Archives for June '06
Meadowview Matty earns Gold Elimination hardware
June 30 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Meadowview Matty trotted to a 2:00.1 win at Kawartha Downs on Thursday, posting the fastest mile of four Gold Series Eliminations for the two-year-old trotting colts.
Freshman trotting fillies ready for first test Tuesday
June 30 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs will be the testing ground for 40 two-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday, July 4 as they compete in five $19,672 Grassroots divisions.
Former golden girls get back to their roots in London
June 29 - LONDON, ON — A trio of three-year-old trotting fillies who started their Ontario Sires Stakes season in the Gold Series slipped down to the Grassroots on Wednesday evening and scored impressive victories over the Western Fair Raceway oval.
Track record holder aims for Gold Final title Sunday
June 29 - GLOUCESTER, ON — When the three-year-old trotting colts return to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday for their $130,000 Gold Final, everyone in the Majestic Son camp will be breathing a little easier.
In Trepid Water goes for number nine in Windsor Sunday
June 29 - WINDSOR, ON — When Ontario’s most talented three-year-old pacing fillies roll into Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening for a pair of Gold Series Eliminations, reigning Gold Final champion In Trepid Water will be looking for her ninth straight victory.
World Record setting filly makes her OSS debut Monday
June 29 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway fans will be lined up at the rails on Monday evening to catch a glimpse of World Record holder Luck Of Michelle as the two-year-old pacing filly makes her Ontario Sires Stakes debut in the first of four Gold Eliminations.
Pure Ivory takes aim on Gold spotlight Friday
June 28 - LONDON, ON — Like every Ontario Sires Stakes fan across the province, Harry Rutherford is expecting another track record performance from the three-year-old trotting fillies at Western Fair Raceway on Friday evening.
Prairie Tracker triumphant at Georgian Downs
June 28 - INNISFIL, ON — For the second time this month, three-year-old pacing filly Prairie Tracker delivered a mile faster than any of her Grassroots peers when she and driver Paul Mackenzie circled Georgian Downs in 1:53.1 on Tuesday evening.
Freshman speed show comes to Mohawk Sunday
June 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s precocious two-year-old pacing colts bring their record breaking road show to Mohawk Racetrack on Sunday evening, competing in four Gold Eliminations worth a total of $117,000.
Fun on the menu this summer for Marshall and Frey
June 28 - DUNDAS, ON — Last fall Vaughn Marshall stuck his hand in the air at the Canadian Open Yearling Sale and came home with a $1,700 purchase named Fabtowin. Heading into the Gold Series season opener for two-year-old trotting fillies this Saturday at Flamboro Downs, the Campbellville resident has already recouped his investment, plus a winter’s worth of training fees.
Trainer and trotting colt make their OSS debut Thursday
June 27 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Freshman fever returns to Kawartha Downs on Thursday as 30 two-year-old trotting colts make their provincial debut in four Gold Series Eliminations.
Pacing colts ready to spark things up in Hanover Saturday
June 27 - HANOVER, ON — At Hanover Raceway this Saturday the Canada Day fireworks will take place on the track as the province’s talented three-year-old pacing colts square off in nine Grassroots divisions worth a total of $135,000.
Funny Bones delivers stand up victory at Georgian Downs
June 25 - INNISFIL, ON — Funny Bones may not have circled the Georgian Downs oval as fast as he did in last week’s elimination round, but the two-year-old pacing colt still managed to stand out from the crowd in Saturday’s $130,000 Gold Final.
O’Donnell scores a driving double in Sudbury Trillium
June 25 - SUDBURY, ON — Fabtowin made her racing debut a winning one, posting the fastest mile in three Trillium Series divisions at Sudbury Downs on Saturday evening.
Majestic Son breaks jinx with track record effort
June 25 - GLOUCESTER, ON — In less than two minutes, three-year-old trotting colt Majestic Son accomplished a great deal at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
Record setting filly aiming for second Grassroots win
June 23 - INNISFIL, ON — Rapidly approaching the halfway mark in their Grassroots season, the top three-year-old pacing fillies are hoping to maintain their momentum when the program rolls into Georgian Downs on Tuesday, June 24.
Wall guides Oaklea Omega to track record in London
June 23 - LONDON, ON — Western Fair Raceway fans were treated to their third straight dose of record setting action by Ontario Sires Stakes competitors on Friday when three-year-old trotting filly Oaklea Omega cruised to a 1:59.1 victory in the first of two $49,000 Gold Eliminations.
Bardoel fillies driving for a win Wednesday
June 23 - LONDON, ON — Western Fair Raceway brings its spring meet to a close next week with a pair of outstanding Ontario Sires Stakes events. The province’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies take centre stage at the London oval on both Wednesday, June 28 for Grassroots action and Friday, June 30 for a $130,000 Gold Final.
Steacy hopes Majestic Son can end Ottawa drought
June 22 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway’s handicappers have installed Majestic Son as a prohibitive early favourite in the second of two $49,000 Gold Eliminations on Sunday, and trainer Mark Steacy fervently hopes the three-year-old trotting colt will prove them right.
Basso Hanover sharp in Grassroots season opener
June 22 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Basso Hanover proved that he was worth his purchase price when he scorched around the Kawartha Downs oval on Thursday evening to capture the first of five Grassroots divisions for two-year-old pacing colts.
Freshman colts return to Georgian Downs Saturday
June 21 - INNISFIL, ON — When the two-year-old pacing colts roll in behind the gate for their $130,000 Gold Final on Saturday night, Georgian Downs fans will be on the edge of their seats waiting to see if the youngsters can match or better the 1:52.4 track record Funny Bones set in the elimination round.
Henry debuts seven freshman trotting fillies Saturday
June 20 - SUDBURY, ON — Five time Ontario Sires Stakes Trainer of the Year Ross Henry retired at the end of the 2005 season, but Saturday’s Trillium Series event for two-year-old trotting fillies at Sudbury Downs proves that son Wayne Henry is more than ready to step into his father’s sizeable shoes.
Trotting fillies take aim at track record set in 1994
June 20 - LONDON, ON — One of Western Fair Raceway’s oldest track records will be in jeopardy Friday evening when Ontario’s most talented three-year-old trotting fillies arrive at the London oval for their second Gold Series event of the season.
Pictonian Strapper ready for Grassroots fight Thursday
June 19 - FRASERVILLE, ON — The moment of truth arrives Thursday evening for Ontario’s two-year-old pacing colts as forty-two of the province’s best assemble at Kawartha Downs for the first Grassroots test of their careers.
Funny Bones shatters record at Georgian Downs
June 18 - INNISFIL, ON — Funny Bones kicked off a superlative evening for George and Brenda Teague Saturday with a stunning Gold Elimination victory that shattered the Georgian Downs track record for two-year-old pacing colts.
In Trepid Water sails to second Gold Final title
June 18 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Making it look as easy as a morning training mile, three-year-old pacing filly In Trepid Water sailed to her second straight Gold Final triumph and eighth straight victory at Mohawk Racetrack Sunday evening.
Pacing fillies keep fans on their feet in London
June 17 - LONDON, JUNE 16, 2006 — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies put on an impressive show at Western Fair Raceway on Friday evening, matching the track record in the fifth of ten $15,000 Grassroots divisions.
Elimination winner hoping her luck holds in $130,000 Final
June 14 - CAMPBELLVILLE, JUNE 14, 2006 — The depth of talent in Sunday’s three-year-old pacing filly Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack is so impressive that trainer Jason Libby says To Helen Back will need a fair share of luck to score her second straight win of the season.
Georgian Downs rings in the two-year-old season Saturday
June 14 - INNISFIL, ON — On Saturday evening Georgian Downs fans will herald the first group of two-year-olds to go postward in an Ontario Sires Stakes event this season. Thirty-three freshman pacing colts will make their provincial debut at the Innisfil oval and trainer Anthony Montini is hoping Hubastank is as impressive Saturday as he was in a schooling race four weeks ago.
Filly puts impressive record on the line in London Friday
June 13 - LONDON, JUNE 13, 2006 — Since making her debut on the Ontario Sires Stakes scene last July, Pacific Yankee has not finished worse than fifth in provincial action. The three-year-old pacing filly will try and maintain her exceptional record at Western Fair Raceway on Friday evening, starting from Post 2 in the fifth of ten $15,000 Grassroots divisions.
Perfect trip lands Su Lavec in Grassroots winner’s circle
June 12 - WINDSOR, ON — There are no sure things in harness racing, but Sunday night’s third race at Windsor Raceway evolved as though Normand Dessureault had scripted the entire mile.
Zeron and In Trepid Water capture lucky number seven
June 12 - REXDALE, ON — Ontario’s gifted three-year-old pacing fillies put on an impressive display at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening, with To Helen Back clocking the quickest mile in four $30,000 Gold Eliminations.
Caught Off Guard swiftest at Woodstock
June 11 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Caught Off Guard steamed around the Woodstock Raceway half-mile on Saturday afternoon to capture the fastest of 10 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts.
Henry captures a pair of Grassroots divisions in Sudbury
June 11 - SUDBURY, ON — Wayne Henry shipped five three-year-old trotting fillies to Sudbury Downs on Saturday evening and hauled home two Grassroots trophies and a pair of fourth-place cheques for his efforts.
Moving Pictures hoping to achieve star status Monday
June 8 - REXDALE, ON — When the three-year-old pacing fillies roll into Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening for their second Gold Series event, Tony Debartolo will be breathing a little easier than he was three weeks ago when Moving Pictures made her debut at the provincial racing circuit’s top level.
Su Lavec aiming to beat the odds at Windsor Sunday
June 8 - WINDSOR, ON — Su Lavec has made a career of beating the odds, so when the three-year-old trotting colts arrive at Windsor Raceway on Sunday night for their second Grassroots event, trainer Normand Dessureault expects another strong performance from the gelding in spite of the tough field he will line up against in the third race.
Dreamfair Zoya matches track record at Grand River Raceway
June 6 - ELORA, ON — Dreamfair Zoya impressed fans at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening with a smart 1:57 victory in the first of three $22,000 Trillium Series divisions.
Clean Cut Kid hoping to claim share of $150,000 Saturday
June 6 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Woodstock Raceway will host three Ontario Sires Stakes events this season and the half-mile oval kicks things off in style this Saturday with ten Grassroots divisions for harness racing’s ‘boys of summer.’
Rumours aiming for second Grassroots trophy Saturday
June 6 - SUDBURY, ON — Thirty-eight of the province’s most talented three-year-old trotting fillies will head north on Saturday as Sudbury Downs hosts the first of five Ontario Sires Stakes events on its 2006 calendar.
Mr Lemon claims Gold on a rainy night in Toronto
June 4 - REXDALE, ON — Heading into Saturday evening’s $130,000 Gold Final at Woodbine Racetrack, driver Jody Jamieson had a notion that Mr Lemon might find his way to the front through the early stages of the race.
Object Of Art captures Grassroots hardware
June 1 - WINDSOR, ON — Object Of Art paced to a two length 1:54.2 victory at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday night, assuring trainer Doug McIntosh that he was more than ready for the step up to Grassroots competition.
Aileen’s Luck on the rebound at Grand River Monday
June 1 - ELORA, ON — Although Aileen’s Luck goes into Monday’s Trillium Series event at Grand River Raceway off a less than sparkling performance, the three-year-old pacing filly had a legitimate excuse for her failure to launch.