Archives for June '02
Pacing colts ready to impress in Gold Final
June 30 - WINDSOR, ON — In last week’s Gold Series Eliminations at Windsor Raceway the two-year-old pacing colts proved they had the raw talent to go along with their blue-blooded pedigrees. This Wednesday the top nine colts will put that talent to the test for the second time in the $130,000 Gold Final.
Henry trainees shine in Sudbury Trillium Series
June 30 - SUDBURY, ON — Ross Henry sent six two-year-old trotting fillies to Sudbury Downs for their first provincial outing and took home one trophy, two runner-up cheques and one third-place finisher’s share.
Corona Grande still perfect in OSS Grassroots
June 30 - HANOVER, ON — Corona Grande extended his Ontario Sires Stakes win streak to 10 at Hanover Raceway on Saturday night. The Camluck colt posted the quickest mile of 10 Grassroots divisions to extend his streak and maintain a share of the lead atop the division point standings.
Priceless Gem smashes Windsor track record
June 30 - WINDSOR, ON — Priceless Gem scored a major upset in the three-year-old trotting colt ranks on Sunday night when he captured a Gold Series Elimination at Windsor Raceway. Not only did the Mr Lavec son best favourite Duke Of York, he did it in stellar fashion, stopping the clock in a track record 1:55.
Fillies ready for Grassroots debut at Elmira Raceway
June 29 - ELMIRA, ON — After spending the fall learning to wear a harness, the winter improving their fitness level and the spring fine-tuning their skills, the two-year-old pacing fillies are ready to make their Grassroots debut at Elmira Raceway on Monday.
Curitiba fastest in Belleville Trillium
June 29 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Curitiba clocked the fastest of three Trillium Series divisions at Quinte Raceway on Friday evening. The three-year-old trotting filly stopped the teletimer at 2:02, crossing under the wire almost six lengths ahead of the competition.
Trillium winners tackle Gold Series Monday
June 28 - REXDALE, ON — Woodbine Racetrack celebrates Canada Day with a clear sign that summer is arrived, the first Gold Series event for the two-year-old pacing fillies.
Pacing colt rivalry resumes at Flamboro Sunday
June 28 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s most gifted three-year-old pacing colts head for Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening to resume their Gold Series rivalry.
McIntosh string reduced for Windsor Gold
June 28 - WINDSOR, ON — Heading into the third Gold Series event for the three-year-old trotting colts at Windsor Raceway on Sunday night, trainer Doug McIntosh is missing Ryan Hall.
Pacing colts flock to Hanover Saturday
June 27 - HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway fans will get their money’s worth of Ontario Sires Stakes excitement on Saturday night when ten Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts roll in behind the starting gate.
Jones to start a trio of freshman fillies in Trillium
June 27 - SUDBURY, ON — A sure sign of summer is the advent of the two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes season and Sudbury Downs will kick off the first long summer weekend on Saturday night with three Trillium Series divisions for the freshman trotting fillies.
Dresden Raceway ups the ante on Canada Day
June 27 - DRESDEN, ON — There is a whole lot for fans to get excited about at Dresden Raceway on Canada Day. In addition to six Grassroots divisions for the exciting three-year-old trotting colts, there is $500,000 on the line in the track’s Pick 9 contest.
High flying colts deliver impressive results
June 27 - WINDSOR, on — Buying yearlings may be a chancy business, but a pedigree chart and yearling sale price were all the tools you needed to handicap the two-year-old pacing colt Gold Series Eliminations at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday night.
Two-year-olds wow crowd at Georgian Downs
June 27 - INNISFIL, ON — The hot weather was not the only thing to come roaring into Ontario this week. On Tuesday night at Georgian Downs the two-year-old pacing fillies awed fans with their early season speed and raised the level of excitement for the Ontario Sires Stakes remaining on their schedule this summer.
Freshman pacers celebrate Canada Day in Belleville
June 27 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Quinte Raceway wraps up an exciting weekend of Ontario Sires Stakes action on Canada Day with five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts.
Stakes packed weekend at Quinte Raceway
June 25 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Quinte Raceway kicks off a busy weekend of Ontario Sires Stakes racing on Friday night with three Trillium Series divisions for the sophomore trotting fillies. The Belleville half-mile will then celebrate Canada Day with the first Grassroots event of the season for the two-year-old pacing colts.
Precious Delight lays superstition to rest at Woodbine
June 24 - REXDALE, ON — There was not much superstition in the air at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday night as fans overwhelmingly endorsed three-year-old pacing filly Precious Delight’s bid for a 13th straight victory. And, as she has done throughout her career, the filly came up with a big effort in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final to keep the streak alive.
High price pacing colts debut at Windsor Wednesday
June 23 - WINDSOR, ON — If pedigree and yearling sale price are starting points for evaluating two-year-olds in the early days of their careers, the pacing colt division heading for Windsor Raceway on June 26 should be one of the most exciting divisions in the Ontario Sires Stakes program this summer.
McElroy captures four Grassroots divisions in Sarnia
June 23 - SARNIA, ON — Last fall Don McElroy clinched his first Lampman Cup victory with a trio of wins in the sophomore Grassroots Championship at Hiawatha Horse Park. Back in Sarnia on Saturday night, the veteran reinsman established himself as contender for a second Ontario Sires Stakes driving championship with wins in four of seven Grassroots events for the three-year-old pacing fillies.
Precious Delight goes for lucky Number 13 Monday
June 21 - REXDALE, ON — Peter Heffering thought she was on pace for a 1:53 mile. Driver Steve Condren thought the clock had malfunctioned. Woodbine Racetrack officials double checked the time on the video replay of the race.
Summer arrives in Barrie with two-year-old Trillium
June 21 - INNISFIL, ON — June 21 may be the first day of summer, but harness racing fans know the season has really begun when the first two-year-olds make their way to the racetrack.
Hiawatha hosts exceptional night of stakes action
June 20 - SARNIA, ON — Hiawatha Horse Park celebrates the first weekend of summer with a sizzling menu of stakes races on Saturday night. The Sarnia oval hosts seven Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies, worth almost $110,000, and the $61,600 Clearwater Cup Final starring nine of Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing colts.
Precious Delight still perfect in 2002
June 17 - REXDALE, ON — Precious Delight carried a flawless 11 race win streak into her first Gold Series Elimination on Monday night and left Woodbine Racetrack fans laying odds on the chances of her keeping it alive through 2002.
Excitement mounts as pacing fillies head to Woodbine
June 13 - REXDALE, ON — Fourteen of the finest pacing fillies ever bred in Ontario are headed for Woodbine Racetrack on Monday night to compete in the second of five Gold Series Eliminations on their Ontario Sires Stakes schedule.
Harness Youth League Summer Camp to be held at Mohawk, Woodbine July 7 to 11
June 11 - Twelve young people will have a unique opportunity to experience harness racing from a "hands-on" perspective at Mohawk and Woodbine Racetracks from July 7 to 11.
Living Image makes believers out of Woodbine fans
June 10 - REXDALE, ON — Living Image earned his first Gold Series crown at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday night, demolishing his three-year-old trotting colt rivals with an impressive 1:55 mile.
Jetset Matt swiftest in Kawartha Grassroots
June 9 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Upsets were the name of the game at Kawartha Downs on Saturday night as the three-year-old trotting colts competed in the second Grassroots event of their 2002 season.
McLean shines in Elmira Trillium
June 7 - ELMIRA, ON — Driver Ray McLean, Jr. piloted a pair of three-year-old pacing fillies into the Elmira Raceway winner’s circle on Friday night, capturing two of the three Trillium Series events on the program.
Talent pool deep in Monday’s Gold Final
June 6 - REXDALE, ON — On Monday night the cream of the three-year-old trotting colt crop will return to Woodbine Racetrack for their $130,000 Gold Final, treating fans to a battle that proves once again Ontario-bred trotters are among the best in the world.
O’Brien award winner starts two at Kawartha Saturday
June 4 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes action arrives at Kawartha Downs on Saturday night with six Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts.
Upsets abound in trotting colt Gold Eliminations
June 3 - REXDALE, ON — The favourites were forced to play second fiddle at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday night when three-year-old trotting colts Abbey Road C and Balagar captured their Gold Series Eliminations with wire-to-wire efforts from Post 7.
Impressive line-up of fillies set to dazzle Elmira fans
June 3 - ELMIRA, ON — When the three-year-old pacing fillies arrive at Elmira Raceway on Friday night to compete in the first Trillium Series event of their season, Linda Magid will make the drive from her Cambridge home to watch the only horse she has left racing.
Early Secret adds Trillium trophy to collection
June 1 - LONDON, ON — Western Fair Raceway fans were at their handicapping best on Friday night, accurately selecting the winners of all three Trillium Series divisions for the sophomore trotting fillies.