Archives for August '08
Chance favours Lucky Herb in Clinton Grassroots
August 31 - CLINTON, ON — Lucky Herb found his way to the winner’s circle for the first time on Sunday afternoon at Clinton Raceway, and recorded the quickest mile of six Grassroots divisions getting there.
Bax and Byron grab two Grassroots trophies in Hanover
August 30 - HANOVER, ON — Valley Courtney maintained her hold on top spot in the three-year-old trotting filly point race, and stablemate Grammy Hall chalked up her first provincial at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening to give driver Stephen Byron and trainer John Bax the Grassroots double.
Call Me Yours still flawless in Grassroots action
August 30 - SUDBURY, ON — Call Me Yours extended her Grassroots win streak to three and jumped to the top of the three-year-old pacing filly point standings with an effortless front end victory at Sudbury Downs on Saturday evening.
St Lads Popcorn remains flawless at Rideau
August 29 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Rain did not dampen the sparkle of two-year-old pacing filly St Lads Popcorn as she cruised to her fifth straight victory, and her third over the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval, on Friday night in the capital city.
Tiny Neighsayer has the heart of a warrior
August 27 - CLINTON, ON — When Neighsayer makes his Grassroots debut at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon, it will be a bittersweet moment for the two-year-old pacing gelding's owners.
Casimir Hugs hoping for successful homecoming
August 26 - SUDBURY, ON — Sudbury Downs wraps up its 2008 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule this Saturday evening with a visit from the record setting three-year-old pacing fillies.
White’s leap into ownership lands him a Trillium starter
August 26 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Two years ago Barry White would have been watching Friday’s Trillium Series event from Rideau Carleton Raceway’s grandstand, but thanks to an innovative program that mentors new owners through the process of acquiring a Standardbred yearling, the Orleans resident will be standing beside Allstar Salute in the paddock when the two-year-old pacing filly makes her provincial debut.
Talented trotting fillies to show off at Hanover Saturday
August 26 - HANOVER, ON — A total of $120,000 is on the line at Hanover Raceway on Saturday night as the three-year-old trotting fillies prepare to battle in their fourth Grassroots event.
Hibbler provides all the answers with Gold Final triumph
August 25 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Before Hibbler’s first lifetime start his owners thought the youngster might have star potential, and the two-year-old trotting colt proved them right with an impressive victory in the $120,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
Stonebridge Diva crowned Gold Final queen at Kawartha
August 24 - FRASERVILLE, ON — In what is becoming her trademark style, two-year-old trotting filly Stonebridge Diva toughed it out on the outside at Kawartha Downs on Saturday night and finally found her way to the winner’s circle, capturing the $120,000 Gold Final in 2:00.4.
My Friend hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps
August 21 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Blair Burgess has trophies from most of harness racing’s premier events in his home, but the trainer says My Friend’s victory in last week’s Gold Elimination was memorable because of the colt’s close connections to the Burgess family.
Talented local fillies hoping for a golden evening Saturday
August 20 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Local fillies Keep In Dutch and Kor Mel Lil Lady return to Kawartha Downs this Saturday looking for a share of $120,000 in the third Gold Final on the freshman trotting filly schedule.
Zegerid Lady sparkles in Grassroots at Sudbury Downs
August 20 - SUDBURY, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing fillies put on an impressive show for Sudbury Downs fans on Wednesday evening, sprinting around the half-mile oval in four $20,000 Grassroots divisions.
Former Gold starters find their footing in Grassroots
August 19 - INNISFIL, ON — B Cor Tanya dropped into the Grassroots program on Tuesday evening and found her way to the winner’s circle with a sharp 2:00.3 victory over the Georgian Downs oval.
New faces shine in Mohawk Gold Eliminations
August 18 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Buoyed by a win in the Bridger Series last week, My Friend jumped back into Ontario Sires Stakes action and scored an impressive victory in the first of three $40,000 Gold Eliminations for two-year-old trotting colts at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
I’ll Wait For You leaves Cumin First behind
August 17 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Freshman trotting filly I’ll Wait For You rebounded from a disappointing tenth-place finish in her last start to score a 1:58.3 victory in Gold Elimination action at Kawartha Downs on Saturday night and hand Cumin First her first loss.
Three Doors Down sharp in Hanover Grassroots
August 17 - HANOVER, ON — Three Doors Down clocked the quickest of seven three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots divisions at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening, halting the teletimer in a sharp 1:55.2.
Ontario-sired colts set two world records at Flamboro
August 17 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs fans got the first clue that they were in for an extraordinary day of racing Sunday when three-year-old trotting gelding Define The World lowered the track, Ontario Sires Stakes and world record in the second race on the matinee program.
King hoping filly’s long journey leads to OSS success
August 15 - INNISFIL, ON — The road to Tuesday’s two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots event has been rockier than trainer David Jim King anticipated, but with an advantageous post at Georgian Downs, and a veteran driver in the race bike, the Barrie resident is hoping fortune is ready to smile on Windsong Feline.
Brown hoping for a chance to say “Cheese” in Sudbury
August 15 - SUDBURY, ON — Two-year-old pacer Capilano Creek finished second and third in her first two Grassroots starts, so trainer David Brown is hoping it is her turn for a win when the fillies arrive at Sudbury Downs on Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Rockwood resident looking forward to Monday’s elims
August 14 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Rockwood resident Chris Beaver will start a trio of two-year-old trotting colts in Gold Elimination action at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Aug. 18, and the trainer is expecting all three to benefit from the sweeping turns at the Campbellville oval.
McNair and McIntosh share the glory at Rideau Carleton
August 14 - GLOUCESTER, ON — When Bob McIntosh and Gregg McNair loaded their trailers for the ride home from Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday night, each rig was bearing a few pounds of extra weight.
Kor Mel Lil Lady making history for the Killen family
August 13 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Horse racing is a family pursuit in the Killen household, and when Kor Mel Lil Lady steps up to the gate in her second Gold Elimination on Saturday evening at Kawartha Downs, the Hampton residents will all be on hand cheer her on.
Nebupanezzar hoping to out shine his brother Sunday
August 13 - DUNDAS, ON — When faced with the task of trying to compare the siblings he will harness on Confederation Cup day at Flamboro Downs, trainer Bob McIntosh did what parents have been doing for thousands of years — he pointed out the best qualities of each colt.
Local colts stellar in Grassroots action at Flamboro
August 13 - DUNDAS, ON — Local colts swept to victory in four of seven $20,000 Grassroots events at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday evening, with three-year-old trotting colt division leader Windsun Pride leading the charge.
Hodgson floating to Ottawa on cloud nine
August 12 - GLOUCESTER, ON — When the two-year-old pacing colts arrive at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening almost three weeks will have passed since Gary Hodgson won his first Grassroots trophy, but the horseman is still savouring the moment.
Quaid Seelster aiming for Grassroots success in Hanover
August 12 - HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway will put $140,000 up for grabs on Saturday evening, and 55 of the province’s top three-year-old pacing colts will do their best to take home a share from their fourth Grassroots event of the season.
Pembrook Street moves to top of Grassroots standings
August 10 - DRESDEN, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old trotting colts got a lesson in racing over a sloppy track on Sunday afternoon, after heavy rainfall left the Dresden Raceway oval five seconds slower than normal.
Somebeachsomewhere tidal wave rolls over OSS field
August 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The weather was not conducive to a bikini, but after waiting for almost a year to see super horse Somebeachsomewhere in an Ontario Sires Stakes event, fans finally got their beach party on Sunday evening at Mohawk Racetrack.
Nebupanezzar, Shady Cam effortless winners at Flamboro
August 10 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs fans were right on the money Sunday evening, correctly predicting the winner of both two-year-old pacing colt Gold Eliminations.
Chancey Lady remains flawless in Gold Series action
August 9 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies put on a good show for Mohawk Racetrack fans on Saturday night, competing over a surface rated two seconds slower than normal thanks to the latest round of thunderstorms to traverse the province.
Ultra consistent O U Gus finally earns a photo op
August 8 - DUNDAS, ON — He may not be the fastest colt in the three-year-old trotting colt division, or the flashiest, but O U Gus earned his first Gold Series victory at Flamboro Downs on Friday night by doing what he does best — delivering a solid, steady mile.
Long Ago made Ontario Sires Stakes seem far way
August 8 - DUNDAS, ON — If the old adage about patience is true, John Holding may be the most virtuous person to harness a horse at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Bella Dolce thumbs her nose at post and cruises to win
August 8 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Friday night’s Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack was a good news, bad news sort of experience for the Kevin O’Reilly stable.
Three fillies maintain flawless record in Grassroots
August 7 - SARNIA, ON — Three-year-old trotting filly Pleasure Girls reeled off an outstanding effort over the Hiawatha Horse Park oval on Thursday night to claim her $20,000 Grassroots division in a sparkling 1:57.1.
Owners hope Feels Like Magic starts a new trend Friday
August 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — As the three-year-old trotting fillies head into their third Gold Final this Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack, Dr. Dan McMaster is keeping his fingers crossed that Feels Like Magic will reverse what has been a frustrating trend.
The wait is over OSS fans; here comes The Beach
August 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Let the trumpets sound and the herald’s sing — on Sunday, Aug. 10 at Mohawk Racetrack, super colt Somebeachsomewhere will make his long awaited appearance in the Ontario Sires Stakes program.
Mischievous colt poised for Gold Series debut Sunday
August 6 - DUNDAS, ON — Stan Atkinson figures two-year-old pacing colt Anything To Win can compete against the province’s best if things line up in his favour, and the first element fell into place when the colt landed Post 1 in the second $40,000 Gold Elimination at Flamboro Downs on Sunday.
CDs Eldorado aims to deliver the goods at Dresden
August 6 - DRESDEN, ON — Two-year-old trotting colt CDs Eldorado does not have to win his Grassroots division at Dresden Raceway on Sunday, but owner Clarence Duquette sure would appreciate it if the young trotter picked up a cheque.
Define The World aims for Gold success in Dundas
August 5 - DUNDAS, ON — Define The World has been successful in every stakes event he has entered, except for the Ontario Sires Stakes, and trainer John Bax hopes the three-year-old trotter is ready to change that trend when he arrives at Flamboro Downs on Friday.
Chancey Lady carving out a special place in owner’s heart
August 5 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When owner Niele Jiwan watches three-year-old pacing filly Chancey Lady race, he figures the boys from the musical Damn Yankees had it right — all you really need is heart.
Sin To Win delivers virtuous victory in Gold Final
August 4 - ELORA, ON — A flawless steer from trotting master Trevor Ritchie earned Sin To Win the Gold Final title at Grand River Raceway on Monday afternoon, in a sparkling track and Ontario Sires Stakes record 1:59.
Filly hopes home field advantage turns odds in her favour
August 4 - SARNIA, ON — Peter Core says he is still tinkering with Voice Activated’s equipment, but the Sarnia resident expects the three-year-old trotting filly to deliver a stronger effort in Thursday’s Grassroots event at Hiawatha Horse Park than her early line odds might indicate.
Cumin First claims her second Gold Final title
August 4 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The precocious Cumin First delivered an effortless victory at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, sweeping around the Campbellville oval to her second straight Gold Final title.
Trainers step into the driver’s seat and score in Sudbury
August 3 - SUDBURY, ON — Town Hall Babe cruised to a four length victory in the third $20,000 Grassroots division at Sudbury Downs on Sunday afternoon, leading the field of two-year-old trotting fillies from gate to wire in 2:07.2.
Brewer and St Lads Popcorn take flight at Rideau Carleton
August 3 - GLOUCESTER, ON — The flight to Ottawa may not have been much fun for driver Jason Brewer, but the one minute and fifty-five seconds spent guiding St Lads Popcorn to her second straight Gold Final victory made the trip home a whole lot more bearable.
Saftic scores matching victories with Camluck fillies
August 2 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Aboard two different fillies, and employing two different sets of tactics, Campbellville resident Mike Saftic engineered two identical results in the three-year-old pacing filly Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Ractrack on Saturday evening.
Call Me Yours remains flawless in Grassroots competition
August 2 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Local fillies Call Me Yours and Bunny Mach delivered impressive front end performances to carry home Grassroots trophies from Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon.
Bella Dolce makes it three straight at Mohawk
August 1 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Bella Dolce’s compass bearing on the winner’s circle at Mohawk Racetrack remained true on Friday night as the three-year-old trotting filly scored her third straight victory at the Campbellville oval.
Giddy Up Lucky tears down OSS record at Flamboro
August 1 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs fans were treated to an evening of exceptional performances by the province’s top three-year-old pacing colts on Friday, capped off by an Ontario Sires Stakes record for Giddy Up Lucky.