Current News for July '17
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Henry, MacDonald and Steacy all double up in OSS at Grand River
July 19 - Driver Trevor Henry guided a pair of three-year-old trotting fillies to Grassroots glory at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening, capturing the second and third of five $15,600 divisions.
Novice trotting colts seize Grassroots victories at Mohawk
July 18 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the second Grassroots event of the season for the two-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday evening and both Ontario Sires Stakes trophies went home with first time winners.
Szabo family celebrates Grassroots win at Georgian Downs
July 16 - Trotting filly Stonebridge Rhyme may not have earned back all of her $29,000 purchase price, but on Sunday night the two-year-old gave owner Arpad Szabo something almost as a valuable, an Ontario Sires Stakes victory at his local oval Georgian Downs.
The Dark Shadow emerges from fog to claim OSS victory
July 13 - Heading into Thursday’s three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots event at Mohawk Racetrack The Dark Shadow had delivered nine top five finishes in Ontario Sires Stakes action without ever visiting the winner’s circle.
Filion captures a trio of Grassroots trophies in Innisfil
July 11 - Defending Lampman Cup champion Sylvain Filion made the trip to Georgian Downs for the two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots opener on Tuesday evening and delivered three trophies into the hands of delighted trainers and owners.
Phantom Seelster more than just a handsome shade
July 10 - Phantom Seelster caught the eye of many yearling shoppers at last fall’s Forest City Sale, and on Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack the roan pacing colt proved he has talent to go along with his looks.
Outside posts no problem for Grassroots and Kin Pace victors
July 9 - An outstanding afternoon of harness racing wrapped up the Kinsmen and Kinette Club’s PlucKinFest at Clinton Raceway on Sunday, starting with four Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts.
Percy Bluechip paces to Canadian record at Georgian Downs
July 9 - Percy Bluechip was the top selling yearling at last fall’s Forest City Yearling Sale and on Sunday evening the daughter of Shadow Play and Advantest set a Canadian record for two-year-old pacing fillies at Georgian Downs.
Bax and Byron guide freshman trotting colts to success in Innisfil
July 8 - Driver Stephen Byron and trainer John Bax teamed up for one win and one second in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots opener for the two-year-old trotting colts at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening.
Dancin Doug and Sports Legend impress in their OSS debuts
July 7 - Sons of Ontario sire Sportswriter put on a show at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening in the first Gold Series event for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings.
Trotting fillies kick off the two-year-old OSS season Thursday
July 6 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the first two-year-old event of the Ontario Sires Stakes season on Thursday, July 6 and 32 freshman trotting fillies invaded the Campbellville oval for two Grassroots and two Gold Series divisions.
Fresh faces in the Gold winner’s circle at Georgian Downs
July 2 - The upsets continued in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold action on Sunday evening as the three-year-old trotting fillies battled in two divisions at Georgian Downs.
Steacy trainees celebrate Canada Day in winning style
July 1 - When Mark Steacy loaded the horse trailer bound for Dresden Raceway’s Canada Day program he was hoping the five three-year-old trotting fillies on board would have a successful afternoon, but his imagination never stretched to the level of success the quintet actually delivered.
Trotting colts entertain Sarnia fans on Canada Day
July 1 - Trainer Rene Allard and driver Michael Whelan teamed up to win a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions on Hiawatha Horse Park’s Canada Day program Saturday.
Classic Pro notches his first stakes win on Canada Day
July 1 - Dr. Ian Moore has been clinging to the roller coaster that is Classic Pro for a month and, in spite of Saturday’s Gold Series win at Mohawk Racetrack, the ride is showing no signs of levelling off.
Ontario Sires Stakes double for leading reinsman Roy
June 27 - Driver Louis-Philippe Roy piloted two Ontario Sires Stakes winners at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening during a sophomore trotting colt contest that saw all three winners collect their first-ever Gold Series trophy.
MacDonald and McNair pilot fillies to Gold glory in Elora
June 26 - James MacDonald climbed onto the race bike behind Future Headlines for the first time at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening and piloted the three-year-old pacing filly to her first victory of the year in a personal best 1:54.1.
Four wins for nephew Filion a fitting tribute to a legend
June 22 - Thursday, June 22 was an emotional day for harness racing driver Sylvain Filion. In the early morning hours the Milton, ON resident learned that his uncle, the legendary horseman Herve Filion, had passed away after a prolonged illness.
McNairs notch win and second in Grand River Grassroots
June 19 - Father-son duo Gregg and Doug McNair picked up one win and one second in four Grassroots divisions at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening.
Filly taking a different path to OSS success than her big brother
June 13 - While three-year-old trotting filly Literally may not be poised to follow in the footsteps of her illustrious elder brother Dont Rush, the Dustin Jones trainee earned her second Ontario Sires Stakes trophy with a Grassroots win at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening.
Investment in patience nets Reid a Gold Series win
June 9 - April and May did not unfold quite the way Paul Reid had hoped, but the trainer is hoping Sweet Of My Heart’s Gold Series victory at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening signals a change in fortune for his three-year-old trotting filly contingent.
Jones earns a Grassroots double at Mohawk Tuesday
June 6 - Trainer Dustin Jones opened the three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots season with victories in the first two divisions, but the Waterdown resident is hoping Tuesday’s contest at Mohawk Racetrack will be the only time this season Try Try Again and Northern Major earn him a Grassroots double.
Soiree Seelster gives partners a pair of Gold Series trophies
June 1 - With two Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series events for sophomore pacers in the books, trainer Tony O’Sullivan is batting .500, taking home two of four trophies awarded.