Archives for July '08
Brewer willing to fly for St Lads Popcorn
July 31 - GLOUCESTER, ON — On Sunday’s flight to Ottawa, Jason Brewer will be recognizable by his white knuckles and pale face, but the young reinsman is prepared to deal with his fears so he can get to the nation’s capital and drive two-year-old pacing filly St Lads Popcorn in the $140,000 Gold Final.
O’Reilly takes no credit for filly Cumin First
July 31 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Modest might not be the first adjective you would associate with trainer Frank O’Reilly, but the Orton resident insists the credit does not lie with him for two-year-old trotting filly Cumin First’s recent success.
First time owner scored a home run with trotting colt
July 31 - ELORA, ON — Faye Antoniou has always enjoyed attending Grand River Raceway’s Industry Day, but this Monday’s festivities will be especially memorable for the Fergus native.
McIntosh fillies grab spotlight in Sarnia
July 31 - SARNIA, ON — Driver Brad Forward and trainer Bob McIntosh teamed up to score two Grassroots victories at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening with a pair of talented freshman pacing fillies.
Somebeachsomewhere’s shadow thins Gold Series ranks
July 30 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Only seven sophomore pacing colts signed up to play in the sandbox with Somebeachsomewhere on Sunday night, so Ontario Sires Stakes fans will have to wait another week to see the colt make his Gold Series debut at Mohawk Racetrack.
Colt hopes to add more pennies to his millions Friday
July 29 - DUNDAS, ON — After stepping up to tackle the top colts in the province last month, Amillionpennies returns to Grassroots action at Flamboro Downs this Friday, Aug. 1 in search of a few more pennies to add to an already successful season.
Summerhill Abra makes her Gold Series debut Friday
July 29 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Pat Hunt has always believed that Summerhill Abra belonged with the province’s top three-year-old trotting fillies, and the novice trotter will finally have an opportunity to prove him right when she makes her Gold Series debut in the first of three $40,000 Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday.
Smith family hopes Slomotion is in high gear Saturday
July 29 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Dorchester residents Merv and Darlene Smith will be chauffeuring their grandchildren this Saturday, as the family heads to Woodstock Raceway to watch the three-year-old pacing filly whose name grew out of an earlier car trip.
Freshman trotting colts flex their muscles at Grand River
July 29 - ELORA, ON — Controlling the pace from the front end worked for the winners of all three Gold Eliminations at Grand River Raceway on Tuesday evening.
Senorita Conchnita will carry hometown banner Sunday
July 29 - SUDBURY, ON — Senorita Conchnita is the first two-year-old Stephen Scrannage has ever paid into the Ontario Sires Stakes program, and the young trotter will make her provincial debut over her hometown oval this Sunday afternoon when the Grassroots circuit makes its second stop at Sudbury Downs.
Georgia Peach hopes to find niche in Gold Series sorority
July 29 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — One month ago Georgia Peach arrived in Darren McCall’s barn as a Grassroots starter, but on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack the Cambridge resident hopes the three-year-old pacing filly can transform into a Gold Series player.
Classic Sakuri aiming for another sharp mile at Hiawatha
July 28 - SARNIA, ON — Hiawatha Horse Park opens its 2008 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Thursday, July 31 with an exceptional line up of two-year-old pacing fillies competing for a total of $140,000 in seven Grassroots divisions.
Cumin First outstanding from Post 10 in Gold Elimination
July 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting fillies shot holes in the theory that an outside post position precludes a visit to the winner’s circle with four impressive Gold Elimination performances at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
St Lads Popcorn and Brewer take control in Ottawa
July 27 - GLOUCESTER, ON — On Sunday evening at Rideau Carleton Raceway, two-year-old pacing filly St Lads Popcorn proved that while she may be lucky, she is also good.
Henry brothers grab pair of Grassroots trophies in Clinton
July 27 - CLINTON, ON — Brothers Trevor and Wayne Henry swept the Lampman and Johnston Cup awards last season, and afternoons like the pair had at Clinton Raceway on Sunday have them on target for another set of driving and training honours.
Pointe Of Honour ready to prove he’s not just a pretty face
July 25 - ELORA, ON — Whether Pointe Of Honour delivers an impressive showing in his Tuesday, July 29 Gold Elimination at Grand River Raceway, or comes home a vanquished warrior, trainer Paula Wellwood does not expect the two-year-old trotter’s status in her Cambridge barn will wane in the least.
Back to the outside rail for St Lads Popcorn
July 24 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Two-year-old pacing filly St Lads Popcorn is headed to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday to begin defence of her Gold Final crown, but once again the young trotter and driver Jason Brewer will line up on the outside in their $40,000 Gold Elimination.
Winning Agenda ready for Gold Series debut Monday
July 24 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Replacing the rain that has pounded Halton County in recent days, Mohawk Racetrack will be flooded by two-year-old trotting fillies this Monday, July 28.
Owners hope trotting colt Hibbler is the real McCoy
July 23 - CLINTON, ON — Over the last nine months Fred Jamieson has been continually amazed by two-year-old trotting colt Hibbler’s professional attitude, and the Putnam resident is hoping the colt’s all-business approach carries him to a large piece of Grassroots pie at Clinton Raceway on Sunday.
Senator Hall tops Gold Series polls in Fraserville
July 22 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Two-year-old trotting colt Hitithard did just that to capture the Gold Consolation at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday evening.
Nebupanezzar records victory in his first Gold Final attack
July 20 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Nebupanezzar proved last week’s elimination victory was no accident with an impressive 1:54 triumph in Sunday’s $120,000 Gold Final, over a Mohawk Racetrack oval rated one second slower than normal.
Cumin First lives up to her name in Flamboro Gold Final
July 20 - DUNDAS, ON — The front end was a tough place for two-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday evening at Flamboro Downs, as fan favourites in both the $120,000 Gold Final and $20,000 Gold Consolation did all the early work but were unable to hang on in the stretch and claim the provincial hardware.
Hall of Famer Waples captures pair of Grassroots trophies
July 19 - INNISFIL, ON — Driver Robert Shepherd and Hall of Fame horseman Keith Waples teamed up to capture two of five freshman pacing colt Grassroots divisions at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening.
Mr. OSS captures two Grassroots divisions at Woodstock
July 19 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Dave Wall put his Ontario Sires Stakes expertise to work at Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon, guiding a pair of two-year-old trotting fillies to their first Grassroots victories.
Fortune smiles on Cambridge-owned St Lads Popcorn
July 18 - DUNDAS, ON — She drew an outside post and ended up with a dreadful trip in the Gold Elimination last week, but in her return to Flamboro Downs on Friday night, two-year-old pacing filly St Lads Popcorn had luck riding squarely on her shoulders.
Saftic confident in colts heading back to Kawartha
July 17 - FRASERVILLE, ON — The cream of Ontario’s two-year-old trotting crop will return to Kawartha Downs on Tuesday, July 22 to battle in their first $120,000 Gold Final and $20,000 Gold Consolation.
Senator Hall sweeps to victory in Gold Elimination
July 16 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Two-year-old trotting colt Senator Hall delivered a convincing eight length victory in the fastest of three Gold Eliminations at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday evening.
Jamieson duo heads back to Flamboro for Gold Final
July 16 - DUNDAS, ON — After an accident marred their Gold Series debut last week, Ontario’s two-year-old pacing fillies will be looking to generate excitement of a different sort when they return to Flamboro Downs for their $120,000 Gold Final on Friday, July 18.
Byron stops at Georgian Downs in pursuit of OSS success
July 16 - INNISFIL, ON — Thornton native Aaron Byron will make the trip home to Georgian Downs on Saturday evening to steer two freshman pacing colts in their Grassroots debut.
Silver Sunset looking for luck in Gold Final Sunday
July 16 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts will serve up a second helping of excitement to Mohawk Racetrack fans this Sunday, July 20 as they wage battle in their $120,000 Gold Final and $20,000 Gold Consolation.
Amigo Hall daughters head back to Flamboro Sunday
July 16 - DUNDAS, ON — Two years after Brian Newman decided to skip the yearling sales and race his trotting fillies under his own colours, the Chatsworth resident is heading to Flamboro Downs on Sunday to watch Justwin compete in a $120,000 Gold Final and Larissa battle in a $20,000 Gold Consolation.
Smooth performance earns Dashing Earl Grassroots glory
July 16 - DUNDAS, ON — Dashing Earl delivered a stylish victory in the first of three $20,000 Grassroots divisions at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday evening.
Freshman trotting fillies star in Woodstock matinee
July 15 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Woodstock Raceway is gearing up for its first Ontario Sires Stakes event of the summer this Saturday, July 19, rolling out the red carpet for five $20,000 divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies in their Grassroots debut.
Bale Me Out sails to victory in Grassroots at Grand River
July 14 - ELORA, ON — Thirty-seven freshman pacing fillies from every corner of the province descended on Grand River Raceway on Monday evening to wage five impressive Grassroots battles.
Fritz scores the driving double in Trillium action
July 13 - SUDBURY, ON — Randy Fritz had a very satisfying trip to Sudbury Downs on Saturday night, steering trotting fillies Margo Hall and Random Solution to victory in their respective $35,273 Trillium Series division.
Aristocratic sons of No Pan Intended dominate at Mohawk
July 13 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Freshman sons of No Pan Intended formed an exclusive club at Mohawk Racetrack on Sunday evening, crowding into the winner’s circle after all three $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
Daylon Mystique remains flawless at Flamboro
July 13 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old trotting fillies stepped into the limelight at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening and laid down four impressive Gold Elimination miles.
Cambridge resident scores pair of Gold Elimination wins
July 11 - DUNDAS, ON — An accident in the second of three Gold Eliminations at Flamboro Downs clouded the otherwise impressive debut of the province’s top two-year-old pacing fillies on Friday evening.
Trainer hopes reformed bully will be a model OSS performer
July 11 - DUNDAS, ON — A hotbed of activity for two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes action, Flamboro Downs hosts its third freshman division in less than a week when the novice trotting colts roll into town on Wednesday, July 16 for their Grassroots debut.
Sweet Calypso ready for Grassroots debut Monday
July 10 - ELORA, ON — Monday, July 14 marks the second event in an exciting month of Ontario Sires Stakes action at Grand River Raceway.
Kawartha final stop on owner’s four day OSS tour
July 10 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Harness racing fans will get their first glimpse of Ontario’s two-year-old trotting colt crop on Tuesday, July 15 at Kawartha Downs, as the freshmen make their Ontario Sires Stakes debut in three $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
Freshman colts will lock horns in season opener Sunday
July 9 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Rene Bourassa’s two-year-old pacing colt has already won a race, but heading into the Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on Sunday the Fergus horseman is worried that L H Remachable will not be good enough to stand among the best in Ontario this summer.
Novice trotters to test Gold Series waters Sunday
July 9 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs will be the first testing grounds for 33 of Ontario’s most talented two-year-old trotting fillies as they gather this Sunday, July 13 for their Gold Series debut.
Trotting fillies heading to Sudbury for Trillium Series
July 8 - SUDBURY, ON — Sudbury Downs opens its 2008 Ontario Sires Stakes season this Saturday, July 12 with a pair of $35,273 Trillium Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies.
Golden Genes Hall sharp in Grassroots win at Dresden
July 6 - DRESDEN, ON — Flawless blue skies and talented three-year-old trotting colts delivered a near perfect afternoon of racing to Dresden Raceway fans on Sunday.
Cambridge resident’s bargain filly ready for OSS debut
July 6 - DUNDAS, ON — Last fall Jack Darling told countless people to have a look at St Lads Popcorn before she stepped into the ring at the Forest City Yearling Sale, but when the daughter of Twin B Champ stalked into the arena bidding was sluggish, and Darling was able to scoop her up for a mere $5,000.
Shake That Junk grooves to track record win in Elora
July 4 - ELORA, ON — She came under heavy fire in the stretch, but Shake That Junk was in the groove at Grand River Raceway on Friday night, pacing to a track record 1:54.2 in the first of two $37,414 Trillium Series divisions.
Local colt lands the rail in Grassroots action at Dresden
July 2 - DRESDEN, ON — Richard Renwick is not sure how Dillavec stacks up against the field in Dresden Raceway’s Ontario Sires Stakes season opener this Sunday, but the Merlin resident is certainly happy to have the three-year-old trotting gelding racing close to home.