Archives for August '06
Windsong Diamond hoping to carve her own path Monday
August 31 - DRESDEN, ON — When two-year-old trotting filly Windsong Diamond rolls into Dresden Raceway on Monday afternoon for her second last Grassroots event, Malcolm MacPhail is hoping history does not repeat itself.
Local colt looking to rustle up a Grassroots win Monday
August 31 - ELORA, ON — Ontario’s exciting three-year-old pacing colts will mark the end of summer at Grand River Raceway on Labour Day Monday, competing for a total of $107,330 in seven Grassroots divisions.
Freshman trotting colt dreaming of success in Clinton
August 30 - CLINTON, ON — For the next two weeks trotters will be centre stage at Clinton Raceway as the popular half-mile oval hosts Grassroots action for the two-year-old trotting colts this Sunday, Sept. 3 and the three-year-old trotting colts on Sunday, Sept. 10.
Filly hoping to spin off quick success for new owners
August 30 - DUNDAS, ON — Spun Sugar landed in the toughest of three Trillium Series divisions at Flamboro Downs on Saturday, but Bradley Grant and Ben Wallace are looking at the tough competition as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.
Megens keeping his options open for Sunday’s Gold Final
August 30 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — For the first four months of his racing career, Stormaway captured 11 of 12 starts in classic front end style, but last week the three-year-old pacing colt surprised Mohawk Racetrack fans by sitting off the pace and laying down a :26.3 last quarter to win his elimination and earn a berth in this Sunday’s $130,000 Gold Final.
Delcrest Luckygirl sharp in Grassroots win at Flamboro
August 30 - DUNDAS, ON — Delcrest Luckygirl opened the afternoon’s festivities at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday with an impressive 1:58.2 mile that would go unmatched through the remainder of the three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots divisions.
Porsche Hall fuels owner’s passion for harness racing
August 29 - GLOUCESTER, ON — With Porsche Hall starting from Post 3 in Thursday’s Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway, Sebastian Benenati has cancelled the three-year-old trotting filly’s appointment with a colleague in a more obscure field of medicine than that practised by the Michigan foot and ankle specialist.
Local fillies eye a share of Grassroots pie in Hanover
August 29 - HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway wraps up its 2006 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule this Saturday, Sept. 2 with the last regular season Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing fillies.
Record setting trotter returns to Georgian Downs Saturday
August 29 - INNISFIL, ON — Heading back to Georgian Downs for Saturday’s $130,000 Gold Final, three-year-old trotting colt Majestic Son sports a five race win streak, two track and Ontario Sires Stakes speed records and a growing fan club.
Twin B Diva shatters Clinton track record
August 28 - CLINTON, ON — Clinton Raceway fans were treated to an outstanding display of talent by the two-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday afternoon, capped off by a track record performance from Twin B Diva in the last of nine $15,000 Grassroots divisions.
Carolyn AS triumphant in Mohawk Gold Final Sunday
August 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Carolyn AS delivered her fourth straight winning effort to claim the two-year-old trotting filly Gold Final title at Mohawk Racetrack on Sunday evening.
Quirky filly hoping to land a Grassroots win at Flamboro
August 26 - DUNDAS, ON — Three-year-old trotting filly Emmamazing makes her second Grassroots start next Wednesday, Aug. 30 at Flamboro Downs and trainer Don LeBlanc is hoping the quirky youngster can finally find her way into the winner’s circle.
Ancaster trainer will harness pair at Flamboro Thursday
August 26 - DUNDAS, ON — Heading into their second last Grassroots event on Thursday, Aug. 31 at Flamboro Downs, the pressure is on the province’s two-year-old pacing colts to bolster their point tallies and secure a berth in the lucrative post season.
Georgian Downs record falls to Majestic Son
August 26 - INNISFIL, ON — Damp weather left the Georgian Downs oval one second slower than normal on Saturday night, but it made no difference to Majestic Son as the three-year-old trotting colt chewed up his second straight track and Ontario Sires Stakes record this week.
Porsche Hall claims second straight Gold Series victory
August 25 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Porsche Hall delivered another impressive effort to capture the $96,017 three-year-old trotting filly Gold Elimination at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening.
Indiana Hall rolls into Innisfil on Gold Series success
August 23 - INNISFIL, ON — Robert Fellows had a master plan for Indiana Hall’s sophomore season, and the trainer admits that this Saturday’s Gold Eliminations at Georgian Downs were not part of his original strategy. However, a runner-up finish in last weekend’s Gold Final earned the trotter a second run at the province’s major players.
Fiery filly hoping for return to form at Clinton Sunday
August 23 - CLINTON, ON — With a total of 70 points heading into Sunday’s Grassroots event at Clinton Raceway, two-year-old pacing filly Val’s Vision is well ahead of where trainer Stanley Atkinson thought she would be at this stage in her freshman season.
Secluded Island ready to resume Gold Series rivalries
August 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack spotlights two outstanding Gold Series divisions on Sunday evening as the two-year-old trotting fillies compete in their fourth $130,000 Gold Final and the three-year-old pacing colts battle in their second last set of Gold Eliminations.
Porsche Hall floats into Ottawa on wave of good fortune
August 21 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Porsche Hall heads into Gold Elimination action at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday riding the biggest wave of good fortune that she has experienced this season, and trainer Terry Kerr is crossing his fingers that it can carry her through to next week’s Gold Final.
Majestic Son flawless in record setting Gold Final win
August 20 - DUNDAS, ON — The weather at Flamboro Downs on Sunday afternoon was brisk, and so was the racing as fans witnessed record setting miles in the three-year-old trotting colt Gold Final and the Confederation Cup Final.
Trotting filly Carolyn AS sharp in Gold Series debut
August 20 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — A two-time winner at the Grassroots level, Carolyn AS made a successful leap up to the Gold Series at Mohawk Racetrack on Sunday evening, capturing her elimination in an impressive 1:58.1.
Trotting hopples provide the answer at Rideau Carleton
August 19 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Trotting hopples proved to be the secret ingredient for two-year-old trotting colt Mister Machine, who cruised to a 12 and a half length victory in Grassroots action at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening.
I’m Classy extends Grassroots streak to four
August 19 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Three-year-old trotting colt I’m Classy extended his Grassroots win streak to four with a gate-to-wire triumph in the fourth of seven $15,000 Grassroots events on tap at Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon.
Themachmanprophecy victorious at Sudbury Downs
August 19 - SUDBURY, ON — Themachmanprophecy picked up his first lifetime victory with a 2:02.1 victory in two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots action at Sudbury Downs on Saturday evening.
Twin B Diva triumphs in front of hometown crowd
August 18 - SARNIA, ON — On Thursday evening at Hiawatha Horse Park, Twin B Diva delivered the kind of performance Jim Ainsworth has waited six weeks to see, cruising to an impressive 1:56 victory in the second of 10 Grassroots divisions.
Breeder’s talented trio aim for share of $1.1 million Sunday
August 17 - DUNDAS, ON — With one horse in each of three Gold Finals on Flamboro Downs’s exceptional Confederation Cup program, Chris Christoforou, Sr. has a better chance than most to take home a share of the $1.1 million that will be up for grabs at the Dundas oval on Sunday afternoon.
Byron and Celsius Hanover find winner’s circle in Innisfil
August 16 - INNISFIL, ON — Stephen Byron piloted three-year-old trotting filly Celsius Hanover to her first Grassroots win of the season at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening.
Maple Sugar heads back to Gold off sweet win at Mohawk
August 16 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Heading into Sunday’s Gold Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack, two-year-old trotting filly Maple Sugar has two wins under her belt, the most recent an impressive mile in a division of the Robert Stewart Memorial at the Campbellville oval last weekend.
Hiawatha flooded with freshman pacing fillies Thursday
August 15 - SARNIA, ON — Hiawatha Horse Park will be overrun with two-year-old pacing fillies on Thursday, Aug. 17 as 84 eager youngsters converge on the Sarnia oval to compete for a total of $150,000 in 10 Grassroots divisions.
Owner hoping good things come in threes Friday
August 15 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Heading into the second half of their Grassroots season at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday night, all three of Dr. Frederick Albert’s two-year-old trotting colts are within striking distance of a berth in the lucrative post season.
Trainer living his dream in Ontario Sires Stakes
August 15 - SUDBURY, ON — When James Kay decided to open his own stable two and a half years ago, he set several goals for himself, one of which was to win an Ontario Sires Stakes race. Heading into Saturday’s two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots event at Sudbury Downs, the Hamilton resident has placed not one, but two check marks next to that goal thanks to division leader Mach It Paid.
Division leaders ready for battle at Woodstock Saturday
August 15 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Woodstock Raceway wraps up another steamy Ontario Sires Stakes season on Saturday afternoon with seven $15,000 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts.
OSS record falls on second straight night at Flamboro
August 14 - DUNDAS, ON — Australian Stock matched the oldest Ontario Sires Stakes speed record with a 1:59.3 score in freshman trotting colt Gold Elimination action at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening.
Mr Feelgood flawless in Gold Final victory
August 14 - WINDSOR, ON — Mr Feelgood picked up his first Gold Final trophy with an effortless 1:51.3 score at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening.
Kerr euphoric as Porsche Hall delivers Gold Final upset
August 14 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — He may have been mud splattered, but nothing could hide the smile on Terry Kerr’s face as he returned to the Mohawk Racetrack winner’s circle after capturing Monday night’s $130,000 Gold Final with three-year-old trotting filly Porsche Hall.
OSS 3-Year-Old Filly Trot at Georgian Downs to be Redrawn
August 12 - Due to a Race Office error that was just discovered Saturday morning, the OSS 3-year-old Filly Trot scheduled for Georgian Downs on Tuesday, Aug. 15 will be redrawn.
Walker earns pair of Grassroots trophies at Quinte Friday
August 12 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Tymal Francesca picked up her second Grassroots trophy of the season with an impressive 2:06.3 victory at Quinte Exhibition Raceway on Friday evening.
Bold Bidder rolls to first Gold Final win at Flamboro
August 12 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs fans got an eyeful of Ontario Sires Stakes talent on Saturday as three-year-old pacing filly Bold Bidder captured her first Gold Final and sophomore trotting colt Yorktown Gunner matched the track and Ontario Sires Stakes record with his 1:56.1 Gold Elimination win.
Matty Mcgee earns second straight Grassroots trophy
August 11 - SARNIA, ON — Matty Mcgee stepped off the fastest of nine Grassroots divisions at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening, stopping the clock in a smart 1:52.2.
Stonebridge Volare looking to leap up standings Tuesday
August 11 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs begins a three week stretch of exciting Ontario Sires Stakes racing this Tuesday, Aug. 15 with nine Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies.
Jamieson colts gunning for Gold at Flamboro Sunday
August 10 - DUNDAS, ON — On Sunday, Aug. 13, day two of the Gold Series invasion at Flamboro Downs, Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts and trotting colts will command eight of 12 races on the afternoon program.
Ford hopes Alastor Hanover is regaining freshman form
August 10 - WINDSOR, ON — When the three-year-old pacing colts roll up behind the gate at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening, trainer Mark Ford is hoping that the real Alastor Hanover will show up.
Maxwell’s dynamic duo back in action Monday
August 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Last Monday at Mohawk Racetrack, Brad Maxwell enjoyed the kind of night trainers dream about, sweeping a pair of Gold Series Eliminations with three-year-old trotting fillies Pure Ivory and Meadowview Tiffy.
Flamboro Downs hosts Ontario Sires Stakes gold rush
August 9 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs features two days of outstanding Ontario Sires Stakes action this weekend, opening on Saturday afternoon with the three-year-old pacing filly Gold Final and three-year-old trotting colt Gold Eliminations, and following up with Gold Eliminations for the two-year-old trotting and pacing colts on Sunday evening.
Plumbing Princess three for three in Grassroots
August 7 - SUDBURY, ON — Plumbing Princess recorded her third Grassroots victory with an impressive come from behind score at Sudbury Downs on Sunday afternoon.
Lakeside Bride is the belle of the ball in Ottawa
August 7 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Two-year-old trotting filly Lakeside Bride made her first Ontario Sires Stakes victory a lucrative one, capturing the $130,000 Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
Canadette victorious in Windsor Gold Final
August 7 - WINDSOR, ON — Canadette cruised to her second straight victory with a flawless front end performance in the $130,000 two-year-old pacing filly Gold Final at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening.
Australian Stock snares Gold Final trophy at Grand River
August 7 - ELORA, ON — Australian Stock captured the $130,000 two-year-old trotting colt Gold Final at Grand River Raceway on Monday afternoon in commanding style, cruising around the half-mile oval in 2:01.4.
Jamieson and Forward capture pair of Grassroots trophies
August 7 - DRESDEN, ON — Carl Jamieson trainees captured a pair of two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots divisions at Dresden Raceway on Monday afternoon, capping off a very good day at the races for the Princeton resident.
Ainsworth colts in hunt for post season berth
August 7 - SARNIA, ON — Hiawatha Horse Park plays host to the golden boys of summer on Thursday, Aug. 10, welcoming nine divisions of three-year-old pacing colts for their fourth Grassroots event.
Maxwell and Condren sweep Gold Eliminations
August 7 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Steve Condren and Brad Maxwell teamed up at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening to capture both Gold Eliminations for the three-year-old trotting fillies.
Leading trainer will harness four fillies in Belleville Friday
August 7 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Wayne Henry currently has a comfortable lead in the Johnston Cup race for the Ontario Sires Stakes’ leading trainer award and the Arthur resident could broaden the margin with a successful evening at Quinte Exhibition Raceway on Friday.
Henry harnesses Grassroots power in Belleville
August 5 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Mark Steacy sent a trio of two-year-old trotting colts into the Grassroots fray for the first time on Friday evening at Quinte Exhibition Raceway and the Lansdowne resident found his way to the winner’s circle with Keystone Saint.
Don’t You Smile poses in winner’s circle at Flamboro
August 5 - FLAMBORO, ON — Don’t You Smile recorded her second Gold Elimination win of the season on Saturday afternoon at Flamboro Downs, clocking the fastest mile of three $38,096 eliminations.
Lady Mach aims for hometown advantage Monday
August 3 - DRESDEN, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing fillies will celebrate the Civic Holiday at Dresden Raceway on Monday, where they will compete for a total of $135,000 in nine Grassroots divisions.
Canadette hoping to repeat at Windsor Sunday
August 3 - WINDSOR, ON — This Sunday Windsor Raceway plays host to some of the most talented horses racing in Ontario as the top nine two-year-old pacing fillies return to the five-eighths mile oval for their $130,000 Gold Final and 16 talented three-year-old pacing colts gather for a pair of $57,552 Gold Eliminations.
Henry will harness powerful trio in Ottawa Sunday
August 3 - GLOUCESTER, ON — When the two-year-old trotting fillies line up behind the Rideau Carleton Raceway starting gate on Sunday evening three of them will be flying the Henry Stable’s brown and gold colours, including early favourite Tymal Timeout.
Pure Ivory in her groove at mid point in season
August 3 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Fresh off a win in the Canadian Breeders Championship, three-year-old trotting filly Pure Ivory returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Monday to begin defence of her Gold Final title.
Beer Budget looking to sparkle in Gold Final Monday
August 3 - ELORA, ON — He never imagined that Beer Budget would be a Gold Final contender, but Chris Beaver would love to see the two-year-old trotting colt get a taste of the champagne way of life during Grand River Raceway’s popular Industry Day celebration on Monday.
Jamieson fillies impressive in Grassroots action Tuesday
August 2 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Carl Jamieson dropped a trio of two-year-old trotting fillies down from the Gold Series into Tuesday night’s Grassroots event at Kawartha Downs and the young trotters called on their experience in the Ontario Sires Stakes program’s upper echelons to deliver three wins and a track record.
Steacy to harness four in Quinte Grassroots Friday
August 2 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Quinte Exhibition Raceway kicks off the second long weekend of summer on Friday with eight Grassroots divisions for Ontario’s best two-year-old trotting colts.
Sudbury Grassroots irresistible for Classy Mint’s owners
August 2 - SUDBURY, ON — After two decades of racing horses at Sudbury Downs, Edward and Nancy Bassis will realise a long held ambition this Sunday when their three-year-old pacing filly Classy Mint competes in the second of four $26,179 Grassroots divisions at their hometown oval.
Beechwood Duchess makes Gold Series debut Saturday
August 2 - DUNDAS, ON — Beechwood Duchess heads into Saturday’s Gold Eliminations at Flamboro Downs off a pair of solid performances against the province’s top three-year-old pacing fillies and trainer Jared Bothwell is hoping that momentum will carry her through the last four Gold events of the season.