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Harness racing driver Brad Forward who won both the Dash Driver and Percentage Driver of the year trophies at Hanover Raceway finished off his season with four more wins Saturday night. After his first win, the Newfoundland native said he was encouraged to come to Hanover by one of his regular owners, and he says he really loved the track.  Forward said the surface is always good and Hanover and he hopes to be back in 2017. Becky Geisel of Hanover won the Ray and Leu Leifso Trainer of the year award after a banner season.  Geisel had 39 starts with 8 wins, eight 2nds and nine 3rds for over $25,000 dollars in purse winnings.  Geisel trained two of the horse award winners. Cold Shadow won the Ab Fleishauer Horse of the year award after four wins in 13 starts and a best winning time of 1:58.   Geisel shares ownership with Shelley May of Walkerton.  May said she has always enjoyed working with horses and wanted to find a horse she could use her Massage Therapy training on to see if she could get positive results. Geisel also trained the Claimer of the year, She’s a Star Reporter who had 11 starts and a record of 3-4-3-1 and a best time of 1:58.1.  Geisel said the 4 year old daughter of Sportwriter is owned by Wil Weatherall of Flesherton and is the boss of their relationship, indicating the Star Reporter is a bit of a handful at the best of times. The other award went to Bob Walker of Owen Sound for his Trotter of the year, Margo Plicatus.  The 6 year old had 9 starts and a record of 2-2-4 and a season best winning time of 2:00.2. Bob’s sister Jean Thibideau accepted the award on his behalf. Hanover also handed out its season ending prizes including 2 lazy-boy recliners courtesy of Smittys Fine Furniture in Hanover, and the winner of a 55 inch SONY TV was Jane Bernier of Hanover.   Overall, Hanover was up about 7% in wagering compared to 2015, and was also up over 10% in Food and Beverage.     Gord Dougan

Brad Forward solidified his hold on the Dash and Percentage Driver of the year awards at Hanover Raceway. Its the 45 year old Newfoundland native’s first season as a full time harness racing driver at Hanover Raceway, and it was very successfull. His five wins on the night give Forward 32 on the season, more than double his nearest competitor. Forward also went into the night with a .394 UDR and those wins will surely boost that number giving his the top Driving percentage as well. One of Forwards wins was the CKNX Trot in Race 9.  Forward steered 8 year old Fantastic Flirt for part owner Bill Rankin and trainer Jenn Rankin of Dundas.   The daughter of CR Excalibur was quickest off the gate and controlled the pace past a quarter in 29.3 and a half in 1:00.1.   Oaklea Torpedo owned and trained by Jayne Walker and Tom Smith got as close as 2nd at the 3/4’s in 1:31.2, but couldn’t close the gap and ended up finishing 3rd, behind Fantastic Flirt who won in 2:00.2, with Massive Muscles finishing 2nd for Paul and Julie Walker. After the Race the staff from CKNX drew the name of Betty Ross of Wingham who was a 58 inch high def TV courtesy of CKNX Radio and HDTV in Walkerton. Hanover Raceway wraps up its season next Saturday with its season ending awards and prizes for Race fans. Two people will win Lazy-Boy Recliners from Smitty’s Fine Furniture and someone will win a high def TV from HDTV in Walkerton. Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm.  

It was another perfect weather night at Hanover Raceway. Harness racing driver Brad Forward went into the final month as the top Dash Driver with 24 wins in just 100 starts and he continued his dominance in Race 3 with Oforpetesake.  The 5 year old son of How Fleet he is got away 3rd at the quarter in 29s and moved up to 2nd at the half in 1:00.1.  Race favorite Emperor and Ryan Holliday started moving up after the ¾’s in 1:30.1, but made a costly break in the stretch allowing Forward and Oforpetesake to grab the victory in 1:59.1. Oforpetesake is owned by Ruth Moore and James Hastie of Chatsworth, and the victory was a new life’s mark for the 5 year old. Forwards second win was in Race 7 with Irish Thunder in 2:01.3 for owner Erin Brickman of Sebringville and he finished the hat-trick in Race 9 with longshot Dubhlainn Jewill in 2:04.1 for owner Ken Jewitt of Mitchell.  The 8 year old Trotter beat race favorite Snegem Bianca and driver Ryan Holliday at the wire and paid $35.90 to win. Hanover plays host to the staff of Chapmans ice cream in Markdale next Saturday who will bring a bag full of prizes for fans in attendance.  Hanover plays host to live racing until the end of the month  Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm.  

It was a perfect night weather wise for Bring a Friend Day and 25 people did that at Hanover Raceway Saturday.   The hosts and their friends were eligible to win prizes from Hanover Raceway, Molson and Standardbred Canada. Laura Moore of Harriston, Steward Rowley of Listowel won prizes, while Diane Stephens and Kim Mccomb of Chatsworth got to ride in the Starting Car, and Ally and Scott Cargoe of Orillia got to get their picture taken in the winners circle. On the track, leading driver Brad Forward continued his dominance with 4 more wins on the night.   Forward won race 2 with SWS Caviar for owner Jeff Williamson of Blyth in 1:58.3, he then won race 6 with CC Callme Kelly for owner Steve Morton of Nova Scotia in 1:59.4.  Forward’s 3rd win was in race 7 with Outasight Hanover in 2:02.1 for owners  Tess Mauro of Ridgeville, and Steve Mihalic of Burlington, and capped the Grand Slam in the 10th, with WinOne Soon for owner Ron Ash of Desboro in 1:57.2. The Newfoundland native now has 19 wins on the season, 12 more than Clarke Stacey and Bruce Richardson who are tied for 2nd with 7 wins each. Newcomer Natasha Day of Australia picked up another win giving her 5 on the season, tied for 4th overall. Hanover’s biggest race of the season begins next week as the Dream of Glory Eliminations take place.  66 horses are eligible, and those who are ready will battle for a shot at the July 30th final. Its also the last opportunity for fans to try and qualify for the Survivor Contest.  3 more qualified on Saturday bringing the total so far to 46.   Post time next Saturday is 7:15pm. by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway

Hanover Raceway kicked off its Survivor contest Saturday night, and Brad Forward continued His dominance among his fellow drivers. Forward won 3 of the 10 races on the night giving him 13 wins on the 5 week old season, 7 more than his closest competitor Clarke Stacey. The 45 year old Newfoundland native started off his hattrick in Race 3 with Docs Baby in 2:03.3. The 3 year old filly trotter is owned by Dr. John Mckinley of Oldcastle Ontario. Forward also won Race 7 with Buttercup Baby in 1:59.1 for owner ICR Racing of Pepperlaw, and completed the hattrick in Race 8 with Son of a Eagle in 1:59.1 for owner and trainer David Burgess of Cambridge. 106 people took part in leg 1 of the Survivor contest. Fans had to pick a horse in 4 different races and if all 4 of their horses finished in the money, they get a ballot to compete in the Survivor finale on August 6th. Country 93 and HDTV in Walkerton and Hanover are sponsoring the contest with the top prize being a 50 inch High Def TV. 40 of the 106 contestants were perfect on their selections, however, everyone including those who qualified can compete again next week in leg 2 for another ballot in the finale. Next Saturday is also Ladies Night at the Races. Hanover Raceway has partnered with The Flower Shoppe and Greenhouses, My Scissors and I and Molson to provide some great prizes for Ladies in attendance. Post time Saturday July 9th is 7:15pm. From the Media Department Hanover Raceway

Harness racing driver Brad Forward was the big winner on Molson Mens Night at Hanover Raceway. The 45 year old Newfoundland native won four races on the ten race card, starting out with a win Behind Buttercup baby in race 1 in 2:00 for owner ICR Racing of Pefferlaw, Ontario. Forward won again in Race 4 with Outasight Hanover in the same time 2:00 for owner Jack Harris of Hagersville.  He also won Race 5 with Cat Four in 1:56.1 for owner Alyshia Williamson of Blyth and finished the Grand Slam in Race 9 with Win One Soon for owner Ron Ash of Desboro. The feature race was Race 4 the second leg of the Alliance Claiming Series for Filly and Mare pacers.   Outasight Hanover is among those who qualify for the final next week at Grand River Raceway.  Finishing second was Im not a mirage for driver Clark Stacey and owner Janet Larcombe of Clinton. Several Fathers were lucky winners as Molson donated well over $1,000 in prizes for fathers in attendance. Hanover Raceway honours our kids next week with Hockeyville day.  Children and Teens 14 and under wearing a hockey jersey can enter to win 1 of 6 bicycles courtesy of The Hanover Rotary Club, Hanover Canadian Tire and Hanover Raceway. Post time is 7:15 Saturday night. Gord Dougan  

Prince Edward Island, CA - Driver Brad Forward and trainer Rene Allard, the winning connections of the 2014 Sobeys Gold Cup & Saucer, teamed up with Australian import Crombie A to set a new track record of 1:50.3 in this year's first trial on Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Leaving from the post five, Crombie A and Forward were able to settle into the pocket spot behind inside starter Im Drinkin Doubles (Marc Whebby), who led the field of six through fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:22.2. Meanwhile, outsider Atta Boy Dan (Marc Campbell) advanced first over with The Rev (Danny Romo) following his cover. However, Crombie A closed through the passing lane to prevail by one and a half lengths while favourite Atta Boy Dan overtook Im Drinkin Doubles for the runner-up role. The Rev finished fourth while All Turain (Corey MacPherson) was fifth and Modern Xhibit (Robert Shepherd) rounded out the complete order of finish. "This is awesome," said Forward after the race. "Rene told me about this horse here. He told me to give him a good shot, and you know what, I never even spoke to this fella. He was just all horse." "He's a pretty handy little horse," added Allard. "He gets around a half real good and since we bought him from Australia he's just been awesome. We never left with him because those horses are known to get a little hot if you leave with them when you first get them. But today was a short field and I told Brad I think we should leave a little bit because it only showed the #1 [Im Drinkin Doubles] and the #6 [Atta Boy Dan] had a little bit of gate speed and Brad got the job done again. We hope everything works out for the final and we're just happy to be here. We're having fun either way, but it's always nice to win it." Crombie A's winning time lowered the track record by one-fifth of a second that was held jointly by last year's Gold Cup & Saucer champion Bigtown Hero, 2013 champion Escape The News and 2014 trial winner Mickey Hanover. It also matched Prix d'Ete champion Sunfire Blue Chip's Canadian record for an aged pacing horse on a half-mile track, set at Hippodrome 3R in Quebec last year. To view the race click here.  To read the rest of the story click here.

Turning for home, it was a two horse breakaway in the 55th running of the $75,000 Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer with Bigtown Hero and driver Brad Forward battling past Wazzup Wazzup in a track and Canadian record equalling performance to close out Old Home Week at Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday night. Scott Rocks (Jonathan Drury) fired to the lead, but trial winner and even-money favourite Aracache Hanover (Marc Campbell) was on the move early, sweeping around that foe during a :26.4 opening quarter. Take It Back Terry (Gilles Barrieau) began to advance from mid-pack with Forward rolling Bigtown Hero out three-wide as they passed the midway mark in :55.2. Meanwhile, Wazzup Wazzup (James MacDonald) swept up from third to take over the lead from Aracache Hanover. Wazzup Wazzup raced past three-quarters in 1:23.3 with the wide rallying Bigtown Hero advancing into second and those two took off turning for home. Bigtown Hero kept on rolling and edged by Wazzup Wazzup in deep stretch for the 1:50.4 victory. The winner's stablemate, Island Jet (Robert Shepherd), came on from the back of the pack to finish third, over seven lengths behind. To read the rest of the story click here.

Inspired Art took top honours in the Preferred Pace for the third straight week at St. John's Racing and Entertainment Centre. Inspired Art was reunited with driver Brad Forward, who was also aboard the nine-year-old Artiscape gelding for his St. John's opening day feature win two weeks ago. Inspired Art established the lead from post six and went wire-to-wire in 2:05 for a perfect three-for-three record this season. He won by four and three-quarter lengths over stablemate Go With It (Wayne Williams) while Roberto (Robert Forward Jr.) recovered from an early break in stride and advanced into third. To view the rest of the story click here.

Western Fair Raceway's leading driver Trevor Henry won both of the Preferred 3 pacing events on Wednesday night's harness racing card in London, Ont. Henry steered favourites Rock N Go and Rave On to victories in the $7,000 co-features for horses and geldings. Rock N Go ($3.40) was a wire-to-wire winner in 1:56.3, drawing away by seven lengths down the stretch. Bestofthebunch was second-best tonight for driver Nick Steward while Czar Seelster and Brad Forward finished third. To read the rest of this story click here.

While his “pedigree” indicates that Trevor Henry would have success in the business of harness racing, it is his “inner drive,” his ability to place himself in a position to win on the racetrack and then successfully guide his charge home first, that made him 2013’s winningest Canadian-based driver, with 529 trips to Victory Lane. Well, better make that both his “inner drive” and his “outer drive.” For Henry achieved victory at no fewer than ten Ontario racetracks last year, across the province from London to Rideau Carleton, and achieved over half those triumphs at Western Fair Raceway (London), which is 160km from his home base of Arthur, Ontario. (The list of how many victories he achieved at each track accompanies this article.) Arthur, within 40km of both the old Orangeville and Elmira Raceways, was their residences and home base of Trevor’s father, horseman Ross Henry, and where the family lived. The elder Henry was famous as a conditioner in Canada’s most-populous province, and with his record combining with his son/Trevor’s brother Wayne, the name “Henry” appears on the Johnston Cup, emblematic of the most success in a year’s Ontario Sire Stakes action for a trainer, as much as any other – Ross led on five occasions, and Wayne two, with their combined seven putting them equal-top with Bob McIntosh. “Ross” seems to be a good first name to have if looking for success in the Ontario Sire Stakes, as most locals know that Ross Battin, a track criss-crosser before it became fashionable, is the leading driver in the standings in the Lampman Cup – the sulky equivalent of the Johnston Cup -- also with seven wins. Two-time world driving champion Jody Jamieson is second in Lampman history with three etchings into the Cup, with Trevor tied in third place at two with what he called “a pretty good group of guys to be associated with” – Sylvain Filion, Brad Forward, Don McElroy, Dave Wall, and Terry Kerr. The far-flung nature of the Ontario program may have helped Trevor get used to traveling a lot, but staying close to home was in his early career plans: “I had my first drive at Orangeville, and my first win at Elmira.” But Orangeville closed, and when Elmira-area residents rejected the introduction of slot machines, the racing moved to nearby Elora, which now has the iron quarter gobblers – and Grand River Raceway, where Trevor had his second-biggest win haul of the past year, 122, despite their limited schedule. The Ontario track that provided the most “stable” schedule, with racing in fall, winter, and spring several days a week, came to be Western Fair, where Henry now focuses his energies, with 284 visits to the winners circle in 2013, a good many coming from the ten or so horses supervised by Henry’s wife, Shannon, at a farm relatively close to London. “It’s basically me doing all the commuting,” Henry says. He adds, “It’s just part of doing the job,” in the matter-of-fact manner that belies his talent and, to this writer, the one surprising thing in Trevor Henry’s life (though he doesn’t agree with that statement, his wife does; that tale will be told in part two). Trevor says that his Dodge Ram has “about 278,000km on it,” and “I put over 1800km on just the other week, and it’s not even stakes season.” (That’s 170,000+ miles and 1,100 miles, respectively, for the “.6215-challenged” kilometer/mile conversion folks.) When a guess was hazarded that the truck was probably between three and four years old, Henry said, “That’s right – how did you know that?”, and it was explained that it was no surprise to an “insider” just how much mileage horsemen put on their vehicles – and themselves – in the pursuit of what looks like the glamorous job of racing for two minutes then appearing all bright and shiny in victory lane – which of course is far from the truth. Some mileage was added to both man and truck when Trevor added Flamboro to his regular schedule in November, getting 50 wins in his first two months there at season’s end. (“With the way things are in Ontario these days, the uncertainty, I felt I had to branch out and add Flamboro” – which, ironically, is almost 50 miles closer to Arthur than London.) And some mileage will be added to Trevor himself very soon to the appearance of this story, as he heads to Australia for a couple of drives at the invitation of an Aussie he became friendly with while representing Canada in the 2013 World Driving Championships. “Didn’t do too good over there racing in France,” Henry remembers honestly. “After racing mostly on the half-mile track as I do, those tracks seem to go on forever – it was hard to see the grandstand from the backstretch – and also I was unlucky and had to drive a lot of …” (here he paused, trying to be diplomatic, then agreed when, in the spirit of the location, the word merde was offered as a possibility to conclude the thought, a choice with which he agreed).   The trip Down Under, which is currently in its summertime (you could almost see Henry’s smile over the phone when he was reminded of the difference in seasons from Canada), will be a good visit to a warmer clime, and it is hoped will replace the memory of the clan Henry’s last journey southward – to Florida at year’s start, when Trevor’s brother Paul, a trainer at Flamboro, suddenly passed away at age 48. Paul’s passing may make passing through the Flamboro gates a little harder for Trevor, but anybody who knows him realizes he’s like the Energizer Bunny – he’ll just keep going and going and going, doing whatever he can, placing himself on the racetrack wherever he needs to (“lead, off cover … it doesn’t matter to me) in order to win. That’s the way you get to be #1 in Canada. IN PART 2 TOMORROW: Trevor breeds his 17-year-old mare to a 23-year-old Pennsylvania stallion, and has high hopes for the resultant foal … and more about Trevor’s “traveling companion” in all those miles in the truck – the same somebody who “helped Trevor name” the Pennsylvania colt. By Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com

OTTAWA, ON — After struggling in the Gold Series through the middle of the season, three-year-old trotting colt Northern Bullet dropped down to the Grassroots program and logged the quickest of four divisions at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening. In rein to Yves Filion, Northern Bullet fired to the front from Post 1 and carved fractions of :28.2, :57.3 and 1:26.1 on his way to a personal best 1:55.4. The Muscle Mass son had not visited the winner’s circle since capturing his Gold Series leg at Western Fair Raceway on May 28. Richard Moreau trains Northern Bullet for 9174 7998 Quebec Inc. of St-Janvier-Mirabel, QC and Les Ecuries Bruce of Piedmont, QC. The colt bested fan favourite Crosbys Clam Bake and Muscle On Broadway. The favourites came up trumps in the next two $18,000 divisions, with Loco Caballo and driver Scott Coulter posting a 1:59.2 result for trainer Blair Burgess and owners Robert Burgess of Campbellville and Karin Olsson Burgess of Milton in the fourth race, and Super Duke and Brad Forward hitting the wire in 1:57.3 for trainer William James and owners W G James Stables Ltd. of Blackstock and Paul and Carol Secord of Bowmanville in the eighth. The final division was captured by Massive Man in 1:59. The Muscle Mass son hit the wire two lengths ahead of Cabertoss, owned by William Murray Jr. of Mountain, and Just Make Believe. Trevor Henry piloted Massive Man to his first lifetime win for trainer Tony Alagna and owners Aaron Waxman of Burlington, Alan Alber of Thornhill, John Carver of Bettendorf, IA and Eagles Soar Partners of Staten Island, NY. The top 10 point earners from the regular season, including Loco Caballo and Super Duke, will now begin preparations for the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championships at Mohawk Racetrack. Thursday’s regular season finale also wrapped Rideau Carleton Raceway’s 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes season, which saw the Ottawa oval host three Gold and two Grassroots legs. For complete results please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0905ridcfn.dat by Sandra Snyder for OSS  

DRESDEN, ON — Dresden Raceway fans were treated to five impressive Grassroots performances by Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts on Monday afternoon. Driver Paul Mackenzie kicked things off in the first $18,000 division, guiding King Royalty to a 1:58.4 score over Electric Western. Local favourite Regal Babe, owned by Rob Chapple of Chatham, finished third. All three colts were affected by an accident that saw driver Brad Forward thrown from Opening Line’s race bike heading into the final turn. Fortunately Forward was not seriously injured and was able to drive in the Monday evening program at Elora’s Grand River Raceway. Mackenzie crafted King Royalty’s first lifetime win for trainer David Menary of Cheltenham. The trainer shares ownership of the son of Classic Card Shark with his father Larry Menary of Cheltenham and Michael Guerriero of Puslinch. Two races later Puslinch resident Mackenzie was back in the Dresden winner’s circle with Concert Artist, who rang up the quickest clocking of the five Grassroots divisions, hitting the wire in 1:57.1. Tony O’Sullivan conditions the Artistic Fella gelding for owner-breeder Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. The colt’s second Grassroots win vaulted him into contention for a berth in the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship. Division point leader Cheeky Fool scored his fourth Grassroots victory in the final division, going gate-to-wire in 1:59.3 for driver Scott Coulter and trainer Clifford Hill. Joshua Wade Jamieson owns the son of Western Maverick, who boasts a five race point tally of 196. The other divisions were captured by On The Big Swing, who bested Hoorei For Flash and Rather Swell, owned by trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, with his 1:57.3 effort and V I P Bayama, who posted a 1:57.2 clocking. The two-year-old pacing colts wrap up their Grassroots regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 12. by Sandra Snyder  

OTTAWA, ON — Mattys Big Day cemented her lead atop the three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots ranks with a gate-to-wire 1:54.3 tour of Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday, Aug. 29. With leading Rideau Carleton driver Denis St. Pierre in the race bike for a second straight start, favourite Mattys Big Day fired straight to the front from Post 7 and never saw a challenge, cruising home one and one-half lengths ahead of Shanghai Mimi and Cams Macharena. St. Pierre crafted the Jeremes Jet daughter’s fourth Grassroots victory for trainer Corey Johnson and owners Debbie Element and Ecurie JGV Enrg. of Laval, QC. Driver Brad Forward captured the other two Grassroots divisions, piloting favourites Western Empress and Betit To Getit to 1:54 and 1:53.2 victories, respectively. Windsor resident Bob McIntosh trains Western Empress for his partners Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington and Larry Pollard of Harrow. The partners also bred and raised the daughter of Western Maverick, who jumped into sixth spot in the standings with her second Grassroots victory. Betit To Getit recorded the quickest mile of the three Grassroots divisions for trainer Ben Wallace and owners Holland Racing Stable of Aurora. The No Pan Intended daughter is now tied for third in the point race with Cams Macharena. The three-year-old pacing fillies make their last regular season Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 9, while Rideau Carleton Raceway hosts the regular season finale for the three-year-old trotting colts next Thursday, Sept. 5. For complete results please click here.    

ELORA, ON - Seaside Rory picked up her second Gold Series win on Monday evening at Grand River Raceway and the three-year-old pacing filly did it in impressive fashion. Getting away from Post 3 with regular reinsman Jody Jamieson in the race bike, Seaside Rory sat just off the pace in fifth as fan favourite Jan It Jackson rolled through sharp early fractions of :27, :54.3 and 1:24.1. Rolling down the backstretch for the second time Jamieson sent Seaside Rory up the outside and the filly had edged by Jan It Jackson before the head of the stretch. With a little more gas in her tank than her rival, Seaside Rory was able to accelerate away to a one and one-half length victory in a track record 1:53.1. The mile shaved one-fifth of a second off the mark set by Jet Speed in last fall's Grassroots Semifinals. Jan It Jackson settled for second, with Wildcat Hanna another length back in third. Hillsburgh resident Jeff Gillis trains Seaside Rory for his partners Mac Nichol of Burlington, M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE and Ellen Ott of Buffalo, NY. The victory, the Mach Three daughter's sixth of the season, boosted her career earnings to $116,608. The second $70,000 Gold division saw Gillis trainee Bad Feeling finish third behind division point leader Pan Luis Obispo and Leaveumlady. The field finished more than six lengths behind fan favourites Pan Luis Obispo and Randy Waples, who stopped the Grand River teletimer at 1:54.3.  Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh conditions Pan Luis Obispo for owner-breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. Through 11 sophomore starts the No Pan Intended daughter has tallied five wins, three seconds, two thirds and earnings of $232,333.  The final battle was won by first time Gold Series starter Regil Elektra, who rocketed down the stretch to a three length triumph over Request For Parole and Marlee B in a personal best 1:53.3. Brad Forward crafted the win for trainer Shawn Robinson and owner Fred Monteleone Stbl LLC of Pompano Beach, FL. The three-year-old pacing fillies wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 12, while Ontario Sires Stakes action is back at Grand River Raceway this Wednesday, Aug. 28 with a pair of Gold divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts. For complete results.             For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. Photo: Seaside Rory and driver Jody Jamieson streak to a 1:53.1 track record in three-year-old pacing filly Gold Series action at Grand River Raceway on Aug. 26. Iron Horse Photo  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - Ontario Sires Stakes fans will be heading to Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Aug. 26 to see whether three-year-old pacing colt Champagne Phil can extend his Grassroots win streak to five. The Shanghai Phil gelding and driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville will line up at Post 7 in the first $18,000 Grassroots division, taking on a field of 10 rivals. The duo opened the Grassroots season at Mohawk on June 21 with a 1:52.4 victory and scored a second win over the Campbellville oval on Aug. 9. In between those starts Brad Forward piloted Champagne Phil to a personal best 1:51.4 in the Georgian Downs Grassroots event, and on Aug. 16 Jody  Jamieson teamed the gelding to a track record 1:52.1 clocking at Grand River Raceway. Ken Oliver of Hamilton conditions the division leader - who currently sits 50 points ahead of his nearest rival in the sophomore pacing colt standings - for ICR Racing of Pefferlaw. In 11 sophomore starts Champagne Phil has posted five wins for earnings of $36,528. With 100 points tallied in his three Grassroots starts, George Jettison is 100 points behind Champagne Phil and will be looking to close the gap from Post 5 in the second division on Monday. After making one start at the Gold level, George Jettison earned a win in his first Grassroots outing, circling Georgian Downs in 1:53.4, and then finished second by three-quarters of a length in the next two. Jack Darling of Cambridge owns and trains the Jeremes Jet son, who boasts a sophomore record of four wins, three seconds and two thirds in 19 starts for earnings of $52,670. The gelding faces a tough field in Monday's eighth race, facing off against four other Grassroots winners. Sea Harrier will start from Post 2, Santanna One gets Post 3, Stonebridge Adam gets Post 6, and Classic Gent starts from Post 8.  The three-year-old pacing colts will battle in Races 4, 8 and 9 on Mohawk Racetrack's Monday evening program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. For complete entries.  For up to date point standings, race replays, and more.      Sandra Snyder  

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