Flamboro Downs' leading trainer Victor Puddy went three-for-three at the Dundas, Ont. oval on Saturday afternoon to make 2013 his winningest season to date. Teaming up with the nation's leading dash-winner driver Trevor Henry, Puddy earned his first victory of the day in the fourth race with Keith Cassell's four-year-old pacing gelding Perfect Escape ($5.50). Puddy later went back-to-back in the eighth and ninth races scoring with his own nine-year-old pacing gelding A Sudden Twist ($7) and Macy Cassell's five-year-old trotting mare Final Straw ($5.70). A Sudden Twist's 1:55 victory was his fastest of 15 this year. Puddy currently tops the local leaderboard with 42 wins at Flamboro Downs this year. He holds a nine-win lead over Richard Moreau, who also teamed with Henry for one victory on the 12-race card. Puddy is in the midst of a career year having now sent out 121 winners from his stable for $874,430 in earnings. Prior to this year, the Mountain, Ont. horseman had posted a personal best 119 wins in 2003. Nation-wide, Puddy ranks second behind Moreau, who has won 262 races this season. Puddy will look to add to his win totals as he sends out four starters tonight at Woodbine Racetrack. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca
Mach Three gelding Camaes Fellow won the $34,000 Preferred Pace for the seventh time from just his last 13 Preferred Paces at Woodbine Raceway, tonight Saturday the 30th of November in 1:49.4. The Billy Davis Jr driven five-year-old has been a model of consistancy since David Menry took over the training duties in June of this year. His winning times for his last six wins have been 1:49, 1:48, 1:48.1, 1:47.3, 1:50 and 1:49.4. Camaes Fellow's video is race 10. Videos of all races are attached.
TORONTO, November 29 â€“ Woodbine Racetrack was the host of four Autumn Series finals on Friday evening, featuring sophomores of both gaits and sexes. In the $34,700 glamour boy final, Thorn In Your Side and Anthony Macdonald got the jump on their rivals down the stretch to score in a career-best clocking of 1:51. MacDonald and Thorn In Your Side were the first leaders, but allowed Grantor Hanover (Randy Waples) to command at the quarter in a quick :26. The lead wouldnâ€™t last long as Thorn In Your Side quickly retook command and laid down middle-half speed of :55 and 1:22. Turning for home, MacDonald and Thorn In Your Side appeared to get the jump on co-favourite Alexas Jackpot (Jody Jamieson), who had stalled cover from the half on. Down the stretch, MacDonald was in an all-out drive on Thorn In Your Side as he got the jump on his rivals to win for the tenth time on the year. Alexas Jackpot closed well to finish second, with Sea Harrier (James MacDonald) finishing third. Trained by Carmen Auciello for owner High Stakes Stable Inc, Thorn In Your Side earned his sixth win in seven starts as he increased his lifetime earnings to $98,327. Thorn In Your Side finished first and second in both preliminary rounds. The son of Mach Three paid $4.60 to win. Be Winnin, driven by Chris Christoforou, posted the 35-1 upset as she defeated heavily-favoured Samira Hanover in the final strides to take the $33,600 final for sophomore trotting fillies. The daughter of Angus Hall sat In The Pocket throughout the mile as Samira Hanover laid down panels of :27.4, :58.2 and 1:27.3, before Be Winnin angled out to wear down the tempo-setter to score in 1:55.4 - a new stakes record. Fathers Amiga (Mike Saftic) finished third. Trained by Glenn Lalonde for owner/breeder Bob Key, Be Winnin increased her bankroll to $55,448 as she celebrated her fourth career tally. The trotting lass enjoyed a new career best in the process before returning $61.80 to her backers. In the $33,600 trotting colts and geldings division, Popeda and Sylvain Filion provided the 5-1 minor upset in 1:55.3. Popeda was in no hurry off the start as heavily-favoured Doubledown Gass (Reg Gassien) was the first leader through the opening quarter in a quick :26.4. Doubledown Gass continued to lead past the mid-way point in :56.4, before Popeda angled out of fourth and began the first over attack around the final turn. Doubledown Gass continued to lead past three-quarters in 1:27, but Popeda quickly surged to command down the stretch and held off a late challenge from Lets Leavem (Chris Christoforou), who enjoyed a pocket trip throughout the mile. Doubledown Gass stayed for third. Owned by Overseas Farms Ltd and trained by Richard Moreau, Popeda enjoyed his fourth career victory as his lifetime earning now sit at $58,676. The son of Ken Warkentin celebrated a new lifetime best as he returned $13.60. Machnbyrd Princess and Hall of Fame driver Steve Condren clicked in the $35,300 pacing filly final in 1:53.1. Putmeintogo (Roger Mayotte) was the leader throughout most of the mile as she laid down panels of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:25.2. Condren used first-over tactics with Machnbyrd Princess around the final turn and was within striking range of the tempo-setter turning for home. Down the stretch, Machnbyrd Princess, Putmeintogo and Lyonssweetie (Randy Waples), who enjoyed a pocket trip, were all heads apart with Machnbyrd Princess getting the upper hand on her rivals in the final strides. Post time favourite Lyonssweetie finished second, with Putmeintogo completing the triactor. Shawn Robinson trains the six-time winner for owner Canamerica Capital Corp and Hyatt Holdings. The daughter of Mach Three increased her bankroll to $91,360. She paid $9.50 to win as the third choice. Videos of all races are attached. Greg Gangle WEG Communications
After winning a conditioned event in a career-best 1:49.1 clocking with an eye-catching :25.3 closing quarter last week, Franceschetti hauled down the Preferred pacers on Saturday night for back-to-back wins at Woodbine Racetrack. Sent postward as the favourite in the $34,000 Preferred class following his impressive performance last week, Franceschetti and driver Doug McNair settled away fifth in the field scratched down to six. Meanwhile, second choice Camaes Fellow (Jack Moiseyev) established the lead and carved out fractions of :27.3, :55.4 and 1:23.1. As the field rolled by the third quarter station, Franceschetti followed Piston Broke (Sylvain Filion) to the outside and then unleashed a :26.4 final frame to sweep by for the 1:51.3 triumph over a track rated two seconds off. Camaes Fellow held off Piston Broke for the runner-up honours three-quarters of a length behind. Franceschetti paid $4.80 to win. The four-year-old Mach Three gelding is co-owned by trainer Mark Horner of St. Marys, Ont. and R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, Ont. He now boasts eight wins in 21 starts this year with his seasonal earnings climbing over the $100,000 mark. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Mach Three four year old Franceschetti stole the limelight tonight Saturday the 16th of November at Woodbine Racetrack with a 1:49.1 winning mile and with a stunning last quarter of 25.3. It was the first winning sub 1:50 mile for Franceschetti from it's 46 starts and 16th win. Franceschetti has earnings now of $213,470 lifetime. Franceschetti's race is the 10th on the card. Videos of all races are attached.
Yes, it was a harness racing night of upsets Friday the 15th of November at Woodbine Racetrack. In race ten the $8,000 claiming event was won by the five-year-old Freedoms Pass gelding Battle River Storm with Paul Macdonell in the bike at odds of 44.90 to one. That was not the only upset of the night as Southwind Amazom paid $60.60 to win in race eleven and Machet Rocket paid $35.50 in race twelve. There were only three favourites that won on the night. Videos of all races attached.
Three-year-old fillies found themselves in the spotlight Thursday evening at Woodbine Racetrack, as the Rexdale, Ontario oval hosted the opening leg of the Autumn Series for pacers and trotters. A pair of divisions for trotters and a trio of splits – each of them worth $15,000 - went postward on the 12-race card, and wind was a hindrance to those fillies in the final quarter of their respective assignments. Samira Hanover, who made breaks in her last two pari-mutuel outings, was forced to requalify on October 30 for trainer Mike Keeling. She was on her best behaviour that morning at Mohawk Racetrack, and she was just as much of a professional in this evening’s pari-mutuel assignment under the lights. The daughter of Kadabra-Southern Puff got away sixth from her Post 7 starting spot, and that allowed Alluring K to hustled to the front and chop out splits of :28.2, :59 and 1:28.2. Samira Hanover tipped out to catch cover in the backstretch before making a three-wide moving at the mid-way point of the final turn for driver Paul MacDonell. She kicked home in a :29-second clip to win by 2-1/2 lengths over Candida in 1:58.3. Fathers Amigo trotted home late to finish third. P C Wellwood Enterprises Inc, William B Weaver III, Steve D Organ and A K Malik Stable share ownership on the photogenic filly who improved this year’s record to 4-2-4 from 13 starts with the win. Her share of the $15,000 purse lifted her lifetime loot to $59,980. Be Winnin also used an off-the-speed approach to winning her division for the tandem of driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Glenn Lalonde. The daughter of Angus Hall-Brenda B Winnin got away fourth and watched Ocean Mist Beauty sail through fractions of :29, :59.1 and 1:28. Be Winnin was third at the half, and improved to be second on the outside at the three-quarter pole before using a :30-second kicker to win by 1-1/2 lengths over I Like My Kaddy in 1:58.1. Ocean Mist Beauty faded late and settled for third. Owned and bred by Robert J Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania, Be Winnin won for just the second time this season in 14 starts. The three-time winner has banked $37,448 to date. In the first division for the pacing fillies it was Lutetia Semalu pulling off a 10-1 upset for the team of driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Richard Moreau. The daughter of Million Dollar Cam-Signature Semalu powered to the lead from Post 6 and threw down an opening quarter of :29.3 before taking a brief tuck into the two-hole behind Stonebridge Adore. Filion came right back around that foe for the re-take and after clearing she led through middle panels of :56.3 and 1:25.4 before using a :28.2 closing quarter to win by 2-3/4 lengths over Parade Route. Race favourite Stonebridge Adore had to settle for third. Zoom And Fish Stable Inc of Laval and Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc of Montreal, Quebec own the sophomore who won for just the second time in her career. She’s 2-for-24 in her career, but those two wins have come in her last four starts since moving to Moreau’s outfit. Machnbyrd Princess was 1-9 on the toteboard, and she proved to be 1-9 the best in the second division for driver Steve Condren. He got away fourth with the Shawn Robinson pupil while D Gs Pesquero blasted to the lead and laid down a :27.3 opener. Condren had Machnbyrd Princess on the move in the backstretch and she cleared without a fight shortly past the half in :56.3. She was in charge at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4 and used a :29.1 closing quarter to win by 6-1/4 lengths over Call It Courage in 1:53. D Gs Pesquero weakened late and settled for the show dough. The Mach Three-Respectednbeloved homebred races for Canamerica Capital Corp and Hyatt Holdings Inc of Milton, Ontario, and so far this season she’s put together a sterling record of 5-2-0 from just seven trips to the track – a far cry from the 0-for-7 record she established last year. The filly, who clearly was worth waiting on, has potted $73,710. Panstakingly and trainer/driver Donald Jobin clicked for an 18-1 upset in the final division. The daughter of No Pan Intended-Pantathlon was nowhere to be found in the early stages of the mile, but she had plenty of speed to chase thanks to Hippie Chic, Its No Secret and Putmeintogo who took turns on the engine through fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:25.1. Panstakingly kicked off cover turning for home and used a :28.4 closing panel to win by 2-1/4 lengths over Mach It A Par. Race favourite Putmeintogo was third. Jobin shares ownership on the four-time winner with Danielle Belisle of Clarence Creek, Ontario. Together, they’ve watched the filly put together a 4-7-4 record from 22 trips to the track this season. The lion’s share of the purse bumped her cash stash to $43,853. To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca
In otherwise an uneventful Saturday night harness racing driver Jack Moiseyev won three races at Woodbine Racetrack. He won two for trainer Jeff Gillis. Three-year-old Somebeachsomewhere colt Cougar Hall in 1:51 and five-year-old Camluck son Mystician in 1:52.2. Videos of all races are attached.
Two year olds were the Friday night features at Woodbine Racetrack completing the Autumn Series for trotters and pacers. In the $27,500 Autumn final for two-year-old trotting fillies the Angus Hall filll Sweetie Hearts romped to a career best 1:57 victory for Mario Baillargeon. In the $28,200 trotters final for the boys the Muscle Mass gelding Adventure won for Slyvain Filion and Bill Budd in 1:58 flat. Then it was the turn of the pacers and first up was the $29.700 Autumn Final for the fillies. This was an upset with the Royal Mattjesty filly Regally Ready winning for the McNair team in 1:54.1. In the colts final the hot shot Prince Clyde won for Kieth Oliver and Tony Montini in 1:52.1. All videos are attached.
Camaes Fellow won the $34,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine tonight Saturday the 2nd of November in 1:50 flat. Never in doubt from the getgo the Mach Three son won for the 21st time in his career and took his stake earnings to just over the $785,000 mark. Sylvain Filion did the driving for David Menary. All videos are attached.
Toronto, November 1 - Round two of the Autumn Series continued Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack with five divisions contested. Divisions were held for rookie colts and geldings of both gaits. Aventure will look for the series sweep after an impressive 1:57.3 victory to start the 13-race programme. The trotting son of Muscle Mass sat third in the early going past the opening quarter in :29.2. From there, driver Sylvain Filion pulled on the right line and marched the three-time winner to the front at the half in :59.1. The Bill Budd trainee led his six rivals past three quarters in 1:28.2, before edging away from his rivals in deep stretch to score the victory. Longshot Theresademoninme (Steve Condren) finished second with Kremlin (Riina Rekila) third. Owned by Orville Rursch, Aventure increased his bankroll to $24,250. He paid $7 to win. In the other trotting split, Hitchin A Ride and Jack Moiseyev got under the wire first as the heavy 1/9 favourite. Moiseyev guided the son of Angus Hall into the pocket spot before the opening station in :28.2, before pocket-pulling the three-time winner at the half in :58.2. Moiseyev and Hitchin A Ride continued to lead five rivals past three-quarters in 1:27.4 and never looked back en route to a 1:58.2 victory. Wire Me Cash (Anthony Macdonald) finished second with Yoooukilis (Paul Macdonell) finishing third. Trained by Tom Durand for his wife, June, along with Allan Smith and Catherine and Lynn Baker, Hitchin A Ride increased his rookie earnings to $33,428. He paid $2.30 to win. Major Starlight, driven by Paul Macdonell, pulled off the 7/2 minor upset in the first of three pacing divisions. The son of Major In Art enjoyed a three-hole trip through panels of :26.4, :55.4 and 1:25.2, before MacDonell was able to find racing room late in the mile to win in 1:54.3. Vegas Rich (Sylvain Filion) finished second with even-money favourite Pop Pop Joe (Chris Christoforou) settling for third. Trained and co-owned by Allen Tomlinson along with Thomas Phillips, Major Starlight earned his second career victory. The brown gelding increased his bankroll to $19,155 and paid $9.70 to win. In the next division, Allstar Seelster and Mike Saftic prevailed as the heavy favourite in 1:54.1. The four-time winner was first to the front well before the opening station in :28, before releasing a parked-out Brodys Scrapper (Randy Waples). Saftic and Allstar Seelster quickly regained the lead and marched past the half in :57 and three-quarters in 1:25.2, before edging away from his rivals in deep stretch to win by one and three quarter lengths. Brodys Scrapper stayed for second over Royal Ashton (James MacDonald). Trained and owned by Jack Darling, Allstar Seelster now has three straight wins and will look for the series sweep next Friday evening at Woodbine. The talented youngster increased his bankroll to $43,443. He paid $3.70 to win. In the final division, heavily-favoured Prince Clyde found the wire first in 1:53 for driver Keith Oliver. The son of Camluck overtook command past the opening station in :27, before allowing Shadios (Billy Davis, Jr.) to command. Prince Clyde sat In The Pocket as Shadios controlled the pace past the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. Oliver angled Prince Clyde off the pylons before the top of the stretch and the four-time winner cruised to an effortless victory. King Royalty (Randy Waples) came from well off-the-pace to finish second, over Shadios. Trained by Tony Montini for his wife, Albina, and Holland Racing Stable, Prince Clyde increased his bankroll to $38,038. He paid $3.30 to win. All four $25,000E Autumns Stakes finals for two-year-olds of both gaits and sexes will take place next Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Due to the Breeders Cup, tomorrow night's 12-race programme will have a special 7:55 p.m. post time. Videos of all races attached Greg Gangle
Ellis Park upset the harden campaigner and favourite Camaes Fellow tonight (Saturday) to win his first go at the Preferred level at Woodbine Raceway. This son of Rocknroll Hanover has won his last five in a row and makes it ten wins from just twenty lifetime starts for stakes earnings of $127,000. Trained by Brad Maxwell and driven by Chris Christoforou, Ellis Park paced the mile in 1:50.1. His last quarter mile was an impressive :27.1. The Preferred Pace went for a purse of $34,000. Videos of all races attached. The feature was race 10 on the 13 race program.
The Autumn series continued tonight Friday the 25th of October at Woodbine Raceway with two divisions for 2yo trotters and four divisions for the 2yo pacers (Colts and geldings). The first division of trotters went to Remas Last Son (Majestic Son) in 1:58.4 with the second division going to the Muscle Mass gelding Adventure in 1:57.4. The four winners for the pacing 2yos went to the Artistic Fella colt Allstar Seelster in 1:53.2, the Mach Three colt Brodys Scrapper in 1:54.2 , the Badlands Hanover gelding Italian Rebel in 1:54.1 and the Classic Card Shark gelding King Royalty in 1:54.1. . Videos of all races attached. .
TORONTO, October 25 – Woodbine Racetrack will once again proudly host the ‘Fall Four’ stakes for two-year-olds in 2014, which includes the Goldsmith Maid and Three Diamonds for fillies and the Governor's Cup and Valley Victory for open competitors. With The Meadowlands Racetrack hosting the Breeders Crown in 2014, Woodbine Racetrack was asked to host the ‘Fall Four’ stakes at the Toronto oval. The quartet of Fall Four stakes races, which were launched at Garden State Park in the mid-1980s will be hosted by WEG for a sixth time. The races will be raced at Woodbine in late October during the Fall/Winter meet. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to inform racing fans and horsepeople that Woodbine’s Saturday night November 2 Standardbred program will have a special 7:55 p.m. first-race post time. The change in standardbred post time is due to Breeders’ Cup coverage and WEG's Saturday afternoon thoroughbred program. by Greg Gangle for WEG
Toronto, October 23 - Beginning tonight Woodbine Racetrack will be playing host to the Autumn Series featuring two-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters as well as three-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. Each series will consist of two preliminary legs and a final. A quartet of divisions kicked off on Thursday evening. Two divisions for two-year-old filly trotters and a pair for rookie pacing fillies highlighted the 12-race programme. Trainer Ron Parsons and owner/breeder Bob Key took both trotting divisions to sweep the daily double. In the opening dash, Wonderland Snow, driven by Trevor Henry, let gate-to-wire in 2:00.1. The daughter of Angus Hall led through panels of :29, 1:00.1 and 1:31.2, before using a :28.4 final frame to seal the victory. Post time favourite Aphrodity (Rick Zeron) finished second with Andrea Lea (Per Henriksen) finishing third. onderland Snow, a two-time winner from 10 career starts, increased her rookie bankroll to $25,300. She paid $5.20 to win as the second choice. In the next race, Sweetie Hearts came from behind to score the win in 1:57.3. Mario Baillargeon guided the daughter of Angus Hall off the speed through panels of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.4, before showing his charge clear racetrack down the stretch to win by half a length. Torches Star (Steve Condren) finished second with Capturethememory (Scott Zeron) third. Sent off as the heavy favourite, Sweetie Hearts also enjoyed her second career victory as her lifetime earnings increased to $13,900. She paid $3 to win. Filly pacers were up next and Witch Dali, driven by Jack Moiseyev, kicked off the Early Pick 4 in the fourth with a 1:53.2 score. The heavily-favoured daughter of Dali cleared to the front past the :27.4 opening quarter and never looked back through the middle-half of :57 and 1:25.1 before sailing to an open length victory. Zenobia Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) finished second with Exhilarated (Sylvain Filion) completing the triactor. Trained and co-owned by Tony Alagna along with Aaron Waxman and Gaetan Hebert, Witch Dali increased her rookie bankroll to $28,320. She paid $3.20 to win. In the final division, Noble Jilly and Jody Jamieson found the wire first in 1:54.1. The daughter of Jeremes Jet came from well off the pace through fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25, before picking up all the pieces in deep stretch to seal the win. Stellllllla (Scott Zeron) finished second with Artful Impulse (Randy Waples) grabbing third. Trained by Harry Poulton for owner/breeder Banjo Farms, Noble Jilly now has back-to-back wins and $29,854 in career earnings. The pacing miss celebrated a new lifetime best in the process and paid $6.30. The Autumn Stakes returns to Woodbine tomorrow night with six divisions on the 13-race card. Post time is scheduled for 7:25 p.m. Greg Gangle
It was a night of upsets at Woodbine Raceway Saturday night the 19th of October. Emerald Lexus and Pieraz in race eight provided the biggest exactor on the night as they were the two longest shots in the race. The exactor paid $577 and the trifecta was $3,222. Emerald Lexus paid $81.30 for the win. In race four Mach Three four year old Who Doesn't paid $60.50 to win while in race three Money Maven paid $44,60 to win. In race two Manchester paid $27.80. Shelbys Cobra paid $29.60 to win race seven and in race nine Boy Meets Grill paid $14 to win. And finally to cap of a night of upsets in race twelve Hilarious Halo paid $31.60 to win. Videos of all races attached.