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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

MILTON, JULY 6, 2019 - Twenty-one harness racing freshman pacing colts launched their Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series careers at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night and it was Bettor At Hightide and YS Mathis who emerged triumphant. In the first $108,000 division Bettor At Hightide got a confident steer from trainer-driver Paul MacDonell to secure the victory. Starting from Post 2 MacDonell and Bettor At Hightide got away fourth and watched Sylvain Filion and Denali Seelster grab the early lead. When the fan favourites put up a tepid :28.1 first quarter MacDonell opted to take command of the race and Bettor At Hightide rang up a :56.4 half and 1:25.3 three-quarters. Denali Seelster launched an attack in the stretch, but went briefly off-stride, leaving Bettor At Hightide to cruise home a one and three-quarter length winner in 1:53.1. Velocity Rukkus finished second and Noch Ten edged out Lottery Winner for third. "We've been happy with his progress so far. He's come along the right way," said MacDonell. "He's the kind of colt that learns quick, and it makes your job easier when you've got a good pupil like that. He learns and aims to please, I guess is the main thing he wants to do. Guelph, ON resident MacDonell trains and drives Bettor At Hightide for owner-breeders Schooner II Stable of Truro, NS. Saturday's outing was the Bettors Delight son's second lifetime, he finished third in a June 29 two-year-old race at Woodbine Mohawk Park after a pair of qualifying outings at the Campbellville oval. "I thought he qualified really well two weeks ago and then he raced exceptional last week, I thought. He got a little check around the last turn and still came a pretty nice last half," noted MacDonell, who also drove the colt's mother, Queensland Beach, and his grand-sire, the great Somebeachsomewhere. "Brent MacGrath and Schooner Stables, they had the mare and they had the grandmother," MacDonell told Woodbine Mohawk Park's Chad Rozema in the winner's circle. "This colt, he was trained in Florida by Brent, he did a great job. I just got him in May so I've got to give a lot of credit to what he's done with him." Bettor At Hightide While Bettor At Hightide did his racing on the front end, YS Mathis took a radically different path in the second division. Starting from Post 5 with Louis-Philippe Roy in the race bike, the Sportswriter colt got away fourth as Southwind Dredge hustled out to a :26.4 quarter. Southwind Dredge soon handed the lead over to Sports Obsession and MacDonell, who dialed things back to a :56.3 half and 1:26.3 three-quarters. While Sports Obsession did the work up front, YS Mathis continued to sit on the rail in mid-pack and appeared to be locked in tight as a parade of horses powered up the outer lane. However, as the field squared up in the stretch the horses directly in front of YS Mathis found a bit of racing room to the right and pacesetter Sports Obsession started to drift off the rail. The opening was small, but Roy was able to squeeze YS Mathis through and after bursting into open space the colt sprinted off to a one and one-half length victory in 1:54. The Amazingsando and Aneta also closed hard from the back of the pack to claim the second and third-place share of the $108,000 purse. "He doesn't need a lot of racetrack to show his talent. He's pretty quick for a little piece," said Roy, who drives the colt for trainer Jacques Dupont and owner-breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, QC. "I just hope he keeps on improving and turns into a really nice colt." Saturday's outing was the second for YS Mathis, who also finished third in his debut, a June 27 two-year-old race at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Prior to that he made two appearances in qualifying action at the Campbellville racetrack, a third on June 14 and a win on June 22. "Last week he was a little too aggressive and he wouldn't relax during the mile," noted Roy. "Jacques did a few adjustments on him and he was way more relaxed this week." YS Mathis Bettor At Hightide, YS Mathis and their freshman pacing colt peers will be back at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 15 for their second Gold Series event. On Monday, July 8 the two-year-old pacing fillies take over the spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park, competing in a trio of Gold Series divisions. The evening's first race goes postward at 7:10 pm and the fillies will be showcased in Races 3, 4 and 6. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0706wbsbsn.dat. Ontario Racing  

MILTON, JULY 5, 2019 - It was the two-year-old pacing colts' turn to shine at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening and the novices impressed harness racing fans in five $23,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions. The two quickest miles came in the first and last splits as Hes Watching sons Tattoo Artist and One For Julius delivered 1:54 and 1:52.4 victories for their connections. With Milton resident Sylvain Filion in the race bike, Tattoo Artist left sharply from Post 2 and took command of the tempo before the :57.2 half. Without seeing a challenge, Tattoo Artist sailed by the three-quarters in 1:26 and down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length win in 1:54. Quick Tour closed well to be second, getting by pocket-sitter Day Delight, who settled for third. "It's always very gratifying and satisfying to take a baby from scratch and go out and win the first race There's no other feeling in harness racing I don't think," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "Especially this guy, because when we got him we couldn't catch him in the stall, we couldn't get a halter on him, he was half wild. And I didn't see him until December the tenth, he was late, and he had a pretty dramatic injury there about mid-May." While training, Tattoo Artist spooked and stepped on his left front ankle, slicing it up enough to require several staples. Fortunately, the injury was largely superficial and the colt was soon back training. After a June 28 qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park, where Tattoo Artist was a two length winner in 1:56.3, Moore and owners Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL briefly considered starting the colt at the Gold Series level before deciding on Friday's Grassroots event. "We opted to start him in the Grassroots, no harm doing that, and we'll just see how much they go tomorrow (in the Gold Series)," said Moore. "I think the track was off a little bit tonight. It rained hard about an hour or so before we got there and it certainly wasn't fast, that's for sure. So it was a pretty good mile." Tattoo Artist By the time One For Julius paraded onto the racetrack for the last division in Race 8, the track was a bit drier and the tempo of the race was faster from the start. Morneau led the field to a :27.2 opening quarter and then handed off to Journalistic before the :55.4 half. Driver Chris Christoforou had watched the early lead changes from third, where he and One For Julius landed after getting off the gate well from Post 3, and heading toward the 1:25.1 three-quarters he sent the colt after the pacesetters. Once One For Julius got rolling he quickly pulled away from his peers, hitting the top of the stretch with a three and one-half length lead. After sailing down the lane he stopped the teletimer at 1:52.4, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of hard-closing favourite Mayhem Seelster. Dontblvmejustwatch was two more lengths back in third. Campbellville resident Christoforou crafted the win for trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown and owner-breeder Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. of Lakefield Gore, QC. One For Julius Christoforou also guided Sirjamesthegreat to victory in the third Grassroots division. From Post 2, the Big Jim colt went straight to the front and never relinquished control, cruising home a one and three-quarter length winner in 1:56. Gentry Seelster and Century Gigalo rounded out the top three. Guelph resident Dagfin Henriksen trains Sirjamesthegreat for his co-owner Gary Volpe of St. Thomas. Sirjamesthegreat Bettor Focus captured the second division in 1:56 for driver Bob McClure of Elora, trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge and her partners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Brad Grant of Milton, McKinlay & Fielding of Toronto and Teresa Davidson of Milton. Twin B Frenchtoast and Usurper did their best to catch Bettor Focus, but the winner fought back in the stretch to secure a neck victory. "I was very happy with him. He's still green and learning," said Coleman of the Bettors Delight son. "It's not often one gets passed and comes back on to win. He showed some guts and grit tonight." Bettor Focus The other division went to Captivate Hanover and driver James MacDonald who used a late sprint to secure the 1:56.2 victory, one-half length ahead of Social Theories. Giddy Up Max was another length back in third. All three colts are by sire Bettors Delight. "That was a pleasant surprise," said Guelph resident Shawn Steacy, who conditions Captivate Hanover for Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC, Stephen Klunowski of North York, ON and James Feeley of Pine Bush, NY. "We always knew he was quick, but didn't know how moving up to the big track for the first time, and a race situation, would work out." Captivate Hanover The two-year-old pacing colts will make their second Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 16. Their Gold Series peers take centre stage on the Campbellville oval Saturday night, squaring off in a pair of $108,000 divisions, slated as Races 5 and 8 on the 7:10 pm program. Complete results from Friday's program can be found here. 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 4, 2019 - The Ontario Sires Stakes two-year-old season got under way on Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a pair of $108,000 Gold Series divisions for the freshman trotting colts, and harness racing driver Bob McClure was in the race bike of both winners. "Those are two nice colts right there," said McClure of young trotters Threefiftytwo and Port Perry. Making his first appearance at the helm of Threefiftytwo, McClure moved the colt smartly away from Post 8 in the first division and was on top just after the :29.3 opening quarter. Tuckers Out soon moved to the front, followed by Built Strong, which put Threefiftytwo in third as the field reached the 1:00 half. Fans who had selected Threefiftytwo had a moment of worry as a parade of rivals rolled up the outer lane heading into the final turn, but McClure was able to slide the colt out before the 1:29.1 three-quarters and once Threefiftytwo had an open look at the wire, the young trotter found a big gear and was able to reel in fan favourite Crossfit Mouse by a head. A pair of sharp last quarters - :27 and :27.1 - saw Threefiftytwo and Crossfit Mouse hit the wire in 1:56.3, four lengths ahead of third-place finisher Built Strong. "He left out good and cleared to the front and let one go and then let two go, and then all of a sudden he was sitting pretty well fourth over, and that's a horrible spot to be," said McClure. "He made up for it, so he was really impressive." Threefiftytwo McClure drove Threefiftytwo to the win for trainer George Ducharme of Norfolk, MA and his co-owner Michelle Larson of Rochester, MA. A homebred out of Royalty For Life and Four Damsals, Threefiftytwo was making his first start in Ontario after doing his qualifying at Vernon Downs in New York, where he was a 1:58.3 winner on June 28. Threefiftytwo "I talked to George before we went out just quick. He told me that the colt hadn't done anything wrong, he was pretty high on him, and looking at him in the paddock, I mean he's a very impressive looking horse," said McClure of his introduction to Threefiftytwo. "He's flashy, got an athletic build, he's tall, he's real nice to look at and his qualifiers looked pretty good. "George told me he was having slight hiccups with the gate, but he's done a good job because he was over it, he was perfect tonight," the Elora resident added. Unlike Threefiftytwo, McClure was very familiar with his mount in the second Gold division. The reinsman had piloted Port Perry in two qualifying starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park and several schooling miles for trainer Luc Blais and was hopeful the lanky youngster could hold his own in top class company. Starting from Post 2 McClure settled Port Perry into fifth as Hetalkstoangels led the field to a :29 quarter. Fan favourite Magics Wizard took over top spot and reached the half in :59.3, where McClure tipped Port Perry off the rail and started up the outer lane. Heading into the last turn Kenogami Coco and driver Trevor Henry moved off the rail and provided cover for McClure and Port Perry, putting them just three lengths back at the 1:29.1 three-quarters. Squaring up in the stretch McClure simply pointed Port Perry at the wire and the big colt accelerated away from the field with every stride, reaching the wire four and one-half lengths the best in 1:57.3. Blue Cupertino also closed hard to be second, with Hetalkstoangels completing the top three. Port Perry                                                                                             --New Image media "I always liked him. He was always really professional, but he's big, he's very, very big, a big, strong, thick horse. If you looked at him in the stall, you'd say, 'There's no way he's going to be a good two-year-old, he'll probably be a nice three-year-old,'" said McClure. "And he is built like he's going to be a better three-year-old, but if he stays sound this year he's got a wicked engine. The big thing about him is how strong he is. He's the type that could really overpower a field." Campbellville resident Blais conditions the son of Kadabra and former Gold Series winner Danica Hall for Determination of Montreal, QC. Danica Hall's third foal, Port Perry was an $85,000 acquisition from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. McClure started driving the Blais-trained, Determination-owned totters last spring and the partnership has proven fruitful; Forbidden Trade was the top two-year-old trotting colt last season and with one freshman event complete they appear to have another strong contender for the role in 2019. "I really enjoy it," said McClure. "And Luc - I mean we've got really nice horses to work with, Serge Godin, he buys some really nice horses - but he does a good job maintaining them and I just try to do my part." Port Perry Threefiftytwo and Port Perry will make their second Gold Series start on July 23 over the Georgian Downs oval in Innisfil, ON, where McClure will hope they once again draw into different divisions. Two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park this weekend as the Milton oval welcomes the pacing colts for Grassroots action on Friday night and Gold Series action Saturday. The Grassroots colts will compete in Races 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8 on Friday's program, which gets under way at 7:50 pm. The Gold colts will battle in Races 5 and 8 on Saturday, with the first race going postward at 7:10 pm. Complete results for Thursday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0704wbsbsn.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 4, 2019 - The 'Can-Am Pick 4' harness racing wager between Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Meadowlands resumes this Friday (July 5) evening with an alteration to the sequence. The 'Can-Am Pick 4' will continue to alternate between races at Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Meadowlands. However, a new Friday post time of 7:50 p.m. at Mohawk Park will change the race numbers at The Meadowlands for the multi-leg wager.   The new sequence is as follows: Leg 1: Woodbine Mohawk Park - Race 10 Leg 2: The Meadowlands - Race 12 Leg 3: Woodbine Mohawk Park - Race 11 Leg 4: The Meadowlands - Race 13   The 'Can-Am Pick 4' features a low 15 per cent takeout and a $0.20 minimum. The wager, which began in March, will continue each Friday until the end of the The Meadowlands current meet (August 3). A free program for Friday's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park, including the program pages for all legs of the 'Can-Am Pick 4', can be downloaded by clicking here.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

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