Archives for July '15
Waples teams up with Hall of Famer for pair of Grassroots wins
July 31 - Driver Randy Waples captured a pair of three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots events at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening with horses trained by one of his harness racing heroes.
Tight race at the top in freshman trotting filly division
July 30 - On Thursday evening the two-year-old trotting fillies hit the halfway point in their Grassroots season and Toss It Back edged out to a narrow lead in the division point standings with her second straight win.
Colt bounces back from allergic reaction to triumph in Grassroots
July 28 - After having his early season derailed by allergies, two-year-old trotting colt Willyorwonthe finally found his way to the Ontario Sires Stakes winner’s circle at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening.
Gold Series wins cap off remarkable weekend for Menary
July 25 - Even before his three-year-old pacing geldings Robert Hill and J Js Delivery swept the Gold Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, trainer Dave Menary was having a pretty amazing weekend.
Mohawk hosts Ontario Sires Stakes celebration Saturday
July 24 - Mohawk Racetrack fans can get into the winner’s circle this Saturday during the Ontario Sires Stakes “Be A Winner” contest.
Four first-timers visit Grassroots winner’s circle at Mohawk
July 24 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the second Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night and there were four first-time visitors to the Ontario Sires Stakes winner’s circle.
Brother’s advice proves a winner for Guelph resident
July 23 - Guelph resident Anthony MacDonald took his brother’s advice about an equipment change on two-year-old trotting filly Onatopp, and it paid off with a Grassroots victory at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening.
Waples returns to the race bike for filly worth waiting on
July 23 - Ron Waples piloted two-year-old trotting filly Devils Advocate to a Gold Series win at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, but the Hall of Fame horseman says his assignment to the Jack Darling trainee’s race bike could be a temporary one.
John Campbell strikes Gold in first Georgian Downs appearance
July 22 - Hall of Fame driver John Campbell made his first appearance at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, making the trip up from his New Jersey home to partner two-year-old trotting colt Tony Soprano in Ontario Sires Stakes action.
Thatsoveryverynice and Twin B Thong repeat in Gold Series
July 21 - Two weeks after Thatsoveryverynice lowered the Ontario Sires Stakes record at Mohawk Racetrack, the two-year-old pacing fillies returned to the Campbellville oval for their second Gold Series event and delivered another set of impressive performances.
McNair captures trio of Grassroots trophies at Georgian Downs
July 20 - Reigning Lampman Cup champion Doug McNair earned his first Ontario Sires Stake hat trick of the season at Georgian Downs on Sunday evening.
Gonna Fly sails to track record, Warrawee Rob gets hometown win
July 19 - Six divisions of two-year-old trotting colts put on an exciting show during Ontario Sires Stakes Super Sunday at Clinton Raceway.
Peterborough’s Henriksen kicks off Kawartha Downs celebration
July 18 - Local colt Tswalu delivered the perfect opener for the 43rd Anniversary celebrations at Kawartha Downs on Saturday, capturing his very first Ontario Sires Stakes victory at his hometown oval.
Voracity and Betting Line repeat in Gold Series at Mohawk
July 18 - Back at Mohawk Racetrack for their second Gold Leg on Saturday, Ontario’s elite two-year-old pacing colts looked every bit as sharp as they had in their debut.
Ontario Sires Stakes Super Sunday at Clinton Raceway
July 17 - Clinton Raceway is hosting Ontario Sires Stakes Super Sunday this weekend, and the stars of the show will be six divisions of two-year-old trotting colts and geldings competing in their second Grassroots event.
Christoforou steers a trio of Grassroots winners at Mohawk
July 17 - In their second straight Grassroots event at Mohawk Racetrack, Ontario’s two-year-old pacing colts demonstrated their rapidly improving racing skills, with all six divisions clocked in 1:55.1 or quicker.
Kawartha Downs celebrates 43 years with Grassroots and giveaways
July 16 - Kawartha Downs will celebrate its 43rd anniversary on Saturday, July 18 with a host of special giveaways for fans and five Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events for the three-year-old trotting colts.
Muscle Baby Doll and All That Sparkles cruise to Gold victories
July 16 - Current Ontario Sires Stakes trotting queen Muscle Baby Doll captured her third straight Gold Series trophy with a 1:53.1 victory at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening.
Mount Forest and Harriston residents celebrate Gold Series win
July 15 - Local horse Platoon Seelster earned his first Gold Series victory of the season at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday night, and a sizeable number of Mount Forest and Harriston residents joined the three-year-old trotter in the winner’s circle.
McClure and Judy The Beauty recreate history at Georgian Downs
July 14 - On Tuesday evening fans at Georgian Downs experienced a moment of déjà vu when Bob McClure piloted three-year-old trotting filly Judy The Beauty to her first win of the season in the last of seven Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions.
Filion pilots pair of Muscle Mass colts to OSS victory
July 13 - Sylvain Filion had a golden touch at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday night, guiding both of his two-year-old trotting colt mounts to an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series victory.
Team Henry scores a pair of Grassroots at Georgian Downs
July 12 - Two-year-old trotting colts were the headliners at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening, with 57 colts battling in seven Grassroots divisions.
French Bastille captured the first Grassroots trophy of the freshman trotting colt campaign, hitting the wire in 2:01.1 for trainer-driver Mark Steacy.
Kadabra fillies dominate in Gold opener
July 12 - If the performances in Sunday night’s Gold Series season opener at Georgian Downs were any indication, Ontario has produced another world class group of two-year-old trotting fillies.
Freshman pacing colts impress in Gold opener at Mohawk
July 11 - Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing colts kicked off their Gold Series season at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening with three impressive performances.
Senior K scores win for harness racing legend Waples
July 10 - Ontario’s 2015 two-year-old pacing colt crop kicked off their provincial careers at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday night in the presence of a Canadian harness racing legend.
Menary and Jamieson team up for pair of Grassroots wins
July 9 - Trainer Dave Menary and driver Jody Jamieson teamed up for a pair of Grassroots victories at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening.
Carroll scores first Ontario Sires Stakes hat trick
July 7 - Georgian Downs hosted the Ontario Sires Stakes debut of the two-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday evening and driver Alfie Carroll piloted three of the novice trotters to Grassroots victory over the rain-soaked oval.
Thatsoveryverynice breaks record, Twin B Thong keeps her cool
July 6 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the first two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes event of the season on Monday and the pacing fillies set the bar extremely high for the other three freshman divisions.
Novice trainer gets his first Gold Series win in Ottawa
July 5 - Just over two years ago Brian Peterson made the leap from harness racing fan to yearling owner and four weeks ago he made his first start as a trainer, winning an overnight event with three-year-old trotting filly Amoureuse Hanover.
Jamieson wins four Grassroots at Georgian Downs
July 4 - Jody Jamieson had the winning touch at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening, piloting four sophomore pacing colts to Grassroots victory.
Filion out to early lead in OSS Lampman Cup race
July 3 - With 15 events completed Sylvain Filion currently leads all drivers in the Ontario Sires Stakes program with 115 Lampman Cup points, and the Milton resident added a few more to his total guiding two sophomore trotters to Grassroots victory at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening.
Solar Sister and Wrangler Magic strike Gold at Mohawk
July 2 - Solar Sister took command of the three-year-old pacing filly division with a 1:50.3 victory in her Gold Series division at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening.
O'Brien Award winner Christoforou scores Gold Series double
July 1 - Twelve days ago trainer Dustin Jones made an unanticipated return to the race bike behind his top trotting colt Dont Rush, a return that had a direct impact on Tuesday evening’s Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack.
Cincinnati Miss a Canada Day winner at Dresden Raceway
July 1 - Doug McIntosh missed out on a piece of the eight-foot long cake, but the Wheatley resident still left the Dresden Raceway Canada Day program in a celebratory mood after Cincinnati Miss delivered an impressive victory in her $18,000 Grassroots division.