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MILTON, ON -  In response to the current suspension of live racing due to the provincial stay-at-home order, Ontario Racing's Standardbred Horse Improvement Program (SIP) Committee is reviewing the 2021 Ontario Sires Stakes and Prospect Series schedules. While the current stay-at-home order expires May 19, the Ontario government indicated earlier this week that the order may be extended until June 2. The Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) and Prospect Series events that would be affected by an extension are: Three-year-old colt pace: May 22 - Gold Leg 1 - Woodbine Mohawk Park May 22 - Prospect Series 1 - Hiawatha Horse Park May 23 - Grassroots Series 1 - Flamboro Downs Three-year-old colt trot: May 23 - Prospect Series 1 - Clinton Raceway May 28 - Gold Leg 1 - The Raceway at Western Fair District May 29 - Grassroots Series 1 - Hiawatha Horse Park Three-year-old filly pace: May 30 - Prospect Series 1 - Dresden Raceway May 31 - Grassroots Series 1 - Woodbine Mohawk Park June 4 - Gold Leg 1 - Woodbine Mohawk Park Three-year-old filly trot: May 30 - Prospect Series 1 - Clinton Raceway June 3 - Grassroots Series 1 - Woodbine Mohawk Park June 8 - Gold Leg 1 - Georgian Downs As a result, the SIP Committee will be reviewing the schedule and making any necessary adjustments. Once a date for racing to resume is confirmed by the Ontario government, the SIP Committee will finalise the schedule and communicate the changes to the industry. The complete 2021 OSS schedule can be found here and the Prospect Series schedule is available here. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

The deadline to nominate Ontario Sired harness racing yearlings, foals of 2020, to the Ontario Sires Stakes program is Monday, May 17. Yearlings must be registered with Standardbred Canada at the time of nomination and will be eligible to compete in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program at two in 2022 and at three in 2023. To maintain eligibility sustaining payments are due in the two and three-year-old seasons. Ontario Sires Stakes staff members continue to work limited hours and may not be able to respond to calls and messages regarding telephone payments before the May 17 deadline. Yearling owners are encouraged to mail their payments before May 17. Forms can be found here on the OSS website. To confirm the receipt of a payment please send it by registered mail, Priority Post or courier (addresses below) rather than calling the OSS office. Those who prefer to pay by credit card over the telephone should: 1) Call well in advance of the May 17 deadline. 2) Clearly leave a name and telephone number if staff members are unable to answer. 3) Telephone messages regarding credit card payments received before the May 17 deadline will be considered on-time payments even if the deadline has passed before staff members are able to return the call. Please allow 10 to 14 days for your payment to be processed and be aware that payments made through the SC Stakes Online portal are not processed until the May 17 deadline has passed. As payments are processed the names of yearlings nominated will be posted to the OSS website at 2021 Nominated Horses. The Ontario Sires Stakes staff appreciates your patience during this time. For further enquiries please contact ossprogram@ontarioracing.com or 905-854-7808. Mailing Address: Ontario Sire Stakes P.O. Box 160 Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0 Courier Address: Ontario Sire Stakes c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park 9430 Guelph Line Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0 Please note: "Security - Employee Entrance" From the Ontario Sire Stakes

APRIL 8, 2021 - Ontario Sires Stakes sustaining payments of $600 ($480 USD) for two-year-olds are due April 15, 2021. Due to the current racing shutdown, Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) staff members are working limited hours and may not be able to respond to calls and messages regarding telephone payments before the April 15 deadline. As a result, owners are encouraged to mail their payments before April 15. To confirm the receipt of a payment please send it by registered mail, Priority Post or courier (addresses below) rather than calling the OSS office. Those who prefer to pay by credit card over the telephone should: 1) Call well in advance of the April 15 deadline. 2) Clearly leave a name and telephone number if staff members are unable to answer. 3) Telephone messages regarding credit card payments received before the April 15 deadline will be considered on-time payments even if the deadline has passed before staff members are able to return the call. Please allow 10 to 14 days for your payment to be processed and be aware that payments made through the SC Stakes Online portal are not processed until the April 15 deadline has passed. As payments are processed the list of horses sustained will be posted to the OSS website at https://oss.ontarioracing.com/participants/#!osshorses/2021/N. Yearling nominations of $100 ($80 USD) are due May 15. Nomination forms were mailed in early April and can be found on the OSS website at https://oss.ontarioracing.com/yearling-nomination/. The Ontario Sires Stakes staff appreciates your patience during this time. For further enquiries please contact ossprogram@ontarioracing.com or 905-854-7808. For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com From the Ontario Sires Stakes    

The forty-eighth Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing season will kick off on Saturday, May 22 at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the Gold Series opener for the talented three-year-old pacing colts. The event will renew the rivalry between freshman Super Final champion Bulldog Hanover, division point leader Desperate Man and O'Brien Award winner Lawless Shadow. "I'm looking forward to it, very much so," said trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore from his winter base in Florida, where he is preparing Lawless Shadow for the three-year-old campaign. "I just love sitting behind him, jogging him. He's just, you've got this power in front of you and I'm really optimistic for his three-year-old year." The 2021 Grassroots season will begin on Sunday, May 23 with the sophomore pacing colts featured on Flamboro Downs' Confederation Cup card. Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) competitors will also take a star turn on Camluck Classic night at The Raceway at Western Fair District, on Clinton Raceway's Kin Pace Final card, as part of the Industry Day program at Grand River Raceway and during a quartet of Grand Circuit events at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Grassroots and Gold Series competitors will accumulate points through five regular season events for each age, sex and gait, aiming for a berth in the post season. The Grassroots Semi-Finals are slated for Thursday, Sept. 30 and Friday, Oct. 1 with the Championships on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Gold Series Super Finals will go postward at the Campbellville, ON oval on Saturday, Oct. 16. The complete 2021 schedule is available on the OSS website. Trainer Shawn Steacy is prepping 39 Ontario Sired two and three-year-olds for the 2021 campaign and hoping to defend the Johnston Cup title he earned last season. "It's exciting. My dad and I, we take a lot of pride in the Ontario Sires Stakes and being very competitive in it. When we go to buy yearlings, that's what we gear towards," said the Brantford, ON resident, who is following in the footsteps of his father, three-time Johnston Cup winner Mark Steacy. "It's no pressure or anything after winning last year. It's a fun, competitive thing to follow, that's all. "I thought Gregg McNair bought a bunch of nice yearlings last fall and he was on our heels all last year, so I'm scared to see what he's going to do this year. I'm hoping he has really nice American-breds, put it that way," added Steacy with a laugh. Four-time Johnston Cup winner McNair finished just three points behind Steacy in the 2020 point standings. For those Ontario Sired youngsters who do not find their niche in the OSS, Ontario Racing's Prospect Series returns for a second year with five events for each age, sex and gait culminating in a final at Grand River Raceway on Friday, Sept. 24. Complete details about the Prospect Series can be found on the Ontario Racing website. For more information about the Ontario Sires Stakes program please visit the website or contact the Program Administrator at ossprogram@ontarioracing.com. From the Ontario Sire Stakes    

JANUARY 26, 2021 - In response to the current suspension of live Standardbred racing due to the provincial stay-at-home order, Ontario Racing has announced that 2021 Ontario Sires Stakes sustaining payment deadlines for both harness racing two and three-year-olds will be extended by one month. The deadline to sustain three-year-olds (foals of 2018) to the 2021 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program will be extended from February 15 to March 15. The deadline to sustain two-year-olds (foals of 2019) to the OSS program will be extended from March 15 to April 15. Sustaining payment forms will be sent to the owner of record at the time of mailing and can be downloaded from the OSS website here. The late nomination deadline for two-year-olds (foals of 2019) which were not nominated to the program as yearlings will not be extended and remains March 15. In addition, the yearling nomination deadline for foals of 2020 remains May 17. For additional information about the program please visit the Ontario Sires Stakes website or contact Ashley Douglas at ossprogram@ontarioracing.com. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, ON - Last fall Shawn Steacy capped off his first season as head trainer of the Steacy family's harness racing operation with a runner-up finish in the Johnston Cup point standings, 15 points behind four-time winner Gregg McNair. This season the Brantford, ON resident turned the tables on McNair, holding a narrow lead through the postseason to earn his first Ontario Sires Stakes training title. "It's extremely satisfying. We've had it before a couple times over the last few years but, you know, first time in my name. It's a feather in the cap to get it so quickly after the stable was put in my name," said the 34 year old trainer, whose father Mark Steacy earned the Johnston Cup title in 2016, 2017 and 2018. "It seems like every year we kind of have the lead going into the last night and Gregg is just breathing down our neck, nipping at our heels, trying to steal it away from us. There's nobody I have more respect for than Gregg, so that's satisfying too." Steacy sent out 33 different horses in the 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes program (OSS) for a total of 123 starts, 12 wins, 19 seconds, 12 thirds and $372,367 in provincial earnings. His 252 points put him three ahead of McNair, who finished with 249 points from 108 starts. Among the Steacy stable stalwarts were three-year-old trotting filly Moana (Muscle Mass), who was a three-time winner in the Grassroots program, and three-year-old pacing filly Mary Kat (Bettors Delight) and trotting colt Remember Titans (E L Titan), who scored two Grassroots wins apiece. "We never really had that one killer kind of horse, we just had a large group of good horses. They kind of picked away and picked away all year, compared to maybe some other stables that took big chunks of the pie all at once," said Steacy. "They had a couple really flashy horses, where we just had the lunch pail team." While this year's three-year-olds will move on to new endeavours on the racetrack or in the breeding shed next season, Steacy is looking forward to racing the group that made their OSS debut this summer, along with a few of their peers who did not see any racing action. "I think we're going to be very strong in our three-year-old department next year for the Ontario Sires Stakes. I think there's a bunch of horses that didn't make it as far as we were hoping they would," said Steacy. "There's one filly in particular, if she is able to be back and ready in time, called Great Dane and I think she's a pretty special horse. There are a couple others, there's a Bettors Delight colt that never made the races, but she's kind of one that stands out." Muscle Mass filly Great Dane made two starts at the Gold Series level in July, finishing second and fourth, before her season was cut short due to injury. At present there are about 15 yearlings learning their early lessons in hopes of competing in the 2021 OSS program and Steacy expects a few more to join the ranks after the last yearling sale, which takes place the first week of November. All of the horses will benefit from the expertise of the stable's caretakers and support staff. "There's so many that play a role," said Steacy. "All of our staff I'm super proud of. Late nights, early mornings, they go hard through the summer. People don't talk about the hard work, behind the scenes stuff, that they do every night. As a team they are fantastic. We had a couple blacksmiths this year that were really essential to helping us out with problem situations too. It was just a good overall team." With help from staff and the new crop of Ontario Sired youngsters, Steacy will be looking forward to another Johnston Cup battle with McNair once the 2021 OSS season gets under way next May. The Johnston Cup was established in 1993 in memory of Bruce Johnston, the publisher of The Canadian Sportsman. The Cup is presented annually to the leading trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes program based on a point system that awards one point for each OSS start, Grassroots and Gold Series, plus an additional four points for each win, three points for each second and two points for each third. Complete 2020 Johnston Cup point standings can be found here. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - OCT. 16, 2020 - Harness racing trainer Bob McIntosh started his first horse in the Ontario Sires Stakes program in 1983 and has won a total of 11 Super Finals since they were introduced in 2000. On Saturday, Oct. 17 at Woodbine Mohawk Park the Hall of Fame horseman will be looking to make it an even dozen when he sends out Sex Appeal and So Delightful in the $250,000 three-year-old pacing filly showdown and Best Head West in the two-year-old pacing filly battle. "Sex Appeal's had a big year and trained up good this week, I'm hoping for some racing luck. So Delightful's no slouch either," said McIntosh of the sophomore fillies who will start from Posts 7 and 10, respectively. "The two-year-old drew the dreaded nine-hole; that kind of rained on my parade. She's a good filly, I mean who knows, Trevor (Henry) is a good driver. I was talking to him today and I only gave him one piece of advice; it was don't get away last going for $250,000. John Campbell and I used to have that little joke between us, I said, 'All you need to know is don't get away last', and he says, 'I didn't plan on it'. When you're going for that kind of money you want to go down swinging." Hall of Famer Campbell was part of one of McIntosh's biggest Super Final nights and one of his favourite memories of the season finale. The pair had been in Lexington, KY for the annual yearling sale and Grand Circuit races the week before the 2015 Super Final and barely made it back to Woodbine Racetrack for Campbell's winning drive aboard two-year-old trotting colt Tony Soprano in the sixth race. "We flew in on a private plane from Lexington and got held up at customs and I didn't know whether he was going to make it there in time to drive him. So that was a nail biter, but it turned out well," said McIntosh, whose L A Delight had already won the two-year-old pacing filly Super Final four races earlier. "I think he was putting his colours on in the car on the way there." McIntosh won his first Super Final the year they were introduced to the provincial program, taking the three-year-old pacing colt division with Intrepid Seelster and also had a two-win night in 2003 when Please Me Please took the three-year-old pacing filly final and In Conchnito captured the three-year-old trotting colt battle. L A Delight was a Super Final winner at both two and three, as was trotting colt Text Me in 2009 and 2010. "I still stay it's the best program in North America, I'd stand by that," said the Windsor, ON resident. "I guess the most rewarding part is I bred most of my winners myself, and it's a little extra satisfying when you go back in pedigrees two or three generations. The homebreds have been awfully good to me, that's for sure." Since the current record keeping system was introduced in 1997, McIntosh leads all trainers in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program with 472 victories and $18.1 million in earnings. On the driver's side of the stats column, Jody Jamieson boasts 532 wins and $22 million in earnings and will be looking for Super Final win number six on Saturday. "I tell you what, if I had half the luck I've had in the Sires Stakes in general on Super Final night I'd have a way bigger lead because I think I've only won like five Super Finals in my career," said Jamieson. "I hadn't won a super Final in years until last year." Jamieson piloted Jula Shes Magic to victory in the two-year-old trotting filly division last fall. Prior to that his Super Final wins came in 2014 with two-year-old trotting filly Danielle Hall, 2012 with two-year-old pacing filly Love Canal, 2011 with two-year-old pacing colt Warrawee Needy and 2006 with two-year-old pacing colt Doonbeg. The Moffat, ON resident will appear in seven of the eight Super Finals on Saturday and said all of his mounts have a legitimate shot at taking home the title. "Hot Wheelz (Post 5), obviously I own him, so I'm hoping he does really well. Beaumond Hanover (Post 4) is in a spot where hopefully he'll be able to maybe beat everybody this time instead of just everybody except for Tattoo Artist. Rose Run Victoria (Post 8) drew a tough spot, but she's going to be closing, so she might have a shot that way too. She's won a couple Golds this year already," said the driver of his three-year-old trotting gelding, three-year-old pacing colt and three-year-old pacing filly prospects. "Tokyo Seelster's been a good colt all along. I've never driven him, but he's got a shot. Bulldog Hanover, he made an uncharacteristic break at Flamboro, but he should be really good at Mohawk, it's where he's had all his wins and he's been awesome there so I'm expecting him to be really good." Two-year-old trotting colt Tokyo Seelster will start from Post 6 and two-year-old pacing colt Bulldog Hanover gets Post 7. "When the OSS rolls around it's the real fun time of year," Jamieson added. "The money is great and you get racing young horses, and that's my favourite thing to do in the world is race young horses." Ontario's top young horses will face off in Races 1 through 4 and 6 through 9 at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Oct. 17, with the action getting under way at 7 pm. Although on-track attendance is limited to registered guests, fans can download a program and watch the live stream on the Woodbine Mohawk Park website. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

MILTON, ON - OCT. 14, 2020 - Harness racing driver Bob McClure will steer several favourites in Saturday's (Oct. 17) $2 million Super Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but even before the starting gate swings open for the first final the Rockwood resident has achieved a goal that has been in his sights since his Ontario Sires Stakes driving debut. After a back and forth battle with five-time champion Sylvain Filion, McClure has locked up his first Lampman Cup title as the leading driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program, helped along by a trio of Gold Series victories late last week with Super Final mounts Macho Martini, Threefiftytwo and Tattoo Artist. "I don't know what drew me about it, but I always wanted to win it," said McClure, who has kept an eye on the Lampman Cup point standings since he started appearing regularly in OSS winner's circles five years ago. "It's pretty tough to win. Sylvain (Filion) is very dedicated to the OSS program and he's a great driver, and you look at Trevor Henry with the accounts he drives for, they have a lot of stake horses, and then with Doug (McNair) and his dad having a big stable of OSS horses, it's kind of tough to compete with them. I think you kind of need a year where everything just falls into place for you and that's exactly what happened this year. When I found out the other night that I kind of sealed it up I was pretty proud of that, because I have so much respect for Sylvain Filion as a driver." Established in 1987 in memory of long time Ontario Jockey Club harness racing publicist Jim Lampman, the Lampman Cup has been won by some of the province's top reinsmen but the driver that sparked McClure's interest in the title is one whose name is not listed among the winners, his uncle Jim McClure. "He mentioned something to me when I was first starting out, and he never talked about awards much, but he did mention that (Lampman Cup) and he said that was something he always wanted to win," recalled McClure, who launched his driving career in 2009. "He drove for a lot of the OSS trainers so I'm sure he was always up there, but he did mention that he always wished that he'd had a chance to win, so it's nice that I got to win it for my family." McClure has been a contender for the award for the past three years, helped along by his association with trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination's powerful stable of trotters. The driver will steer a trio of Blais trainees on Saturday's rich Super Final program starting with two-year-old trotting filly Dicentra from Post 1 in the first final, followed by two-year-old trotting colt division point leader Macho Martini from Post 5 in the fifth $250,000 showdown and wrapping up with three-year-old trotting colt Threefiftytwo from Post 10 in the seventh of eight finals. "They come with such a powerhouse stable, and a lot of them are Ontario Sired, so that right there gives me a big boost in the OSS ranks. Other drivers are trying to find a top OSS trotter, where you know my situation, between Threefiftytwo, Dicentra, Macho Martini, mine are just there and they're highly competitive," said McClure. "If you don't have the horses in front of you, you might as well be pushing a rope." In addition to the trio of trotters, McClure will also wrap up the 2020 OSS season behind three-year-old pacing filly division point leader Lauras Love, who gets Post 3 in the second final, two-year-old pacing colt Lawless Shadow, who will start from Post 3 in the fourth battle, two-year-old pacing filly Alumni Seelster from Post 4 in the sixth final and three-year-old pacing colt division point leader Tattoo Artist from the outside Post 9 in the finale. "I feel very fortunate that I got to drive horses like Tattoo Artist and Macho Martini and Lawless Shadow and Lauras Love. It's not very often you can string together five, six horses with such a serious chance going into the Super Final," said McClure. "I can name six right now that have a very strong chance at winning the Super Final and it's not very often a driver is lucky enough to get that in one year, so I feel very fortunate." Once the Super Final wraps up McClure plans to spend the next four weeks plying his trade south of the border, which may prevent him from accomplishing another item on his career bucket list. "I don't think it's going to happen this year, but I would like to win a driving title at Woodbine (Mohawk Park) one day. I wouldn't say it's a big priority for me, it would just be nice. It would be like a feather in the cap," said the driver. "I think I have the lead right now and I still don't think it will be possible to win it this year, just because my big accounts are about to go dormant for the winter and I'm about to do some travelling for the Breeders Crown, Fall Four, etcetera, and so I'm going to be away for some time, but if there was one bucket list (item) I would say that's probably it." Heading into the Super Final McClure had piloted 199 starters in OSS action this summer, recording 44 wins, 26 seconds and 30 thirds for earnings of $1,860,669 and a Lampman Cup point total of 513, 34 points ahead of Sylvain Filion. Through the 2020 Woodbine Mohawk Park season he boasts 1,061 starts for 182 wins, 141 seconds, 136 thirds and earnings of $5,323,882, 11 wins ahead of Filion. Both men will steer seven horses in Super Final action on Saturday. The $250,000 Super Finals, which feature the top 10 point earners from the Gold Series regular season, will go postward in Races 1 through 4 and 6 through 9 on Woodbine Mohawk Park's Saturday, Oct. 17 program. All the excitement gets under way at 7 pm. Although on-track attendance is limited to registered guests, fans can download a program and watch the live stream on the Woodbine Mohawk Park website. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

LONDON, ON -  After a sharp training mile with Beaumond Hanover over The Raceway at Western Fair District last week, owner/trainer Jack Darling was looking forward to the three-year-old pacing colt Gold Series finale at the London harness racing oval on Friday, Oct. 9. Unfortunately Darling's confidence took a hit when the post position draw was published on Tuesday. Beaumond Hanover landed the outside Post 7 while rival Tattoo Artist got the inside Post 1 in the sole $155,600 Gold division. "When you draw the seven like that, with the way things set up, you're pretty well toast," said Cambridge, ON resident Darling. "It will be up to Jody (Jamieson) to see what happens behind the gate, but it's not good." In the first four Gold Series legs Beaumond Hanover scored three wins and one second, getting bested for the first time by Tattoo Artist at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 18. The son of Sportswriter has only missed the top three once in 11 starts, finishing sixth, less two lengths behind the winner, in his Aug. 22 North America Cup elimination. In addition to Tattoo Artist, both colts that were victorious over the London half-mile in two-year-old Gold Series action will also start to the left of Beaumond Hanover and driver Jody Jamieson. Beach Blanket Book gets Post 2 and track record holder Denali Seelster will start from Post 5. "He'll be very tough on the half, because I think he can go just as fast on the half as he can on the big track, pretty close anyways," said Blake MacIntosh, who trains Beach Blanket Book for Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA and Mac And Heim Stables of St. George, ON. "We had thought about taking him to the (Little Brown) Jug and just decided against it because he'd gone four or five weeks in a row between all the stake races. So we just gave him a couple weeks off, gave him a couple easy weeks, and he needed a little tightener for the Gold and so we qualified him at Flamboro." Beach Blanket Book romped along all by himself in the Oct. 3 qualifier at Flamboro Downs, reaching the wire 27 lengths ahead of the field in 1:54.2. The Sportswriter son sits third in the sophomore pacing colt standings, behind Tattoo Artist and Beaumond Hanover, with 66 points from two seconds and two fourths. Last October Beach Blanket Book scored a 1:57.3 victory in his Gold Series division at The Raceway at Western Fair District, dealing Tattoo Artist the only loss he has ever suffered in Ontario Sires Stakes action. "Last year Denali (Seelster) broke the 10 year old track record for two-year-olds and Tattoo (Artist) actually struggled last year, he was third," said Dr. Ian Moore, who trains both colts. "Hopefully we have some good weather (Friday) and away we go, see what happens." Like his rivals, division point leader and reigning champion Tattoo Artist took a spin around a half-mile track last week to sharpen his skills for Friday's regular season finale. The colt will be looking to wrap up his sophomore season with a perfect record of five wins in five Gold Series starts. "I'd taken him to Flamboro and trained him on Thursday (Oct. 1), he trained superb, just to make sure he's okay with the half still, and I just went one trip with him today (Oct. 6) and he just seems as fresh as a daisy still," said Cambridge resident Moore. "Sometimes it's hard when you drag them on to three week breaks, I find that difficult sometimes, especially late in the year, but he seems to be taking it in stride no problem." Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL share ownership of the Hes Watching son Tattoo Artist and Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, NS own the Sunshine Beach colt Denali Seelster. The colts face off in the last regular season Gold event of their careers in Race 7 on Friday's program, which gets underway at 6:15 pm. Fans can download a program and watch the live stream on The Raceway at Western Fair District website. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

LONDON, ON - The Raceway at Western Fair District gets set to kick off its exciting fall harness racing meet on Wednesday, October 7 and will do so with a number of changes that include a new schedule, enhanced safety protocols and a change to the wagering menu. The new Fall schedule will feature live racing taking each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:15 p.m. through December 31st. The traditional Friday post time of 6:55 p.m. has also been changed to 6:15 p.m. to create more consistency across the schedule. The first card of the meet will feature 12 races with full fields. Following consultation with the Public Health Unit, the decision was made to open the Top Of The Fair only to patrons during live racing. Dining will be available all three race days, featuring a Pub Style menu and will be limited to 150 patrons to ensure physical distancing is in place. All other areas of the grandstand will remain closed and The Raceway will remain closed for simulcasting. Reservations for Top of the Fair will be required for each race night and face masks are mandatory. Customers will be pre-screened before entering the facility. Reservations will be granted on a first come first serve basis. To make a reservations please visit https://www.opentable.ca/r/top-of-the-fair-western-fair-district-london Reservations can be made only online at this time. Wagering and restroom facilities will be made available. The opening weekend of live racing will feature the glamour boys of the Ontario Sires Stakes on Friday, October 9th. Superstars Tattoo Artist and Beamond Hanover are expected to compete on the half mile oval. It will be their final stop of the season prior to the lucrative OSS Super Finals which take place on October 17 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The caretakers -- the people who look after the magnificent horses that race night in and night out -- will also be recognized on October 9 as part of the National Caretakers initiative that has been happening at racetracks across the country this season. The Raceway will offer a choice of swag for the groom of each winning horse and COSA is offering one $100 HPI card per groom per race to be randomly drawn. Ontario Racing's Autumn Series will return to The Raceway on Wednesday, October 14. The track will host events for two- and three-year-old filly trotters and colt pacers with the $20,000 added finals taking place on October 15. The last Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events of the season for three-year-old filly trotters are slated for October 28 and 30th. On the wagering front, The Raceway will introduce a new Pick-5 wager starting in the first race each night. It will feature a $2,500 guaranteed pool along with a low 15% takeout. If the wager does not produce a winning ticket, a carryover will be in effect. The Raceway will continue to offer its traditional Pick 4 wagers with a guaranteed pool of $7,500 on Mondays and Wednesdays and a $5,000 pool on Fridays. The ever-popular Super Hi 5 races will also take place. For more information, stay tuned to The Raceway on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or stop by the website at www.westernfairdistrict.com. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

LEAMINGTON, ON -  Dr. Ian Moore will make his first visit to Leamington Raceway this Sunday, Sept. 6, sending out two-year-old pacing colts Marlboro Seelster and Dietrich Seelster and three-year-old pacing colt Usurper in their respective $7,000 Prospect Series divisions. "I grew up around those kind of tracks, that's what I used to race on all my life. I enjoy going to the small tracks quite frankly," said Moore, a native of Prince Edward Island who now calls Cambridge, ON home. "We'll give it a shot and hopefully have a good day." The two-year-old pacing colts will open the stakes action in the fifth race, with five colts squaring off for $7,000. Starting from Post 3, with Moore making his second start of the season in the driver's seat, Marlboro Seelster will be looking to add to the eight points he earned with a fourth-place finish in the July 18 Prospect Series leg at Hiawatha Horse Park. "He's coming along a little better all the time," said Moore of the Bettors Delight son he co-owns with Jeffrey and Michael Snyder of New York, NY. "He paced in 1:58 at Grand River on the half there, so hopefully he'll get around Leamington. "The other colt was good at Grand River on Monday (Aug. 31). I thought he was one of our better colts when we started the season, he went a good mile his first race (July 3), and then he kind of slipped backwards ever since," said Moore of Dietrich Seelster. "He got to pulling and stuff like that, so I made a bunch of equipment changes and put an open bridle on him on Monday and went with him myself to see what was going on, and I think he'll come along a little bit. He should be okay down there as well." Sally MacDonald of Souris, PEI and Paul MacDonald of Regina, SK share ownership of State Treasurer colt Dietrich Seelster, who will be piloted from Post 3 by Donnie Rankin, Jr. In the $7,100 three-year-old pacing colt division, Moore sends out three-year-old pacing colt Usurper, who was a winner in the Aug. 16 Prospect Series event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Moore will steer the Sportswriter son from Post 6 in the six-horse field, which goes postward as the eighth race. "He's got a bad post position, but he grew up at Charlottetown so he knows the half-mile track, he's okay with that," said Moore. "The poor little guy, he goes in 1:52-ish, around there, at Mohawk, and it's just not good enough. And he keeps drawing bad; he drew the nine-hole last week (Aug. 27) and got a rough trip. It's just tough for a horse like him; he needs to have some kind of trip to do any good at Mohawk. "The Prospect Series to me is a good option if you've got one that can't do in the Grassroots," added Moore, whose pupils have propelled him to fourth spot in the Canadian trainer's ranking this season. "If you're getting tired of chasing them all the time it gives you an option." Next Generation Stable of Stratford, PEI own Usurper, who currently sits fourth in the Prospect Series standings. The top nine colts from the five regular season events will compete for $15,000 in the Sept. 25 Final at Grand River Raceway. Although on-track attendance is limited to 100 pre-registered spots, fans can follow all of Sunday's action by downloading a program and watching the live stream on the Leamington Raceway website. The first race goes in behind the gate at 1:30 pm. Prospect Series action continues at Leamington Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 13 with the last leg for the two-year-old trotting colts. 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: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, AUG. 21, 2020 - When harness racing driver Trevor Henry arrived at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, Aug. 21 he was expecting to drive division leading Desperate Man in the second of two $107,200 Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts. He did not have a drive in the first Gold division. Fortunately for Henry, Jack Darling had just learned that Randy Waples was unable to drive Friday and the trainer was in need of a replacement to steer Bulldog Hanover in the first split. Henry was happy to step into the breach and eight races later he had piloted both colts to Gold Series victories. Starting from the outside Post 9, Henry dropped Bulldog Hanover down to the rail in seventh and sat at the back of the main pack as Lawless Shadow sprinted out to a :26.3 quarter and battled Springbridge Duel to a :55.3 half. Springbridge Duel kept the tempo lively through the 1:23.4 three-quarters as No Bettor Joy and Bulldog Hanover started to advance up the outer lane. Turning for home Henry moved Bulldog Hanover into an open lane and the colt sprinted down the stretch to a three length victory in a personal best 1:52. Favourite Lawless Shadow finished second and Flash Cube was third. "He raced good for the nine-hole He had a lot of luck, three of them made breaks, and he landed in a good spot, but yeah he raced really well," said Henry. "He's a nice colt." "Trevor did a good job. When he drew the nine-hole you're kind of expecting the worst, but actually the trip worked out perfect and he got around all the breaking horses," added owner-trainer Darling. "So he got a little bit lucky and ended up getting a good trip, but he raced big too. That was a nice mile." Bulldog Hanover started his Ontario Sires Stakes campaign at the Grassroots level, finishing second in the July 6 season opener and romping to a five length win in the July 20 leg, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. With a month in between the second Grassroots leg and Friday's test, Darling gave the Shadow Play son a tightener in an Aug. 11 qualifier, where Bulldog Hanover cruised to an 11 length win in 1:56. "He's basically been a nice colt all the way through; he just kept getting better and better as we went. He qualified good, he won the Grassroots kind of handy, so we gave him a try in the Gold and it looks like he's a nice Gold horse too," said Cambridge, ON resident Darling. "He's just a nice horse. He's just that cocky type, always feeling good, got lots of try to him, and a beautiful looking horse. Most of the Shadow Plays are great looking horses and he is one of them." Another good-looking son of Shadow Play, Desperate Man lined up at Post 3 in the second Gold division and left well enough to land in fourth as Bettor Sun and Darling-trainee Avion Seelster hustled to a :26.2 quarter. Bettor Sun marched on to a :55 half, with Henry angling Desperate Man off the rail and catching a windbreak from Ucanttouchthis. As Bettor Sun paced by the 1:23.2 three-quarters, Desperate Man had advanced to third and once the colts squared up in the stretch Henry asked the favourite for another gear and Desperate Man drew away to a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51.2. Bettor Sun stayed game for second and Socrates Blue Chip closed to be third. Two-year-old pacing colt Desperate Man won his third straight Gold Series division "Tonight he got second-over and kind of got towed up into it," said Henry. "I figured he would be a little short because he hasn't raced in a while, and then the qualifier we had him in he made a break at the gate and he never got a real good workout that day, but he still finds a way to win. Good ones do." Desperate Man romped to victory in the July 3 Gold Series opener and the July 18 Gold leg, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and then dropped into the same Aug. 11 qualifier as Bulldog Hanover for his prep in advance of Friday's start. However, things did not go according to plan for Henry, trainer Kathy Cecchin and her co-owners, husband John Cecchin, daughter Nicole Davies and son-in-law Paul Davies, all from Arthur, ON. Desperate Man made a break behind the starting gate and was never part of the action. "He was just behind the gate so long, because with the two-year-olds they bring the gate way to the back here and he was behind it for quite a while," Henry explained. "He actually, when I schooled him the once he did it, but then he landed right away and I got away with him, but that day he just didn't land and it was just one of those things. Better going for nothing than when he's going for money." While Henry does not foresee any long term issues for the colt behind the starting gate, he said it is unlikely Desperate Man will be hustling off the wings this season. "I don't think you'd want to really rush him out of there, it takes him a while to kind of get in gear; he's a big colt. He'll come to that when he gets older, but for now it takes him a while to get in the motion," said the driver. "He's not maybe as quick off the gate as some of them, but he always, he's quicker home than the rest of them." The two-year-old pacing colts will make their fourth Gold Series start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 5 before wrapping up their regular season at Flamboro Downs on Oct. 4. The top 10 point earners through the regular season will earn a spot in the $250,000 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 17. Complete results from Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Find current point standings on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. Video: Race 4 - Bulldog Hanover; Race 8 - Desperate Man OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JULY 25, 2020 - Tattoo Artist collected his second Gold Series and fourth straight victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, July 25 as the harness racing three-year-old pacing colts met for the second time in their Ontario Sires Stakes season. Lining up at Post 1 with Bob McClure in the race bike, Tattoo Artist took a brief spin in the pocket as Aneto led the field of six to a :26.4 opening quarter, but was soon heading for the front where he rang up a :54.2 half and 1:21.1 three-quarters. Down the stretch the fan favourite had to contend with a hard closing Beach Blanket Book, hanging on for a neck victory in 1:49.1. Indictable Hanover finished two lengths back in third. "I think that three weeks hurt him a bit," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore, noting that Tattoo Artist had not raced since the Gold Series season opener on July 4. "I think that good horses have got to be trained or raced pretty well right to where they're going to go, or else if you don't and they have too big a gap there, they may struggle a little bit. And he certainly got a little tired on the end there tonight, which is uncharacteristic of him." Tattoo Artist and his peers face the same three week gap before the next Gold Series event, at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Aug. 16, and the North America Cup eliminations are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22. The North America Cup has been circled in red on Tattoo Artist's calendar for months, so Moore is a bit undecided about how the coming weeks will play out for the Hes Watching son. His preference would be to race the colt at Woodbine Mohawk Park in preparation for the North America Cup, but he also does not fancy putting the sophomore in against more experienced competition, which may see him make the trip to Rideau Carleton and head into the elimination on short rest. "I'll have to start looking somewhere and see what we come up with. I'm not taking him across the border anywhere, so we'll see if we can find something here for him," said the Cambridge, ON resident, who conditions Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon of Sanford and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. "They don't want to train this time of year, they want to race now. Earlier on they're gung ho to train, and then once the racing starts they look forward to that, any competitive horse does, and he's a good competitive horse and he looks forward to it, so it's difficult. You want to keep their mind fresh and their body in good shape and ready to roll when it's time." Tattoo Artist The second $104,800 Gold division saw heavy favourite Beaumond Hanover and driver Jody Jamieson land in fourth from Post 2 as Rhythm In Motion rolled out to a :26.3 quarter. Jamieson sent Beaumond Hanover to the front heading by the :54.2 half and the colt cruised through a 1:22.4 three-quarters and one to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:49.2. Rhythm In Motion stayed game for second and Springbridge Jim sprinted into third. "He caught the softer division, so I thought if everything goes right he should win it," said owner-trainer Jack Darling. "It all worked out good. He (Jamieson) was just kind of sitting there chilly through the lane." The win was also Beaumond Hanover's second Gold Series win and fourth of the season. The Sportswriter son prepped for Saturday's test with a 1:49.4 win in a July 18 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but, like Moore, Darling is also considering his options heading toward the North America Cup. "It's just turned out, because of the situation this year, that the schedule isn't good, because you've got, like for my horse I've got a Gold at Rideau, which you hate to miss that, and then you've got the NA Cup, the elims and the final, then the week after is the Somebeachsomewhere, the week after that is the Simcoe, both good races, and then the week after that is another Gold, so it's just going to be tough to map out," said the Cambridge, ON resident. "If you're going to skip the NA Cup, then the schedule is just fine, but it's hard to skip the million dollar race." While Darling considers his options, Beaumond Hanover will maintain his usual routine, which Darling says has not varied much even as the racing season heats up. Beaumond Hanover "I try to train him light, but he's such a good trainer he seems to have to go a certain speed, or it's like he's done nothing," Darling explained. "I train him faster than I would another horse, but it's actually easier on him, he just needs to roll along. He just always feels good, always trains great. He's just a real pleasure to have around." Beaumond Hanover Complete results from Saturday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Video: Race 1 - Tattoo Artist; Race 8 - Beaumond Hanover OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JULY 21, 2020 - Paul Walker has had some nice horses in a career that spans five decades, but the harness racing trainer thinks three-year-old trotting gelding Pemberton has the potential to top the list. On Tuesday at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the gelding was so impressive in his Ontario Sires Stakes debut that even the trainers of his rivals were calling him the one to beat on the Gold Series circuit. Starting from Post 4 driver Trevor Henry eased Pemberton away from the starting gate and watched from fourth as Hayek led the field of six to a :27.1 quarter and a :56.4 half. Henry sent Pemberton up the outer lane heading for the 1:25 three-quarters and the Wheeling N Dealin son laid down a :27.1 final quarter on his way to a personal best 1:52.2. Hayek finished two and one-half lengths back in second and Blue Cupertino was three more lengths back third. "It's been a while since we had one like him, that's for sure. Well, I don't know if I ever have," said Walker. "I've had some good ones, but he's starting to look like he might be the best one. It's kind of a surprise, a nice one." Unraced at two due to a minor injury, Pemberton returned to training when Walker and his wife Brenda made the move to their winter base in Georgia late last fall. Walker said the gelding always did what he was asked, but they did not really know how much ability he had until his second lifetime start on June 16 when he blazed home in :25.4 to record a 1:55.4 victory against his non-winners of one race peers. Following that effort the gelding scored two more wins in overnight action before Tuesday's successful leap to the Gold Series. "To trot a quarter like that in a mile in 1:55, yeah I was surprised, and he's done nothing but surprise us ever since," said Walker. "I mean when I trained him in Georgia - as I said, I trained him in 2:01 before we left there, and well under wraps - you know, you 're thinking, well at least we've got something that we're going to be able to race if nothing happens." Brenda Walker and Christine Walker of Tara bred and own Pemberton, whose next Gold Series start is Aug. 19 at Grand River Raceway. The only other stake the gelding was made eligible to was the Dream Of Glory Trot at Hanover Raceway, but with eliminations slated for this Saturday, July 25, the Walkers opted to skip that event. "Being as he's racing here tonight, I said to Brenda, 'He's going to leave the track tired tonight no matter where he finishes, racing with that bunch, so we're not going to take him back to Hanover on Saturday'. I'm glad I didn't, he's just a little gelding and that's enough for him," said the Owen Sound resident, adding, "He could have come out of there tonight with a third or fourth and we'd have been pretty near just as happy, because you just never know, it's a big jump up." Pemberton made the jump look so easy even trainer Ben Baillargeon, who finished second with Hayek, was impressed. "Right now he sure is a freak that Pemberton. I think he's the horse to beat right now," said Baillargeon. "He come first up and he come home in :27.1, and we got beat and he won easy." Pemberton Guelph resident Baillargeon, who swept the first Gold Series event of the season, captured the other $105,600 division on Tuesday with HP Royal Theo, who also hit the wire in 1:52.2. The fan favourite and driver Louis-Philippe Roy took control of the race heading by the :55.2 half and fought off a challenge from Hot Wheelz in the stretch to score their second Gold Series and third straight victory. Pemberton's stablemate Horse Trader finished third. "Theo, he looked like he missed a start, but he raced real good," said Baillargeon, noting that neither HP Royal Theo or Hayek had raced since their wins in the June 28 season opener. "I wanted to race them and Theo, I thought he fit the non-winners of five races and he didn't, but I didn't really want to put him in the non-winners of seven yet, so I said, 'Ah, we'll wait, we'll race like that'. He did well, I'm very happy." Driver Roy said the Royalty For Life son may have been short a race, but he demonstrated the kind of grit in Tuesday's win that sets good horses apart from great ones. "I knew the horse was fast with a good set of lungs, but tonight he also proved to me he was a fighter. I thought he was getting a little short down the lane, but when Jody's (Jamieson with Hot Wheelz) horse came to him, he wasn't going to let him go by," said Guelph resident Roy. "He's definitely a special horse. I'm happy for the connections." Baillargeon trains HP Royal Theo for breeder Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and his co-owner Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, QC. Tuesday's win boosted HP Royal Theo's lifetime earnings to $403,040 and put him at the top of the three-year-old trotting colt standings with a perfect 100 points through two events. Hayek sits second with 75 points and Pemberton is tied for third with Hot Wheelz at 50 points. HP Royal Theo Complete results for Tuesday's event are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, July 24 with six Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts. The colts kick off the evening at 7 pm in Race 1 and will also battle in Races 2, 4, 6, 8 and 9. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

INNISFIL, JULY 19, 2020 - Bet On Becky extended her win streak to three on Sunday with an effortless 1:53.3 harness racing victory in the first $108,000 two-year-old pacing filly Gold Series division at Georgian Downs. The Bettors Delight daughter and regular reinsman Jody Jamieson eased away from Post 2 and settled fifth as stablemate Ring Of Kerry led the field of 10 to a :27.2 quarter. Heading by the grandstand for the first time Bet On Becky buzzed to the front, reaching the half in :56.2, and it was smooth sailing from there for the fan favourite. Off a three-quarters in 1:25, Bet On Becky cruised home a three and one-quarter length winner in 1:53.3 City By The Bay finished second and Ring Of Kerry was third. "I even think we could do okay with (driving) her," joked trainer Tony Beaton. "She did it with relative ease again, by the looks of things. Jody was real happy with her too, so that's good." In the July 7 Gold Series season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Bet On Becky delivered an impressive 1:50.4 victory, still the fastest mile clocked by a two-year-old in North America this season. She also posted a 1:54.4 win in an overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 26. With those two starts and a June 19 qualifier under her belt, Beaton gave his fledgling star a mini-vacation before prepping her for Sunday's test. "We kind of gave her an easier week there last week and then we trained her up pretty good there the other day and tried to make sure we had them ready for tonight," said Beaton. "She showed she was ready anyway and, actually all four of them raced pretty good tonight. I was happy with all of them, but obviously Becky just stands out." In addition to Bet On Becky and Ring Of Kerry, Beaton trainees Turning The Table and Best Keepsake finished third and fourth in the other Gold Series division. All of the fillies save Best Keepsake are eligible for the July 27 Battle Of The Belles eliminations at Grand River Raceway and Beaton said that will be their next start so long as they remain happy and healthy. Bet On Becky is eligible to all of the major two-year-old pacing filly stakes in Ontario and has an action-packed schedule ahead if she continues to find the winner's circle with the ease she has demonstrated in her first three starts. "Becky is going to have a long, long season ahead of her if everything goes good. She's paid into stuff right to the Breeders Crown," said Beaton, adding that filly will not be able to appear in every stake she is eligible for. "We don't want to over race her, we've got to pick our spots. We'll take it week-to-week and go from there. We've got to stay healthy and sound before we do anything else." Waterdown resident Beaton trains Bet On Becky for Larry Menary of Branchton, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, Alan Alber of Thornhill and Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON. The partners offered up $70,000 for the filly at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and have recouped $97,633 through her first three starts. Andra Day also picked up her second Gold Series victory with a front end effort in the other $108,000 division. Starting from Post 5, Andra Day left smartly and was moving forward from third when Turning The Table reached the :27.3 quarter. Comfortably in front at the :57.4 half, Andra Day soon faced pressure from fan favourite Best Keepsake, who challenged her through the 1:26.1 three-quarters. Andra Day remained resolute however, and held off all challengers to score a three-quarter length victory in 1:54.1. Scarlett Hanover closed hard to be second and pocket-sitter Turning The Table was third. "She's small, but very tough and very, very gritty," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "She is very fiery, and just all go, so we're very pleased with how she's done." Cambridge resident Moore trains the Shadow Play daughter for Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Bottom Line Racing LLC of Boca Raton, FL. Guelph resident Doug McNair was in the race bike for Sunday's victory and her 1:54.1 win in the Gold Series season opener. Like Bet On Becky, Andra Day is eligible to the Battle Of The Belles, but Moore is not sure if the filly will compete in the eliminations or look ahead to the next Gold Leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 18. "I'll be talking with the owners. She might be the only one, because she's small and probably will handle the half. I won't take the other one because she's a great big filly," said Moore of Andra Day and stablemate Alumni Seelster, who finished fifth to Bet On Becky Sunday after winning her division in the opening leg. "It's a possibility, but right now I'd say 50-50." Complete results from Sunday's program are available at Georgian Downs Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs on Sunday, Aug. 16 with the third Grassroots Leg for the three-year-old trotting fillies. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

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