Archives for July '09
Friendly Amigo earns first sophomore victory in Gold Elim
July 31 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — After finishing second to Elusive Desire in their last two match-ups, Friendly Amigo finally stepped into the spotlight at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening and claimed a Gold Elimination victory.
Steacy quartet looking for Grassroots success in Sudbury
July 30 - SUDBURY, ON — Sudbury Downs kicks off two weeks of exciting Ontario Sires Stakes action this Sunday, hosting three $24,000 Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts.
Record setting fillies arrive in Campbellville Monday
July 30 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Coming off a record setting performance in the season opener, Ontario’s top two-year-old trotting fillies make their second Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
Thepaninsulahotel checking into Gold Series this Sunday
July 29 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Gary Kingshott figures Thepaninsulahotel deserves a shot at Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing colts in Sunday’s Gold Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack, but beyond that the trainer is not making any plans.
RM Rubicon hoping to beat the odds in Clinton Sunday
July 29 - CLINTON, ON — With his second straight Post 7 assignment, the odds are stacked against three-year-old pacing colt RM Rubicon in Sunday’s Grassroots event at Clinton Raceway, but then oddsmakers would never have predicted that the gelding would even start in the Ontario Sires Stakes program after a serious injury paralysed his tongue and lower lip as a yearling.
Nine sophomore fillies advance directly to Gold Final
July 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Nine 3-year-old filly pacers were entered this morning (Tuesday) for the OSS Gold Elimination scheduled to be contested on August 1st at Mohawk Racetrack.
Trotting filly is dreaming of Gold Series success
July 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — With reigning Gold Final champion Elusive Desire carrying the Ontario flag to New Jersey this weekend, a number of Grassroots fillies have opted to make the leap into Gold Series competition at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday.
Pointe Of Honour hoping his luck is about to change
July 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Three-year-old trotting colt Pointe Of Honour has such dismal luck that trainer Paula Wellwood’s expectations for his 2009 Ontario Sires Stakes debut at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday are so low as to be non-existent.
Ja El Express battles to Gold Final victory
July 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ja El Express added a Gold Final trophy to his collection at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday night, capturing his third straight win and budging trainer Jeff Gillis’s excitement level a little higher than the cautious label he assigned it at the start of the Gold Series.
Scotty Doesnt Know claims Grassroots victory in Innisfil
July 22 - INNISFIL, ON — Scotty Doesnt Know cruised to the fastest win of six Grassroots divisions at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, reaching the finish five lengths ahead of his two-year-old trotting colt peers in 2:00.3.
Sombrero Hall polishing his manners for Thursday’s final
July 20 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting colts return to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday for the first $130,000 Gold Final of their career, and trainer John Bax is hoping Sombrero Hall can deliver the kind of well mannered performance that helped him navigate through the elimination round.
Ritchie and Sooner Than Later hang on for Gold Final win
July 20 - ELORA, ON — Acton resident Trevor Ritchie is counting his lucky stars this evening that the finish line at Grand River Raceway came sooner, rather than later.
Pacing filly helps Doug McNair realise a dream
July 20 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Young reinsman Doug McNair reached another milestone in his driving career on Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack, claiming a Gold Final victory with two-year-old pacing filly Tiz To Dream.
New owners are grinning in Campbellville
July 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack fans who made a special effort to get back to the Campbellville oval for Sunday’s $130,000 two-year-old pacing colt Gold Final were not disappointed, as Ontario’s talented freshman put on another exceptional display.
Canada Cool sizzles to Grassroots victory in Clinton
July 19 - CLINTON, ON — Canada Cool stepped off an impressive victory in the two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots season opener at Clinton Raceway on Sunday.
Deliciouslynaughty impressive in Grassroots win
July 18 - FRASERVILLE, ON — When Deliciouslynaughty paced across the finish line a Grassroots winner at Kawartha Downs on Saturday night, the two-year-old pacing filly won more than a Grassroots trophy and the lion’s share of $24,000.
Pedigreed colts earn Grassroots hardware at Flamboro
July 17 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs looked a little like an exclusive country club on Friday evening as, four of the five Grassroots divisions went to freshman pacing colts with very impressive pedigrees.
Racing trotters still fun for Hayes after 15 years
July 17 - INNISFIL, ON — Sharon resident John Hayes has owned enough two-year-old trotters to realize that anything could happen at Georgian Downs on Tuesday, July 21 when the freshman trotting colts make their Grassroots debut.
Ja El Express claims his second straight victory
July 16 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — As fans expected, Ja El Express delivered a victory in his $40,000 Gold Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, however that was the last two-year-old trotting colt contest that evolved in predictable fashion.
Windsong Grand Ave looking for smooth road in Final
July 16 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Heading into Monday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, trainer John Kopas and driver Jack Moiseyev are in complete agreement about their race strategy with two-year-old pacing filly Windsong Grand Ave.
Run-of-the-mill filly ready for $130,000 Gold Final Monday
July 16 - ELORA, ON — Daylon Mission may not be the flashiest filly in Monday’s $130,000 Gold Final, and her trip around the Grand River Raceway oval in last week’s elimination may not have been the smoothest, but trainer Wayne Henry says the filly has one attribute that could carry her a long way in this year’s two-year-old trotting filly division.
Grassroots dreams are on the line at Kawartha Saturday
July 15 - FRASERVILLE, ON — The Ontario Sires Stakes dreams of 58 owners will come to fruition at Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening when the Fraserville oval rolls out the red carpet for the two-year-old pacing fillies’ Grassroots debut.
Lowes playing a waiting game heading into Gold Final
July 15 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — While the top two-year-old pacing colts prepare to return to Mohawk Racetrack on Sunday evening for the first $130,000 Gold Final of their career, Donald Lowes is facing the prospect that the fastest colt he’s ever driven may not get to participate.
Bargain filly hoping for Grassroots success Sunday
July 15 - CLINTON, ON — Clinton Raceway fans will watch 30 freshman trotting fillies test the Ontario Sires Stakes waters on Sunday afternoon as the popular half-mile oval plays host to four $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Secretsothernephew already exceeding expectations
July 14 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs fans get a second look at the province’s two-year-old pacing colts this Friday evening when they kick off their Grassroots season with five $24,000 divisions.
Freshman pacing colts deliver on expectations at Mohawk
July 13 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Fans who caught Sunday evening’s Gold Elimination performance by the two-year-old pacing colts are already making plans to return to Mohawk Racetrack for next weekend’s Gold Final.
Byron engineers two commanding victories at Rideau
July 13 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Driver Stephen Byron engineered a pair of sharp miles at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening to land three-year-old trotting colts Agusto and Yoho Kadabra in the Grassroots winner’s circle.
Wilsonator destroys track record at Grand River
July 13 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway fans got a look at this season’s highly talented two-year-old trotting fillies on Monday evening, as the youngsters battled in five Gold Eliminations.
Filly keeps the dream alive with Gold Elimination victory
July 13 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — A snappy :27.1 final quarter propelled Darren McCall and two-year-old pacing filly Ice Ice Baby to an impressive victory in the second of two $40,000 Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
Gillis cautiously optimistic about Ja El Express
July 13 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — By the time Ja El Express heads in behind the starting gate for his $40,000 Gold Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, the two-year-old trotting colt will have been in trainer Jeff Gillis’s care for barely two weeks.
Windsong Filou, OK Boromir finally hit the mother lode
July 12 - INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s gifted three-year-old trotters and pacers made the winning look easy at Georgian Downs on Saturday night, putting on a tremendous show for the throng of fans on hand for the second annual Gold Rush.
Jamieson sweeps three Grassroots divisions in Elora
July 11 - ELORA, ON — Three-year-old pacing filly Lil Miss Nyalation made an impressive debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes at Grand River Raceway on Friday night, overcoming the outside Post 8 to record the fastest time in nine $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Kopas readying pair of sharp young pacers for OSS debut
July 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Every horse has an equal opportunity to be a star in Sunday’s freshman pacing colt Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack, and trainer John Kopas is preparing a pair of youngsters he hopes will rank among the province’s best in 2009.
Spence hopes Trinity Cameron stays in the groove Sunday
July 9 - GLOUCESTER, ON — When Brenda Spence arrives at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening with trotter Trinity Cameron, the Orleans resident is hoping the three-year-old gelding will amble off the trailer in a mellow mood.
Hope is in the air as two-year-olds make their OSS debut
July 9 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When the two-year-old pacing fillies make their Ontario Sires Stakes debut at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, 10 months of work and worry on the part of their owners and trainers will be distilled down to two minutes of intense hope.
Young trotters prepare to test their skills in Elora
July 9 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway will be the testing ground for 41 freshman trotting fillies on Monday evening, and Gary Brown is hoping Tortes Finale is among the successful candidates for a long term berth in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series.
Nothing elusive about trotting champion’s will to win
July 9 - INNISFIL, ON — Preparing a two-year-old champion for their sophomore season is always a challenge, but heading into Saturday’s Gold Final at Georgian Downs, trainer Mike Keeling says trotting filly Elusive Desire is right on target.
Nothing mild about pacer’s impressive Grassroots victory
July 8 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Three-year-old pacing colt Mild Mannered shed his staid image at Woodstock Raceway on Thursday and laid down an impressive Grassroots victory in a smart 1:56.
Filly hopes her luck holds through Saturday’s Gold Rush
July 8 - INNISFIL, ON — There is over $1 million on the line at Georgian Downs on Saturday night and trainer Kent Baker is hoping the lucky streak three-year-old trotting filly Last Strike has been riding recently can stretch to accommodate a top finish on the lucrative Gold Rush program.
Filly made a striking first impression on Guelph resident
July 6 - ELORA, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies hit the halfway mark in their Grassroots season this Friday evening at Grand River Raceway, and trainer Garth Gordon is hoping Taylorlane Fancy proves to be a fast learner after missing the first two provincial tests.
MacDonald mines gold at Georgian Downs Saturday
July 5 - INNISFIL, ON — Driver Mark MacDonald had the golden touch at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening, piloting four of his seven mounts to victory in eliminations for next weekend’s Gold Rush showdown.
Gentle giant ready to tackle Woodstock Tuesday
July 3 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Ontario’s gifted three-year-old pacing colts make the second stop on their Grassroots tour this Tuesday, July 7 at Woodstock Raceway.
Paidmedorayme not just another pretty face
July 2 - SARNIA, ON — If pretty is as pretty does, then three-year-old trotting filly Paidmedorayme looked awfully good touring around Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening in the last of eight $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
I Won’t Dance aiming to strike gold in Innisfil Saturday
July 1 - INNISFIL, ON — In the same way that prospectors flocked to the Klondike over a century ago, Ontario’s most talented sophomore trotters and pacers have their sights set on Georgian Downs this Saturday, July 4 in hopes of striking a vein of gold.