Archives for August '03
Flirting Lavec victorious in Gold Final
August 28 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting fillies put on an exciting show for Flamboro Downs fans on Wednesday evening, and in the end it was Flirting Lavec who captured the $130,000 Gold Final with a 2:02 effort.
Just Iffy looking for wild card win on home turf
August 27 - HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway fans are in for an exceptional evening of Ontario Sires Stakes action this Saturday when the program’s marquee division, the three-year-old pacing colts, arrive for their Grassroots wild card.
Sophomore trotters highlight Dresden’s Appreciation Day
August 27 - DRESDEN, ON — Monday is Appreciation Day at Dresden Raceway and fans are in for a treat. In addition to seven Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies, there is nonstop entertainment for the entire family throughout the afternoon.
Local filly makes Grassroots debut at Quinte
August 27 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Quinte Raceway wraps up its 2003 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Monday afternoon with the Grassroots wild card for the exciting two-year-old pacing fillies.
Eilean Donon captures $130,000 Gold Final
August 26 - REXDALE, ON — Eilean Donon and Tom Strauss delivered a masterful performance at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening to capture the $130,000 Gold Final for two-year-old trotting colts.
Top dogs square off in Sudbury Grassroots
August 26 - SUDBURY, ON — Sudbury Downs fans will be treated to a battle of the three-year-old pacing filly titans on Saturday night when Grassroots division leaders Hot Shot Rocket and Tribute To Heroes go head-to-head in the eleventh race.
Gassien, Ainsworth score Grassroots hat trick
August 25 - DRESDEN, ON — Island Zeeker kicked off Sunday afternoon’s two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots event at Dresden Raceway with a very impressive 1:58.4 score from Post 8.
Number 7 lucky in Trillium Series at Rideau Carleton
August 25 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Fans playing lucky number seven at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening hit the jackpot in both two-year-old pacing filly Trillium Series divisions, as the winners scored upsets from Post 7.
Hall of fame induction ceremony and silent auction
August 25 - The Silent Auction and 2003 Induction Ceremony will take place at the Toronto
Congress Centre on Thurs. August 28, 2003
Hetties Charm wins over Hanover fans
August 24 - HANOVER, ON — Local filly Hetties Charm captured her second straight Grassroots victory on Saturday evening at Hanover Raceway.
Battin, Henry capture pair at Quinte
August 23 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Shady Suspect cemented his hold on the top spot in the two-year-old trotting colt Grassroots division with his third straight victory on Friday night at Quinte Raceway.
Wanabeamillionaire sharp at Hiawatha
August 22 - SARNIA, ON — Two-time Lampman Cup winner Don McElroy gave Wanabeamillionaire a championship steer to record the fastest of four Trillium divisions at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening.
Dennie’s impulse buy paying off
August 22 - DUNDAS, ON — When Rob and James Dennie went to the Northern Standardbred Sale last fall they did not intend to purchase a horse. The brothers went to the Barrie sale venue to sell one of their own yearlings and were looking forward to taking a year off from breaking and training a young horse.
Top trotting fillies set to duel at Hanover
August 21 - HANOVER, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening with six Grassroots divisions for the talented two-year-old trotting fillies.
Haryott hopes colts solve puzzle at Woodbine
August 21 - REXDALE, ON — Bryan Haryott is looking forward to Monday night’s Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final at Woodbine Racetrack. Not just because the Etobicoke owner has a pair of two-year-old trotting colts competing in the $130,000 contest, but also because he hopes it will clear up the matter of which colt deserves first string status.
Trillium returns to Rideau Carleton Sunday
August 21 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Trillium Series action returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening with two divisions for the talented two-year-old pacing fillies.
Island Zeeker seeking Grassroots glory in Woodstock
August 20 - DRESDEN, ON — Dresden Raceway fans will be treated to an extra dose of Ontario Sires Stakes excitement on Sunday when the two-year-old pacing colts bring their Grassroots show to town. Originally scheduled for last Saturday at Woodstock Raceway, the event was cancelled due to concerns about the rotating blackouts so the colts are rested and raring to go.
Zorgwijk Emani impressive in elimination win
August 20 - DUNDAS, ON — Zorgwijk Emani romped to an impressive 10 and three-quarter length victory in Wednesday afternoon’s two-year-old trotting filly Gold Eliminations at Flamboro Downs, stopping the clock in a smart 2:01.2.
Impressive group of trotters heading to Quinte Friday
August 19 - BELLEVILLE, ON — An impressive line up of two-year-old trotting colts is heading for Quinte Raceway on Friday evening to compete in their third Grassroots event of the season.
Record Year for OSS Yearling Nominations
August 19 - MISSISSAUGA, ON — The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) announced today that they have received a record number of Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) yearling nominations in 2003.
Veteran and newcomer land Gold Final titles
August 18 - DUNDAS, ON — Three-year-old trotting colt JM Vangogh captured his second consecutive Gold Final title with a classic come-from-behind effort at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening.
Armbro Amaze looking to extend streak in Sarnia
August 18 - SARNIA, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old trotting fillies make their final Trillium Series stop at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening, with four divisions of fillies competing for a total of $65,628.
Coventry sharp in Gold Elimination win
August 18 - REXDALE, ON — Two-year-old trotting colt Coventry used a lightning fast mile in the Aug. 12 Review Stake as a springboard to an impressive 1:57.4 victory in Gold Elimination action at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening.
Tyrone Dillon remains flawless in Grassroots action
August 17 - INNISFIL, ON — Mr Garjangles captured his second Grassroots event of the season in impressive fashion at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening.
Freshman trotting lasses face tough eliminations
August 16 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting fillies head to Flamboro Downs on Wednesday afternoon to compete in eliminations for the third Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event on their 2003 calendar.
Ontario-breds star at Flamboro Downs Sunday
August 15 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs offers up a tremendous program of harness racing on Sunday evening, highlighted by the $558,000 Confederation Cup and a pair of $130,000 Gold Finals.
How Is That Fair hoping to earn lion’s share Monday
August 15 - REXDALE, ON — How Is That Fair heads into Monday evening’s Gold Series Eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack as a heavy favourite for the fifth time in his brief career, in spite of drawing Post 9 in the second elimination.
Certified Election hoping for Grassroots glory in Innisfil
August 13 - INNISFIL, ON — An impressive line up of three-year-old trotting colts will make their way to Georgian Downs on Saturday evening to compete for a total of $108,000 in six Grassroots divisions.
Island Zeeker seeking Grassroots glory in Woodstock
August 12 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts are headed to Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon in 11 Grassroots divisions worth a total of $198,000.
Groovie Day captures fourth straight victory
August 11 - DUNDAS, ON — Two-year-old pacing colt Groovie Day captured his fourth straight victory with an impressive 1:56.4 effort at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening.
Queen Of Jewels adds gold to her crown
August 11 - REXDALE, ON — On Monday evening Queen Of Jewels paid trainer Carman Hie back for months of frustration with a flawless victory in her first Gold Final appearance.
Armbro Amaze wins second straight at Hanover
August 10 - WOODBINE, ON — Armbro Amaze continued her love affair with Hanover Raceway on Saturday night, capturing her Grassroots division by an impressive nine lengths in 2:00.
Jasper Avenue scores major upset in Gold Final
August 9 - REXDALE, ON — Jasper Avenue delivered an outstanding performance at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday evening to capture her first ever Gold Final victory.
Earl sons capture Gold Eliminations
August 9 - DUNDAS, ON — At A Boy Eric stepped up to the plate at Flamboro Downs on Saturday to capture his first Ontario Sires Stakes victory of the season in Gold Elimination action.
Famous Seelster captures Woodbine Gold Final
August 9 - REXDALE, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing colts gave Woodbine Racetrack fans another outstanding display in their $130,00 Gold Final on Saturday, which saw a different colt coronated for the third time this season.
Wallace colts bring substance, not flash to Gold debut
August 7 - DUNDAS, ON — The top two-year-old pacing colts return to Ontario Sires Stakes action on Sunday evening at Flamboro Downs, with four divisions of youngsters competing for a total of $129,536.
Queen Of Jewels finds her balance in Gold Series
August 7 - REXDALE, ON — One year ago Carman Hie would not have believed that Queen Of Jewels would be among the favourites in Monday night’s three-year-old trotting filly Gold Final at Woodbine Racetrack. In March of her two-year-old season the filly started driving on one line and by the end of the year the problem had progressed to the point where it cost her the Grassroots Championship.
Trotting colts battle for Gold at Flamboro Saturday
August 6 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting colts return to Gold Series action this Saturday afternoon at Flamboro Downs, minus Hambletonian winner Amigo Hall who is enjoying a brief vacation to bask in the glow of his $1 million victory.
Joyful Day makes her Grassroots debut Saturday
August 6 - HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway fans get their third dose of Ontario Sires Stakes excitement this Saturday when eight divisions of three-year-old trotting fillies battle in Grassroots action.
Los Angeles flawless in Gold Final triumph
August 6 - WINDSOR, ON — Los Angeles captured her first Gold Final at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday night, hitting the wire one-fifth of a second shy of the two-year-old pacing filly track record shared by Ontario Sires Stakes superstars Odies Fame and Precious Delight.
Earl Of Openwood is lord of Dresden Grassroots
August 5 - DRESDEN, ON — Earl Of Openwood delivered an impressive victory in Grassroots action at Dresden Raceway on Monday afternoon, overcoming Post 7 to score the fastest win of all five divisions.
Excusez Moi, Queen Of Jewels capture eliminations
August 5 - REXDALE, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old trotting fillies gave Woodbine Racetrack fans their money’s worth of excitement on Monday evening as Excusez Moi battled to a narrow victory over favourite For The Luva Moni in the second of two Gold Series Eliminations.
Boulder Creek cruising into Gold Final
August 5 - REXDALE, ON — Woodbine Racetrack presents an exceptional card of North America’s premier pacers on Saturday evening, including a $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for three-year-old pacing colts.
Meadowview Marion and Mr. OSS capture Gold Final
August 4 - ELMIRA, ON — Veteran Ontario Sires Stakes reinsman Dave Wall took full advantage of his inside post at Elmira Raceway on Monday afternoon, piloting Meadowview Marion to her first win in a $130,000 Gold Final.
Sensational Rocket fired to victory at Quinte
August 4 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Reg Gassien piloted Emersons Aah Jewel to a popular hometown victory in Grassroots action at Quinte Raceway on Monday afternoon.
Burning Point aiming for second Gold Final win Friday
August 4 - REXDALE, ON — Heading into Friday’s $130,000 Gold Final for three-year-old pacing fillies at Woodbine Racetrack, reigning Gold Final champion Burning Point appears to have all the cards stacked in her favour.
Brown scores Grassroots driving double
August 3 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Trainer Ben Wallace and driver Barry Treen teamed up for a pair of wins in Grassroots action at Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening.
Boulder Creek rocks to second straight victory
August 3 - REXDALE, ON — Boulder Creek delivered a sharp front end performance to log the fastest of three Gold Series Elimination victories on Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack.
How Is That Fair undefeated in Gold Finals
August 3 - WINDSOR, ON — Freshman trotting colt How Is That Fair captured his second straight Gold Final with an impressive front-end effort at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening.
Rocket N Rollit sharp in Woodbine Gold Elimination
August 2 - REXDALE, ON — In the first of three Gold Series events scheduled for the Civic Holiday weekend, Woodbine Racetrack fans were treated to an impressive display by the three-year-old pacing fillies on Friday evening.
Amigo Hall upsets in Hambletonian
August 2 - EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Amigo Hall scored a tremendous upset in the $1 million Hambletonian Trot this afternoon, becoming the second Ontario-sired colt to capture the historic event this decade.
McIntosh fillies primed for Gold Final
August 2 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway fans get a second helping of Ontario Sires Stakes excitement this week as the two-year-old pacing fillies return to the five-eighths mile oval for their $130,000 Gold Final on Wednesday evening.
Freshman pacing fillies impress Woodstock fans
August 2 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Soutine Hanover captured the fastest of eight Grassroots divisions at Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon with an impressive come-from-behind effort in 2:00.
Henry trio looking for Gold on last Industry Day
August 1 - ELMIRA, ON — Ross Henry will send out a trio of elimination winners in the $130,000 Gold Final on Elmira Raceway’s Industry Day program Monday, but the Arthur resident will have to wait for a phone call to find out where the two-year-old trotting fillies finish.