Archives for August '10
S K Crosby makes his hometown debut Saturday
August 31 - HANOVER, ON — S K Crosby was born and raised in Grey County, but the two-year-old pacer will make his first start at Hanover Raceway in one of six $24,000 Grassroots divisions this Saturday, Sept. 4.
Dalhousie Dave has ceased to amaze O’Sullivan
August 31 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When the province’s top three-year-old pacing colts line up behind Mohawk Racetrack’s starting gate on Friday night for their $130,000 Gold Final, Tony O’Sullivan is not expecting Dalhousie Dave to top the impressive 1:49.4 effort he delivered in the elimination round, however the Cambridge, ON resident admits that he stopped being surprised by the gelding three or four wins ago.
Epoxy Queen a Grassroots standout at Kawartha
August 29 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs hosted the two-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday evening in five $24,000 Grassroots divisions, and Epoxy Queen distinguished herself with a commanding seven length victory over the sixth race field.
Imperial Count earns Gold Series crown
August 27 - OTTAWA, ON — After capturing both Gold Eliminations last weekend, driver Steve Condren selected Imperial Count as his mount for Friday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway, and when the starting gate pulled away from the field of two-year-old trotting colts it was evident that he had made a wise decision.
Pacing colts sizzle in Gold Eliminations at Mohawk
August 27 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Last time the three-year-old pacing colts faced off at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario Sires Stakes action, Mach Dreamer needed a 1:50.1 mile to win the Gold Final title, but when the talented pacers returned to the Campbellville oval on Friday night for a pair of $40,000 Gold Eliminations, fully half of the 12 colts participating hit the wire in 1:50.1 or faster.
Beach Party AS enjoys moment in the sun at Mohawk
August 26 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Patience proved very virtuous to Peter Wallinder and Beach Party AS in the two-year-old trotting filly Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening.
Blue Angel Cam joins Grassroots crowd Saturday
August 25 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs will be the site of the third Grassroots battle for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday evening and trainer Kevin Benn is hoping Blue Angel Cam can hold her own against the Ontario Sires Stakes veterans in the first $24,000 division.
Local colt aiming for steady Gold Final result Friday
August 24 - OTTAWA, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting colts will return to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening for their third $130,000 Gold Final, and Dr. Frederick Albert is hoping Holy Kadabra can plod along to another top three finish.
Change is the key to Code Word’s Gold Series goals
August 24 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Code Word returns to Ontario Sires Stakes action on Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack and trainer Kevin O’Reilly is hoping some changes to the three-year-old pacing colt’s routine will see him regain the form that propelled him to a Super Final victory last season.
This Is Wyatt turns perfect steer into Grassroots success
August 23 - ELORA, ON — This Is Wyatt was treated to the ideal tour around Grand River Raceway on Monday evening, and the three-year-old pacer took full advantage, posting the quickest mile of six $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Owners view Peach Martini as a long term investment
August 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Although he has been involved with Standardbreds for a number of years, Stephen Waldman is a novice when it comes to purchasing and racing young horses, so the Toronto, ON resident is thoroughly enjoying the early season success of two-year-old trotting filly Peach Martini who competes in her third $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening.
Just Asign To Me rolls into record books in Sudbury
August 21 - SUDBURY, ON — On Saturday evening Sudbury Downs fans got a taste of the excitement this season’s two-year-old pacing colt crop has been generating when Just Asign To Me lowered the track record in the second of four $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Condren sweeps Gold Eliminations in Ottawa
August 20 - OTTAWA, ON — As he did two weeks ago with a pair of freshman pacing fillies, Steve Condren swept both two-year-old trotting colt Gold Eliminations at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening.
Peach Martini grabs third straight Gold Elim
August 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack fans were treated to four $40,000 Gold Series Eliminations by the two-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday evening and Peach Martini scored her third straight elimination win with a 1:57.3 effort.
Encore Seelster hoping for a little more luck Monday
August 19 - ELORA, ON — After a freak accident in his stall last month, Encore Seelster’s three-year-old season seemed to be in jeopardy, but luck was on the pacing colt’s side and trainer Jim Ritchie says he is ready for battle at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening.
Here Comes Herbie sons dominate Grassroots at Kawartha
August 17 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Sons of sire Here Comes Herbie captured four of six Grassroots events at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday evening, led by Mister Herbie, who delivered a commanding 1:59.1 triumph.
Sandys Candy, Rileys Luck hoping for Grassroots repeat
August 17 - SUDBURY, ON — A well bred pacing colt who has already scored one Grassroots victory in his freshman season and is among the early favourites for Saturday’s event at Sudbury Downs, Sandys Candy was plucked out of last fall’s Forest City Yearling Sale more for his emotional connection to owner Kim McNiven than for his breeding or physical attributes.
Buckhams Bay aiming for number five Friday
August 17 - OTTAWA, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway plays host to the province’s top two-year-old trotting colts on Friday evening, and it will be standing room only as fans flock to the Ottawa oval to see undefeated local colt Buckhams Bay attempt a fifth straight victory.
Magic Wheel earns promotion to the big leagues
August 16 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Acton, ON resident Karen Hudon returned to the Ontario Sires Stakes driving ranks last month after a two year hiatus and has racked up an impressive three victories in six starts with a pair of two-year-old trotting fillies, one of whom will make her Gold Series debut at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, Aug. 19.
Text Me, Mach Of Ballykeel overcome odds to grab Gold
August 15 - DUNDAS, ON — A come from behind effort and a patient steer earned Text Me and Mach Of Ballykeel their respective Gold Final crowns at Flamboro Downs on Sunday afternoon, as Ontario’s finest three-year-old trotting colts and two-year-old pacing colts warmed up the sun drenched crowd ahead of the $547,000 Confederation Cup.<
Lauren battles to Gold Final victory in Ottawa
August 15 - OTTAWA, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing fillies put on a brilliant show for Rideau Carleton Raceway fans on Sunday evening, as the top three finishers engaged in a high speed battle down the stretch to finish less than a length apart.
Krakatoa repeats at Hanover Raceway
August 14 - HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway fans can be forgiven for the sense of déjà vu they experienced on Saturday night as they watched three-year-old trotting colt Krakatoa roll in behind the number two on the starting gate and then rocket around the track to a commanding victory.
Cross of Lorraine spectacular in record breaking victory
August 14 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Cross Of Lorraine defended her Gold Final title with a superlative performance at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening.
Heavenly Ash crushes Woodstock track record
August 14 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Putnam Mackenzie maintained her flawless Grassroots record and extended her win streak to six in a nail biter at Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon.
Hudons win a pair of Grassroots at Flamboro
August 13 - DUNDAS, ON — Dabrina maintained her position atop the two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots standings with an effortless wire to wire victory at Flamboro Downs on Friday evening.
Bunkhouse Babe the apple of her parents’ eyes
August 13 - OTTAWA, ON — When Bunkhouse Babe rolls in behind the starting gate at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening, there will be more riding on the two-year-old filly’s
Thompson hoping to replicate Grassroots success
August 12 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs plays host to the third Grassroots event of the two-year-old trotting colt season on Tuesday, Aug. 17 and Clare “Chuck” Thompson is hoping Chuckalo Caden enjoys the sort of success over his local oval that he found in Sudbury earlier this month.
Plante’s eye fixed on Gold Final goal
August 12 - DUNDAS, ON — On Sunday afternoon harness racing enthusiasts from across Ontario will congregate at Flamboro Downs for the track’s signature event, the Confederation Cup, and driver J.R. Plante would love to win his first Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final during his home track’s biggest day.
Canada Cool trots to a track record in the north
August 11 - SUDBURY, ON — Canada Cool scored her second Grassroots win of the season with an assertive effort on Wednesday evening that resulted in a new three-year-old trotting filly track record at Sudbury Downs.
Pindars Grin grabs a Grassroots win at Grand River
August 11 - ELORA, ON — It took Pindars Grin two attempts, but on Wednesday evening the two-year-old pacing filly finally captured an Ontario Sires Stakes trophy at Grand River Raceway.
Putnam Mackenzie aiming for more Grassroots glory
August 10 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Woodstock Raceway fans are gearing up for an afternoon of outstanding racing this Saturday, Aug. 14 when the three-year-old pacing fillies arrive at the half-mile oval to compete in nine $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
No Magic To It’s success no surprise for Henriksen
August 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Saturday’s Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack will mark the halfway point in the three-year-old trotting fillies’ Gold Series season, and trainer Per Henriksen says elimination winner No Magic To It is just hitting her stride.
Krakatoa returns to his happy place Saturday
August 10 - HANOVER, ON — When fans arrive at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening, locating Dream Of Glory Champion Krakatoa will be a breeze — the three-year-old trotting colt will be lined up on the starting gate in the same spot he has been for the last two weeks, behind the number two.
McIntosh fillies slosh to Gold Elim wins in Ottawa
August 9 - OTTAWA, ON — When Steve Condren packed for Sunday’s two-year-old pacing filly Gold Series Eliminations at Rideau Carleton Raceway, the veteran reinsman should have tossed a pair of water wings into his duffle bag.
Waples pilots a pair to Gold Elimination glory
August 9 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs fans were treated to four exciting Gold Eliminations on Sunday afternoon, led off by the talented three-year-old trotting colts.
Siblings contribute to Shez So Striking’s success
August 9 - DUNDAS, ON — Shez So Striking heads to Flamboro Downs this Friday in a tie for ninth spot in the two-year-old trotting filly standings, and trainer Rod Boyd is hoping the youngster can add a few more points to her tally with a strong effort in the fourth of six $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Extraordinaire and Western Silk deliver exceptional victories
August 9 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Evolving into the Rodney Dangerfield of the two-year-old trotting filly division, defending Gold Final champion Extraordinaire once again rolled in behind the Mohawk Racetrack starting gate ranked behind one of her peers, and for the second Monday in a row delivered a compelling victory.
Mach Dreamer a commanding Gold Final victor
August 8 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mach Dreamer got a flawless steer from Oakville, ON resident Rick Zeron on Saturday evening and swept down the Mohawk Racetrack stretch to claim his first $130,000 Gold Final victory.
Western Silk and Bay Girl get equal billing in Gold Final
August 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack fans will enjoy a double dose of Ontario Sires Stakes excitement on Monday, Aug. 9 as the Campbellville oval hosts Gold Finals for the two-year-old trotting fillies and three-year-old pacing fillies.
Dry Tears looking for Grassroots success in Sudbury
August 6 - SUDBURY, ON — Wednesday’s Grassroots contest at Sudbury Downs marks the halfway point in the three-year-old trotting filly season and trainer Richard Griffiths is hoping Dry Tears has an easier journey through the last part of the season than she did through the first.
Keystone Wildwind makes Grassroots debut in Elora
August 6 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway hosted the Gold Series season opener for the two-year-old pacing fillies, and fans will get a second look at the youngsters on Wednesday, Aug. 11 as they head to the Elora oval for six $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Undefeated Village Janus makes Gold Series debut Sunday
August 5 - OTTAWA, ON — Village Janus will put her four race win streak on the line in the second of two $40,000 Gold Eliminations at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday.
Hidden Message hoping to find favour among Flamboro fans
August 5 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old trotting colts and two-year-old pacing colts are heading for Dundas on Sunday, Aug. 8 as Flamboro Downs plays host to four $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
Buckhams Bay flawless in Gold Final victory
August 4 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway fans sent Buckhams Bay off as the heavy favourite in Wednesday’s $130,000 Gold Final, and the two-year-old trotting colt delivered an impressive effort that proved their assessment was right on the money.
Big Bay Point hoping to ride wave beyond Saturday
August 3 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — With six wins in his last seven starts, three-year-old pacer Big Bay Point is riding a tidal wave of success back to Mohawk Racetrack for Saturday night’s $130,000 Gold Final, and trainer David Menary believes the gelding has yet to reach his peak.
Peach Martini and Extraordinaire poised for rematch
August 2 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Peach Martini scored her second Gold Elimination victory with a dominant performance at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening that saw her sprint away from her two-year-old trotting filly peers to a five length victory in 1:59.4.
Speed and sense earn P C La Mousse a Grassroots prize
August 1 - SUDBURY, ON — Two-year-old trotter P C La Mousse displayed the speed and good sense trainer Peter Clements was hoping for on Sunday afternoon when he trotted around the Sudbury Downs half-mile to the quickest win of four $24,000 Grassroots divisions.