Archives for August '11
OSS Grassroots 2-Year-Old Colt Pace at Dresden Raceway Redrawn
August 31 - DRESDEN, ON — Due to a Race Office error, the OSS 2-year-old Colt Pace scheduled for Dresden Raceway on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 has been redrawn.
Miss Mach making Grassroots debut on Legends Day
August 31 - CLINTON, ON — Six sophomore pacing filly Grassroots divisions will be featured as part of Clinton Raceway’s popular Legends Day this Sunday afternoon, adding to an outstanding line up of trackside events in support of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation.
Pacing colts headline Dresden’s Labour Day card
August 31 - DRESDEN, ON — Dresden Raceway wraps up an exciting 2011 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Monday, Sept. 5 with eight $24,000 Grassroots divisions for the impressive two-year-old pacing colts.
MacLean hopes filly benefits from home track advantage
August 30 - SUDBURY, ON — Tymal Breezee may have less Grassroots experience than the other fillies in Saturday’s eighth race, but the two-year-old trotter calls Sudbury Downs home and trainer France MacLean is hoping that gives the filly a modest advantage in the $24,000 contest.
Hall hopes decision to retain filly pays off Saturday
August 30 - HANOVER, ON — Seven $24,000 Grassroots divisions will go postward at Hanover Raceway on Saturday night, and local filly Sauble Claire will be hoping to get a call from guest announcer Ken Warkentin in the third two-year-old pacing filly skirmish.
Prodigal Seelster hoping for Gold Final success Thursday
August 29 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Prodigal Seelster has been within inches of victory in the last three stake finals he has contested, and trainer David Menary is hoping the three-year-old pacing colt can finally claim a trophy in Thursday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Kawartha Downs.
Mutinys Child hoping for more OSS treasure Friday
August 29 - ELORA, ON — An impressive line up of 66 sophomore trotting fillies are headed to Grand River Raceway on Friday evening, battling over the Elora half-mile for a total of $192,000 in Grassroots purse money.
Major Herbie quickest in Dresden Grassroots
August 28 - DRESDEN, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting colts journeyed to Dresden Raceway on Sunday afternoon, battling in five $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Tye Seelster matches record at Kawartha Downs
August 27 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Driver Phil Hudon captured a pair of Grassroots divisions at Kawartha Downs on Saturday night, including an explosive mile aboard Tye Seelster that matched the two-year-old pacing colt track record.
The Game Plan delivers in Mohawk Gold Final
August 26 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Friday’s Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack may not have gone as smoothly as driver Jack Moiseyev envisioned, but the end result had The Game Plan’s owners celebrating all the way to the winner’s circle.
Prodigal Seelster earns second Gold Elim trophy
August 25 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Fan favourite Prodigal Seelster took full advantage of his inside post at Kawartha Downs on Thursday, cruising to his second straight Gold Elimination win in a track record equaling 1:50.4.
Count Strike aims for Grassroots win number five Sunday
August 24 - DRESDEN, ON — After four events, only two horses remain undefeated in the three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots division, and only Count Strike will have an opportunity to extend his streak to five when the colts arrive at Dresden Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Rileys Luck earns first Grassroots trophy in Elora
August 24 - ELORA, ON — Sophomore pacing colt Rileys Luck landed his new owners in the Grassroots winner’s circle at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening, sprinting home to grab a half-length victory in 1:58 over a track rated two seconds slower than normal.
Mystician aiming for another consistent effort Thursday
August 23 - FRASERVILLE, ON — The stars of the Ontario Sires Stakes program will shine at Kawartha Downs on Thursday as the Fraserville oval welcomes the three-year-old pacing colts for a single $40,000 Gold Elimination.
Gillis hoping Prized Fighter’s luck improves before Friday
August 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The other nine trainers sending out freshman trotting colts in Friday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack would no doubt agree with the wry wisdom a friend shared with Jeff Gillis a few years back.
Outside The Wire hoping the dice roll in his favour Saturday
August 23 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Two days after the sophomore colts battle in Gold Series action, Kawartha Downs fans will get a look at this year’s freshman pacing colt crop when 64 youngsters arrive in town Saturday night to battle for a total of $192,000 in eight Grassroots divisions.
Sauble Claire paces to Clinton record in Grassroots action
August 21 - CLINTON, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing fillies invaded Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon and were treated to a track record performance by Sauble Claire in the second of nine $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Owners enjoying quick success with Rileys Luck
August 20 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway fans will be treated to five $24,000 Grassroots divisions for the Ontario Sires Stakes program’s marquee division — the three-year-old pacing colts — on Wednesday evening and trainer Chris Matthews is hoping the latest addition to his stable can deliver a solid effort in front of his large contingent of local fans.
Count Strike and Traverse Seelster still undefeated
August 20 - SUDBURY, ON — The number of members in the three-year-old trotting colt’s undefeated club fell by one on Saturday night as Count Strike bested Frill Seeker in the first of three $24,000 Grassroots divisions at Sudbury Downs.
Il Mago and The Game Plan will battle again Friday
August 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Freshman trotter The Game Plan delivered a convincing victory in the first of two $40,000 Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening.
Hopple-hating filly ready for Grassroots debut Sunday
August 17 - CLINTON, ON — Clinton Raceway fans will find it easy to spot local filly Nics Regal Lass in Sunday’s Grassroots competition — the two-year-old pacing filly is dainty in stature and she demonstrates her disdain for hopples by refusing to pace until things really get rolling.
Ritchie hopes Gold Final champion is ready to rumble
August 16 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — One month after they were originally scheduled to compete, Ontario’s two-year-old trotting colts return to Mohawk Racetrack for Gold Elimination action this Friday.
Assignment gets tough post for Saturday’s Grassroots
August 16 - SUDBURY, ON — A trio of $24,000 Grassroots divisions for the talented three-year-old trotting colts headline the Sudbury Downs program this Saturday, and all of the top colts will be in town hoping to secure a few more points toward the lucrative post season.
Circles sails to Gold Final victory at Mohawk
August 15 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — With the first inside post she has drawn for any Gold Final in her young career, two-year-old trotting filly Circles simply cruised to victory at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
Gold Final action outstanding at Flamboro Sunday
August 14 - DUNDAS, ON — Daylon Magician did more than warm up the crowd for the upcoming Confederation Cup heats at Flamboro Downs on Sunday afternoon, the three-year-old trotting colt set the half-mile oval afire with an Ontario Sires Stakes record equaling performance.
Gold and Grassroots hardware for McIntosh in Ottawa
August 14 - OTTAWA, ON — Bob McIntosh had a Super Sunday in Ontario Sires Stakes action on Aug. 14, capturing two Gold Finals and a pair of Grassroots divisions with his 2011 freshman pacing crop.
Machet Rocket shoots to Grassroots victory
August 13 - INNISFIL, ON — Machet Rocket stepped off the quickest win in the first of eight $24,000 Grassroots divisions at Georgian Downs on Saturday night, pacing under the wire in a personal best 1:54.3.
Lovely Vacation, Dayplanner atop freshman division
August 13 - SARNIA, ON — Two-year-old trotting fillies Lovely Vacation and Dayplanner extended their perfect Grassroots record to three with victories at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday evening.
Il Mago scores magical Gold Final win in Ottawa
August 13 - OTTAWA, ON — Ontario’s top two-year-old trotting colts put on an impressive show for Rideau Carleton Raceway fans on Friday evening, waging a three way battle all the way to the wire in the second $130,000 Gold Final of their season.
Second tour of Kawartha a winner for Ill Be There
August 11 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Ill Be There set a quick tempo at Kawartha Downs on Thursday evening, posting a 1:59.4 victory in the first of seven $24,000 Grassroots divisions for the province’s talented two-year-old trotting colts.
Dainty filly making big impact on Gold Series scene
August 11 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — John Smith has a secret that he is not sharing with two-year-old trotting filly Circles, especially not before Monday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack.
Stakes studded night at Rideau Carleton Sunday
August 11 - OTTAWA, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway fans will be treated to an outstanding line up of stakes action on Sunday evening as the Ottawa oval plays host to a $130,000 Gold Final for the two-year-old pacing fillies, seven $24,000 Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and the $147,000 Frank Ryan Memorial for aged trotters.
Gold Finals will warm up Cup crowd Sunday
August 11 - DUNDAS, ON — As part of its outstanding Confederation Cup program this Sunday, Flamboro Downs will host $130,000 Gold Finals for the three-year-old trotting colts and two-year-old pacing colts.
Peach Martini easily defends Gold Final title
August 11 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack fans may not have sent her off as their top choice, but there was never a moment of doubt in trainer-driver Rick Zeron’s mind as he guided three-year-old trotting filly Peach Martini to her second straight Gold Final title on Thursday evening.
Libertys Best Star extends streak to six
August 11 - OTTAWA, ON — Sophomore pacer Libertys Best Star extended his Rideau Carleton Raceway win streak to six with an effortless 1:55.3 victory in the second of four $24,000 Grassroots divisions on Thursday evening.
Freshman fillies test their skills in Innisfil Saturday
August 10 - INNISFIL, ON — Orillia resident Michael Timpano is headed to Georgian Downs on Saturday night to cheer home a pair of two-year-old pacing fillies competing for a share of $192,000 in Grassroots purse money.
The Game Plan will have lots of support Friday
August 9 - OTTAWA, ON — When The Game Plan heads back to Rideau Carleton Raceway for this Friday’s $130,000 Gold Final, the two-year-old trotter will be accompanied by all of his owners.
MacDonald roars up OSS driver standings
August 9 - INNISFIL, ON — Anthony MacDonald almost doubled his Ontario Sires Stakes win column with a prolific evening of driving at Georgian Downs on Tuesday.
Daring Nikki hoping for home track success Saturday
August 9 - SARNIA, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting fillies invade Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday evening, competing for a total of $216,000 in nine Grassroots divisions.
P C Striker aiming for home field advantage Thursday
August 8 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs fans get a second look at the province’s two-year-old trotting colt crop as the Fraserville oval hosts seven $24,000 Grassroots divisions on Thursday.
Local colt puts five race win streak on line Thursday
August 8 - OTTAWA, ON — Libertys Best Star makes his debut in the Grassroots program on Thursday evening, carrying his five race win streak at Rideau Carleton Raceway into the second $24,0000 Grassroots division.
“Princess” hopes to retain Gold Final title Thursday
August 8 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Around the barn Peach Martini is known as “Princess,” and with $501,927 in earnings over the last two seasons, the three-year-old trotting filly’s owners figure she has more than earned the title.
Cool Creek Breeze earns Gold Final hardware
August 8 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Cool Creek Breeze made her Gold Series debut a winning one with a narrow victory in the first of four $40,000 Gold Eliminations for the two-year-old trotting fillies at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
OSS record for Warrawee Needy at Flamboro
August 7 - DUNDAS, ON — Warrawee Needy extended his Gold Series unbeaten streak to five with an Ontario Sires Stakes record performance at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening.
Monkey On My Wheel funds Umphrey’s vacation
August 7 - OTTAWA, ON — Monkey On My Wheel made it easier for trainer Travis Umphrey to reschedule his missed vacation time when she cruised to a commanding victory in the $130,000 three-year-old pacing filly Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
Mystician wins Gold Final nail biter at Mohawk
August 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Rivals since their freshman season, pacing colts Mystician and Prodigal Seelster once again went head-to-head in Gold Final action at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening, engaging in a fierce stretch battle that had fans on their feet.
Traverse Seelster adds Grassroots trophy to Hanover haul
August 6 - HANOVER, ON — One week after capturing the $100,000 Dream Of Glory Final, three-year-old trotting colt Traverse Seelster returned to Hanover Raceway and picked up his third straight victory over the half-mile oval.
Stephen Byron stars in Sudbury Grassroots
August 6 - SUDBURY, ON — Stephen Byron made a profitable trip to Sudbury Downs on Saturday night, steering the winners of two sophomore pacing filly Grassroots divisions and finishing second and third with his other two mounts.
Spanish Mama aiming for Grassroots points Tuesday
August 5 - INNISFIL, ON — A total of $192,000 is up for grabs at Georgian Downs on Tuesday, Aug. 9 as the Innisfil oval plays host to eight Grassroots divisions for the province’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies.
Kadabra sons triumph in Ottawa Gold Elims
August 5 - OTTAWA, ON — After missing the season opening Gold Final due to sickness, two-year-old trotter The Game Plan returned to Gold Series action at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening and logged the quickest of two $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
Baillargeon sends out regally bred trio Monday
August 4 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Thirty-two freshman trotting fillies will invade Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, competing for a top two position in four $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
Delcrest Julian headed in right direction
August 4 - DUNDAS, ON — Gearing up for its signature Confederation Cup program in one week’s time, Flamboro Downs plays host to five $40,000 Gold Eliminations this Sunday, Aug. 7.
Peach Martini rolls to sixth Gold Elim victory
August 4 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Peach Martini scooped up another Gold Elimination trophy off a front end effort at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening.
Athenas Legacy hoping for third time lucky Sunday
August 4 - OTTAWA, ON — When George McClure and his partners purchased Stonebridge Athena out of a mixed sale in 2005, the group never imagined the mare would propel them to the upper tier of the Ontario racing scene.
Keystone Orion head of the class in Elora
August 3 - ELORA, ON — Ignoring the rain and the slightly off track, local trotter Keystone Orion delivered an impressive effort at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening, laying down the fastest mile of six $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Prodigal Seelster hoping for racing luck Saturday
August 2 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Prodigal Seelster picked up his first Ontario Sires Stakes win of the season in last week’s Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack, and his owners are hoping the sophomore pacing colt can score a repeat this Saturday from Post 2.
Trainer hopes Il Mago is a Gold Series whiz kid
August 2 - OTTAWA, ON — Of the 11 freshman trotting colts headed to Rideau Carleton Raceway for Friday’s Gold Series Eliminations, five will be making their debut in the provincial program.
Second record falls at Woodstock in Grassroots action
August 2 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old trotting fillies descended on Woodstock Raceway Tuesday afternoon and Mark Steacy trainee Lovely Vacation wrote her name into the half-mile oval’s record books with a sharp 2:02.3 victory.
Carly Hollywood aiming for a photo shoot Saturday
August 2 - SUDBURY, ON — Carly Hollywood picked up a cheque in her Grassroots debut and the three-year-old pacing filly is hoping to match or better her fifth-place result when the Ontario Sires Stakes program arrives at her hometown oval in Sudbury on Saturday night.
West Grey Bay ready to battle in Grassroots Saturday
August 2 - HANOVER, ON — Just one week after the Dream Of Glory Final, Ontario’s top three-year-old trotting colts return to Hanover Raceway this Saturday to compete for a total of $144,000 in Grassroots purse money.
Rail suits China Pearls just fine
August 1 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Post 1 worked perfectly for China Pearls in the Canadian Breeders Championship in July and trainer Carman Hie is hoping the rail continues to favour the three-year-old trotting filly as she heads back to Mohawk Racetrack for Gold Elimination action on Thursday, Aug. 4.