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Roberts heads to Sudbury with pacing trio
July 31 - SUDBURY, ON — On Saturday morning trainer Daryl Roberts will load up his trailer and head for Sudbury Downs with a trio of contenders in the two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots division.

Trotting fillies head to Dresden on holiday Monday
July 31 - DRESDEN, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Dresden Raceway on Monday as a highlight of the Dresden-Chatham Daily News Day at the Races. In addition to catching some of the province’s top two-year-old trotting fillies in four $22,321 Grassroots divisions, fans will have an opportunity to win a total of $5,000 in Cash Prizes, and to drop their ballot in the Ontario Harness Horse Association’s Ford Ranger Edge Pick-up draw.

Independent Woman unaffected by sloppy track
July 30 - REXDALE, ON — Reigning Gold Final champion Independent Woman cruised to an impressive 2:00.2 victory on Monday night over a Woodbine Racetrack surface that was downgraded to sloppy just before her Gold Elimination.

Top pacing colts ready to clash on Saturday
July 30 - REXDALE, ON — Woodbine Racetrack hosts the Ontario Sires Stakes version of the clash of the titans on Saturday night as the three-year-old pacing colts meet in Gold Series action for the third time this season.

Gassien will root for filly from sidelines Saturday
July 30 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Reg Gassien will be sitting in an unfamiliar spot when his three-year-old pacing filly Armbro Wand comes to Kawartha Downs on Saturday night to compete in an Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event. Instead of directing the action from the race bike, the Lindsay resident will be watching from the grandstand, nursing injuries he suffered in a serious spill at Sudbury Downs last Friday night.

Freshman pacing fillies back in action Friday
July 29 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing fillies head for Flamboro Downs on Friday night for their sixth straight week of provincial stakes action.

Sophomore pacing fillies seize the day at Woodbine
July 29 - REXDALE, ON — With Precious Delight missing from Gold Series Elimination action at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday night, her Ontario-bred peers are breathing a sigh of relief.

Meadowview Sunny scores third straight victory
July 29 - ELMIRA, ON — A rain soaked track did not deter Meadowview Sunny and Doug Brown from scoring their third straight victory in Gold Series action Monday evening at Elmira Raceway.

The Patriot captures Gold Final in Ottawa
July 27 - GLOUCESTER, ON — The bad news for trainer John Kopas at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday night was that his two-year-old pacing filly Indecorum made a break and finished last for the second week in a row. The good news for the Campbellville resident was that Indecorum’s stablemate The Patriot delivered an impressive effort over a sloppy track to capture the $130,000 Gold Series Final.

Freshman trotting colts ready to impress in Elmira
July 26 - ELMIRA, ON — Fresh off an impressive opener to their Gold Series season, Ontario’s top two-year-old trotting colts are ready to dazzle fans at Elmira Raceway on Monday night in a pair of Gold Series Eliminations.

Independent Woman looks to extend winning streak
July 25 - REXDALE, ON — Independent Woman puts her three race winning streak on the line in one of three Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack this Monday night (July 29).

Dietrich retains golden crown
July 23 - REXDALE, ON — Dietrich recovered from a disappointing fifth in last week’s elimination round to capture her second straight Gold Final at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening.

Northern Harmony aims for win number five
July 22 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Almost one month after they became partners on two-year-old pacing filly Northern Harmony, Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, the Domiano’s of Sampson Street Stables in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, Don Bray of Newcastle and Angelo Dinardo of Etobicoke, have yet to meet face-to-face.

Meadowview Sunny lowers record for second week
July 21 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs fans were treated to record breaking Ontario Sires Stakes action for the second week in a row on Saturday night when local favourite Meadowview Sunny captured the two-year-old trotting colts’ season opening Gold Final.

Independent Woman scores fastest Trillium win
July 21 - HANOVER, ON — Reigning Gold Final champ Independent Woman scored her third straight victory in the fastest of four Trillium Series divisions at Hanover Raceway on Saturday.

Freshman fillies impressive in Grassroots action
July 21 - INNISFIL, ON — Dearest Dorothy kicked off an exciting evening of Ontario Sires Stakes action at Georgian Downs on Saturday night with an impressive 1:56.3 victory in the first of nine Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies.

Northern Harmony three-for-three in Gold Series
July 20 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Northern Harmony scored her fourth straight win with a victory in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Elimination at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening.

Trotting fillies ready for $130,000 showdown
July 18 - REXDALE, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies return to Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening for their $130,000 Gold Final and $30,000 Gold Consolation.

Sir Luck flawless in second Gold Final victory
July 18 - REXDALE, ON — Freshman pacing colt Sir Luck retained his golden crown for another week with a seemingly effortless victory at Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday night.

Record number of fillies head for Georgian Downs
July 17 - INNISFIL, ON — A total of 81 two-year-old pacing fillies are heading for Georgian Downs on Saturday night to compete in their second Grassroots event. The record-setting number of young pacers will split into nine divisions to compete for a total of $135,000 and trainer Carl Jamieson has five chances to capture a share of the provincial pie.

Novice trotting fillies gather in Hanover for Trillium
July 17 - HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway hosts its second straight week of Ontario Sires Stakes competition on Saturday night, welcoming four divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies in their second Trillium Series event.

Early Secret and Symphony Hanover triumphant
July 16 - REXDALE, ON — Symphony Hanover scored the fastest of two Gold Series Elimination victories at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday in a minor upset over favourite Dietrich.

Shakes and Reid hoping colt is the real thing
July 16 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Charles Reid and Paul Shakes have been racing horses together for more than a dozen years and, as Meadowview Sunny begins his final preparations for Saturday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Kawartha Downs, the partners are wondering if this might finally be the horse they have been waiting for.

Saftic ready for lightning fast mile from freshman colts
July 15 - REXDALE, ON — Heading into last week’s Gold Series Eliminations driver Mike Saftic’s main concern was making sure reigning champ Sir Luck got a slightly easier outing than his 1:53 victory in the July 3 Gold Final. With that accomplished Saftic has turned his attention to Thursday night’s Gold Final at Woodbine Racetrack and the Campbellville reinsman is certain there will be no room to relax against the group of two-year-old pacing colts gearing up for the $130,000 event.

Meadowview Sunny lowers Kawartha Downs record
July 14 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Meadowview Sunny made Kawartha Downs fans sit up and take notice early on Saturday night when he shattered the two-year-old trotting colt track record in the first of three Gold Series Eliminations.

Precious Delight rolls unabated through Gold division
July 14 - INNISFIL, ON — Fifteen and counting.

Brethour scores driving and training double
July 14 - HANOVER, ON — Murray Brethour scored a double during the 4H/Ontario Sires Stakes Night at the Races at Hanover Raceway on Saturday night, capturing two of seven Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts.

Crown Lavec smashes Hiawatha record
July 14 - SARNIA, ON — On a night when track records across the province fell like rain on a parched summer lawn, Hiawatha Horse Park was no exception. The three-year-old trotting fillies wiped out the record in their first Grassroots division and slashed it again in the second.

Rhiannon O Rhye rocks to Trillium win
July 13 - WOODSTOCK, ON — In spite of trainer Stephen Gillard’s concern that racing at her home track might serve as a disadvantage, Rhiannon O Rhye trounced a field of two-year-old pacing fillies in Trillium Series action at Woodstock Raceway on Saturday.

Independent Woman captures Gold crown
July 13 - DUNDAS, ON — Independent Woman displayed her impressive gate speed for the second week in a row at Flamboro Downs on Saturday to capture the season opening Gold Final for the two-year-old trotting fillies.

Dietrich looks for another Gold win Monday
July 12 - REXDALE, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies spring back into Gold Series action at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday after tackling North America’s finest in the Colonial Lady and Elegantimage Stakes in June.

Freshman trotting fillies square off for $130,000 Saturday
July 11 - DUNDAS, ON — While the Flamboro Downs fans who sent two-year-old trotting filly Jar Jar Binx off as the longest shot in the first Gold Elimination last weekend may have been surprised when she crossed the line in front of the six-horse field, her trainer Wayne Bloomfield was not.

Wallace and Baillargeon score golden double
July 11 - REXDALE, ON — Trainer Ben Wallace and driver Mario Baillargeon teamed up for wins in two of three Gold Series Eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday evening.

Hanover Raceway hosts future stars Saturday
July 10 - HANOVER, ON — Seven divisions of future Ontario Sires Stakes stars invade Hanover Raceway on Saturday night, along with a group of young people destined to be stars of the local equine and agricultural community.

Trotting fillies invade Hiawatha Horse Park Saturday
July 10 - SARNIA, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old trotting fillies make their way to Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday night for the second of six Grassroots events on their 2002 schedule.

Undefeated filly keeps her cool before Gold Final
July 10 - INNISFIL, ON — For the past two seasons, while owner Peter Heffering has been making himself noticeably absent from the racetrack when Precious Delight races, trainer Duane Marfisi has barely left her side. The Guelph resident calls the undefeated filly a once in a lifetime horse and he is determined to enjoy every second of her career.

Local filly may forfeit home field advantage
July 9 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Trainers often regard it as an advantage when an Ontario Sires Stakes event comes to the racetrack where they stable, but Stephen Gillard is not sure that will be the case for his two-year-old pacing filly Rhiannon O Rhye when Woodstock Raceway hosts the Trillium Series on Saturday.

Paquette will start two at Kawartha Saturday
July 9 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Port Hope resident Ray Paquette is hoping that Saturday night’s Gold Series Eliminations at Kawartha Downs will mark the second coming of Kawartha Snoopy. Once a demon on the Fraserville oval, Kawartha Snoopy has made a late transition to the stallion ranks and will see his first sons compete in the two-year-old trotting colt event this weekend.

Armbro Warranty guarantees his future in OSS
July 8 - DUNDAS, ON — The hot, humid weather may have abated in southern Ontario, but the province’s racetracks continue to sizzle with exciting Ontario Sires Stakes action.

Win is sweet music for filly’s new owners
July 8 - REXDALE, ON — Northern Harmony declared herself the diva of the Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing filly ranks when she captured the $130,000 Gold Series Final at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday.

Sir Luck primed for round two of Gold Series
July 8 - REXDALE, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts head for Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday, fresh off an impressive 1:53 performance in their first Gold Series Final last week.

Mikestory delivers Gold Elimination win at Flamboro
July 7 - DUNDAS, ON — On a night of upsets by the two-year-old trotting fillies, Mikestory was the only favourite to deliver a Gold Elimination win to her Flamboro Downs fans.

Fifteen and counting for Precious Delight
July 7 - INNISFIL, ON — The way things are going for three-year-old pacing filly Precious Delight, her owner Peter Heffering may never have an opportunity to see her race live. Heffering missed the filly’s first few races last season and as the wins started to pile up the Port Perry resident was overtaken by a nudge of superstition and decided he would not go to the racetrack until she recorded a loss.

Priceless Gem is a diamond at Windsor Sunday
July 7 - WINDSOR, ON — Priceless Gem proved he is the real deal on Sunday evening at Windsor Raceway when he captured his first Gold Series Final and equalled the track and Ontario Sires Stakes record for the second week in a row.

Maddy Girl captures second Grassroots victory
July 6 - SUDBURY, ON — Three-year-old pacing filly Maddy Girl impressed fans at Sudbury Downs on Friday night when she cam within one-fifth of a second of equalling a 14-year-old track record held by great Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Silver Reign.

Trotting colts make Grassroots debut in Woodstock
July 6 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old trotting colts made their debut at Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon and trainer Ross Henry inched closer to a third Johnston Cup training title with a win and three thirds in four divisions.

$130,000 up for grabs in Flamboro Gold Final
July 5 - DUNDAS, ON — When the three-year-old pacing colts return to Flamboro Downs on Sunday they will be short one Gold Elimination winner as Pacific Titan heads south of the border for Meadowlands Pace eliminations on Saturday.

Northern Harmony acquires new owners for Gold Final
July 5 - REXDALE, ON — His partners may have changed since last week’s Gold Elimination, but Don Bray’s enthusiasm for Northern Harmony is unaltered heading into Monday’s $130,000 Gold Series Final at Woodbine Racetrack.

Henry’s dominate freshman filly Grassroots
July 5 - SARNIA, ON — Ross Henry steamrolled through the two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots event at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday night. The Arthur resident sent four fillies to Sarnia and took home two Ontario Sires Stakes trophies and two runner-up cheques.

Sir Luck captures freshman Gold Series Final
July 4 - WINDSOR, ON — With his first race jitters out of the way Sir Luck was all business in the $130,000 Gold Final at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday night.

Trotting colts ready to prove themselves in Gold Final
July 4 - WINDSOR, ON — All eyes will be focused on the three-year-old trotting colts when they return to Windsor Raceway Sunday evening for their $130,000 Gold Final. Several of the Ontario-sired stars are eligible to the Hambletonian and with eliminations for trotting’s holy grail rapidly approaching it is decision time.

Trotting colts prep for Grassroots debut in Woodstock
July 3 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Nineteen freshman trotting colts will get their last pre-season tune-up this week before making their Ontario Sires Stakes debut at Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon.

Harness racing youth summer camp debuts this Sunday at Mohawk
July 3 - Mississauga, ON — It's a summer camp unlike any ever seen in this country!

Trotting fillies make golden debut at Flamboro
July 3 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs opens its doors to the two-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday afternoon, hosting three Gold Series Eliminations for the precocious youngsters.

Standing room only for sophomore pacing filly event
July 3 - INNISFIL, ON — If Saturday’s three-year-old pacing filly event at Georgian Downs required tickets, the box office would have been sold out within hours of Wednesday’s post position draw as Ontario Sires Stakes fans secured their spot on the rail for Precious Delight’s attempt at win number 14.

The Patriot a winner on Canada Day at Woodbine
July 2 - REXDALE, ON — The Patriot scored the fastest win of three Gold Series Eliminations for two-year-old pacing fillies at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening, proving to trainer John Kopas that she is more than just a cliche.

Nadine Seelster dominates in Elmira Grassroots
July 2 - ELMIRA, ON — Elmira Raceway rang in Canada Day with five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies and Nadine Seelster kicked off the festivities with an impressive 1:59.4 victory in the second race.

Bax sends four freshman fillies to Sarnia
July 2 - SARNIA, ON — Canada’s 2001 Trainer of the Year will start four two-year-old trotting fillies at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday night in their first ever Grassroots event.

Sophomore pacing fillies head north for Grassroots
July 2 - SUDBURY, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Sudbury Downs on Friday evening with four Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies, and trainer Robert Bodkin is looking forward to having a starter in Race 7.

Pacing colts take target practice at Flamboro Downs
July 1 - DUNDAS, ON — Hot, humid evenings are made for speed and the three-year-old pacing colts took full advantage of the weather and track conditions at Flamboro Downs on Sunday night, lowering the track and Ontario Sires Stakes record not once, but twice.

Record breaking afternoon at Dresden Raceway
July 1 - DRESDEN, ON — Track records fell in Ontario Sires Stakes action all over the province this weekend and Dresden Raceway was no exception. In the third of six Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts, J Ls Sunny Boy carved one-fifth of a second off the half-mile track’s speed barrier with a 1:59.4 victory.

Tommys Luck sharp in Quinte Grassroots win
July 1 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Bringhomethemoney did just that on Monday when he captured the first of five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts at Quinte Raceway.