“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
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
After a week’s hiatus for the grand prix auto races in the town of Trois Rivieres, the Hippodrome 3R returns to harness racing action Sunday afternoon with the opening round of the $300,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters and pacers. There are six $7,500 preliminary divisions on Sunday. The elimination rounds will take place for two more weeks and then on Sunday, September 7 the top eight point earners in each division will return for their respective $55,000 finals. On that same day will be the $65,000 final for the three-year-olds, making for eight championship final on the program. The very first race on the card Sunday in the series is for two-year-old trotting fillies. There are seven starters and featured is Intouchable, who starts from the far outside in post eight. The young daughter of Angus Hall is the only winner in the field, capturing a qualifying race at Rideau Carlton in her last start with a 2:03.2 victory by six and one-half lengths. She will be driven by Mario Charron. Other contenders in the race are C L Magic Road (post 5) and the entry of Surprise P V (post 5) and Destin P V (post 7). The second trotting filly division is the fifth race and it is headed by D Espoir from post four for driver Stephane Brosseau. This filly by Windsong Espoir could well break the 21-year-old track record of only 2:04.3 as she won on July 22 at Georgian Downs five-eighths mile oval in 2:00.3 in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots. She may face some competition from Sunrise Linda (post 5) and Promesses Imperial (post seven). Freshman pacing fillies are next with two divisions starting with the second race. Featured is Kinnder Elegance from post five for driver Jocelyn Gendron. This daughter of Allamerican Native won two starts back in a qualifier at Rideau Carlton in 1:58.4 by 26 and one-quarter lengths. She faces competition from Godiva Bella Oya (post four) and First Girl (post three), who already has one win, two seconds and three third place finishes in six starts. The second pacing filly division is race four and it is headlined by the Santana Blue Chip filly, Anna Santanna. She starts from the rail for driver Marie Auger and despite not having won a race yet in three starts she has shown some game second and third place finishes at the Hippodrome 3R, race timed in 2:01.1. Her main competition will come from Miss Bro (post 2) and Allover Sport (post 6). The pacing colts are in the limelight in races three and six. The third race first preliminary round has HP Bushido Dragjet as the 5/2 morning line favorite. He will be driven by Stephane Brosseau and two starts back won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:56.2. He takes on Western Bayama (post 2) and Y S Joe (post six) The sixth race colt division features Sugarsam from post two for driver Mario Charron. This son of Sportswriter has a win already at the Hippodrome 3R in 2:00.4 and was second at Rideau Carlton in his last start in 1:59.4. Other contenders include Rocky Beach (post six) and Clinton Panic (post 3). There were not enough entries in the two-year-old trotting colt division to hold a preliminary round on Sunday. First race post time on Sunday is 1:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club
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
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
D G’s Woodstock for the past two weeks has been the fastest pacer at the Hippodrome 3R and this Sunday he just missed tying the track record for older pacers by three-fifths of second. Sent off as the 1/5 betting favorite, driver Denis St Pierre sent the seven-year-old gelded son of Yankee Cam right after the early lead from post seven. But Shanghai B G (Marie Claude Auger) ended up stinging him to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.1 and then D G’s Woodstock took over command and led the field to the half mile marker in :57 and with the exception of Shanghai B G, who was on his back, left the rest of the field in their wake. Past the three-quarters in 1:25.1, it was a two horse race but down the stretch D G’s Woodstock pulled away from Shanghai B G to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:53.4. Shanghai B G was second with Who Dey (Richard Simard) in third but back nearly ten lengths from the winner. His time was just three-fifths of a second from Duc Dorleans track record of 1:53.1 set on May 4th this year. Trained by Guylaine Fortin for owner/breeder Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin, QC, it was the second straight win and third victory on the year for D G’s Woodstock, who paid $2.60 to win. The two-year-old trotting colt, Willam Star, is now unbeaten in two starts for trainer/driver Jean Francois Magure. Competing Sunday in the third race, the son of Windsong Espoir was able to take the early lead away from D’Espoir (Denis St Pierre) before the opening quarter mile and then led the rest of the race, winning with ease by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:05.4. Co-owned by Magure with Yves Ringuet and David Lapierre of Quebec, William Star paid a generous $4.30 to win as the betting favorite. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
For the third time this harness racing season the track record for pacers at one and one-sixteenth mile at the Hippodrome 3R has been tied and rewritten and once again it is a different horse setting the mark. There has now been five track records either tied or set this season after just 11 race programs at Hippodrome 3R. Their half mile oval has been razor fast this meet. Not only did San’s Frontiere and driver Marie Claude Auger set the record in the ninth race, but they also ended the five-race winning streak of former track record holder The Platinum Guy in the process. The Platinum Guy had started off the season at Hippodrome 3R, setting the track mark at 2:04.4 back on May 20 for driver Stephen Gendron. The record was then tied last week by Adkins Hanover and has now been rewritten by one-fifth of a second by San’s Frontiere in 2:04.3. It was Pan Larceny and driver Pierre Luc Roy who were first on the lead but pressured right away on the outside by Thebestofme and driver Mario Charron as they sped to the opening quarter mile in a quick :27.4. Once settled on the lead, Thebestofme led the field past the half mile marker in :58.4 before Niceandup (Steeven Genios) started up first-over and gave outside cover to San’s Frontiere. They raced that way through the three-quarters in 1:28. Then Auger sent San’s Frontiere to the lead by the top of the stretch with race favorite The Platinum Guy and driver Denis St Pierre hot on their heels but they could not catch San’s Frontiere as they went on to win by one length. Thebestofme was third. It was just the second start this year and first win for San’s Frontiere. The seven-year-old mare by House of Fun is trained by Emile Auger and was bred and is owned by local resident Denis Auger of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. She paid $7.70 to win. The two-year-old pari-mutuel race of the year took place Sunday in the first race with five trotters going to post. William Star, a colt by Windsong Espoir, led at the start for owner/trainer/driver Jean Francois Magure through the opening quarter in :32.1 and the half in 1:05.2. Then the pocket-sitting Flexible and owner/trainer/driver Sylvain Fontaine pulled the pocket and took the lead on the outside before the three-quarters in 1:37. They led until the top of the stretch when Magure came back with William Star and fought off the late charge of Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) to win by a neck in 2:08. William Star paid $10.80 to win. Live racing resumes at Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday and featured will be one of the most exciting race cards of the season with the Eastern Ontario Regional Driving Championships. In the competition are leading reinsman Pascal Berube, Gord Brown, Mario Charron, Guy Gagnon, Jocelyn Gendron, Stephane Gendron, Sylvain Lacaille and Denis St Pierre. They will compete in eight races on the program and the top two finishers, based on points, will go on to compete in the National Driving Championship on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. For more information about the Hippodrome 3R visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
This Sunday the Hippodrome 3R will host the first pari-mutuel race for two-year-olds of the 2014 harness racing season. Six young trotters will go to post in the first race at 1:00 pm. It’s the girls against the boys as three fillies will go again three colts and the morning line favorite is a filly named Allie’s Gift at odds of 5/2. Allie’s Gift has had just one start behind the starting gate on May 24 but she performed like a champion for trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil. The daughter of Holiday Road led from start to finish in a qualifying race at Hippodrome 3R, winning in a romp by twenty one and three-quarter lengths in 2:06.2. The brown filly is owned by Ecuries Richelieu, Inc. of Venise-En, Quebec and was bred by LMN Bred Stables of Ohio. The second choice in the race at odds of 3/1 is another qualifying race winner, a colt, name William Star from post six. He is co-owned, trained and driven by Jean Francois Magure. This son of Windsong Espoir won his prior qualifying race by three-quarters of a length at Hippodrome 3R in 2:09.3. He is co-owned by Magure with Yves Ringuel and David Lapierre of Quebec. The winningest horse of the 2014 season at Hippodrome 3R, track record holder The Platinum Guy, puts his five-race winning streak on the line in the ninth race Sunday. Going in the extra distance event at one and one-sixteenth mile, The Platinum Guy set the track record back on May 20 with a time of 2:04.4. His track record was tied last week by Adkins Hanover. The Platinum Guy starts from post four for driver Denis St Pierre and they are the 3-1 second choice in the race. The race favorite is San’s Frontiere from post two at odds of 5/2. He is making only his second start this year. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For more information visit the track website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
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 - Guelph residents Bjorn "Bernie" Noren and Garth Gordon are readying trotting colts Hope For Justice and Aggressive for an early season showdown at Grand River Raceway on Monday, July 22. Both colts were victorious in their divisions of the Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on July 4 and would like to maintain their standing atop the two-year-old trotting colt leaderboard. Hope For Justice will start with a moderate advantage after landing Post 3 in the draw. The Windsong Espoir gelding and regular reinsman Luc Ouellette are heading into the event with a perfect record stretching back to a June 8 qualifier where they circled the Mohawk oval in 2:04.4. In a second qualifier at the Campbellville oval on June 22 the duo posted a 1:59.1 win, and they improved that mark to 1:57.2 in the first leg of the Gold Series. Noren shares ownership of Hope For Justice with breeder Mary Katz of Lexington, KY. Aggressive will start from Hope For Justice's right at Post 6 and Mike Saftic will steer the Kadabra gelding for Gordon and his partners Robert Lee and James Walker of Port Perry. Saftic engineered a 1:59.4 win for the gelding in the season opener and will be looking to replicate that effort in Monday's eighth race. Like Hope For Justice, Aggressive qualified twice at Mohawk before making his Ontario Sires Stakes debut, posting a fourth on June 14 and a second on June 22. Gordon and his partners acquired Aggressive at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale, offering up $24,000 for the half-brother to $181,424 winner Imageofasweetday. In addition to Hope For Justice, Noren will harness three other Gold Series hopefuls in Monday's test, British Steel, Blue Mitchell and Brixton. British Steel will try and improve on his fourth-place result in the season opener from Post 4 in the third $35,000 division, one race later Blue Mitchell will make his debut from Post 4, and Brixton helps wraps up the Gold Series action in the tenth race, making his bid for a top finish from Post 3. Post time for Grand River Raceway's Monday, July 22 program is 7:05 pm and the two-year-old trotting colts will light up the Elora oval in Races 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, and 10. For complete entries For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. Sandra Snyder
Hope For Justice kicked off the harness racing two-year-old trotting colt Gold Series season opener with a sharp 1:57.2 mile over the Mohawk Racetrack oval that would prove to be the quickest of five $42,000 divisions.
The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society's 2013 stallion auction has now concluded. OSAS extends sincere appreciation to the harness racing farms and stallion owners who generously donated the breedings and to everyone who bid on this year's auction.
The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society will once again be conducting a stallion auction as a fundraiser this year, thanks to the incredible generosity of the stallion owners, but with a different twist.
Windsong Espoir, 2, 1:55.3 ($763,230), winner of the O'Brien Award as Canada's top 2-year-old trotting colt in 2007, will stand the 2013 breeding season at Seelster Farms in Lucan, Ont. The announcement was made by Alan J. Leavitt, manager of the Windsong Espoir Syndicate.
Canada’s top two-year-old trotting colt of 2007, Windsong Espoir, will be making his sophomore stakes final debut on Saturday night in the $279,786 final of the Goodtimes Stakes.