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MILTON, October 19, 2020 – The Harvest Series for Ontario sired two-year-old fillies kicked off Monday on a rainy night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  A total of four $17,000 harness racing divisions were contested with trotting fillies starting the evening before the pacing fillies took their turn later in the card.  Justice Hall filly Hawaii took care of business in the first division for trotting fillies by moving from fourth to first before the half and never looking back for a 1:58 score. The Rick Zeron trainee was driven by to the maiden-breaking score by Trevor Henry.  Hawaii, who was coming in off a runner-up finish in an OSS Gold division, posted fractions of :59.2 and 1:29.2 before a :28.3 final-quarter secured a victory of a length and a half. Tealicious finished second, while A Blue Blood was third.  Sporting multiple top-three finishes in Gold starts, Hawaii was made the heavy-favourite and returned $2.30 to win. She now has $45,125 earned in seven starts for Rick Zeron Stables.  Val Taurus filly Out On A Mission took advantage of an early break by the favourite to break her maiden at odds of 5-1 in 2:00.4.   The Gord Dancetovic trained Out On A Mission was making just her third career start and was leaping up from the Autumn Series at Western Fair. Mike Saftic sent the rookie to the front and never looked backed, posting fractions of :28.2, 1:00 and 1:31 before a :29.4 final-quarter secured a victory of just over two lengths.  Somewhat Sacy finished second, while Waikiki Wave was third.  Out On A Mission’s maiden-breaking win pushes her earnings to $9,520 for owners Bob Dancetovic and Kenneth Albrecht. She paid $12 to win.  Over on the pacing side, Dabarndawgswatchin powered to the lead in the second-quarter and kept on rolling for a 9-1 upset over four other rivals. Jody Jamieson guided the Ron MacDonald trained daughter of Hes Watching to victory.  Moving to the top from third going to the half, Dabarndawgswatchin had to deal with race-favourite Platine Alpha on her outside throughout the middle-half. The MacDonald trainee was not fazed by the pressure and scooted home in :29.3 over the “Good” track to win by five-lengths in 1:56.3.  Platine Alpha finished second, while Control The Thong was third.  Owned by Julie Ferguson and Lloyd Stone, Dabarndawgswatchin now has two wins, eight on the board finishes and $19,386 earned in 10 starts. She paid $20 to win.  Sunshine Beach filly Shes A Sassy Beach powered to the lead in the second-quarter and kept on rolling to a 1:56.4 victory in the final division of the evening.  The Ken Middleton trained Shes A Sassy Beach flashed early speed for driver Sylvain Filion to land in an early pocket spot. Always Watching cleared to the lead entering the backstretch, but the lead was brief as Shes A Sassy Beach powered to the lead from third, posting a :58.1 half.  After securing a :30.2 third-quarter, Shes A Sassy Beach scooted home in :28.1 to win by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:56.4. Carnival Heart rallied for second, while Siri Blue Chip was third.  Shes A Sassy Beach is now has two wins and $34,183 earned in 11 starts for Middleton and the late Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame member Bill Galvin. A $2 win ticket on the rookie pacing filly returned $10.30.  The Harvest Series is for Ontario sired two and three-year-olds that were non-winners of $30,000 in 2020 as of September 30. Rookie colts will have the opportunity for their first leg of the Harvest Series on Thursday.  Post time for Thursday’s card is 7 p.m.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment,  

MILTON, OCT 17, 2020 – Super Final Night 2020 delivered a spectacular harness racing finale to the Ontario Sires Stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Oct. 17, complete with a dead heat, photo finishes, thrilling stretch duels and impressive individual performances. Pemberton claimed the three-year-old trotting colt title with a commanding three and three-quarter length victory in the seventh of the eight $250,000 Super Final battles. Driver Trevor Henry put the fan favourite on the front heading for the halfway marker and never looked back, cruising home to a 1:52.4 victory. Angel Nation closed hard to be second and Threefiftytwo was third. “Trevor was very impressed with him, has been all along,” said trainer Paul Walker. “I mean we’ve always liked him, but you keep thinking, well one of these times these guys are going to beat him, but he raced him a different way tonight again and it didn’t make any difference.” Walker trains Pemberton for his wife Brenda Walker of Owen Sound and their daughter Christine Walker of Tara, ON. Mother and daughter also bred the son of Wheeling N Dealing and Dayshifter, who wrapped up his sophomore campaign with eight wins, four of them in Gold Series action, and one third in 10 starts for earnings of $363,684. He was the only one of the eight division point leaders to claim a Super Final title. The gelding was joined in the winner’s circle on Saturday by some of his youngest fans, two of the Walker’s grandchildren Austin, 14 and Amelia, 10, who broke their superstitious habit of watching him race on the computer in the milk house of their dairy farm while sitting in very specific seats. “They broke the mould. I said, ‘Oh my God, you guys are coming?’” said Walker with a chuckle. “That’s the first they’ve come to watch him go and they got their picture taken so they’re pretty happy.” Driver Jody Jamieson, who leads all drivers in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program in wins and money earned since the current record keeping system was implemented in 1997, added two more Super Final wins to his tally with three-year-old pacing filly Rose Run Victoria and two-year-old pacing colt Bulldog Hanover. From Post 8 Rose Run Victoria sat on the outside throughout the mile, stalking fan favourite Lauras Love for the second half of the race as Karma Seelster and then Alicorn rang up fractions of :27, :55, and 1:23.1. Turning for home Rose Run Victoria was just one length behind the leaders and a big finishing kick propelled her to a three-quarter length win in 1:51.1. Lauras Love finished second and Karma Seelster was third. “It worked out perfectly,” said Jamieson, who piloted the Hes Watching filly to her fourth win of the season for trainer Rod Boyd and owners Rick Phillips of Tappan, NY and Mark Harder of Freehold, NJ. “From the eight-hole it’s difficult sometimes when you have an off-the-pace horse to find the right helmet, but it worked out perfectly where we found a couple fast helmets that were taking us into the head of the lane.” Two races later Jamieson lined up at Post 7 with Bulldog Hanover and the pair was sitting fifth when Lawless Shadow reached the :27.1 quarter. Jamieson soon opted to take a run at the leader however, and Bulldog Hanover had seized control by the :56 half. The fan favourites had opened up two lengths on the field by the 1:23.2 three-quarters, five by the top of the stretch and added four more before hitting the wire in a personal best 1:50.2. Lawless Shadow finished second and Magnum Moon was third. All three colts are sons of Shadow Play. “I think he was probably the best performance on the night, other than Pemberton, Pemberton was pretty impressive too, but to go 1:50 and a piece the way he did it — he did all the work and was still strong through the wire — it was a fun race for sure,” said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson. “He was a monster.” “That was exciting. It’s just so rewarding when you see them go a trip like that,” said owner/trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON. “It really surprised me that he could blow that group away. That’s a good solid group of two-year-olds and I’m shocked, really, that he did that.” The win gave Bulldog Hanover one Grassroots win and three Gold Series wins in six career starts for earnings of $248,850. Driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON also scored a pair of Super Final victories with two-year-old trotting colt Fashion Frenzie and three-year-old pacing gelding Rhythm In Motion. After an equipment malfunction caused a high-speed post parade and sent him back to the paddock for a new set of trotting hopples and a securely fastened over-check, Fashion Frenzie returned to the racetrack in a mellower frame of mind. The Archangel son left well from Post 3, reaching the front heading by the :27.2 quarter and then settling in second behind Full Of Muscles for the trip to the :57.1 half and 1:27 three-quarters. Swinging off the final turn Filion sent Fashion Frenzie to the lead and the colt opened up a three length margin on heavy favourite Macho Martini, stopping the teletimer at 1:55.1. Full Of Muscles finished third. “He was really impressive every time I saw him race, so when I got the opportunity to drive him I jumped on it,” said Filion, who was making his first appearance in the colt’s race bike on behalf of trainer Richard Moreau and owners Ecurie Francis Richard Inc. of Becancour, Ferme Auclair of St. Antione De Tilly, Pierre Guillemette of Becancour and Mario Bourgea of Stanbridge East, QC. “He kind of swelled up around the last turn and as soon as I tipped him I knew he was going to win.” The win was Fashion Frenzie’s second in Gold Series action and his fifth on the season, boosting his career earnings to $204,775. Heading into Saturday’s Super Final test Rhythm In Motion had never won an OSS race. The gelding boasted a second and a trio of thirds in Gold competition this season, but had been unable to notch a win. Off a pocket trip behind fan favourite Tattoo Artist in the biggest race of the season, Rhythm In Motion finally achieved victory, sprinting down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length triumph in 1:50.1. Beaumond Hanover and Indictable Hanover closed hard for second and third. “He deserves this, he tried week after week, and racing against Tattoo Artist is not easy he’s such a great horse. We might have caught him on a night that he was a little off and we were able to go by him,” said Filion. “He leaves the gate so good, he can place himself so good in the race and then you’ve got to wait and see what you’ve got left at the top of the stretch and tonight he was full of himself.” Filion steers the son of Big Jim and Racey Gal Hanover for trainer Ben Baillargeon and owner/breeders Santo Vena of Brampton and Nunzio Vena of Bolton. ON. In 14 starts this season the gelding amassed a record of four wins, two seconds, five thirds and earnings of $259,185. “The mother was the second horse that they gave me to train and that was a beginning of a good relationship between Santo and Nunzio and me,” said Guelph, ON resident Baillargeon. “They’re just great guys, I am very happy for those two. The horse deserved it and the owners deserved the win too.” The evening got off a to an exciting start in the two-year-old trotting filly Super Final as it took a photo finish to separate winner Dashing Muscle and runner-up Up And Ready, who hit the wire in 1:56.1. Meadowview Lilly finished four lengths behind the duelling leaders in third. James MacDonald picked up his first-ever Super Final with the Muscle Mass filly, engineering her third win of the season for trainer Chantal Mitchell and owner James Armitage of Dunrobin, ON. “She was gutsy as heck, I mean Doug (McNair, with Up And Ready) was coming to her and I thought he had me for sure and she just found a little more,” said Guelph, ON resident MacDonald. “And they’re super nice people and they did a great job training her down. And Chantal and her team, they did a great job with her all year, managed her perfectly, and here we are.” The result of the three-year-old trotting filly Super Final was even closer as Shape Shifter, Magic Cape and Royalty Deal hit the wire in near-perfect alignment. After a lengthy review of the photograph, officials determined that Shape Shifter and Magic Cape would share the Super Final spoils, while Royalty Deal finished third. It was the first ever dead-heat for win in the 21 year history of the Super Finals. The co-winners stopped the teletimer at 1:55.2, a personal best for Johnny William daughter Magic Cape, who was driven by trainer Michiel Vanderkemp for owner/breeder Sonja Booth of Robbinsville, NJ. Phil Hudon piloted Kadabra daughter Shape Shifter to her third win of the season for trainer Gerald Lilley and owner Tom Crouch of New Smyrna Beach, FL. The two-year-old pacing filly showdown featured a fierce battle between fan favourite Scarlett Hanover and Voelz Delight. Scarlett Hanover and driver Ed Hensley clocked a :26.3 opening quarter and were under immediate pressure from Voelz Delight and Sylvain Filion, who rang up a :55.1 half. Scarlett Hanover was back out and driving by the 1:23 three-quarters and kept battling all the way to the wire, getting a head in front for the 1:52.1 score. Best Keepsake finished third. Ashleigh Hensley trains Bettors Delight daughter Scarlett Hanover for Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, PA, Frank Baldachino of Clarksburg, NJ, J And T Silva – Purnel & Libby of Delray Beach, FL and Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, PA. The win was the filly’s sixth of the season and boosted her earnings to $378,640. Complete results from Saturday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

LONDON, OCT. 9, 2020 – Sent off as the heavy favourite in Friday’s $155,600 three-year-old pacing colt Gold Series division, Tattoo Artist rewarded The Raceway at Western Fair District fans with a two length harness racing victory in 1:53.2. Driver Bob McClure hustled Tattoo Artist away from Post 1, but Sylvain Filion had a heavier foot on the accelerator from Post 4 and Rhythm In Motion won the battle for early control, taking the field to a :26.1 opening quarter. After firing away from Post 7 and advancing up the outside, Beaumond Hanover dropped in behind Rhythm In Motion as the colts advanced around the second turn, so heading for the :54.4 half McClure sent Tattoo Artist after the leader. Filion kept the pedal to the metal on Rhythm In Motion however, so McClure dropped Tattoo Artist into the pocket before the 1:23 three-quarters and waited until the colts were coming off the final turn to re-move. Tattoo Artist reeled in Rhythm In Motion, as did Beaumond Hanover, who got up for second. The pacesetter stayed game for third. “I said to many people before the race, one of the last spots I would have wanted was the rail or the eight-hole,” said McClure. “You don’t want the rail when you’re the favourite. You want to be the last one to the lead and at London, it’s such a tight track, you can get caught very flat footed leaving the gate from the rail, which all the drivers know, so I knew there would be a couple blasting from the outside. “I could have left Jody out there to be parked but then I’d have been in a hole the rest of the race and I didn’t want that, so I figured the only way to give my horse a fair shot was to drop Jody and take my chances first up and luckily it worked out,” the Rockwood, ON resident continued. “I got to tuck into the two-hole for a little while and braven up and take another run and my horse showed a lot of grit and class. He raced an awesome trip today and I was very proud of him.” The win gives Tattoo Artist a perfect five-for-five record in sophomore Gold Series action. The last time the reigning division champion was bested in Ontario Sires Stakes action was over The Raceway at Western Fair District oval in a Gold event last October. Eight days later he won the two-year-old pacing colt Super Final. “He struggled here last year, but I was pretty confident (tonight),” said trainer Dr. Ian Moore, who also started seventh-place finisher Denali Seelster. “I did snug his hopples up a hole, and I did the other horse too, which I don’t think it hurt him any and probably steadied him a little bit. Anyway, we’re pleased with the result, and hopefully he’ll be a little better for next week now too.” Moore and caretaker Giselle Loder will now shift their focus to having Tattoo Artist in peak form for the Oct. 17 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The top 10 point earners will compete in the $250,000 postseason showdown. “I’ll jog him, probably Thursday will be a training mile, and it won’t be too heavy for him,” said Cambridge, ON resident Moore. “We’re looking forward to next week; we’ve got five in the Finals, him, Denali, the two fillies (Andra Day and Alumni Seelster) and Lawless Shadow.” In addition to his Gold Series success, Tattoo Artist has also had a successful season in open stake competition for owners Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. The Hes Watching colt captured his Simcoe Stakes division and finished second in the $1 million North America Cup. Through 11 sophomore starts Tattoo Artist has tallied eight wins and one second for earnings of $610,073. Complete results from Friday’s program are available at The Raceway at Western Fair District Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, OCT. 8, 2020 - Just hours after winning a Gold Series division with two-year-old trotting colt Macho Martini, driver Bob McClure and trainer Luc Blais were back in the Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing winner's circle on Thursday evening with the colt's three-year-old stablemate Threefiftytwo. Lining up at Post 5 in the first of two $104,800 Gold Series divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park, McClure fired Threefiftytwo away from the starting gate but opted to tuck in behind Hayek and Sylvain Filion, who had the same idea from Post 4. Hayek led the field of six through fractions of :27.2, :57.3 and 1:26.2 with Threefiftytwo sitting patiently in the pocket. In the stretch McClure showed the fan favourite an open lane and Threefiftytwo sprinted home to a three and one-half length win in 1:54. "Threefiftytwo has been a bit of a problem horse all year for Luc. He never seemed to be able to put it together when it counted, so it's nice that tonight he finally showed his ability in a Gold event," said Rockwood, ON resident McClure. "He's sharp right now and hopefully he'll be really good next week." The win was Threefiftytwo's first in four Gold Series starts this season. The Royalty For Life son had recorded one third and two fifths heading into Thursday's regular season finale. The win boosts his point total to 72 and sees him head into the Oct. 17 Super Final ranked fifth in the division standings. Campbellville, ON resident Blais trains Threefiftytwo, whose only other win this season came in mid-July, for Determination of Montreal, QC. In the second division heavy favourite Pemberton romped along on the front end to a four length victory in 1:53.2. Driver Trevor Henry sent the Wheeling N Dealin son to the front from Post 4 and Pemberton put up fractions of :28.4, :58 and 1:26 on his way to the effortless win. Babidibou tracked Pemberton throughout the mile to finish second and Port Perry closed hard for third. "He's been sharp all week, ever since the last race (Sept. 28) for some reason. He's been great all week, he was great warming up. I didn't want to say anything to Trevor because I didn't want to jinx him, I just sent him out the same as I always do, but I was thinking in the back of my mind that he was maybe going to go a good race," said trainer Paul Walker. "I kind of felt the track was a bit dead tonight, but it suited him anyway, and it was nice to know that if he has to he can race in front and do the same." The win was Pemberton's third in Gold Series action and his seventh of the season. With 162 points the gelding will lead the three-year-old trotters into the $250,000 Super Final, which will feature the top 10 point earners. "If I can just keep him like that for another week we'll in good shape," said Owen Sound, ON resident Walker. "He's been a great little horse this year and he doesn't seem to be letting up yet anyways, so if we can get one more race out of him that will be great." Walker trains Pemberton for his wife Brenda Walker of Owen Sound and daughter Christine Walker of Tara, ON. Mother and daughter also bred the trotter, who boosted his earnings to $238,684 and his record to seven wins and one third in nine starts with Thursday's victory. Complete results from Thursday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series points can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, OCT. 6, 2020 – Trotting fillies were in the harness racing spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Oct. 6 as both the two and three-year-olds wrapped up their Ontario Sires Stakes regular season with a pair of Gold Series divisions. Fan favourite Imextraspecial battled to a neck victory in the first $105,600 two-year-old trotting filly Gold division, catching pacesetter Dashing Muscle in the last quarter. After pedestrian fractions of :29, :59.4 and 1:29 the fillies sprinted home in :27.4, with Imextraspecial digging in for the 1:56.4 victory. Up And Ready also closed hard for third. “She raced great tonight. That was a really fast last quarter and she gutted it out first-up,” said driver Trevor Henry, who piloted Imextraspecial from Post 2. “As long as she draws good she will have a great shot in the Super Final.” With three wins in three Gold Series appearances Imextraspecial has 150 points and heads into the $250,000 Super Final sitting second in the division standings. Prior to joining the Gold Series fillies in August, the Muscle Mass daughter also scored two wins in Grassroots action for trainer Paul Walker of Owen Sound and owner Keith Coulter of Mono, ON. “She had to dig deep tonight to win. We wonder where she gets it from, but we were pretty happy again,” said Walker. “It’ll be a good final for those fillies. Post position is going to mean a lot, and how the race goes, it’s going to be a good race.” The second freshman split featured a nail-biting finish as the three top fillies matched strides through the 1:56.1 finish. After careful inspection of the photograph, pacesetter Fox Valley Liza was declared the winner by a short nose ahead of Midnight Miracle and Hawaii, who could not be separated and shared the runner-up spot. The mile was a personal best for Fox Valley Liza, who also won her Gold Series divisions in the July 12 season opener at Georgian Downs and the Aug. 19 event at Grand River Raceway. A miscue in the Sept. 21 leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Muscle Mass daughter’s second of the season, caused trainer Ben Baillargeon to make a few equipment changes for Tuesday’s test. “We made a few adjustments in her shoeing and we added trotting hopples last week after her last race when she made a break, just try to make her feel a little bit safer, and Sylvain (Filion) said she was great tonight, she was perfect,” said Baillargeon. “That’s what you want to hear going into the Super Final next week.” Milton resident Filion and Guelph resident Baillargeon drive and train Fox Valley Liza for Anthony Lombardi of Morris, IL, Henshaut Stable of Montgomery, IN and George Golemes of Oak Brook, IL. Tuesday’s win boosted Fox Valley Liza’s point total to 156 and gives her the top spot in the division standings heading into the Oct. 17 Super Final. Royalty Deal returned to Ontario Sires Stakes action in the first $106,400 three-year-old trotting filly division and scored her second Gold Series win in a personal best 1:53.3. Starting from Post 5, driver Louis-Philippe Roy settled Royalty Deal briefly in third as Warrawee Vicky led the field to a :28 quarter. Roy sent Royalty Deal to the front before the :55.4 half and the filly carried on to a 1:24 three-quarters and held off Wine Rack Hanover in the stretch. Susies Lady closed for third. “She’s a big, fast and very nice filly. As long as she behaves I really believe she is one of the best trotting fillies in the OSS,” said Roy. “She raced like she is tonight, anyway.” Guelph, ON resident Roy steers Royalty Deal for trainer Clark Beelby and owner Coyote Wynd Farm of Vancouver, BC. The Royalty For Life daughter made just two appearances in the Gold Series this season, winning both. Her 100 points send her into the Super Final ranked fifth in the division. The top 10 point earners will start in the postseason battle. Trina and driver Robert Shepherd snuck up the inside to claim a 1:55.1 victory in the second sophomore trotting filly split. Leaving sharply from Post 7, Trina led the field to a :27.3 opening quarter and then yielded to fan favourite Massive Flirt. Shadowing Massive Flirt through a :57.3 half and 1:26.4 three-quarters, Shepherd waited patiently for room to open up in the stretch and when it did Trina powered through to a two and one-quarter length win over Magic Cape and LMC Bumble Bee. “Shep gave her a perfect drive her again. As long as she has a helmet to follow she’ll come home good and she got a perfect drive again, and I really appreciate that,” said trainer Blake MacIntosh. “We’re very happy with her. She’s a nice filly and she’s done very well for us. After breaking at Flamboro (Sept. 27), that was my fault, so this makes up for it.” St. George resident MacIntosh shares ownership of Trina with Stan Klemencic and 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON. The Muscle Mass daughter was also a winner in the Aug. 13 Gold leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Her only off the board finish was a result of the miscue at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 27 and she heads into the Super Final ranked second in the division with 130 points. Complete results from Monday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, OCT, 5, 2020 – Trainer Ben Baillargeon needed Voelz Delight to come up with a big effort in her last regular season Gold Series event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Oct. 5 and the two-year-old pacing filly responded with a sharp victory to extend her harness racing season. “She had to be first, second or third to be in the Super Final, because she only raced once, she only had 25 points,” said Baillargeon of the task facing the filly when she stepped onto the track for the first $104,800 Gold Series division. Stepping up to the challenge, driver Sylvain Filion fired Voelz Delight away from Post 3 and the filly led the field of six to a :27.3 opening quarter. Fan favourite Scarlett Hanover swept to the front just before the :56.1 half and controlled the tempo through the 1:25 three-quarters, but Filion tipped Voelz Delight out in the stretch and the filly laid down a :26.4 final quarter to secure a one-half length victory in a personal best 1:52. Scarlett Hanover settled for second and Twin B Sunkissed was three lengths back in third. “The second time she qualified I was very impressed with her and then we’ve had a couple issues with tie-up with her during the summer here and there, but she’s overcome them,” said Baillargeon. “She’s very gritty and she has lots of speed, just like her mother, and her mother used to tie-up bad. I think she’s got the genes of her mother for that part anyway, but she has the speed of her mother too.” Baillargeon trained the filly’s mother, $1.7 million winner Voelz Hanover, for all but three years of her nine-year racing career and the Guelph resident is hoping Voelz Delight can use her genetic gifts to achieve some of the success her mother did in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program. At two Voelz Hanover paced to an OSS record that stood for 10 years and at three she was the Super Final champion. “She’s a very nice filly. I can’t wait to race her next year,” said Baillargeon, who trains Voelz Delight for owner/breeder Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC. “The Super Final will be her last start and we’re going to put her away and I’m going to keep her around with me this winter, just to make sure she’s on top of her game when we start next year.” Monday’s win assured Voelz Delight of a berth in the Oct. 17 Super Final, giving her a total of 75 points and boosting her from twelfth to seventh in the division standings. In her only other Gold Series appearance, on Sept. 4 at Grand River Raceway, the Bettors Delight daughter finished second to Twin B Sunkissed. The second $104,800 division saw Alumni Seelster finish up the regular season the same way she started, draped in an Ontario Sires Stakes blanket in the Woodbine Mohawk Park winner’s circle. Driver James MacDonald sent the filly straight to the front from Post 2 and she rolled unchallenged through a :27.1 quarter, :56.1 half and 1:24.4 three-quarters. Fan favourite Best Head West came calling in the stretch, but could not get closer than one-half length to Alumni Seelster, who paced under the wire in 1:53.2. City By The Bay completed the top three. “We were surprised, but not surprised, because she started her year fantastic with that win in 1:52.2 and has sort of maybe struggled since then. She had a lot of things that perhaps didn’t go her way,” said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. “But that puts her over $100,000 for the year too, so that’s good.” After her winning her division in the July 7 season opener Alumni Seelster finished fifth, fourth and seventh in the next three Gold Series legs. Monday’s win bumped the State Treasurer daughter from seventh to third in the two-year-old pacing filly standings with 115 points. “She’s a lovely big filly and has always had the talent, but like I said she just had things didn’t quite go her way,” said Cambridge resident Moore, who trains the filly for Sally MacDonald of Souris, PEI and Paul MacDonald of Regina, SK. “They wanted to shut her down but I said I think she’s still pretty fresh, let’s try her one more start and see what happens. So now we’re probably going to want to try that last one, the Super Final, for sure.” The top 10 point earners will compete in the $250,000 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Oct. 17. Complete results from Monday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

DUNDAS, OCT. 4, 2020 – Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing colts wrapped up their Gold Series regular harness racing season on Sunday, Oct. 4 over a rain-soaked Flamboro Downs oval. The first $104,800 Gold Series division saw Twin B Fighter get his first win of the season for driver Ed Hensley and trainer Ashleigh Hensley of Dundas, ON. Starting from Post 4 in the six-horse field, Twin B Fighter got away third and watched No Better Joy roll through fractions of :29, :59 and 1:27.1 over a surface rated two seconds slower than normal. Heading by the three-quarters Ed Hensley tipped Twin B Fighter to the outside and the colt matched strides with No Better Joy around the last turn before pulling away to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:56.3. Candy Trader and Socrates Blue Chip were elevated to second and third when Flash Cube, who crossed the wire second, was moved back to fourth for a pylon violation. No Better Joy finished fifth and race favourite Bulldog Hanover was a distant sixth after making an early break in stride. “We didn’t race him in the Battle Of Waterloo just because we didn’t know if he’d get around the half the best, but he was good tonight,” said Ashleigh Hensley. “It was really exciting, because he’s an underdog and we knew he had the ability, he just had to get everything all together.” Hensley trains Twin B Fighter for Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, PA, Phillip Collura of Mountain Top, PA, J And T Silva – Purnel & Libby of Delray Beach, FL and W. J. Donovan of Monument Beach, MA. The Bettors Delight son, whose breeder Twinbrook Farms donated four per cent of his $140,000 yearling purchase price to the Harness The Hope fundraiser, learned his early lessons from trainer Ron Burke before shipping into the Hensley barn for his Ontario Sires Stakes campaign. “We were really lucky to get these two-year-olds for the summer,” said Hensley. “He’s perfect, he does nothing wrong, you wouldn’t even know he’s a stud. You couldn’t really ask for a better colt.” The win gives Twin B Fighter 93 points and sole ownership of fifth spot in the division standings. The second $105,600 Gold Series division saw fan favourite Bettor Sun leave smartly from Post 5 and sit briefly behind Magnum Moon before taking control heading by the :27.3 quarter. Bettor Sun carried on to a :58.2 half, fended off a challenge from division point leader Desperate Man heading for the 1:26.3 three-quarters and then pulled away to a two length victory in 1:54.3. Desperate Man finished second and Ucanttouchthis was four more lengths back in third. “I thought it was the toughest division. There were three or four in our division that I thought looked pretty strong, but there’s a couple of them that aren’t as handy as him, gait wise, in the turns and stuff so that helped him,” said driver Doug McNair. “He raced great. He’s been racing good, he was fifth in the Metro (Sept. 26).” Sunday’s win was Bettor Sun’s first in Gold Series action. The Sunshine Beach colt swept his elimination and the final of the Battle Of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway in early August, but he had settled for a pair of seconds and one fourth in his three Gold Series starts. The win boosted Bettor Sun’s point total to 108 and moved him into second spot in the division standings. The top 10 point earners will square off for $250,000 in the Oct. 17 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. “It’s a decent group. There are a few of them, especially on a bigger track, that have got a shot to win the Super Final, but I’ve definitely got one of the best ones,” said Guelph, ON resident McNair. “I don’t think I’d trade him for any of the other ones really. He’s as good as the rest of them, I think.” The driver’s father, Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON, owns and trains Bettor Sun in partnership with breeder Willow Oak Ranch of Rogersville, TN. Complete results from Sunday’s program are available at Flamboro Downs Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

MILTON, OCT. 2, 2020 - Seventy-eight of Ontario's top three-year-old trotters and pacers converged on Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, Oct. 2 for eight $20,000 Grassroots Semi-Finals and the battles for a berth in next weekend's Championship saw five of the eight harness racing contests decided by one-half length or less.   Three-year-old pacing filly Semi-Finals The sophomore pacing fillies opened and closed the program in Races 1 and 11, and both Semi-Finals were a fight from start to finish. The first split saw the field turn for home separated by just three lengths and it was Lyons Tilt Hanover who kicked home hardest to claim a one and one-half length win in 1:52.2. Need Ur Opinion and Bettorthanbobbi also closed hard to be second and third, leaving fan favourite Mia Culpa to settle for fourth. Kat rounded out the qualifiers for the Oct. 10 Grassroots Championship. Anthony Beaton of Waterdown trains Lyons Tilt Hanover for Threelyonsracing of Brantford, ON and said the stalking style has been working for the Bettors Delight daughter and driver J Harris since the filly arrived in his barn in early August. "When I first got her it looked like she kind of closed good and that first overnight race we raced (Aug. 18) I just told J, I said, 'Listen I'm not sure what we've got here and she's been off for about 40 days, let's just take this like a qualifier and let her pace home and see what she's got,'" said Beaton. "She almost got up to win that night and raced super and that's kind of the way we've been using her, stalking the horses and letting her pace home, and it seems to working for her." Lightly rated Smiling Dialing swept from last to first in the second pacing filly showdown, sneaking up the inside to get a short nose in front of division point leader Mach My Kiss at the 1:52.3 finish. Free Flyin Ticket and Odds On Vero Beach were less than one length back in third and fourth, while fan favourite Mary Kat was two lengths back in fifth. "The trip worked out pretty good," said trainer Rod Boyd, who handed the lines over to Jonathan Drury for the first time on Friday. "I think if JD had drove her before he probably would have put her on the outside. She definitely can fly home, so next week I think he'll put her on the outside, give her some clear sailing, let her rock home. She's definitely got potential. She's so small, but she's got a big heart and big kick to her." Cambridge resident Boyd trains Smiling Dialing, a Thinking Out Loud half-sister to last year's three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots champion So Much More, for 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON.   Three-year-old trotting filly Semi-Finals In the first trotting filly Semi-Final, Moana and driver James MacDonald snuck up the inside to get a head in front of fan favourite Sonadora Deo at the 1:56.3 finish. Yen was third, No Angel Here fourth and Noblesse Duharas fifth. "She's got such quick speed, she doesn't need a whole lot of room to pop through there and as soon as it opened up she just took right off," said Guelph, ON resident MacDonald, who fired the filly out of Post 8. "She can get herself spotted with her gate speed, and then if you don't abuse her too bad she'll give you another little kick. She's just a nice little horse." Shawn Steacy of Brantford trains Muscle Mass daughter Moana for Landmark 12 Racing Stable of Lansdowne, 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. Division point leader Profound Paragon rebounded from her miscue in the Sept. 21 Grassroots leg with a personal best 1:55.2 in the second trotting filly split. Fifth through the first half of the mile, driver Jean Bernard "Bert" Renaud sent Profound Paragon after the lead at the halfway marker and the pair was matching strides with pacesetter Highland Foxytrotr by the three-quarters. Fan favourite Th Present tried to reel in Profound Paragon in the stretch, but could not get past the leader's saddle pad. HP Starlette finished third, Chelseas Magic was fourth and She Must Be Magic fifth. "I thought she was beat with a very nice horse on her back, but she fought to the wire. Now we'll hope for a little better draw next week," said trainer Julie Walker, who sent profound Paragon out from Post 8 and stablemate Yen from Post 9. Carlisle, ON resident Walker shares ownership of Profound Paragon with breeder Steven Titus of Manalapan, NJ. Friday's win was the Muscle Mass daughter's eleventh in 15 sophomore starts.   Three-year-old trotting colt Semi-Finals Ripped And Ready got to control the tempo in the first trotting colt Semi-Final and the Muscle Mass son romped home to a four and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:55.1. Fan favourite and division point leader Mikey Mass closed hard for second, pocket-sitter Blue Cupertino was third, Kenogami Coco was fourth and Fit Bitt rounded out the top five. "He's a really nice colt who hasn't had the racing luck he's needed, but still won plenty of races," said driver Jody Jamieson. "He was on cruise tonight and hopefully will be as good next Saturday." Moffat resident Jamieson engineered the colt's fifth sophomore win for trainer Thierry Vandenplas of Brinston and owner/breeder Dr. Ruth Irving of Russell, ON. In 10 starts this season Ripped And Ready has only missed the top three on one occasion. Reigning Grassroots champion Lovedbythemasses romped to a seven length victory in the second trotting colt Semi-Final. After getting away mid-pack, driver Mike Saftic sent the fan favourite to the front at the halfway marker and Lovedbythemasses powered away to a 1:54.1 win. Ongoing Royalty, Lexus Markus, Charmbo Prince and Awesomedabra also qualified for the Grassroots Championship. "I was a little worried going into it, I didn't know what kind of traffic was going to be in that race with some leavers on the outside, but the way it turned out it was absolutely perfect. He landed good and one of the favourites (Life Is A Feast) unfortunately run in front of me, but when I set sail up the backside it was clear sailing. Once he got to the front he just swelled up," said Saftic. "He's not the best leaver, so sometimes you get a little more traffic than you'd like in front of him, but today it worked out. Hopefully it works out next week, and that will be a good year for him." Campbellville resident Saftic drives Lovedbythemasses for trainer Edward Peconi of Peterborough and his co-owners Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI.   Three-year-old pacing colt Semi-Finals When Mayhem Hanover's mind wandered briefly on the way to the wire in the first pacing colt Semi-Final, Bettorbuckleup pounced on the chance to reel in the fan favourite in the final strides, scoring a nose victory in 1:50.4. Two-year-old Grassroots champion Mayhem Hanover settled for second, Sports Obsession was third, Captivate Hanover closed hard for fourth and YS Mathis was fifth. "They don't make them like him very often. He's just a tiny little guy, but he's got tons of class," said driver James MacDonald. "He was all out and then the other one (Mayhem Hanover) come back to him just a hair, and as soon as he saw him coming back he just took right off again. He's just a little horse, huge heart and huge desire to win. He's fun to drive, that's for sure. MacDonald steers Bettorbuckleup for trainer Nick Gallucci and owner Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON. The Bettors Delight colt has not finished worse than third since July 11. National Sport won the charge to the wire in the second pacing colt Semi-Final, getting a neck in front of Sundown Kid and pacesetter Poseidon Seelster at the 1:51.2 finish. Fan favourite and division point leader The Wild Card was fourth and Twin B Frenchtoast was fifth. "I knew him from last year, I always liked him, but he had sickness issues last year," said driver Louis-Philippe Roy, who returned to the gelding's race bike for the first time this season on Friday. "He raced good tonight, he never gave up. There were some nice colts in the other division, hopefully he can do as good against them in the final." Guelph resident Roy engineered National Sport's second win of the season for trainer Jared Bako and owner 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor, ON. Complete results from Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. The $600,000 Grassroots Championships go postward on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Milton oval.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, SEPT. 29, 2020 - Ontario's top three-year-old pacing fillies wrapped up their Gold Series regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Sept. 29 and both Alicorn and Rose Run Victoria returned to the harness racing winner's circle after a three-month absence. Alicorn lined up at Post 3 in the first $105,600 Gold division with regular pilot Louis-Philippe Roy in the race bike. The fan favourites got away fourth, but soon after the :26.2 quarter they were advancing on leader Betalady. Alicorn got a brief windbreak from Beach Sports as that filly took command heading for the :54 half and then locked horns with the new leader through the 1:21.4 three-quarters. Alicorn got a head in front turning for home and dug in down the stretch for a two and one-quarter length win in 1:50.4. Beach Sports finished second and So Delightful closed for third. "When she headed her around the turn I said, 'Oh okay we're good now, she's good', because she hadn't had that opportunity the last couple times. When she came first-up like that she didn't get to head the horse on the lead and I think that's what cost her," said trainer Chantal Mitchell. "This will be a good confidence booster for everybody involved, for the horse, for the driver, for the owners, for everybody. It's always good to go into the Super Final off a win." The two-year-old pacing filly division champion, Alicorn won her sophomore debut in the June 29 Gold Series opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but had not found the winner's circle again in six starts. She had finished fourth twice and fifth once against her Gold Series peers, with her best result a second in the Aug. 22 Fan Hanover elimination. In the Sept. 12 Simcoe Stakes the Bettors Delight daughter finished fourth, kicking home in :26.1 and Mitchell felt she was finally getting back to her early season form. "That was her strongest last quarter of the year and she was very much like herself, so going into this week I was fairly confident with her," said the Waterdown, ON resident. "And those races when she did go big trips, she might have finished fourth or wherever she finished, but she went a big trip, probably the biggest trip out of anybody in that race, so I was disappointed, but I was happy because not very many horses would have hung on as tough as she did in those races, under those circumstances." Mitchell trains Alicorn for Windermere Stable LLC of New York, NY and Robert Muscara of Ivyland, PA. The filly heads into the Oct. 17 Super Final ranked fifth with 121 points. Rose Run Victoria gave driver Jody Jamieson a work out in the second $104,800 division, but the Moffat reinsman put the Hes Watching daughter in a position to win and a :26.3 last quarter did the rest. "She was good tonight that's for sure. They put all the good mares in one division it seemed like. Man alive, I didn't like that, but at least the game plan worked. She seems better chasing, any time she's raced really well it's been from behind, so we just kept her that way," said trainer Rod Boyd. "Jody did a great job, because she was grabbing on a lot and Jody's probably the strongest driver on this circuit and even he said he was pretty much done at the end of it." Starting from Post 5, Jamieson settled Rose Run Victoria in fifth as Karma Seelster and Sex Appeal tussled to a :26.3 quarter. Sex Appeal carried on to a :55 half and when All Day Sunshine and Lauras Love started up the outside Jamieson allowed Rose Run Victoria to follow. Sex Appeal reached the three-quarters in 1:23.2, but she was quickly challenged by Karma Seelster to her left and Lauras Love on her right. Jamieson kept Rose Run Victoria tucked in behind fan favourite Lauras Love well into the stretch, but when he gave the filly an open lane she powered home to a one and three-quarter length win in a personal best 1:50.4. Lauras Love finished second and Sex Appeal stayed game for third. Cambridge resident Boyd trains Rose Run Victoria for Rick Phillips of Tappan, NY and Mark Harder of Freehold, NJ, who developed the filly before shipping her to Ontario at the end of June. "Mark, he sent me one message after the race, 'Good job, she ain't easy is she'. She's pretty bull headed anything you do with her," said Boyd. "She's the biggest mare I have in the barn, she's 16 hands for sure. She's powerful, plenty powerful." Rose Run Victoria won her July 17 Gold Series division at Woodbine Mohawk Park and finished third once and fourth twice in the other three legs. After making breaks in her Fan Hanover elimination and the Sept. 5 Gold leg Rose Run Victoria was forced to requalify, which is when Jamieson joined the team. "She's so racy that she wants to do it, but she just puts herself in bad situations I think. A couple starts ago it was my fault, how I had her rigged up," said Boyd. "Jody has helped me out a bit, because it does take somebody strong to go with her, so Jody helps out a lot." The fiery filly heads into the Super Final sitting third in the standings with 128 points and Boyd is hoping Jamieson can craft a similar trip against the division's top fillies when $250,000 is on the line. Complete results from Tuesday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings are available on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, SEPT. 28, 2020 – A rain-soaked harness racing surface did not prevent Pemberton from employing his trademark finishing kick to capture the sole $158,000 three-year-old trotting colt Gold Series division at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Sept. 28. Starting from Post 10, Pemberton and regular reinsman Trevor Henry got away sixth, tucked in behind fan favourite HP Royal Theo, as Hot Wheelz led the way to a :27.4 quarter. Driver Louis-Philippe Roy tipped HP Royal Theo into the outer lane heading for the :57.2 half and Henry kept Pemberton on his heels through the 1:26 three-quarters as the pair advanced on the pacesetter. In the stretch Henry asked Pemberton for a bigger gear and the gelding kicked home for a one and one-half length victory in 1:54.2, over a surface rated one second slower than normal. HP Royal Theo finished second and pocket-sitter Threefiftytwo was another length back in third. “It went great. I got a really good trip, second over behind Louis’ horse. It couldn’t have worked out better actually,” said Henry. “It’s tough from the 10-hole. You don’t want to get trapped on the rail so you’ve got to let somebody in, hopefully it’s a good horse, and it was tonight. He’s a nice colt too that HP Royal Theo, I was happy to follow him.” Henry drives Pemberton for trainer Paul Walker and owner/breeders Brenda Walker of Owen Sound and Christine Walker of Tara, ON. Monday’s victory was the gelding’s second in Gold Series action and his sixth in eight lifetime starts. Unraced at two, the son of Wheeling N Dealin made his debut at Georgian Downs on June 6, finishing fourth, and then reeled off four straight wins, including his first Gold victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 21. Pemberton finished third in the Aug. 19 Gold leg at Grand River Raceway and then kicked off what is now a two race win streak with a victory in overnight action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 7. “I don’t know whether he’s changed a whole lot,” said Henry of the trotter’s development over the past four months. “I don’t know how fast he can go, but he’s by far the nicest horse I’ve ever drove, such a professional, well-mannered, he beats them a lot of times just on his manners and his late kick for home. He’s such a nice horse to drive, he does nothing wrong.” Monday’s win boosted Pemberton’s earnings to $186,284 and put him third in the three-year-old trotting colt standings with 112 points. The colts will wrap up their Gold Series regular season on Thursday, Oct. 8 at Woodbine Mohawk Park and then the top 10 point earners will compete over the Milton oval in the $250,000 Super Final on Oct. 17. Complete results from Monday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

DUNDAS, SEPT. 27, 2020 – Trainer Scott McEneny had Sunday’s three-year-old trotting filly Gold Leg at Flamboro Downs circled on his calendar as soon as the Ontario Sires Stakes schedule was published. His filly, Warrawee Vicky, is a handy, good gaited filly who can tour a half-mile track as fast as she can a larger oval and the fourth Gold Leg looked like a good spot to pad her point total. Starting from Post 5, and with the rail horse scratched, Warrawee Vicky fired off the starting gate to a :29 quarter. Through a :59.1 half and a 1:28.4 three-quarters the fan favourite and driver Doug McNair never saw a challenger. The pair cruised home one and three-quarter length winners in 1:57. Susies Lady finished second and She Rocks Kemp was six lengths back in third. “She is very handy on a half. I was kind of glad they had one here, because she won two of them last year, Grand River and here. I wish they had the Super Finals on the half,” said trainer Scott McEneny with a laugh. “She is very handy” The win was the Royalty For Life daughter’s third in Gold Series action this season, she was also victorious in the July 2 season opener and the July 26 event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. In addition to her Gold Series engagements, Warrawee Vicky has also battled North America’s best in open stake action at Woodbine Mohawk Park in recent weeks, finishing fifth in her Aug. 28 Casual Breeze division, winning her Sept. 11 Simcoe Stakes division in a personal best 1:54 and finishing well out of the money in the Sept. 19 Elegantimage Stake. “She won two weeks ago in the Simcoe and then last week she was in with Ramona Hill and that, it was way too tough and she got roughed up the first half, got a little tired,” said Puslinch, ON resident McEneny. “So we just kind of worked on her all week, looking forward to this race, and she did it pretty handy.” Brad Grant of Milton, ON owns Warrawee Vicky, who boosted her lifetime earnings to $375,048 with Sunday’s win and moved well out in front of her peers in the three-year-old trotting filly standings with 175 points. The top 10 point earners advance to the Oct. 17 Super Finals, which will actually take place at Woodbine Mohawk Park. In the second $105,600 division, Massive Flirt and driver Jody Jamieson were sent off as the fan favourites from Post 2. The duo got away second behind Trina, watched GP Dreamin and Wine Rack Hanover go off-stride in the outer lane and then snuck up the inside to take the lead when Trina veered out wide coming out of the first turn. From there Massive Flirt put up a :28.4 quarter, :58.1 half, 1:27.3 three-quarters and powered home to a three and one-half length victory in a track record 1:55.4. Magic Cape finished second and Modern Mass completed the top three in the mile, which also equalled the Ontario Sires Stakes record for three-year-old trotting fillies on a half-mile track. “Pretty cool to have a track record and the filly was simply the best tonight,” said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson. “She’s been a hard hitter this year but, fingers crossed, she’s got it down pat now.” Trainer Jeff Gillis of Hillsburgh and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON bred and own Massive Flirt, who was also a winner in the July 26 Gold leg at Rideau Carleton Raceway. With two wins, one fourth and one fifth the Muscle Mass daughter currently sits second in the division standings with 113 points. The three-year-old trotting fillies will wrap up their Gold Series regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Oct. 6.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

ELORA, SEPT. 25, 2020 – A perfect fall night greeted the top Prospect Series horses as they gathered at Grand River Raceway on Friday, Sept. 25 for eight $15,000 Finals. Local reinsman Bruce Richardson piloted the first Prospect Series champion, guiding A La Mode Seelster to a front-end harness racing victory in the two-year-old pacing filly Final for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and owner Murray Cox of Rockwood, ON. “She made front kind of easy and got things her way, and when I asked her going into the last turn she responded and win kind of handily,” said Fergus resident Richardson, who was making his first appearance in A La Mode Seelster’s race bike. “He thought she’d be decent in there, thought she’d race good, so that’s what we were hoping for.” The win was the first of the season for Sunshine Beach daughter A La Mode Seelster, who finished one length ahead of fan favourite Carnival Heart. Unfortunately Carnival Heart caused interference to three of her peers heading for the halfway marker so she was set back to sixth and Lets Roar and Century Havana were promoted to second and third. Arthur, ON  residents Wayne and George Henry teamed up to win the two-year-old trotting colt Final with Arch We Lucky, who also went gate-to-wire, cruising home four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Kiss My Mass and Willywin. Wayne Henry drives and George Henry trains the Archangel son for Arthur resident William Checkley. Sauble Attack and Anthony Haughan emerged victorious from the two-year-old pacing colt Final, stalking fan favourite Kodiak Seelster through fractions of :28.4, :59 and 1:28.3 before sprinting down the stretch to a three-quarter length win in 1:57.2. Kodiak Seelster settled for second and Dubai Seelster was third. “He has been growing a lot this summer and fall, and he has been progressing. His last few starts he’s been getting stronger every week and I thought he looked pretty strong tonight,” said trainer Otis Hall. “Everybody is happy, my parents are happy, and my family is happy and the driver was happy with him, just everybody is happy, and the horse himself is happy.” The Ayr resident bred and owns Sauble Attack, through his Nasussito Racing Inc., in partnership with his parents Larry and Marilyn Hall’s Sauble Hill Farms of Tara, ON. His children, Scott and Melanie Hall, are the Bettors Delight gelding’s primary caretakers. Like Sauble Attack, Radical J J scored her second straight win in the two-year-old trotting filly Final. The Muscle Mass daughter and driver Scott Young led the field through fractions of :29.3, 1:00.2 and 1:30.4 and then opened up a five length gap in the stretch, stopping the clock at 2:01.1. One Smart Cookie finished second and Somewhat Sacy was third. “She raced her best race tonight,” said Young. “She’s been racing well all year, but I was happy for the filly that she got the Final to end the year.” The Guelph resident piloted Radical J J to the win for trainer Shawn Steacy of Brantford and owners David Reid of Sydenham, A K Malik Stable of Ottawa, Carmen Chrysdale of Mississauga and Bruno Dipoce of Wasaga Beach, ON. Driver Travis Henry piloted two Prospect Series Final winners, with the first coming in the three-year-old pacing filly contest. Starting from Post 3 with Land of Paradise, Henry was part of a six filly stampede into the first turn as the finalists vied for early position. Land of Paradise reached the front coming off the first turn, but was quickly overtaken by favourite Watch My Speed who led the way to a :26.4 opening quarter, :56.3 half and 1:26.3 three-quarters. Land Of Paradise stepped out in the stretch and battled to one-half length win over Hallsglensmavis in 1:57.3. Southwind Bayou completed the top three. “She’s been plugging away all year. She’s really green, she just a slow learner I guess,” said Henry. “She has races where you can see that it kind of clicks in her brain, and then she’ll have races where she doesn’t even seem like she knows what she’s doing out there. Tonight obviously it clicked and she was good.” Putnam resident Scott McNiven trains the Badlands Hanover daughter for his co-owners Thomas Brodhurst of London, Bradley McNiven of Embro and Shirley Griffin of St. Thomas, ON. Henry’s second Prospect Series Final victory came in the three-year-old trotting colt contest with Muscle Mass son Northern Flame, who got a head in front of pacesetter Hall Of Secrets at the 2:01 finish. Traveller finished third. “Travis didn’t make it from Mohawk, so he asked if I would drive him,” said Henry, who was a last minute replacement for Travis Cullen. “He said, ‘Don’t look at the program, he should be good tonight.’ And he said, ‘He’s honest and he’s got a lot of go’. There was a ton of early speed and they were battling out to the half pretty good, so I got a second-over trip and it just kind of worked out good.” The Embro resident engineered the win for trainer Jodie Cullen and owner Gestion J Y Blais Inc. of Montreal, QC. Driver Ryan DesRoche got his first Ontario-based stakes final victory in the three-year-old trotting filly division, guiding Muscles Aplenty to a 2:00.1 personal best for trainer Bill Shaw and owners Patricia Gibb of London and Jay Kressler of Kitchener, ON. Favourite Wheely Twicky was two and one-quarter lengths back in second and Credit Celebrity was third. “I knew if we could get away on the right foot that she was just as good as any of them in there,” said DesRoche, who had the Angus Hall daughter on the front before the quarter. “I kind of opened up a few lengths on the backside with her just because I knew she can get a little feeble late, so if I could open up enough on them I knew that she’d finish trotting the mile strong enough that they couldn’t get to her. And it worked out well.” In rein to Grand River Raceway’s leading driver Scott Coulter, Yannick Seelster clocked the fastest mile of the night in the three-year-old pacing colt Final, ringing up fractions of :27, :56.4 and 1:26.3 on his way to a 1:56 personal best. Favourite Dreaming Out Loud was one and one-half lengths back in second and Modern Writer was third. “He’s been racing well. Scott’s (Coulter) done a really good job with him, so I thought off the rail he’d have a pretty good shot, but there was a couple other decent ones in there, so I didn’t know,” said trainer Ted MacDonnell. “But he raced really well. He’s been kind of a slow learner and he still is just learning, but he’s putting the pieces together now.” Allenford resident MacDonnell shares ownership of the Big Jim gelding with Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, ON. Complete results from Friday’s program are available at Grand River Raceway Results.   Prospect Series Administration  Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, SEPT. 22, 2020 – The 2020 Grassroots regular season came to a close on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a quartet of $22,800 divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. Lovedbythemasses kicked off the finale in impressive fashion, taking command at the half and sailing home to a three length victory in a personal best 1:53.4. Crossfit Mouse finished second and Charmbo Prince was third. “He doesn’t leave real good, we don’t get away great with him, but we had a good post today and I thought if I could just get away close I would try to re-move him to the front, so it kind of worked like that,” said Mike Saftic, who piloted the fan favourite from Post 4. “Scott Young (with Crossfit Mouse) went first and then I just kind of followed to the front, and when he made front he felt good. He swelled up and made a good effort. “A nice clean trip and he trotted real good, finished up strong. It was a good mile, a lifetime mark, so hopefully we’re going into the Semis in good shape.” Campbellville resident Saftic steers Lovedbythemasses for trainer Ed Peconi of Peterborough and his co-owners Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI, who also bred the son of Muscle Mass. The reigning Grassroots champion, Lovedbythemasses was a two-time winner in 2020 while also squaring off on several occasions against Gold Series and open stake colts, and he heads into the postseason ranked eighth with 112 points. Leading the three-year-old trotting colts into the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals is Mikey Mass, who picked up his third Grassroots win in the second $22,800 division on Tuesday. Starting from Post 1, the fan favourite got away fifth and then stalked Ripped And Ready up the outer lane as Remember Titans put up fractions of :28.2,:57.4 and 1:25.4. Slipping out in the stretch, Mikey Mass sprinted home to a two length victory in a personal best 1:54.2. Ripped And Ready was second and Remember Titans third. “He seems like he’s going into the Semis very well right now. I was happy to see him race off a helmet the way he did today. It was nice to see him follow cover. He did everything right today and Jonathan really drove him well,” said trainer Nick Gallucci of the second-over trip carved out by driver Jonathan Drury. “I like how he finishes his miles, he seems like he’s as strong at the end as he is at the start.” Gallucci shares ownership of the Muscle Mass son with Vince Gallucci of Brantford, Frank Cirillo of Kleinburg and Bruno Didiomede of Hamilton, ON. The Stouffville resident said his girlfriend Karoline Nielsen handles the majority of the gelding’s care and has him in an excellent state of mind heading into the postseason. “Right now he’s really sharp, he’s enjoying life, he seems like he’s thriving on whatever she’s doing with him,” said Gallucci. “She does a lot of the track work with him, looks after him, the odd time I’ll train him, but mostly everything that happens with him is her doing. She’s doing a good job with him.” Joining Mikey Mass and Lovedbythemasses in the Semi-Final will be Life Is A Feast, who needed a win on Tuesday to extend his Ontario Sires Stakes season. The Royalty For Life gelding and driver James MacDonald left well from Post 2 and shadowed pacesetting favourite Blue Cupertino through fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:28 before shifting into a big gear in the stretch and snaring a one-half length victory in 1:55.4. Blue Cupertino settled for second and Your Still Up was six lengths back in third. “He pretty much had to do something tonight to get in the Semi-Final,” said Puslinch, ON resident Ben Wallace, who trains the gelding for Paul Fontaine of North Smithfield, RI. “We dropped him out of the other bunch, the Gold level, maybe we should have done it right off the bat, but he had a real good two-year-old year down in the Massachusetts Sires Stakes. Mind you it’s a different world up here and it worked out that he’s better suited in this group, so hopefully he keeps putting it together and behaves himself and goes forward.” Tuesday’s win and a Sept. 10 runner-up finish to Blue Cupertino give Life Is A Feast 75 Grassroots points and put him in a tie for twelfth, with none other than Blue Cupertino. The final $23,150 division saw Kenogami Coco post his second straight Grassroots win with a 1:56.2 personal best that saw him leave well from Post 5, sit third and then power home one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Tymal Riggs and Lexus Markus. “He was way better tonight than he was in the last Grassroots he won,” said driver Louis-Philippe Roy of Guelph. “He was quiet in the post parade, he cleared easily early in the stretch and then was just waiting for them. I know it wasn’t the fastest division of the night, but the way he raced tonight I like his chances for the Semi-Finals.” Roy drives the Wheeling N Dealin son for trainer Dany Fontaine and breeders Jean-Francois and Marie-Claude Reid of Anjou, QC. The Grassroots Semi-Finals go postward next Thursday and Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with the two-year-olds battling on Oct. 1 and the three-year-olds on Oct. 2. The top 20 point earners from each division will compete in their respective Semi-Finals with the top five finishers then advancing to the Oct. 10 Grassroots Championships. Complete results from Tuesday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, September 22, 2020 – The inaugural Mohawk Million headlines Canada’s richest night of harness racing with over $2.8 million on the line this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  The $1,320,000 (CAD) Mohawk Million, $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 Shes A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton Stakes are the marquee races on a 12-race card.  The Mohawk Million will see a field of ten two-year-old trotters under the bright lights for harness racing’s newest million-dollar race. The event is the first million-dollar “buy-in” race in harness racing history. A total of nine slots in the race were available for purchase at a cost of $110,000 (USD). The tenth and final slot was awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial.  Serge Godin’s Determination will send out a powerful one-two punch in the Mohawk Million. Undefeated filly Donna Soprano races in Determination’s purchased slot, while On A Streak won the Wellwood Memorial to secure a second starter for Godin. Both horses are trained by Luc Blais.  Donna Soprano is a perfect five for five and most recently won the Peaceful Way in dominant fashion. The regally bred daughter of millionaires Donato Hanover and Windsong Soprano has earned $278,082 to date and holds a mark of 1:53.3. She will be driven by Woodbine’s leading driver Bob McClure.  On A Streak was winless in five starts prior to upsetting in the William Wellwood Memorial. The son of Cantab Hall is five for six in the top-three and sports the highest earnings in the field at $312,601. Scott Young will make his million-dollar race debut when he sits behind On A Streak.  Woodbine’s leading owner Brad Grant has negotiated with the connections of Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Venerate to race in his slot. The Julie Miller trained son of French stallion Love You won the state final at The Red Mile last Sunday in a dazzling 1:51.4. He is now three for six with $186,766 earned for owners Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable. Andrew McCarthy, who recently won both the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantinage, will steer.  Donna Soprano will be joined by two other fillies in the race. Insta Glam, racing in John Fielding’s slot, and Altar for Diamond Creek Racing will take their shot in a year that has seen fillies have big success against the boys.  Insta Glam is trained by Nancy Takter for Goran Falk and Christina Takter. The daughter of Father Patrick is four for seven and earlier this season set a new track record of 1:54 at Harrah’s Philadelphia.   Diamond Creek Racing kept it all in the family with their Mohawk Million entry of Altar. The daughter of Muscle Hill is a homebred for Adam Bowden’s Diamond Creek. She sits with a record of two wins in five starts and was this season’s New Jersey Sires Stakes champion   Anders Ström’s Courant Inc. entered their own Muscle Hill colt Iznogoud AM S. The Marcus Melander trainee is winless in six starts but has been knocking on the door with runner-up finishes in legs of the New Jersey and Kentucky Sires Stakes.  Jules Siegel’s Fashion Farms will send out Bravado Fashion from the Jim Campbell barn. The son of Bar Hopping is looking to build off a maiden-breaking victory in his most recent start at The Red Mile.  The remainder of the field saw slot owners do some private negotiating to secure their Mohawk Million starter.  Warrawee Whisper from the Shawn Steacy barn will race in the slot of Jim Bullock’s Glengate Farms. The son of Trixton is winless in six with three runner-up finishes, including seconds in the Wellwood Memorial elimination and Champlain.  Brad Maxwell trainee Full Of Muscles has been secured to race in the slot of Gina Ghent’s Dreamland Farms. The son of Muscle Mass just missed a victory in last Saturday’s Ontario Sires Stakes Gold at Mohawk Park and has four runner-up finishes in six starts.  Tokyo Seelster from the Richard Moreau barn is an OSS Gold winner with three wins in nine career starts. The son of Kadabra has been secured to race in the slot of Jeffrey Snyder.  The Mohawk Million is Race 10 on Saturday’s $2.8 million card. Post time is approximately 10:45 p.m.  The full field for the Mohawk Million is listed below:    1 Iznogoud AM S (Doug McNair/Marcus Melander) – Courant Inc. 2 Warrawee Whisper (Jonathan Drury/Shawn Steacy) – Glengate Farms 3 Donna Soprano (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) – Determination 4 Full Of Muscles (Trevor Henry/Brad Maxwell) – Dreamland Farms 5 Altar (Jody Jamieson/Per Engblom) – Diamond Creek Racing 6 Tokyo Seelster (Sylvain Filion/Richard Moreau) – Jeffrey Snyder 7 On A Streak (Scott Young/Luc Blais) – Wellwood Winner 8 Bravado Fashion (Louis-Philippe Roy/Jim Campbell) – Fashion Farms 9 Insta Glam (Yannick Gingras/Nancy Takter) – John Fielding 10 Venerate (Andrew McCarthy/Julie Miller) – Brad Grant     ROOKIE PACERS READY FOR METRO PACE AND SHES A GREAT LADY   The spotlight will be bright Saturday for two-year-olds with the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady joining the Mohawk Million.  Abuckabett Hanover will have all eyes on him in the $720,000 Metro Pace. The Tony Alagna trainee is on a four-race win streak and posted a strong 1:51 elimination score for driver McCarthy.  A son of Betting Line, Abuckabett Hanover is a perfect three for three at Mohawk Park with all three wins coming in Grand Circuit races. The rookie has displayed tremendous speed, finishing off each of his last two wins in :26.1.  Alagna will be searching for his third Metro Pace victory after winning the event in 2012 with Captaintreacherous and 2014 with Artspeak.  Amanda Fine trainee Highlandbeachsbest is the other elimination winner in the field. The Somebeachsomewhere colt pulled off a 14-1 upset in his elimination, stopping the clock in 1:51.4 for driver Trevor Henry.  Highlandbeachsbest is finding his best stride at the right time, as he’s won two of his last starts after going winless in his first five outings.  The $720,000 Metro Pace is carded as Race 8 (9:55 p.m.).  The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady is headlined by star pacing filly Caviart Audrey for Caviart Farms, trainer Takter and driver Gingras. The Somebeachsomewhere filly is four for five and would be undefeated if not for a disqualification in her second lifetime start.  Caviart Audrey has dazzled in three starts at Mohawk Park, most impressively winning the Eternal Camnation on August 29 in 1:51.2. She won her elimination last Saturday in 1:52.4.  Scarlett Hanover is red-hot going into the Shes A Great Lady. The daughter of Bettors Delight has won three in a row and is five for nine overall. Ashleigh Hensley trains for the rookie pacing filly in Ontario for Ron Burke.  McCarthy lands the drive behind Scarlett Hanover after Gingras opted to remain with Caviart Audrey.  The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady is carded as Race 5 (8:40 p.m.).    PACING MARES MEET IN WIDE OPEN MILTON  The Milton Stakes has the ability to be the race of the night if the final is anything like last Saturday’s eliminations. Both eliminations saw thrilling three-across finishes.  Kissin In The Sand and Trillions Hanover prevailed in the eliminations and earned the right to select their post for the final, choosing post three and four, respectively.  Six-year-old Caviart Ally is looking for a three-peat in the Milton after winning the last two editions. The Brett Pelling trainee was third by a head in her elimination, which was her first in seven weeks. She starts from the second-tier Saturday.  Roses Are Red winner Warrawee Ubeaut will look to rebound after hitting a wall late and getting picked off by Kissin In The Sand in her elimination. The Burke trained four-year-old has had an up and down year, but has enjoyed major victories in the past at Mohawk Park.  Local stars Boadicea, So Much More and Lit De Rose are also part of the ten-horse field.  The $215,000 Milton Stakes is carded as Race 7 (9:30 p.m.).    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW  Post time for Saturday’s rich card is 7 p.m. Early program pages can be downloaded by clicking here.  Fans and horseplayers can watch and wager on the Mohawk Million card through and the Dark Horse App. The marquee stakes events will also be broadcast live on COSATV through their YouTube channel and various social media accounts.    Mark McKelvie

MILTON, SEPT. 21, 2020 – Trotting fillies were in the harness racing spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Sept. 21 with the freshmen competing in a pair of $106,000 Gold Series divisions and the sophomores in four $23,000 Grassroots splits. You Will Be Queen captured the first $106,400 Gold division with a personal best 1:55.2 effort. Starting from Post 5, with Chris Christoforou in the race bike, You Will Be Queen left smartly and led the field to a :28.2 opening quarter. Up And Ready swept to the front heading for the :57.2 half, but just before the 1:26.3 three-quarters Christoforou tipped You Will Be Queen to the outside and the fan favourite powered down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55.2. Up And Ready finished second and Pixies Lady was third. “She’s been good all year. She got sick on us there after the first leg of the Pure Ivory (July 23), we had to give her some time off, but she’s come back good,” said trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON. “She raced good in the Peaceful Way Final (Sept. 12) and got beat by two really good fillies, and then she raced really good tonight. She raced actually tonight like she did in her win in the Pure Ivory where Chris left with her, let a guy go and then came back out, so real happy with her.” Monday’s victory was the first Gold Series win of You Will Be Queen’s career, but not her first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The Royalty For Life filly won a division of the Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 13. She finished second in her Gold Series debut on Aug. 19 at Grand River Raceway and then posted three straight third-place finishes behind Donna Soprano in the Champlain Stakes and the elimination and final of the Peaceful Way at Woodbine Mohawk Park. “She’s very nice filly,” said Jones, who bred and owns the filly in partnership with Hebert Horses Inc. of Montreal, QC. “She’s a pleasure to come to the track with.” In the second $107,200 two-year-old trotting filly Gold division, Imextraspecial and driver Trevor Henry left well from Post 3 and watched from third as Dashing Muscle reached the quarter in :28.2 and then yielded to fan favourite Dicentra. As Dicentra rolled toward a :58.1 half, Henry sent Imextraspecial after the lead and once the filly reached the front she opened up a four length lead on her peers, reaching the  three-quarters in 1:26.2. Imextraspecial cruised home to a personal best 1:55 clocking, three and three-quarter lengths ahead of Dashing Muscle and Dicentra. “She raced really well,” said trainer Paul Walker of Owen Sound, ON. “I think maybe a those couple races at Elora kind of turned her around and she’s been getting better ever since.” Like You Will Be Queen, Imextraspecial started her provincial career in the Grassroots, winning a division of the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and the July 29 leg at Grand River Raceway in Elora. The Muscle Mass daughter went back to Elora for the Aug. 19 Gold event and added a third win to her resume. Imextraspecial also tested her skills against the Grand Circuit fillies in the Champlain and Peaceful Way. She finished fifth, placed fourth in the Champlain, second in her Peaceful Way elimination and fourth in the final. “She raced a really good race in the Peaceful Way (final), we were really pleased. She put in a real gutsy effort there. She got a bad shuffle and then come again in the stretch, so it takes a pretty good two-year-old to do that,” said Walker, who trains the filly for Keith Coulter of Mono, ON. “Her mother was a very tough mare and I think she’s passed it on.” The two-year-old trotting fillies have one Gold event remaining on their schedule, Oct. 6 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, before the top 10 point earners compete in the Oct. 17 Super Final. Imextraspecial and You Will Be Queen currently sit third and sixth in the point standings, respectively. In the three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots action, Sonadora Deo kicked things off with a 1:55.4 score in the first $23,150 division. The fan favourite held off a hard-charging Moana for the half-length victory. Noblesse Duharas was five lengths behind the leaders in third. “Dora should have been a Gold filly, but just had a lot of bad luck,” said Bob McClure, who piloted the Kadabra daughter to her second Grassroots win for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. “We’re trying to end on a good note in the Grassroots. She’s a very solid filly.” McClure, who is in a battle for top spot in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings with five-time Lampman Cup winner Sylvain Filion, returned to the Grassroots winner’s circle in the last division, scoring an upset with Th Present when favourite Profound Paragon skipped offstride in the stretch. Th Present sprinted by to a six length win in a personal best 1:55.1. Scorched Romance was second and Highland Foxytrotr was third. “She’s been super in her last two since Marcel changed some gear on her,” said McClure, who steers the Royalty For Life filly for trainer Marcel Barrieau of Cambridge and Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longueil, QC. “She’s very sharp right now, which is good timing.” The top 20 point earners will compete in the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Th Present heads into the postseason in second with 163 points, while Sonadora Deo is sixth with 100. The other two winners, Yen and No Angel Here, also finished in the top 20. Yen got her first Grassroots win of the season in 1:56.2 for driver Sylvain Filion, trainer Julie Walker and owner-breeder Overseas Farms Ltd. of Cambridge, ON. The E L Titan filly bested Goddess De Vie and Magic Wanda. No Angel Here clocked a personal best 1:57.4 for driver Paul MacDonell, trainer Peter Core and owner-breeders Bet Max Stables Inc. of Casco and Benenati Inc. of Clinton Township, MI. The Archangel miss edged out Emotions Durables and Protostar for her first Grassroots win. Complete results for Monday’s program can be found at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold and Grassroots point standings are available on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

DUNDAS, SEPT. 20, 2020 – The Wild Card scored his fifth Grassroots win on Sunday, Sept. 20 to wrap up the regular harness racing season with a perfect record and the top spot in the three-year-old pacing colt standings. Flamboro Downs bettors sent the colt off as the heavy favourite from Post 1 in the first $22,800 Grassroots split and driver Doug McNair let the colt settle into second early as Noneyabizzness powered out to a :26.3 quarter. The favourites were soon out and driving and The Wild Card led the field through a :54.4 half and a 1:24.2 three-quarters before digging in down the stretch for a one-half length victory in 1:53.1. Captivate Hanover finished second and Bettor At Hightide was third. “He’s just a nice little horse. He’s handy, he’s quick off the gate and he’s always happy, he’s got his ears up and he just keeps going,” said McNair. “He kind of got tortured a little bit tonight, I mean I had to go a big half with him, I was out a long way with him, and he just kept going. He’s just a nice little horse to drive.” The Guelph resident piloted The Wild Card to all five of his Grassroots wins for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON and his co-owners R G McGroup Ltd of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC. Three of those wins came at Woodbine Mohawk Park and one at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Sunday’s appearance was The Wild Card’s first start on a half-mile since an unsuccessful tour of Clinton Raceway last summer so Moore gave the Bettors Delight son a trial run over the Flamboro oval on Wednesday, Sept. 16. “There was a little question about the half-mile track, because he’s only a little guy but he has a really big swing behind, especially on his inside leg. When we raced him at Clinton last year he couldn’t get around the turns very good at all, he struggled with it, so I took him down Wednesday, me and the guy that looks after him, Joe Tulino, and I trained him in 2:03 down there in the bike, just went the one trip. Last quarter in :28, last half in :58, and he got around there no problem at all,” said Moore. “We were humming and hawing whether I should put him in Mohawk Saturday in non-winners of five or whatever, but I’m glad we went there, it worked out all right.” With 250 points, The Wild Card will lead the sophomore pacing colts into the Oct. 2 Grassroots Semi-Finals. The top 20 point earners qualify for the Semi-Finals and the top five finishers from each Semi-Final advance to the $75,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 10. McNair may face a tough decision in the postseason. He also piloted Mayhem Hanover to a win on Sunday, qualifying the defending Grassroots champion for the Semi-Finals. Heading into the final leg Mayhem Hanover had made just one start in the Grassroots, finishing third, but Sunday’s win gave him the required two starts and vaulted him into the top 20 with 62 points. “He’s been racing against tough horses so he finally got a little bit of a break,” said McNair of the colt’s recent starts in the North America Cup, Simcoe and Somebeachsomewhere. “He’s just kind of on the border. Just a little behind them other guys, not far though.” Starting from Post 9, Mayhem Hanover got away fourth as Sunshine List led the field to a :26.4 quarter. Coming off the second turn McNair tipped Mayhem Hanover to the outside and started to advance on favourite Bettorbuckleup, who hit the half in :55.3. By the 1:23 three-quarters Mayhem Hanover had edged Bettorbuckleup and from there the colt opened up a five and one-half length margin on his peers, hitting the wire in 1:51.4. Pocket-sitter Sunshine List got up for second and Bettorbuckleup settled for third. “He went a good trip here tonight. His first time on a half too it was. He trains over a half all the time, but he hasn’t raced anywhere other than Mohawk,” said trainer Gregg McNair. “That was a real impressive mile he went there tonight.” Scott and Clay Horner of Toronto, ON share ownership of Mayhem Hanover. The win was the Sportswriter son’s second in 11 sophomore starts. The other $23,150 Grassroots division went to Day Delight and driver Louis-Philippe Roy, who sat in the pocket behind McNair and Poseidon Seelster as they clocked fractions of :26.1, :54.4 and 1:23.1. In the stretch Day Delight held off Sports Obsession for a head victory in 1:52.4. Poseidon Seelster finished third. “He just seems to be getting better all the time. That was a big mile tonight,” said Rockwood resident Bill Manes, who shares ownership of the Bettors Delight son with Lloyd Stone of Portland, 10462217 Canada Inc. of Gloucester, ON and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. “We were a little disappointed the last Grassroots (Sept. 7) when he was the big favourite and got beat, but he bounced back pretty good.” Victor Puddy trains Day Delight, who finishes the regular season with 122 points from two wins, one third and two fifths, good enough for fourth spot in the standings. Complete results from Sunday’s program are available at Flamboro Downs Results. Grassroots point standings are available on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

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