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
Temperatures in the Hanover area are forecasted to be cooler heading into the weekend, but they may not get as low as harness racing owner Jeff Thomson would like.
Counter Pointe established herself as the three-year-old trotting filly division heavyweight with a second straight Grassroots harness racing win on Friday evening (July 6) at Rideau Carleton Raceway.
Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon with the first Grassroots harness racing event for the two-year-old trotting colts.
It's that time of year when an increasing number of promising harness racing three year old trotters are hitting the track at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park to lay the foundation for their 2012 campaign.
The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park is pleased to be hosting one of Norway's most respected harness racing trainers and drivers, Ove Wassberg, for the February 22nd program.
One of the mainstays on the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) trail, Wayne Henry, has started his quest to follow up his career best harness racing year in the bike while campaigning from his winter training base in Florida.
Arthur (Ontario) born and raised harness racing driver Bruce Richardson recently claimed his third driving premiership at Hanover Raceway. It was his fifth title in a career spanning back to 1990. He has also been champion twice at Clinton Raceway.
Harness racing freshman trotting colts Mikey Hanover and Northern Victory scored one for the local side at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening, finishing first and second in their $24,000 Grassroots division.
Rideau Carleton Raceway regular harness racing driver John MacDonald picked up a catch drive aboard three-year-old trotting filly Here Comes Jenny on Friday evening and piloted the fan favourite to a Grassroots victory.