Archives for August '05
Filly makes first start for Markdale trainer Saturday
August 31 - HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway will be the testing ground for Allan Breadner’s newest acquisition when the three-year-old trotting fillies arrive at the Grey County oval for Grassroots competition on Saturday.
Spare Time Rozie looking for solid effort Monday
August 31 - DRESDEN, ON — When the two-year-old trotting fillies square off in their fourth Grassroots event at Dresden Raceway on Monday afternoon, owner John Cowan would like to see all eight starters in the eleventh race take their eyes off the $15,000 purse.
Birminghim claims second Gold Final title
August 30 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The key to winning your triactor play in Monday night’s $130,000 Gold Final for two-year-old trotting fillies at Mohawk Racetrack was stunningly simple — select the top three money earners by red hot sire Striking Sahbra and hand over your money.
Run The Table colts prepare for Grassroots battle
August 30 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Woodstock Raceway wraps up its 2005 Ontario Sires Stakes season this Saturday, with nine Grassroots divisions for the talented two-year-old pacing colts.
Dr Robert Johns impressive in record setting romp
August 29 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Dr Robert Johns established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the two-year-old trotting colt division with an impressive track and Ontario Sires Stakes record victory at Rideau Carleton Raceway Sunday evening.
Astreos colts sweep Gold Eliminations in Windsor
August 29 - WINDSOR, ON — Fresh from a gritty performance in the Confederation Cup, reigning Gold Final champion Astronomical proved he is still at the top of his game with a Gold Elimination victory at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening.
Whatthehecklavec slowly raising owner’s expectations
August 29 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway features a double bill of Ontario Sires Stakes racing on Thursday evening as the three-year-old trotting fillies return to the Ottawa oval for their $130,000 Gold Final and the two-year-old pacing fillies square off in a pair of Trillium Series divisions.
Legends capture pair of Grassroots divisions
August 28 - CLINTON, ON — On Sunday, Clinton Raceway fans enjoyed a beautiful afternoon of harness racing during the track’s biennial salute to harness racing’s legendary drivers. The afternoon’s highlights included eight divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies battling in Grassroots action and a narrow victory by William “Bud” Fritz in the Legends Trot.
I Am Irish triumphs in the slop at Sudbury Downs
August 27 - SUDBURY, ON — I Am Irish not only scored a win in Saturday’s Grassroots event at Sudbury Downs, the local colt did it in fine style, clocking the fastest time of four $25,383 divisions.
Legends and dreamers star at Clinton on Sunday
August 25 - CLINTON, ON — On Sunday afternoon Clinton Raceway will salute some of harness racing’s legendary drivers and provide a venue for some of its future stars.
McIntosh, Moiseyev garner Grassroots riches in Windsor
August 25 - WINDSOR, ON — Bob McIntosh sent four starters to the post in Wednesday’s three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots event at Windsor Raceway and hauled two winners and a runner-up back to his LaSalle facility at the end of the evening.
Distant Memories hoping for a lucky break Sunday
August 25 - GLOUCESTER, ON — For the sixth time in his brief career, Distant Memories has landed a less than ideal post position. Through six starts the two-year-old trotter has started from the outer half of the starting gate on five occasions, and in Sunday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway he will line up from the trailing Post 9.
Bert’s Casey ready to tackle Gold colts in Windsor Sunday
August 25 - WINDSOR, ON — When Bert’s Casey rolls up behind the starting gate for his Gold Elimination at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening, trainer Joe Nantais is hoping the three-year-old pacer’s streak of bad luck in added money events comes to a screeching halt.
Pure Ivory aims for fifth straight at Mohawk Monday
August 25 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Two-year-old trotting filly Pure Ivory has visited the winner’s circle after all of her starts this season, but driver Steve Condren is not sure the filly can maintain that pace starting from Post 9 in Monday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack.
Maleficent, Whatthehecklavec victorious in Ottawa
August 25 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Maleficent surprised Rideau Carleton Raceway fans on Thursday evening, employing her trademark come-from-behind style to score an upset in the second of two Gold Series Eliminations.
Pure Ivory captures fourth straight victory Tuesday
August 24 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Pure Ivory delivered another impressive performance Tuesday evening at Mohawk Racetrack to extend her unbeaten streak to four and claim her first Gold Elimination trophy.
Clements pilots trio of Grassroots fillies to victory
August 24 - INNISFIL, ON — Local reinsman Dan Clements rang up an Ontario Sires Stakes hat trick at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, capturing three of seven Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies.
Local trotter hoping for Grassroots success Saturday
August 23 - SUDBURY, ON — Sudbury Downs wraps up its 2005 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Saturday night and Chelmsford resident Wayne MacLean is hoping three-year-old trotting colt I Am Irish can score one for the local side in the third of four $25,383 Grassroots divisions.
Dr Robert Johns sharp in Rideau Gold Elimination
August 22 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Dr Robert Johns reeled off the fastest of three freshman trotting colt Gold Series Eliminations at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday night and in the process extended the jinx that has hovered over the Mark Steacy stable at the Ottawa oval.
Alastor Hanover extends win streak to five
August 22 - DUNDAS, ON — Heavy favourites captured both Gold Series Finals and the Confederation Cup Final at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening.
Trotting fillies in the hunt for Super Final points Thursday
August 22 - GLOUCESTER, ON — This week owner Tom Rankin will be spending his spare time whispering subliminal messages in the ears of three-year-old trotting fillies World Class Image and Check And Balance. The fillies are headed to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday for Gold Elimination action and if they advance through to next week’s Final Rankin plans on taking a few days off to make the trip to Ottawa.
Aptly named colt shines in Sudbury Grassroots
August 21 - SUDBURY, ON — They may have been looking at his past performance, or maybe they just liked his name, but fans at Sudbury Downs were accurate in their selection of Sudburysatrdaynite as their top choice in the third of six Grassroots divisions on Saturday evening.
Orphaned at birth, trotting filly beats the odds
August 20 - WINDSOR, ON — Kilmartin Orphan’s Ontario Sires Stakes debut at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday will be a triumph for owners Betty Ann MacKinnon and Robert Harris no matter where the three-year-old trotting filly finishes.
World Class Image fights her way to Gold Final title
August 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When World Class Image hit the wire first in Thursday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, Pat Hunt let out a breath he has been holding for almost three months.
Pure Ivory has been pure pleasure for owners
August 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Fresh off a sweep of the Robert Stewart Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack last week, Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting fillies will square off in four Gold Eliminations at the Campbellville oval on Tuesday evening.
Georgian Downs hosts freshman pacing fillies Tuesday
August 19 - INNISFIL, ON — Fifty-six two-year-old pacing fillies are headed to Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening to compete for a total of $105,000 in the fourth of six Grassroots events on their schedule this season.
Steacy looking to shake off jinx on Sunday
August 18 - GLOUCESTER, ON — When Mark Steacy rolls into Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday night, the Lansdowne resident will be hoping two-year-old trotting colts Majestic Son and Mozart can break a streak of bad luck that has plagued him at the Ottawa oval.
Jamieson’s enjoy success with the horse nobody wanted
August 18 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs’s signature event, the Confederation Cup goes postward Sunday evening with a pair of $130,000 Gold Finals playing a supporting role on the $900,000 program.
Stars finally align for Astronomical
August 16 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Astronomical met up with Luc Ouellette for the first time at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening and the pairing proved to be stellar as the three-year-old pacing colt claimed his first Gold Final victory after two years of trying.
Clements trainees flawless in Grand River Grassroots
August 16 - ELORA, ON — Trainer Peter Clements and driver Ross Battin continued to steam through the two-year-old trotting colt division with a pair of victories in Grassroots action at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening.
Freshman pacing colts square off in Sudbury Saturday
August 16 - SUDBURY, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Sudbury Downs on Saturday night for the first in a two week series of provincial action at the half-mile oval.
Season back on track for World Class Image
August 15 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies return to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening for their third Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final, and Pat Hunt is hoping World Class Image can match her winning elimination effort.
Alastor Hanover continues to dominate Gold Series
August 15 - DUNDAS, ON — Alastor Hanover captured his fourth straight victory with a 1:55.1 Gold Elimination triumph at Flamboro Downs on Saturday evening.
Lady Dillinger equals records in Gold Final romp
August 15 - DUNDAS, ON — Lady Dillinger retained the three-year-old pacing filly crown with an impressive effort at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening that equalled the track and Ontario Sires Stakes record set by her rival Lucks Mistress in the elimination round.
Whatthehecklavec records victory in Gold debut
August 12 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Whatthehecklavec proved that her Canadian Breeders Championship win was no accident when the three-year-old trotting filly cruised to an effortless victory in her Gold Series debut at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
Witness To Fame sharp in Hiawatha Grassroots
August 12 - SARNIA, ON — Witness To Fame clocked the fastest win in seven Grassroots divisions at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening, circling the five-eighths mile oval in 1:54.
Trotting colts headline at Grand River Monday
August 12 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway fans get another dose of Ontario Sires Stakes excitement Monday evening when the two-year-old trotting colts arrive at the Elora oval for their fourth Grassroots event.
C H Meadow Miss floats to Trillium victory at Hanover
August 11 - HANOVER, ON — C H Meadow Miss claimed her second straight victory with a 2:03.2 score at Hanover Raceway on Wednesday night, clocking the fastest mile of all five freshman trotting filly Trillium Series divisions.
Trainers looking for luck at Flamboro Sunday
August 11 - REXDALE, ON — Carl Jamieson has been waiting all season for Lucks Mistress to deliver a performance like last week’s 1:53.1 record setting mile at Flamboro Downs, but four days away from Sunday’s $130,000 Gold Final the Princeton resident is worried that he might be back at square one.
Christoforou confident in pacer’s ability
August 11 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing colts are heading back to Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening for their third $130,000 Gold Final and, despite drawing outside for the second straight week, Noble Jake is being touted as the early favourite.
Hombre hoping to wrestle his way into Gold Final
August 10 - DUNDAS, ON — Brantford residents Greg Durand and David Gage have been riding a roller coaster this season with two-year-old pacing colt Hombre, but Durand is hoping they are headed for an upswing at Flamboro Downs on Saturday afternoon when the youngster competes in his third Gold Elimination test.
Style picks up Gold Final trophy Monday
August 9 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Post 9 proved to be no obstacle to Style as the two-year-old pacing filly captured her first Gold Final with a smart 1:53.2 score at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday night.
Local horsemen land Grassroots hardware at Kawartha
August 9 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Bobcaygeon resident Paul Jackson, trainer Kirk Thomas of Peterborough and driver Allan Nicholls of Woodville teamed up to capture one win and one third in Grassroots action at Kawatha Downs on Tuesday.
Lucks Mistress claims track and OSS record
August 8 - DUNDAS, ON — Lucks Mistress delivered an impressive victory over Flamboro Downs in the last of three Gold Series Eliminations on Sunday evening, powering to a 1:53.1 track and Ontario Sires Stakes record for three-year-old pacing fillies on a half-mile track.
Whatthehecklavec earns her way to the top
August 8 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies are headed back to Mohawk Racetrack Thursday evening for their third Gold Series event. Joining the province’s brightest lights is former Grassroots winner Whatthehecklavec, who earned her way into the top tier with an impressive upset in the July 30 Canadian Breeders Championship Final.
Galyn Seelster makes Grassroots debut Thursday
August 8 - SARNIA, ON — After a month long absence, Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening with seven Grassroots divisions for the talented three-year-old pacing fillies.
C H Meadow Miss hoping for Trillium success
August 6 - HANOVER, ON — Another talented group of freshmen are headed to Hanover Raceway on Wednesday night, ready to battle for a total of $70,000 in five Trillium Series divisions.
Attitude change earns Northern Edge a Grassroots berth
August 5 - FRASERVILLE, ON — After a less than impressive two-year-old campaign and a lacklustre start to his three-year-old season, Doug Brown and Richard Thomas had pretty much given up on pacing colt Northern Edge. However, a 1:56.1 mile in a June 11 event at Kawartha Downs marked the start of a transformation that has been just shy of miraculous and has led the pacer to a berth in Tuesday’s Grassroots event at his hometown oval.
Lady Dillinger aims for win number four Sunday
August 4 - DUNDAS, ON — Local favourite Lady Dillinger rolls into Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening riding a three race win streak, but Gaetan Hebert is a bit uneasy about sending the three-year-old pacer out in the second of three $39,606 Gold Eliminations.
Pacing stars ready to shine at Mohawk Monday
August 4 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack presents a double bill of Ontario Sires Stakes action on Monday when the two-year-old pacing fillies return to the Campbellville oval for their $130,000 Gold Final and the three-year-old pacing colts arrive for a pair of $63,000 Gold Eliminations.
Birminghim a surprise record setter in Ottawa
August 4 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway fans were witness to a masterful piece of driving Thursday night as trotting specialist Trevor Ritchie teamed Birminghim to a record setting Gold Final victory.
Patsy’s Point hunting for Gold in Ottawa Thursday
August 1 - GLOUCESTER, ON — After starting from the outside half of the gate for the last four weeks, two-year-old trotting filly Patsy’s Point will finally have an opportunity to test her skills from a spot closer to the rail on Thursday evening at Rideau Carleton Raceway.
Trotting colt majestic in Gold Final victory at Grand River
August 1 - ELORA, ON — A beautiful August afternoon and a field of talented two-year-old trotting colts resulted in another track record at Grand River Raceway on Monday as Majestic Son annihilated the 2:03.1 mark set by competitor Pass And Strike in last week’s Gold Series Eliminations.
Pacing fillies keep fans on their feet in Belleville
August 1 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Terry Fritz guided two-year-old pacing filly Luck Out to victory in the fastest of five Grassroots events on Quinte Exhibition Raceway’s Civic Holiday Monday program.
Battin picks up a trio of Grassroots wins in Dresden
August 1 - DRESDEN, ON — Ross Battin boosted his chances of scoring an unprecedented seventh Lampman Cup victory as the leading driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program with a trio of victories in Grassroots action at Dresden Raceway on Monday.
Sun N Sand fastest in Mohawk Gold Eliminations
August 1 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Sun N Sand scorched around Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening to her first Gold Series victory, stopping the clock in an eye catching 1:53.3.