Archives for July '12
Euro Man hoping to emerge from dark into Grassroots spotlight
July 31 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Creativity, patience and luck have all played a part in landing Euro Man among the two-year-old trotting colt division’s top 10 Grassroots point earners, and trainer Gerald Sloan figures all three factors will once again be at play over the Woodstock Raceway oval on Friday afternoon.
Warrawee Needy looking to fight his way back to the top
July 31 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The three-year-old pacing colts, the heavyweights of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, return to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday for their second $130,000 Gold Final bout and trainer Carl Jamieson says while Warrawee Needy may have taken a few hits, last year’s division champion is ready for round two.
Three more freshman trotters earn Gold Elimination trophies
July 30 - ELORA, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old trotting colts continued to share the wealth as three new faces appeared in the Grand River Raceway winner’s circle following Monday’s Gold Elimination battles.
Pacing filly eyeing a Gold Final berth
July 30 - FRASERVILLE, ON — There have been some ups and downs in Eyemajet’s debut season, but trainer Rick Fife is hopeful that the three-year-old pacing filly is on a strong upswing heading into Thursday’s Gold Eliminations at Kawartha Downs.
Baillargeon trio trotting toward Gold Thursday
July 30 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — This year’s crop of two-year-old trotting fillies has already impressed Ontario Sires Stakes fans in Peterborough and Dundas, and on Thursday, Aug. 2 Mohawk Racetrack fans will get their first look at the division’s gifted young hopefuls.
Trotting fillies tour Dresden in Grassroots action
July 29 - DRESDEN, ON — After two battles against the top two-year-old trotting fillies in the province, Bop Too The Top moved into the Grassroots Series on Sunday afternoon and circled the Dresden Raceway oval faster than any of her peers.
Pacing fillies show off in Grassroots action at Grand River
July 28 - ELORA, ON — Fans at Grand River Raceway on Friday evening were treated to seven impressive performances by Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies.
Redraw for OSS Gold Series elim races at Grand River Raceway
July 28 - ELORA, ON — Due to a race office error, the elimination divisions were redrawn this morning for the Battle Of The Belles and the OSS Gold for two-year-old trotting colts to be raced at Grand River Raceway on July 30.
Mel Mara and Michaels Power sprint to Gold Elimination victory
July 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing colts turned up the heat at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening as both Gold Elimination winners were clocked in 1:50 or better.
Fergus resident hopes trotter is on his best behaviour Monday
July 26 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway will gather 65 of Ontario’s finest two-year-olds onto one program this Monday, July 30 as the Elora oval hosts eliminations for both the Gold Series and its signature stakes events, the Battle of Waterloo and Battle of the Belles.
Cairo and Katla face stern Grassroots test in Dresden Sunday
July 25 - DRESDEN, ON — Dresden Raceway kicks off its 2012 Ontario Sires Stakes season this Sunday with six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
McNair trio aiming for Gold Final spots at Mohawk Saturday
July 24 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s exciting three-year-old pacing colts will show off their skills at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening in a pair of $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
Taras Jet hoping to deliver Grassroots success in Elora Friday
July 23 - ELORA, ON — Last December Chris Matthews, John Fewster and Desmond Scott bought themselves an unusual Christmas gift, an immature two-year-old pacing filly they hoped would transform over the winter into a long-legged sophomore racehorse.
MacDonell scores two driving, one training win in Elora
July 23 - ELORA, ON — Drivers Paul MacDonell, Doug McNair and Jason Brewer all picked up a pair of Grassroots victories at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening.
Murmur Hanover makes himself heard in Mohawk Gold Final
July 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack fans may have given the edge to his fellow Gold Elimination winner Kinetic King, but Monday’s Gold Final was story was written by Murmur Hanover.
Freshman pacer Get Around Town repeats in Grassroots action
July 22 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Driver Mike Saftic piloted a pair of two-year-old pacing colts to Grassroots victory at Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening including locally owned Get Around Town.
Ritchie delivers Grassroots hat trick at Hanover
July 22 - HANOVER, ON —Trevor Ritchie made the trip to Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening to steer seven two-year-old trotting fillies in Grassroots action and the trotting specialist landed three of them in the winner’s circle.
Third time is the charm for talented two-year-old trotting filly
July 22 - DUNDAS, ON — At the start of the Gold Series season trainer John Bax knew Charmed Life had the size and strength to be a contender on the two-year-old trotting filly circuit, what he did not know was whether she had enough speed.
Freshman favourites impress in Ottawa Gold Finals
July 22 - OTTAWA, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old pacers were sizzling in Gold Final action at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
Freshman fillies dash around Woodstock in Grassroots action
July 20 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing fillies invaded Woodstock Raceway this afternoon for nine $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Gotta Secret maintains top spot with second Grassroots win
July 19 - SARNIA, ON — Gotta Secret picked up his second straight Grassroots trophy over a soggy Hiawatha Horse Park oval on Thursday evening.
Sulky colt will need luck to achieve Grassroots glory in Elora
July 19 - ELORA, ON — Twin B Wrangler already has one Grassroots trophy to his credit as he prepares to compete in the third event of the season at Grand River Raceway, but trainer Travis Umphrey has limited confidence that the three-year-old pacing gelding will collect another on Monday.
Filthy Paddy hoping to be part of the action in wide open Final
July 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Surprises have been the norm thus far in the two-year-old trotting colt Gold Series division and trainer Rob Mackenzie Jr. is simply hoping elimination winner Filthy Paddy ends up on the plus side of any unexpected events in Monday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack.
Filly propelling young trainer into OSS major leagues
July 19 - DUNDAS, ON — When Brenway Dixie captured her Gold Elimination at Flamboro Downs last weekend the two-year-old trotting filly launched Patrick Shepherd into twentieth spot on the Ontario Sires Stakes trainer’s standings.
Easy-going elim winners return to Rideau Carleton Sunday
July 19 - OTTAWA, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacers storm back into Ottawa on Sunday for two $130,000 Gold Series Finals.
New faces shine in Gold Eliminations at Mohawk
July 17 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When young trotters step in behind the starting gate things can get a little unpredictable, and Mohawk Racetrack fans had no luck predicting the winners of Monday’s two-year-old trotting colt Gold Eliminations.
Gillard hopes filly makes peaceful appearance in Woodstock
July 17 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Woodstock Raceway opens its 2012 Ontario Sires Stakes season this Friday, July 20 with nine Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies.
Large group of fresh faces join Grassroots ranks in Hanover
July 17 - HANOVER, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Hanover Raceway on Saturday night with eight Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
Mikes Last Bet hoping for a successful homecoming Saturday
July 17 - FRASERVILLE, ON — When the two-year-old pacing colts arrive at Kawartha Downs for Saturday’s Grassroots event it will be a homecoming for Mikes Last Bet.
Tomlinson returns to Sarnia with pair of Grassroots hopefuls
July 16 - SARNIA, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes action rolls into Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening with seven Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts.
Favourites rock on talent laden Rideau Carleton program
July 15 - OTTAWA, ON — Favourites came through in impressive fashion in both the Ontario Sires Stakes and Des Smith Classic at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
Bee A Magician scores second Gold Elimination victory
July 15 - DUNDAS, ON — Bee A Magician earned her second Gold Elimination trophy at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening, trotting to a 2:00.1 victory in the first of three eliminations for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
Noren sends four trotting colts into Gold Series fray Monday
July 12 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Guelph resident Bjorn “Bernie” Noren will send four starters out in Monday’s Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack and is hoping that at least one of his two-year-old trotting colts can earn a berth in next week’s Gold Final.
Novice and veteran pacers featured at Rideau Carleton Sunday
July 12 - OTTAWA, ON — OK Fabulous is in deep for his Ontario Sires Stakes debut at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening, but Dave MacDonald is hoping the colt’s natural ability and education will see him advance to next week’s Gold Final.
Mild mannered filly ready to tackle Gold Series peers Sunday
July 12 - DUNDAS, ON — A total of 26 freshman trotting fillies are headed to Flamboro Downs on Sunday to challenge reigning champion Legzy in the second Gold Series event of the season.
Gold Series stars do not disappoint on glittering night in Innisfil
July 8 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs fans struck gold repeatedly on Saturday night, correctly predicting the winners of all four $130,000 Gold Finals on the rich Gold Rush program.
Trotting colts test their wheels at Clinton Raceway Sunday
July 8 - CLINTON, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old trotting colts made their Grassroots debut in front of the friendly crowds at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Counter Pointe scores second straight Grassroots victory
July 6 - OTTAWA, ON — Counter Pointe established herself as the three-year-old trotting filly division heavyweight with a second straight Grassroots win on Friday evening at Rideau Carleton Raceway.
Love Canal and Tarpon Hanover sweep to Gold Series glory
July 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack fans got an eyeful of this season’s talented freshman crop on Friday night as the pacing fillies and colts battled in $130,000 Gold Finals.
Legzy battles to Gold Final victory at Kawartha Downs
July 5 - FRASERVILLE, ON — A winner by a neck in last week’s Gold Elimination, Legzy’s margin of victory shrank further on Thursday night at Kawartha Downs, but the tough minded freshman trotting filly still got the job done.
McCann hoping freshman trotting colts find success Sunday
July 4 - CLINTON, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon with the first Grassroots event for the two-year-old trotting colts.
Local owners hoping to strike gold during Saturday’s Gold Rush
July 4 - INNISFIL, ON — Arpad Szabo’s relationship with Georgian Downs is not as old as the Wild West, but the Bradford resident was a regular at the facility long before it moved from Barrie to Innisfil, so having a contender on this Saturday’s $1 million Gold Rush program is cause for celebration.
Musclescorleone fights his way to Gold Final win at Flamboro
July 4 - DUNDAS, ON — Hamilton resident Dave Van Camp enjoyed a golden afternoon at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday as two-year-old trotting gelding Musclescorleone captured the first Gold Final trophy of the freshman season.
Owners hope filly is in the mood for Friday’s Grassroots test
July 3 - OTTAWA, ON — Three-year-old trotting filly Springtimeinalaska is one of those horses that makes trainers abandon their craft in favour of more soothing pursuits.
Badlands Hanover offspring hope to headline at Mohawk Friday
July 3 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario-sired two-year-old talent is front and centre at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening as the Campbellville oval plays host to $130,000 Gold Finals for both the pacing colts and fillies.
Misnamed filly brings her game face back to Kawartha Thursday
July 2 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Up until June 1, Gold Final hopeful Legzy was officially known as Legs Go On Forever.
Rockwood trainer scores Grassroots double in Elora
July 2 - ELORA, ON — Rockwood resident Rob Fellows loaded two sophomore trotting colt Grassroots trophies into his trailer at the conclusion of Grand River Raceway’s Monday evening program.
Owners cap off long weekend with Grassroots triumph
July 1 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Two-year-old pacing filly Mach Star made a drive home from the cottage worthwhile for her local connections, capturing the first of five $24,000 Grassroots divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Sunday evening.