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Archives for June '03

Budd’s second string the envy of all
June 30 - DUNDAS, ON — When Bill Budd ships into Flamboro Downs on Friday afternoon for the three-year-old pacing colt Gold Series Eliminations he will be hauling the kind of second string that most trainers only dream about.

Trotting colts invade Hiawatha Horse Park Thursday
June 30 - SARNIA, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday with seven Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts.

Budd heads to Ottawa with freshman dream team
June 30 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway welcomes back the two-year-old pacing colts for their $130,000 Gold Final on Thursday evening, including three youngsters from the Bill Budd stable.

Elmira hosts freshman pacing filly Grassroots opener
June 30 - ELMIRA, ON — For the second time this week the excitement of the Ontario Sires Stakes program returns to Elmira Raceway. On Friday evening four divisions of two-year-old pacing fillies will compete in their first Grassroots event, with a total of $118,680 up for grabs.

Armbro Amaze, North To Alaska claim record
June 29 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old trotting fillies were on fire at Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon, lowering the track record and then equalling it in Trillium Series action.

JM Vangogh battles to Gold Elimination win
June 29 - WINDSOR, ON — Sunday evening’s three-year-old trotting colt Gold Eliminations at Windsor Raceway featured a pair of upsets that make next weekend’s Gold Final a wide open affair.

Two-year-olds return to Georgian Downs Tuesday
June 28 - INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old stakes season is now in full swing, and Georgian Downs hosts its second group of freshman on Tuesday, July 1 when the pacing colts arrive for their Grassroots Series debut.

Freshman trotting colts ready to rumble at Flamboro
June 28 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs opens its 2003 Ontario Sires Stakes season with four Gold Series Eliminations for the two-year-old trotting colts on Wednesday afternoon.

Impressive fillies debut in Gold Series at Woodbine
June 27 - WOODBINE, ON — After roaring onto the provincial scene with a very impressive mile in a Trillium event last weekend, the two-year-old pacing fillies open their Gold Series season at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening.

Elmira Raceway hosts full card of Grassroots Monday
June 27 - ELMIRA, JUNE 27, 2003 — Elmira Raceway hosts the second Grassroots event of the season for the three-year-old pacing colts on Monday evening and, for the second time this year, a record number of colts will compete for a total of $216,000 in provincial lucre.

Trotting colts up the stakes for Windsor Gold Series
June 26 - WINDSOR, ON — Since fans last caught the three-year-old trotting colts in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series action things have been heating up in the highly competitive division. Several colts have reeled off miles in 1:55 or better and there will be some gifted youngsters lined up on Windsor Raceway’s starting gate Sunday evening that were not present for the sophomore season opener in May.

Duke Of Luck posts fastest mile in Ottawa Gold Elims
June 26 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old pacing colts kicked off their Ontario Sires Stakes season with a trio of impressive miles at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening.

Friends face off in Woodstock Trillium Saturday
June 25 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon with four divisions of three-year-old trotting fillies competing in Trillium Series action.

Horse Racing Industry Association appoints new chair
June 25 - MISSISSAUGA, ON — The Board of Directors of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas G. Deacon, Q.C. as the Association’s new Chair. Deacon’s election took place at the OHRIA Annual General Meeting on June 20, 2003.

Burning Point torches records at Woodbine
June 23 - REXDALE, ON — A warm summer night and a field of lightning fast three-year-old pacing fillies resulted in the first record breaking mile of the Ontario Sires Stakes season on Monday evening at Woodbine Racetrack.

Gilchrist will harness two in Gold Series Thursday
June 23 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway opens the two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes season with three Gold Series Eliminations for the talented pacing colts on Thursday evening.

Lucys Fame dominates Trillium field
June 22 - INNISFIL, ON — When the gate started rolling before Race 6 at Georgian Downs on Saturday night, the seven freshman pacing fillies lined up behind it looked every inch the beginners they are. However, seconds later the fillies had shed their first start butterflies and were roaring into the first turn like a group of seasoned veterans.

Hot Shot Rocket repeats in Grassroots
June 20 - SARNIA, ON — Espirit Seelster established a two-race win streak and lowered her personal best by one and three-fifths seconds with an impressive 1:55 victory in Grassroots action at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday.

Armbro Athletic in top form heading into Gold Final
June 19 - REXDALE, ON — When the three-year-old pacing fillies line up behind the gate at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening, William Childs will be standing at the rail ready to cheer home elimination winner Armbro Athletic.

Two-year-olds debut at Georgian Downs Saturday
June 18 - INNISFIL — Seven two-year-old pacing fillies will brave the provincial waters for the first time on Saturday evening in an $80,531 Trillium Series contest over Georgian Downs’ five-eighths mile oval.

Burning Point on fire at Woodbine
June 17 - REXDALE — Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing fillies put on an impressive display for Woodbine Racetrack fans Monday evening with Burning Point recording the quickest victory, a 1:52.1 score in the third Gold Series Elimination.

Harness racing youth camp returns to Ontario
June 17 - Mississauga, ON — For the second consecutive year the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) Summer Camp will be coming back to Ontario from July 6 to July 10 at Mohawk and Woodbine Racetracks.

Point race heats up in Hiawatha Grassroots
June 16 - SARNIA, JUNE 16, 2003 — Hiawatha Horse Park hosts an impressive line up of three-year-old pacing fillies in their second Grassroots event on Thursday evening.

Lucky Irma makes her Woodbine debut Monday
June 12 - REXDALE — Reigning Gold Series champ Lucky Irma will make her first foray to Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening for the second Gold Elimination of her career. The three-year-old pacing filly captured both her elimination and the $130,000 Gold Final over Elmira Raceway’s half-mile oval in May, and trainer William MacTavish is hoping she can deliver an equally impressive performance over the seven-eighths mile surface at Woodbine.

Camluck elected to Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
June 12 - MISSISSAUGA, ON — On August 28 leading Ontario Sires Stakes stallion Camluck will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Woodbine Racetrack.

Espirit Seelster victorious in Elmira Trillium
June 7 - ELMIRA — After two weeks of starting on the outside, Espirit Seelster drew Post 2 for her Trillium Series division at Elmira Raceway on Friday night and the three-year-old pacing filly took full advantage of the inside position, scoring a 1:56.3 victory.

OHRIA executives receive Golden Jubilee Medal
June 5 - MISSISSAUGA — In a private function on Friday, May 23 the Honourable David Tsubouchi, Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet and Minister of Culture, awarded Jane Holmes and George Kelly the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

Fillies prepare for Trillium skirmish at Elmira
June 2 - ELMIRA — Elmira Raceway fans will recognize several of the three-year-old pacing fillies competing in this Friday’s $68,000 Trillium Series event.