Current News for August '19
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McNair and McClure double up in Grassroots action
August 17 - Drivers Doug McNair and Bob McClure split the three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots divisions down the middle on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park, McNair taking the first two and McClure the second pair.
Tall Dark Stranger adds a Gold win to his collection
August 16 - Tall Dark Stranger made his debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening and padded his growing resume with a seemingly effortless three length victory in 1:51.2.
Freshman pacing colts sharp in third Grassroots Leg
August 15 - Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts put on a good show at Woodbine Mohawk Park Thursday as three of the youngsters paced to personal best efforts winning their Grassroots divisions.
Karma Seelster reigns supreme at Grand River Raceway
August 14 - Battle Of The Belles champion Karma Seelster returned to Grand River Raceway for Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series action on Wednesday, Aug. 14 and picked up her third straight win at the Elora oval.
Perfect record for Teddys Littleangel at Georgian Downs
August 13 - Three-year-old trotting filly Teddys Littleangel made the second trip of her career to Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening and delivered the same result as she did in last summer’s debut, an open length victory in Ontario Sires Stakes action.
Hambletonian champion thrills fans with Gold Series win
August 12 - Hambletonian champion Forbidden Trade returned to Ontario Sires Stakes action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening and pushed his lifetime earnings over $1 million with his second Gold Series win of the season.
MacDonald records driving hat trick in Clinton
August 11 - The trip to Clinton proved worthwhile for reinsman James MacDonald on Sunday as he notched a driving hat trick, with two of the wins coming in Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies.
Fresh faces grace Grassroots winner’s circle in Sarnia
August 10 - Five divisions of freshman trotting fillies stepped to centre stage at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday evening, competing for a total of $117,500 in the third Grassroots Leg of their season, and a trio of fillies scored their first-ever victories in the Ontario Sires Stakes event.
Filion and Svanstedt have golden touch with trotters
August 9 - Two-year-old trotting fillies took centre stage at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday and for the second straight evening driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Ake Svanstedt struck Gold with a first-time Ontario Sires Stakes starter.
Commanding win gives Port Perry top billing
August 8 - Port Perry took sole control of top spot in the two-year-old trotting colt standings with his second Gold Series victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening.
Hiawatha Horse Park hosts Grassroots fillies Saturday
August 7 - Ontario Sires Stakes excitement arrives at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday, Aug. 10 with five divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies competing in their third Grassroots Leg.
Division leader Fit Bitt delivering on his early promise
August 6 - Division point leader Fit Bitt kicked off the third Grassroots Leg for the two-year-old trotting colts at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening, battling to his second straight victory in the Ontario Sires Stakes program.
Grassroots colts impress Industry Day fans
August 5 - Grand River Raceway fans were treated to a sun-soaked afternoon for the Elora oval’s annual Industry Day program on Monday, Aug. 5 and Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing colts kicked things off with the first of five Grassroots divisions.
Century Farroh battles to third Gold victory
August 2 - Century Farroh reaffirmed his position as king of the three-year-old pacing colt class with his third Gold Series victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening.
Kerwood hoping filly’s Grassroots stay a brief one
July 30 - A shift from the Gold Series to the Grassroots saw two-year-old trotting filly Jula Shes Magic cruise to her first-ever victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening.
Boadicea remains flawless in Gold Series action
July 27 - Boadicea continued her domination of the three-year-old pacing filly division with a third Gold Series win at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday evening.
Team McNair doubles up in Grassroots action Thursday
July 25 - Father-son duo Gregg and Doug McNair captured two $23,500 Grassroots divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening with three-year-old pacing fillies Swift Ally and Kylie Seelster.
Trotting fillies make winning look easy in Elora
July 24 - The favourites in Wednesday’s two-year-old trotting filly event at Grand River Raceway made winning $70,000 Gold Series races look as easy as taking an evening stroll.
Trotting colts mix it up in second leg of Gold Series
July 23 - Ontario’s top two-year-old trotting colts made their second Gold Series start at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening and the top two colts from the first leg swapped places in both divisions.
All Wrapped Up gifts Rideau Carleton fans with a track record
July 21 - Six divisions of three-year-old trotting colts battled over the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval on Sunday evening and All Wrapped Up saved the best for last — a 1:54.1 track record in the final Gold Series split.
Southwind Avenger looking for third straight Gold win Sunday
July 20 - Rideau Carleton Raceway raises the curtain on its 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes season this Sunday, July 21, featuring the province’s top three-year-old trotting colts in three Grassroots and three Gold Series divisions.
Local drivers dominate Grassroots action at Kawartha Downs
July 20 - A collaborative effort between Per Henriksen and Richard Moreau put two-year-old trotting colt Ripped And Ready in the Grassroots winner’s circle at Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening.
Sizzling mile puts Alicorn into OSS record books
July 19 - Steamy summer evenings often lead to stakes records and that was the case at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday as two-year-old pacing filly Alicorn stormed to an Ontario Sires Stakes record 1:51 in Gold Series action.
Tymal Tarot hoping for a little hometown magic Saturday
July 18 - Kawartha Downs will roll out the red carpet for the Ontario Sires Stakes program this Saturday, July 20, welcoming four divisions of two-year-old trotting colts and geldings for the second Grassroots start of their campaign.
Bright Eyes M headlines big night of OSS action
July 18 - Fillies of both the pacing and trotting persuasion invaded Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday night for six Grassroots and two Gold Series divisions and sophomore trotting filly Bright Eyes M delivered a standout performance in the first $105,600 Gold contest, romping to a four length victory in 1:53.
Filion dominates in Grassroots action Tuesday
July 16 - Woodbine Mohawk Park held 10 races on Tuesday evening and driver Sylvain Filion won six, including four wins in the second Grassroots leg for the two-year-old pacing colts.
Trotting fillies take centre stage at Georgian Downs
July 16 - Thirty-nine of Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies took a star turn at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, highlighting a card that was dedicated to fillies and mares.
Gold Series colts raise the bar in round two
July 15 - Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing colts stepped up their game at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening as both Gold Series divisions were clocked in 1:52.1, a full second faster than the quickest split in the Gold Series opener nine days ago.
Highland Foxytrotr quickest of the Grassroots debutants
July 14 - Georgian Downs fans were treated to five divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies competing for a total of $115,400 in their Ontario Sires Stakes debut on Sunday evening.
Warrawee Vicky gets third straight in Gold Series debut
July 11 - Rounding out the string of two-year-old season openers at Woodbine Mohawk Park in recent weeks, the trotting fillies kicked off their Gold Series campaign on Thursday evening in a trio of divisions.
Got Power adds Grassroots win to her resume
July 9 - Two-year-old pacing fillies were once again the stars of Woodbine Mohawk Park’s program on Tuesday evening, competing in five $23,500 Grassroots divisions.
Freshman fillies take flight in Gold Series opener
July 8 - Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing fillies put on a speed show at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening, competing for a total of $218,400 in a trio of Gold Series divisions.
Horse Trader impresses Grant with Grassroots win
July 7 - Twenty-eight freshman trotting colts invaded Georgian Downs on Sunday night as the Innisfil oval played host to the first Grassroots event of their season.
Bettor At Hightide sails to Gold Series win
July 6 - Twenty-one freshman pacing colts launched their Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series careers at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night and it was Bettor At Hightide and YS Mathis who emerged triumphant.
Freshman trotting colts debut at Georgian Downs Sunday
July 5 - Georgian Downs kicks off its 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes this Sunday, July 7, hosting the Grassroots debut of the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings.
Hes Watching colts sharp in freshman Grassroots opener
July 5 - It was the two-year-old pacing colts’ turn to shine at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening and the novices impressed fans in five $23,000 Grassroots divisions.
McClure sweeps freshman trotting colt Gold Series opener
July 4 - The Ontario Sires Stakes two-year-old season got under way on Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a pair of $108,000 Gold Series divisions for the freshman trotting colts, and driver Bob McClure was in the race bike of both winners.
Bright Eyes M lowers Grand River Raceway record
July 3 - Grand River Raceway fans were treated to a trio of impressive performances by Ontario’s top three-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday night, starting with a commanding track record effort by Bright Eyes M in the first $73,066 Gold Series division.
Grassroots win in Dresden makes it four straight for Splurge On Me
July 1 - Dresden Raceway fans were treated to a beautiful afternoon of racing on Canada Day, highlighted by four divisions of three-year-old trotting fillies battling for a total of $89,100 in Grassroots purse money.
Filion carves out golden path for Century Farroh
June 29 - Century Farroh delivered his second Gold Series victory of the season with an impressive effort at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday evening.
Grassroots a highlight of Canada Day at Dresden Raceway
June 28 - For the past five years the Ontario Sires Stakes program has been featured on Dresden Raceway’s popular Canada Day program and this Monday the half-mile oval will play host to four Grassroots divisions of three-year-old trotting fillies.
HIP contribution for single Gold Series divisions set at $150,000
June 27 - Today the Standardbred Horse Improvement Payment (HIP) Administration Committee announced that the 2019 HIP contribution to Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series events with a single division will be $150,000, plus starting fees.
MacDonald and Steacy take top billing in Grassroots action
June 27 - Driver James MacDonald and trainer Shawn Steacy teamed up for two wins and two seconds in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday night.
Favourites flawless in Gold Series action Monday
June 24 - There were no surprises at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday night as fan favourites Forbidden Trade and Southwind Avenger delivered impressive victories in the second Gold Series event of the three-year-old trotting colt season.
Zorgwijk Tim trots to track record on Legends Day card
June 23 - Ontario’s three-year-old trotting colts laid down some impressive miles in Grassroots action on Clinton Raceway’s Legends Day program Sunday, capped off by a track record for Zorgwijk Tim.
Boadicea roars to Ontario Sires Stakes record
June 22 - A beautiful summer night greeted the three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday as they assembled at Woodbine Mohawk Park for their second Gold Series event, and the clear skies and fast track resulted in a record setting performance by division leader Boadicea.
McNair scores Grassroots driving double
June 20 - Driver Doug McNair captured a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening, guiding Swift Ally and Sporty Tori to victory over a rain-soaked oval rated two seconds slower than normal.
High priced colt Esa finds his way to Grassroots win in Elora
June 5 - Three-year-old trotting colt Esa’s path to the Ontario Sires Stakes winner’s circle was a winding one, but the youngster finally made it with a 1:58.4 effort in the first $22,800 Grassroots division at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening.
Novices take a star turn in Grassroots action Tuesday
June 4 - When the three-year-old trotting fillies gathered at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening for the first Grassroots event of their season it was the novices who had the key to the winner’s circle.
Haveoneforme and Bright Eyes M romp to Gold wins
June 3 - On Monday the three-year-old trotting fillies gathered at Woodbine Mohawk Park for their first Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event and fans got a look at two impressive youngsters who could be battling for divisional supremacy all summer.
Gold Series debutantes triumph at Woodbine Mohawk Park
June 1 - Of the 26 three-year-old pacing fillies that gathered at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night for their first Gold Series event of the season, 11 were making their Ontario Sires Stakes debut and it was the debutantes that emerged victorious in all three divisions.
Filly goes from red dirt to pay dirt in 10 days
May 31 - So Much More has not quite settled into her new digs at the Beatson farm in Granton, but the three-year-old pacing filly made herself right at home at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Friday night, scoring an impressive victory in her $22,450 Grassroots division.
McNair expects big night of racing on Camluck Classic card
May 29 - A must-attend event on the Ontario horse racing calendar for almost 50 years, this Friday’s $458,650 Camluck Classic program at The Raceway at Western Fair District is loaded with some of the best harness racing talent in North America.
Gold Series winners ready to face North America’s best
May 25 - There are developmental milestones in every young horse’s career and Saturday night’s Gold Series season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park was a significant one for the province’s best three-year-old pacing colts.
Colts show off strength and speed in OSS opener
May 19 - A few raindrops did not put a damper on the 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes season opener Sunday, as the province’s top three-year-old colts impressed fans gathered at Flamboro Downs for the Dundas oval’s signature Confederation Cup program.
Ontario Racing Announces $2.375 Million In Additional Standardbred Horse Improvement Program (SIP) Funds for 2019
May 17 - Ontario Racing today announced an additional boost of $2.375 million in funds to the 2019 Standardbred Horse Improvement Program (SIP) as part of the $10 million of Horse Improvement Payment (HIP) funds earmarked for the horse racing industry by the Ontario government.
OSS colts the opening act for Sunday’s Confederation Cup
May 16 - The 46th Ontario Sires Stakes season gets under way this Sunday, May 19 with eight exciting races on the $538,551 Confederation Cup program at Flamboro Downs.