Archives for August '07
Henry captures Grassroots hardware with homebred
August 31 - ELORA, ON — Arthur resident Trevor Henry guided TJs Mr Lavec to a 1:59 victory in the last of eight $15,000 Grassroots divisions at Grand River Raceway on Friday evening.
He’s A Lion roars to Grassroots win in Sudbury
August 30 - SUDBURY, ON — After playing second fiddle in his first two Grassroots starts, three-year-old pacing colt He’s A Lion finally moved to first chair with a 1:55.1 track record victory at Sudbury Downs on Wednesday evening.
Trotting fillies take aim on nine-year-old record Sunday
August 30 - CLINTON, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old trotting fillies have already lowered one track record in Grassroots action this season and the talented youngsters will take aim on Clinton Raceway’s longest standing speed mark this Sunday, Sept. 2.
Monday’s Grassroots marks filly’s return to Dresden
August 30 - DRESDEN, ON — Dresden Raceway wraps up its 2007 Ontario Sires Stakes program this Monday, Sept. 3 with seven Grassroots divisions for the impressive two-year-old pacing fillies.
Former OSS star takes owners on their second thrill ride
August 30 - Campbellville, ON — For many people, breeding and owning a horse like Pure Ivory would be an experience that comes along once in a lifetime.
Richardson and Kerwood team up in Trillium at Sarnia
August 30 - SARNIA, ON — Driver Bruce Richardson and trainer Susanne Kerwood partnered for a pair of Trillium Series wins at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening.
Ballykeel Mike stands tall in Grassroots competition
August 29 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Last winter Brent Belore was not sure if Ballykeel Mike would be competitive on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit, but heading into the fourth Grassroots event of the season this Saturday at Woodstock Raceway, the two-year-old trotting colt has become a poster boy for the adage ‘small, but mighty.’
Henry harnesses three trotting colts in Elora Friday
August 27 - ELORA, ON — Ontario’s three-year-old trotting colts begin the second half of their Grassroots season at Grand River Raceway on Friday, and trainer Wayne Henry is hoping all three of his entrants are on top of their game as the race for a post season berth heats up.
Local fillies step out in Trillium action Thursday
August 27 - SARNIA, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies take a break from Gold and Grassroots action this Thursday to visit Hiawatha Horse Park for the second of two Trillium Series events on their provincial calendar.
Bella Dolce delivers sweet performance at Mohawk
August 27 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Bella Dolce laid waste to the Ontario Sires Stakes record for two-year-old trotting fillies on a seven-eighths mile oval on Monday evening, sweeping to an outstanding three length victory at Mohawk Racetrack.
Bax, Sills and Battin record OSS doubles in Sudbury
August 26 - SUDBURY, ON — Driver Steven Sills and trainer John Bax teamed up at Sudbury Downs on Saturday evening to capture the first two of five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
Whitesand Noble looking to shine at home Wednesday
August 24 - SUDBURY, ON — When Wayne MacLean acquired Whitesand Noble in January 2005, the Chelmsford resident was just hoping that the weanling colt would grow up to be a racehorse, thoughts of Ontario Sires Stakes success never crossed his mind.
Pizzazzed captures $130,000 Gold Final with gusto
August 24 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Pizzazzed lived up to his name at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday night, delivering a four length victory in the two-year-old trotting colt Gold Final at the Ottawa oval.
St. George Brant resident hoists two Grassroots trophies
August 23 - DUNDAS, ON — Owner Richard Buchanan enjoyed the rare pleasure of collecting two Grassroots trophies on Wednesday evening when two-year-old pacing fillies Torrid Pace and Got The Munchies toured Flamboro Downs in winning style.
Filly makes up in talent what she lacks in sweetness
August 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Anders Wolden figures there are six or seven Ontario-sired freshman trotting fillies who will rank among the best in North America by the end of the season, and the Moffat resident is hoping that Sugar Coated Lindy is among them.
Fourth track record falls at Georgian Downs
August 22 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs fans have been entertained by four different Ontario Sires Stakes divisions this summer, and watched four different track records fall victim to the province’s talented trotters and pacers.
Windsun Magical threatens OSS record at Mohawk
August 21 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Next Monday’s two-year-old trotting filly Gold Final looks like a list of invites to an exclusive country club, a club where only those sired by Angus Hall and Kadabra need apply.
Steacy hopes McCarron steps up for Friday’s Gold Final
August 21 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting colts return to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening for their third $130,000 Gold Final.
Laarakkers enjoying first-time success with trotting filly
August 21 - SUDBURY, ON — Sudbury Downs hosts its first Ontario Sires Stakes event of the season this Saturday, Aug. 25, laying out the red carpet for the talented two-year-old trotting fillies competing for a total of $104,450 in five Grassroots divisions.
Henry and Taylor guide Grinning Breed to track record
August 19 - HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway fans got their second taste of Ontario Sires Stakes speed on Saturday evening as two-year-old pacing colt Grinning Breed delivered a record breaking performance in the sixth of seven Grassroots divisions.
Local residents triumph in stakes action at Flamboro
August 19 - DUNDAS, ON — Three-year-old trotting filly Movin Over finally delivered the kind of Gold Final luck trainer Stacy Ann Beckley has been waiting for all season to capture Sunday afternoon’s Gold Final at Flamboro Downs.
Georgian Downs site of third freshman trotting colt battle
August 17 - INNISFIL, ON — He has conformation, pedigree and a nice qualifier to his credit, but Tuesday’s Grassroots event at Georgian Downs will be the first test of racing skill for two-year-old trotting colt My Way John.
Onyx Killean hopes for luck of the Irish Wednesday
August 17 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs fans will barely have time to catch their breath after this weekend’s exceptional Confederation Cup card before the Ontario Sires Stakes program arrives back at the Dundas oval on Wednesday with Grassroots action for the two-year-old pacing fillies.
Andiron Springs and Pizzazzed triumphant in Ottawa
August 17 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Front end tactics resulted in Gold Elimination victories for Andiron Springs and Pizzazzed at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening.
Magical Wand hopes experience pays off Monday
August 16 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — After setting track and Ontario Sires Stakes records in their first two Gold Series events, the talented two-year-old trotting fillies bring their high speed show to the big leagues on Monday, Aug. 20, competing in four Gold Eliminations over Mohawk Racetrack’s seven-eighths mile oval.
Kerwood and Ritchie score Grassroots double in Innisfil
August 15 - INNISFIL, ON — BJs Fancy jumped up the three-year-old trotting filly division standings with a 1:57.4 victory at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening in the second of seven Grassroots contests.
Three Gold Finals part of Flamboro’s rich Sunday program
August 15 - DUNDAS, ON — Three Gold Finals, the Signature Pacing Series Final, three preferred class races and the highly anticipated Confederation Cup — worth a record $698,500 — will lure harness racing fans from across Ontario to Flamboro Downs this Sunday afternoon.
McCarron gets first provincial test over familiar territory
August 14 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Two-year-old trotting colt McCarron will leap into the Gold Series fray at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening and trainer Mark Steacy is hoping the colt emerges as a contender.
Sauble Dewy ready for Grassroots battle at Hanover
August 14 - HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway fans will enjoy a full serving of two-year-old pacing colts this Saturday as 56 colts battle for a total of $107,401 in seven Grassroots divisions.
Sipwiththepres tastes the thrill of Gold Final victory
August 13 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack fans were treated to an electrifying performance by the province’s top three-year-old pacing colts on Sunday evening.
Carolyn AS matches OSS record at Flamboro Sunday
August 13 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs hosted five Gold Eliminations on Sunday evening, and three-year-old trotting filly Carolyn AS set the excitement high with an Ontario Sires Stakes record equalling performance in the very first one.
Rosslyn Hall steps to top of the trotting colt standings
August 11 - SARNIA, ON — He had to circle out three-wide to do it, but three-year-old trotting colt Keystone Empire clocked the fastest of eight Grassroots divisions at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday night.
Canadette and Admired Beauty equal Woodstock record
August 11 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Canadette dropped into the Grassroots program on Saturday afternoon and went home with a trophy and her name inscribed in the Woodstock Raceway track record book.
Fellows hopes third time is the charm for Grassroots filly
August 10 - INNISFIL, ON — When Blue Ribbon Beauty arrives at Georgian Downs for Tuesday’s Grassroots event, the three-year-old trotting filly should be able to pick out her saddle pad without any help from trainer Rob Fellows.
Last season’s stars capture Gold Elimination glory
August 10 - DUNDAS, ON — Last year’s division champion Beer Budget picked up his first win of the sophomore campaign at Flamboro Downs on Friday evening, circling the Dundas oval in 1:57.4 to earn a Gold Elimination trophy and a berth in next weekend’s final.
B Strike Three dominates in Gold Final action at Mohawk
August 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — B Strike Three might not be the biggest two-year-old trotting colt competing in Ontario, but as of Friday night the Striking Sahbra son is certainly the most impressive.
Michelles Power paces into the history books in Ottawa
August 10 - GLOUCESTER, AUG. 10, 2007 — Rideau Carleton Raceway fans witnessed history in the making on Friday evening as the first-ever $240,000 Gold Final was contested in Ontario Sires Stakes record setting time.
Five Gold Elimination battles at Flamboro Sunday
August 8 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs fans will be treated to some of the finest racing in the province over the next two weeks, and this Sunday’s Gold Eliminations for the three-year-old trotting fillies and two-year-old pacing colts are among the highlights.
McNiven hopes pacing filly shows up to work Saturday
August 8 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies will kick off Woodstock Raceway’s 2007 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule this Saturday, Aug. 11 with six Grassroots divisions worth a total of $107,918.
Dean’s duo in top form heading for Gold Final
August 8 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Heading into Sunday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, trainer James “Friday” Dean is feeling pretty relaxed.
Henry and Taylor team up for two at Flamboro
August 8 - DUNDAS, ON — Tymal Cameron powered to the fastest win in nine Grassroots battles at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday evening, stopping the clock in 1:54.2 in the first race.
Quarter of a million on the line at Rideau Carleton Friday
August 7 - GLOUCESTER, ON — This Friday, Aug. 10, Rideau Carleton Raceway fans will witness a first in the history of the Ontario Sires Stakes program.
Torch razes Ontario Sires Stakes record at Kawartha
August 7 - FRASERVILLE, ON — How fast can they go? That is the question Ontario Sires Stakes fans are asking after watching the two-year-old trotting fillies lower the Ontario Sires Stakes record for the second straight week at Kawartha Downs.
B Strike Three looking for a home run at Mohawk Friday
August 7 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Rousell Mackenzie is casting Friday’s two-year-old trotting colt Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack as a case of brains versus brawn.
Snazzy Hot Rod hoping to add flash to a drab season
August 7 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s three-year-old trotting colts will hit the midpoint in their Gold Series campaign at Flamboro Downs on Friday evening, and so far, Snazzy Hot Rod has had the kind of season trainer’s have nightmares about.
Sarnia owners hope riddle of Twin B Decalf is solved
August 7 - SARNIA, ON — When Hiawatha Horse Park raises the curtain on its 2007 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule this Saturday, trainer Brian Maguire hopes Twin B Decalf can step into a starring role in the three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots performance.
Shake That Junk crowned OSS queen in Elora
August 6 - ELORA, ON — Shake That Junk waltzed into the winner’s circle at Grand River Raceway on Monday afternoon with an impressive 1:57.1 victory in the two-year-old pacing filly Gold Final.
Windsong Erica shines in Dresden homecoming
August 6 - DRESDEN, ON — Familiar surroundings and a stand-out performance propelled Windsong Erica to a Grassroots victory at Dresden Raceway on Monday afternoon.
Taylor picks up win and second in Grassroots action
August 5 - CLINTON, ON — Clinton resident Paul Taylor had a successful afternoon at the office on Sunday, winning one two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots division at Clinton Raceway and finishing second in another.
Domitian Hanover captures first 2007 Gold Series victory
August 5 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack fans got a full serving of thrills for their dollar on Sunday evening as the three-year-old pacing colts battled in Gold Elimination action.
Maples Lucky Boy moves to head of the trotting colt field
August 5 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s freshman trotting colts put on an impressive show for Flamboro Downs fans on Sunday evening, with Miguel Duhamel ringing in with the sharpest mile of the three $33,578 Grassroots divisions.
Freshman trotting colts shake things up at Mohawk
August 3 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Front end control was the ticket to the winner’s circle for Ontario’s top two-year-old trotting colts on Thursday evening, as all three Gold Elimination winners employed front end tactics to sail around the Mohawk Racetrack oval and into next week’s $130,000 Gold Final.
Colts hope opportunity knocks at Flamboro Wednesday
August 3 - DUNDAS, ON — When the three-year-old pacing colts arrive at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday, Aug. 8 for their third Grassroots event, trainer Gaetan Hebert is hoping Whitesand Raider can relax and deliver a solid effort over his hometown oval.
Hard luck colt makes his Sires Stakes debut this Sunday
August 2 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Gary Kingshott would love to see Transcending capture his Gold Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack on Sunday, but after the roller coaster ride the three-year-old pacing colt has taken him on over the last six months, just watching the Grinfromeartoear son take his place on the starting gate among Ontario’s best may be satisfaction enough.
Windsong Erica returns to Dresden for Grassroots debut
August 2 - DRESDEN, ON — Monday’s Grassroots event at Dresden Raceway will be a homecoming for two-year-old trotting filly Windsong Erica, and Malcolm MacPhail hopes the filly’s return is a profitable one.
Jamieson wins some, loses some in post position draw
August 2 - ELORA, ON — Looking at the post position draw for Grand River Raceway’s Civic Holiday Monday matinee was a good news, bad news experience for trainer Carl Jamieson.
Record keepers on high alert as fillies return to Kawartha
August 2 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Ontario’s remarkable two-year-old trotting fillies head back to Kawartha Downs on Tuesday, Aug. 7 and Peterborough fans are eagerly awaiting the encore performance to last Tuesday’s record setting elimination round.
Horner’s Camluck fillies luck out in post position draw
August 1 - CLINTON, ON — Clinton Raceway hosts the second Grassroots event for the two-year-old pacing fillies this Sunday, Aug. 5, and trainer Mark Horner is hoping his two Camluck fillies can translate a beneficial post position draw into a share of the $106,000 provincial purse.
Steady young trotter ready for Grassroots action Sunday
August 1 - DUNDAS, ON — Two-year-old trotter Jack Man has two starts under his belt heading into Sunday’s Grassroots contest at Flamboro Downs and trainer Wayne Langille says that, so far, the Angus Hall son is holding his own.