Archives for August '09
Gold Final simply business as usual for trotting filly
August 31 - ELORA, ON — When the three-year-old trotting fillies step in behind the starting gate at Grand River Raceway on Friday evening Keith Oliver does not expect to be sitting behind the fan favourite for the $130,000 Gold Final, but the reinsman does expect Simply Stirling to deliver the consistent, concerted effort that has been her hallmark for two seasons.
Holland hopes winning is soon on filly’s agenda
August 30 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s three-year-old trotting fillies swing into the second half of their Grassroots season on Wednesday afternoon at Flamboro Downs, and trainer Herb Holland is hoping that Winning Agenda can emerge as a post season contender through the remaining events.
Warrawee Koine battles to Trillium victory in Ottawa
August 30 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Astreos daughters scooped up the top four spots in Sunday night’s $72,442 Trillium Series event at Rideau Carleton Raceway, led by victor Warrawee Koine.
Text Me delivers winning message in Mohawk Gold Final
August 30 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack fans sent two-year-old trotting colt Text Me off as their top choice in Sunday night’s $130,000 Gold Final and the talented colt vindicated their faith with an effortless gate to wire victory.
Simply Stirling and Cuddler claim eliminations in Elora
August 29 - ELORA, ON — If a happy dance were possible while sitting in a race bike, driver Keith Oliver would have been doing one at Grand River Raceway on Friday night when he realised that heavy favourite Elusive Desire was off stride before the opening quarter in the first three-year-old trotting filly Gold Elimination.
Primary Purpose searching for outside path to Gold
August 28 - ELORA, ON — When Primary Purpose lines up from Post 8 in next Tuesday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Grand River Raceway, driver Mark MacDonald will be experiencing a frustrating sense of deja vu.
Sleep hard to come by for Zorgwijk Kingpin’s owners
August 27 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Sleep has become a rare commodity in the Zorgwijk Kingpin camp since the two-year-old trotting colt qualified for Sunday’s $130,000 Gold Final with an impressive elimination win at Mohawk Racetrack last weekend.
Rubies Are Real hoping to dazzle in Trillium debut Sunday
August 27 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Locally owned Rubies Are Real heads into Sunday’s $72,000 Trillium contest off an impressive third-place showing in an overnight, and trainer Ken Skinner is hoping Rideau Carleton Raceway fans will see another strong performance from the three-year-old pacing filly.
Emmylou Who ready for battle in Gold Final Monday
August 27 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — As this year’s gifted class of two-year-old trotting fillies prepares for their third $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack this Monday, trainer Lyle MacArthur is still unsure whether Emmylou Who will find a permanent home at the Gold level or return to the Grassroots program where she is currently ranked among the top three.
Primary Purpose lowers record with fourth Gold Elim win
August 26 - ELORA, ON— It has been almost three months since Primary Purpose laid eyes on the inside half of a starting gate, and on Tuesday night at Grand River Raceway the three-year-old pacing colt demonstrated that practice can indeed make perfect in the art of starting from an outside post.
First time winners dominate Gold Eliminations at Mohawk
August 24 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Zorgwijk Kingpin scored his first lifetime victory at Mohawk Racetrack on Sunday evening, delivering an impressive 1:57.1 effort to earn the victor’s spoils in the last of three $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
Low maintenance Mets Inn hoping for success Friday
August 24 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway continues its exceptional line up of Ontario Sires Stakes racing on Friday evening with a pair of Gold Eliminations for the three-year-old trotting fillies.
Poof Shes Gone strikes gold in first northern start
August 24 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — In her first appearance on Ontario soil, Poof Shes Gone delivered an exceptional effort to capture the first of three $40,000 Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
My Gift To You finds niche in Grassroots at Kawartha
August 22 - FRASERVILLE, ON — In spite of a track rated one second slower than normal, Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing colts delivered seven outstanding Grassroots performances at Kawartha Downs on Saturday night.
Jamieson on fire in Grassroots action at Woodstock
August 22 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Up until Saturday, three-time Lampman Cup winner Jody Jamieson had been trailing rival Brad Forward in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver’s standings, but a five win afternoon at Woodstock Raceway put the Cambridge resident right back in the hunt for a fourth title.
Its A Good Thing leaps into Gold Series from qualifier
August 21 - ELORA, ON — Its A Good Thing heads into Tuesday’s Gold Elimination at Grand River Raceway with an impressive record of seven wins and three seconds in 12 starts this season, but the date of the three-year-old pacing colt’s last start was May 8.
Random Destiny returns to Gold Series Monday
August 20 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Random Destiny’s path to Monday’s Gold Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack has not been a linear one, but trainer Riina Rekila is hoping that it culminates in a top three finish for the two-year-old trotting filly.
Cashedout studying for Grassroots test Saturday
August 19 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Ontario’s exceptionally talented three-year-old pacing colts converge on Kawartha Downs this Saturday, Aug. 22 for the fourth Grassroots event of their season, and trainer Paul Hutchinson is viewing the first $24,000 division as a testing ground for Cashedout.
Protege Seelster hoping to shake off spring fever Sunday
August 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Murray Weber is not afraid to take a chance on a horse other trainers pass over, and the Putnam resident is hoping that the risk he took on Protege Seelster will show a few more dividends in Sunday’s two-year-old trotting colt Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack.
Greenlight Special heading for Grassroots Saturday
August 18 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Greenlight Special makes the leap into the Ontario Sires Stakes fray this Saturday afternoon at Woodstock Raceway, and trainer Rusty Morgan is hoping the two-year-old pacing filly can hold her own in the field of Grassroots veterans.
Bay Girl sprints home to Gold Final glory Sunday
August 17 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Just hours after her big brother captured his Confederation Cup Elimination and finished third in the final, two-year-old pacing filly Bay Girl delivered an outstanding come from behind effort to capture the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack.
Pointe To Pointe delivers record setting Gold Final victory
August 17 - DUNDAS, ON — When the call to the post came for the first race of Flamboro Downs’ Confederation Cup program on Sunday, a ripple of excitement ran through the grandstand and fans knew they were in for an afternoon of exceptional harness racing.
Lil Bit Lil Bit demonstrates lot of speed in Sudbury
August 16 - SUDBURY, ON — Balmy summer weather brought high speed performances to Sudbury Downs on Saturday night, as all three two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots divisions were clocked faster than 2:00.
Kerr crafts record setting victory for Oaklea Samantha
August 13 - SARNIA, ON — Terry Kerr picked up a catch drive aboard two-year-old trotting filly Oaklea Samantha on Thursday evening, and the Sarnia resident engineered a perfect tour of the Hiawatha Horse Park oval for the youngster.
Kopas colts hoping to shine on Confederation Cup card
August 13 - DUNDAS, ON — Harness racing fans across Ontario are headed to Flamboro Downs this Sunday for the Dundas oval’s signature event, the $560,000 Confederation Cup.
Laarman fillies ready for Gold Final Sunday
August 12 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Rene Laarman will harness a pair of two-year-old pacing fillies in this Sunday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, one coming off six days of rest, and the other off five.
Oaklea Rico earns first Grassroots victory at home
August 12 - SUDBURY, ON — Oaklea Rico got a classic pocket trip in the first $24,000 Grassroots division at Sudbury Downs on Wednesday evening to score a convincing victory for the home team.
Lyons Anitacol stunning in Grassroots victory at Hanover
August 12 - HANOVER, ON — After getting rained out on Saturday evening, Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing fillies had perfect weather for their rescheduled Grassroots event at Hanover Raceway on Wednesday afternoon, and the clear skies and warm temperatures produced an impressive track record in the second $24,000 division.
Change in plans sends Brusiers Brother North
August 11 - SUDBURY, ON — Brusiers Brother has picked up a cheque in all of his stake eliminations this summer, then floundered in the finals, so trainer Louie Eftimiadis changed his strategy and entered the two-year-old pacing colt in Saturday’s Grassroots event at Sudbury Downs.
Reach Higher earns second Gold Elimination honour
August 10 - DUNDAS, ON — Reach Higher earned his second Gold Elimination trophy with a 2:00.1 victory at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening.
Western Silk a winner; Elim and Final postponed
August 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Just after Western Silk captured her first Gold Elimination victory in the fifth race, Mohawk Racetrack fans were treated to a display of lightning that rivaled the track’s annual fireworks demonstration.
Hasty R makes her debut in Grassroots at Sarnia
August 10 - SARNIA, ON — Dan Diebold knows that two-year-old trotters don’t always figure things out on their first try, so the Sarnia resident was delighted that Hasty R qualified in time for Thursday’s Grassroots event at Hiawatha Horse Park.
Fast Pay paces into OSS history
August 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Harness racing fans who made the effort to get to Mohawk Racetrack early on Monday witnessed the fastest mile in the thirty-six year history of the Ontario Sires Stakes program.
Equity extends golden win streak to eight
August 8 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Equity cruised to his eighth straight victory at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening, rolling around a sloppy oval rated one second slower than normal to a 1:55.2 Gold Final triumph.
Magical Debut finds winner’s circle at her local oval
August 8 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Magical Debut revived her floundering sophomore career on Saturday afternoon with a 2:03.2 Grassroots victory over a soggy Woodstock Raceway oval rated one second slower than normal.
Grassroots at Hanover rescheduled for Wednesday
August 7 - HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway cancelled its Saturday, Aug. 8 program due to the wet weather and poor track conditions. As a result, the eight Grassroots divisions originally scheduled for Hanover’s Saturday evening program will now be contested as special card on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 4 pm.
Oaklea Rico makes second Grassroots start at home
August 7 - SUDBURY, ON — When Oaklea Rico races, owner Jocelyne Menard likes to be in the grandstand, so the Chelmsford resident is delighted that the three-year-old trotter’s second Grassroots start will occur on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at Sudbury Downs.
Strapping filly hoping for success in Gold Final Monday
August 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Monday’s Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack will only be Wilsonator’s fourth lifetime start, but the two-year-old trotting filly has already delivered a full season’s worth of thrills to owner Ted Wilson.
Forward and McIntosh claim three wins in Ottawa
August 6 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Brad Forward reunited with last year’s Grassroots champion Tomorrowpan at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening, and engineered the first Ontario Sires Stakes win of the season for the three-year-old pacing filly.
Freshman colts flood Flamboro Downs this Sunday
August 6 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs fans are in for a treat on Sunday evening as 59 of the province’s most talented freshman trotters and pacers converge on the Dundas oval for Gold Elimination action.
Primary Purpose in hunt for Gold Final trophy Sunday
August 5 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Casie Coleman’s level of satisfaction with the eight-hole Primary Purpose drew for this Sunday’s $130,000 Gold Final is a reflection of the rotten post position luck the three-year-old pacer has had in every final since mid-May.
Reigning Gold Final champs battle at Mohawk Saturday
August 4 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Windsong Filou will start from Post 8 in Saturday’s $170,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, and trainer Carl Jamieson figures the outside post will prevent the filly from defending her Gold Final title in the hotly competitive three-year-old pacing filly division.
Easy going Mach Dismissal ready for first test Saturday
August 4 - HANOVER, ON — Mach Dismissal is a third generation product of Jeff and Lori Thomson’s breeding program that the Chesley residents have liked since her first days in harness, and on Saturday evening the two-year-old pacing filly will make her career debut over their local oval in a $24,000 Grassroots division.
Magical Debut preps for Grassroots debut Saturday
August 4 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies will battle in their third Grassroots event this Saturday afternoon, and trainer Jason Libby is hoping Woodstock Raceway will be the site of Magical Debut’s return to form.
Ritchie hoping for another perfect trip Friday
August 4 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — A perfect trip from an outside post earned I’ll Wait For You her first sophomore Gold Elimination trophy at Mohawk Racetrack last week, but driver Trevor Ritchie knows a repeat performance will be tough to orchestrate from Post 9 in Friday’s $130,000 Gold Final.
Good luck, bad luck fillies ready for Grassroots Thursday
August 3 - GLOUCESTER, ON — When Jason Gilchrist climbs onto the race bike behind Queen Of Terror at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening, the Spencerville resident is hoping the three-year-old pacing filly is in the mood to race.
Third trip to Mohawk winner’s circle for Warrawee Lassie
August 3 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Warrawee Lassie scored her third straight victory on Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, capturing the second of three $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
Shipps Xpectancy finds winner's circle at Mohawk
August 2 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — After struggling through his first five starts with outside post positions and difficult trips, three-year-old pacing colt Shipps Xpectancy finally found his way to the winner’s circle on Sunday evening, claiming a Gold Elimination victory at Mohawk Racetrack.
Layton Seelster scores third straight Grassroots triumph
August 2 - CLINTON, ON — Layton Seelster continued his romp through the three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots ranks with a five and a half length victory at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Zorgwijk Knight takes early lead in the Grassroots race
August 2 - SUDBURY, ON — Freshman trotting colt Zorgwijk Knight scored his second straight Grassroots victory with a 2:04.2 triumph at Sudbury Downs on Sunday afternoon.
Equity earns win number seven in Gold Elimination
August 1 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Sophomore trotting gelding Equity overcame the trailing Post 11 to record his seventh straight victory and second Gold Elimination trophy at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening.