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Tymal Lennon has spent the last two months matching wits with the Gold Series colts without gaining a solid foothold, so the two-year-old trotting gelding will return to the Grassroots program when it stops at Georgian Downs on Tuesday in hopes of regaining the form that saw him in the winner's circle at the harness racing season opener.

Thornton, ON resident Stephen Byron teamed up with harness racing trotting specialist John Bax to capture a pair of two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots divisions at Georgian Downs on Friday evening.

When two-year-old trotting filly Ashlake lines up behind the starting gate at Georgian Downs for Friday night's (September 17) $24,000 Grassroots test, her harness racing connections will be holding their collective breath.

Locally owned pacing filly On The Cusp was an effortless harness racing winner in her $24,000 Grassroots division at Georgian Downs on Friday evening. Starting from Post 7, the three-year-old distaffer sprang off the starting gate and had settled into third by the time fan favourite Kims Quest tripped the quarter mile timer at :27.

After a two month break, Ontario Sires Stakes excitement sweeps back into Innisfil on Friday, Sept. 10 with seven $24,000 Grassroots harness racing divisions for the province's talented three-year-old pacing fillies.

The richestharness racing program during Western Fair Raceway's fall meet, with $488,600 in total purses, will be contested this Saturday night featuring two $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold finals as well as the four finals for the Middlesex Series.

Driver Jody Jamieson had the magic touch at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening, capturing six of eight freshman harness racing Grassroots Semifinals. Canada's leading reinsman got off to a quick start in the first $30,000 Semifinal, piloting two-year-old trotting filly Canada Cool to a track record victory in 1:59.1.

Three-year-old Agusto showed he was the best in the eighth annual Dream of Glory final at Hanover Raceway. Going into the $100,000 race, Agusto went off as the 7-5 favourite after winning his elimination in the fastest of the four races in 1:58 and 2.

Less than a month after they battled over the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval in Trillium Series action, Ontario's top three-year-old trotting fillies are heading back to the nation's capital for a trio of $40,000 Gold Eliminations on Sunday, Oct. 5.

Valley Courtney maintained her hold on top spot in the three-year-old trotting filly point race, and stablemate Grammy Hall chalked up her first provincial victory at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening to give driver Stephen Byron and trainer John Bax the Grassroots double.

It took them a couple of races to get up to speed, but once they did Stephen Byron and John Bax were riding an express train to the Grassroots winner's circle at Western Fair Raceway on Monday afternoon.

Since the first years of Barrie Raceway and up to the present at Georgian Downs, probably no local family has been more involved or contributed more to harness racing in this area than the Byron clan.

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