Archives for July '06
Canadette rocks around Windsor to track record victory
July 31 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway fans got a clear demonstration of the phenomenal depth in the Ontario Sires Stakes’ two-year-old pacing filly division on Sunday evening when Canadette rocketed around the five-eighths mile oval to a 1:53 track record in the first of two Gold Eliminations.
Records shatter at Grand River on steamy summer night
July 31 - ELORA, ON — A hot, humid Monday evening at Grand River Raceway was the perfect setting for record breaking action from some of Ontario’s finest two-year-olds.
Ontario sires tops among 2-year-olds
July 31 - Camluck and Angus Hall, two stallions based in Ontario, show the way among North American sires of 2-year-olds this season, based on earnings. Camluck is the leading sire of juvenile pacers while Angus Hall is tops among sires of freshman trotters.
Henry sends three fillies on to Gold Final in Ottawa
July 30 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Wayne and Trevor Henry gave Rideau Carleton Raceway fans a stirring finish to the first of two $47,785 Gold Eliminations on Sunday evening.
Zirnis takes sixth run at elusive Industry Day appearance
July 28 - ELORA, ON — Over the last seven years Grand River Raceway has hosted six Gold Finals for trotters on its popular Industry Day program, and George Zirnis has made five attempts to get into the winner’s circle on his hometown oval’s signature day. The Elmira resident will begin a sixth attempt on Monday, July 31 when he sends Dream On Ernie after a top two finish in the last of five $21,862 Gold Eliminations for the two-year-old trotting colts.
Pondo Holly returns to her roots on Tuesday
July 28 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Tuesday’s Grassroots event at Kawartha Downs will mark a return to her roots for two-year-old trotting filly Pondo Holly.
Canadette angling for winner’s circle in Windsor
July 27 - WINDSOR, ON — The connections of every two-year-old pacing filly that has raced against Luck Of Michelle this season are clapping their hands in glee today. After five straight wins the world record holder is taking a break and will miss the Gold Series Eliminations at Windsor Raceway on Sunday.
Fresh faces hoping to strike Gold in Ottawa
July 27 - GLOUCESTER, ON — While seven of the top 10 point earners will catch their breath and skip Sunday’s mid-season Gold Eliminations, six newcomers to the two-year-old trotting filly scene are keen to test their skills over the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval.
Luck Of Michelle’s star continues to rise
July 25 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Luck Of Michelle made Mohawk Racetrack fans into believers on Monday night, floating around the Campbellville oval to her second Gold Final victory and extending her unbeaten streak to five.
Raw Energy cruises to second Gold Final win
July 24 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Raw Energy retained his Gold Final crown with an effortless 1:55 victory at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
Tymal Timeout battles to Gold Final win in Windsor
July 24 - WINDSOR, ON — Ontario’s trotting filly ranks have been the platform for some legendary rivalries and this season’s two-year-old trotting filly division is evolving into that kind of struggle between Tymal Timeout and Caught My Eye.
Baillargeon finds key to winner’s circle in Sudbury
July 23 - SUDBURY, ON — Coastal Living travelled to Sudbury Downs on Saturday night to make her Ontario Sires Stakes debut and the two-year-old pacing filly delivered an impressive effort to earn a victory in the fastest of six Grassroots divisions.
Charlie Lavec lands Gold Final trophy at Mohawk
July 21 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — There was a great deal of movement in Thursday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, and when the dust settled at the end of the mile it all worked out in favour of Charlie Lavec.
Treat Me Good aims to prove herself in Gold Final Monday
July 21 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — On Monday night Mohawk Racetrack will be the proving ground for two-year-old pacing filly Treat Me Good. Her owners have liked her since she was an undeveloped yearling, but in Monday’s Gold Final she will face the full strength of a division many are touting as the most deeply talented group in North America.
Henry captures trio of Grassroots trophies in Hanover
July 20 - HANOVER, ON — Two-year-old trotting filly H S Gingersnap delivered the fastest mile of eight Grassroots events at Hanover Raceway on Wednesday evening, anchoring a training hat trick for Arthur resident Wayne Henry.
Gamble pays off for Goose Creek’s owners
July 20 - GLOUCESTER, ON — When Barry and Debbie Bird and Cyril Hayes decided Goose Creek was worth more than $40,000 last fall, they took a calculated risk that the colt would live up to the potential he had shown as a youngster. Heading into Sunday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway, elimination winner Goose Creek is among the favourites to claim the main prize and the gamble appears to have paid off.
Ferguson will catch filly in action for first time Sunday
July 20 - WINDSOR, ON — When the two-year-old trotting fillies parade onto the Windsor Raceway oval for their $130,000 Gold Final Sunday evening, John Ferguson will get his first look at Caught My Eye in over six weeks.
Wallace fillies hunting second Grassroots win in Sudbury
July 19 - SUDBURY, ON — Two weeks ago Ben Wallace captured three divisions of the Grassroots season opener for two-year-old pacing fillies, and the Milton resident would love to match that accomplishment at Sudbury Downs on Saturday.
Georgian Downs fans enjoy second look at novice pacers
July 19 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs fans were treated to another evening of exceptional racing from Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts on Tuesday, highlighted by a 1:55.2 romp around the five-eighths mile oval by Saratoga Seelster.
Ten To Win Stable revelling in beginner’s luck
July 18 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When the two-year-old trotting colts return to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, July 20 for their $130,000 Gold Final, trainer Scott McEneny says the Ten To Win Stable is trying not to anticipate another victory from stable star Lemon Drop.
Camluck fillies dominate Gold Eliminations at Mohawk
July 18 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The Camluck fillies threw a Gold Elimination party at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening and only invited three friends to join them in next week’s Gold Final.
Goose Creek back in the winner’s circle in Ottawa
July 17 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Two-year-old pacing colt Goose Creek logged his second straight Gold Series Elimination victory with an impressive 1:54.4 performance at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
Caught My Eye trots to fourth straight victory
July 17 - WINDSOR, ON — Caught My Eye pushed her win streak to four with an impressive victory in Gold Elimination action at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening.
Summer Audit heads home for Grassroots debut
July 16 - HANOVER, ON — Wednesday’s Grassroots event at Hanover Raceway will be a homecoming of sorts for two-year-old trotting filly Summer Audit.
Plumbing Princess delivers second record setting victory
July 16 - SARNIA, ON — A pair of talented three-year-old pacing fillies put on a speed show for Hiawatha Horse Park fans on Saturday night, with Plumbing Princess chalking up her second straight record setting mile.
Upsets abound in Grassroots at Dresden Sunday
July 16 - DRESDEN, ON — My Rebelious Ways was on his best behaviour at Dresden Raceway on Sunday, trotting to victory in the fastest of six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts.
Doonbeg paces away with track record and Gold title
July 14 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway’s newly minted three-year-old pacing colt track record lasted just one week as Doonbeg roared down the Ottawa oval’s stretch to a 1:51 Gold Final triumph on Thursday evening.
Cicero hoping for fluid effort from Easy Motion
July 14 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs will be flooded with two-year-old pacing colts on Tuesday as 92 youngsters gather at the Innisfil oval for their third Grassroots event of the season.
Raw Energy on pace for successful season
July 13 - GLOUCESTER, ON — When Raw Energy arrived at his Florida barn last fall, trainer James Dean liked the colt but he never expected to be among the favourites for the two-year-old pacing colt Gold Eliminations that Rideau Carleton Raceway will host on Sunday, July 16.
Owners hoping to extend their fun streak in Windsor
July 13 - WINDSOR, ON — Caught My Eye and her two-year-old trotting filly peers return to Gold Series action on Sunday, July 16 at Windsor Raceway and trainer Frank O’Reilly is looking forward to testing his Gold Final winner over a five-eighths mile track.
Wallace hoping Titanic Rose continues to bloom
July 13 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Freshman pacing filly Titanic Rose will make her bid for a second Gold Elimination win at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, July 17 under the tutelage of the man who trained both of her parents.
Ten To Win Stable goes two for two
July 13 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Lemon Drop made a successful jump up from the Grassroots with a Gold Elimination victory at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, and in the process the two-year-old trotting colt made a lot of people very happy.
Croton residents look forward to colts’ hometown debut
July 12 - DRESDEN, ON — When the two-year-old trotting colts arrive at Dresden Raceway on Sunday for their second Grassroots event, Don and Jean Ferguson hope to be trackside to cheer on Slabtown Seagold and Platinum Image.
Luck Of Michelle adds Gold Final trophy to her showcase
July 11 - ELORA, ON — All eyes were on two-year-old pacing filly Luck Of Michelle on Monday evening as she returned to Grand River Raceway looking for a Gold Final victory and confirmation of her burgeoning reputation as the Ontario Sires Stakes’ latest phenom.
Young hoping second solo trip is as successful as first
July 11 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing colts are heading back to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening for their second $130,000 Gold Final, and Scott Young intends to follow the exact same routine he did with Secluded Island in the elimination round in the hope that it produces the same result.
Draconian Promise hunting winner’s circle in Sarnia
July 11 - SARNIA, JULY 11, 2006 — When she arrives at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday, three-year-old pacing filly Draconian Promise will be looking to score her first win of the season in the second of two $34,198 Trillium Series divisions.
Pure Ivory clocks another track record
July 11 - INNISFIL, ON — Pure Ivory posted her name in the record books of a second racetrack on Tuesday when she reeled off a 1:57.2 victory in Trillium Series action at Georgian Downs.
Raw Energy rockets home to Gold Final win
July 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack fans got an impressive display of muscle from the two-year-old pacing colts on Sunday evening as Raw Energy dug in for a head victory and the season’s second Gold Final title.
Western invader wins Gold Final showdown
July 10 - WINDSOR, ON — Red Star Biggirl roared onto the Ontario Sires Stakes scene last week with both barrels blazing and in Sunday’s Gold Final the three-year-old pacing filly proved that she is the real deal with a track record performance over the Windsor Raceway oval.
Snazzy Hot Rod hoping to follow in sister’s footsteps
July 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When Snazzy Hot Rod parades onto Mohawk Racetrack in the last of four Gold Eliminations on Thursday evening the two-year-old trotting colt will be blanketed by the shadow of his illustrious older sister, Snazzy Millie.
Mackenzie stars in Grassroots action at Clinton
July 9 - CLINTON, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies brought their “A” game to Clinton Raceway on Sunday, matching the track record in two of eight Grassroots divisions.
Trotting colts tear up another track record in Elora
July 8 - ELORA, ON — The summer of speed continued at Grand River Raceway on Friday evening as seven of nine three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots divisions were clocked faster than the 2:01 track record set by Eddie K O in 2004.
Sauble Ron scores second straight Grassroots victory
July 8 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Sauble Ron leapt to the head of the two-year-old pacing colt class with an impressive victory in Grassroots action at Quinte Exhibition Raceway on Friday evening.
Wallace and Baillargeon score hat trick at Woodstock
July 8 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Ben Wallace shipped into Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon with a trio of two-year-old pacing fillies and went home with three Grassroots trophies.
Caught My Eye captures first Gold Final crown
July 8 - DUNDAS, ON — Caught My Eye delivered an eye catching performance at Flamboro Downs on Saturday to post her third straight victory and claim the first two-year-old trotting filly Gold Final crown of the season.
Smarty Jims triumphant in Gold Final debut
July 7 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Smarty Jims delivered an impressive effort at Kawartha Downs on Thursday evening to capture the first $130,000 Gold Final of the season for the two-year-old trotting colts.
Secluded Island surprises in track record time
July 7 - GLOUCESTER, JULY 6, 2006 — It did not take long for the three-year-old pacing colts to devour Northern Luck’s track record at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening.
Big names head to Georgian Downs for Trillium Series
July 7 - INNISFIL, ON — A trio of Gold Series superstars headline the Trillium Series event for three-year-old trotting fillies at Georgian Downs on Tuesday, July 11.
Jamieson garners pair of Grassroots victories in Hanover
July 6 - HANOVER, ON — Jody Jamieson notched a driving double in Grassroots action at Hanover Raceway on Wednesday evening to pad his early season lead atop the Ontario Sires Stakes driver’s standings.
McIntosh fillies ready for Gold Final battle Sunday
July 6 - WINDSOR, ON — In Trepid Water’s eight race win streak went up in smoke at Windsor Raceway last weekend and trainer Bob McIntosh is not sure whether the three-year-old pacing filly can jump back into the winner’s circle from Post 7 in Sunday’s $130,000 Gold Final.
Fans flock back to Elora for freshman filly Gold Final
July 6 - ELORA, ON — As the two-year-old pacing fillies prepare for Monday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Grand River Raceway, four of the province’s top horsemen are trying to figure out a strategy to use against track and world record holder Luck Of Michelle.
Witchery’s Dream casts a spell at Georgian Downs
July 5 - INNISFIL, ON — Mario Baillargeon piloted Witchery’s Dream to the fastest of five Grassroots divisions for two-year-old trotting fillies at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening.
Owners look forward to Goose Creek’s Gold Final debut
July 5 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When two-year-old pacing colt Goose Creek failed to advance to the Final of the season opening Gold Series his owners were disappointed, but philosophical. Three weeks and two wins later Ken Ewen admits their expectations are a little higher heading into Sunday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack.
Jamieson fillies aim for Gold at Flamboro Saturday
July 5 - FLAMBORO, ON — Training young trotters requires skill, patience and the ability to absorb surprises, as Carl Jamieson’s trio of two-year-old fillies demonstrated at Flamboro Downs last weekend. The filly Jamieson most expected to see in this Saturday’s $130,000 Gold Final finished out of the money, and the one he expected the least from won her elimination by six lengths.
Goderich owner spoiled by Grassroots success
July 5 - CLINTON, ON — When the three-year-old pacing fillies kick off Clinton Raceway’s Ontario Sires Stakes season on Sunday, Ken Raspin is hoping Luck Alice can extend the run of extraordinarily good luck he has enjoyed in his second year as a Standardbred owner.
Luck Of Michelle adds Grand River track record to her list
July 4 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway served as the setting for Luck Of Michelle’s latest speed demonstration as the two-year-old pacing filly shredded the Elora oval’s track record on Monday evening.
Local breeder hoping colts surprise him at Quinte Friday
July 4 - BELLEVILLE, ON — When the two-year-old pacing colts arrive at Quinte Exhibition Raceway for Grassroots action on Friday, two of them will be carrying the hopes of local breeder Stan Klemencic.
Woodstock hosts freshman pacing filly battle Saturday
July 4 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old pacing fillies face their first Grassroots test this Saturday afternoon at Woodstock Raceway, battling for a total of $102,000 in five divisions.
Colonel Talbot scores shocker at Rideau Carleton
July 3 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Colonel Talbot made his first Ontario Sires Stakes victory a lucrative one when he stepped off a 1:58.1 mile in the $130,000 three-year-old trotting colt Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
Pacing fillies deliver excitement in Windsor
July 3 - WINDSOR, ON — Upsets abounded in Gold Elimination action for the three-year-old pacing fillies at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening.
Goose Creek sharp in elimination win at Mohawk
July 3 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Two-year-old pacing colt Goose Creek took full advantage of the absence of reigning Gold Final champion Funny Bones to claim his first Gold Series victory at Mohawk Racetrack on Sunday evening.
Meadowview Matty hopes to revisit history Thursday
July 3 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Four years ago Meadowview Sunny started his $489,673 Ontario Sires Stakes career at Kawartha Downs with victories in the season opening Gold Elimination and Final. On Thursday, July 6, Brad Shakes is hoping two-year-old trotting colt Meadowview Matty can follow in the footsteps of his famous stablemate and add a Gold Final victory to the elimination win he posted last week at the Fraserville oval.
Sophomore titans face off at Rideau Carleton Thursday
July 3 - GLOUCESTER, ON — One of Rideau Carleton Raceway’s longest held track records will come under fire from a deeply talented group of three-year-old pacing colts this Thursday, July 6.
Hettie’s Hope looking for Grassroots success in Elora
July 3 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway hosts its second Ontario Sires Stakes event of the week this Friday, July 7, welcoming 66 three-year-old trotting colts for nine Grassroots divisions.
Mythic Voyage sharp in Hanover Grassroots
July 2 - HANOVER, ON — Mythic Voyage stepped off the fastest win in nine Grassroots divisions at Hanover Raceway on Saturday night, halting the teletimer at 1:56.2.
Records fall as Pure Ivory claims Gold Final crown
July 1 - LONDON, ON — Western Fair Raceway wrapped up its spring meet with a bang on Friday as three-year-old trotting filly Pure Ivory shattered the track and Ontario Sires Stakes record to capture her first sophomore Gold Final.
Freshman trotters try their hand at Grassroots in Hanover
July 1 - HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway continues an exciting three-week stretch of Ontario Sires Stakes racing this Wednesday, July 5 with five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts.
Henry, Jamieson advance pair to Gold Final round
July 1 - DUNDAS, ON — Tymal Timeout and Wayne Henry delivered a flawless performance at Flamboro Downs on Canada Day to claim their second straight victory and post the fastest mile of three $33,587 Gold Eliminations.