Archives for August '12
The Golden Child hoping to find some luck at home Tuesday
August 31 - INNISFIL, ON — Mark Etsell and his partners named the second generation product of their breeding program The Golden Child, but heading into Tuesday’s Grassroots event at Georgian Downs the trainer says The Problem Child might have been a more appropriate moniker.
Hiddenbrooke hoping for success over Flamboro half-mile
August 30 - DUNDAS, ON — Hiddenbrooke’s best Grassroots results have come on half-mile ovals and Gaetan Hebert is hoping the three-year-old pacing filly can deliver another solid effort when the provincial program stops at Flamboro Downs on Sunday.
Lexus Helios’s star rises with Gold Final triumph
August 30 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Heading into last week’s Gold Elimination Norm Dunstan felt Lexus Helios was rounding into peak form and would be able to hold her own against the top three-year-old trotting fillies in the province.
Chapple’s colts will reunite in Dresden Monday
August 29 - DRESDEN, ON — Ontario’s exciting two-year-old pacing colts sweep into Dresden Raceway on Monday for the second last Grassroots contest of their regular season.
Mach A Wish blows out Gold Final candles at Mohawk
August 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Tony O’Sullivan had a hunch that Mach A Wish could compete with Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing lasses and his intuition paid off on Monday evening as the filly sailed to a Gold Final triumph at Mohawk Racetrack.
Ysebaert expecting another gritty effort from Expresso Yourself
August 28 - SARNIA, ON — Paul Ysebaert and Bob McIntosh have been buying, breeding and racing horses together for two decades and the latest product of their partnership will be lining up behind the Hiawatha Horse Park starting gate on Saturday in the fourth of six Grassroots divisions.
Classy trotting filly aiming for Gold Final success Thursday
August 27 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Paul MacDonell qualified two Mike Keeling trained trotting fillies for Thursday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, but the reinsman had committed to Sugar Wheeler well before he engineered the results of last week’s eliminations.
Shift in plans leads filly to Friday’s Grassroots contest
August 27 - ELORA, ON — When Ben Baillargeon was plotting Cool Creek Breeze’s sophomore season he did not expect the filly to be competing in Friday’s Grassroots event at Grand River Raceway, but he also did not expect her to land him in hospital in early May.
Michaels Power becomes a millionaire in Ottawa
August 26 - OTTAWA, ON — Michaels Power moved into the millionaires circle on Sunday night at Rideau Carleton Raceway with a commanding track record performance in the three-year-old pacing colt Gold Final.
Prestidigitator wins epic Gold Final battle in track record time
August 25 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Three-year-old trotting colt rivals Prestidigitator and Knows Nothing lined up beside each other at the start of Saturday night’s $130,000 Gold Final and less than two minutes later they thundered across the Mohawk Racetrack finish line in the same formation.
Seeuinthespring matches OSS record in Gold Final victory
August 24 - OTTAWA, ON — Ontario’s talented young trotters put on another outstanding show in Gold Final action at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday night.
Michaels Power on cusp of entry to exclusive club
August 23 - OTTAWA, ON — Michaels Power arrives at Rideau Carleton Raceway for Sunday’s Gold Final just $29,350 shy of $1 million in earnings.
Mindsweeper aiming for big effort in Final
August 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Eric Adams says Mindsweeper’s elimination victory last week was a matter of the right trip on the right day and the Newmarket resident is hoping things work out just as well in Monday’s $130,000 Gold Finalat Mohawk Racetrack.
Oliver, McIntosh and MacDonald score two at Hanover
August 23 - HANOVER, ON — Driver Keith Oliver and trainer Bob McIntosh teamed up to win a pair of two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots events at Hanover Raceway on Thursday evening.
Dayplanner on the right page at Hiawatha
August 23 - SARNIA, ON — Hiawatha Horse Park hosted an invasion of three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday evening, giving away $168,000 in Grassroots purse money.
Murmur Hanover claims OSS record after fierce battle
August 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Murmur Hanover displayed the heart of a champion at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, battling back in the stretch to score a nose victory in an Ontario Sires Stakes record 1:55.2.
Pacing colts chew up and spit out track records in Sudbury
August 22 - SUDBURY, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old pacing colts and geldings arrived at Sudbury Downs on Wednesday evening, took a look at the record books and proceeded to feed them through the shredder.
Gold Series veteran and Grassroots novice hope for smooth sailing in Ottawa
August 21 - OTTAWA, ON — The cream of the two-year-old trotting filly division returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening to compete in their fourth $130,000 Gold Final, and the fillies will be joined by 56 freshman trotting colts heading to the Ottawa oval for seven $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Knows Nothing aiming to add Gold Final title to his resume
August 21 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — After a disappointing result in the Hambletonian Final, three-year-old trotting colt Knows Nothing returned to the Ontario Sires Stakes program last week and captured his first Gold Elimination trophy in trademark sharp-finishing style.
Thunderaway hoping for a tempest free evening Thursday
August 20 - SARNIA, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday, Aug. 23, and Darryl Laver is hoping the return to her hometown oval will help Thunderaway build on the positive results she has posted in her last two starts.
Charlton hopes pacing fillies succeed over local oval Thursday
August 20 - HANOVER, ON — Steve Charlton will arrive at Hanover Raceway on Thursday evening with a trio of two-year-old pacing fillies hoping to take home a share of the $192,000 in Grassroots purse money up for grabs at the half-mile oval.
Mindsweeper cleans house in Gold Elimination
August 20 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Eleven sophomore pacing fillies lined up behind Mohawk Racetrack’s starting gate for a single Gold Elimination on Monday evening and all 11 shifted into another gear when they hit the three-quarter mile marker.
Majestized aiming to change his Gold Final luck
August 20 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Two-year-old trotting colt Majestized heads back to Mohawk Racetrack for Thursday’s Gold Final off an impressive result in his Gold Elimination last week, but trainer Linda Duncan is making no predictions of success.
Knows Nothing triumphs in Gold Series debut
August 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Kadabra sons Knows Nothing and Prestidigitator returned to Ontario Sires Stakes action on Saturday night following their sojourn south of the border for the Hambletonian and the duo simply outclassed their sophomore trotting colt peers in the single Gold Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack.
Henry inches closer to top of standings with double in Innisfil
August 19 - INNISFIL, ON — Trevor Henry has a pair of Lampman Cup trophies on the mantle of his Arthur home and the driver is in the hunt for a third Ontario Sires Stakes title with an outstanding week that he capped off by guiding a pair of three-year-old pacing colts to Grassroots victory at Georgian Downs Saturday.
Henry and Filion battle for Grassroots supremacy in Clinton
August 19 - CLINTON, ON — As the three-year-old trotting colts near the end of the Grassroots season, competition for the remaining points is growing fierce and Clinton Raceway fans were treated to eight exciting battles on Sunday afternoon.
Charmed Life storms to Gold Elimination win in Ottawa
August 17 - OTTAWA, ON — Two-year-old trotting filly Charmed Life beguiled Rideau Carleton Raceway fans on Friday night with an impressive Gold Elimination victory that saw her hit the wire just shy of the track record.
Pryjma hopes Sudbury results keep him from eating crow
August 17 - SUDBURY, ON — Symon Pryjma will arrive at Sudbury Downs on Wednesday, Aug. 22 with a pair of two-year-old pacers whose early season Grassroots performances have forced the trainer to re-evaluate his winter-long opinion of the pair.
Mach A Wish aspiring to Gold Elimination success Monday
August 16 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Monday’s three-year-old pacing filly Gold Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack attracted just 11 competitors, and Tony O’Sullivan is confident that his first time Gold starter Mach A Wish will earn one of the 10 spots up for grabs in next week’s Gold Final.
Gold Elimination Not Required at Rideau Carleton
August 16 - Seven 3-year-old colt pacers were entered today (Thursday) for the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Elimination scheduled to be contested on Sunday, August 19 at Rideau Carleton Raceway.
Brethour trainees triumph in Grassroots action Thursday
August 16 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Sunderland resident Murray Brethour landed two Grassroots trophies at Kawartha Downs on Thursday evening when three-year-old pacing fillies Jet Speed and Machet Rocket captured their respective divisions.
Murmur Hanover rebounds at Mohawk
August 16 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Murmur Hanover bounced back from a disappointing performance in the last Gold Series event with an impressive win in Gold Elimination action at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening.
Waples and McIntosh combine for trio of Grassroots wins
August 15 - DUNDAS, ON — Randy Waples and Bob McIntosh combined for a Grassroots hat trick at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday afternoon, landing two-year-old pacing fillies Pan Luis Obispo, Western Empress and Expresso Yourself in the winner’s circle.
Coach Cal hoping to boost his Grassroots point tally Saturday
August 15 - INNISFIL, ON — The high speed of Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing colts will be on display at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening as eight divisions of the gifted youngsters compete for a total of $192,000 in Grassroots action.
Henry helps trainer to perfect night at Grand River Raceway
August 15 - ELORA, ON — Arthur resident Trevor Henry helped trainer Christopher Beaver take home a total of three Grassroots trophies from Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening.P>
Keeling colts hoping for OSS luck in Clinton Sunday
August 15 - CLINTON, ON — Mike Keeling is heading to Clinton Raceway on Sunday with a trio of three-year-old trotting colts hoping to pad their Grassroots resumes.
Saftic opens Grassroots card with driving double
August 14 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Campbellville resident Mike Saftic opened Monday’s Grassroots program at Mohawk Racetrack with a pair of victories aboard two talented freshman pacing colts.
Kadabra daughters hope to shine at Hartman’s local oval Friday
August 14 - OTTAWA, ON — While reigning champ Bee A Magician gets a well earned rest, her stablemates Choir Robe and Lily Pad Hanover will be looking to carve out their own piece of the Gold Elimination pie at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening.
Owners hoping for less talk, more action from Yackety Yak
August 14 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Just six days after they battled in their third Gold Final, Ontario’s top three-year-old trotting colts return to action on Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack.
Enough About You impresses in Grassroots debut
August 14 - INNISFIL, ON — Two-year-old trotting colts took centre stage at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, with Enough About You clocking the quickest mile of eight Grassroots divisions.
Selmas Wish aiming to strike in Grassroots action Thursday
August 13 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs fans get a second dose of the province’s top three-year-old pacing fillies this week as the Fraserville oval plays host to five $24,000 Grassroots divisions on Thursday.
Trotting colts hope to turn over new leaf Thursday
August 13 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Had you asked Mike Guitard in March about the prospects for two-year-old trotting colt Pullupyoursocks, the Campbellville resident might have predicated nothing short of Ontario Sires Stakes stardom.
Miss Paris delivers, Keystone Orion surprises at Flamboro
August 12 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotters warmed up Flamboro Downs’ Confederation Cup crowd with two impressive Gold Final efforts on Sunday afternoon.
Lexus Helios impressive in Grassroots debut at Mohawk
August 11 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Campbellville resident Mike Saftic piloted two fillies to Grassroots victory at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening, including the quickest of the seven winners, Lexus Helios.
Keystone Maddie a bargain for Lagace and Gagne
August 11 - DUNDAS, ON — When Daniel Lagace looked at Keystone Maddie during last fall’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale the Cambridge resident wrote the words “all right” across the filly’s catalogue page.
Summer Indian scores Grassroots win on hometown oval
August 11 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs fans sent local colt Summer Indian off as the heavy favourite in his Grassroots division on Saturday evening and the trotter delivered, controlling the sixth race from start to finish.
Keneiko hoping to step up over his hometown oval
August 10 - INNISFIL, ON — Keneiko was born and raised just minutes from Georgian Downs and the two-year-old trotter will be looking to earn his first pay cheque when he returns home on Tuesday to compete in one of eight Grassroots divisions.
Fillies look to be on their best behaviour in Elora Wednesday
August 10 - ELORA, ON — When it comes to racing two-year-old trotting fillies, manners are essential and Juho Ihamuotila is hoping Massive Babe has hers packed and ready to take to Grand River Raceway on Wednesday.
Sophomore trotters are opening act for 36th Confederation Cup
August 9 - DUNDAS, ON — Harness racing fans will flock to Flamboro Downs on Sunday afternoon for the Dundas oval’s action-packed Confederation Cup program.
Treen tailoring his expectations for freshman pacing colts
August 9 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Barry Treen will unload two freshman pacing colts at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening and the Rockwood resident is hoping that both DBS Rosco and Windsong Joker can earn a share of the $216,000 in Grassroots purse money up for grabs at the Campbellville oval.
Bee A Magician finally earns a Gold Final crown
August 9 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — After competing over half and five-eighths mile ovals through the first two Gold Series events, two-year-old trotting filly Bee A Magician got a chance to stretch her legs and show off her skills at Mohawk Racetrack in last week’s Gold Eliminations.
Cooking The Books earns her second Gold Final title
August 9 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Rain may have left the Kawartha Downs oval two seconds slower than normal on Thursday evening, but it did nothing to dampen the rivalry between Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing fillies.
Canadian Princess hoping for Grassroots honour Friday
August 7 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Grassroots action returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening with seven $24,000 divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies.
Equipment change gives Eloise Eden Grassroots glory
August 7 - INNISFIL, ON — Eloise Eden and Rick Zeron kicked off Tuesday’s Grassroots battles with an impressive tour around the Georgian Downs oval that saw them coast home six length winners in 1:58.1.
Summer Indian looking for third straight at Kawartha Saturday
August 7 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Peterborough resident John Bax will ship a trio of trotters the short distance to Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening to compete in the third Grassroots event on the sophomore trotting colt schedule.
The Northern Dude comes through in Gold Elimination action
August 6 - DUNDAS, ON — Grassroots regular The Northern Dude delivered a commanding performance at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening to capture the first of two $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
Creampuff Macdaddy kicks off outstanding afternoon in Elora
August 6 - ELORA, ON — Fans taking in the Industry Day festivities at Grand River Raceway did not believe that elimination winner Creampuff Macdaddy could overcome the outside Post 8 in Monday’s Gold Final, but the two-year-old trotting colt proved them wrong with a commanding performance.
Lyons Luck hoping to match her track record effort Thursday
August 6 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Ciaran Morrison opted to start Lyons Luck in the shallow end of the three-year-old pacing filly pool this season and the decision paid off at Kawartha Downs last Thursday as the filly made a victorious leap up to the Gold Series level.
Moms Apple Pie hoping to deliver Gold Final sweets Thursday
August 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Moms Apple Pie scored her first victory in last week’s Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack, but trainer Bill Budd says he has been sweet on the two-year-old trotting filly since she arrived in his barn last fall.
Michaels Power retains Gold Series crown with 1:49.2 victory
August 4 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack fans were treated to another exciting performance by the province’s top three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday evening.
Euro Man earns second Grassroots trophy for Harley owners
August 3 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Two-year-old trotting colt Euro Man was all business at Woodstock Raceway on Friday afternoon, firing out of Post 2 and rolling along on the front end to his second straight Grassroots victory.
White willing to wait for filly’s brain to catch up with her feet
August 3 - INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s exciting two-year-old trotting fillies arrive in Innisfil on Tuesday evening and trainer Nelson White hopes Abs Muscle Hall gets off the trailer ready to race.
Kadabra's Stallion Success No Sleight of Hand
August 2 - The appearance of two sons of Ontario sire Kadabra in Saturday's $1.5 million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey is anything but magic. Knows Nothing and Prestidigitator earned their berths in the final with solid efforts and represented Ontario in a way that may not have been possible pre-1998.
Nicol hopes The Northern Dude rises to the occasion Sunday
August 2 - DUNDAS, ON — The Northern Dude will make his sophomore Gold Series debut at Flamboro Downs on Sunday and owner David Nicol is hoping the trotter is ready to show off his true colours against the province’s top colts.
Trotting colt hopes for winning spark in Elora Monday
August 2 - ELORA, ON — On Monday afternoon Grand River Raceway will host its annual celebration of the harness racing industry by featuring the province’s top two-year-old trotters and pacers.
Freshman trotting fillies continue to impress Gold Series fans
August 2 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — This year’s crop of two-year-old trotting fillies has been impressive since their debut, and on Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack they maintained their standard of excellence in four $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
Lyons Luck impressive in Gold Series debut at Kawartha Downs
August 2 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Lyons Luck moved up from the Grassroots program for Thursday’s Gold Series event at Kawartha Downs and the three-year-old pacing filly proved that she belongs in the top tier with an impressive 1:52.1 score in her $40,000 Gold Elimination.