with Fred Brayford of Alliston, Ontario. Warrawee Promesse now has five wins in nine attempts. Tonight’s effort was his fifth consecutive win. The first of three $18,000 Grassroots events for three-year-old trotting colts saw Tyrone Haji control the tempo for Trevor Henry through splits of :28.3, :59.3, 1:29.3 and hold on to win in 1:59.3 over Massacaia and American Superman. Bob McIntosh trains and co-owns the winner with breeder Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, Ontario. A gelded son of Kadabra, Tyrone Haji was recording his third win in a dozen starts this year. “He’s been a lot of first up trips, if I could get to the front earlier he’d be one of the best,” noted Henry afterwards. The second Grassroots test saw favourite Totally Ripped gain control well before the :57.3 half. Jody Jamieson had Justcallmeronald on the move before the 1:26.3 three-quarters and that colt and Totally Ripped raced as a team through the stretch with Justcallmeronald getting up for the win in 1:57.2. Windsun Cobra took third. Tony O’Sullivan trains the winner, a son of Muscle Mass owned by Patrick Ryan of London, Ontario. “He was a little tired at the wire. His former trainer was here telling me how to drive him so that helped,” said Jamieson of the colt’s former conditioner and Rideau regular Robert Robinson. Jamieson also captured the final Grassroots event of the evening, using a three wide move on the final turn with Massive Pockets to win by open lengths in 1:57.3 and defeat Stonebridge Rich and Kremlin. Owned by breeder MT Pockets Stables of Florida and trained by Chantal Mitchell, the son of Muscle Mass was recording his second win in 11 tries. This was Rideau Carleton’s turn to celebrate the OSS’s 40th anniversary and the trotting colts put on a good display of the talent in the Program for the fans. The next Gold event for this group goes postward on September 22 while the Grassroots boys will hook up on September 1. Both events are at Mohawk. To view the full results from tonight, please clickRideau Results - August 21. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Harness racing fillies dropping down from the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division to the Grassroots level proved successful in several of today’s $18,000 divisions at Clinton Raceway. That moved proved the ticket for Gee Okeeffe in the opening division. She traded the top position with Dewy Take A Selfie through fractions of :31, 1:03, 1:32.2 and was home first with a two length cushion in 2:03. Superbowl Sunshine closed well to take second while Dewy Take A Selfie was third. Chris Beaver trains the winner, a daughter of Holiday Road he co-owns with breeder Wilbur Lang of Ohio. Gee Okeeffe was notching her second win in five tries this year, winning a Gold division on July 23 at Grand River Raceway. That same shift also proved beneficial for Desis Dream who made her first Grassroots appearance after three Gold starts. She went gate to wire for Steve Byron in :30, 1:02.3, 1:32.4 and held off Giona to win by a neck in 2:03.4. Dolce Far Niente was third. John Bax of Peterborough, Ontario, trains the winner, a daughter of Muscle Mass, with breeder Glengate Farm of Campbellville, Ontario. This was Desis Dream’s first lifetime win in five tries. In the third division the field was reduced to five starters with the scratches of Magical Lass and Magic Dancing. Summer Jewel and Mario Baillargeon set the early tempo of :30.4, 1:03 and 2:04.4. Judy The Beauty came up to challenge past the half and kept pressure on the leader the rest of the way but Summers Jewel hung tough to win in 2:04.4. Judy The Beauty had to settle for place while Moon Dance took third. Baillargeon’s brother Ben of Rockwood, Ontario, trains and co-owns the winner, a daughter of Angus Hall who was recording her second straight Grassroots victory and third overall. She came into today’s event sitting third in the Grassroots standings with 124 points behind Stay In Touch and Judy The Beauty who were tied for first with 137. Mario was back on top early in the next split with first time starter Flexyandiknowit who hit the opening quarter in :31.3. Just past that marker Mass Rail was taken out from third to challenge the leader and overtook her just past the half in 1:03. However, she quickly had a challenger in My Mini Snickers by the 1:33.3 third panel. Mass Rail fought back but was hauled down late by My Mini Snickers and James MacDonald who hit the wire first in 2:03. Mass Rail was second with Tymal Fireitup third. It was the second straight Grassroots victory for the Muscle Mass daughter owned by Ron Phillips of Illinois and trained by Ryan Maxwell. It was the same scene in the fifth division as Mario had Zorgwijk Philly on top early and hit the opening panel in :31. Dustin Jones sent Pinky The Intern up to challenge before the half but Zorgwijk Philly maintained the lead and was by the third panel in 1:32. Despite pressure on the outside and inside Zorgwijk Philly was at the wire first in 2:05 over Delcrest Flexyhall and Pinky The Intern. It was the first OSS start and first win for the Southwind Lustre daughter owned and trained by Wayne Langille of Harley, Ontario. Other winners amongst the Grassroots divisions this afternoon were Winem, a daughter of Kadabra trained by Mike Keeling for owner Paula Wellwood of Cambridge, Ontario and driven by Mike Saftic and Wing Flash, also by Kadabra, who went gate to wire for trainer Wayne Henry, who co-owns with Daylon Farms of Komoka, Ontario, to win in 2:04. This group will meet again in Grassroots action on September 9 at Mohawk. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

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

Harness racing three-year-old trotting colts bred and raised by Dr. Mike Wilson’s Warrawee Farm of Rockwood, Ontario, captured two of the six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions tonight at Grand River Raceway. The fastest victory of the night was recorded by Warrawee Promesse who was on top through every fraction, :28.4, :58.4, 1:28.2, and was home with more than three lengths to spare in 1:57.2. Striking Hurricane was second followed by Enthusiast. Trainer Wayne Henry was in the sulky behind the Windsong Espoir gelding he co-owns with Fred Brayford of Alliston, Ontario. It was the fourth consecutive victory for Warrawee Promesse who came into tonight’s contest fresh from a sweep of the Dream Of Glory series at Hanover Raceway. Warrawee Promesse’s former stablemate at the farm, Warrawee Preferred, used different tactics to capture his division for trainer Per Henriksen. They watched as Passed Dat Point carved out fractions of :29, :59 and 1:30.1 but were first at the wire reached in 2:01.3 over Tymal Showman and Passed Dat Point. Henriksen’s Asa Farm of Norwood, Ontario, shares ownership of son of Federal Flex with breeder Mike Wilson of Rockwood and Darryl Drain of Tweed, Ontario. This was the first victory in seven starts this year for Warrawee Preferred whose dam is a half-sister to $1.8 million winner Here Comes Herbie. Henry’s brother Trevor captured the first division with Aventure in 1:58 over Oliver Slik and Massacaia. Aventure finished second to Warrawee Promesse in the Dream Of Glory final after winning an elimination. He is trained by Bill Bud for owner Orville Rursch of Illinois. This was the fifth win in 14 tries this year for the Muscle Mass colt. Another Muscle Mass winner came in the second division when Phil Hudon and R Choochoo Charlie connected for a 1:57.3 score to defeat Stonebridge Rich and Redemption Road. Elizabeth and Tom Rankin of St. Catharines, Ontario, own the winner trained by Mark Steacy. The remaining two divisions were captured by Hetties Commander (The Pres) in 1:58.3 for Bruce Richardson and trainer Michel Rivest who co-owns with Gary Silliphant and Denis Rivest and Me The Boss (Keystone Nordic) and driver Scott Coulter in 1:59.1 for trainer Steve Charlton and owner Larocque Racing Stable of Thornhill, Ontario. The next Grassroots test for this group goes August 21 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. The full results from tonight’s contest 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

Lori Ferguson, a Standardbred breeder from Woodville, Ont., puts a great deal of thought into the names she selects for her colts and fillies. Her most recognizable moniker was Billyjojimbob, whose name came from the closing sequence of the television show 'The Waltons.' Billyjojimbob would go on to become one of the most successful Ontario-bred trotters of all time, and is still the only Canadian-bred to win the prestigious Elitlopp, having accomplished the feat in 1992. The latest trotter bred and named by Ferguson is the Angus Hall lass Galbraith, who will start in the first of six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events for two-year-old trotting fillies tonight at Mohawk Racetrack. “Her dam, Dream Inspired, is from one of Harry Rutherford’s good trotting families,” Ferguson said, referring to the owner of Cool Creek Farm which has produced many good trotters over the years, including the $1.3-million winner Casual Breeze, who hails from the same family as Galbraith. “We try to have a theme for the names of the foals of each of our mares. I decided with Dream Inspired’s foals to go with a Scottish surname. I wanted to name her first foal (a filly by Kadabra) Rutherford, but that was already taken, so I called her Rutherford Lass,” explained Ferguson, who operates her farm with her husband, Richard, and notes that Ferguson also fits into that category. Rutherford Lass earned $18,700 in the OSS last year at two and has finished second in her most recent outings, overnights at Georgian Downs and Grand River Raceway for trainer Wayne Henry. When Dream Inspired foaled a filly by Angus Hall in 2012, Ferguson selected the name Galbraith for her. “It’s a name well known in the harness racing world, so I thought it was appropriate,” she explained. Likely the most famous Galbraith in harness racing is Ontario native Clint Galbraith, a member of harness racing’s hall of fame and the developer of the great Niatross. The filly was purchased privately as a weanling by Brad Duplisea of Quebec, who has two mares boarded at Ferguson’s farm. “We met through Twitter. He contacted me and asked if I would board some mares for him and it’s worked out very well. He’s an excellent owner and adores his horses.” Duplisea grew up in P.E.I., right across the street from the Charlottetown Driving Park, and sent Galbraith there to receive her early training from Ron Matheson. She was then shipped to another P.E.I. native, Ronnie MacLean, to race in Ontario. Tonight’s Grassroots event marks the first OSS outing for Galbraith and her second lifetime start. She’ll be driven by James MacDonald from Post 7. The fillies are featured in Race 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 9 on the program. To view the harness racing entries for Thursday at Mohawk, click the following link: Thursday Entries – Mohawk Racetrack. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

The 2014 edition of Dream of Glory Day will not only include the $78,800 dollar final but also 5 divisions of 3 year old Colt Pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes. Among the Dream of Glory finalists is last weeks fastest elimination winner, Warrawee Promesse who won his division in 1:57.4.   Wayne Henry of Arthur trains, drives and shares ownership on the 3 year old with Fred Brayford of Alliston. The son of Windsong Espoir will start from post 5 in the final which goes off as Race number 10. The Dream of Glory card also includes 5 divisions of 3 year old Colt Pacers in the Ontario Sires Stakes program.  The field includes some of Ontario’s top trainers and drivers including the likes of Doug and Gregg McNair formerly of Walkerton, Jody Jamieson, Jack Darling and Sylvain Filion to name a few.  Among the colts competing are 4 of the top 10 Grassroots points earners including Regal Babe owned by Robert Chapple of Chatham.   The Gregg McNair trainee has a win and 2 second place finishes in 3 starts on the OSS circuit and over 47,000 dollars earned this year.   Also competing on Sunday is Lucky King owned by Glenview Livestock of Wallenstein. Driven by James Macdonald, the 3 year old Camluck son has a win, second and third place finish in his 3 starts in the OSS program this season and over 31,000 dollars earned. Jack Darling owns and trains two notables taking part in the card.  Shadowbriand has over 73,000 dollars earned this season after starting out in the OSS Gold program, and , while All Star Seelster has earned over 54,000 dollars on the Woodbine and Mohawk circuit but has just one 3rd place finish in his 2 starts in the OSS program.  Mike Saftic will be on hand to steer both Darling pupils. Dream of Glory day highlights Doors open at 5:00pm. Special Post time of 6:30pm $78,800 dollar Dream of Glory Final 5 divisions of 3 year old Colt Pacers competing for $90,000 in purse money. Half Chicken dinner BBQ at 5:00pm Buffet dinner in the Coach House from 4-8:00pm Crippled Ducks band from 5:30-8:30pm Carriage Rides with the Gregg Clydesdales 5% rebates on HPI dream of glory bets Celebrity Horse in outdoor stall Taylor Fritz and Sonny parade marshall 15,000 dollar BEM fireworks display after the races Gord Dougan

 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

ELORA, ON — Just two days after scoring a Grassroots double at Hanover Raceway, Hall of Fame reinsman Steve Condren added two more Grassroots wins to his resume in Monday evening’s two-year-old trotting colt action at Grand River Raceway. The Milton resident struck early, guiding division point leader Pasadena Star to a commanding seven length victory from Post 7 in the first $15,000 division. Hetties Commander and Strike It Big battled into second and third in the mile, which was clocked in 2:01.1. Windsor trainer Bob McIntosh bred and owns the Kadabra gelding in partnership with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. Through seven starts this season Pasadena Star has recorded five wins and one third for earnings of $79,763. Condren was back in the winner’s circle following the eighth race, carving another winning trip out from Post 7 for long shot Ramas Last Son. The Majestic Son gelding reeled in pacesetter Rival Seelster in the stretch to claim the three-quarter length victory in 2:02.2. Verdi was well back in third. The win was the first in seven outings for Ramas Last Son, who is trained by Edward Peconi Jr. for Garry Patterson of Kirkfield. In his first two Grassroots appearances the gelding made errors and finished ninth and tenth, so he will not advance to the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack. Local colt Warrawee Promesse will advance, however, after scoring a 2:03.4 victory from Post 7 in the final division on Monday. Trainer Wayne Henry guided the son of Windsong Espoir to the four and one-quarter length win over Aventure and favourite Passed Dat Point. The Arthur resident shares ownership of Warrawee Promesse with Fred Brayford of Alliston. R Choochoo Charlie will join Pasadena Star and Warrawee Promesse in the post season after clocking a 2:03.2 win, but the other two winners, Illseeuincourt (2:04.1) and Crowningcrest (2:03.4), did not accumulate enough points prior to Monday’s test to land them in the Grassroots Championship. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Grand River Raceway this week with the regular season Grassroots finale for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday and the second last Gold Series event for the two-year-old pacing colts on Friday evening. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

ELORA, ON - Muscle Magic and Twin B Alibi sit first and fourth in the three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots point standings, but neither filly has found the Ontario Sires Stakes winners circle in recent weeks. The fillies make their last regular season start at Grand River Raceway on Friday, Sept. 6 and their local connections would love to wrap things up with a win. Trainer Wayne Henry will steer Twin B Alibi from Post 6 in the second $18,000 Grassroots division, looking to rebound from a pair of disappointing results in late August. At Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 19 the Angus Hall daughter made a late break and finished ninth, then on Aug. 27 she finished eighth over a sloppy Georgian Downs oval. Prior to those efforts Twin B Alibi had rung up two wins and one second in Grassroots action for Arthur resident Henry and his partners Daylon Farms of Komoka and the Estate of Daniel J. McCann of Parkhill. Heading into the regular season finale the filly has 126 points and is assured of one of 10 berths in the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship, but her connections would like to see her arrive there on a winning note. Division point leader Muscle Magic will be hampered by the outside Post 8 in her effort to score Grassroots win number three. The Muscle Mass daughter finished second in both her Aug. 19 and 27 divisions after scoring open-length victories at Kawartha Downs on July 20 and Sudbury Downs on Aug.  Rockwood resident Benoit Baillargeon trains Muscle Magic for his partners Nunzio Vena of Bolton and Santo Vena of Brampton. The partners will be cheering on the division leader - whose 175 points are 25 more than her nearest rival - in Friday's sixth race. Grand River Raceway's Fun and Frivolity Friday Night gets under way at 7:05 pm, with the three-year-old trotting fillies taking centre stage in Races 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. Click here For complete entries. Click here For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. by Sandra Snyder  

INNISFIL, ON - Tuesday's Grassroots event at Georgian Downs will get off to a quick start as four of the top 10 sophomore trotting fillies square off in the first $18,000 division. Moms Apple Pie and Twin B Alibi are tied for second spot in the standings with 125 points and will start from Posts 2 and 6, respectively. Legzy, riding a two-race win streak, currently sits fifth with 102 points and will start from Post 5 and tenth-ranked Tymal Viva rounds out the heavy hitting line up from Post 7. Moms Apple Pie, trained by Bill Budd for William Dixon of Caledon, ON, earned her points through two wins and one second. The Striking Sahbra filly was a two and three-quarter length winner in the Aug. 19 Grassroots test at Mohawk Racetrack. Twin B Alibi also has two wins and one second to her credit, but heads into Tuesday's contest off a disappointing break and ninth-place result in the Aug. 19 event. The Angus Hall miss is trained and driven by Arthur resident Wayne Henry, who owns her in partnership with Daylon Farms Ltd. of Komoka and the Estate of Daniel J. McCann of Parkhill, ON. A Gold Final winner last season, Legzy has been sharp in her last two Grassroots appearances, recording a personal best 1:55.4 at Mohawk on Aug. 19. Rob Fellows conditions the Amigo Hall daughter for owner-breeders Edward Wilson of Seagrave, ON and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. Tymal Viva posted her sole Grassroots win in the July 20 contest at Kawartha Downs. The Muscle Mass daughter will be looking to maintain her position among the top 10 point earners for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and his partners Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, 1443059 Ontario Inc. of Oldcastle and 1035840 Ontario Inc. of Arthur, ON. Only the top 10 point earners following the six regular season events will advance to the Grassroots Championship. Georgian Downs kicks off its Tuesday evening program at 7:25 pm and shines the spotlight on the three-year-old trotting fillies in Races 2, 3, 5, 8, and 11. For complete entries. For up to date point standings, race replays, and more.  Sandra Snyder  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack’s Monday, Aug. 19 program is loaded with Ontario Sires Stakes talent as the three-year-old trotting fillies arrive at the Campbellville oval for their fourth Grassroots event and the three-year-old pacing colts square off in their fourth Gold Series test. Muscle Magic and Twin B Alibi sit atop the three-year-old trotting filly standings with two wins and one second through the first three Grassroots events. Twin B Alibi makes her bid for a second straight victory from Post 6 in the first $18,000 division, with trainer Wayne Henry of Arthur in the Angus Hall filly’s race bike for his partners Daylon Farms Ltd. of Komoka and the Estate of Daniel J. McCann of Parkhill. Milton resident Mario Baillargeon will pilot Muscle Magic after her second straight win from Post 2 in the tenth race. The Muscle Mass daughter was a commanding four length winner in the Aug. 11 Grassroots event, stopping the Sudbury Downs teletimer at 1:59.4. Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood trains Muscle Mass for his partners Nunzio Vena of Bolton and Santo Vena of Brampton. Three-year-old pacing colt division leader Mach It So is competing in the Battle of Brandywine in Pennsylvania on Aug. 17, so the colts chasing him in the point standings will be looking to gain some ground in Monday’s event. Windsong Jack finished second to Mach It So in last weekend’s Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk, and the Santanna Blue Chip gelding will be looking to make it a win from Post 5 in the first $105,000 Gold Series division. Billy Davis Jr. of Cambridge piloted the gelding to the runner-up showing last weekend and will be back in the race bike again Monday for trainer Dave Menary and owners Larry Menary of Cheltenham, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, Denis Breton of Welland and Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford. Three of Windsong Jack’s stablemates will also compete in Monday’s Gold Series test. Tarpon Hanover makes his third start in the program from Post 4 in the eleventh race for trainer Dave Menary of Cheltenham and his partners Brad Gray of Dundas, Bruce Norris of Caledon East and Denis Breton of Welland, while Panpero Firpo and Panongahela get Post 4 in the eighth race and Post 7 in the eleventh. The No Pan Intended sons, owned and bred by Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH, are making the leap up to the Gold Series from the Grassroots program. Mohawk Racetrack’s Monday evening program begins at 7:25 pm, with the three-year-old trotting fillies battling for Grassroots glory in Races 1, 2, 5, 9, and 10 and the three-year-old pacing colts going for Gold in Races 8 and 11. For complete entries.     Sandra Snyder

SUDBURY, ON — Twin B Alibi kicked off Sunday afternoon’s Grassroots event with a hard fought victory over the Sudbury Downs half-mile. With trainer Wayne Henry in the race bike, Twin B Alibi fired out of Post 3 to a :29 opening quarter and then led the field to a :59.1 half. Heading for the 1:29.2 three-quarters longshot Standing My Ground started to pressure the pacesetter, but Twin B Alibi stayed game, battling all the way to the wire for a three-quarter length victory in 2:00.3. Standing My Ground settled for second, one length ahead of favourite Twiggys Twick. Arthur resident Henry shares ownership of Twin B Alibi with Daylon Farms of Komoka and the Estate of Daniel J. McCann of Parkhill. With two wins and one second in the first three Grassroots events, the Angus Hall daughter shares ownership of top spot in the division standings with the filly that won the second $18,000 Grassroots event on Sunday. Like her rival, Muscle Magic went straight to the front from Post 2 and rolled to a commanding four length victory in 1:59.4. Favourite Orderingin hit the wire second while Bop Too The Top rounded out the top three. Baillargeon pilots the filly for his brother, trainer Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood, Nunzio Vena of Bolton and Santo Vena of Brampton. Like Twin B Alibi, the Muscle Mass daughter has two wins and one second to her credit for a total of 125 Grassroots points. Mario Baillargeon picked up a second Grassroots victory in the third division, guiding Legzy to a 2:01.3 victory over Katla and Georgia Baby. The win was the first this season for Amigo Hall daughter Legzy, who was a Gold Final winner last season for trainer Robert Don Fellows and owner-breeders Edward Wilson of Seagrave and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. The final Grassroots division went to Armstead Kyra and driver David Boughton, who stopped the clock at 2:02.3 for trainer Mike Keeling and owner-breeder Dr. Roland Armitage of Dunrobin. The talented three-year-old trotting fillies make their fourth of six Grassroots stops at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 19. For complete results please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0811sudbyn.dat by Sandra Snyder  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 6, 2013 — Comfortably in the pocket, Designed To Be pulled early — the winning decision, as she drew off to an easy victory that matched the stake record of 1:55.2 in Tuesday’s $254,184 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old filly trotters, known as the Delmonica Hanover, was contested over three divisions, with A Perfect Gem and Needle Pointe taking the other $84,728 splits. Andy Miller enjoyed a stake double behind Designed To Be and A Perfect Gem. Designed To Be had shown a stalking style in her two previous starts, but Miller pushed the button before the half on the 1-5 favorite. “It was a move I thought I should make with her,” Miller said. “I thought the leader might back into me a little bit. I thought I was the best and if I put her on the front to control the race, she’d be okay. She responded real well. She’s trained on the lead enough, and she knows what she’s doing. She’s a professional.” Designed To Be rolled on to defeat Demanding Sam by 4-1/4 lengths. Early leader Royal Tabs saved show. The time equaled the Delmonica Hanover mark established by Sand Violent Blu in 2011. Julie Miller trains the homebred daughter of Donato Hanover-Sheer Soul for Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz. A Perfect Gem gave up the lead late in her last outing, the Arden Downs at The Meadows, but she had plenty left in the Delmonica Hanover after a cover trip, shooting the Lightning Lane to triumph in a career best 1:57. Global Magic was second, 3 lengths back, with Vanity Matters third. “I think she was a little sick last week, and she likes chasing horses down,” Miller said. “Maybe reversing the trip helped her. She was on her game today, whether I was on the front or off a helmet.” Robin Cruise conditions the daughter of Yankee Glide-Asixpakfromperfect for Paymaq Racing, Louis Willinger and Daniel Plouffe. Dismissed at 23-1, Needle Pointe found a good early seat from post 7, then brushed through the Lightning Lane to upset in 1:58.3 for Paul MacDonnell, trainer Wayne Henry and owner Shelley Henry. Abettajetta fell a neck short in second while the first-over Noon Tea Party earned show. “I was pretty sure that she would need a trip however she raced,” MacDonnell said. “She’s real handy, and that’s what made the race. She got off the gate strong, and she finished strong. That’s kind of her M.O. Next year when she fills out and matures, she’ll be even better.” The daughter of Cantab Hall-Sumi Hanover broke her maiden with the victory. Brett Miller drove three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak  

ELORA, ON — With early season division winners Hope For Justice and Aggressive lined up beside him on the starting gate, Grand River Raceway fans gave Tothepointe James very little consideration in the fifth Gold Series division on Monday evening. Trainer-driver Wayne Henry however, ignored the odds and sent the Deweycheatumnhowe son after the lead as soon as the wings folded. Tothepointe James reached the opening quarter in :30 and sailed on to a 1:00.2 half and a 1:31 three-quarters before accelerating away from the field of two-year-old trotting colts to an eight and three-quarter length victory in 2:00.2. Illseeuincourt and Global Reality completed the top three. Fan favourite Hope For Justice made an early break that knocked him out of the action and Aggressive skipped off stride at the three-quarter marker and finished sixth. Arthur resident Henry shares ownership of Tothepointe James with the Estate of Daniel McCann of Parkhill, Jeffrey Thomson of Chesley and Arnold Feldman of Cote Saint-Luc, QC. The half-brother to $485,018 winner Pointe Of Honour, the 2008 freshman trotting colt Super Final champion, was a $25,000 purchase at last fall’s Forest City Yearling Sale. Wayne Henry was not the only member of his family to score a Gold Series win at Grand River Raceway on Monday, brother Trevor Henry eked out a nose victory in the sixth race with pacesetter Special Agent Man. The Federal Flex son held off favourite Great White Way and Deweykeepumnwhy to score the 2:01.1 win. Richard Moreau trains Special Agent Man for Ecuries Richelieu Inc. of Venise-en-Quebec, QC. The other Gold Series divisions were captured by See The Wind (1:59.3), Utopia (2:00.1), Mr Lover (2:01.3), and Jitterbug (2:00). The top 20 two-year-old trotting colts make their next start in the Gold Series Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Aug. 5. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement also continues at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Aug. 5, when the three-year-old pacing fillies warm up the enthusiastic Industry Day crowd for the Battle of Waterloo and Battle of the Belles Finals. For complete results please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0722grvrn.dat by Sandra Snyder  

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