Archives for July '05
Local favourites deliver in Grassroots action at Hanover
July 31 - HANOVER, ON — Local horsemen put on a clinic for their peers at Hanover Raceway on Saturday night, capturing four of eight sophomore trotting colt Grassroots divisions.
Henry family scores three wins at Sudbury Sunday
July 31 - SUDBURY, ON — Ross Henry gave a demonstration of his Johnston Cup winning techniques at Sudbury Downs on Sunday afternoon, winning two of six two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots events and finishing second in two others.
Kind Gesture cracks Grassroots jinx in Clinton
July 31 - CLINTON, JULY 31, 2005 — Kind Gesture trotted to victory in the fastest of eight three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots divisions at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon, sailing effortlessly around the half-mile oval to a 2:02.1 triumph.
Trotting colt gunning for Gold Final win Monday
July 29 - ELORA, ON — Tom Durand has ridden out enough highs and lows in his career to know there are no sure things in harness racing, but the Puslinch resident will admit to being excited about Yorktown Gunner’s potential as the two-year-old trotter heads into Monday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Grand River Raceway.
Grassroots event at Dresden Raceway redrawn
July 28 - Due to a Race Office error, the Ontario Sires Stakes draw for the Aug. 1 two-year-old trotting colt event at Dresden Raceway has been redrawn.
Chillmetodbone hoping to light a fire at Mohawk Monday
July 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack will be over run with two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday evening as the Campbellville oval plays host to the third of five Gold Series events for the talented young distaffers.
Trotting fillies impress Ottawa fans in elimination action
July 28 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Lisa’s Mission impressed Rideau Carleton Raceway fans on Thursday with an effortless victory in her Gold Series Elimination, stopping the clock just shy of the two-year-old trotting filly track record.
Just Do It looking for Grassroots success Saturday
July 27 - HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway celebrates the Civic Holiday weekend with eight Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts Saturday evening.
Hodgson fillies ready for Grassroots test Sunday
July 27 - SUDBURY, ON — Sudbury Downs kicks off its 2005 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Sunday afternoon with six Grassroots divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies competing for a total of $98,130.
Filly ready to tackle Grassroots in Clinton Sunday
July 27 - CLINTON, ON — After battling around Clinton Raceway for the last month in the Central Huron Trotting Series, Brenda G’s Ballad is ready to take on the best in the province this Sunday in the fourth of eight Grassroots divisions.
Owners savour trotting colt’s unlikely success
July 27 - DRESDEN, ON — On Monday afternoon at Dresden Raceway two-year-old trotting colt Su Lavec will be looking for his third top three Grassroots finish, an impressive accomplishment for any young trotter let alone one who was born with hind legs better suited to a marsupial than a racehorse.
Freshman filly hoping to grind out another win Monday
July 27 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Fresh off track record performances at Hanover Raceway in just their second Grassroots event of the season, the two-year-old pacing fillies bring their speed show to Quinte Exhibition Raceway on Monday afternoon with 36 fillies vying for a total of $104,585.
Lisa’s Mission ready to defend Gold Final title Thursday
July 25 - GLOUCESTER, ON — After spending eight years away from harness racing, Adrian Hickey hit Ontario Sires Stakes gold with only the second horse he has trained since returning to the game last spring. The Midhurst resident conditions reigning Gold Final champion Lisa’s Mission and will send her out to defend her title from Post 7 in the second of three two-year-old trotting filly Gold Eliminations at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening.
Starsel lowers Woodstock track record Saturday
July 24 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Following in the footsteps of his sophomore stablemate Reception Hall, two-year-old trotting colt Starsel powered to a track record in Grassroots action at Woodstock Raceway Saturday afternoon.
Fillies fly around Hanover Raceway to track record
July 24 - HANOVER, ON — Ray McLean, Jr. and Jim Ainsworth had a supreme evening at Hanover Raceway on Saturday, teaming up for a pair of wins in two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots action and lowering the track record by two-fifths of a second in the process.
Patience pays off for freshman pacing filly champ
July 24 - GLOUCESTER, ON — To Helen Back and driver Mark MacDonald provided clear proof of the virtues of patience in the $130,000 Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
Pass And Strike trots to track record at Grand River
July 23 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway fans were treated to another track record performance on Friday evening, this time by two-year-old trotting colt Pass And Strike, who posted the fastest of three Gold Elimination wins.
Sun N Sand looking for a wave to ride Sunday
July 21 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Nine talented two-year-old pacing fillies are headed back to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening for their second shot at a $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes purse.
Love and luck on the program at Hanover Saturday
July 20 - HANOVER, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes nights are always a special occasion at Hanover Raceway, but this Saturday’s two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots event will be the setting for a extraordinary celebration for one local couple and their family.
Alastor Hanover flawless in Gold Final triumph
July 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Alastor Hanover got another flawless drive from Mario Baillargeon at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening to record his third straight victory and earn his first Gold Final title.
Pacific Rambler hoping for success at owner’s home track
July 19 - WOODSTOCK, ON — After watching their three-year-old peers set a track record in Grassroots action at Woodstock Raceway two weeks ago, the two-year-old trotting colts are eager to carve their names into the track’s history books this Saturday.
Bax scores a pair in Trillium action at Kawartha
July 19 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Oaklea Omega gave her local owners a thrill when she captured her Trillium Series division on Tuesday afternoon, circling the Kawartha Downs oval in a smart 2:02.1.
Orion King transformed into Gold Final winner
July 18 - GLOUCESTER, ON — On Sunday evening at Rideau Carleton Raceway Orion King completed an extreme make-over — from Grassroots runner-up to Gold Final victor in less than five weeks.
Wellwood’s colts make move up to Gold Series Friday
July 18 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway gears up for two outstanding weeks of harness racing this Friday, with Gold Eliminations for the two-year-old trotting colts.
Acceptable Risk proves to be wise investment
July 17 - CLINTON, ON — Acceptable Risk provided his new owners with a quick return on their investment when he captured his Grassroots division at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Sarong Hall cruises to track record at Grand River
July 16 - ELORA, ON — Two weeks ago a trio of Grassroots fillies chalked their name in beside a new three-year-old trotting filly track record at Grand River Raceway, but their claim to fame was short lived as Sarong Hall trotted around the Elora oval two-fifths of a second faster Friday evening.
Cruisin To Fame roars to Grassroots victory at Quinte
July 16 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Cruisin To Fame toured Quinte Exhibition Raceway in 1:56.3 on Friday evening to log the fastest of eight Grassroots divisions for three-year-old pacing colts.
Digga Digga, Claires Apache triumph in Trillium Series
July 16 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Post 1 proved to be the hot spot in Trillium Series action at Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening as both Digga Digga and Claires Apache capitalised on their lucky draw to claim a 1:53.1 win.
Oaklea Omega hoping for Trillium success Tuesday
July 15 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs wraps up an outstanding stretch of Ontario Sires Stakes racing on Tuesday with five Trillium Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
Ontario Sires Stakes stars shine in Ottawa Sunday
July 14 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway has an outstanding evening of Ontario Sires Stakes racing lined up for fans this Sunday. Over $240,000 is up for grabs as the two-year-old pacing fillies battle in their second Gold Series Elimination appearance and the three-year-old trotting colts return to the Ottawa oval for their third Gold Final.
Alastor Hanover looking for Gold at Mohawk Monday
July 14 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ten remarkably talented two-year-old pacing colts return to Mohawk Racetrack on Monday for their $130,000 Gold Final.
Veteran reinsmen dominate Grassroots divisions in Sarnia
July 14 - SARNIA, ON — Ross Battin, the current leader in the Lampman Cup point race among top Ontario Sires Stakes drivers, piloted Potential Renegade to the fastest victory in six Grassroots divisions at Hiawatha Horse Park Thursday.
Alastor Hanover delivers impressive elimination victory
July 13 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — After making a miscue in the season opening Gold Series event, Alastor Hanover redeemed himself Tuesday with an impressive 1:53 victory in Gold Elimination action at Mohawk Racetrack.
Freshman pacing colts flock to Clinton Sunday
July 13 - CLINTON, ON — Clinton Raceway will be over run with pacing colts again this weekend when the two-year-olds arrive at the popular half-mile oval eager to display their burgeoning skills in 10 Grassroots divisions.
Petite filly ready for Trillium test Saturday
July 13 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs continues its outstanding three week stretch of Ontario Sires Stakes action on Saturday evening with two Trillium Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies.
Impeccably bred fillies claim Grassroots victories
July 12 - FRASERVILLE, ON — A pair of regally bred two-year-old trotting fillies made their first ever appearances in the winner’s circle during the season opening Grassroots event at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday afternoon.
Aptly named colt earns first provincial crown
July 12 - INNISFIL, ON — Paul MacDonell opted for a different strategy with Mr Ontario on Tuesday evening at Georgian Downs, but the result was the same when the two-year-old gelding trotted to his second straight win and claimed another piece of Gold Series hardware.
Vintage Wine delivers smooth Grassroots victory
July 11 - DUNDAS, ON — Vintage Wine toured the Flamboro Downs oval in classic style on Sunday evening to post the quickest mile in seven Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies.
Novice trotting colts debut in Sarnia Thursday
July 11 - SARNIA, ON — Six Grassroots divisions at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening will be the testing ground for 49 two-year-old trotting colts hoping to establish themselves as contenders on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit this season.
Moon Star faces difficult test at Quinte Friday
July 11 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Quinte Exhibition Raceway fans will be treated to a speed show on Friday evening when Ontario’s finest three-year-old pacing colts arrive in town to compete for a total of $120,000 in eight Grassroots divisions.
Emme Emme on the improve heading into Trillium
July 11 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway fans get a second look at the province’s top three-year-old trotting fillies when the Elora oval hosts four Trillium Series divisions on Friday.
Lisa’s Mission redeems herself with Gold Final win
July 11 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Lisa’s Mission made amends for a miscue in last week’s elimination round with a flawless effort at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday night to claim the first Gold Final of the season for two-year-old trotting fillies.
Lady Dillinger reclaims Gold crown with track record
July 10 - INNISFIL, ON — On Saturday evening at Georgian Downs three-year-old pacing filly Lady Dillinger finally delivered what her fans have been waiting for and her foes have been fearing — a star performance that earned her the Gold Final hardware and a new track record.
Noble Jake surprises in Sarnia Gold Final
July 10 - SARNIA, ON — When reigning Gold Final winner Grand Bend Turbo failed to qualify for Saturday night’s three-year-old pacing colt Gold Final at Hiawatha Horse Park, Reg Gassien found himself without a mount for the $130,000 event. So when trainer Charalambos Christoforou asked him to fill in on Noble Jake, Gassien was happy to oblige.
Reception Hall trots to track record in Woodstock
July 10 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Woodstock Raceway fans were treated to a perfect summer afternoon of Ontario Sires Stakes action on Saturday, featuring a three-year-old trotting colt track record by Reception Hall in the first of nine Grassroots divisions.
Consistent Brancaleone earns victory in Ottawa
July 10 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Brancaleone captured his first lifetime victory on Sunday evening at Rideau Carleton Raceway, trotting to a 1:56.2 triumph in the second of two Gold Series Eliminations.
Trotting fillies ready to rumble at Mohawk Monday
July 8 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — As in most aspects of life, success in harness racing is often about achieving perfect balance in several areas and John Bax is hoping that two-year-old trotting filly Oaklea Omega and veteran reinsman Dave Wall find that balance in Monday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Woodbine Racetrack.
Trainer hoping for less of a thrill ride in Gold Final
July 8 - INNISFIL, ON — In last week’s elimination B Cor Rennegade and driver David Boughton impressed Georgian Downs fans with a powerful move that propelled them from last to first, but heading into Tuesday’s Gold Final trainer Garth Gordon would prefer something a little less heart stopping.
Freshman pacing colts gear up for Gold at Mohawk
July 8 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Just one week after their first Gold Final, the two-year-old pacing colts are back in action with a host of new faces joining the veterans at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening.
Freshman trotting fillies featured in Fraserville Tuesday
July 8 - FRASERVILLE, ON — After hosting the two-year-old pacing colt debut, Kawartha Downs will be the testing ground for 56 two-year-old trotting fillies Tuesday afternoon.
Bold move earns freshman filly a Gold Final crown
July 7 - DUNDAS, ON — As is often the case in the unpredictable world of two-year-old racing, the longshot finished first and the favourite finished last in the freshman pacing filly Gold Final at Flamboro Downs on Thursday afternoon.
Stormont Welldone ready for speed in Ottawa Sunday
July 7 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway kicks off an outstanding four weeks of Ontario Sires Stakes action this Sunday when 16 talented three-year-old trotting colts arrive in Ottawa for a pair of $52,961 Gold Series Eliminations.
Kay looking forward to fillies’ hometown debut
July 7 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs fans will get a second dose of two-year-old pacing filly excitement when 57 Grassroots competitors arrive at the Dundas half-mile this Sunday for their Ontario Sires Stakes debut.
B Cor Rennegade impressive in elimination triumph
July 6 - INNISFIL, ON — Dave Boughton was impressed with B Cor Rennegade after his qualifier and Tuesday evening’s victory in Gold Elimination action at Georgian Downs did nothing to diminish the veteran reinsman’s regard for the two-year-old trotting gelding.
Astronomical looking for elusive Gold Final win Saturday
July 6 - SARNIA, ON — Over the past few weeks Dr. Ian Moore has tweaked Astronomical’s routine in response to Ontario’s smoggy, humid air and the three-year-old pacing colt has responded with two consecutive victories. So, while the weather may be a little cooler at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday night, the P.E.I. native is not making any changes heading into the $130,000 Gold Final.
Babyremembermyname aiming high in second 2005 start
July 6 - INNISFIL, ON — Advancing out of last weekend’s Gold Elimination was the first test for Babyremembermyname. Now trainer Paul Mackenzie would like to see the three-year-old pacing filly earn a sizeable chunk of the $130,000 Gold Final purse this Saturday night at Georgian Downs.
Arthur trainees hoping for solid efforts at Woodstock
July 5 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes excitement makes its 2005 debut at Woodstock Raceway this Saturday with an impressive line-up of three-year-old trotting colts competing for a total of $135,000 in nine Grassroots divisions.
Flawless drive earns Hombre a handful of OSS gold
July 5 - FRASERVILLE, ON — After being left out of the original draw for Tuesday’s two-year-old pacing colt Gold Final and sparking an Ontario Racing Commission appeal, Hombre proved he belonged in the $130,000 contest by posting an impressive 1:54.3 victory over Kawartha Downs’ five-eighths mile oval.
Patsy’s Point scores smart elimination win at Mohawk
July 5 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Legendary trotting conditioner Jimmy Takter piloted Patsy’s Point to victory in the fastest of four Gold Series Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack Tuesday evening.
Fabulous Flori still flawless in Grassroots action
July 4 - DUNDAS, ON — Back at the Grassroots level after an unsuccessful run at the Gold Series, Armbro Cachet recorded the fastest win of eight Ontario Sires Stakes divisions at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening.
Secret’s Nephew scores victory in Gold debut
July 3 - SARNIA, ON — Secret’s Nephew made his Gold Series debut a winning one with an impressive wire-to-wire effort in the first $64,442 Gold Elimination at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday evening.
Lucks Mistress returns to fray with Elimination victory
July 3 - INNISFIL, ON — Lucks Mistress proved that she is still a force to be reckoned with in the three-year-old pacing filly division with a classy 1:54 Gold Elimination win at Georgian Downs on Saturday.
Fritz is the name of the game in Hanover Saturday
July 3 - HANOVER, ON — The key to capturing a Grassroots trophy at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening was employing someone with the last name Fritz to drive your horse.
Elena scores eye opening upset in Windsor Gold
July 3 - WINDSOR, ON — Fans playing the longshot game at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening went home with a pocketful of cash when longshot Elena sprinted down the stretch to claim a 1:58.4 victory in the three-year-old trotting filly Gold Final.
Fillies lower track record in Grassroots action
July 2 - ELORA, ON — Canada Day marked the end of the heat wave in Southwestern Ontario, but things were anything but cool at Grand River Raceway on Friday night as a trio of three-year-old fillies trotted into the half-mile oval’s history books.
Keetch hoping for speed in Thursday’s Gold Final
July 2 - DUNDAS, ON — For a moment during last week’s two-year-old pacing filly Gold Eliminations at Flamboro Downs, Patrick Keetch was not sure which horse he should be cheering for. The Hamilton resident selected and developed both Imagine Freedom and Draconian Promise, and they were neck and neck heading for the wire. Fortunately for Keetch the filly that he still owns ended up on the top and should be among the favourites for this Thursday’s $130,000 Gold Final.
McEneny hopes filly can do it right on Tuesday
July 1 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — July marks the start of the two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes season and Mohawk Racetrack fans will get their first glimpse of the freshman trotting fillies in Gold Elimination action on Tuesday evening.
Jones debuts pair of trotters in Gold Series Tuesday
July 1 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs fans will catch a glimpse of tomorrow’s stars on Tuesday evening when 33 two-year-old trotting colts make their way to the Innisfil oval for four Gold Series Eliminations.
Taylor captures Grassroots on opening night in Clinton
July 1 - CLINTON, ON — Local trainer Paul Taylor helped kick off Clinton Raceway’s 2005 season when fan favourite Putnam President claimed the fourth of 13 Grassroots divisions Friday evening.
Flawless effort earns King La Conch first Gold Final title
July 1 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — While the pacesetters in Friday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack battled hard through crisp early fractions, Chris Christoforou and King La Conch were biding their time in sixth.