Current News for September '18
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McIntosh advances four to Grassroots Championship
September 21 - Woodbine Mohawk Park hosted the two-year-old Grassroots Semi-Finals on Thursday and the youngsters put on a tremendous show for fans, with five of the eight races decided by less than one length.
Grassroots stars put Steacy on path to third Johnston Cup
September 20 - With a 26 point lead in the standings, Mark Steacy has all but locked up his third straight Johnston Cup title as the leading trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes program.
McIntosh’s tailor-made trotters set for Semi-Finals
September 19 - Bob McIntosh will start a quartet of custom-made trotters in Thursday’s two-year-old Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park, qualifying A Royal Line and Judge Ken in the trotting colt division and Splurge On Me and Nifty Trick in the trotting filly category.
Royale Elite lands his fourth Grassroots win at Grand River
September 12 - There were few surprises at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday night as the top two-year-old trotting colts and geldings padded their point totals in the last Grassroots event of the regular season.
Grassroots double for Henry as freshmen wrap up their season
September 11 - Seven Grassroots divisions were featured on Woodbine Mohawk Park’s Tuesday evening program as the two-year-old trotting fillies and pacing colts wrapped up their regular season.
Mud-splattered MacDonald doubles up in Grassroots
September 10 - Rain and fog greeted the three-year-old trotting colts and two-year-old pacing fillies as they gathered at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday night for their last regular season Grassroots events.
Pretty Handsome will take perfect record into Semi-Finals
September 7 - There were few surprises as the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings wrapped up their Grassroots regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening, with either the favourite or the fans’ second choice winning all three divisions.
Late surge propels filly to Semi-Final
September 6 - Thursday night marked the end of the Grassroots regular season for the three-year-old trotting fillies and Whip N Neigh Neigh wiggled up the inside and right into the post season with her first-ever Grassroots win.
Top fillies deliver impressive performances at Flamboro
September 4 - Ontario Sires Stakes action returned to Flamboro Downs on Tuesday evening with the fifth, and final, Grassroots leg for the three-year-old pacing fillies.
Freshman trotters were in full battle mode Monday
September 3 - Ontario’s exciting two-year-old trotting colts and geldings were in the spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening and delivered thrilling finishes in all three $19,500 Grassroots divisions.
Clinton Raceway wraps up 2018 in fantastic fashion
September 2 - Clinton Raceway closed out its 2018 season with an outstanding afternoon of racing on Sunday featuring the 38th annual Charity Driver’s Challenge and four Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies.
Pair of Grassroots wins part of half-dozen for Holliday
September 1 - Driver Ryan Holliday captured a pair of Grassroots victories at Hanover Raceway on Saturday, capping off a spectacular night that saw the Mount Forest resident win a total of six races.
Pacers wrap up regular season with personal bests
September 1 - The Woodbine Mohawk Park racing surface was in peak condition for Saturday’s rich card of racing and Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing colts took full advantage of the speedy surface in a pair of $95,600 Gold Series divisions.
Christoforou sweeps Grassroots at Grand River
August 27 - Driver Chris Christoforou swept the three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots event at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening, capturing all three divisions, two for trainer Lyle MacArthur and the other for his father, Chris Christoforou, Sr.
Local colts Stormont Ventnor and Majestic Fire score in OSS action
August 26 - Rideau Carleton Raceway rolled out the red carpet for the three-year-old trotting colts on Sunday evening, welcoming both the Grassroots and Gold Series competitors for a total of four Ontario Sires Stakes divisions.
Sports Hero takes flight at Hanover
August 25 - Hanover Raceway fans were treated to an outstanding night of harness racing on the half-mile oval’s annual Balanced Image program Saturday.
Freya Seelster’s Grassroots win the fastest, but most bittersweet
August 20 - Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing fillies were back in action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, competing in six $19,500 Grassroots divisions.
Write Me A Song authors track, OSS and Canadian record
August 19 - Write Me A Song took control of the three-year-old pacing filly Gold division with a track, Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record performance at Georgian Downs on Sunday evening.
First Grassroots hat trick for driver Scott Young
August 18 - Scott Young had the keys to the Kawartha Downs winner’s circle on Saturday, steering a trio of three-year-old pacing fillies to Grassroots victory.
Gold wins spark reflection and celebration
August 16 - Sophomore trotting fillies were the stars of the show at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening, competing in a pair of Gold Series divisions, and while one filly’s connections were ready to celebrate the others were headed straight back to work.
Stag Party scorches around Grand River in record time
August 15 - On Wednesday evening the top two-year-old pacing colts and fillies in Ontario made Grand River Raceway their stage for the second straight week, and Stag Party wrote his name in lights with a commanding track, Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record performance in the second Gold division.
Grassroots colts sharp at Georgian Downs
August 14 - Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts and geldings put on a show for Georgian Downs fans on Tuesday night, competing in six Grassroots divisions.
Royalty For Life colts sweep the Grassroots in Sarnia
August 11 - Sons of first-year sire Royalty For Life swept the two-year-old trotting colt and gelding Grassroots divisions at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday evening.
Jamieson makes good on second chance aboard Cambridge Kate
August 10 - When the two-year-old trotting fillies returned to Woodbine Mohawk Park for their third Gold Series event on Friday evening, driver Jody Jamieson had an opportunity to make amends for a decision he made in the July 15 season opener.
Okeanos gives Mayotte a golden birthday gift
August 9 - Roger Mayotte has been expecting big things from Okeanos since the gelding arrived in his barn last October and on Thursday night the two-year-old trotter put all the pieces together and gave the Mississauga resident a trip to the Gold Series winner’s circle for his birthday.
Ontario Racing announces two new Ontario Sired series for fall
August 9 - Ontario Racing, in partnership with Woodbine Mohawk Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District and Flamboro Downs today announced two new Late Closing stakes for Ontario Sired two and three-year-old horses.
Trio of maidens earn Grassroots laurels
August 7 - Ontario’s two-year-old trotting fillies hit the midway point in their Grassroots season on Tuesday evening and, once again, three new faces graced the Woodbine Mohawk Park winner’s circle.
Neon Moon lowers track record on sizzling Industry Day card
August 6 - Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies were part of Grand River Raceway’s annual Industry Day celebrations on Monday and Neon Moon set the tone for the afternoon’s festivities with a track record effort in the first $18,800 Grassroots division.
McNair wins six of 10 at Clinton Raceway Sunday
August 5 - Doug McNair delivered a dominant performance at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon, capturing two of four Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and four overnight events.
Four straight for Jimmy Freight
August 4 - Balmy temperatures set the stage for fast miles at Woodbine Mohawk Park during the Campbellville oval’s Civic Holiday celebration Saturday night, and none of them were faster than the 1:48.3 clocked by Jimmy Freight in his fourth straight Gold Series victory.
Head-turning Ontario Sires Stakes debut for Royal Rob
July 31 - For the second night this week the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings demonstrated a serious level of skill in Ontario Sires Stakes competition, this time in three Grassroots divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park.