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.
The much-anticipated eliminations for the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup are far from the only reason to be at Mohawk tonight, Saturday June 7.