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Not just a pretty face, Grassroots leader has some grit
June 30 - Sophomore pacing colt Pretty Handsome has earned top honours in five of his six Grassroots outings over the last two seasons, but none were as impressive as Friday eveningís 1:50.1 clocking at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Part One: Road to the Ontario Sires Stakes
June 28 - Last fall two Ontario Sired trotting colts boarded a Doyle Transport van at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky and headed north. Twelve hours later they arrived at trainer John Baxís Campbellville farm and began the process that transforms immature yearlings into powerful racehorses. Over the next four weeks Ontario Racing will highlight these two colts and the path that their connections hope will lead them to the 2018 Ontario Sires Stakes.

Run Directorís victory a tribute to community leader
June 26 - When Run Director trotted across the finish line at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening, the three-year-old colt did more than just collect an Ontario Sires Stakes blanket and a share of the $97,200 Gold division purse.

Christoforou plots perfect course in Gold action Monday
June 25 - Driver Chris Christoforou, Jr. had a foolproof map to the Woodbine Mohawk Park winnerís circle in Monday nightís Gold Series event for three-year-old trotting fillies. Lining up from Post 5 in both $96,400 divisions, the Campbellville resident employed near identical tactics to land Magical Glider and Illusioneesta their first-ever Gold Series wins in matching 1:55.4 clockings.

Jimmy Freight impresses Roy with effortless Gold win
June 23 - How good is Jimmy Freight? Driver Louis Philippe Roy is not sure; he thought he had seen the best of the colt in his first six starts this season, but the three-year-old pacer stepped it up a notch in Saturdayís $96,400 Gold Series win at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Play The Bell triumphs in return to OSS action
June 22 - Play The Bellís Grassroots win at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening was impressive ó digging deep to hang on by a nose in the driving rain ó but given what the three-year-old pacing filly has been through in the last month it was positively inspiring.

First-time Grassroots starters storm to victory in Campbellville
June 7 - A trio of fresh faces graced the Ontario Sires Stakes winnerís circle at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening in the first Grassroots event of the three-year-old trotting filly season.

Patience pays Gold dividends to Alexus Ehís owners
June 4 - Alexus Eh made her Ontario Sires Stakes debut in the first of two Gold Series divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening and the three-year-old trotting filly recorded her fourth win in an early season that has come as a pleasant surprise to her connections.

Pretty Handsome wins Grassroots rematch fair and square
June 1 - Freshman Grassroots champion Pretty Handsome picked up where he left off last season, scoring a victory in the three-year-old pacing colt season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, but this time there was nothing controversial about the win.