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MILTON, OCT. 10, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park showcased Ontario's top harness racing Grassroots competitors on Saturday night and the division stars were shining bright as six of the eight $75,000 championships were captured by favourites, including defending champions Lovedbythemasses and Mayhem Hanover. In the three-year-old trotting colt showdown, Lovedbythemasses and driver Mike Saftic took control heading for the half and never needed to look back, sailing home to a one and one-half length victory in 1:53.4. Semi-Final winner Ripped And Ready was second and division point leader Mikey Mass trotted into third. "He was real good last week and he was good today, good and strong. He's probably at the top of his game right now," said Campbellville, ON resident Saftic. "All night long they were coming off the pace, the front end wasn't holding very good, but I kind of landed about the four-hole and coming up the backside I didn't want to let them get too cheap of a half and be first over so I brushed to the front. He was good." Saftic steers Lovedbythemasses for trainer Ed Peconi of Peterborough and his co-owners Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI. The win was the Muscle Mass gelding's fourth in Grassroots action this season and the ninth of his career. One race later three-year-old pacing colt Mayhem Hanover defended his Grassroots title, sprinting home off a first-over trip to deliver a commanding two and one-half length win in a personal best 1:50. Bettorbuckleup, who caught Mayhem Hanover in the Semi-Final, finished second and Poseidon Seelster was third. "He raced great tonight. He couldn't have raced any better," said driver Doug McNair. "Last week, it's kind of my own fault, I started him up real early and he just got picked off late. He should have never got beat last week I didn't think. The drive didn't look much better tonight, but he just kind of idled his way up to the lead. I didn't make him pace as fast as he can until the top of the stretch and he paced right to the wire." Gregg McNair of Guelph trains Mayhem Hanover for Scott and Clay Horner of Toronto, ON, who also watched the Sportswriter son try his hand against the Gold and Grand Circuit horses this summer before returning to the Grassroots program. Three-year-old pacing colt Mayhem Hanover and driver Doug McNair Division point leaders Four Wheelin and Profound Paragon also capped off their impressive Grassroots seasons with a championship title. Two-year-old trotting colt Four Wheelin kicked off the evening with a two length score in a personal best 1:56.4. In rein to Louis-Philippe Roy the Wheeling N Dealin son got away fourth as Lifelong Wish sprinted out to a :27.2 quarter and then swept to the lead heading for the :57.3 half. The fan favourite did not face a challenge through the 1:26.2 three-quarters and pulled away to a two length victory over Warrawee Windsor and Tymal Chrome. "I expected it to be a two-horse race pretty much," said Roy, who was concerned about the other Semi-Final winner Highland Mowgli and driver Bob McClure. "At first I wasn't really happy because the horse I had to beat was sitting on my back, but when (Mike) Saftic (with Lifelong Wish) slowed, I was able to re-move and get mine in a better position and get Bob's horse in a bad position. The last three starts I never used him. He did it all by himself and was never tired so I knew he had a little more left in the tank." Saturday's win was Four Wheelin's fifth in five Grassroots starts. Trainer Marcel Barrieau of Cambridge, ON and Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longueil, QC share ownership of the talented youngster, who boosted his career earnings to $101,002. Like many of her peers, three-year-old trotting filly Profound Paragon used a come-from-behind trip to score her fifth Grassroots win, and her twelfth of the season, in 1:55.4. Sonadora Deo finished one length behind the fan favourite and Chelseas Magic was third. "She's been amazing," said trainer Julie Walker. "There's not too many horses that win that many races, when you consider the overnights and Grassroots, and at every race track in Ontario, so it's been fun." Carlisle, ON resident Walker shares ownership of Profound Paragon with breeder Steven Titus of Manalapan, NJ and Jean Bernard "Bert" Renaud has driven the Muscle Mass daughter through her successful sophomore season. Second Bruiser capped off a perfect Grassroots season with a championship title in the two-year-old pacing colt showdown. The Believeinbruiser son and driver James MacDonald took command heading for the half and never faced a serious challenge, cruising home one and one-quarter length winners in 1:51.4. Proline finished second and Semi-Final winner Take Control was third. "It was awesome," said trainer Vernon Cochrane. "I was a little bit worried about the front end. He'd never got to the front that early before and he's always trained better off a helmet, he likes to chase them home, but a good horse can do it any way, right." Fergus resident Cochrane shares ownership of Second Bruiser with breeder Stefan Piekos of Palgrave, ON. The gelding made four appearances in the Grassroots program, two regular season legs, the Semi-Final and final, and won all three in identical clockings of 1:51.4. Fan favourite HP Mama B also rewarded her backers in the two-year-old trotting filly championship. In rein to Sylvain Filion HP Mama B powered from sixth to first in the final quarter, trotting under the wire one length ahead of Doing It All and division point leader Top Of The Bar in 1:57.3. "That mare raced good. I am a happy man. When they win it's always nice," said trainer Ben Baillargeon who also bred the filly. "I got rid of the broodmare, and I even sold half of that one when she was a year old and I gave the rest of it to my wife, so she's happy. I haven't seen a dime of what that mare made so far. I don't think I'll see a penny out of that, but that's okay, my wife will put it to good use probably." Baillargeon's wife Guylaine Picard of Guelph shares ownership of HP Mama B with Celine Paquin of Ayers Cliff, QC. The win boosted the Royalty For Life daughter's career earnings to $76,087. Louis-Philippe Roy was back in the winner's circle after the three-year-old pacing filly showdown, guiding Mia Culpa to victory from Post 10. The Shadow Play daughter sprinted home to a three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51.4. Semi-Final winner Lyons Tilt Hanover and Free Flyin Ticket also closed hard to be second and third. "Jean Tourigny did a good job making her peak at the right time. She's as good now as she was two months ago. She's not tired and I was really happy with the trip I got with her," said Guelph, ON resident Roy. "I raced her a few times on the front, but she's not really that type of horse." Jean Tourigny trains Mia Culpa for Roland Trudel of Becancour, Michel Damphousse of Louiseville and Guy Lavoie of Terrebonne, QC. The win was the filly's fifth of the season and just her second in Ontario Sires Stakes action. Jonathan Drury and two-year-old pacing filly Cyclone Sister opted to follow in the footsteps of the fillies that preceded them, getting away sixth from Post 1 and advancing toward pacesetter Ourlittlemiracle through fractions of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:24.4. Rolling out three-wide at the three-quarters, Cyclone Sister kicked home to a one and one-half length win in a personal best 1:53.2. Fan favourite Chiefs Dream Girl was second and Semi-Final winner Amini was third. "She raced great. Jonathan gave her a perfect trip. The first four or five starts she always kicked home really well and I was kind of hoping she could have that kick one more start and she did," said owner/breeder George Millar of Stouffville, ON. "I'm thrilled. I was just saying to my wife (Sondra), we were so close to selling the mare in foal with Cyclone Sister, I'm kind of glad there was no buyers and I ended up keeping her." Nick Gallucci trains Cyclone Sister, who started her career with two wins at the Grassroots level and then took two runs at the Gold Series fillies before returning to the Grassroots program. Saturday's boosted the Shadow Play daughter's earnings to $99,682. Complete results from Saturday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Videos: Race 2 - Four Wheelin; Race 3 - HP Mama B; Race 4 - Mia Culpa; Race 5 - Cyclone Sister; Race 6 - Lovedbythemasses; Race 7 -Mayhem Hanover; Race 8 - Profound Paragon; Race 9 - Second Bruiser OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

MILTON, ON - OCT. 8, 2020 - When two-year-old pacing gelding Second Bruiser steps in behind the starting gate in Saturday's $75,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park, he will be looking to make good on a prediction harness racing owner/trainer Vernon Cochrane made eight months ago. "I said from the very start, like the first month I had him, I was like this is the best horse you've ever had in your life," said Cochrane of that late winter conversation with the gelding's owner/breeder Stefan Piekos of Palgrave, ON. "Until they actually prove it on the racetrack then you kind of wonder, like 'I've heard this before', but he's shown natural ability from the start. There was never anything that could train with him or even come close to him. He's always been like a three or four year old against babies. His last start, James (MacDonald) came in and said to me, 'He's a man against boys' and that's pretty much what it comes down to." In their Oct. 1 Grassroots Semi-Final driver James MacDonald and Second Bruiser romped to a five and one-quarter length victory in 1:51.4. It was the gelding's third straight win in Grassroots competition and his third time halting the Woodbine Mohawk Park clock at 1:51.4. MacDonald will steer the Believeinbruiser son from Post 8 in Saturday's ninth race and his connections are hoping the gelding can wrap up his brief season on a successful note. "He's just had so many health issues through the year that it was a struggle to get him there and we're just happy to salvage what we've salvaged out of the year. He's going to be shut down after Saturday and that will be it," said Fergus, ON resident Cochrane. "We're going to stake him up to a lot more next year. He was never paid into anything as a yearling. I mean he was a homebred and obviously the breeder wasn't expecting that kind of animal from him." Win, lose or draw on Saturday, Second Bruiser has already proven that Cochrane's early season prediction was correct and given the partners something to look forward to in 2021. Trainer Thierry Vandenplas started looking forward to Saturday night's three-year-old trotting colt championship when Ripped And Ready sailed home a four and one-quarter length winner in his Oct. 2 Semi-Final, touring the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval in a personal best 1:55.1. "He kind of impressed me a little bit last Friday. I think now Jody (Jamieson) starts to know him pretty well and we had a little bit more luck this time," said Vandenplas. "It's going to be tough, because you've got a lot of good horses that maybe didn't have a nice trip last week and everybody is going to fight hard Saturday." The Semi-Final win was Ripped And Ready's third in Grassroots action this season. In 10 sophomore starts the Muscle Mass son has only missed the top three on one occasion, finishing fourth from Post 9 in the Sept. 10 Grassroots leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Jody Jamieson will make his sixth appearance in Ripped And Ready's race bike on Saturday, lining up at Post 5, alongside reigning division champion Lovedbythemasses, who gets Post 4 in the sixth race. Vandenplas trains Ripped And Ready for owner/breeder Dr. Ruth Irving of Russell, ON and said neither the trip to the racetrack nor the post are cause for concern with the colt. "I think when it's a nice and big track like Mohawk, the track is so nice and you've got so much time to make your move, I'm not worried about the position," said Brinston, ON resident Vandenplas. "He travels well, that's not a big problem for him. He's a nice horse to work with, calm and everything. As soon as he hits the trailer he knows he's going to go for business so he gets a little bit more anxious, but as soon as he's back from the races he just comes back to his normal life and he's pretty nice to work around." Owner/breeder George Millar said three-year-old pacing colt Bettorbuckleup is also a nice horse to work around. The Bettors Delight colt is one of the horses the 70 year old Millar regularly jogs and trains over the track at his Stouffville, ON farm. "I've trained Buckle probably more than anybody has trained him, I like him," said Millar, who entrusts the majority of the colt's care to trainer Nick Gallucci. "There's nothing you can't help but like about him, he's just a nice little colt." Bettorbuckleup may be easy going to work around, but he displayed killer instincts in the Oct. 2 Semi-Final, getting up in the final strides to catch favourite Mayhem Hanover by a nose in 1:50.4. The thrill of watching the colt make a final-stride surge to win had Millar replaying the race until the wee hours. "That was probably one of my most exciting races in the past year," said Millar. "I was still all excited and watching the replay for another hour and a half. I think I got to bed about one o'clock." Bettorbuckleup and driver James MacDonald will make their bid for a second straight win from Post 3 on Saturday. Rivals Mayhem Hanover, the reigning division champion, National Sport, the other Semi-Final winner, and The Wild Card, the division point leader, will be lined up to his right at Posts 6, 7, and 8 in the seventh race. In addition to Bettorbuckleup, Millar will also be watching homebreds Cyclone Sister and Cantstoplying compete in the two-year-old pacing filly and pacing colt championships. Shadow Play daughter Cyclone Sister gets Post 1 in the fifth race while Sunshine Beach gelding Cantstoplying will start from the trailing Post 10 in the ninth. "You never know how things are going to work out," said Millar. "To me it's exciting just to have a bunch of homebreds like that - Buckle's not a homebred - but having them competing at that level and making it to the Sires Stakes Final is great." The Grassroots Championships go postward in Races 2 through 9 on Saturday's program. The evening's first race rolls in behind the starting gate at 7 pm. Fans can download a program and watch the live stream on Woodbine Mohawk Park's website. From the Ontatrio Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - OCT. 1, 2020 - Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots postseason action got underway at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday, Oct. 1 with eight $20,000 Semi-Finals for the two-year-old trotters and pacers, and five of the eight contests saw the harness racing favourites cruise to victory. Two-year-old Trotting Filly Semi-Finals The freshman trotting fillies kicked things off in the first race and favourite Tipsy In Dixie sailed home to a 1:58.1 personal best. The Muscle Mass daughter sat in the pocket behind pacesetter Ban Ban Deo through fractions of :28, :58.3 and 1:29.1 and then powered down the stretch to a two and one-half length victory over Lifeintheslammer, Ban Ban Deo, Movin To The Top and Kadillac Girl. "She got out of the gate well and then I got to give her a nice trip. I knew Bob's (McClure) horse (Ban Ban Deo) was pretty good and I thought if I could follow along and give her a good trip she'd give me a good run down the lane, and she did," said driver James MacDonald. "It's only I think the second time she's raced at Mohawk this year, it's been a lot of B tracks for them, so it's good to have some confidence on this turf and hopefully she carries it into next week." Guelph resident MacDonald piloted Tipsy In Dixie to her third win for trainer Harry Poulton of Milton and fractional ownership group Tipsy In Dixie of Guelph, ON. HP Mama B took the second trotting filly Semi-Final with a strong move to the front at the halfway marker. Once she had command, the fan favourite cruised home to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:57.3. Mag N Lady finished second, Doing It All was third, division point leader Top Of The Bar was fourth and A Blue Blood earned the final spot in the Oct. 10 Grassroots Championship. Milton resident Sylvain Filion piloted HP Mama B to her second straight victory for trainer/breeder Ben Baillargeon of Guelph and owners Guylaine Picard of Guelph, ON and Celine Paquin of Ayers Cliff, QC. Two-year-old Trotting Colt Semi-Finals Division point leader and fan favourite Four Wheelin was a confident 1:58.2 winner in the first trotting colt showdown, stretching his win streak over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval to three. Driver Louis-Philippe Roy piloted the Wheeling N Dealin son to the front-end victory, besting Lifelong Wish, Tymal Chrome, Kilauea and Rosies War Bonds. "It's easy to win a Semi-Final when you have the best one in the race," said Guelph, ON resident Roy. "Winning the Final is different, that said I really like his chances going into the finals. He did it easy again tonight." Marcel Barrieau of Cambridge, ON trains and co-owns Four Wheelin with Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longueil, QC. Fan favourite Highland Mowgli cruised along on the front to a 1:57.2 personal best in the second trotting colt Semi-Final, two and one-half lengths ahead of Warrawee Windsor. Arch Hall was third, Insanity fourth and Greg fifth. "That's my first time driving him, so obviously the first impression is good," said Rockwood, ON resident Bob McClure. "And I've got to say, what a nice little horse. He's kind of fine gaited, not an athletic build to him, but just puts his head in front of him and wants to be a racehorse, and I love that in horses. They've done a really good job and he's had a great year. No doubt it's not going to change anything even if he doesn't win the final, but I'd say he'd be hard to beat next week." Guelph resident Amanda Fine trains Highland Mowgli for her co-owner, and the Archangel colt's breeder, Highland Thoroughbred Farm of Inglewood, ON. Thursday's win was Highland Mowgli's second straight. Two-year-old Pacing Filly Semi-Finals Amini delivered the first upset of the night in the first pacing filly Semi-Final. The Sportswriter daughter and driver Sylvain Filion left smartly from Post 4 and reached the quarter in :28, then yielded to Shiatzu Seelster, who led the field to a :57.3 half and 1:27.2 three-quarters. Finding room late in the stretch, Amini kicked into high gear and paced under the wire a one-half length winner in a personal best 1:55.1. Fan favourite Chiefs Dream Girl was second, Cyclone Sister third, Come On Sun fourth and Shiatzu Seelster fifth. Filion engineered the filly's third Grassroots win for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch and owners Tess Waxman of Ridgeville and David Morgan of Hamilton, ON. Nightlife Seelster captured the second pacing filly Semi-Final with a 1:54.1 effort that saw her leave well from Post 6 and reach the front soon after the :27 quarter put up by Sportsfire. Soon after the :56.1 half Nightlife Seelster was overtaken, first by Sweet Pink and then Celia Bayama, who led the field to a 1:24.3 three-quarters. In the stretch Nightlife Seelster was able to sneak up the inside and sprint home to a one and one-quarter length win over division point leader CL Sportsextreme, Ourlittlemiracle, Siri Blue Chip and favourite Celia Bayama. "She's finally getting back to where she's supposed to be. I thought when I first won the Grassroots (Aug. 14) with her that she'd never see a Grassroots again. I thought she'd go to the Golds and carry on from there," said driver Bob McClure. "I tried to cover her up tonight, that didn't work, but when she got room late she did exactly what she was supposed to and went on through. She's definitely going the right direction at the right time." Shawn Steacy of Brantford, ON trains the Sunshine Beach daughter for Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC and Bertrand Gilhespy Stable of Edmonton, AB. Two-year-old Pacing Colt Semi-Finals: Second Bruiser extended his win streak to three with a commanding five and one-quarter length score in the first pacing colt battle. The fan favourite and driver James MacDonald stopped the teletimer at 1:51.4. Big Bang Bang finished second, Saratoga Blue Chip was third, Mustang Beach fourth and Adrenaline Rush was fifth. "He's just a big powerhouse. He's just a big, brown, winning machine right now. Just try not to fall off; easier said than done for me," said MacDonald, who was nursing some stiffness after being ejected from the race bike during Tuesday's eighth race. "It makes my job pretty easy." The Believeinbruiser son is trained by Vernon Cochrane of Fergus for his co-owner, and the gelding's breeder, Stefan Piekos of Palgrave, ON. Second Bruiser is a perfect three-for-three in Grassroots action, with all three miles clocked in 1:51.4. Take Control won the sprint to the wire in the second pacing colt Semi-Final. After stalking division point leader Stonebridge Rex through fractions of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:24.1, driver Louis-Philippe Roy hit the accelerator in the stretch and Take Control powered home for a one-half length victory in a personal best 1:51.4. Stonebridge Rex finished second and favourite Proline was third. No Plan Intended and Cantstoplying completed the top five. "He's a real nice two-year-old," said Roy. "He had some bad luck during the summer with bad posts, but every time I asked him, he responded well." The win was the second straight and the third of the season for Control The Moment son Take Control, who is owned by trainer Dan Lagace of Cambridge and Ben Mudry of Toronto, ON. Complete results from Thursday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. On Friday, Oct. 2 the top three-year-olds will wage their Grassroots Semi-Final battles at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Fans can download a program and watch the live stream on the Woodbine Mohawk Park website. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - SEPT. 30, 2020 - Two years after earning her first Grassroots Championship, trainer Julie Walker returns to the Ontario Sires Stakes postseason at Woodbine Mohawk Park this Friday, Oct. 2 with a pair of three-year-old trotting fillies. Yen will start from the outside Post 9 in the first $20,000 sophomore trotting filly Semi-Final and Walker said she is glad Sylvain Filion will be responsible for decision making once the wings fold for the second race of the program. "I always say I'm glad I'm not the driver, because I don't know what I would do, but I think in my mindset as a trainer, I just want to make it to the Final," said the Carlisle, ON resident. "They take the top five, that's all I'm looking for is top five and hope for a better draw." Yen heads into Friday's Semi-Final on a two-race win streak at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the first coming in a Sept. 14 overnight event and the second in the Sept. 21 Grassroots leg. Two other winners from the regular season finale will also line up in the first Semi-Final, with No Angel Here getting Post 4 and Sonadora Deo getting Post 6. Both Yen and Sonadora Deo were late arrivals to the Grassroots program after starting their sophomore campaigns at the Gold Series level. Yen recorded one third, one fifth and one ninth-place result before Walker and owner/breeder Overseas Farms Ltd. of Cambridge, ON decided a change of scenery was in order for the E L Titan daughter. "I think that she was not the best Gold horse, but I still believe that she was a Gold horse, it's just every time we went somewhere she had a bad post, got away last, just such bad luck we thought we'd change our luck," said Walker. "And you can see that she still hasn't drawn good even in the Grassroots but, because I think she's a little better than the competition, even if she draws bad we can still compete." Unlike her stablemate, Profound Paragon spent the summer competing on the Grassroots circuit and was riding a perfect record of four Grassroots and eight straight wins until the Sept. 21 event when she made an uncharacteristic break in the stretch that saw her placed back to ninth. "I feel confident that it was just a little bump in the road just because nothing can be too easy," said Walker ruefully. "Obviously I'm happy it happened then and not in the Semi-Final, and I really don't think it was anything. I think it was just a little reminder that nothing's easy. They both trained Tuesday and they both trained really well, so that's all we can do going in." Walker shares ownership of Profound Paragon with breeder Steven Titus of Manalapan, NJ and Jean Bernard "Bert" Renaud drives the Muscle Mass daughter, who boasts a record of 10 wins in 14 starts this season. "Bert's done a great job with Shelby (Profound Paragon). That's been a big part of it," said Walker. "I think it's funny that everyone was kind of shocked at the break she made. Yeah I was shocked and disappointed, but at the same time I think that Bert's made her look better than what she's been the whole time, because he knows the ins and out of her so well that he can kind of hide those little parts that maybe she's not perfect at. I think that's kind of cool, that she's come as far as she's come." Profound Paragon heads into the second sophomore trotting filly Semi-Final, scheduled as Race 7, at the top of the division standings with 200 points and will be looking to advance to the Oct. 10 Championship from Post 8. While preparing Yen and Profound Paragon for the Grassroots postseason, Walker has also started searching through yearling catalogues and videos in hopes of finding a future Ontario Sires Stakes star who could take her to another Grassroots Championship or a Super Final. "Obviously you work towards having a barn full of Gold fillies not just Grassroots, but the fact that I have two now instead of one, it's a little progress," said the trainer, who earned her 2018 Grassroots title with two-year-old trotting filly At Will. "I'd like to have a little better calibre in my barn, but I think I'm heading in the right direction, just very baby steps." Friday's three-year-old Semi-Finals get underway at 7 pm with the three-year-old pacing fillies kicking things off in Race 1 and wrapping them up in Race 11. The three-year-old trotting fillies compete in Races 2 and 7, the three-year-old trotting colts square off in Races 3 and 9 and the three-year-old pacing colts will battle in Races 5 and 10. Fans can download a program and watch the live stream on the Woodbine Mohawk Park website. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - SEPT. 29, 2020 - The Ontario Sires Stakes postseason action gets under way this Thursday, Oct. 1 at Woodbine Mohawk Park with eight $20,000 Grassroots Semi-Finals for the two-year-old competitors. Trainer Marcel Barrieau will harness one starter in each of the trotting colt Semi-Finals, sending division point leader Four Wheelin out from Post 2 in the second race and Stoked Blue Chip from Post 7 in Race 10. Four Wheelin heads into Thursday's test with a perfect record of three wins in three Grassroots starts, the most recent a personal best 1:57.1 in the Sept. 14 leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Barrieau piloted the Wheeling N Dealin son to his first win, in the July 11 season opener at Georgian Downs, but Louis-Philippe Roy was in the bike for wins two and three and will be at the lines on Thursday. "Lately, he just hit his own and he's been real good for me," said Cambridge, ON resident Barrieau, who shares ownership of Four Wheelin with Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longueil, QC. "The other fella (Stoked Blue Chip), he's not as strong as I wish he was. He was strong all spring, but now he seems like he goes the same speed all around. He's kind of a nice trotter, a nice horse, but he's got no zip at the end of the mile. That's Four Wheelin's strong point." Milton resident Sylvain Filion will steer Stoked Blue Chip in the second trotting colt Semi-Final, hoping to guide the Muscle Mass son to his fourth top-five finish for owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS and Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI. Trotting filly point leader Top Of The Bar heads into the Semi-Finals off three straight Grassroots wins over half-mile ovals. Just one of the Muscle Mass daughter's four career starts came at Woodbine Mohawk Park, a third-place result in the July 13 Grassroots season opener. "She's coming in I guess as good as you can expect one to come in with the record she has. She's feeling good and hopefully she steps up and goes forward," said trainer Mark Etsell. "She's pretty versatile. You can leave with her, you can sit with her, you can come first up. We never had the second-over trip yet, but I don't see it being a problem, she's trained every which way." Rockwood resident Etsell shares ownership of Top Of The Bar with Robert Newton of Walkerton, Graham Hopkins of Chesley and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. Regular reinsman Bob McClure will be in the race bike on Thursday, lining up at Post 7 in the second trotting filly Semi-Final. "It's a horse race, anything can happen, we're up to the racing gods now, and trips and all that stuff. She seems to be coming in sharp so that's the big thing," said Etsell. "She's definitely one of the freshest ones anyways, because she hasn't had many starts, so she's definitely not over-raced." Take Control also heads into his Semi-Final battle off a win in the last Grassroots leg. The freshman pacing gelding posted a 1:52.3 personal best at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 17, impressing both driver Louis-Philippe Roy and trainer Dan Lagace. "Every time he's had a shot to put his best foot forward, he really has. Roy said he was real good last week so we're hoping, you know there's some nice horses in that race, but I think if he shows his best they'll know he's there," said Lagace, who shares ownership of the Control The Moment son with Ben Mudry of Toronto. "He's a nice colt, he's not a great colt or anything like that, but he's seems to be getting better and I think he'll mature into a nice three-year-old next year." Roy will steer Take Control from Post 4 in the second pacing colt Semi-Final, which features three of the four winners from the Sept. 17 leg. In addition to Take Control, Proline will start from Post 2 and No Plan Intended gets Post 5. Division point leader Stonebridge Rex starts from Post 3. Take Control's stablemate Sportsfire will be looking for a rebound effort from Post 7 in the second pacing filly Semi-Final. The Sportswriter daughter won her division in the first two Grassroots legs, finished second in the next two, but faded to fourth in the Sept. 15 contest at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "She didn't finish very strong her last start. She got a good trip, good drive, and didn't finish overly strong the last 100 feet. We took her blood afterwards and she showed a little bit of ulcers bugging her so we treated her that way," said Cambridge resident Lagace. "She trained good, seems good, she's healthy, so we're hoping for a little stronger finish so that we can make the final." Lagace trains Sportsfire for owner/breeder Fred Brayford of Alliston, ON and Jody Jamieson will steer the filly on Thursday. The trotting fillies will open Thursday's program in Race 1 at 7 pm, with their second Semi-Final going postward in Race 8. The trotting colt Semi-Finals are slated as Raced 2 and 10, the pacing fillies will battle in Races 3 and 7, and the pacing colts will compete in Races 4 and 9. Fans can download a program and watch the live stream on the Woodbine Mohawk Park website. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

DUNDAS, ON - SEPT. 17, 2020 - Due to an electrical fire Flamboro Downs was forced to suspend the Thursday, Sept. 17 harness racing card following the third race. Only one of three Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies had been completed prior to the suspension of the program so the remaining divisions, along with two Prospect Series divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies, have been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 19 at 3 pm. The Grassroots and Prospect Series divisions will be contested as drawn, with no wagering, prior to the start of Flamboro Downs' Saturday program. The Grassroots division scheduled as Race 5 on Thursday evening will be the first race, going postward at 3 pm on Saturday, the Grassroots division programmed as Race 6 will be Race 2. The Prospect Series division carded as Race 8 on Thursday will go postward as Race 3 and the Prospect Series division slated as Race 10 will be the fourth and last race of the non-wagering event. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

DUNDAS, ON - Flamboro Downs opens its 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes season this Thursday, Sept. 17 with three Grassroots divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies competing for a total of $67,000. Trainer John Bax will start a pair of fillies in the Grassroots regular season finale, Doing It All from Post 5 in the second $22,450 split and Lifeintheslammer from Post 7 in the third. Doing It All heads into the Flamboro event off a Grassroots win at Hanover Raceway on Aug. 29 and Bax is hoping the filly can continue her forward momentum. "She's getting a little more racy every start, and she's handy on a half-mile, so we're hoping she keeps improving. We're kind of looking for next year, but we'd like to end this year on an upbeat note," said the Campbellville, ON resident, who trains Doing It All for Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY. "We're progressing in the right direction." The Kadabra filly's results have improved with every Grassroots outing, starting with a seventh in the season opener and followed up by a fifth, a fourth and then the Aug. 29 win. With a total of 65 points, Doing It All currently sits tied for fifth in the division point standings and will advance to the Oct. 1 Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Lifeintheslammer started her Ontario Sires Stakes career with two starts at the Gold Series level before joining Doing It All in the third Grassroots leg. The Royalty For Life daughter was victorious in that Aug. 17 event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but then made a break and finished sixth in the fourth leg at Hanover Raceway. "With her there's something every time. Fortunately she went that one good race and showed us that the potential is there," said Bax. "She's got a mind of her own, but talent, definitely, definitely talent enough to be a player, and next year I'm hoping that she's a little easier to live with and grows up mentally, and a little bit physically." With 53 points, Lifeintheslammer is tied for eleventh in the standings, so owners Bax Stable of Campbellville, Glengate Farms of Erin, Brad Grant of Milton and Gaelic Stable of Sharon, ON are hoping she can pad that total on Thursday. Among the fillies hoping to prevent Lifeintheslammer from adding another win to her resume is division point leader Tipsy In Dixie, who will be looking for her third straight Grassroots victory from Post 6 in the third $22,450 division. "She's just fun, it's great," said Katherine Hedley of Canfield, ON, who owns one per cent of Tipsy In Dixie through fractional ownership group "We have watched all of her races that have been open. We've been to Grand River twice to watch her and two weeks ago when she was in Hanover." With spectators unable to attend the races in person on Thursday, Hedley and her fellow owners will be tuning in to watch the Flamboro Downs live stream and hoping Muscle Mass daughter Tipsy In Dixie can extend her Grassroots win streak. In addition to the Grassroots divisions, which go postward in Races 1, 5 and 6, Flamboro Downs is also hosting two $7,000 Prospect Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies, which are programmed as Races 8 and 10. All of the action gets under way at 6:35 pm and fans can download a program and watch the live stream on the Flamboro Downs website. From the Ontario Sire Stakes Flamboro Downs Race Date Post Time Age/Sex/Gait Race Type           Thursday, Sept. 17 6:35 pm 2-year-old Filly Trot Grassroots Series           Thursday, Sept. 17 6:35 pm 3-year-old Filly Trot Prospect Series           Sunday, Sept. 20 6:55 pm 3-year-old Colt Pace Grassroots Series           Sunday, Sept. 27 6:55 pm 3-year-old Filly Trot Gold Leg           Sunday, Oct. 4 6:55 pm 2-year-old Colt Pace Gold Leg           Thursday, Oct. 8 6:35 pm 2-year-old Colt Trot Gold Leg                                  

HANOVER, ON - SEPT. 5, 2020 - Hanover Raceway wrapped up its 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Saturday, Sept. 5, hosting a quartet of $22,000 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Queso Relleno and driver Jody Jamieson kicked off the stakes action in the second race, controlling the tempo from Post 1 on their way to a five length victory in 1:56.1. Coqui Coqui finished second and Docs Harmony was third. "I was very happy with her. She's started to come back to being what we thought we had at the beginning of the year," said trainer Blake MacIntosh. "She had a rough start to the year and then she got a rock in the eye and we were really scared that she was going to have to lose the eye. It's a little cloudy, but it's pretty good now. We're really happy with the way she's bounced back the last couple weeks." St. George resident MacIntosh shares ownership of Queso Relleno with Sue Vernon Smith of Oakville, The Flanagan Sisters of Brantford, ON and Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA. Saturday's win was the Betterthancheddar daughter's first of the season in the Grassroots program and her second overall. With a second and a fourth in her other two Grassroots starts, the 2019 division champion will wrap up the regular season with 83 points, putting her in a tie for seventh in the standings and securing a berth in the Oct. 2 Semi-Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "She won it last year as a two-year-old, so we're hoping that she can repeat as a three-year-old," said MacIntosh of the upcoming post season. "There's a couple really nice horses that skipped today that will be tough in there, but we're hopeful that she just keeps getting better." The other three divisions saw Landry Seelster, Free Flyin Ticket and Mach My Kiss deliver front-end efforts to score their third Grassroots wins and cement their position at the top of the standings. Robert Shepherd piloted Landry Seelster to a one and one-half length victory over Need Ur Opinion and favourite Keystone Kalimba in the second division, stopping the Hanover Raceway teletimer at 1:56.1. "She was really good. She was strong," said Shepherd. "She got it her own way kind of on the front, but she's really good on the half, she can pace the turns so good." Shepherd crafted the win for trainer Michael Ellis and owner Kim Lezanchuk of Brantford, ON. With three wins and two thirds in her five Grassroots starts, Mach Three daughter Landry Seelster heads into the Semi-Final sitting second in the standings with 174 points. Free Flyin Ticket hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front of fan favourite Mary Kay to record her 1:56.3 victory in the third $22,100 division. Saulsbrook Raven was another length back in third. "She's been racing poor her last couple of starts so we decided we'd try to wake her up a little bit and change her bridle, and we threw a set of blinkers on her today," said trainer Anthony Beaton, who handed the newly-equipped filly over to driver Sylvain Filion to steer from Post 6. "It looked like Sylvain had a bit of a handful with her there at the quarter pole when they got there, and he made the move, and it was a big move that he made there in the turn to clear the front, and then she ended up being good enough to get there." Waterdown resident Beaton shares ownership of the Betterthancheddar daughter with Gary Volpe of St. Thomas, George Quartarone of Claremont, ON and David Mercer of Sydney, NS. With three wins and one eighth in Grassroots action, Free Flyin Ticket heads into the post season ranked fourth with 151 points. Doug McNair and Mach My Kiss captured the last Grassroots division, holding off Trafalgar for a one-half length win in 1:57.2. Tuggingoncredit rounded out the top three. "She got the job done, but she's better on the bigger track," said McNair, who piloted the Mach Three daughter to the win for trainer Rob Fellows and owners Yolanda Fellows of Rockwood, ON and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, AB. With three wins and one second for a total of 175 Grassroots points, Mach My Kiss will lead the sophomore pacing fillies into the post season, where her connections are hoping she can reprise her Semi-Final winning effort from the two-year-old campaign. "There are a bunch of nice fillies in it, but she ranks up there with them," said McNair, who engineered Mach My Kiss's 2019 Semi-Final victory. The top 20 point earners will compete in the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final advancing to the $75,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 10. Complete results from Saturday's program are available at Hanover Raceway Results. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

HANOVER, ON - AUG. 29, 2020 - Locally owned freshman trotting filly Top Of The Bar delivered an impressive performance at Hanover Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 29 to earn her second  Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots victory of the season. Starting from Post 2 with driver Bob McClure in the race bike, Top Of The Bar settled in third as A Blue Blood led the field to a :31 opening quarter over a rain-soaked and wind-battered oval rated three seconds slower than normal. As A Blue Blood carried on to a 1:04 half, McClure sent Top Of The Bar up the outside and the filly continued to stalk the pacesetter through a 1:35.2 three-quarters. In the stretch Top Of The Bar finally reeled in A Blue Blood, getting up for a one-half length victory in 2:06. A Blue Blood settled for second and fan favourite Flanagan Destiny was third. "She's such a solid filly," said McClure. "One thing about Mark Etsell, his horses can trot, so when you go to a track like Hanover you can stand on them pretty good and know they can take it." McClure engineered the win for Rockwood resident Etsell and his co-owners Robert Newton of Walkerton, Graham Hopkins of Chesley and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The Muscle Mass daughter was also victorious in Grassroots action at Grand River Raceway on July 29 and finished third in the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "She raced good. When she raced it was pretty muddy, windy and muddy, and she did it, I guess the hard way, first up, and Bob said she was good," said Hanover native Etsell. "He was confident. He knows that she's kind of a rugged little girl." Top Of The Bar will make her fourth lifetime start in the last regular season Grassroots leg at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 17 before heading to the Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 1. With a total of 112 Grassroots points, the filly currently sits second in the division point standings. The top 20 point earners advance to the Semi-Finals. Doing It All made a leap into the top 10 with her first Grassroots victory in the second $22,100 division. From Post 1 the Kadabra daughter and driver Stephen Byron got away second behind early pacesetter Snowfalla, who rang up a :31.3 quarter and a 1:04.3 half. Tribeca Seelster tallied the 1:35 third fraction and duelled Doing It All down the stretch, but Doing It All got a head in front at the wire for the 2:07.2 score. Kadillac Girl recovered from an early break to be third. "They weren't going much today, but it rained pretty good up there. It rained until just about post time," said trainer John Bax. "She's a big, big, good gaited filly who just doesn't know how to race yet and hasn't filled out. I think she's going to be more of a three-year-old." Campbellville resident Bax conditions Doing It All for owner Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY, who offered up $100,000 for the filly at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. In her three previous Grassroots starts Doing It All had finished seventh, fifth and fourth, giving her a total of 65 points. The final $22,100 division saw Tipsy In Dixie claim her second Grassroots victory with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 3 that saw her trot under the wire in 2:07.2, four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Movin To The Top and Fortune Tellers K. James MacDonald piloted the fan favourite to the win for trainer Harry Poulton and fractional ownership group TheStable Tipsy In Dixie of Guelph, ON, and the reinsman said he was confident in the filly from the start. "She just buzzes around the farm track, and she got around Grand River like a hoop on a barrel. I would have been thoroughly, thoroughly shocked if she didn't handle Hanover well. I was pretty confident going in," said MacDonald. "She's just a little beauty. She's just a good gaited, nice little filly, she doesn't do anything wrong. She's a little sweetheart." With two wins and a second in three Grassroots starts, Muscle Mass daughter Tipsy In Dixie leads the two-year-old pacing fillies into the final leg with 125 points. Click the links to see complete results and replays of the afternoon's program. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Hanover Raceway next weekend, Saturday, Sept. 5, with the final Grassroots leg for the three-year-old pacing fillies. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

HANOVER, AUG. 27, 2020 - Hanover Raceway kicks off two straight weeks of Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing action this Saturday, Aug. 29 with three divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies battling for a total of $66,650. The first $22,450 division goes postward in Race 2 and trainer Mark Etsell is hoping Top Of The Bar can bounce back from sickness to add a few more points to the 62 she accumulated in her first two Grassroots starts. The daughter of Muscle Mass finished third in the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and won her division in the July 29 leg at Grand River Raceway before missing the Aug. 17 event. "We just went through a bout of the sickness, that's why we missed the last Grassroots, so I qualified her there Tuesday (Aug. 25) just to tighten her up a bit, so hopefully we're coming in good," said Hanover native Etsell. "We had 15 out of 17 sick there, so it was pretty rough." Etsell, who currently calls Rockwood home, shares ownership of Top Of The Bar with Robert Newton of Walkerton, Graham Hopkins of Chesley and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The partners offered up $25,000 for the filly at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Top Of The Bar and driver Bob McClure will line up at Post 2 on Saturday, alongside local filly Charmbo Princess, who starts from Post 3 for driver Mike Saftic and owner/breeders Randy Rier of Hanover and John "Jack" Rier of Kitchener, ON. In her Grassroots appearances, Charmbo Princess has tallied one win and one fourth for a total of 58 points and also missed one leg due sickness. "We're hoping she's a little sharper. She was sick, she was off five weeks before she raced two weeks ago there (Aug. 17) and I'm hoping she's a little sharper, we were able to get her trained a little better and stuff like that," said Randy Rier of the homebred daughter of Royalty For Life and Hetties Charm. "So we'll keep our fingers crossed." The other two $22,100 Grassroots divisions will go postward as Races 5 and 7 on the Saturday afternoon program, which gets under way at 2 pm. Next Saturday, Sept. 5 the Hanover half-mile will host the last regular season Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Competition will be fierce as the fillies vie for one of 20 spots in the Oct. 2 Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Although in-person attendance is limited to 100 people for both Grassroots events, fans can download a program and find links to the live stream on the Hanover Raceway website. For the full program click here OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

SARNIA, AUG. 22, 2020 - Hiawatha Horse Park welcomed the two-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, Aug. 22 for four $23,000 Grassroots divisions and driver Bob McClure kicked off the harness racing program with wins in the first two splits. Starting from Post 1 in the first division, McClure and Next Big Thing got away second behind Lil Red Sportsstar, who led the field of eight to a :28 quarter. The driver sent Next Big Thing to the front before the :56.4 half and the gelding fought off a sustained challenge from fan favourites No Plan Intended and driver Jody Jamieson through the 1:26 three-quarters before pulling away to a one and three-quarter length victory in 1:54.4. No Plan Intended settled for second and Beef N Cheddar was third. "I watched the Gold that he was in when Desperate Man won (July 3) and he was locked and loaded and he went a very big mile that night and I thought he was going to be very legit," said McClure, who had not driven the gelding before Saturday's contest. "After that, I guess he doesn't really like the front and he ended up on the front a couple times, and they said he had some sickness issues, so it looks like they've got everything ironed out now because he was lethal today." McClure engineered the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his co-owner/breeders Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The Shadow Play gelding started his Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) career at the Gold Series level, finishing third in both the July 3 season opener and the July 18 leg, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "He was going against the Gold colts and just coming up a little short so, confidence is a big thing, and I decided to drop him down and see if we couldn't braven him up. I did make a big change, he had a blind bridle on and once he made the front he would get lost and just let a couple by him, but I put an open bridle on him and I trained him in the open bridle and he was much better," said McIntosh. "Today, I just watched it on the Hiawatha website there, but if he had the blind bridle on he probably would have let Jamieson go by, but with an open bridle he fought him off. "I think with the open bridle on he might go back to the Gold. He'll be proud of himself now." McClure was back in the winner's circle after the second Grassroots division with fan favourite Adrenaline Rush, who took command just after the midway point and opened up to a three and one-half length victory in 1:57. All Cheddar was second and Hez My Buddy finished third. "He's been off a month, I didn't know what to expect," said Rockwood, ON resident McClure. "When I moved him out first-up he was coming, and then he cleared the front, and you know what, he took care of the rest from there, but that was a surprise because I thought he'd be a bit short." The win was the second straight in Grassroots action for McClure and the Royal Mattjesty gelding. The pair was also victorious in the July 20 event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on behalf of trainer Kevin McMaster and fractional ownership group TheStable Adrenaline Rush of Guelph, ON. Saturday's win moved Adrenaline Rush to the top of the division standings with the win with a total of 102 points. Cantstoplying claimed the third Grassroots title, outsprinting Next Big Thing's stablemate Last Bet for a neck victory in 1:55.1. Finkle Is Einhorn was one length behind the battling leaders in third. Louis-Philippe Roy piloted Sunshine Beach gelding Cantstoplying to his first lifetime win for trainer Nick Gallucci and owner/breeder Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON. "I was really happy with how he beat the horse down the stretch. It looked like he might have been second there, but he fought back and won the race, so I was really impressed with that," said Gallucci. "He's still learning; every race he seems to get a little bit better. He's very fast, it's just a matter of getting his mind more into being a racehorse and I think that will come with time." Take Control claimed the final Grassroots division, overtaking pacesetting favourite Proline on the final turn and romping home to a 15 length victory in 1:54.3. Mustang Beach, who led the main pack as a distant Proline rang up fractions of :26.4, :53.1 and 1:23.4, finished second and Marlboro Seelster was third. Anthony Haughan engineered Take Control's first lifetime win for trainer Dan Lagace of Cambridge and his co-owner Ben Mudry of Toronto, ON. The partners were delighted with the result and with the progress the Control The Moment son has shown through his five lifetime starts. "He's a nice little colt. Ben was kind of looking for a Control The Moment colt because he owned Control The Moment and so he had approached me in the fall about looking at some babies," recalled Lagace. "So this colt was in London (Selected Yearling Sale) and I said I'd go to $15,000 on him and Ben's like, 'Well you know when you say $15,000 they always go for $20,000'. And I said, 'Well I'm only buying a quarter, you're buying three-quarters so if we go to $20,000 I don't care'. So I went in and made one bid and bid $8,000. "You know that commercial where the girl is leaving Walmart and she's leaving the building and she's like, 'Start the car!' I said that's the way I felt," said Lagace with a laugh. "He's not a great horse or anything, but you know he's maturing into a nice horse. And for $8,000 you can't go wrong; $8,000 is my wheelhouse." The two-year-old pacing colts will make their last two Grassroots starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 8 and 17. The top 20 point earners through the five regular season events will then move on to the Oct. 1 Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at Hiawatha Horse Park Results. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

MILTON, AUG. 17, 2020 - Ontario's two-year-old trotting filly division continues to be a wide open affair as three first-time harness racing winners triumphed in Grassroots action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Aug. 17. The freshman fillies opened the program in the first race and Mag N Lady rolled out to a :28.3 opening quarter, followed closely by HP Mama B from Post 1, who did not stay tucked in the pocket for long. At the three-eighths marker driver Sylvain Filion sent HP Mama B to the front and the filly cruised to a :59.4 half and a 1:28.4 three-quarters before drawing away from the field in the stretch to a 1:57.1 victory. Mag N Lady was five lengths back in second with three more lengths back to Ban Ban Deo in third. "It was just a matter of time before she goes straight. She used to come out of the last turn and kind of throw herself into the middle of the racetrack," said trainer Ben Baillargeon, who also bred and raised the daughter of Royalty For Life and Winters Jewel. "She showed speed a few times, like a last quarter in :27.4, and even in Grand River (July 29) she run, but we knew exactly why she run, and I kind of worked on it the last couple weeks and it paid off tonight, 1:57.1, last quarter :28.2. And she did it pretty easy, but she always had the speed, all winter she showed speed." Guylaine Picard of Guelph, ON and Celine Paquin of Ayers Cliff, QC share ownership of HP Mama B, who finished ninth in the Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 13 and second in the July 29 leg at Grand River Raceway. Rain fell in sheets before the second $23,500 Grassroots division, changing the racetrack's rating from 'fast' to 'sloppy', but that did not seem to hamper Stonebridge Strong, who powered down the stretch to a five and one-half length score in 2:00.4. Starting from the trailing Post 10, Stonebridge Strong was able to follow Kadillac Girl up the outer lane before powering off the final turn to her first victory. All R Wishes also closed well for second and pocket-sitter Snowfalla was third. "I've liked her every time I've drove her. I know she was 10 to 1 and everything tonight, but it really wasn't a surprise to me that she raced like that," said driver Ryan Holliday, noting that the filly missed the July 29 leg due to sickness. "We qualified her six days ago (Aug. 11) and he said she was good and fit for this one and I kind of did expect her to race good." Holliday steers Stonebridge Strong for trainer Paul Megens and owners Saltwater Stables of Moffat, ON. The Muscle Mass daughter's only other start came in the July 13 season opener, where she finished sixth, but still managed to impress Holliday. "I know Paul and everybody was kind of disappointed with her first start, but I kind of chalked it up just to being not that fit, because she was quite a while in between her first start and her qualifier (June 19) and it's just not the same training them as racing," said Holliday. "So I expected her to be better tonight and she was, so that's good." By the last Grassroots division the surface had dried up enough to improve the racetrack's rating to 'good' and Edgewater powered away from Post 8 to a :29 quarter. Starting from Post 7, driver Stephen Byron had eased Lifeintheslammer away from the gate and was 12 lengths back in eighth. As Edgewater rang up a 1:00.1 half and 1:30.2 three-quarters Lifeintheslammer was steadily making her way up the outer lane, and rolling out wide off the final turn she kicked into gear and collared the leaders on her way to a one and one-half length victory in 2:00.3. All Muscle N Sass closed hard to claim second and pocket-sitter Warrawee Welcome finished five lengths back in third. "We're pleased, relieved," said trainer John Bax. "She's still mad at the world and we just have to get her mad at the other horses in the race. She was, we can get her loaded now, but she was one of those ones where she missed the first couple training sessions because we couldn't get her on the trailer." The fractious daughter of Royalty For Life and Tequila Slammer made her debut in the July 12 Gold Series opener at Georgian Downs, where she finished fifth, but a ninth place result in the July 31 Gold leg convinced Bax and his co-owners Bax Stable of Campbellville, Glengate Farms of Erin, Brad Grant of Milton and Gaelic Stable of Sharon, ON that the filly might be better suited to the Grassroots program. "She doesn't know anything about racing yet and she wasn't learning anything in the Gold, she really wasn't in the race," explained Campbellville resident Bax. "I trained her mother and her mother was a pretty nice filly and she's got a brother that was pretty good down in the States so, yeah we're pretty high on her. It's just one of those deals where I think the head has to come along, and I think once she matures enough and maybe grows up physically she won't be so mad and she'll learn to race." Lifeintheslammer, Stonebridge Strong and HP Mama B will have an opportunity to continue their positive progress in the fourth Grassroots Leg, on Aug. 29 at Hanover Raceway. Complete results from Monday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Aug. 18 with two $106,400 Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. The fillies will compete in Races 2 and 8, with the program getting under way at 7 pm. Video: Race 1 - HP Mama B; Race 4 - Stonebridge Strong; Race 6 -- Lifeintheslammer OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

OTTAWA, AUG. 16, 2020 - Thirty-eight of the finest harness racing three-year-old pacing colts in Canada descended on Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 16 to compete in two $104,800 Gold Series divisions, three $22,00 Grassroots splits and a single $7,100 Prospect Series division and, in spite of a drenching, the colts put on an impressive show. Sunday's Gold divisions served as a final North America Cup tune-up for top ranked Tattoo Artist and Beaumond Hanover and both colts looked ready to take on the continent's best in the Aug. 22 eliminations. In the first Gold split Tattoo Artist and driver Bob McClure cruised through fractions of :27.2, :55 and 1:23.1 on their way to a 1:50.4 victory, two lengths ahead of Beach Blanket Book. Bettorbuckleup was three more lengths back in third. One race later Beaumond Hanover and driver Jody Jamieson laid down a :27.4 quarter, :55.2 half and 1:23.2 three-quarters on their way to a 1:50.2 clocking, matching the Rideau Carleton Raceway track record for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Aneto finished two and three-quarter lengths back in second and Tattoo Artist's stablemate Denali Seelster was four more lengths back in third. "It's making for quite a story. I don't know how those two draw apart from each other all the time," said Dr. Ian Moore, who trains Tattoo Artist. "But anyway, they are two nice colts. Those are wicked miles both of those two went tonight." Yet to face each other in Gold Series competition, Tattoo Artist and Beaumond Hanover are both three-for-three in the provincial program this season. While Beaumond Hanover was the quicker over Rideau Carleton Raceway's five-eighths mile, which was rated one second slower than normal due to the rain, Tattoo Artist has the edge on the Woodbine Mohawk Park seven-eighths, winning the July 4 Gold Series opener in 1:48.2. Cambridge, ON resident Moore conditions Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL. In addition to his trio of Gold Series victories, the Hes Watching son also has a pair of wins in overnight action on his resume this season and has not been bested since his June 6 sophomore debut. At two, Tattoo Artist won a Grassroots division, two Gold legs and the season ending Super Final in an eight race campaign. Jack Darling owns and trains Beaumond Hanover, who missed out on his freshman Ontario Sires Stakes season due to an injury. Since making his debut last fall, the son of Sportswriter has posted nine wins in 12 starts. Like Tattoo Artist, he has a pair of overnight wins to his credit this season and has not been collared since late June. Unlike Tattoo Artist, he had never ventured away from Woodbine Mohawk Park and that fact caused Darling a few moments of concern on Sunday. "I was a little nervous because he was pretty worked up tonight, just being in a different environment and all the new surroundings. He was a handful to get calmed down and get him warmed up, but it didn't seem to hurt him in the race," said the Cambridge, ON resident. "He's just kind of a superior animal." Both colts will have a few days rest before beginning preparations for the North America Cup eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Aug. 22. In addition to Tattoo Artist's victory, Dr. Moore also captured the $7,100 Prospect Series division with Usurper and the first $22,100 Grassroots division with The Wild Card. Usurper and driver Trevor Henry controlled the tempo for most of the mile and were comfortable winners in 1:55.2. P H Impulse finished two lengths behind the fan favourite and Journalistic completed the top three. Next Generation Stable of Stratford, PEI owns the Sportswriter son, who had been winless in eight starts this season. In rein to Doug McNair, fan favourite The Wild Card also controlled the tempo and held off Sunshine List in the stretch to record a one-half length win in 1:54.1. Truffle Dog finished three lengths behind the leaders in third. Moore shares ownership of The Wild Card with R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC and said the partners are thoroughly enjoying the Bettors Delight son's sophomore success. Sunday's win was The Wild Card's third in the Grassroots program and gives him sole ownership of top spot in the division standings. "He's been a great little horse this year. It's been a very enjoyable experience with him this summer so far," said Moore. "I won't be putting him up in the Gold that's for sure, but he's a very nice Grassroots horse to have around, no doubt about that. "Very pleased with all four of them, actually, it will make the drive home a little bit nicer." Drivers Jody Jamieson and Trevor Henry also notched two stakes wins on Sunday's program. Jamieson piloted fan favourite Sports Obsession to a win in the second $22,450 Grassroots division for his wife, trainer Stephanie Jamieson, father, co-owner Carl Jamieson of Puslinch, ON, and George Harrison of Wanes Walton, England. The Sportswriter son powered along on the front end to a 1:54.1 victory, hitting the wire one length ahead of Beach Demon and Delightful Terror. Henry settled Sundown Kid in the pocket behind favourite Twin B Frenchtoast and then tipped the Sunshine Beach son out coming off the final turn in the last $22,450 Grassroots split. Sundown Kid powered home to a 1:52.1 victory, one and one-half lengths ahead of Twin B Frenchtoast. Rhett Seelster finished third. Henry engineered the win, the gelding's first in Grassroots action, for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his co-owners Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The three-year-old pacing colts make their next Grassroots start on Sept. 7 and their next Gold Series appearance on Sept. 18, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The fourth Prospect Series division goes postward Sept. 6 at Leamington Raceway. Complete results for Sunday's program are available at Rideau Carleton Raceway Results. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

INNISFIL, ON - AUG. 16, 2020 - Trotters were the stars at Georgian Downs on Sunday, Aug. 16 as the Innisfil oval hosted six $23,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old harness racing trotting fillies and the $75,000 Earl Rowe Invitational Trot for older horses. Profound Paragon delivered the quickest mile of the Grassroots divisions, powering around the Georgian Downs oval to a four and three-quarter length in a personal best 1:56. Fan favourite Moana finished second and early pacesetter Eternal Jewel finished third. "With Moana in there we were definitely concerned with the seven-hole," said trainer Julie Walker of the filly's Post 7 starting position. "There's always good horses, so you kind of always have to just hope you don't get any road trouble and it works out, so it did, it worked out." The win was the third in Grassroots action and the sixth straight for Profound Paragon, who sits atop the division standings with a perfect 150 points. Jean Bernard "Bert" Renaud drives the daughter of Muscle Mass for Carlisle, ON resident Walker and her co-owner Steven Titus of Manalapan, NJ. Off Sunday's impressive performance, Profound Paragon may have earned a promotion to the Gold Series for the September event. "The next Gold is on a half. The Gold is tough competition, everyone knows that, but maybe being on a half we might give it a shot. We'll have to discuss," said Walker with a laugh. "We've kind of stayed away from Mohawk, because we've stayed away from the speed train to let her learn speed on her own and not push her. I think tonight was the first night that, you know, the speed keeps coming." Trainer Susanne Kerwood captured two $23,150 Grassroots divisions with fan favourites Brinys A Flight and Susies Lady. In the fourth division Brinys A Flirt and driver Robert Shepherd took command before the half and made it look easy from there, cruising along to a one and one-quarter length win in 1:58.3. Oh Lina finished second and Golden Gavel was third. The win was the Holiday Road filly's first in 12 lifetime starts. She started her sophomore Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) campaign at the Gold Series level, finishing sixth in the July 2 event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and then delivered a runner-up result in the second Grassroots leg at Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 26. "She's not easy, I'm telling you, she's a tough cookie. Rene (Dion), he's worked with her pretty much all winter and just tried to get her to settle down, so every time she behaves it's like, 'Phew'," said Kerwood. "She is getting better and better and better, she's learning how to go faster and she's learning how to behave, so it's all good. I mean she's out of a great mare, so if she just is a quarter as good as her we'll be all right." Brinys A Flirt is owned by breeder Terry Devos and Clarence Devos of Langton and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The filly is out of the Devos' great race mare Snazzy Millie, who earned $1.1 million in her nine-year career. One race later Susies Lady started from Post 7 and spent most of the mile leading the charge up the outer lane. The Muscle Mass daughter had a head in front of pacesetter Highland Foxytrotr at the top of the stretch and managed to fend off Pier Ho Kado in the stretch to secure a neck victory in 1:57.4. Scott Coulter engineered the win for Acton, ON resident Kerwood and her co-owner M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE. The win was the filly's first in OSS action this season. Susies Lady battled the Gold fillies in the first two legs, finishing fifth in the track, OSS and Canadian record mile by P L Notsonice at Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 26. "She's a nice filly, that's for sure, and she's got a great name," said Kerwood with a chuckle. "In Rideau there she had a super tough trip. And I raced her in Georgian here last week and she come up super flat and I drew blood on her and sure enough she had a high white (count). I said to the owner, 'I can't get her good in four days, it's impossible, but I may be able to get her good for Sunday and that's a Grassroots so why don't we just try her in there and we'll go from there'. I took another blood on her yesterday and she was good to go. I think the next Gold is in Flamboro, so we may try her there again. I'll talk to the owners and we'll go from there, but she was very good tonight." The three-year-old trotting fillies make their fourth Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 1 and their fourth Gold Series start at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 27. The other three Grassroots divisions went to Rockadero, Protostar and Letstaketothesky. Muscle Mass daughter Rockadero toured the Innisfil oval in 1:58.1 for driver Jonathan Drury, trainer Carmen Auciello and owner Bedrock Stables of Stouffville, ON. Favourite No Angel Here was second and Ride To Justice finished third. Protostar delivered a 1:59.2 effort for driver Ryan Desroche, trainer Dustin Jones and owner-breeder Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. of Lakefield Gore, QC. She Must Be Magic and Chelseas Magic finished second and third behind the fan favourite, making it a Kadabra-sired sweep. Letstaketothesky and driver Anthony Haughan stopped the teletimer at 1:59.2, besting favourite Alexa Blue Chip and Peppas Angel. Trainer David Holliday and Ben Holliday of Mount Forest, ON bred and own the Wheeling N Dealin daughter. In the $75,000 Earl Rowe Invitational Trot, reigning champion P L Jill defended her title with a front-end effort from Post 9. The Kadabra mare held off a charging Free Willy Hanover in the stretch, keeping a head in front for the 1:53.2 victory. Majestic Son gelding Perfetto completed the top three. Mike Saftic guided P L Jill to her second Earl Rowe Invitational title for trainer Ben Baillargeon and owners Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON, Jill Coleman of New York, NY and Alan Christensen of Calgary, AB. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

FRASERVILLE, ON - AUG. 15, 2020 - Reigning harness racing champion Lovedbythemasses returned to the Grassroots Series at Kawartha Downs on Saturday, Aug. 15 and trotted right back into the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle. Starting from Post 3 in the fourth $23,150 Grassroots division for three-year-old trotting colts, Mike Saftic settled the fan favourite in fourth as Remember Titans took the field of nine to a :28.2 opening quarter. As Remember Titans trotted by the :57.4 half, Saftic tipped Lovedbythemasses into the outer lane and began a measured advance on the leader. At the 1:25.4 three-quarters the reigning Grassroots champion was one length behind the pacesetter, but when Saftic asked for another gear Lovedbythemasses drew away effortlessly to a 1:55.1 victory. Awesomedabra, owned and trained by Gary Lance of Port Perry, ON, closed for second and Remember Titans settled for third. "That was a tough division, they ended up going a pretty good mile, but he was good and strong, and that's what we were hoping for," said Saftic. "He got sick and he missed a couple of events, so he's just kind of getting himself back on track right now, but that was a good mile he trotted today and he trotted a good mile at Mohawk on Monday (Aug. 10). I think maybe if we get down to that 1:51, 1:52 mark we could make some money with the big boys. "I'm not 100 per cent sure, but I think he's eligible for the Goodtimes (Aug. 28), so that would probably be next on his ballot," added the Campbellville, ON resident. "So that will be a good stop and then I guess he'll play it from there." Saftic engineered the win for trainer Ed Peconi of Peterborough, Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and breeder Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI. The win was the Muscle Mass gelding's second of the season and his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The trotter finished seventh in the season opening Gold leg, on June 28 at Georgian Downs, but missed the second leg due to sickness. At two Lovedbythemasses was undefeated in five Grassroots starts, including the season ending championship. Later in the program the two-year-old trotting fillies competed in a $7,200 Prospect Series division and Doug Hie piloted Lovedbythemasses' Angus Hall half-sister Incredible Two to a 2:00.4 victory. Somewhat Sacy and Got The Touch were second and third. "He was a real pet and she's a pistol. They're night and day," said owner-breeder Wade Peconi. "But it looks like she'll be all right if the boys can get her to settle down a little bit." Drive Mario Baillargeon piloted two colts to Grassroots wins, capturing the first and last divisions with Freedom Express and Ongoing Royalty. Baillargeon and Freedom Express got away fifth from Post 7 and were soon advancing up the outer lane behind You Go. When You Go ran out of gas at the five-eighths marker, Freedom Express circled out three-wide and continued to advance on the pacesetting favourite Archies Star. Second turning for home, Freedom Express dug in down the stretch to secure a one-length victory in 1:57.1. Archies Star settled for second and Aussie Lover was third. "I didn't like the post today, but he got fast fractions and he raced real good really," said Baillargeon, who was making his first appearance in the gelding's race bike. "He hasn't got too many starts so he's just getting better, that's what I think. And a 1:57.1 mile, that's a pretty good mile over here." Baillargeon drove Freedom Express to the win for owner-trainer Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville. It was the Wheeling N Dealin son's second Grassroots win and puts him in fifth spot in the division point standings. Five races later Baillargeon opted to send Ongoing Royalty to the front from Post 3 and the duo rang up fractions of :28.2, :58 and 1:26.2 on their way to a 1:56.2 personal best. Favourite Crossfit Mouse finished one-half length back in second and True Brew was third. "It was a good mile, a real good mile," said Acton, ON resident Baillargeon. "He's just a green horse too, he didn't race last year, and he's just that type of horse that he's just starting to get better right now. I think he'll be a real nice four-year-old too." Guelph, ON resident Ben Baillargeon trains and Andre Desrochers of St-Hughes and Sylvio Ravary of Les Cedres, QC share ownership of Ongoing Royalty. Saturday's win was the Royalty For Life son's second in Grassroots action and, along with a third-place finish, puts him in a three-way tie for second in the division standings. The other two divisions saw Field Gunner and Mikey Mass earn their first Grassroots victories, both starting from the outside Post 8. Field Gunner advanced up the outer lane for driver Scott Young and then opened up a three length margin on his peers, trotting under the wire in a 1:56.4 personal best. Pacesetter Chocolate Pie was second and Dart Guy completed the top three. "He raced very well today," said Young, who engineered the win for trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. "The eight-hole isn't the easiest of starting points out here, so I was very happy with his performance." Mikey Mass and driver Jason Ryan were able to follow the cover of No Time To Play up the outer lane before stepping out in the stretch and sprinting home to a three-quarter length victory in 1:57.2. No Time To Play was second and favourite Ripped And Ready was third. "He's a very fast horse, he just tends to be a little bit erratic, so we've been very careful with how we drive him and everything worked out really well today," said trainer Nick Gallucci. "He seems like every time he goes to the track he quiets down a little bit, so hopefully moving forward he gets to a be a little bit more professional, but I was very happy with how he was behaving in the paddock there today and in the race Jason said he drove perfect, so very happy with him." Stouffville resident Gallucci shares ownership of the Muscle Mass gelding with Vince Gallucci of Brantford, Frank Cirillo of Kleinburg and Bruno Didiomede of Hamilton, ON. The next opportunity for the three-year-old trotting colts to pad their Grassroots point totals comes Sept. 10 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at Kawartha Downs Results. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, AUG. 14, 2020 - Harness racing driver Bob McClure won a trio of Grassroots divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, Aug. 14, guiding two-year-old pacing fillies Nightlife Seelster, Joliette Hanover and Come On Sun to their first provincial victories. McClure and Nightlife Seelster kicked things off in the first $23,150 division, going gate-to-wire from Post 1 in a sharp 1:52.4, the quickest mile of the five Grassroots splits. Amini finished second, three and one-half lengths behind the fan favourite, and Spittin Chicklets was three more lengths back in third. "I'd say that she'll probably go out and try the Gold now. She's a pretty serious filly," said McClure. "I was pretty impressed by her. She's got all the weapons to be something really nice - a real nice gait, real nice attitude and drives like a sports car." Shawn Steacy trains Nightlife Seelster for Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC, Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC and Bertrand Gilhespy Stable of Edmonton, AB. The partners purchased the Sunshine Beach daughter at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale, offering up $72,000 for the half-sister to $1.2 million winner Nirvana Seelster. Friday was Nightlife Seelster's first appearance in the Grassroots program and her second lifetime start. She finished second to Joliette Hanover in her Aug. 7 debut over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval. In the third $23,150 division McClure allowed Joliette Hanover to ease away from Post 7 and settle in fifth as Annies Legacy battled to a :28 quarter. Chiefs Dream Girl led the field of nine to the :57.3 half, and McClure had already angled the fan favourite into the outer lane. Joliette Hanover had a head in front at the 1:26.3 three-quarters and opened up a three and one-quarter length margin on her peers by the finish, clocked in 1:54.1. Shes A Sassy Beach and Jackieofalltrades finished second and third. "She's just a really nice filly, you know. She's not very big, she hasn't got a lot of tools going for her, but she just always goes forward and loves her work, and she's really nice to drive, a nice mouth and everything," said Rockwood, ON resident McClure. "She's about as nice a little filly as you can drive and it's remarkable how mature she is for just her second lifetime start." McClure engineered Joliette Hanover's second straight win and her first Grassroots victory for trainer Casie Coleman Herlihy of Cambridge and her co-owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON, James Clarke Sr. of York, PA and Robert Darrow of Dublin, OH. The Sportswriter daughter was a $50,000 purchase out of the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Two races later, after leaving strongly from Post 8 and landing in fourth, McClure had Come On Sun on the lead by the :57.2 half and the filly battled down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:54.4. Better Kissthe Men finished second and favourite Sports Drink recovered from a mid-race miscue to be third. "She's a very, very fast filly, but they've clearly been trying to manage her a little bit, because she feels like she'd have a tendency to get hot," noted McClure. "I just kind of let the dust settle and then let her work her way to the front, and she kicked home really good. I was really happy with her too, maybe not quite as strong as her stablemate, but right up there." The win gave trainer Shawn Steacy of Brantford, ON his second of the program and was the second lifetime and first Grassroots victory for Come On Sun. The trainer's parents, Katherine and Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, share ownership of the Sunshine Beach filly with Stephen Klunowski of North York, ON. The partners offered up $13,000 for Come On Sun at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Friday was Come On Sun's second start in the Grassroots program. She finished sixth in the July 17 event at Grand River Raceway after suffering interference at the midway point. McClure almost added a fourth win to his collection in the final division, finishing second with favourite Sportsfire behind Control The Thong. Control The Moment daughter Control The Thong reeled in Sportsfire coming off the last turn and powered down the stretch to a two and one-half length win in 1:53.3 for driver Jody Jamieson, trainer Dominic Gladu and owners Roger Bourgeois of Rawdon, QC and Francois Dupuis of St-Alponese Roderiguez, QC. Sports Duchess rounded out the top three. "The other filly, that Jody was driving, I drove last week and she's a very nice filly with a really nice attitude, but I'd already won a couple races with Sportsfire, so I felt like I owed it to her to stick with her," said McClure, who piloted Control The Thong to a runner-up result in an Aug. 7 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "And given the fact Sportsfire had a month off and left hard and had to move to the front, I thought she put in a really great effort. I mean a mile in 1:53 off a half in :57.1, she certainly didn't do anything wrong, and maybe it will even her playing field if they're both race tight." With two wins and a second in the first three Grassroots events, Sportswriter daughter Sportsfire currently sits atop the division standings with 125 points. Shiatzu Seelster captured the other Grassroots division with a 1:54 effort for driver Louis-Philippe Roy of Guelph, who engineered the win for his co-owner 1876472 Ontario Inc. of Guelph and trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON. Patina Seelster finished a head behind the State Treasurer daughter and fan favourite Voelz Delight was three-quarters of a length back in third. The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Clinton Raceway on Sept. 6. Complete results from Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Video: Race 1 - Nightlife Seelster; Race 4 - Shiatzu Seelster; Race 6 - Joliette Hanover; Race 8 - Come On Sun; Race 9 - Control The Thong OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

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