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MILTON, ON - July 29, 2019 - Capt Midnight and Allywag Hanover made it a first-round sweep of the Dream Maker Series for sire Captaintreacherous on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 16 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into a pair of $15,000 divisions. Capt Midnight delivered a :26.2 final-quarter to reach up just in time to defeat stablemate Captain Nemo by a head in the opening split. The Tony Alagna students sat first and third throughout, with 'Nemo' and driver Tim Tetrick cutting out fractions of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:24.3. 'Nemo' looked to scoot away in the lane and held a lead of more than three-lengths with an eighth of a mile remaining. Capt Midnight and driver Andrew McCarthy quickly closed in during the final sixteenth and stormed by at the line for a 1:51.3 maiden-breaking victory. Day Delight, who got a two-hole trip, finished just over seven-lengths back in third. Esai Hanover was fourth. A $350,000 Harrisburg Yearling purchase, Capt Midnight is the second foal out of New York Sires Stakes champion It Was Fascination. The son of Captaintreacherous is now one for three with $8,000 earned for owners Marvin Katz, Kenneth Jacobs, Brad Grant and Captain Kirk Racing. Capt Midnight paid $6.90 to win. Allywag Hanover and driver Sylvain Filion dusted their rivals by four-lengths in an impressive second division victory. The Casie Coleman trainee floated away and patiently worked his way up to the top, clearing to command early in the byin 1:25.3. Run Director powered by in the lane and trotted home in :27.1 to win by three-quarters of a length over Treasured Tee. Free Willy Hanover was third, while Dancer Hall was fourth. A four-year-old son of Kadabra, Run Director has now won four of seven starts this season to bring his career totals to 10 wins and $508,005 earned for owner/breeders Tom & Elizabeth Rankin. Run Director paid $4.80 to win. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment            

MILTON, ON - July 29, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople of a change to the harness racing paddock availability during training hours. Effective immediately, all horsepeople shipping in to train at Mohawk Park must use Barn 5. The paddock will be open during the qualifying and live racing hours. Construction crews working on the paddock expansion will now be working inside the current paddock during hours outside of qualifying and live racing. Mohawk Park's track is open for training every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. to Noon. From Woodbine Mohawk Park Media Department

MILTON, JULY 27, 2019 - Boadicea continued her domination of the harness racing three-year-old pacing filly division with a third Gold Series win at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday evening. Starting from Post 6 with regular driver Jonathan Drury in the race bike, Boadicea had control of the race before the :27.1 quarter and never let her peers get close enough to challenge. After a :54.4 half and a 1:21.3 three-quarters Boadicea opened up a four and one-quarter length margin the stretch, pacing under the wire in 1:49 to match her own Ontario Sires Stakes speed record. Sunny Dee followed Boadicea around the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval into second and Lovely Donna was third. "You shouldn't get worried, but you never know, eh," said trainer Bill Budd, admitting to a few nerves before the heavy favourite clinched her seventh straight win. "She's just a wonderful mare." Boadicea and Drury were greeted by a large crowd in the winner's circle as owner-breeders Charles "Chuck" and Gordon Lawrence of Blenheim, ON were joined by their family. Many of the elder Lawrence's five children, nine grandchildren and great-grandchildren were on hand to greet the filly that Gordon, the eldest grandchild, called every horseman's dream. "He had the whole family here I think, the whole family," said Waterdown, ON resident Budd of the winner's circle celebration. "I'm very happy for them." With another month until the next Gold the daughter of Big Jim and Rose Seelster will maintain her daily routine - an hour of paddock time at 6 a.m., followed by a jog or the occasional training mile and then an afternoon of leisure - interspersed with one or two overnight races. "I'll just nurse her along. She takes care of herself pretty good anyway," said Budd, who raced the filly twice between her June 22 Gold event and Saturday's test. "She's very easy on herself. You could put her on the cross-ties and she'd still be there with her head down when you come back up from whatever you were doing." With her flawless record in Gold Series action Boadicea sit atop the sophomore pacing filly standings with 150 points, 25 more than Powerful Chris, who picked up her second Gold Series win in the second $105,600 division. Boadicea Like Drury, regular reinsman Bob McClure sent Powerful Chris to the front early from Post 5 and the fan favourites rolled through fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:24 on their way to a one-half length win in 1:50.3. Grassroots regular So Much More finished second in her first Gold Series start and Chocolatemilktoast was three lengths back in third. "I never talk to Bob about how he's going to drive. I never talk to a driver ever about how they're going to drive, because I don't want to ever put something in their head, but I guess I wasn't surprised in there that he went to the front," said trainer John Pentland. "I think in a short field like that he knew he was going to be able to get to the front easy enough and control it." The win was the Betterthancheddar daughter's second of her sophomore campaign and pushed her lifetime earnings to $324,6115 for Dorchester resident Pentland and his co-owners Jack Darling Stables Ltd. of Cambridge and Syllabus Stable of Georgetown, ON, whose principal John McClure is thoroughly enjoying the filly's exploits in his 93rd year. "He's so enthusiastic about it and having such a fun time. He is really enjoying this ride," said Pentland of the elder McClure. "We're certainly keeping her past her three-year-old season; she's not on any auction block at all. Everybody is having a lot of fun with her. "It's a great group that we have here, that own her and everybody involved, Scotty (Barr) and the guys that work for me, everybody has had a hand in this and we're just having a lot of fun." Like Budd, Pentland will be looking for an overnight race or two to keep Powerful Chris sharp heading into the fourth Gold Series event on August 25 at Rideau Carleton Raceway, where he hopes to avoid Boadicea for a third straight time. The fillies met in the June 1 Gold Series season opener, Powerful Chris's second start of the sophomore season and Boadicea's third, and Boadicea prevailed by two and one-half lengths in 1:52. "It's eventually going to happen, but I guess maybe it's like (Muhammad) Ali and (Joe) Frazier, they'd rather go and just fight everyone else and not have to meet," said Pentland with a chuckle. Powerful Chris Next up on Woodbine Mohawk Park's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday, July 30. The trotting lasses will be featured in Races 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 9 on the card, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0727wbsbsn.dat. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JULY 25, 2019 - Father-son harness racing duo Gregg and Doug McNair captured two $23,500 Grassroots divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening with three-year-old pacing fillies Swift Ally and Kylie Seelster. The Guelph, ON residents kicked off the event in the first race, with driver Doug McNair and Swift Ally lining up behind Post 2 in the field of nine. The fan favourites sat mid-pack as Green Point and Manhattan Night battled to a :27 opening quarter and a :54.1 half. Heading for the 1:22.4 three-quarters McNair tipped Swift Ally into the outer lane and the filly sprinted off the final turn and down the stretch to a one and three-quarter length win in 1:51.3. Free Exchange finished second and Green Point held on for third. "Things set up pretty good for her," said trainer Gregg McNair. "She wasn't really running away on them, but she raced good. She got the job done anyways." McNair and Ian Fleming of Londesborough, ON bred and own Swift Ally, who is a Big Jim daughter out of $398,464 winner Claires Apache. Unraced at two, the filly started her Ontario Sires Stakes career at the Gold Series level, finishing seventh in the June 1 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. That result prompted McNair and Fleming to drop the filly down to the Grassroots level, where she is now undefeated through two starts. "She probably won't see, unless she changes around, she probably won't see any more Gold action. They're a tough bunch this year the Golds," said the trainer. "She's better off in the Grassroots." Swift Ally In the fourth division Doug McNair and Kylie Seelster started from Post 7 and were sitting fifth when Cinderella Delight reached the quarter in :26.3. McNair moved the filly to the outside heading for the :55.3 half and rolling into the final turn Kylie Seelster turned on the afterburners, opening up a five length lead by the 1:23 three-quarters. Runner-ups Cinderella Delight and Just My Shadow ate up some of that margin in the stretch, by Kylie Seelster hit the wire a comfortable two length winner in 1:52. "She has a real big kick and was in a good spot to get the job done," said Doug McNair. "She's been good her last few starts against some tough fillies." "She was following something pretty good (Better Be Donna N) there two starts ago (July 8), of course she wasn't going to get to her, but she wanted to go three-wide around the last turn," recalled Gregg McNair. "Doug wouldn't let her, it wouldn't have worked out good for her, but she kind of thought she could. That's where she kind of likes to roll a little, on that turn." The elder McNair shares ownership of Kylie Seelster with Hall of Fame horseman Keith Waples of Durham and Dr. Chris Robson of London, ON. The daughter of Big Jim and Kiddie Cocktail is a half-sister to $813,650 winner Kendall Seelster, who was the first sophomore pacing filly to record a sub-1:50 mile in Ontario Sires Stakes action. Thursday's win was Kylie Seelster's third of the sophomore campaign and her first in Grassroots action. Kylie Seelster The other three Grassroots divisions were captured by Twin B Tipster, Lady Finetune, both first-time Ontario Sires Stakes winners, and Springbridgevision. In the second division Twin B Tipster and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON rocketed down the stretch to nab pacesetter Crisp Mane in 1:51.4. Crisp Mane settled for second behind the fan favourites, with Saulsbrook Jessie rounding out the top three. "She likes to race from off the pace, she could never cut a mile," said trainer Scott McEneny of Puslinch, who shares ownership of the Bettors Delight daughter with Brad Grant of Milton, ON. "We're very happy with the way she is racing right now." Twin B Tipster One race later Lady Finetune slipped out of third coming off the final turn and powered home to a 1:52.2 win for driver Bob McClure of Rockwood, ON. Pacesetter Affluent Seelster finished second and fan favourite Freya Seelster was third. McClure crafted the win, the Badlands Hanover daughter's third straight, for trainer Robert Fellows and owner Alan Bodin of Rockwood, ON Lady Finetune Springbridgevision and driver James MacDonald used a sharp :26.4 last quarter to circle the field and claim a head victory over Be Best and Quebec Blue Chip in the last division. The fillies hit the wire in 1:52.1. Guelph resident MacDonald drove Springbridgevision to her second Grassroots win for trainer Andrew Moore of Russell, who shares ownership of the Shadow Play daughter with Allan Moore of Stratford, Charles Farrell of Spencerville, ON and Tommy Godfrey of Charlottetown, PEI. Springbridgevision The three-year-old pacing fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Rideau Carleton Raceway on August 25. Their Gold Series peers are next up on Woodbine Mohawk Park's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, competing in two divisions this Saturday, July 27. Saturday's first race goes postward at 7:10 pm and the Gold fillies will be featured in Races 2 and 8. Complete results for Thursday evening's program are available here. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

ELORA, JULY 24, 2019 - The favourites in Wednesday's two-year-old trotting filly event at Grand River Raceway made winning $70,000 Gold Series harness races look as easy as taking an evening stroll. With a flawless record of three wins in three starts, fans made Warrawee Vicky a heavy favourite in the first division and driver Sylvain Filion never gave them cause to doubt their judgement. Leaving from Post 5 the reinsman eased Warrawee Vicky around the first turn and took control just after the :28.4 quarter. After leading the field of seven through a :59.2 half and a 1:31.1 three-quarters, Filion opened up the throttle slightly in the stretch and Warrawee Vicky pulled away to a two and three-quarter length victory in 2:01.1. Pocket-sitter P L Nikita finished second, three lengths ahead of Highland Foxytrotr. "We brought her over here actually last Wednesday and schooled her and took her off the gate no problem," said trainer Scott McEneny, who had been mildly worried that the filly was getting a little aggressive after her fist Gold Series win on July 11. "Sylvain said she was really good in the first turn, he took her out of the way then moved her back to the front, kind of a training mile he said. He got a nice third quarter into her and she was well in hand at the wire." McEneny trains Warrawee Vicky for Brad Grant of Milton, ON, who purchased the daughter of Royalty For Life and The Tall Poppy following her June 25 racing debut. Since then the filly has added three more wins and $80,566 to her resume. "She's pretty good. I'm pretty happy with her anyways right now. Robbie (Robinson) did a great job with her and I've got to respect Brad Grant for stepping up and buying her. He's not afraid to do that," said Puslinch, ON resident McEneny. "She looks the part and hopefully we keep going." In the second $72,266 division fans selected She Rocks Kemp and Paul MacDonell as their top choice from Post 1. The pair got away third as Emily Antoinette led the field to a :29 opening quarter and MacDonell moved She Rocks Kemp into the outer lane heading for the 1:00.1 half rung up by Shape Shifter. She Rocks Kemp made steady progress forward and had the edge on the pacesetter at the 1:31.1 three-quarters. A strong finish saw She Rocks Kemp open up a one and one-half length margin on Shape Shifter, with Emily Antoinette two more lengths back in third. "I don't think the half-mile track is her forte, but she was very good. I was very pleased with the way she stuck to it," said trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. "She got a little rough a couple times, but Mac (MacDonell) did a good job with her and she's a good strong filly and finished up good, so I was really thrilled with the way she raced." New Jersey-based Norman trains the Kadabra daughter for Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Pinske Stables of Plato, MN. Wednesday's outing was the filly's first victory, but Norman expects the youngster will continue to progress through the three remaining Gold Series events. "She's really nice, I think she's going to improve as she goes along," said the trainer. "She's got a good head on her and trots good, and I know Mac likes her, so we're looking forward to the next leg." She Rocks Kemp and her freshman trotting filly peers will make their third Gold Series start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 9. In spite of starting from Post 6, Intense Justice led from start to finish in the last division, cruising home a four and one-quarter length winner in 2:04.2. Zebs Flur finished second and SOS Playhard rounded out the top three. Chris Christoforou engineered the victory for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. The win was the Justice Hall daughter's second, but her first in Gold Series action. "I can say nothing about her wrong, because she likes to go, she likes her job," said Fontaine. "She's like her brother, she's the sister to Only For Justice, so she's like him, they like their job and they like to work." Fontaine noted that Christoforou, who has piloted the filly's three-year-old brother Only For Justice to two Gold Series wins this season, liked Intense Justice the first time he sat behind her. "The first time when he qualified her, he said to me, 'Dany listen, the colt is a very nice colt, but this one, she's better'. I said, 'You serious?' He said, 'Yes. This one she can trot. She has a lot of speed'," recalled Fontaine. "She is good and she does everything right. You can't complain about her." Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Grand River Raceway on Monday, Aug. 5 when the three-year-old pacing colts will compete in their third Grassroots events on the track's popular Industry Day program. Complete results for Wednesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0724grvrn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, July 22, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park is calling on all dog owners to register their best friend in its inaugural Doggy Derby on Saturday, August 3. The Doggy Derby is open to Beagles, Bull Dogs, Boston Terriers and Dachshunds. The entry fee is just $30 and the dogs will be competing for a grand prize of $500. Dogs will compete against their own breed in qualifying heats. The top-three dogs from each breed will advance to the championship race, which will take place on the main racetrack. Participants and their dogs will be able to relax and enjoy the evening in the 'Puppy Parlour', which will include food and beverage, lounge and seating area, doggy bowls, doggy treats and a photo booth. All participants will take home a 'Doggy Gift Bag'. Sign in will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. and the races will take place throughout the evening. Participants can view the full details and register their dog for the Doggy Derby by visiting www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, JULY 18, 2019 - Fillies of both the pacing and trotting persuasion invaded Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday night for six Grassroots and two Gold Series divisions and sophomore trotting filly Bright Eyes M delivered a standout harness racing performance in the first $105,600 Gold contest, romping to a four length victory in 1:53. Sent off as the heavy favourites, regular reinsman Stephen Byron and Bright Eyes M went straight to the front from Post 7 and reached the quarter pole in :27.1. Byron eased off the accelerator in the second quarter, reaching the half in :57.2, which allowed Royal Esteem to catch Bright Eyes M and lead the field to a 1:25 three-quarters. Royal Esteem's lead was short lived however, as Bright Eyes M powered down the stretch to her third straight Gold Series victory. Royal Esteem was a comfortable second, one length ahead of Mercedes Talma. "You get a little nervous when that happens, but I was always worried about her being on the front end because she can stop up on you. She's getting a little more manageable all the time, but she's certainly got her own mind," said trainer John Bax of Royal Esteem rolling past the fan favourite. "She's got the desire, you can't teach that," the Campbellville resident continued. "She digs in and she says, 'I'm taking this, get the heck out of my way'." In her seven sophomore starts Bright Eyes M has posted five wins and two seconds, banking $208,505 for owners Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY. Her next Gold Series start is on August 13 at Georgian Downs and Bax says the Kadabra filly will likely make one overnight start before then. "I've got to decide what to do on that, but so far it's been like every two weeks and that's pretty nice," said the trainer. "I think she could use it and I think it's good for her mental state as much as her physical state. I'll play it by ear, give her a week off and then see where we go from there." The other $105,600 Gold Series split saw Teddys Littleangel catch fan favourite Haveoneforme in the stretch to record her second straight Gold win. Driver Doug McNair moved Teddys Littleangel smartly away from Post 6 and the filly led the field to a :28.2 quarter before yielding to the heavily favoured Haveoneforme. Haveoneforme marched on to a :57.4 half and 1:26.1 three-quarters and turned for home one and one-half lengths in front, but Teddys Littleangel had something in reserve and got a neck in front at the wire to claim the 1:54.4 victory. Haveoneforme settled for second and Angies Luckeylady closed hard for third. "She was really good tonight, nice easy fractions and she kicked home when she had too," said Ted MacDonnell, who trains Teddys Littleangel for owner-breeder Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, ON. Teddys Littleangel was also a narrow winner in the July 3 Gold Series event at Grand River Raceway and MacDonnell is relieved to see the winner of $266,893 getting back on track after a shaky start to the sophomore campaign. "It's just been a work in progress. Her blood kind of got out of kilter on me and just a few little things," said Allenford, ON resident MacDonnell. "I think we've got her back now, she seems back to her hold self." Like Bax, MacDonnell will be looking for one start for the Archangel daughter before the August 13 Gold Series event. Flanking the Gold Series divisions were six Grassroots splits for the two-year-old pacing fillies and fractional ownership venture TheStable.ca captured two of them with Capistrano and Wiggle Delight. Capistrano made it back-to-back Grassroots victories with an impressive effort in the first $23,150 division. The Warrawee Needy daughter and driver Phil Hudon controlled the tempo from Post 1, rolling through fractions of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:25.1, but appeared to be bested in the stretch before clawing their way back to a head victory in 1:53.4. Challenger Landry Seelster settled for second and Look N Fabulous finished third. "Capistrano clearly has no quit in her. From Day 1, being a smaller filly, everyone cheered for her in the barn," said TheStable.ca founder and president Anthony MacDonald of Guelph. "Her popularity has only grown with the addition of Doug Gilmour to the ownership and her hard fought victory tonight." NHL Hall of Famer Gilmour joined TheStable Capistrano Group after the filly won her division of the July 9 Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a commanding effort from Post 9. Phil Hudon drove Capistrano for the first time in her debut and has clearly hit it off with the filly, who is trained for TheStable.ca by Harry Poulton of Milton, ON. Wiggle Delight won the fifth division with a 1:54 effort over fan favourite Got Power and No Where To Hide. It was the Bettors Delight daughter's first lifetime win after starting her career with a seventh-place result in the July 8 Gold Series opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Acton, ON resident Mario Baillargeon trains and drives Wiggle Delight for TheStable.ca clients Panic Stable LLC of Itasca, IL. "Wiggle Delight found some class relief to her liking tonight," noted MacDonald. "Mario and James (MacDonald) have always thought very highly of her and she certainly looked good tonight." The other Grassroots winners were Sportswriter fillies Coqui Coqui and Preeminence who both stopped the clock at 1:54.2, Sunshine Beach daughter Sunshine Hall in 1:55.1 and Shadow Play filly Scotians Shadow in 1:54.4. The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their third Grassroots start at Hanover Raceway on August 24. Woodbine Mohawk Park fans will be treated to a second round of two-year-old pacing filly action on Friday, July 19 as the Campbellville oval hosts a pair of $106,400 Gold Series divisions. Friday's program gets under way at 7:50 pm and the fillies will be featured in Races 3 and 8. Complete results from Thursday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0718wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, July 16, 2019 - Harness racing driver Sylvain Filion put on a driving clinic Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park by winning six-races. The Milton, Ontario resident scored six wins in 10 drives with four of his victories coming in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Filion busted into the win column in the evening's third-race with rookie pacing colt Allywag Hanover ($2.70) for trainer Casie Coleman. The veteran reinsman proceeded to post victories in the following two-races, both OSS Grassroots events, with Tabloid Writer ($13.20) for Ben Baillargeon and Quick Tour ($10.20) for Mark Horner. After a one-race break from the winner's circle, Filion kicked off his second natural Hat-Trick of the card with Kevin McMaster trainee Dontblvmejustwatch ($3.40) in an OSS Grassroots contest. His fifth and sixth victories of the card came with six-year-old trotting mare P L Jill ($2.90) for Baillargeon and two-year-old gelded pacer My Land ($9.20) for Gerard Demers in an OSS contest. Filion nearly made it seven-wins on the evening, as he finished second in the finale with rookie pacing colt Better B Swift. The six-win night gives Filion 150 victories this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a 34-win lead in the driver's standings over nearest rival Louis Philippe Roy. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, JULY 16, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park held 10 races on Tuesday evening and harness racing driver Sylvain Filion won six, including four wins in the second Grassroots leg for the two-year-old pacing colts. "It was one of those nights when nothing goes wrong you know, and even a bad drive, my horses were so good they overcame it," said the Milton resident, who teamed freshman pacers Tabloid Writer, Quick Tour, Dontblvmejustwatch and My Land to Grassroots victories and finished second in the other two divisions with Twin B Watch Me and Better B Swift. Filion collected his victories in stretches of three and kicked off the first in Race 3, an overnight race for two-year-olds he won with Allywag Hanover, followed by a pair of Grassroots victories in Races 4 and 5. In the fourth race Filion and Tabloid Writer got away fifth from Post 3 and were able to slip into the outer lane behind Three Trick Gainer heading for the :59.1 half. The colts advanced steadily on pacesetter Twin B Frenchtoast and turning for home Filion shifted Tabloid Writer into a bigger gear and the colt sprinted to a one length victory in 1:55.3. Three Trick Gainer finished second and Twin B Frenchtoast settled for third. "He's a nice little horse. He's not very big, but he's all there, he's all guts and perfectly gaited," said the driver. "I thought he raced real big." Ben Baillargeon of Guelph trains Tabloid Writer for Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC. The son of Sportswriter was an $80,000 purchase from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Tabloid Writer Filion and Quick Tour were saddled with Post 10 in the third $23,500 Grassroots division, but the Mach Three son left smartly from the gate to find a spot in fourth on the rail. Filion soon had the gelding aiming for the lead and the pair was in command before the three-quarter mark. From there Quick Tour battled hard to hold off My Bettors Del and fan favourite Better Take It and earn the 1:54.1 victory for trainer Mark Horner of St. Marys and his partner R A W Equine of Burlington, ON. "He (Horner) told me before the race he's better covered up, but from the outside post, I guess I had him a little too wound up and when I got in the four-hole there he started getting a real big hold of me. I didn't want to take any chances and I moved him back to the front," explained Filion. "Once at the front he kind of got lost, but he dug in hard. That was a great mile for him, a great, great effort." A $7,000 bargain at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Quick Tour finished second in the Grassroots season opener to Tattoo Artist, who went on to win a Gold Series division on Monday night. Quick Tour After an off-the-board finish in Race 6, Filion kicked off another three-race win streak with Dontblvmejustwatch, who clocked the quickest mile of the six Grassroots divisions. Starting from Post 3 Filion and Dontblvmejustwatch landed in sixth and Filion asked the fan favourite to reel in the leaders heading by the :57 half. Once they took control the outcome was never in doubt, Dontblvmejustwatch cruised home a one and three-quarter length winner in 1:53.1. Usurper finished second and Colima was three more lengths back in third. "That's a nice little horse, he's a sweetheart. I guess they didn't really think much of him as of like a month ago, but he's been improving every start and my god he was good tonight," said Filion. "I had him in the bad position, I was far off the lead, and he made a quick brush to the front and he made it pretty easy. He's not very big, but he's slick and he's very, very fast." Filion drives the Hes Watching gelding for trainer Kevin McMaster and fractional ownership group TheStable Dontblvmejstwtch of Guelph, ON. Through three starts the youngster has now delivered one win, one second and one third for his delighted owners. Dontblvmejustwatch The driver then won another overnight event with aged trotting mare P L Jill before returning to the Grassroots winner's circle with My Land, who went gate-to-wire from Post 1 in 1:54.2. Night Watchman finished two and one-quarter lengths back in second and Wilsons Vinner was two more lengths behind in third. "That's a horse I raced last time and I was caught back in the field. There was no flow and he still come home pretty good, so tonight I wanted to make sure with the rail that I was going to be, maybe not in front but in the two or three-hole," said Filion. "So anyway, I left hard and ended up on the front end and I was able to get a soft middle half and he sprinted home pretty good and got the job done." Gerard Demers trains My Land for La Ferme Tag Inc. of Papineauville, QC, who offered up $10,000 for the Badlands Hanover son at the 2018 London Selected Yearling Sale. My Land The other two divisions went to fan favourites National Sport and Poseidon Seelster. Sportswriter son National Sport and driver Louis-Philippe Roy caught Filion and Twin B Watch Me in the stretch and pulled away to a three and three-quarter length win in 1:54.2 for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch and owner 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor, ON. Bettor Focus rounded out the top three. National Sport  Both Bob McClure and Poseidon Seelster and Filion and Better B Swift used late charges in the final division, but Poseidon Seelster had the bigger kick and claimed the 1:54.1 victory by three-quarters of a length. Century Grizzly completed the top three. McClure piloted Sunshine Beach colt Poseidon Seelster to the win for trainer Matthew Dupuis and owner Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, ON. Poseidon Seelster Tuesday's quartet of victories and pair of runner-up finishes will edge Filion closer to current leader Trevor Henry in the race for the Lampman Cup, awarded each year to the top driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Filion is a five-time winner of the honour, and he has also chalked up the occasional six-win night in his decorated driving career. "Not very often, not often enough," said the reinsman with a laugh. "I'll take it." The two-year-old pacing colts will make their third Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 15. Next up on the Campbellville oval's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies and two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, July 18. The freshman pacing fillies will open Thursday's program at 7:10 pm in the first race and will also be featured in Races 4 through 7 and Race 9. The trotting lasses will battle in Races 3 and 8. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available here.. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

GUELPH, ON -- Among its 680 clients, TheStable.ca has three esteemed NHL alumni: Eddie Olczyk who joined the fractional horse racing ownership stable earlier this year, and Rick Vaive and Doug Gilmour who joined in 2018. Gilmour doubled-down on his fractional ownership play after a three-length win by rookie pacing filly Capistrano in Ontario Sires Stakes action on July 9 at Woodbine-Mohawk Park. Phil Hudon piloted the Warrawee Needy daughter in her career debut in 1:54.2 for trainer Harry Poulton. Shortly thereafter, Gilmour added five one-percent shares of the filly to his roster. Capistrano will be shooting for her second consecutive win for the NHL Hall Of Famer and 11 fellow owners on Thursday (July 18) when she starts from the rail in the first Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division at Woodbine-Mohawk Park. "The essential happiness of being amongst the horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare and unique elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom," said Gilmour. While Gilmour will be in Sault Ste Marie, ON for a speaking engagement during Capistrano's second start, he'll be watching online and is looking forward to attending future starts in-person later this summer. "It's an opportunity to have a fun and action-packed evening and to be able to do that with our family and friends at the same time," he said. TheStable.ca is horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership outfit and the largest harness racing stable in Canada with clients across 11 countries currently sharing ownership in 100 horses. The award-winning operation is based in Guelph, ON and offers the opportunity for clients to own as little as one percent of a racehorse.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

MILTON, JULY 15, 2019 - Ontario's top two-year-old pacing colts stepped up their harness racing game at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening as both Gold Series divisions were clocked in 1:52.1, a full second faster than the quickest split in the Gold Series opener nine days ago. Velocity Rukkus captured the first $108,000 division with an impressive late rush that saw him reel in pacesetter Denali Seelster in the stretch for a one length victory. Starting from Post 6 Velocity Rukkus left smartly and then yielded to Denali Seelster, who in turn handed off to YS Mathis just after the :28.2 quarter. Velocity Rukkus continued to sit third on the rail as Denali Seelster circled back to the front heading for the :56.3 half and seemed to be locked in when the pacesetter reached the three-quarters in 1:24.4. Fortunately, driver Randy Waples was able to find a sliver of room and the slick-gaited Velocity Rukkus hit the opening at full speed and paced home to the win. Denali Seelster stayed game for second, just ahead of the hard closing One For Julius. Velocity Rukkus                                          --New Image Media "He's a very handy horse, quick when he needs to be and very smart," said Waples. "He's a real nice horse and pulled me out of a hopeless spot." Milton, ON resident Waples drove Velocity Rukkus to the win for trainer Mark Evers and Velocity Standardbreds of Lebanon, OH. The Sportswriter son was a hard-closing second to winner Bettor At Hightide in the July 6 Gold Series opener and now has $81,000 on his card through two lifetime starts, more than double the $40,000 bid that saw him hammered down at last fall's Blooded Horse Sale. The second division went to Tattoo Artist, who made his debut with a win in the July 5 Grassroots season opener. With Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion back in the race bike, Tattoo Artist got away third from Post 6 and watched Noch Ten lead the field to a sharp :26.3 opening quarter. As Noch Ten started to slow the pace Filion sent Tattoo Artist after the lead and the colt was comfortably in control before the :55.2 half. Tattoo Artist continued to lead at the 1:24 three-quarters and pulled away to a four length victory in the stretch. Fan favourite Bettorbuckleup finished second, just ahead of third-place finisher Choir Master. "We were sort of on the fence a little bit, humming and hawing, but then when we jogged him back, his first time jogging back he was right on the bit all proud of himself and everything and I just thought ah, we'll give him a shot," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore of the decision to move Tattoo Artist from the Grassroots up to the Gold Series. "And the way the draw worked out, I thought the other race was a little tougher on paper than this one and I thought, you know, if he's all right he'll handle them. We figured he'd step up another second or two so we're obviously very pleased." Moore trains Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL and the partners have not yet worked out where the Hes Watching son will make his third start. "I'm going to look everything over tomorrow, including the dates for all the upcoming races, and we're going to decide on the Battle of Waterloo. I won that race in '09 and haven't had much luck with that since," said Moore. "We'll consider it all and go from there. I'd kind of like to see this fellow go a little longer into the year because he is very young and all that sort of thing, so we'll come up with a plan over the next couple of days for him." Moore also trains Denali Seelster and said while the Sunshine Beach colt improved on his effort in the Gold Series opener, where he made a break turning for home and finished eighth, he still has not demonstrated his full potential. "We made a few changes and we're going to have to make one more I guess. He wasn't 100 per cent perfect, but he was a lot better than last time," said Moore of Denali Seelster. "That was a pretty good colt, the other one that beat him, too." In addition to a win and a second in Gold Series action, Moore and his team also captured a two-year-old filly race with Alexa Skye, a daughter of the late Ontario Sired superstar Somebeachsomewhere. The Cambridge, ON resident tipped his hat to the role his staff played in the evening's success. "I've got good help this year, good grooms. That's been a major influence on the early success that we've been having so far this year, especially with all the babies, because they're all getting looked after well and treated properly and they respond to that, young horses do, and it's been great," said the trainer. "Giselle Loder looks after Tattoo (Artist). Cheryl Johnson looks after Alexa Skye and she's looking after Denali Seelster too actually, but Dustin Boyd paddocked him tonight, he looks after (three-year-old pacing colt) Century Farroh, that's his primary horse, so they're all here tonight working away." The two-year-old pacing colts will make their third Gold Series start on August 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, while their Grassroots peers are back in action at the Campbellville oval Tuesday night (July 16). The colts will compete in Races 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10 on Tuesday's program, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. Complete results for Monday's program are available at http://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0715wbsbsn.dat. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, JULY 11, 2019 - Rounding out the string of two-year-old season openers at Woodbine Mohawk Park in recent weeks, the trotting fillies kicked off their Gold Series campaign on Thursday evening in a trio of harness racing divisions. After two victories in overnight action at the Campbellville oval, Warrawee Vicky was the heavy favourite in the first $73,867 division and the youngster did not disappoint, cruising to a three and one-half length victory in 1:55.4. Starting from Post 5 with driver Sylvain Filion in the race bike, Warrawee Vicky was challenged early by a trio of fillies looking to gain an advantageous position. With Warrawee Vicky under full steam, Filion opted to maintain control and the favourites rolled through fractions of :28.1, :57 and 1:26 before sailing down the stretch to the win over Intense Justice and She Must Be Magic. "She looked like she's getting a little hot," said trainer Scott McEneny of the mile, the fastest by a two-year-old trotter in Canada this season. "He didn't want to fight with her too much because she gets jolting her head a little bit, so he kind of just let her roll and thought she might settle down once they got in a hole, but she got a little wound up." McEneny trains Warrawee Vicky for Milton, ON resident Brad Grant, who purchased the filly from owner-trainer Robert Robinson after she won her June 25 debut. Both men were impressed with that effort, a 1:59.3 mile, and the Royalty For Life daughter has done nothing to dispel their positive first impression. "She's a very nice filly, she's not too big, she's not too small. Clean-legged and everything," said McEneny. "She's just a little sweetheart in the barn. Robbie did a great job with her." Warrawee Vicky made her first start for Grant and McEneny in a July 4 overnight which she won by four lengths in 1:58.2, resulting in her favoured status for Thursday's Gold division. Her next start will come in the second Gold event at Grand River Raceway on July 24 and McEneny expects her to handle the transition to the half-mile track as easily as she has handled everything else in her brief career. "I don't think she'll have a problem, like I say she's just an average sized filly and really clean gaited, she only wears a pair of brace bandages," said the Puslinch, ON resident. "I don't think there's going to be a problem, touch wood. We'll be a little more careful and we won't have to go that speed over that track I don't think." In the second division Massive Flirt also lined up behind Post 5 and was sent off as a heavy favourite after winning her first lifetime start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 28 with a 1:57.3 effort. Unlike Warrawee Vicky however, Massive Flirt eased away from the starting gate and was sitting fifth when Instant Karma reached the :29 quarter. Driver Jody Jamieson tipped Massive Flirt off the rail heading for the 1:00.3 half and the favourite was matching strides with pacesetter She Started It at the 1:29.4 three-quarters when that filly skipped off stride. Left all alone at the front, Massive Flirt cruised home a three and one-quarter length winner in 1:58.1. She Rocks Kemp and Shape Shifter picked up the second and third-place share of the $73,867 purse. "So far, so good. I'm very pleased with her," said trainer Jeff Gillis, who bred and owns Massive Flirt with Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. "She seems to be very honest and really enjoys her work, and those are pretty good attributes when you've got some ability to go along with it." After being trained in Florida all winter by Steve Elliott, Massive Flirt arrived in Gillis' barn in early May and the trainer has been delighted by her development. "She progressed very nicely. She was always a big filly, but didn't always just reek of athleticism the way she does now, so I am very happy with the way she's developed," said the Hillsburgh, ON resident. "I think on top of being well prepared by Steve, she's got a lot of intelligence about her too, and that goes a long way in the early going with early trotters." The daughter of Muscle Mass was the first of two fillies guided to the Gold Series winner's circle by Jamieson. The Moffat, ON resident also drove lightly rated P L Nikita to a 1:59 score in the last $74,666 division. Starting from Post 1 the pair watched from third as Validation and Alakazam Angel tussled over the lead through the :29.2 quarter and :58.3 half. As the pacesetters continued to battle by the 1:28.1 three-quarters, Jamieson edged P L Nikita off the rail and out behind Alakazam Angel and then circled around the tiring combatants and romped home to a one and one-quarter length win in 1:59. Talahasse Seelster and Alexa Blue Chip finished second and third. "Massive Flirt is pretty damn flawless. She went about her business like an aged horse tonight and really didn't get stressed throughout. P L Nikita was a nice surprise. I picked her up at scratch time and got a great trip," said Jamieson of his Gold Series winners. "It's nice when you pick a horse up like her that trots so nice and has a great attitude." Jamieson piloted P L Nikita to the win for owner-breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON. Thursday's outing was the E L Titan daughter's first lifetime start following a pair of qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Campbellville oval welcomes back the two-year-old pacing colts on Monday, July 15 for their second Gold Series Leg. The evening gets under way at 7:10 pm and the colts will compete in Races 5 and 7. Complete results for Thursday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0711wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

Industry Notice   On May 31, 2019, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) issued Standardbred Directive No. 3 - 2019 - Revision to Urging Provisions which amended the rules related to urging in Standardbred racing. As announced in Information Bulletin 71, the new rules and penalty guidelines became effective on June 3 at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the implementation date at other tracks to be determined.   Effective August 1, 2019, these provisions will be in effect at all Standardbred racetracks in Ontario.   This reform is part of the AGCO's continuing commitment to enhancing the health and safety of horses and participants, and the integrity of racing.   Paddock meetings for industry participants and training for Racing Officials will be held prior to the implementation of the new rules. Inquiries may be directed to AGCO Race Officials at: https://www.agco.ca/race-day-contact-list or submitted online to the AGCO at www.agco.ca/iagco.   Avis à l'industrie Le 31 mai 2019, la Commission des alcools et des jeux de l'Ontario (CAJO) a publié la Directive Standardbred Nº 3- 2019- Révision des dispositions sur la stimulation qui modifie les règles relatives aux courses de chevaux Standardbred. Tel qu'annoncé dans le Bulletin d’information No. 71, les nouvelles règles et lignes directrices sur les pénalités sont entrées en vigueur le 3 juin à l’hippodrome Woodbine Mohawk Park et la date de mise en œuvre reste à déterminer pour les autres hippodromes. À compter du 1er août 2019, ces dispositions entreront en vigueur dans tous les hippodromes Standardbred de l'Ontario. Cette réforme s'inscrit dans l'engagement continu de la CAJO à améliorer la santé et la sécurité des chevaux et des participants, ainsi que l'intégrité des courses. Des réunions d'enclos pour les participants de l'industrie et la formation des officiels de course auront lieu avant la mise en œuvre des nouvelles règles. Les demandes de renseignements peuvent être adressées aux officiels de course de la CAJO à l'adresse suivante : https://www.agco.ca/fr/cajo-en-bref/nous-joindre/horaire-des-officiels-de-courses ou soumises en ligne à la CAJO à l'adresse https://www.agco.ca/icajo. (AGCO)    

MILTON, JULY 9, 2019 - Two-year-old pacing fillies were once again the harness racing stars of Woodbine Mohawk Park's program on Tuesday evening, competing in five $23,500 Grassroots divisions. Got Power, a half-sister to top three-year-old pacing filly Powerful Chris, got her second win over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval in the second division. Starting from Post 9, driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville eased the filly off the gate and settled in seventh as Even Louder led the field to a :27.4 opening quarter. Christoforou joined the parade in the outer lane heading for the :57.4 half, and Got Power was sitting sixth when Even Louder reached the 1:25.3 three-quarters, but once she hit high gear in the stretch Got Power sailed by her peers to 1:54.4 victory. Satdnite Jukebox was two and one-quarter lengths back in second, just ahead of Mittaroniandcheese. "She raced very well her first start on the front to win and followed up with an impressive off the pace win tonight," said Christoforou, who also drove the filly to her first win on July 2. "She's done everything I've asked of her and hopefully continues to improve with each race." Christoforou drives Got Power for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge and his partners Gary Volpe of St. Thomas and William Hill of Dundas, ON. The daughter of Royal Mattjesty and Cell Power caught O'Sullivan's eye on a visit to Winbak Farm last fall and he placed the winning bid of $15,000 at the London Selected Yearling Sale. "She's very smart, pretty easy gaited and just nothing seems to faze her very much," said O'Sullivan of the youngster. "She'll look around at things to be inquisitive, but she's never really trained badly and every time I've asked her to do something she's done it, so she's pretty nice right now." After her June 21 qualifier and her win last Tuesday O'Sullivan considered starting Got Power in the Gold Series, but for now he feels the filly is best suited to the Grassroots program. "I do believe that Got Power is a really nice filly, but I just think she's not quite ready yet," said O'Sullivan. "Next year she's going to develop into a real nice sized filly. She wouldn't be as big as Powerful Chris was last year, but the thing I like about Got Power is she's got a real good shoulder and bum. And honestly her conformation is fantastic, she looks like a colt," the trainer added. "She's just got a presence about her; you can see it on the track, right. She's just a good looking filly, so I think if I look after her she'll develop along pretty good." Father and son Gregg and Doug McNair teamed up to win two of the divisions, starting the evening off in the winner's circle with Beach Sports and making a second trip after Race 7 with Landry Seelster. Fan Favourite Beach Sports was a 1:55.4 winner from Post 10 for the Guelph, ON residents, reaching the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Preeminence and Highland Salsa. A $9,000 purchase from the London Selected Yearling Sale, the Sportswriter half-sister to top sophomore pacing colt Century Farroh is owned by Ross Family Farms Ltd. of Wingham, ON. Doug McNair and Landry Seelster squeezed through traffic late to secure the half-length victory in the fourth $23,500 division. The Mach Three daughter bested Chasethecloudsaway and Isla Seelster with her 1:55 effort. Trainer Gregg McNair shares ownership of the filly, a $45,000 purchase from the London Selected Yearling Sale, with Ilderton Boys Stable of London, ON and Dany Fontaine of Ormston, QC. Fan favourite So Delightful captured the third division with a come-from-behind effort that saw her roll home a one and one-quarter length winner in 1:54.2. Fiorella and Bettorbeasecret also closed well for second and third. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry drove So Delightful to the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON and his fellow owner-breeders C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON. "She's a very nice filly," said Henry, who also drove the Bettors Delight daughter in her June 21 and 27 qualifiers. "She will eventually make a Gold filly I think. She's got all the tools." The last division saw Capistrano match So Delightful's clocking, as driver Phil Hudon sent the Warrawee Needy filly straight to the front from Post 9 and never had cause to look over his shoulder. Capistrano cruised home a three and three-quarter length winner in 1:54.2, besting Kat and Zephyr Seelster. "It was nice to pick up a lovely drive like that," said Hudon, who was making his first appearance in the filly's race bike. "She did everything well in hand. She's a nice filly and everything worked out great." Hudon engineered the win for trainer Harry Poulton of Milton and fractional ownership group TheStable Capistrano Group of Guelph, ON. The two-year-old pacing fillies will be back at Woodbine Mohawk Park for their second Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots start on July 18. The two-year-old trotting fillies make their Gold Series debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday, July 11, competing in three divisions. The first race gets under way at 7:10 pm and the fillies will show off their skills in Races 2, 3 and 6. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0709wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, July 9, 2019 - Dancer Hall delivered a career-best harness racing performance to get up and win Tuesday's $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The five-year-old Rod Boyd trainee was making his second start after a four-and-a-half-month layoff and muscled by favourite Musical Rhythm in deep stretch to win in 1:51.1. Driven by James MacDonald, Dancer Hall left from post-seven in a field of seven and got away fourth. Hemi Seelster stormed out to the lead and posted fractions of :27 and :56. Dancer Hall angled out just after the half and was moving up on the outside before Musical Rhythm moved out of the two-hole just before three-quarters. Hemi Seelster hit a wall just after reaching the third-marker in 1:23.4. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm had a pair of lengths on Dancer Hall with an eighth of a mile remaining. Dancer Hall took dead aim at his target and tracked down Musical Rhythm late to win by half a length. P L Jill finished third, while Free Willy Hanover was fourth. Owned by 1187422 Ontario Inc, Dancer Hall was winless in five starts prior to Tuesday's outing. The Boyd trainee had a tremendous season in 2018, winning 10 of 23 starts and earning $293,272. Tuesday's Preferred score increases Dancer Hall's career numbers to 19 wins and $426,582. The clocking of 1:51.1 knocked over a second off his previous career-best. Dancer Hall paid $18.70 to win.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

MILTON, JULY 8, 2019 - Ontario's top two-year-old pacing fillies put on a harness racing speed show at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening, competing for a total of $218,400 in a trio of Gold Series divisions. Free Flyin Ticket kicked off the speed display in the first $72,266 division, reaching the wire three and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:52.1, making her the fastest two-year-old in Canada in 2019. Starting from Post 5, driver Jonathan Drury eased the fan favourite off the gate into fifth as Mach My Kiss rolled out to a :27 quarter. When Mach My Kiss and driver Louis-Philippe Roy hit the brakes on the way to the :57.4 half, Drury tipped Free Flyin Ticket off the rail and the filly made rapid strides toward the front, reaching the three-quarters in 1:25.1. From there it was game over as Free Flyin Ticket sailed home in :27 to secure the victory. Sound Idea closed sharply to claim second-place honours, leaving Mach My Kiss to settle for third. "We were just hoping to race her from off the pace if possible because we don't want her to get hot on us, hotter than she can be," said trainer Tony Beaton. "But then they went that second quarter and kind of backed into everybody, and so JD (Drury) was forced to move and show his hand. The filly did the rest herself. JD was very pleased with her." Waterdown, ON resident Beaton shares ownership of Free Flyin Ticket with David Mercer of Sydney, NS, Gary Volpe of St. Thomas, ON and George Quartarone of Claremont, ON. The partners purchased the daughter of Betterthancheddar and Free Ticket from last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale, offering up $36,000 for the long-legged youngster. "I went to London and looked at the babies, the sale was Saturday, Sunday, so Friday I went down and this was one of the fillies I had on my list and when I saw her I wanted to buy her right away," Beaton recalled, joking that he was tempted to hide Free Flyin Ticket somewhere so no one else could look at her before the sale started. Right from her earliest lessons Free Flyin Ticket did nothing but confirm Beaton's first impression. She trained easily all winter, won a June 14 qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park by four lengths in 1:58.3 and a second qualifier at the Campbellville oval on June 21 by five lengths in 1:55. "Her work seemed to come to her very easy. She just seemed more mature, or mature ahead of her time, compared to some of the other young ones," Beaton noted. "She always showed high, high speed when we got training, it was a matter of she started getting a little bit hot and we had to keep her under control. Hopefully we seem to have her where we want her now and moving forward." Unfortunately, Free Flyin Ticket's turn as Canada's fastest freshman lasted less than 30 minutes as Off The Press came out in the second Gold division with a 1:52 effort. Driver Bob McClure, who picked up the drive in the absence of Sylvain Filion, eased Off The Press away from Post 1 and was sitting fourth when Kit paced by the :27.3 quarter. McClure opted to move the fan favourite heading for the :56.1 half and Off The Press was just over a length behind the pacesetter by the 1:25 three-quarters. A :26.4 final quarter assured Off The Press of the victory, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of pocket-sitter Need Ur Opinion. Karma Seelster closed sharply for third. "She's a nice filly, I was really impressed with her last start and that mile was quite impressive tonight for only her second start," said Paul Reid, who trains the daughter of Sportswriter and Dragon Flier K for owner-breeder Bob Key of Leechburg, PA. Monday's outing was Off The Press' second lifetime start. In her June 28 debt at Woodbine Mohawk Park she rocketed home in :25.4 to finish fourth in a 1:55 mile won by All Day Sunshine. That effort confirmed what Reid had started to suspect when Off The Press won her June 8 and 14 qualifiers. "The filly that was in the earlier division (Toonietina) actually trained better most of the winter, but once we got up here you could tell the difference once they started getting to the racetrack. There was quite a difference in the determination in this filly," said Reid. "She was nice gaited and trained well all year, but I never really knew she had last week's :25.4 (speed). I haven't had too many in my life pace quarters like that, let alone a two-year-old, so that was a definite eye opener to her real speed." The last $73,067 Gold division was captured by fan favourite All Day Sunshine who went straight to the front from Post 8, conceded control through the centre of the mile to Temagami Seelster and then hustled up the rail to the win when the pacesetter drifted right in the lane. All Day Sunshine halted the teletimer at 1:53, one and one-half lengths ahead of a fast closing Martinis Place. Temagami Seelster took home third-place spoils. Driver Doug McNair picked up the drive on All Day Sunshine in Filion's absence and was impressed with the daughter of Sunshine Beach and Mustang Kensley. "She's a nice filly. She seems smart and versatile," said the Guelph resident. "It looks like she's on the right track." Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON trains All Day Sunshine for Daniel Lagace of Cambridge, ON, Anthony and Billy Joe Timmins of Birmingham, GB and Brad Gray of Dundas, ON. Monday's victory gives the filly a record of two wins and one second in three starts and she will have a chance to add to that total when the fillies make their second Gold Series start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 19. Two-year-old pacing fillies will once again be the centre of attention on Woodbine Mohawk Park's Tuesday, July 9 program as the Grassroots lasses gather for five $23,500 divisions. The fillies will kick things off in the first race, which goes postward at 7:10 pm. Complete results from Monday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0708wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

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