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LONDON, ON - Ontario's two-year-old Grassroots competitors wrapped up the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes season on an impressive note at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Tuesday evening. Next season's provincial stars gave London fans several heart-pumping finishes and one track record equaling mile in the eight $20,000 Grassroots Consolations. The record went to two-year-old pacing gelding Regal Babe, who rocketed home to a 1:54.4 triumph in the ninth race. The clocking equaled the track record for a two-year-old male pacer at The Raceway and gave Regal Babe his second win of the season. Gregg McNair conditions Regal Babe for owner-breeder Rob Chapple of Chatham, ON and driver Doug McNair crafted the come-from-behind victory, which saw Regal Babe hit the wire five and one-half lengths ahead of Concert Artist and fan favourite King Royalty. The win boosted the Stonebridge Regal son's earnings to $23,983 through nine freshman starts. Driver Jody Jamieson picked up two Grassroots Consolation victories on Tuesday, with the first coming aboard freshman pacing filly Stellllllla in the third race. Jamieson guided the Mister Big daughter to a two and one-half length victory in 1:58.2, besting Hare To Eternity and Girlsgotmachzie. Daryl Sherman of Elmore, OH bred and owns Stellllllla and David Menary trains the two-time Grassroots winner, who was sent off as the favourite by London fans. The other pacing filly Consolation was captured by Brookdale Shadow and driver Sylvain Filion in 1:57.1. Jamieson's second visit to the winner's circle came in the last Grassroots Consolation with pacing colt Allstar Seelster. The duo reeled in pacesetter Hunch Man in the stretch to claim the one and one-quarter length victory in 1:56. Opening Line was another length back in third. Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON owns and trains Artistic Fella son Allstar Seelster, who posted a record of two wins, three seconds and two thirds in 11 starts this season. The Grassroots Consolation program got under way with a nail biting finish by the two-year-old trotting fillies that saw Just Call Me Lady reel in pacesetter Bit A Magic to score her second Grassroots victory. Just Call Me Lady hit the wire one-quarter length ahead of Bit A Magic in a personal best 2:02.1. Majestic Jewel was two more lengths back in third, while fan favourite Lenny Mac settled for fourth after making an early miscue. Cambridge, ON resident Blake Macintosh trains Angus Hall daughter Just Call Me Lady for his partners Anne Campbell and Stephen Waldman of North York, ON, and Trevor Ritchie piloted the filly to both of her Grassroots wins. Trevor Henry piloted Wonderland Snow to a commanding 2:01.3 triumph in the other trotting filly Consolation. Trotting colts Crowningcrest and Rival Seelster also battled to a tight finish, with Crowningcrest prevailing by a neck over the favourite in 2:02.3. Conway Escape rounded out the top three. Scott Coulter engineered the win for trainer Susanne Kerwood and owner-breeder Langcrest Farm of East Garafraxa, ON. The win was the Mutineer gelding's second straight and his third on the season. The other trotting colt trophy went home with Ramas Last Son, who was piloted to a 2:02.1 win by Steve Condren. The two-year-old trotters and pacers will now enjoy a winter break from provincial racing action before they begin preparations for the 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes campaign. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

LONDON, ON - Ontario's exciting three-year-old trotters and pacers opened up two nights of Grassroots Consolation action at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Monday evening. The Grassroots events followed on the heels of the Gold Series Consolations at Grand River Raceway and driver Doug McNair added two more wins to the three he posted on Sunday. The 23-year-old reinsman made his first appearance in the London winner's circle following the fifth race, guiding three-year-old trotting colt Cabertoss to a half-length victory in a personal best 1:59. McNair engineered the victory for trainer and breeder William Murray and owner William Murray Jr. of Mountain, ON. The lightly rated son of Muscle Mass, who went into the race ranked fifteenth in the Grassroots point standings, bested Next To Go and Sir William. Teaming up with three-year-old pacing gelding Ja El Pocketrocket in the tenth race, McNair once again employed a come-from-behind strategy and the fans' second choice rocketed home to a six and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:54. Maddysonofagun followed the winner up the outside into second and Southwind Amazon rounded out the top three. Favourite and early leader OK Fabulous settled for fourth. Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, ON owns Ja El Pocketrocket and Barry Treen conditions the son of Santanna Blue Chip, who finished the regular season eighteenth in the point standings. The other sophomore trotting colt Consolation was captured by Doubledown Gass and trainer-driver Reg Gassien in 1:59 and the other pacing colt contest went to The Real One and driver Scott Coulter in 1:55. Driver Mike Saftic also garnered two Grassroots Consolation wins, starting with a commanding victory by fan favourite Cardio Pump in the second three-year-old trotting filly battle. Cardio Pump grabbed control going by the three-quarters and accelerated away from the field to a nine and one-quarter length triumph in 1:59.4. Oaklea Veronica and Speedy Kim Mindale trotted into second and third. Saftic piloted Cardio Pump to her first Ontario Sires Stakes victory for trainer Mark Steacy and owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. The Angus Hall daughter finished second in both of her regular season Grassroots appearances, putting her twenty-fourth in the point standings. The veteran reinsman's second victory came in the next race with sophomore pacing filly Foolish Mind, who led from start to finish, hanging on for a nose victory in 1:56.2. Fan favourite Burlesque finished second but was placed back to eighth for a pylon violation, promoting Panstakingly and Hippie Chic into second and third. Sue Marie Gangell of Simcoe, ON trains Foolish Mind for her partner Barry Charles of New Rochelle, NY. The I Am A Fool filly was a two-time Grassroots winner during the regular season and finished fifth in the point standings. The other pacing filly trophy went home with Mark Steacy trainee Shanghai Mimi, who was piloted to a 1:57.1 win by Chris Christoforou. The first trotting filly division was captured by Standing My Ground and Sylvain Filion in 1:58.3. Grassroots Consolation action resumes at The Raceway on Tuesday evening with eight $20,000 battles for Ontario's exciting two-year-old trotters and pacers. The first race gets under way at 4:05 pm. For complete results Sandra Snyder  

ELORA, ON - As has become their custom, local horsemen Gregg and Doug McNair had a stellar evening in Ontario Sires Stakes action at Grand River Raceway on Sunday. Competing in the Gold Series Consolations at the Elora oval trainer Gregg McNair earned two trophies, with two-year-old pacing filly Porsche Seelster and three-year-old trotting colt Buddy Hally, and driver Doug McNair picked up three, driving both of his father's horses and three-year-old pacing filly Jan It Jackson. Sent off as the fan favourite from Post 2, Porsche Seelster cruised to a two length victory in the fifth of eight $50,000 Consolations, besting Medoland Lindeylou and Goldies Mach. The 1:57.1 triumph was Porsche Seelster's first victory in 12 outings this season. Guelph resident Gregg McNair conditions Porsche Seelster for The Merks Stable of New York, NY. During the regular season the Artistic Fella daughter recorded one second, two thirds, one fifth and one seventh in six Gold Series starts to rank seventh in the division point standings. Buddy Hally's three and one-half length romp in the sophomore trotting colt Consolation went some way toward helping his owners forget the division point leader's disappointing eighth-place result in the Sept. 28 Super Final. The Angus Hall colt battled Tag Up And Go and Rock Of Cashel through much of the race, but was able to draw away in the stretch to the 1:58.3 victory. Tag Up And Go and Gotta Secret finished second and third behind the fan favourite. Trainer McNair shares ownership of the $275,400 winner with Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, breeder Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. Doug McNair's driving triple came with Isaac Waxman trainee Jan It Jackson, who went gate-to-wire in the sophomore pacing filly division, stopping the Grand River Raceway teletimer at 1:54.3. Leaveumlady and Marlee B finished two and one-quarter lengths back in second and third. Fan favourite and division point leader Pan Luis Obispo finished fifth. Brenda Selwyn Waxman of Dundas owns Badlands Hanover daughter Jan It Jackson, who ranked second in the division point standings and finished just out of the money in sixth in the Sept. 28 Super Final. Grand River Raceway fans accurately selected the winners in five of the eight Gold Series Consolations. In addition to Porsche Seelster and Buddy Hally, fans sent off two-year-old pacing colt Play It Again Sam, three-year-old trotting filly Motown Muscle and three-year-old pacing colt Mach Pride as the favourites in their respective divisions. Upsets occurred in the two-year-old trotting colt division, which saw Dontcheatonmenow best favourite Deweykeepumnwhy, the two-year-old trotting filly contest, which saw Torches Star emerge victorious over Marcella Hall and fan favourite Margie, and the sophomore pacing filly division captured by Jan It Jackson.  The Consolations completed the Gold Series schedule, and the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes program will draw to a close with 16 Grassroots Consolations at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Monday, Oct. 14 and Tuesday, Oct. 15. For complete results Sandra Snyder  

LONDON, ON — After missing the Grassroots Championship by just nine points, two-year-old pacer Brodys Scrapper will be looking to capitalize on his second opportunity at a post season pay cheque in Tuesday’s Grassroots Consolation at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Through his six regular season Grassroots starts Brodys Scrapper posted one win, one third, two fourths and two fifths for 88 points and thirteenth spot in the point standings — the top 10 point earners advanced to the Sept. 21 Championship. The Mach Three son’s 1:56.1 personal best came in the Aug. 24 Grassroots event at Kawartha Downs and trainer Bud Sinclair of Stratford, ON is hoping the gelding is ready to match that effort from Post 2 in Tuesday’s tenth race. “He trained super the other day. Hopefully he’s fresh and ready to go,” says Sinclair, who shares ownership of the gelding with his wife Lindsey Sinclair and Kenneth Bryant of Dorchester, ON. The Sinclairs bred and raised Brodys Scrapper, who is out of their $192,922 winning mare Witness To Fame, and the trainer says the gelding is very much like his mother, who was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. “Everything off that mare, they want to kill you when you start with them,” he says ruefully. “To train him down was a nightmare. “It was real hard to get him to focus on stuff,” Sinclair continues. “I raced him in a bunch of maidens just to braven him up and he finally figured it out. He has tons and tons of speed; it’s just the mental part, he’s very tough on himself.” Brodys Scrapper made his racing debut in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on June 27 and has made eight more starts, scoring four wins, one third and $17,986 for his owners. After Tuesday’s Consolation, the gelding will wrap up his season in the Ontario Sired Autumn Series at Woodbine Racetrack. “He’s got four more starts if he makes the final of the Autumn Series,” notes Sinclair. “He’ll have more starts than we’d really like, but the way the industry is right now you don’t want to pass up an opportunity to make money.” The trainer is hoping a recent alteration to the gelding’s equipment will help Brodys Scrapper earn a pay cheque in the $20,000 Grassroots Consolation on Tuesday. In the last regular season Grassroots event, on Sept. 12 at Mohawk Racetrack, driver Sylvain Filion moved the gelding early and was unable to reapply the brakes once Brodys Scrapper reached the front. “Once you start him up he doesn’t know ‘Whoa’ again,” explains Sinclair. “So I’ve changed his rigging a little bit this time.” With a few equipment changes and a little maturity, Sinclair is also hoping Brodys Scrapper can follow in his mother’s footsteps and make a successful return to the Ontario Sires Stakes program as a three-year-old. “I think next year he’s got a great future ahead of him,” says the trainer. “I hope he can step up a level, I know the speed is there, he just has to get the mental part.” Among the challengers Brodys Scrapper will face in his last freshman Ontario Sires Stakes battle are two colts who finished ahead of him in the point standings. Major Homer finished in eighth spot and gets Post 6, while eleventh ranked Allstar Seelster will benefit from Post 1. The two-year-old Grassroots Consolations will be featured in Races 1 through 6, 9 and 10; with the first $20,000 contest parading onto The Raceway at 4:05 pm. Fans will have an opportunity to wager on a special $1,000 Pick 8 on the eight Grassroots Consolations. For complete entries please go to by Sandra Snyder for the Ontario Sire Stakes        

ELORA, ON - The last time trotting filly Angies Lucky Star appeared at Grand River Raceway she cruised to an effortless Gold Series victory, and Arthur residents Shannon and Trevor Henry are hoping she can reprise that effort Sunday evening in the last start of her sophomore season. "Hopefully she throws us a good one, but if not we can't be upset," says Shannon Henry. "She's made $340,000 more than we paid for her." Angies Lucky Star will wrap up her three-year-old campaign in the $50,000 Gold Series Consolation on Sunday, lining up at Post 6 on the Grand River Raceway starting gate. A late addition to the Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, the Gold Series Consolation was open to the top nine regular season point earners who did not earn a cheque in the Sept. 28 Super Finals. Of her six Gold Series starts this season, the Super Final saw Angies Lucky Star deliver her worst result, making a pair of breaks and finishing ninth. While the Angus Hall daughter also made mistakes in both of the August vents, her other regular season Gold starts netted one win, one second and one third for Trevor Henry Stables Inc. and the Estate of Daniel J. McCann of Parkhill. In total Angies Lucky Star tallied four wins, three seconds, three thirds and $229,858 in earnings in her 13 sophomore outings. She posted a 1:53.1 personal best winning her Elegantimage Stake elimination at Mohawk in early June and finished just a head behind division superstar Bee A Magician in the June 15 final. "Even to be classified in with Bee A Magician, we'll take that," says Henry. "She just loves to race; she puts her heart into it. She just tries so hard that sometimes she overdid it trying to keep up with that other mare." Richard Moreau trained Angies Lucky Star through the bulk of her three-year-old season and Sylvain Filion handled most of the driving, but Trevor Henry will be back in the bike for Sunday's season finale. Grand River Raceway's leading driver piloted the filly in her July 3 win over the Elora oval and will be looking to repeat that effort in the evening's third race. "Trevor's driving her, he knows her and she knows him," says Henry. "I think she'll be all right going into this." Trevor Henry will also be in the race bike behind Eat Pray Trot in the three-year-old trotting colt Consolation. The Ken Warkentin son will benefit from Post 2 in the eleventh race and Henry is hopeful he can pick up a piece of the $50,000 purse. "I actually didn't expect him to get in," notes Henry, who trains the colt and sent him out just twice in Gold Series action this summer. "He can't win it, we know that, but if he gets a good piece of it we'll be happy with him." Eat Pray Trot spent most of his summer competing at the Grassroots level, but skipped both of the Grassroots events at Mohawk Racetrack in favour of the Gold events at half-mile racetracks. In the Gold Series season opener at The Raceway at Western Fair District he finished third and in the Aug. 23 test at Grand River he finished fourth. "He's such a tiny, tiny little colt. He can't trot the big track," Henry explains. "But he just seems to go along where ever you put him," she continues. "We had the mare too, we raced her, and she was gutsy too. Owned by Donna Weaver and Robert Rooney's 1035840 Ontario Inc. of Arthur, Eat Pray Trot has three seconds and two thirds to his credit through 13 sophomore starts for earnings of $36,948. In addition to the sophomore trotting colts and fillies, Grand River Raceway will also roll out the welcome mat for the other six Gold Series divisions on Sunday. The $50,000 Gold Series Consolations will go postward as Races 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11, with the program getting under way at 6 pm. The on track excitement will be complimented by a $200 free-to-play Ontario Sires Stakes Survivor Handicapping Contest and $100 Cheerleading Squads after each OSS race for a total of $1,000 in cash prizes. Both contests require the on-track purchase of an Oct. 13 Grand River Raceway program. For complete entries  For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

LONDON, ON — Sixty-four of Ontario’s most exciting three-year-old racehorses are set to battle over The Raceway at Western Fair District on Monday, Oct. 14. The trotters and pacers will compete in eight $20,000 Grassroots Consolations, a late addition to the Ontario Sires Stakes schedule open to the top 16 point earners who did not earn a cheque in the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship. Among the horses hoping to acquire some of the late season lucre is Two Doors Down, who was just inches shy of earning a share of the $50,000 Grassroots Championship purse. The three-year-old trotter was just edged out for fifth in the Sept. 21 skirmish and will be looking for an improved performance from Post 6 at his local oval on Monday. “He’s having a good week so far,” says trainer Don Beatson of Granton, ON, who shares ownership of the gelding with Ralph and Sandra Pitt of Cargill, ON. Two Doors Down will start from Post 6 in the second sophomore trotting colt Consolation, slated as Race 6 on Monday’s action-packed program. Through six regular season Grassroots starts the In Conchnito son posted three wins, one second and two sixths to finish third in the point standings, making him the highest ranked point earner to qualify for the Consolations. “He can leave out of there pretty good, so probably if he was close to the front it would be better for him,” notes Beatson. “That’s the way I’ve got him figured out right now any way.” The trainer and his partners acquired Two Doors Down from Robert Montgomery of Carp, ON in mid-August, and Beatson notes that he is still learning the gelding’s quirks. “I’m finding out as I go,” he explains. “I intend to keep racing him.” Among the other colts hoping to capture a share of the Consolation purse money are Pounce Hanover and Euro Man. Gerald Sloan of Harley conditions Euro Man for his wife Joanne Sloan, and will send the Cornaro Dasolo gelding out from the trailing Post 8. Euro Man made five appearances in the Grassroots regular season, posting two seconds, one third, one fourth and one sixth to finish nineteenth in the point standings. Trainer Rick Zeron will steer Pounce Hanover from Post 5, looking for the gelding’s second Grassroots win of the season. The Majestic Son gelding heads into the event ranked twenty-first from one win and two fourths in three regular season Grassroots starts. Oakville, ON resident Zeron shares ownership of Pounce Hanover with The Brabant Stable of London, ON and James Walker of Port Perry, ON. The Raceway will feature the three-year-old Grassroots Consolations in Races 1 through 6, 10 and 11 on Monday, Oct. 14; with the first $20,000 battle getting under way at 4:05 pm. Fans will also be treated to five prize draws throughout the afternoon for $50 wagers on the Ontario Sires Stakes races. For complete entries        Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Super Final Night 2013 kicked off with a pair of trotting filly showdowns and Ontario harness racing fans witnessed impressive performances by two-year-old prodigy Riveting Rosie and three-year-old megastar Bee A Magician. Starting from Post 7 in the first $200,000 Super Final, driver Paul MacDonell sent Riveting Rosie straight to the front and controlled the tempo through fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.1. The fan favourites cruised home two and one-half lengths ahead of Miss Aultsville and Luck Is All Ineed in 1:56. “She’s just so dominant, she’s big, she’s strong, I think we haven’t seen the best of her yet. I think next year when she grows up and fills out she’ll be something else,” said MacDonell from the winner’s circle. “There’s no effort to her gait, she’s smooth, and got a nice mouth on her, she’s got all the attributes to a good one.” The Guelph resident piloted Riveting Rosie to her sixth lifetime win for trainer John Bax of Peterborough and his partners Don Allensen of Wyoming, J And T Stable Newmarket and John Hayes of Sharon. In addition to her Gold Series successes, the Muscle Mass daughter was also victorious in the Peaceful Way Final and Champlain Stakes at Mohawk and rounds out her freshman campaign with $468,613 in earnings. Bee A Magician captured the two-year-old trotting filly Super Final last November, kicking off a win streak that stood at 13 races heading into Saturday night’s showdown. With an impressive 1:52.2 triumph from Post 6 the filly became just the eighth horse to repeat as the Super Final champion and she extended her streak to 14 races. “She’s all business. She gets on the track, she just wants to go, and she wants to do it. She’s a dream,” said Ottawa resident Melvin Hartman, who shares ownership of Kadabra daughter Bee A Magician with Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach. FL. “I will challenge anyone that Kadabra is as good, if not the best stallion in the world,” Hartman continued. “He has thrown some tremendous horses, they’ve raced in Ontario and they’ve gone on to race in North America, and it’s great for the Sires Stakes program.” Among Bee A Magician’s sophomore triumphs are the Hambletonian Oaks, Casual Breeze, Elegantimage, Del Miller Memorial and Simcoe Stakes, giving her a two season bank roll of $1,876,617. The Richard “Nifty” Norman trainee will make her fourteenth sophomore start in the Breeders Crown Eliminations at Pocono Downs on Oct. 12. Anaffairtoremember and Charmed Life, with Paul MacDonell aboard for John Bax, completed the top three. MacDonell was back in the winner’s circle following the third Super Final battle, guiding three-year-old pacing filly Regil Elektra to a 1:50.4 personal best for trainer Shawn Robinson and owner Fred Monteleone Stable LLC of Pompano Beach, FL. The win was the Mach Three daughter’s eleventh of the season and her second in Ontario Sires Stakes action. “Her form obviously shows that she’s been coming up to a good race, and they said that she was as sharp as she’s been,” said MacDonell, who had driven the filly earlier in the season. “You get a good feeling when you get on the bike and the connections say that to you.” MacDonell and Regil Elektra swept up the outside to grab the one and one-half length win over fan favourite Love Canal and Best Impressions. Muscle Matters delivered a commanding victory in the two-year-old trotting colt event, cruising home three lengths ahead of Massive Muscles and Valorscross. The 1:55.4 clocking was a personal best for the son of Muscle Mass trained by Rockwood resident Benoit Baillargeon for his partners Nunzio Vena of Bolton, Santo Vena of Brampton and Richard Thompson of London. “The other thing is my son (Johnny) just got engaged today, so this is sweet, icing on the cake. It’s perfect, a perfect day,” said Santo Vena from a winner’s circle packed with family and friends. Liette Flanagan of Repentigny, QC was also celebrating perfection following the three-year-old trotting colt final. Flanagan Memory, named in honour of her late father and the colt’s breeder Michel Flanagan, trotted to his fifth win in five Ontario Sires Stakes starts. The Kadabra son and driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville controlled the race from start to finish, sailing home one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Creampuff Macdaddy and Thankyoukessel in a personal best 1:53. Flanagan shares ownership of the colt with trainer Rene Dion of Saint-Lazare, QC. Two-year-old pacing colt favourite Bugger Bruiser also earned a Super Final crown off a front end effort that featured a sizzling :25.4 opening quarter. The Believeinbruiser son and driver Anthony MacDonald of Guelph hung on for a neck victory over Crafty Master and Three of Clubs, both trained by Guelph resident Gregg McNair, in a sharp 1:50.3 clocking. Carmen Auciello of Stouffville trains Bugger Bruiser for his father Rocco Auciello of Stouffville and Denarben Stables of Thornhill. The partners purchased the gelding at the beginning of September and have banked $196,000 in four starts. “Nobody expected this,” said trainer Auciello with the Super Final trophy in his arms. “The horse has a heart bigger than this trophy here, and that’s a big trophy, the biggest one I’ve ever got in this business anyway. I’m just happy, I’ve got my family here, there’s tons of us here, and it’s just a thrill. I’ve been waiting for this my whole life.” The two-year-old pacing filly division was also decided by a neck as Performing Art, Lady Shadow and favourite Sudoku emerged from the rapidly gathering fog and battled to a 1:52 finish. Shadow Play daughter Performing Art’s personal best equaled the Ontario Sires Stakes record first set by Chancey Lady in 2007 and matched in 2011 by Apogee Hanover. Cambridge resident Billy Davis Jr. engineered the win on behalf of trainer Otis Hall of Ayr and his father Larry Hall’s Sauble Hill Farms of Tara, ON. The last Super Final trophy was awarded to Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, QC and Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC, who bred and own three-year-old pacing gelding Duc Dorleans. The Shanghai Phil son and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton roared out of the fog and down the stretch to a 1:49.2 triumph over Tarpon Hanover and Brocks Fortune. Trained by Jacques Dupont, Duc Dorleans scored his fourth win of the season, and his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action, with the personal best effort. Ontario Sires Stakes fans will have one last opportunity to see the provincial stars in action as Grand River Raceway and Western Fair Raceway host Gold and Grassroots Consolation events on October 13, 14 and 15. For complete results Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — During the winter of 2010-11 long time Boston Bruins fans Joe MacIsaac was watching his team play the Toronto Maple Leafs while thinking up names for the latest foal from partner Carolyn Williston’s broodmare Chelemark Gizmo. As the Boston faithful chanted ‘Thank You Kessel’ — referencing the 2009 trade deal that sent Phil Kessel to the Leafs in exchange for draft picks that would become Boston stars Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton — MacIsaac thought, ‘Why not?’ and weeks later the name Thankyoukessel was approved by Standardbred Canada. Thankyoukessel made his racing debut in the summer of 2012 and over the past two years has amassed a consistent record of seven wins, two seconds and three thirds in 19 starts for earnings of $212,445. Competing at the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series level this season the gelding has posted two wins, two thirds and one fifth, ranking him second in the point standings heading into Saturday night’s $200,000 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack. “He started off the year good with a win down in London and he really, really didn’t give us a bad race all year,” says Moffat resident MacIsaac. “He doesn’t do a whole lot wrong; he’s a pretty nice boy.” In addition to his successes in the Gold Series, Thankyoukessel also captured the Canadian Breeders Championship at Mohawk on July 20 in a personal best 1:54.2 and his sophomore debut in a May 2 overnight event at Woodbine Racetrack. The Ken Warkentin gelding has surpassed the standard set by his full-sister Witch Way, who was a Gold Final winner and earned $170,833 in her career. “The best thing about that mare, all her foals have been good gaited,” says MacIsaac, who raced a two-year-old Federal Flex half-brother to Thankyoukessel this summer and will start training a yearling Federal Flex brother this fall. “That makes it a lot easier to get them to the races.” Thankyoukessel and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville will make their run at the OSS division title from Post 3 in Saturday’s seventh race and MacIsaac is expecting another exciting show from the talented Ontario-sired colts. Point leader Buddy Hally will start from Post 4, Goodtimes and Mid-Summer Challenge winner Flanagan Memory gets Post 7, and Yonkers Trot Elimination winner and reigning Super Final champion Creampuff Macdaddy will start from Post 9. “I don’t know how it will end up shaping up,” notes the trainer, “But Flanagan Memory looks like the horse to beat.” Thankyoukessel finished third to Flanagan Memory in the Sept. 20 Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack, a mile timed in 1:53.3, and MacIsaac is not sure the gelding can alter that result on Saturday. However, whether Thankyoukessel finishes off his sophomore stakes campaign with a win or a loss, MacIsaac and Williston will head home just as happy with the trotter’s efforts as Boston fans have been with the Kessel trade. “We’re just looking forward to tomorrow (Saturday). I hope things work out for him and he gets a piece of it, but regardless, it’s been a great year for us,” MacIsaac explains. “Anything he gets will be a bonus for us right now. We’re going to enjoy it any way.” Post time for Mohawk Racetrack’s Saturday, Sept, 28 program is 7:25 pm, with the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals featured in Races 2 through 5 and 7 through 10. For complete entries please go to Ontario Sires Stakes

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Doug McNair will steer eight talented horses during Saturday’s $1.6 million Super Final Night at Mohawk Racetrack, and while the Guelph resident cannot catch the leaders in the Ontario Sires Stakes drivers’ race a successful Super Final showing could move him closer to an even bigger goal. In the Ontario race McNair is over 100 points behind dueling leaders Jody Jamieson and Sylvain Filion, but in the Canadian rankings the 23-year-old reinsman is in a heated battle with Jamieson and Filion that sees the three separated by less than $250,000 in earnings. Just five years after he drove his first race, those numbers could put McNair among the contenders for a year-end O’Brien Award. “I think there are two or three guys who could win Driver of the Year,” says the young reinsman. “I’d love to be part of that.” Horses from his father Gregg McNair’s barn have been among those that have propelled McNair up the Canadian standings, including the three he will steer on the Super Final program. Two-year-old trotting filly Luck Is All Ineed, three-year-old trotting colt Buddy Hally and two-year-old pacing colt Three Of Clubs have all been multiple winners on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit this summer. Trainer Tony O’Sullivan has also contributed to McNair’s success and his two-year-old pacing filly Sudoku and three-year-old pacing filly Love Canal will benefit from the driver’s guidance on Saturday evening. “I personally think when you get to the top level, or at any level, the trainers are going to help you get there. The year they have is the kind of year you’re going to have,” says McNair. “My Dad’s had a great year and Tony O’Sullivan’s had a great year and that’s helped me be where I am.” McNair says his father’s support and guidance played a key role in his journey to the sport’s major leagues and he would love to steer one of his dad’s horses to a win on Saturday. While he has had multiple Grassroots Champions, including three in 2012, it has been 12 years since McNair Sr. captured a Super Final title. The father-son team will have their first opportunity to gather in the winner’s circle with two-year-old trotting filly Luck Is All Ineed. The Muscle Mass daughter finished atop the division point standings with two wins and two seconds in five regular season starts and will make her bid for the division title from Post 8. “She’s been pretty nice all year,” says McNair of the filly, who is owned by his father and Thomas Harmer of Willowbrook, IL. “I’m not expecting to win it, it’s a pretty tough field, but hopefully she gets a big piece of it.” McNair’s second mount of the evening comes in the three-year-old trotting filly Super Final, where he will drive heavy favourite Bee A Magician’s stablemate Choir Robe from the outside Post 10 for trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL. In the three-year-old pacing filly showdown McNair and O’Sullivan trainee Love Canal will be looking to defend the Super Final title they earned in 2012. The Badlands Hanover daughter won her July 1 Gold Series start at Mohawk, but could only muster a runner-up effort at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 12. McNair is confident that O’Sullivan will have Love Canal firing on all cylinders for Saturday’s test and believes the filly can deliver a repeat even if she is not at her best. “If she races at 75 per cent I think she can win that race,” says the reinsman, who sends the filly out from Post 9. “She has a lot of talent; hopefully she’s on her game. I know the rest of them will be, going for that kind of money.” Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Robert Cooper Stables LLC of Boca Raton, FL and J And T Silva Stables LLC of Long Beach, NY share ownership of the winner of $570,420. McNair will steer a second “Nifty” Norman starter in the two-year-old trotting colt contest. The reinsman teamed up with Great White Way for a 1:58 score in the Sept. 21 Gold Series event at Mohawk and will be looking for a second win aboard the Deweycheatumnhowe son from Post 6. “I got lucky to pick him up,” says McNair of the colt, who is owned by Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA. “He raced awesome last week. He won his last few races; he’s getting hot right now.” Races 7 and 8 will be McNair’s second and third opportunity to land his father in the winner’s circle. Three-year-old trotting colt Buddy Hally will start from Post 4 for McNair Sr., Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. The pair clocked an impressive 1:53.4 triumph in the Sept. 20 Gold event and McNair is hoping the Angus Hall colt has another one of those miles up his sleeve. In the two-year-old pacing colt final the driver had the choice of two colts from his father’s string and opted for Three Of Clubs from Post 9, rather than Crafty Master from Post 7. The Mach Three son won two of four Gold Series starts this summer and was metres away from a third win last weekend when he stepped on his quarter-boot in the stretch and made a break. “He was probably on top by 10 lengths,” says McNair, ruefully. “Any of the times he ever lost it was not his fault,” the driver continues. “He’s a really nice horse.” Gregg McNair, Tony Lawrence of Hanover and Shady Hill Racing Stable of Durham share ownership on Three Of Clubs, who also won the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway in early August. McNair opted for O’Sullivan trainee Sudoku over two of his father’s starters in the two-year-old pacing filly showdown. Badlands Hanover daughter Sudoku, owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc., Robert Cooper LLC and Dana Parham of Boca Raton, FL and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA, will start from Post 4. The driver also left his father looking for a substitute in the three-year-old pacing colt final when he agreed to drive Windsong Jack for trainer Dave Menary. It will be McNair’s first appearance in the Santanna Blue Chip son’s race bike. “I was asked to drive him a couple of weeks ago and I think he’s good enough to finish first or second in there if he races good,” explains the driver. “He’s shown some huge speed.” McNair will steer Windsong Jack from Post 4 for Larry Menary of Cheltenham, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, Denis Breton of Welland and Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford. Mohawk Racetrack’s first race gets under way at 7:25 pm and the Super Finals are slated for Races 2 through 5 and 7 through 10. For complete entries  Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — While the harness racing industry’s attention has been focused on trotting filly Bee A Magician’s undefeated sophomore season and record setting miles, trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman has been quietly campaigning a number of other Ontario-sired youngsters hoping for Super Final success at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night. In addition to his stable standout, Norman will start two-year-old trotting filly Toughs Legacy, two-year-old trotting colt Great White Way, three-year-old trotting filly Choir Robe and three-year-old pacing colt Mach It So in their respective $200,000 Super Final divisions. Toughs Legacy heads into the freshman filly contest off a confidence building four length victory at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 20 and Norman likes what he has seen from the Kadabra daughter in recent weeks. “We kind of liked her all along, but she seemed to have a few issues getting away from the gate,” explains the New Jersey resident. “She put it all together at Grand River, so hopefully she’s coming around at the right time. “She got a good draw and she’s got a good driver,” he adds. “It would be nice to get a top three finish.” Sylvain Filion will pick up the drive aboard Toughs Legacy, steering the filly from Post 2 in the second race. The first time the Milton resident sat behind the youngster he engineered a third-place result in the Aug. 5 Mid-Summer Consolation at Mohawk. Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL own the filly, who is the first and only foal from their $236,320 winning mare One Tough Girl. Hartman, Liverman and McDuffee also share ownership of Bee A Magician and will be keeping their fingers crossed that she can extend her flawless record to 13 sophomore victories on Saturday. Regular reinsman Rick Zeron of Oakville will steer Bee A Magician from Post 6 in the three-year-old trotting filly Super Final and Norman says the winner of $1.7 million seems to be ready for her last Ontario Sires Stakes appearance. “We trained her here this morning and she trained very, very good. She seems nice and sound and healthy,” says the horseman. “I’m very happy with the way she looks and feels.” Bee A Magician has vanquished every foe she has encountered this season, whether Ontario-sired or American-bred, and set world and Ontario Sires Stakes records in the process. Norman has remained pragmatic through the hype that has spiraled around his star trotter and is simply focused on the task of having her ready for Saturday night. “Every horse gets beat sooner or later and so will she, so I don’t even think about it,” he explains, “One race at a time.” Choir Robe will also carry the Norman stable colours in the sophomore trotting filly showdown. Another daughter of Kadabra owned by Hartman, Liverman and McDuffee, Choir Robe has been a consistent cheque earner all season, but she has her work cut out for her from Post 10 on Saturday. “With the 10-hole it will be hard for her to even get a cheque,” says Norman. “She’ll have to get a little lucky from there.” Two races later Norman will send freshman trotting colt Great White Way into the fray riding a two race win streak. The Deweycheatumnhowe colt posted a 1:57.3 win in a two-year-old event at Mohawk on Sept. 9 and then secured a berth in the Super Final with a 1:58 win over the Campbellville oval in the last Gold Series event. “Like Toughs Legacy, he seems to be putting things together at the right time of the year,” says Norman. “I like his draw,” the trainer continues. “I think he’s a horse that’s probably better coming from off a helmet.” Guelph resident Doug McNair will be back in the race bike behind Great White Way, piloting the colt after his third lifetime win from Post 6. Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA own the first foal from their $508,792 winner Stage Show. Completing Norman’s Super Final contingent is three-year-old pacing gelding Mach It So, who finished atop the division standings with a perfect record of four wins in four Gold Series starts. The Mach Three son and Cambridge resident Billy Davis Jr. will benefit from Post 1 in the tenth race, the last of the eight Super Finals. “You’re always apprehensive about the draw. I was worried either he or Bee A Magician were going to get a 10,” admits Norman. “But I like his draw, obviously.” Norman says the gelding, owned by Bamond Racing LLC of Brick, NJ, came down with a virus while he was in Ohio for the Sept. 19 Little Brown Jug. After a round of antibiotics, four days of rest and few of light jogging, the gelding is slated for a light training mile on Thursday morning, which the trainer hopes will set him up for a fifth Gold Series win. “As long as he’s on his game, I think he’ll be tough,” says Norman. “He’s been able to beat those horses before. “You’re always a little uncertain, but I kind of think he’ll bounce back just fine.” The first Super Final goes postward as Race 2 on Mohawk Racetrack’s Saturday evening program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. After a trotting under saddle exhibition Bee A Magician will parade onto the track for Race 3 and the remaining $200,000 battles will take place in Races 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10. For complete entries please go to by Sandra Snyder for OSS      

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ron Parsons started the season with four Ontario-sired trotters and landed all four in the post season, three of them in Saturday’s $1.6 million Super Final Night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Cambridge resident will start Striking Serenade in the $200,000 two-year-old trotting filly Super Final, Seeuinthespring in the three-year-old trotting filly final and Deweykeepumnwhy in the freshman trotting colt showdown. His other Ontario-sired youngster, Bit A Magic, finished sixth in the two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots Championship last weekend. Striking Serenade will make her bid for a division title from Post 5 in the first of eight Super Final divisions on the Saturday evening program. The Striking Sahbra daughter finished eleventh in the point standings, but snuck into the season finale when the filly ahead of her did not enter. Randy Waples will steer the winner of $30,360 and Parsons is hoping the Milton resident can work some of his post season magic on the fractious filly. “She has all kinds of ability, she just doesn’t have the manners yet,” explains Parsons. “I think Randy will get along good with her. He’s done good with those type of trotters over the years. He’s got a soft set of hands." Striking Serenade recorded a win in the July 5 season opener at Mohawk Racetrack, but has been unable to find her way back to the winner’s circle. She added one fourth, one fifth and one seventh to her Gold Series resume, and was a sharp second in an overnight event at Mohawk on Aug. 29. Richard and Regina Beinhauer of Venetia, PA bred and own Striking Serenade, who is a half-sister to $444,057 winner Springboard. The Beinhauer’s also bred and own Seeuinthespring, who has the distinction of parading onto the racetrack first in the division featuring the undefeated Bee A Magician. “She needs an act of God to win her race,” says Parsons with a chuckle. Seeuinthespring has not yet found the winner’s circle this season, earning her way into the three-year-old trotting filly final on the basis of two seconds, two fourths and one fifth in regular season action. Last season the Striking Sahbra daughter finished fourth in the Super Final, the race that launched Bee A Magician’s 13-race win streak. Parsons served as Seeuinthespring’s caretaker during her two-year-old campaign, but when trainer Paul Reid opted to remain in the United States for the 2013 season the horseman earned a promotion. “When Paul Reid decided not to come back to Canada he talked to the owner,” explains Parsons, who had not harnessed one of his own trainees in the Ontario Sires Stakes since 2009. “I went down and met him (Richard Beinhauer) in Florida and the relationship went from there.” Through 16 sophomore starts the chestnut filly has posted six seconds, one third and $129,938 in earnings. Waples will also steer Seeuinthespring on Saturday, starting from Post 1 in the third race. Parsons’ final entry, Deweykeepumnwhy, leads the two-year-old trotting colts into the Super Final. The gelding has not been bested in Ontario Sires Stakes action since July 22. After finishing tenth and third in the first two Gold Series events he dropped down to the Grassroots and logged two straight wins. Back up in the Gold Series Deweykeepumnwhy posted a neck victory at Georgian Downs on Aug. 17 and an impressive two and three-quarter length triumph at Mohawk on Sept. 20 in a personal best 1:55.4. “I tease his owner all the time; I tell her she’s like the lady who owned Secretariat. She always believed in the horse,” says Parsons of the gelding’s owner Norah Parks of New Lowell. “Paul (Reid) and I always had our reservations all winter.” Parsons says everything seemed to click for the Deweycheatumnhowe son when he finished third in the Gold Series leg at Grand River Raceway on July 22. Since then the youngster has improved with every start. “Every barrier he broke you could see him getting stronger and stronger,” explains Parsons. “The first time he went in 1:57 he was tired for a few days. After his last start he was bouncing around in his stall and outside with his tail up over his back.” Moffat resident Jody Jamieson will steer the division point leader on Saturday and is tasked with overcoming the outside Post 10. The two-year-old trotting colts will battle in the fifth race. The eight Super Final races will go postward as Races 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10. In addition to the Super Finals, Mohawk Racetrack fans will be treated to a mounted trotting race, which will be contested as a non-wagering event in between the second and third races. All of the excitement gets under way at 7:25 pm. For complete entries Sandra Snyder

ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway fans were treated to three bonus races on Sunday evening as the two-year-old trotting and pacing fillies returned to the Elora oval to compete in the Gold Series divisions that were cancelled due to extreme weather on Friday. The trotting lasses got things off to a rousing start with a tight finish that resulted in a track record. Pocketsitters Jack Moiseyev and Miss Aultsville reeled in pacesetters Paul MacDonell and Margie at the wire to score a nose victory in a record setting 1:59.2. The mile shaved two-fifths of a second off the former freshman trotting filly standard set by Princess Lilly last September. The win was the second straight and first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for Kadabra filly Miss Aultsville, who is owned by trainer John Kopas of Milton, Old Aultsville Stable of Mississauga, and Pealer Pen of Camp Hill, PA. The win puts the filly in third spot in the point standings heading for the Sept. 28 Super Final with one win, three seconds and one fifth in five Gold Series starts. The other two divisions, one pacing and one trotting, were swept by trainer Gregg McNair and his son Doug McNair of Guelph. In the pacing split Doug McNair put Battle of the Belles champion Lady Shadow on top heading for the half and the gifted youngster cruised home a six length winner in 1:56.2. Early leader Goldies Mach finished second, one length ahead of Jokes Jet. Gregg McNair conditions Lady Shadow, who boasts a freshman record of five wins in seven starts, for Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI. The win boosted the Shadow Play daughter into top spot in the freshman pacing filly standings with 101 points from two wins, one fifth and one eighth in four starts. In the trotting filly division McNair trainee Luck Is All Ineed was equally impressive, controlling all the fractions en route to a three length 2:02.2 score. Nickange Two recovered from a break to finish second and Torches Star rounded out the top three. McNair and Thomas Harmer of Willowbrook, IL share ownership of Luck Is All Ineed, who also heads into the Super Final at the top of the point standings. The Muscle Mass daughter scored two wins, two seconds and one fifth in five Gold Series appearances. The top 10 point earners from each division will advance to the Sept. 28 Super Finals. Sunday’s rescheduled events marked the end of Grand River Raceway’s Ontario Sires Stakes season, which saw the province’s top trotters and pacers rewrite five of the Elora oval’s track records. For complete results  Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — It took two trips to Campbellville, but the province’s top two-year-old pacing and trotting colts wrapped up their Gold Series regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening. After a power outage forced the cancellation of the Friday, Sept. 20 program before all divisions of the last regular season leg could be completed, nine trotting colts and eight pacing colts returned to Mohawk for a pair of non-wagering races just before the Grassroots Championship program got under way on Saturday night. The trotters kicked things off and Guelph resident Doug McNair guided Great White Way to his first provincial victory with a come-from-behind effort. The Deweycheatumnhowe son sprinted home to a one length victory in 1:58, besting Massive Muscles and Massacaia. Richard “Nifty” Norman conditions Great White Way for Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA and will be readying the colt for the Sept. 28 Super Final. The win boosted Great White Way from a four-way tie for twelfth up to second spot in the point standings. Turning for home in the pacing colt division moments later, Doug McNair looked to have a second victory locked up, but leader Three Of Clubs made an unprompted break and went from the front to the back of the field. After making his own error at the start of the race, Arthur Blue Chip took full advantage of his opponent’s miscue and powered up the stretch to a one-half length score in 1:53. Cluster Hanover also closed well to be second, with Marco De Vie completing the top three. Arthur Blue Chip, who was the winner of the Gold Series Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack in July, finished at the top of the two-year-old pacing colt division with a record of three wins, one second and one sixth in five Gold Series outings. Dr. Ian Moore trains the Shadow Play son for his partners in the Shadow One Stable of Guelph. The top 10 point earners from all eight Gold Series divisions will return to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 28 for the $1,600,000 Super Final Night. For complete results       Sandr Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Milton resident Randy Waples and Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh dominated the freshman trotting divisions on the $400,000 Grassroots Championship program at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 21. Kicking off the Championship action in the second race, Waples guided McIntosh trainee Pasadena Star to a commanding three and three-quarter length victory over R Choochoo Charlie and Warrawee Promesse. The two-year-old son of top trotting sire Kadabra stopped the clock at 1:58 to record his sixth lifetime victory in eight starts for Windsor resident McIntosh and his partner C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. “You’re going out there with a horse that you think is very competitive, if not the best one and basically you’re just going to try not to screw things up. That’s what I was looking for, don’t screw it up, and it worked out,” quipped Waples following the victory aboard the fan favourite and division point leader. “Right from the time he went behind the gate as a baby he knew exactly what he was doing,” added the reinsman. “He was a smart horse and he’s always stayed that way. He’s got a little faster, but everything manner-wise is exactly the same.” Three races later Waples was back in the winner’s circle having achieved an identical result with two-year-old trotting filly Chelseas Chance. Once again sent off as the favourite based on a division leading record of four wins and one second in five starts, Waples engineered a come from behind trip for the Kadabra daughter that saw her pull away in the stretch to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:59.2. Supreme Monarch and Erin Hall rounded out the top three. McIntosh and C S X Stables also bred and own Chelseas Chance, who boasts a freshman record of five wins in seven starts. The freshman pacing championships went to a pair of local horses that employed vastly different strategies to achieve their goal. Pacing colt Lucky King and driver James MacDonald of Guelph controlled the tempo from start to finish, sailing home one and one-half lengths ahead of VIP Bayama and Shadow Place in 1:52.2. Rockwood resident Andrew McCabe conditions Lucky King for Glenview Livestock of Guelph-Eramosa and Leonard Christopher of Acton, who took temporary leave of a nearby wedding to watch his horse capture a provincial championship. “We came here to see him win, and he did! He didn’t disappoint us,” said Christopher with a laugh. “It was great.” The Camluck colt, a full brother to former Grassroots winner Red Carpet Dude ($160,330), was a $14,000 acquisition out of the 2012 Harrisburg Yearling Sale and returned $59,512 to his owners with his fourth win in 10 starts. In the freshman pacing filly Championship Shadows Wonder closed from sixth at the top of the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory over Itsa Surprise Tome and favourite Momara. The Shadow Play daughter and driver Jack Moiseyev of Moffat stopped the clock in 1:54.2. “She’s been a just a lovely filly to work with, to do anything with, all summer long, she just had some bad luck starting out,” explained Guelph resident Dr. Ian Moore. “She got the one win and then just figured, ‘Oh this is what I’ve got to do,’ and away she’s been, so it’s been great.” Moore trains and owns the filly in partnership with R G McGroup of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of Saint Bruno, QC. Three-year-old pacing colt Panpero Firpo wrote his name into the history books by defending the Grassroots title he claimed at two. The No Pan Intended son and driver Brett Miller achieved the rare feat by storming from the back of the pack to the front with a :26.3 final quarter. George Jettison and Sea Harrier also closed well to finish second and third in the 1:51.3 mile. David Menary of Cheltenham conditions Panpero Firpo for owner-breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. Driver Brett Miller scored a second Grassroots Championship with sophomore pacing filly Mattys Big Day, who rolled out of the pocket to best pacesetter Betit To Getit in 1:53. Favourite Western Empress settled for third. Corey Johnson conditions Jeremes Jet daughter Mattys Big Day for Debbie Element and Ecurie JGV Enrg of Laval, QC. Reigning Lampman Cup titleholder Sylvain Filion of Milton piloted Legzy to a 1:56.3 victory in the three-year-old trotting filly Championship. The Amigo Hall miss, sent off as the fans’ top choice, bested Wind Stroll and Moms Apple Pie. Rockwood resident Rob Fellows conditions Legzy for owner-breeders Edward Wilson of Seagrave and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. The three-year-old trotting colt crown was captured in commanding fashion by Crosbys Clam Bake who rocketed down the stretch to an eight and one-quarter length victory over Photo Mass and Super Duke in 1:55.3. Guelph resident Doug McNair engineered the Kadabra gelding’s sixth lifetime win for trainer Per Henriksen of Norwood and owner Edward Lohmeyer of Cream Ridge, NJ. “Per’s done a great job getting him where he is now. He just told me, you don’t get paid at the quarter or the half,” said McNair after the race. “I could have got away last, that’s how much the best he was, as long as he stayed trotting. I knew he could win as long as he stayed trotting.” McNair and his peers will be back at Mohawk Racetrack next Saturday night, guiding the best Gold Series horses in the province on the $1,600,000 Super Final program. Videos for all races attached. For complete results         Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Weather brought Mohawk Racetrack’s Friday, Sept. 20 harness racing program to an early halt, but not before fans got a taste of what they can expect when the top Gold Series horses return to the Campbellville oval for Super Final Night. Two Gold divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts, two for the two-year-old trotting colts and one freshman pacing colt division were completed before ongoing power outages caused the cancellation of the program. The remaining divisions, one each for the freshman trotters and pacers, will be contested as non-wagering events beginning at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Sept. 21. All five Gold Series divisions that were completed featured impressive performances, highlighted by an Ontario Sires Stakes record clocking for William Wellwood Memorial Trot runner-up Harper Blue Chip. Sent off as the fan favourite, Harper Blue Chip eased off the starting gate into fourth as Muscle Matters powered out to a :28.1 opening quarter. Milton resident Sylvain Filion sent Harper Blue Chip up the outside heading for the :58 half and the colt had taken command by the 1:26.3 three-quarters. Muscle Matters mounted a fierce challenge in the stretch, but Harper Blue Chip was able to keep a head in front to claim the victory and the 1:55 Ontario Sires Stakes record. Alerthemedia finished well back in third. The mile eclipsed the 1:55.2 two-year-old trotting colt record set by Muscle Matters’ stablemate Murmur Hanover over the Mohawk oval in 2012. Lansdowne resident Mark Steacy conditions Harper Blue Chip for his partners Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall and David Reid of Glenburnie. The win gives the Majestic Son colt a record of one win and one sixth in two Gold Series starts, which will leave him short of the cut off for a post season berth. Fan favourites Deweykeepumnwhy and Moffat resident Jody Jamieson captured the other freshman trotting colt division with a 1:55.4 score for trainer Ronald Parsons and owner Norah Parks of New Lowell. The trotter will be back at Mohawk in next week’s $200,000 Super Final. The three-year-old trotting colt divisions featured personal best’s by both Buddy Hally and Flanagan Memory. Buddy Hally and Guelph reinsman Doug McNair captured the first $105,000 split with a 1:53.4 score for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and his partners Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI, and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. The win vaulted last year’s Grassroots Champion to the top of the sophomore trotting colt point standings. Flanagan Memory and Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou cruised along on the front end to a 1:53.3 triumph in the other division. The win was the Kadabra colt’s sixth in 10 starts this season for trainer Rene Dion of Saint-Lazare, QC and his partner Liette Flanagan of Repentigny, QC. The winner of the Goodtimes Final is undefeated in three Gold Series starts and will be looking to make it four in next weekend’s Super Final. The sole two-year-old pacing colt division that was contested saw Bugger Bruiser edge out pacesetter Crafty Master at the wire in a sharp 1:50.3 clocking. Favourite Jet Airway finished third. Guelph resident Anthony MacDonald piloted the Believeinbruiser son to his third straight win for trainer Carmen Auciello and owners Denarben Stables of Thornhill and Rocco Auciello of Stouffville. The finalists for the freshman pacing colt and trotting colt Super Finals will be determined after the last two divisions are contested on Saturday. Post time for the rescheduled events is 6:30 pm, while Mohawk Racetrack’s Saturday evening program, featuring the $400,000 Grassroots Championships, gets under way at 7:25 pm. Videos for all races attached. For complete results Sandra Snyder  

ELORA, ON — Buffeted by extreme weather, Grand River Raceway was forced to cancel its program of racing after just two Gold Series divisions had gone to the post on Friday, Sept. 20. One freshman pacing filly division and one freshman trotting filly division were completed before the severe thunderstorms arrived. The remaining divisions, two for the trotting fillies and one for the pacing lasses, will be contested as non-betting events before the Elora oval’s Sunday evening program. The non-wagering events will begin at 5 pm, with the regularly scheduled card getting under way at 6 pm. Racing over a fast track in the second race of the evening, the $105,000 division of two-year-old pacing fillies did their part to give fans their money’s worth in spite of the abbreviated program. Starting from Post 5 Porsche Seelster sprinted away from the starting gate to a :27.1 opening quarter, but was quickly under siege from favourite Alibi Seelster, who took over before the :56.2 half. Alibi Seelster carried on to a 1:25.1 three-quarters and was on top by a length turning for home, but the rest of the field was just shifting into gear. In spite of traveling up the outside through the bulk of the race, Performing Art was able to put a nose in front of Alibi Seelster, Porsche Seelster and Medoland Lindeylou at the wire. All four fillies were clocked in 1:56.1. Otis Hall conditions Performing Art for Sauble Hill Farms of Tara and his Nasussito Racing Inc. of Ayr. Cambridge resident Billy Davis Jr. guided the Shadow Play daughter to her first lifetime victory, assuring her of a berth in next weekend’s Super Final. The $70,000 trotting filly division saw Toughs Legacy trot to a four length win in 2:01 in spite of a racing surface that had been downgraded to sloppy and three seconds slower than normal. The Kadabra daughter and Guelph resident Paul MacDonell bested Flexible Woman and Tosca. Richard “Nifty” Norman conditions Toughs Legacy for Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL. The filly’s first lifetime win also boosted her from sixteenth in the point standings into the top 10. The top 10 point earners advance to the $200,000 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 28. The remaining contestants for the rich freshman filly Super Finals will be decided following Sunday’s trio of rescheduled Gold Series divisions, which get under way at 5 pm over the Grand River Raceway oval. For complete results please go to  Ontario Sires Stakes

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