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JULY 1, 2017 - Trainer Rene Allard and driver Michael Whelan teamed up to win a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions on Hiawatha Horse Park's Canada Day harness racing program Saturday. Three Grassroots trophies were up for grabs and Allard and Whelan captured the first and last divisions with Rose Run Speedster and Clarion Call, both sons of Windsong Espoir. Starting from Post 7, Whelan sent Rose Run Speedster straight to the front and the pair never saw a challenge, rolling through fractions of :27.4, :59.3 and 1:29.4 on their way to a four and three-quarter length victory in 1:59.2. Fan Favourite Motown Jackpot and Upvote Hanover rounded out the top three. "We're pretty happy to see him returning to form," said Guelph, ON resident Anthony MacDonald, who shares ownership of Rose Run Speedster with Allard and members of the fractional ownership group Rose Run Speedster Stable, also of Guelph. "We had some good luck with him last year and he really helped put on the map. A lot of owners new to the game in 2016 are very happy right now, and that's good for the industry." A two-time Gold Series winner at two, Rose Run Speedster is now is sole possession of top spot in the sophomore trotting colt Grassroots standings after posting wins in the first two legs of the series. The colt boosted his lifetime earnings to $136,050 with Saturday's victory. Whelan employed the same tactics to land Clarion Call in the winner's circle in the last $19,150 division. Hustling away from Post 2 Clarion Call rang up a :27.3 quarter, :58.1 half and 1:28.1 three-quarters on his way to a three and one-half length win in 1:58.4. Favourite Santini was second and Tougher Than Ever trotted into third. Also a Gold Series winner at two, Saturday's appearance marked Clarion Call's debut in the sophomore provincial program. Allard, who makes his home in Matamoras, PA, shares ownership of Clarion Call with Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, QC and Earl Hill Jr. of Ohsweken, ON. The other Grassroots trophy went home with trainer Mark Steacy, who had already captured a trio in three-year-old trotting filly action at Dresden Raceway earlier in the day. Starting from Post 2 with Iona Station, ON resident Alfie Carroll in the race bike, Dontcrampmystyle left smartly and reached the quarter in :28.2. Carroll allowed Jayport Buddy and Steve Byron to take control heading for the :58.4 and shadowed the new pacesetter through a 1:29 three-quarters before hitting the gas in the stretch. Dontcrampmystyle reeled in Jayport Buddy by three-quarters of a length with Enchanted Mission closing well to be third in the 1:59.3 mile. "We picked him up in the spring and he's had issues which we have been working on," said Lansdowne, ON resident Steacy, who conditions Dontcrampmystyle for owner-breeder Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, ON. "He always tries hard and seems to be getting healthier." The win was the Muscle Mass son's third of the season and his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. He and the other sophomore trotting colts will make their third Grassroots start next Sunday, July 9 at Clinton Raceway. In addition to the exciting on-track action Hiawatha Horse Park fans enjoyed red velvet Canada Day cupcakes and giveaways including Ontario Sires Stakes ball caps and Ontario Racing flip-flops. Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey presented the Grassroots winners with their trophies and enjoyed the Canada Day festivities with the Hiawatha fans. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, October 29, 2016 - On Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, Le Millenaire (The Millennium in English) is going for his third straight win. He starts from post three in the third race feature trot. A three-year-old colt by Windsong Espoir, Le Millenaire did not race at age two, but is making that up this season with six wins, four seconds and one third place finish in 12 starts so far in 2016, all of this despite the loss of one of his eyes. Le Millenaire is trained by Serge Nadeau and is owned and bred by Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu, QC. He is driven by Stephane Brosseau. "He is a very big colt," Brosseau said, "and because of his size is mainly why he did not race at age 2. "He started off this season on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. He was not too smart at first but he kept learning. "He only has use of the one eye," Brosseau said, "and maybe that is why he is a bit crazy on the track. He never stands well in the winner's circle. They had to work on him a bit earlier this year and he is getting better. He has not really showed me that much speed yet. But he is very sound and good gaited. "Because of his size I think he will become better with age." Brosseau added, "He is so big but now does better on the small tracks. Last week he won for fun and I think I could have gone a second or two faster. We will see this Sunday, but I think every start he learns more and will get better." "He is not for sale," Nadeau said jokingly. "I like this colt very much and I think over time he will have a very good future. "When he was being trained at age two his right eye kept dripping and got worse and worse until he lost his sight in it." Nadeau explained. "Yes, he is a bit wild on the track, but we have taken our time working with him and he has settled down some. Stephane Brosseau knows how to handle him on the track and has done very well with him." Windsong Espoir is the 5/2 morning line favorite on Sunday and races as an entry with Holiday Gift (Sylvain Fontaine), who starts from post one. Both Le Millenaire and Holiday Gift have been racing against each other most of the season and currently Le Millenaire leads the rivalry with four wins over Holiday Gift, who has three wins against Le Millenaire. This is the eighth time the two have raced against each other this year. "I think my colt is a little bit better right now than Holiday Party." Brosseau added, "But we will see on Sunday. I do not think he will get beat." Post time is 1:30 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

JULY 26, 2016 - Grand River Raceway's Fun and Frivolity Friday Night will be even more entertaining this week as the Elora oval hosts three divisions of Grassroots harness racing action for the two-year-old trotting fillies and the Ontario Sires Stakes "Be A Winner" contest. The novice trotting fillies will test their skills in Races 1, 4, and 6 and trainer Wayne Henry is hoping his latest round of tinkering will help Warrawee Storm's full potential emerge. "She trained down really nice," said the Arthur, ON resident. "I'm having trouble getting the shoeing figured out on her. I changed her shoes again today (Tuesday). "She has a good engine in her when things are right," added Henry, who shares ownership of the filly with Fred Brayford of Alliston and Daylon Farms Ltd. of Komoka, ON. The trio purchased the filly out of the Canadian Yearling Sale, offering up $31,000 for the daughter of Windsong Espoir and Warrawee Indy. Henry has a long history with the family, having driven Warrawee Storm's grand-dam Independent Dame to Gold and Grassroots victories for his father Ross Henry in 2000 and 2001. The Henry Stable also campaigned four of Independent Dame's siblings. Once Independent Dame started her broodmare career, Henry purchased two of her offspring, including $327,624 winner Major Herbie, and Warrawee Storm is the second foal from her daughter Warrawee Indy that the horseman has acquired. Her elder brother Warrawee Promesse was a Gold and Grassroots winner in 2013 and 2014, banking $140,230 for Henry and Brayford. Henry will steer Warrawee Storm from Post 4 in the third $18,000 division, facing off against a field of seven that includes Inner Drive, a winner from the July 21 Grassroots event at Mohawk Racetrack who will start from Post 2. Henry is hoping his most recent shoeing change helps Warrawee Storm improve on the fifth-place result she delivered on July 21. "I've had them on backwards, and different sizes, tipped this way, tipped that way," said Henry of the filly's recent footwear. "(Friday) she'll wear 5/8-inch half-rounds up front with Razer pads and aluminum shoes behind. "She'll either like it or she won't," added the horseman philosophically. "All she can is do is try." Fans pulling for Warrawee Storm can fill out their "Be A Winner" contest entry form and deposit it in the ballot box inscribed with her name. One ballot will be selected from each of the eight boxes representing a starter in Race 6 and each of those lucky finalists will receive an Ontario Sires Stakes t-shirt, ball cap, and lanyard badge along with a $15 win-place-show wager on their chosen horse. The finalist whose horse wins the race will join the filly's connections in the winner's circle and add a trophy, jacket and golf shirt to their Ontario Sires Stakes goodie bag. They will also receive a commemorative photograph and a $50 wagering voucher. In addition to the trio of Grassroots divisions and "Be A Winner" contest, fans will enjoy the usual line-up of Fun and Frivolity Friday Night entertainment. The crew from 107.5 Dave Rocks will be broadcasting live from under the Tarmac Tent from 7 to 10 pm and fans keen to put their own racing skills to the test can participate in the weekly Bouncy Pony Stakes after Race 9. The NEIGHbourhood kids' program runs from 6:30 to 8:30 pm under the Tarmac Tent, culminating with the opportunity to join the winner of Race 5 for a photo and meet another racehorse during the Friday Night Barn Tour following Race 5. Grand River Raceway's full Fun and Frivolity line up gets under way at 6:35 pm, with the two-year-old trotting fillies waging their Grassroots battles in Races 1, 4, and 6. Ontario Racing

El Diablo Hall (Windsong Espoir) prevailed in his first try in the harness racing Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Melissa Beckwith trainee left hard early before yielding to the race's favorite Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr). Stirling Cadet enjoyed soft fractions in the middle half but didn't have enough to hold off the late surge up the inside by El Diablo Hall who tracked him down in the final strides to win by a nose. It was the fifth win in the last six starts for the four year old trotter who debuted in the $15,000 feature on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Spa. Mark Beckwith piloted El Diablo Hall, who paid $7.80 to win, to his seventh victory of the season which came in a career best 1:55.2. Stirling Cadet came up second best while On The Podium (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. The exacta returned $13.20 while the triple came back $54. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga beginning at 4:00pm. Mike Sardella  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The Hippodrome 3R will host the final preliminary round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old trotters on Wednesday. After this fourth round of the series, the top eight point earners in each division (colt and filly) will return on Sunday, September 6 for their respective $65,000 finals. All eyes will be on Intouchable in the sixth race, second division of the series. Last week the royally bred son of Angus Hall saw his impressive three-race winning streak come to an end as he broke stride at the start of the race and finished a distant fifth place. "He hit his knee leaving out of the gate and went on a run," said harness racing driver Mario Charron about Intouchable. "I heard him hit his knee and knew we were in trouble. "It took a little bit to get him back on stride," Charron explained, "But I know he will be alright. His trainer, Maxime Velaye, will have him ready to go again on Wednesday. He will straighten out his shoeing so it does not happen again." In that race last week, Seeyou Men and driver Robert Shepherd led from start to finish and set a track record for three-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:59.3 triumph. "That colt went a tremendous mile," Charron said, "We will have to worry about him in the final next month. I just want to see my horse go a good mile on Wednesday." Intouchable starts from post six in the second division that also features National Trace (post 4), Double Chance (post 1) and SOS Revange (post 6). The fifth race, first division of the series, the filly D'Espoir, leads the field from post 1 for driver Pascal Berube. This daughter of Windsong Espoir was able to close with a burst of speed at the top of the stretch last week and post and easy victory on the off-track. She will face stiff competition from rivals SOS Harddrive (post 3), 2012 champion, Meganou (post 5) and Promesses Imperial (post 7). After this Sunday's live race card, the Hippodrome 3R will be taking a break from live harness racing for the Trois-Rivieres Auto Grand Prix. Racing will resume on Wednesday, August 12. The track will still be open for simulcasting and the casino. For more information visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The unbeaten win streak this year by Intouchable is no more as the three-year-old trotter went off-stride after the start of the first race at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday. Touted as perhaps "untouchable" after his easy victories in the first two rounds of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series, Intouchable and driver Mario Charron went on the gallop after the start and could not get back on-stride and was distanced in the race. Intouchable's first loss in 2015 was a big gain for Seeyou Men, who started from post three for driver Robert Shepherd, went right to the lead, held the field at bay through fractions of :28.3, :59.3 and 1:29.4 before opening up on the field, winning in a romp by five and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.3. Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) was second with Champagne Panic (Denis Filion) third. It was the second win in just three lifetime starts and a lifetime mark for Seeyou Men. The gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Isabelle D'Darveau for owner Catheline Pelletier of Chantal Gravel, QC and paid $9.70 to win. In the seventh race filly division, a bulky field of ten starters went behind the starting gate and it was National Trace and driver Stephane Brosseau who was the first on the lead as race favorite Double Chance (Sylvain LaCaille) went off-stride. National Trace led to the opening quarter mile in :29.2, then giving way to stubborn Meganou (Jocelyn Gendron), who took the field to the half mile marker in :59.3 and looked to be in total control of the race. Then right at the three-quarters in 1:30.2, Meganou went off-stride, giving the easy lead back to National Trace. But stalking the field in third place most of the mile was D'Espoir and driver Pascal Berube and at the top of the stretch they came after stablemate National Trace, collared them in mid-stretch and came on to win a half-length in 2:03.3. Chamane (Simon Delisle) was third. Both D'Espoir and National Trace are trained by Dany Fontaine and owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. Montreal. D'Espoir is also co-owned by the Berto Stables of QC. It was just the first win in two starts this year for the daughter of Windsong Espoir. She paid $8.50 to win. Coming up this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R will be the $250,000 third round of the Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old pacers. For more information visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Doug McIntosh missed out on a piece of the eight-foot long cake, but the Wheatley resident still left the harness racing meeting at Dresden Raceway on Canada Day in a celebratory mood after Cincinnati Miss delivered an impressive victory in her $18,000 Grassroots division. "It's now one race at a time, but she kind of made us believers, and I'm very, very happy," said McIntosh. "It worked out great." Sent off as the narrow favourites over Allies Gift and Luc Ouellette, Cincinnati Miss and driver Trevor Henry sprinted away from Post 4 and took early control of the race. As the pair rolled through fractions of :29, :57.3 and 1:28 with Allies Gift tucked in behind them, McIntosh worried the tempo might be too quick, but Cincinnati Miss found another gear in the stretch and pulled away to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:58.2. "I was a little concerned that the fractions were pretty heavy," admitted McIntosh, who shares ownership of Cincinnati Miss with Ivey Pharm Stable of Cincinnati, Ohio. "But you know what, she made us proud in the stretch, she just dug in and got the job done, and within two-fifths (of a second) of the track record." The win improved the Kadabra daughter's sophomore record to two wins, two seconds and one third in five starts and boosted her season earnings to $25,160. The consistent young trotter will make her next start in the July 14 Grassroots event at Georgian Downs. "I can't say enough for Bob's team, they've done a great job," said McIntosh, who retired from training horses in the spring and handed care of Cincinnati Miss off to his brother Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON. "Daryl (Wayne) that looks after her is a very, very efficient groom, she's had a lot of experience and she knows what to do. She's very, very proud." McIntosh was also pleased to see the enthusiastic crowd gathered at Dresden Raceway to celebrate Canada Day and the Grassroots trotting fillies. In addition to Cincinnati Miss, the fans greeted six other fillies as they returned triumphant to the Dresden winner's circle. The aptly named Summers Jewel kicked things off with a 1:59.2 score in the first Grassroots division, circling out three-wide to claim a two length victory over Pointe Of Inquiry and JLs Too Hot Taj. Mario Baillargeon piloted the fan favourite to her first win of the season for his brother, trainer Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood, ON, who also owns the daughter of Angus Hall. In the second division Hope Rises tracked down pacesetter Misslarissa heading for the three-quarters and accelerated away to a three and one-half length victory in 2:01. Fan favourite Lady Caterina settled for second, with Misslarissa hanging on for third. Sylvain Filion drove the Windsong Espoir daughter to her first win of the season for trainer Kelly Goodwin and owner-breeders Deborah Spike-Pierce of Lexington, KY and Madelon Spike of Jerome, MI. Local filly Judy The Beauty, owned by Randy Zhok of Dover Centre, had fans on their feet in the stretch of the third division, but finished one-quarter length behind winner Flexceptional in the 2:01 mile. Dave Tyrrell trains Flexceptional for Michael Casalino Jr. of Freehold, NJ and Anthony MacDonald piloted the Federal Flex daughter to the win. Tymal Fireitup rounded out the top three. La Bella Rosa's late sprint in the fourth division paid dividends, as she hit the wire one-quarter length ahead of Giona and fan favourite Kaddy. The Holiday Road filly gave driver Sylvain Filion his second win of the afternoon. Filion engineered the 1:59.4 win for trainer Reaume Bouvier and owners Bella Fortuna Stable of Laval, QC and Patricia McGuirl of Guelph, ON. Kadabra daughter Wing Flash displayed an impressive turn of foot in the fifth division, sailing along on the front end to a seven and one-half length victory in 1:58.2. Sheguindah and Stay In Touch completed the top three. Trainer-driver Wayne Henry of Arthur, ON shares ownership of Wing Flash with Daylon Farms of Komoka, ON. The final Grassroots division saw Trevor Henry make his second appearance in the Dresden winner's circle, guiding Muscle Mass daughter Sumthintotalkabout to a three and one-quarter length win for trainer Stephen Bossence of London, ON and his partner Stephen Palermo of Brampton, ON. Ill Stay Here and fan favourite Oh My Magic finished second and third in the 1:59.3 mile. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their third Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on July 14, with each of the Canada Day winners hoping to add a few more points to their total in pursuit of a berth in the post season. Ontario Horse Racing

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015 - Everything went according to plan for driver Trevor Henry and three-year-old trotting colt Olympic Son as the duo captured the first Gold Series Leg of the 2015 season at the harness racing meeting at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Wednesday evening. Starting from Post 3 in the $52,500 contest, Henry sent Olympic Son directly to the front and the colt cruised along unchallenged to a two and one half length victory in 1:58.2. Luck O The Irish and fan favourite Covert Operative finished second and third. "I kind of wanted to be on the front with him," said Henry of the Majestic Son colt. "I know he's good on a half - I won at Hanover with him last year - so that's kind of where I wanted to be." A two-time winner at the Grassroots level last season, Olympic Son is trained by Paul Reid for owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. The second division saw local favourite El Diablo Hall match the 1:58.2 clocking, sailing under the wire four and one-half lengths ahead of Namesmuscle and Concept. El Diablo Hall is trained by Anthony Montini for London's Dale Hunter, Rick Podolinsky of Alvinston, Albina Montini of Acton and Paul Giammichele of Burlington. The win marked the first start of the season for Windsong Espoir son El Diablo Hall, who was the Grassroots Final runner-up at two. Lightly rated Winning Wizard and driver Paul MacDonell conjured up a win in the third division, reeling in the favourites down the stretch to claim the 1:57.1 victory. Favourite Hemi Seelster finished one-quarter length back in second with Alacrity rounding out the top three. Richard "Nifty" Norman conditions Winning Wizard and Neven Botica of Perth, Australia owns the gelded son of Kadabra, who was making his first appearance in an Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle. Fan favourite Rubber Duck took home the final Gold Series trophy of the evening, halting the teletimer at 1:57.3 in his Ontario Sires Stakes debut. Platoon Seelster and Jayport All Muscle completed the triactor. Sylvain Filion engineered the win for trainer Julie Walker and owners Blair and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, AB. The 1:57.3 win established a new personal best for the son of Muscle Mass. The three-year-old trotting colts make their second Gold Series stop at Mohawk Racetrack on June 30, while Ontario Sires Stakes action races back to The Raceway at Western Fair District this Friday, May 29. As part of Friday's Molson Pace night, Ontario's exciting three-year-old pacing colts will warm up the crowd in three $70,000 Gold Series divisions before the country's top aged pacers take the track in the evening's $150,000 finale. In addition to the outstanding racing - highlighted on the large trackside video board - fans can enter to win prizes, try their luck at four guaranteed pool wagers, and join the Molson Party on the Patio. Post time for Friday's festivities is 7:15 pm. Ontario Horse Racing - Check site here - www.ontariohorseracing.caF

“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 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 From the Quebec Jockey Club

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