Archives for August '02
Freshman trotting colts make second stop in Elmira
August 31 - ELMIRA, ON — For the second time this summer a talented group of two-year-old trotting colts will gather at Elmira Raceway when the Waterloo County oval showcases six Grassroots divisions on Monday night.
Quinte wraps up OSS season with 4-H Day at the Races
August 29 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Quinte Raceway wraps up its 2002 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule on Labour Day Monday with five Grassroots divisions for the exceptional three-year-old pacing fillies.
Independent Woman scores second Gold Final win
August 29 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Independent Woman trotted her way to a second Gold Final victory on Wednesday night at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Hitting the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of the competition the Royal Strength daughter regained a commanding lead atop the two-year-old trotting filly division standings.
Freshman fillies star in Labour Day spectacular at Clinton
August 28 - CLINTON, ON — Clinton Raceway kicks off its Ontario Sires Stakes season this Sunday with five divisions of Grassroots wild card action for the two-year-old trotting fillies. The fillies will highlight the track’s popular Labour Day festivities, which also include the 21st annual Driver’s Challenge, prize draws and a children’s carnival.
Pacing colts highlight Appreciation Day at Dresden
August 28 - DRESDEN, ON — Dresden Raceway hosts its annual Appreciation Day on Monday and, next to the free corn on the cob, the hottest things on the program are eight divisions of Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts.
Sophomore fillies head to Woodstock for wild card
August 27 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Frank O’Reilly will start a pair of three-year-old trotting fillies at Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon and the veteran trainer says both Summertimedreams and Katie Brook are primed to face any Gold Series filly who has entered in the Grassroots wild card event.
Gerry Lavec claims Gold crown in close finish
August 26 - REXDALE, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting colts gave Woodbine Racetrack fans full value for their dollar on Monday night with an outstanding finish to the $130,000 Gold Series Final. Less than a length separated the top four colts at the wire, with a scant nose deciding the winner.
Armbro Wand lowers track record at Dresden
August 25 - DRESDEN, ON — Dresden Raceway’s three-year-old pacing filly track record did not make it past the first of three Trillium Series divisions on Sunday afternoon.
Miracle horse puts win streak on the line Monday
August 23 - REXDALE, ON — When Meadowview Sunny steps in behind the gate at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday night, owner Charles Reid will not be worrying about whether or not the gelding can earn a sixth straight win or add a third Gold Final trophy to his collection. After a hair raising trip to the University of Guelph last spring, where veterinarians predicted the young trotter would never race again, Reid is just grateful to be in the game.
Local filly makes Gold Final debut Wednesday
August 23 - GLOUCESTER, ON — When two-year-old trotting filly Sephora makes her Gold Final debut on Wednesday evening at Rideau Carleton Raceway, owner Dr. Frederick Albert hopes the good luck that finally graced the filly in last week’s elimination round will be back in the race bike alongside trainer-driver Jason Gilchrist.
Henry’s score training and driving double at Hanover
August 22 - HANOVER, ON — Father and son duo Ross and Trevor Henry partnered for two wins and a runner-up placing in two-year-old trotting filly action at Hanover Raceway on Wednesday night. The duo posed in the winner’s circle after Races 7 and 10 with Taffeta Seelster and Zorgwijk Dutchess and logged the narrow miss with Odee Angelina in the first of six Grassroots divisions on the midweek program.
Sophomore pacing fillies return to Dresden Sunday
August 21 - DRESDEN, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing fillies are preparing this week for a return engagement at Dresden Raceway. The historic half-mile oval hosted the sophomore distaffers in their season opening Grassroots event on May 20 and on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25, they will compete in the second of three Trillium Series events on their 2002 schedule.
Independent Woman back to top in Ottawa
August 21 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Independent Woman reclaimed top spot in the two-year-old trotting filly division with a 2:01.1 score at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Wednesday night, the fastest of two Gold Series Eliminations on the midweek program.
Meadowview Sunny reaches win number five
August 20 - REXDALE, ON — Meadowview Sunny extended his perfect record to five with a 2:01.4 victory in his Gold Series Elimination at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday night.
McIntosh and McElroy on hot streak in Grassroots
August 19 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Snoops Bytes jumped to the top of the two-year-old trotting colt Grassroots division with a victory in the second of four divisions at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
Abby Road C obliterates track record at Flamboro
August 19 - DUNDAS, ON — After waiting two years for it to happen, all the pieces fell into place for Keith Jones and Abbey Road C at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening and the duo scored their first Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final victory in track and Ontario Sires Stakes record time.
Zirnis captures two Grassroots in Hanover
August 18 - HANOVER, ON — J Ls Sunny Boy scored the fastest win in five Grassroots divisions at Hanover Raceway on Saturday night, stopping the clock at 2:01.1 with a last minute charge down the stretch.
Royal Waltz posts fastest win in Elmira Grassroots
August 17 - ELMIRA, ON — Three-year-old trotting filly Royal Waltz made an impressive leap up the Grassroots standings at Elmira Raceway on Friday evening, scoring her first Ontario Sires Stakes victory in 2:01.2. The fastest of six Grassroots divisions, the mile forced trainer Budd Thorne to reassess his pre-race comment that the Royal Ballad daughter’s strength was her consistency and not her speed.
Local filly hoping for some luck in Gold Elimination
August 17 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting fillies head to the nation’s capital on Wednesday for the third Gold Series contest of their five-event season. Two Eliminations will go postward over Rideau Carleton Raceway’s five-eighths mile oval and Jason Gilchrist is hoping he and Sephora can finally earn their way into a Gold Final after running into bad luck in their first two attempts.
Pepi Lavec and Wall mine gold in Sarnia
August 17 - SARNIA, AUG. 17, 2002 — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies brought Hiawatha Horse Park fans to their feet for the second week in a row on Saturday night, delivering a blistering mile in their $130,000 Gold Final that lowered the track and Ontario Sires Stakes record.
Meadowview Sunny aims for number five at Woodbine
August 16 - REXDALE, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting colts make their third Gold Series start at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday night, competing for a total of $94,302 in three eliminations.
Hanover Raceway wraps up OSS season Wednesday
August 16 - HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway wraps up its 2002 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Wednesday evening with a visit from the two-year-old trotting fillies. Forty-one freshman fillies will compete for a total of $90,000 in six Grassroots divisions and local horseman Bryan Lawrence is hoping that Westbay Jane can earn a share of the provincial riches from Post 2 in the tenth race.
Grassroots points skirmish heats up at Hanover
August 15 - HANOVER, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Hanover Raceway on Saturday night with five Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts.
OSS colts share spotlight on Confederation Cup card
August 15 - DUNDAS, ON — This Sunday at 6:20 pm Flamboro Downs presents an outstanding card of harness racing, featuring eliminations and the final of the $600,000 Confederation Cup for three-year-old pacing colts as well as $130,000 Gold Finals for the two-year-old pacing colts and three-year-old trotting colts.
Freshman trotting colts invade Rideau Carleton Sunday
August 15 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening with four Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts.
Bax fillies ready for second round with Hiawatha record
August 14 - SARNIA, ON — After winning their eliminations in track record time last weekend, stablemates Natashas Kiss and Pepi Lavec have been ranked the early favourites for the $130,000 Gold Final at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday night.
Freshman pacing colts take over Kawartha Saturday
August 14 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Ontario’s exciting two-year-old pacing colts are back in action on Saturday night at Kawartha Downs, racing for a total of $135,000 in the third Grassroots event of their six-race season.
Sophomore fillies return to Grassroots action at Elmira
August 12 - ELMIRA, ON — When the three-year-old trotting fillies parade onto Elmira Raceway’s half-mile oval for the last of six Grassroots divisions on Friday night, trainer Budd Thorne hopes to find the old adage “slow and steady wins the race” applies to more than just tortoises.
Northern Harmony crushes track and OSS record
August 11 - DUNDAS, ON — Northern Harmony reclaimed the two-year-old pacing filly crown with a stunning track and Ontario Sires Stakes record performance at Flamboro Downs on Friday night.
Armbro Wallflower scores first Gold Final win
August 11 - REXDALE, ON — Armbro Wallflower leapt up the three-year-old pacing filly division standings with a victory in the $130,000 Gold Final at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday evening.
Semper Fi Hall lowers track and OSS record at Flamboro
August 11 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes competitors shattered track and provincial speed barriers for the second straight night at Flamboro Downs on Saturday. Competing in Gold Series Elimination action, three-year-old trotting colt Semper Fi Hall stopped the clock in 1:57.1 to shave one-fifth of a second off the former record set by Arva Crest Ago Go in 1996.
Bax fillies demolish track record twice in Sarnia
August 11 - SARNIA, ON — Hiawatha Horse Park’s three-year-old trotting filly track record fell victim to Ontario Sires Stakes competitors on Saturday night for the second time in the 2002 season. One month ago Crown Lavec trotted to a 1:58.1 record in Grassroots action and on Saturday night a pair of John Bax trained fillies lowered again it in consecutive Gold Series Eliminations.
Sir Luck shatters track and OSS record at Flamboro
August 11 - DUNDAS, ON — In a fitting finale to a remarkable weekend of Ontario Sires Stakes racing at Flamboro Downs, two-year-old pacing colt Sir Luck scorched around the half-mile oval Sunday night in a track and OSS record 1:53.4.
Ontario Sires Stakes record falls again at Woodbine
August 10 - REXDALE, ON — Firstline Luck came up with a brilliant effort at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday night to post his second hard fought victory in a stakes final this summer.
Two-year-old pacing colts return to Gold action Sunday
August 9 - DUNDAS, ON — When Carl Jamieson saw the post position draw for this Sunday’s program at Flamboro Downs he was disappointed to find Village Blitz’s name beside Post 8 in the second of two Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Eliminations. Village Blitz heads into Sunday’s contest off a pair of impressive half-mile victories and before the draw Jamieson was confident the colt could extend his streak at the Dundas oval.
Clements hopes a new star is born in Sarnia
August 8 - SARNIA, ON — When the three-year-old trotting fillies arrive at Hiawatha Horse Park for Gold Series Eliminations on Saturday night Dan Clements is hoping that his top filly can finally prove herself in Ontario Sirs Stakes action.
Race wide open in sophomore trotting colt division
August 8 - DUNDAS, ON — With two of three Gold Final winners missing, the three-year-old trotting colt division remains wide open as the colts head to Flamboro Downs for their fourth Gold Series Eliminations Saturday.
Wright and Kerwood score driving doubles
August 7 - INNISFIL, ON — Three-year-old pacing colt Judge Cam demolished his opponents in the fastest of eight Grassroots divisions at Georgian Downs on Tuesday night.
Kerr captures two Grassroots wins in Dresden
August 6 - DRESDEN, ON — Sarahs Crown flexed her muscles in the two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots event at Dresden Raceway on Monday afternoon, stopping the clock in 2:04.1 with an impressive wire-to-wire effort.
Henry scores win and three seconds in Belleville
August 6 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Tara Ballyduff toured the Quinte Raceway half-mile quicker than any of his peers in the two-year-old trotting colt Grassroots event on Monday, stopping the clock in 2:09 in the first of five divisions.
Mikestory triumphs in Gold Final
August 6 - REXDALE, ON — Mikestory got a text book drive from Bill Megens at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday night to capture her first Gold Series Final and bring rival Independent Woman’s win streak to a halt at four.
Woodbine fans ready for sophomore colt speed duel
August 6 - REXDALE, ON — When Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing colts return to Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday night for their third Gold Series Final fans can count on a repeat of the high speed display they saw in the elimination round last weekend. Elimination winners Armbro Warranty and Corona Grande will line up side-by-side at Posts 3 and 4, Pacific Titan gets Post 3 and Silver D Moon, who won the first Gold Final, will start from Post 5.
Division leaders star in mid-season match-up
August 5 - DUNDAS, ON — Friday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Flamboro Downs could provide one of the division leaders with a springboard to the top of the two-year-old pacing filly standings.
Sophomore fillies hoping for diversity in Gold Final
August 5 - REXDALE, ON — After three Gold Finals there has not been much variety in the winner’s circle in the three-year-old pacing filly ranks and Don Culham and John Clark are hoping their filly Nicki Newton can change that on Friday at Woodbine Racetrack.
Meadowview Sunny flawless at Elmira Raceway
August 5 - ELMIRA, ON — Two-year-old trotting colt Meadowview Sunny captured his second straight Gold Final on Monday afternoon, making a wire-to-wire trip around Elmira Raceway’s half-mile oval look as easy as a morning training mile.
Darling Caroline posts solid victory at Kawartha
August 4 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Darling Caroline scored the fastest Grassroots division win at Kawartha Downs on Saturday night. The three-year-old pacing filly logged an impressive effort up the outside to stop the clock in 1:56 and earn her first Ontario Sires Stakes trophy.
Fritz flawless in Sudbury Grassroots
August 4 - SUDBURY, ON — Sudbury Downs fans had an opportunity to watch a master horseman in action on Saturday night as soon to be hall-of-famer William “Bud” Fritz captured two of four Grassroots divisions for the freshman pacing fillies.
Armbro Warranty adds OSS record to his collection
August 4 - REXDALE, ON — Reigning Gold champion Armbro Warranty captured his third Gold Series trophy on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack and the Village Jiffy son did it in record-breaking style, stopping the clock in 1:50.3 to shave two fifths of a second off the all-time Ontario Sires Stakes speed tab.
Northern Harmony sharp at Flamboro Downs
August 3 - DUNDAS, ON — Northern Harmony returned to her winning ways on Friday night at Flamboro Downs, scoring the fastest of three Gold Series Elimination wins.
Exciting pacing colts invade Georgian Downs Tuesday
August 3 - INNISFIL, ON — A total of 72 three-year-old pacing colts will make their way to Georgian Downs on Tuesday night to compete in the third of six Grassroots events on their 2002 schedule. Among the talented youngsters vying for a total of $120,000 are three from Millar Farms in Newmarket and George Millar is hoping that all three can use the event as springboard to move up the division standings and into contention for one of 16 spots in the Grassroots Semifinal.
Armbro Wallflower scores first Gold Series win
August 3 - REXDALE, ON — Armbro Wallflower scored her first Gold Series victory and posted the quickest Gold Series Elimination win at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday night.
Independent Woman aims for second Gold crown Monday
August 2 - REXDALE, ON — Over the last five years Ross Henry has invested a total of $144,000 purchasing the offspring of Witsends Robin from breeders Grand Royal Farms and Ron Waples. Of the five yearlings he has acquired four have made it to the races, three have earned over $100,000 and in total they have banked $593,791 while in his care.
Trotting colts face off in $130,000 Gold Final at Elmira
August 2 - ELMIRA, ON — If trainer Paul Shakes had one wish heading into Monday afternoon’s two-year-old trotting colt Gold Final at Elmira Raceway it would be for a weather forecast with a mix of sun and cloud and no humidity.
Henry invades Belleville with nine trotting colts
August 1 - BELLEVILLE, ON — When the two-year-old trotting colts arrive in Belleville on Monday afternoon a sizeable number of them will be sporting the brown and gold colours of the Henry Stable. Trainer Ross Henry will harness nine colts in five Grassroots divisions at Quinte Raceway and the Arthur resident hopes that one or two Ontario Sires Stakes trophies find their way into his trailer before the afternoon is over.