Archives for July '11
Millar Farms fillies impress fans in Innisfil
July 31 - INNISFIL, ON — Stablemates Three Charms and Epoxy Queen delivered powerful performances in Grassroots action at Georgian Downs on Saturday night, clocking the two fastest miles of the evening.
Athenas Legacy adds Gold Series trophy to collection
July 31 - OTTAWA, ON — Athenas Legacy and Monkey On My Wheel captured the Gold Elimination trophies up for grabs at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening, delivering matching front-end performances.
Twin B Legend sharp in Gold Elimination action
July 30 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Twin B Legend cruised to a new personal best in Gold Series Elimination action at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening.
Musselsfrmbrussels still flawless in Grassroots action
July 29 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Woodstock Raceway fans were treated to seven outstanding Grassroots battles from the three-year-old pacing colts on Friday, including a track record performance by Officernagentleman.
Family ties take Newton to Elora Wednesday
July 29 - ELORA, ON — Wednesday’s fourth race at Grand River Raceway is of particular interest to Wellesley resident Bruce Newton, and not only because his two-year-old trotting colt The Golden Child will be making his Grassroots debut from Post 9.
Local fillies hope to shine in Grassroots Tuesday
July 28 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Woodstock resident Michael Robblee will harness a pair of two-year-old trotting fillies at his local oval on Tuesday, Aug. 2, one a first-time starter and the other looking for her second Grassroots trophy of the season.
Monkey On My Wheel heads to Rideau on a roll
July 28 - OTTAWA, ON — Monkey On My Wheel has yet to capture a Gold Series event this season, but the three-year-old pacing filly heads to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday off two impressive outings in the Canadian Breeders Championship and trainer Travis Umphrey is hoping she maintains that momentum for two more weeks.
Counter Pointe claims Gold Final title in Dundas
July 27 - DUNDAS, ON — On Wednesday afternoon Counter Pointe lined up at the centre of the Flamboro Downs starting gate, and for the second straight week the two-year-old trotting filly powered straight to the front and on to the winner’s circle.
Trainer hopes racing in her own backyard benefits filly
July 27 - INNISFIL, ON — When the three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots circuit stops at Georgian Downs on Saturday, Back Yard Baby will be looking to combine home field advantage with Post 1 to score a top three finish in the last $24,000 division.
Darling duo debut in Gold Series Saturday
July 26 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Jack Darling will start a pair of three-year-old pacing geldings in Gold Elimination action at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, July 30, and the Cambridge resident is hoping both Twin B Legend and Thats The Life advance on to the Gold Final round.
Classic Call hoping for OSS success close to home
July 26 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Woodstock Raceway will host seven $24,000 Grassroots divisions on Friday, July 29 for the province’s talented three-year-old pacing colts and Stephen Gillard is looking forward to the short journey to the half-mile oval from his Tavistock farm.
Chandelle earns first Grassroots trophy
July 24 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Local filly Chandelle kicked off an evening of Ontario Sires Stakes action at Kawartha Downs on Saturday, circling her hometown oval in 2:03.3 to earn her first Grassroots trophy.
Fate, and a filly, have been kind to Lagace and his partners
July 24 - FLAMBORO, ON — Destinys Magic has chased Witch Way around two half-mile ovals in recent weeks, but as the two-year-old trotting fillies head back to Flamboro Downs this Wednesday afternoon for their second $130,000 Gold Final, trainer Dan Lagace is more than satisfied with the filly’s early season efforts.
Strike The Cheque scores repeat Grassroots win
July 24 - CLINTON, ON — Strike The Cheque picked up his second Grassroots trophy with an impressive effort from Post 7 at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Bell Spur hoping on-track manners lead to success
July 20 - CLINTON, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes excitement will pervade Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon as the half-mile oval hosts six $24,000 Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts and invites fans to enter the ‘Win The Thrill’ contest.
Witch Way cruises to third Gold Series win
July 20 - DUNDAS, ON — Reigning Gold Final champ Witch Way began defence of her title with a front end victory in Gold Elimination action at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday afternoon.
Steacy readying an octet of trotting fillies for Saturday
July 19 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Saturday night will be a hectic one at the Kawartha Downs oval for Mark Steacy as the trainer-driver sends out eight fillies in the second two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots event.
Filion earns Grassroots hat trick in Ottawa
July 18 - OTTAWA, ON — Sylvain Filion turned a Sunday evening outing to Ottawa into a profitable venture with a hat trick of Grassroots victories aboard a trio of talented two-year-old pacing fillies.
San Pietro looks like wise purchase for Milton owner
July 18 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old trotting colts have one Gold Series event under their belts, and while San Pietro has yet to pick up a trophy, trainer Ben Wallace thinks the gelding’s attitude and ability will carry him to a solid season on the premier circuit.
Apogee Hanover sprints to Gold Final glory
July 18 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — A trio of Jeremes Jet fillies swept the top three placings in Monday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, with Apogee Hanover leading the parade.
Warrawee Needy roars to second Gold Final title
July 18 - OTTAWA, ON — Warrawee Needy made no mistakes at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Monday evening as he effortlessly claimed his second Gold Final trophy and fifth straight victory.
Witch Way has realized owner’s dream
July 17 - DUNDAS, ON — With a Gold Elimination and Gold Final trophy in her possession, two-year-old trotting filly Witch Way has already accomplished everything her owners had hoped for, so any success she achieves in Wednesday’s Gold Elimination at Flamboro Downs will just be icing on what has so far been a very sweet cake.
Good Sound Advice embraces opportunity
July 14 - FRASERVILLE, ON — With two colts withdrawing from Thursday’s Gold Final due to sickness, both freshman trotters on the also eligible list lined up behind the Kawartha Downs starting gate in the sixth race to take their shot at $130,000.
Best Ears ready for head-to-head with Needy
July 14 - OTTAWA, ON — The looming presence of Canada’s fastest two-year-old pacing colt, Warrawee Needy, may have scared some starters away from the Gold Series event at Rideau Carleton Raceway, but heading into Monday’s $130,000 Gold Final, driver Scott Zeron does not think elimination winner Best Ears has anything to worry about.
Patti Omara hoping to follow in her mother’s footsteps
July 14 - OTTAWA, ON — Patti Omara is a second generation product of Cynthia and Myles McLennan’s breeding program, and the Arnprior residents are hoping the two-year-old pacing filly can enjoy the same sort of success in the Ontario Sires Stakes program as her mother.
Classy Lane Rose aiming to earn fans’ respect
July 14 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When the two-year-old pacing fillies return to Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, July 18, Jamie Millier is not expecting Classy Lane Rose to be the favourite, but the Puslinch resident does expect her to get more respect than she did in last week’s Gold Eliminations.
Shore Light scores impressive Grassroots win
July 12 - INNISFIL, ON — Doug McNair gave Shore Light a perfect pocket trip in Grassroots action at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening and the locally-owned pacing colt parlayed it into a trip to the winner’s circle.
Prized Fighter ready for heavyweight battle
July 11 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Coming off an impressive showing in their Ontario Sires Stakes debut, the talented two-year-old trotting colts return to Kawartha Downs on Thursday, July 14 for the first $130,000 Gold Final battle of their fledgling careers.
Freshman fillies impress Mohawk fans Monday
July 11 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Reigning Gold Final winner Class Of O Nine stretched her win streak out to three with a 1:55.4 score at Mohawk Racetrack in the first of three $40,000 Gold Eliminations on Monday evening.
Witch Way blazes a path to Gold Final winner’s circle
July 11 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway fans overlooked elimination winner Witch Way in Monday’s $130,000 Gold Final, but the two-year-old trotting filly made it clear early that she had come to Elora ready for battle.
Best Ears and Warrawee Needy triumph in Ottawa
July 11 - OTTAWA, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway kicked off its 2011 Ontario Sires Stakes season with a pair of impressive Gold Elimination performances by the two-year-old pacing colts.
Zeron adds Grassroots trophy to his collection
July 10 - DUNDAS, ON — Fresh off a Gold Final victory with sophomore trotting filly Peach Martini, Oakville resident Rick Zeron shipped a pair of two year-old trotting fillies to Flamboro Downs on Sunday and added a Grassroots win and runner-up finish to his list of accomplishments for the weekend.
Count Speed sharp in Grassroots debut Saturday
July 9 - HANOVER, ON - Grassroots trophies were up for grabs at Hanover Raceway on Saturday night, and Walkerton native Randy Fritz grabbed the first one, piloting Northern Kingdom to a four length victory.
Favourites fail to pan out at Georgian Downs’ Gold Rush
July 9 - INNISFIL, ON — There were some surprise claims laid during Georgian Downs’ Gold Rush event on Saturday evening as the favourite failed to pan out in three of four $130,000 Gold Finals.
Deuce Boy aims to earn more Grassroots spoils Tuesday
July 8 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs fans get their first look at this season’s freshman crop on Tuesday, July 12 when a total of 81 two-year-old pacing colts arrive in Innisfil for their second Grassroots Series skirmish.
Freshmen colts impress in Gold Series opener
July 7 - FRASERVILLE, ON — This season’s two-year-old trotting colts put on an impressive show in their Gold Series debut at Kawartha Downs on Thursday evening.
Coleman trio ready for Gold Series rumble Monday
July 7 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Casie Coleman will debut three freshman pacing fillies in the second Gold Series of the season and the Cambridge resident is hopeful that all three can advance out of Monday’s elimination round at Mohawk Racetrack.
Retail hoping for home field advantage Monday
July 7 - OTTAWA, ON — While his peers ship across the province in a horse trailer on Monday, two-year-old pacing gelding Retail will be enjoying his normal routine, hoping that home field advantage helps him to a top four placing in one of two $40,000 Gold Series Eliminations.
Thomson has fingers crossed for Counter Pointe
July 7 - ELORA, ON — Counter Pointe is heading back to Grand River Raceway on Monday night for the two-year-old trotting filly Gold Final, and co-owner Jeff Thomson is hoping her performance will not be impacted by his willingness to chat about her early season prospects.
Flamboro Downs testing ground for novice trotters Sunday
July 7 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old trotting fillies take their first steps down the Grassroots trail on Sunday evening at Flamboro Downs, competing in six divisions worth a total of $144,000.
Frill Seeker sharp in second Grassroots win
July 7 - HIAWATHA, ON — A trio of three-year-old trotting colts were able to pick up their second straight Grassroots trophies in Ontario Sires Stakes action at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening.
Menary hopes his trio strike Gold in Innisfil
July 6 - INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old trotters and pacers are prospecting for Gold at Georgian Downs on Saturday night, and trainer Dave Menary is hoping all three of his starters are as sharp, or sharper, than they were in last weekend’s Gold Eliminations.
Novice trotting colts debut in Hanover Saturday
July 5 - HANOVER, ON — As the temperature heats up, racetracks across the province are seeing the latest crop of Ontario-sired talent emerge, and Hanover Raceway is no exception.
Bax harnesses two in freshman season opener Thursday
July 4 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs will be the site of the Gold Series season opener for the two-year-old trotting colts, playing host to three $40,000 eliminations on Thursday evening.
Warrawee Needy sweeps Gold Series opener
July 4 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — After the buzz of anticipation leading up to the two-year-old pacing colt Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, watching Warrawee Needy capture the title with a gate-to-wire effort was almost anti-climactic.
Improving colts hoping for Grassroots success in Sarnia
July 4 - SARNIA, ON — Ontario’s three-year-old trotting colts roll into Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening for their second shot at a Grassroots trophy, and Sarnia resident Terry Kerr is hoping High Stakes Banker will have a whole pile of hometown luck riding in his race bike.
Two Henry trainees advance to Gold Final
July 4 - ELORA, ON — The Henry Stable made an impressive showing in Gold Elimination action at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening, qualifying two freshman trotting fillies for next week’s $130,000 Gold Final.
Harlow Seelster emerges unscathed from Dresden
July 3 - DRESDEN, ON — Harlow Seelster was the only three-year-old trotting filly to leave Dresden Raceway on Sunday afternoon with her flawless Grassroots record intact.
Classy filly lands first Gold Final trophy
July 3 - DUNDAS, ON — Class Of O Nine controlled the pace from start to finish at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening to capture the first Gold Final trophy of the two-year-old pacing filly season.
Sophomores sizzle in Gold Rush eliminations
July 2 - INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old trotters and pacers sizzled around the Georgian Downs oval on Saturday evening, lowering one Ontario Sires Stakes record and matching another.
Freshman trotting fillies kick off Gold season in Elora
July 1 - ELORA, ON — There is $160,000 on the line at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening and 33 talented freshman trotting fillies are heading to Elora with hopes of earning a share of the Gold Series lucre and a berth in next week’s Gold Final.
Sonic Dancer impressive in Grassroots debut
July 1 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Flawless summer weather arrived just in time for Canada Day and the three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots battle at Mohawk Racetrack.
OK Ebury sharp in Grassroots season opener
July 1 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Who Doesnt scooped up the first two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots trophy of the season, laying down a 2:00 mile at Woodstock Raceway on a Canada Day program that was marred by an accident in the second $24,000 division.