Archives for July '10
Favourites scoop up elimination loot at Mohawk
July 31 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON —Mohawk Racetrack fans accurately predicted the winners of both three-year-old pacing colt Gold Eliminations on Saturday night, but neither race evolved quite how handicappers envisioned.
Major Herbie aiming to climb the OSS ranks Wednesday
July 30 - ELORA, ON — Ontario’s precocious two-year-old trotting colts head back to Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, Aug. 4 for the second $130,000 Gold Final of their young careers, and owner Dan McCann is hoping Major Herbie comes up with another steady performance.
Steacy trainees deliver the Grassroots goods in Ottawa
July 30 - OTTAWA, ON — Trainer-driver Mark Steacy shipped four freshman trotting fillies to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening for the second Grassroots event of the season, and the Lansdowne, ON resident went home with one Grassroots trophy, two second-place finishes and a fourth-place finish.
Keeling trainees land Post 1 for Monday’s Gold Elims
July 29 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Mike Keeling will place the Number 1 saddle pad over the backs of two freshman trotting fillies on Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, but the Cambridge, ON resident says the similarities between the fillies end with their starting position.
Clements hopes homebred has the speed to stay the course
July 29 - SUDBURY, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting colts are headed to Sudbury Downs on Sunday afternoon for Grassroots action and Peter Clements is hoping P C La Mousse can deliver another steady performance in his second provincial outing.
Royal Artist battles to Grassroots win in Sarnia
July 29 - SARNIA, ON — Royal Artist held on for a neck victory in the second last $24,000 Grassroots division at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening, posting the quickest mile of the seven hard fought three-year-old pacing colt contests.
Major Herbie grabs Gold Elimination win in Elora
July 28 - ELORA, ON — Arthur, ON resident Wayne Henry hustled two-year-old trotting colt Major Herbie down the stretch to eke out a victory in the first of three $40,000 Gold Eliminations at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening.
Local filly hoping to prove handicappers wrong Friday
July 27 - OTTAWA, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway handicappers have assigned Majestic Mountains the longest odds of the competitors in the second two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots event on Friday evening, but facing down overwhelming odds is something the youngster has been doing since birth.
Rested Broadies Song looking for second OSS victory
July 27 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Broadies Song heads into Saturday night’s Gold Eliminations atop the three-year-old pacing colt standings, and trainer-driver Rick Zeron is expecting the gelding to treat Mohawk Racetrack fans to another strong performance.
Daylon Hot Rod aiming for speed in Sarnia Thursday
July 26 - SARNIA, ON — Ontario’s high speed three-year-old pacing colts are headed to Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday, July 29 for the third Grassroots event of their season, and Ailsa Craig, ON resident Dan Morrissey is hoping Daylon Hot Rod finds a little more success over the Sarnia oval than he did in his Ontario Sires Stakes debut.
Shepherd scores three on rich night in Fraserville
July 25 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Driver Robert Shepherd brought the winning touch to Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening, capturing two Grassroots events and the Kawartha Downs 38th Anniversary Pace.
Wedgewood ready to join the Gold ranks Wednesday
July 24 - ELORA, ON — Geoff Maltby does not expect two-year-old trotter Wedgewood to be among the favourites in his $40,000 Gold Elimination at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, July 28, but the trainer does expect the diminutive gelding to look like he belongs in the big leagues.
Flawless effort earns Extraordinaire Gold Final glory
July 24 - DUNDAS, ON — As in the fable of the tortoise and the hare, sometimes steady is what you need to win the race, and steady is what two-year-old trotting filly Extraordinaire delivered at Flamboro Downs on Friday evening in $130,000 Gold Final action.
Local filly rested up for Grassroots debut Saturday
July 22 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs presents a full card of stakes races on Saturday night, playing host to 10 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies as well as the Kawartha Downs 38th Anniversary Pace.
Luvumeanit aims for second win in Friday’s Gold Final
July 20 - DUNDAS, ON — In an online poll conducted in March, only 6 per cent of respondents said they were looking forward to seeing Here Comes Herbie’s first crop appear on racetracks this summer, so it is fair to say that the trotting stallion far exceeded expectations when three of his daughters qualified for Friday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Flamboro Downs.
Buckhams Bay delivers commanding Gold Final win
July 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Luck of the draw landed last week’s elimination winners on the outer half of the Mohawk Racetrack starting gate for Monday’s $130,000 Gold Final, but the two-year-old trotting colts proved bad luck can be overcome by talent and hard work.
Henry lands three Grassroots trophies in Hanover
July 18 - HANOVER, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing colts set the Hanover Raceway surface ablaze on Saturday night with a host of lightning fast Grassroots divisions, three of them engineered by Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry.
Listowel resident’s online buy earns Grassroots trophy
July 18 - CLINTON, ON — Three weeks ago Bruce Gilkinson’s girlfriend thought he had gone slightly crazy, purchasing a horse he had never seen off the internet, but on Sunday afternoon when two-year-old pacing colt Just Asign To Me captured a $24,000 Grassroots division at Clinton Raceway, crazy started to look an awful lot like smart.
Peach Martini and Luvumeanit strike early season Gold
July 17 - DUNDAS, ON — Peach Martini delivered a commanding performance at Flamboro Downs on Friday night to kick off the two-year-old trotting fillies’ Gold Series season.
Village Janus two-for-two after Grassroots win
July 15 - DRESDEN, ON — Village Janus rocketed around the Dresden Raceway oval on Wednesday evening to the fastest clocking of the four $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Grassroots winners dominate rivals at Grand River
July 15 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway fans witnessed a trio of commanding performances by two-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday evening, as the winners of all three $24,000 Grassroots events controlled the race from start to finish.
Ritchie hoping to solve Post 10 puzzle Monday
July 15 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Post 10 at Mohawk Racetrack is no trainer’s idea of a picnic, but if that’s where fate lands you, as it did two-year-old trotting colt Plato in Monday’s $130,000 Gold Final, Trevor Ritchie is not a bad guy to have in the race bike.
Mystician rocks up inside to 1:52.1 Gold Final victory
July 15 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes fans were expecting speed during Thursday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, and the two-year-old pacing colts did not disappoint.
Mr. OSS earns pair of Grassroots wins in Sarnia
July 15 - SARNIA, ON — The path to the winner’s circle at Hiawatha Horse Park was not smooth for two-year-old trotting colt Daylon Magician, but once he arrived the view was sparkling as the youngster recorded the fastest mile of four Grassroots divisions.
Laidback approach propels colt into Grassroots
July 14 - CLINTON, ON — Tornado Touchdown’s connections are hoping the two-year-old pacing colt delivers a credible performance in Grassroots action at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon, but the advent of the stakes season will not impact the their overall approach to his education.
Buckhams Bay posts impressive elimination win
July 13 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Regally bred Buckhams Bay captured the fastest of three $40,000 Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
Modern Connection roars to Gold Final victory in Elora
July 13 - ELORA, ON — Monday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Grand River Raceway saw driver Doug McNair opt for a radically different strategy than he used to guide Modern Connection into the winner’s circle last week, but it proved to be the right decision as the Guelph, ON native and his two-year-old mount sprinted home to a second straight victory.
Zeron hopes Peach Martini pays off for partners
July 13 - DUNDAS, ON — Although two-year-old trotting filly Peach Martini’s early days in Rick Zeron’s stable were anything but “peachy”, the Oakville, ON resident says everything fell into place for the youngster two months ago and he is expecting a quality performance from her in Friday’s Gold Elimination at Flamboro Downs.
Breeder hopes colt is ironed out for Hanover Grassroots
July 13 - HANOVER, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing colts make their second Grassroots start of the season over Hanover Raceway’s half-mile oval on Saturday, and Harriston, ON resident Barbara Wells is hoping the event marks a new phase in the career of her homebred colt Chapter.
High speed freshmen return to Mohawk Thursday
July 12 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Harness racing fans will be treated to the Ontario Sires Stakes version of shock and awe on Thursday evening when the gifted two-year-old pacing colts return to Mohawk Racetrack for their first $130,000 Gold Final.
Owner hopes Lefty Lavec gets things right Thursday
July 12 - SARNIA, ON — Hiawatha Horse Park will be the testing ground for 36 talented two-year-old trotting colts this Thursday as the youngsters compete in four $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Cross Of Lorraine sparkles on Gold Rush Night
July 11 - INNISFIL, ON — Cross Of Lorraine mined another Ontario Sires Stakes record on Saturday night during Georgian Downs’ $1 million Gold Rush celebrations.
Watkins takes over top spot in trotting colt ranks
July 11 - OTTAWA, ON — Watkins leapt to the top of the three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots standings with a hard fought come from behind victory at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
Pacing colts meet expectations at Mohawk Thursday
July 9 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Three impressive miles at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening proved that the early season excitement about this year’s two-year-old pacing colt crop had been richly deserved.
Freshman trotting filly hoping to charm Grand River fans
July 9 - ELORA, ON — On Wednesday, July 14 Grand River Raceway will host its second Ontario Sires Stakes event of the week, as the two-year-old trotting fillies kick off their Grassroots season with three $24,000 divisions.
Spare Time Vegas rolling the dice a third time in Dresden
July 9 - DRESDEN, ON — Two-year-old pacing filly Spare Time Vegas makes her third start at Dresden Raceway on Wednesday, July 14 in one of four Grassroots divisions, and trainer Darryl Laver is hoping the Scottish proverb “the third time's lucky“ holds true.
Baillargeon expects trotting colts to show their speed Monday
July 8 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — In order to race in Monday’s Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack, a two-year-old trotting colt was required to qualify or race in 2:05 or faster over a seventh-eighths mile oval.
Sauble Joyce looking to prove she’s more than lucky
July 8 - ELORA, ON — There is a sports adage that says, “you have to be good to be lucky and lucky to be good” and that was certainly the case for two-year-old pacing filly Sauble Joyce in last week’s Gold Eliminations at Grand River Raceway.
Maddening colt hoping for Grassroots success at his local oval
July 8 - OTTAWA, ON — Heading into Sunday’s Grassroots event at Rideau Carleton Raceway, three-year-old trotting colt Alltheway Abra is riding a three race win streak, a fact that trainer-driver Jason Gilchrist regards as nothing short of miraculous.
Georgian Downs awash in Gold this Saturday
July 7 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs fans, owners, trainers and drivers will all be rushing for riches on Saturday night as the Innisfil oval hosts its annual Gold Rush event, featuring a total purse of $1 million and the potential for one lucky race-goer to take home a $100,000 prize.
Freshman OSS season gets under way at Grand River Raceway
July 6 - ELORA, ON — A pair of lightly regarded homebreds with half-mile track savvy were the first two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes winners of the 2010 season on Monday night, competing in a pair of $40,000 Gold Eliminations at Grand River Raceway.
Test time for Ontario’s freshman pacing colts Thursday
July 5 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The buzz about this season’s two-year-old pacing colt crop began in mid June when the youngsters started to appear in qualifying action across the province, and the hum will grow to a fever pitch this Thursday, July 8 when Mohawk Racetrack hosts 22 of the talented young pacers in a trio of $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
Fillies rewrite the record books at Georgian Downs
July 4 - INNISFIL, ON — It was all about Girl Power at Georgian Downs on Saturday night as Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotters and pacers congregated at the Innisfil oval for 10 Gold Series Eliminations.
Trotting fillies ratchet up the temperature in Clinton
July 4 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — As the temperature sailed into the 30s, the three-year-old trotting fillies set a steamy pace in Grassroots action at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Freshman fillies take first steps down the stakes trail Monday
July 1 - ELORA, ON — After months of education and practice, 14 of Ontario’s finest two-year-old pacing fillies will finally put their skills to the test at Grand River Raceway on Monday, July 5, competing in a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Eliminations.