Archives for August '13
Grassroots colts invade Dresden Monday
August 29 - DRESDEN, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes excitement roars into Dresden Raceway on Labour Day Monday, Sept. 2 with five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts.
Mattys Big Day reigns supreme in Ottawa
August 29 - OTTAWA, ON — Mattys Big Day cemented her lead atop the three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots ranks with a gate-to-wire 1:54.3 tour of Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday, Aug. 29.
McNair harnesses impressive quartet in Grassroots Monday
August 29 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Gregg McNair captured his first Johnston Cup award last season, and the Guelph resident is on track to repeat as the Ontario Sires Stakes’ leading trainer in 2013.
Mach It So adds his name to Grand River history books
August 28 - ELORA, ON — On Wednesday evening three-year-old pacer Mach It So rocketed around Grand River Raceway in a track record clocking, the fourth record-setting mile by an Ontario Sires Stakes competitor at the Elora oval this month.
Steacy, Christoforou score a pair in Innisfil Tuesday
August 27 - INNISFIL, ON — Mark Steacy trainees captured the first two $18,000 Grassroots divisions at Georgian Downs on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Local filly aims to climb Grassroots ladder Thursday
August 26 - OTTAWA, ON — Ontario’s three-year-old pacing fillies head to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday, Aug. 29 with just two events remaining on their Grassroots calendar, and the pressure is building on the fillies hovering near the cut off mark to secure one of 10 berths in the season ending Grassroots Championship.
Mach Set Go vanquishes division leader at Mohawk
August 26 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mach Set Go played the role of giant killer at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, cutting three-year-old pacing colt division leader Champagne Phil’s win streak off at four.
Seaside Rory lowers Grand River speed record
August 26 - ELORA, ON — Seaside Rory picked up her second Gold Series win on Monday evening at Grand River Raceway and the three-year-old pacing filly did it in impressive fashion.
Brown doubles in Grassroots at Kawartha
August 24 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Brighton resident Gord Brown piloted a pair of two-year-old pacing colts to Grassroots victory at Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening.
Motown Muscle powers her way to top spot
August 24 - INNISFIL, ON — Sophomore trotting filly Motown Muscle earned her second Gold Series win of the season with a confident front end effort around the Georgian Downs oval on Saturday evening.
Clash of the sophomore titans in Elora Wednesday
August 23 - ELORA, ON — Less than two weeks after Grand River Raceway fans were treated to a track record performance by Grassroots star Champagne Phil, the Elora oval welcomes back the lightning fast three-year-old pacing colts for a pair of $105,000 Gold Series divisions on Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Top fillies face tough test in Innisfil Tuesday
August 23 - INNISFIL, ON — Tuesday’s Grassroots event at Georgian Downs will get off to a quick start as four of the top 10 sophomore trotting fillies square off in the first $18,000 division.
Thankyoukessel treats Grand River fans to track record
August 23 - ELORA, ON — Fans may not have sent Thankyoukessel off as their top choice in the second Gold Series division at Grand River Raceway on Friday night, but driver Mike Saftic was confident in his mount’s abilities.
Champagne Phil looking for Grassroots win number five
August 22 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes fans will be heading to Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Aug. 26 to see whether three-year-old pacing colt Champagne Phil can extend his Grassroots win streak to five.
Gillis readies trio of hopefuls for Gold Series in Elora
August 22 - ELORA, ON — Trainer Jeff Gillis will harness one sophomore pacing filly in each of the $70,000 Gold Series divisions at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Aug. 26.
Christoforou scores pair in Grassroots action
August 22 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou landed a pair of favourites in the Grassroots winner’s circle at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening.
Samira Hanover makes Gold Series debut Saturday
August 21 - INNISFIL, ON — All 16 contestants in Saturday’s Gold Series event at Georgian Downs expelled a sigh of relief when they learned division superstar Bee A Magician would sit this round out.
Twomickeytrip hoping move to Grassroots brings success
August 20 - FRASERVILLE, ON — As the two-year-old pacing colts hit the halfway mark in their season, Twomickeytrip is making the move from the Gold to the Grassroots Series and hoping to hit the board when the provincial program stops at his hometown oval on Saturday, Aug. 24.
Cams Macharena earns second Grassroots victory
August 20 - INNISFIL, ON — Freshman Grassroots champion Cams Macharena picked up her second victory on the three-year-old pacing filly provincial circuit with a 1:53.1 personal best at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening.
Menary, MacDonell dominate in OSS action at Mohawk
August 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Dave Menary trainees swept both three-year-old pacing colt Gold Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
Division leaders prepare to duel at Grand River Friday
August 19 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway hosts a pair of $105,000 Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts on Friday, Aug. 23 and the second division features a showdown between the top two colts in the division.
Pounce Hanover stalking fourth straight win Thursday
August 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — After enduring a winless freshman season, Pounce Hanover finally found his way to the victor’s circle on July 20, in his second sophomore start, and the trotting gelding seemed to find the experience to his liking.
Solar Son shines in Grassroots on Legends Day
August 18 - CLINTON, ON — Fans packed Clinton Raceway on Sunday for the half-mile oval’s popular Legends Day program and the two-year-old trotting colts did their part to entertain the masses in five Grassroots divisions.
McNair, Sowerby star in Grassroots action in Hanover
August 17 - HANOVER, ON — Walkerton native Gregg McNair teamed up with driver Stuart Sowerby to capture two Grassroots divisions at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening.
Deweykeepumnwhy ekes out Gold Series win
August 17 - INNISFIL, ON — Saturday evening’s Ontario Sires Stakes event at Georgian Downs saw all five divisions captured by freshman trotting colts who had never won a Gold Series contest.
Betit To Getit hoping luck swings her way in Innisfil
August 16 - INNISFIL, ON — Betit To Getit cashed a winning ticket in her last Grassroots start, and the filly will be looking to make it two in a row when the three-year-old pacing lasses arrive in Innisfil on Tuesday, Aug. 20 for the fourth stop on their provincial tour.
Three for Jamieson, four for Champagne Phil
August 16 - ELORA, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing colts brought their high speed show to Grand River Raceway on Friday evening and tore up the Elora oval’s record books.
Mohawk flooded with Ontario Sires Stakes talent Monday
August 15 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack’s Monday, Aug. 19 program is loaded with Ontario Sires Stakes talent as the three-year-old trotting fillies arrive at the Campbellville oval for their fourth Grassroots event and the three-year-old pacing colts square off in their fourth Gold Series test.
Riveting Rosie captures third straight Gold Series win
August 15 - OTTAWA, ON — Riveting Rosie took over top spot in the two-year-old trotting filly standings with her third straight Gold Series victory on Thursday evening, touring the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval in 1:59.2.
Legends on the track and in the stands at Clinton Sunday
August 14 - CLINTON, ON — Legends Day at Clinton Raceway always features a group of harness racing’s most revered drivers and trainers, but fans attending this year’s edition on Sunday, Aug. 18 may also catch a glimpse of several former stars from the National Hockey League.
Deweykeepumnwhy hopes for continued luck in Innisfil
August 14 - INNISFIL, ON — When Deweykeepumnwhy failed to qualify for the Mid-Summer Challenge, trainer Ronald Parsons dropped the two-year-old trotting colt down to the Grassroots level for two starts.
Valencia Sol, Erin Hall triumph in Elora
August 14 - ELORA, ON — Erin Hall and Valencia Sol took full advantage of the opportunity presented to them at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening.
Shes A Hotmama aiming to heat things up in Hanover
August 13 - HANOVER, ON — Two-year-old pacing fillies will be the stars of the show at Hanover Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 17 and Shes A Hotmama is hoping for a sizzling mile over her local oval.
Olly Warrawee scores second Grassroots win
August 13 - INNISFIL, ON — Olly Warrawee jumped into the top three in the sophomore trotting colt standings with a Grassroots victory at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening.
Local fillies looking for Gold Series glory Thursday
August 12 - OTTAWA, ON — A pair of locally owned fillies will roll in behind the Rideau Carleton Raceway starting gate on Thursday, Aug. 15 when the two-year-old trotting lasses bring their Gold Series battle to the nation’s capital.
Guelph resident will cheer on his colts from afar
August 12 - ELORA, ON — When his three-year-old pacing colts line up behind the starting gate at Grand River Raceway on Friday, Aug. 16 — aiming for their second straight Grassroots victories — owner and regular driver James MacDonald will be 1,700 km away.
Twin B Alibi and Muscle Magic remain atop standings
August 11 - SUDBURY, ON — Twin B Alibi kicked off Sunday afternoon’s Grassroots event with a hard fought victory over the Sudbury Downs half-mile.
Norman trainees come up trumps in Mid-Summer Challenge
August 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The favourites got the job done in all four $150,000 Mid-Summer Challenges at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening and in all four cases the margins of victory were as short as the odds, treating fans to thrilling stretch drives.
Menary hopes sophomores ready to turn corner
August 9 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer David Menary is hoping Saturday night’s Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack marks a change in fortunes for his sophomore pacers.
Division champs continue their Grassroots rule
August 9 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Grassroots division leaders Panongahela and Champagne Phil made winning look easy at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening.
Erin Hall aiming to climb ladder in Elora
August 9 - ELORA, ON — With the top five freshman trotting fillies sitting on the sidelines for the fifth leg of the Grassroots Series, the Wednesday, Aug. 14 event at Grand River Raceway presents some exciting opportunities for fillies hoping to climb the division ladder.
Aurora owner has three Grassroots hopefuls Tuesday
August 9 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs hosts eight Grassroots divisions of three-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday, Aug. 13 and owner Steve Organ of Aurora will have starters in three of them.
McNair sending five hopefuls into Mid-Summer fray
August 8 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Reigning Johnston Cup champion Gregg McNair heads into Saturday night’s Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack with five three-year-olds looking to vie for a share of the $700,000 in Ontario Sires Stakes purse money.
Filion scores Grassroots hat trick
August 8 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Milton resident Sylvain Filion had a hot set of hands at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, guiding three freshman trotting colts to Grassroots victory.
Grassroots leaders go head-to-head in Sudbury
August 7 - SUDBURY, ON — Sudbury Downs fans are in for a treat on Sunday, Aug. 11 when the Ontario Sires Stakes makes a stop at the northern oval.
Bee A Magician aims for tenth triumph Saturday
August 7 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Bee A Magician has returned to Ontario and the top three-year-old trotting filly in North America is aiming to extend her win streak to ten in Saturday’s $150,000 Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack.
Division champs hoping to repeat at Mohawk Friday
August 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Division leaders Champagne Phil and Panongahela will be looking to maintain their perfect Grassroots records with a second victory over the Mohawk Racetrack oval on Friday, Aug. 9.
Auciello hopes to extend his August hot streak
August 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — August has already been an exceptional month for trainer Carmen Auciello and the Stouffville resident is hoping there is a bit of excitement left to come as he readies five starters for Saturday night’s Mid-Summer Challenge event at Mohawk Racetrack.
Chelseas Chance back at head of the class
August 6 - INNISFIL, ON — Chelseas Chance earned her second Grassroots victory at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening and jumped back to the top of the two-year-old trotting filly division standings.
Yoooukilis hoping for success at Mohawk Thursday
August 5 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old trotting colts return to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, Aug. 8 for the fourth Grassroots stop on their 2013 schedule.
McNair starts and ends Industry Day with a win
August 5 - ELORA, ON — Industry Day 2013 belonged to driver Doug McNair of Guelph who captured three races over the Grand River Raceway oval on Monday afternoon, including both of the day’s signature events.
Muscle Matters triumphs in Mid-Summer Challenge
August 5 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Muscle Matters picked the perfect time to figure out how to be a racehorse, battling to a half-length victory in the $150,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
Bee A Magician wins Hambletonian Oaks
August 4 - EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Before The Meadowlands Racetrack starting gate had even pulled away from the 2013 Hambletonian Oaks field on Saturday afternoon, elimination winner Bee A Magician looked like a champion.
Stablemates aiming for Mid-Summer success
August 3 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Oakville resident Rick Zeron landed a pair of two-year-old trotting fillies in the $50,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Mid-Summer Consolation at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Aug. 5 and the trainer-driver is expecting solid performances from both Aphrodity and Mayberry.
Marcella Hall evolves from a joker to a queen
August 2 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Marcella Hall heads into Monday’s Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack as the top ranked two-year-old trotting filly in Ontario, but six months ago she was at the bottom of trainer Jimmy Takter’s list of favourites.
Muscle Girl hoping for a repeat in Innisfil
August 2 - NNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old trotting fillies return to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, Aug. 6 and division leader Muscle Girl will be looking to add a second victory over the Innisfil oval to her unblemished resume.
Local fillies aim for Grassroots success on Industry Day
August 1 - ELORA, ON — Harness racing fans from across Ontario will descend on Grand River Raceway on the Civic Holiday, Monday, Aug. 5, to witness the finest young racehorses in the province compete for over $340,000.
Trotting colt hoping to put racing puzzle together Monday
August 1 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The second wave of Mid-Summer Challengers arrives at Mohawk Racetrack on Civic Holiday, Monday, Aug. 5, in the shape of 40 top two-year-old trotting colts and fillies.