Archives for May '03
Lucky Irma flawless in Elmira Gold Series
May 31 - ELMIRA — Lucky Irma swept to her first Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final victory on Friday night at Elmira Raceway, providing clear proof that she will be a player among the top three-year-old pacing fillies this season.
Sir Luck strikes Gold in Sarnia
May 30 - SARNIA — Hiawatha Horse Park fans were treated to an outstanding battle in Thursday night’s $130,000 Gold Series Final that saw last year’s recipient of the Two-year-old Pacing Colt of the Year award make his first trip to the winner’s circle this season.
Robinson’s deck stacked for Hiawatha Gold Final
May 26 - SARNIA — With four talented colts making the return trip to Hiawatha Horse Park for the $130,000 Gold Final on Thursday night, trainer Bill Robinson has a legitimate chance to sweep the top three placings. However, the Hagersville resident says the competition is so tough in the three-year-old pacing colt division that the outcome is impossible to call.
Calculated gamble pays off for Gillard
May 26 - ELMIRA, MAY 26, 2003 — When Stephen Gillard saw that the first Gold Series for three-year-old pacing fillies would be hosted by Elmira Raceway the Tavistock resident decided Rhiannon O Rhye would make her 2003 Ontario Sires Stakes debut against the top fillies in the province.
Jar Jar Binx claims Trillium win in Dresden
May 25 - DRESDEN — Jar Jar Binx stepped off the fastest mile of three Trillium Series divisions at Dresden Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The three-year-old trotting filly earned the narrow victory in a personal best 2:02.1.
Colts deliver speed and excitement at Hiawatha
May 23 - SARNIA — Making their Ontario Sires Stakes debut at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening, the three-year-old pacing colts made it clear that the competition would be fast and furious for the Gold Series crown this season.
Longshots reign in Elmira Raceway Gold Series
May 23 - ELMIRA — Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing fillies made their Gold Series debut in the pouring rain at Elmira Raceway on Friday evening. The deluge was enough to cause Elmira racing officials to rate the half-mile oval three seconds slower than normal and may have been a factor in the winning efforts by a pair of lightly rated fillies.
Bourgon hoping for safety in numbers at Dresden
May 21 - DRESDEN — Ontario Sires Stakes excitement is back in Dresden this weekend with three Trillium Series divisions for the sophomore trotting fillies.
Henry trainees post pair of wins in Elmira Grassroots
May 20 - ELMIRA — From nine contestants in Monday evening’s Grassroots event at Elmira Raceway, the Henry Stables of Arthur took home two trophies, two runner-up cheques and one third, one fourth and one fifth-place pay stub for a grand total of $31,500 in Ontario Sires Stakes purse money.
Trotters wow jam-packed crowd at Mohawk Sunday
May 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE — Thousands of people on hand for Mohawk Racetrack’s special Victoria Day festivities were treated to a pair of outstanding Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Finals on Sunday night.
Pair of Henry fillies winners in Belleville
May 19 - BELLEVILLE — St Lads Abby scored the fastest win in five Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies at Quinte Raceway on Monday afternoon, hitting the wire eight lengths in front of the competition in 2:04.2.
Gifted pacing fillies primed for sophomore season
May 19 - ELMIRA — Elmira Raceway fans will be treated to one of the most exciting divisions in the Ontario Sires Stakes on Friday evening when the three-year-old pacing fillies bring their high speed act to the half-mile oval.
OSS aristocrats kick off 2003 season in Sarnia
May 19 - SARNIA — On Thursday evening Hiawatha Horse Park will host a pair of Gold Series Eliminations for the aristocrats of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, and trainer Jim Ainsworth is hoping Major Memory can find his niche among the elite.
Speed record shattered at Woodstock Saturday
May 18 - WOODSTOCK — The thermometer may have read 12 degrees Celsius Saturday afternoon, but things were significantly warmer at Woodstock Raceway where 12 divisions of Ontario-sired three-year-old pacing colts fired around the half-mile oval in track record time.
Pint-sized owner looking forward to Elmira Grassroots
May 16 - ELMIRA — Ty Henry, half owner of three-year-old trotter Canadian Banker, will get to see his horse race for the first time on Monday evening at Elmira Raceway — as long as his mom and dad allow him to stay up past his bedtime.
Pacing fillies celebrate Victoria Day in Dresden
May 15 - DRESDEN — Dresden Raceway throws open the doors on another family friendly season of harness racing this Monday at 1 pm, featuring eight divisions of three-year-old pacing fillies in their first Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event of the season.
Trotting fillies ready to heat up Belleville oval
May 15 - BELLEVILLE — Victoria Day normally kicks off the warm weather season in Ontario, but this year fans at Quinte Raceway will be relying on five Ontario Sires Stakes divisions of three-year-old trotting fillies to raise the temperature around the half-mile oval.
Record number of pacing colts in Woodstock Grassroots
May 14 - WOODSTOCK — Woodstock Raceway kicks off its 2003 season with the largest offering of Grassroots action in the 30 year history of the Ontario Sires Stakes. The half-mile oval will be teeming with three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday afternoon as a record 12 Grassroots divisions go postward on the 1:15 pm program.
Ritchie sweeps trotting filly Gold Eliminations
May 13 - CAMPBELLVILLE — Success was spelled T-R-E-V-O-R R-I-T-C-H-I-E at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening as all three Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Eliminations went to fillies driven by the Acton resident.
Trotting colts salute Captain Brady in OSS opener
May 11 - CAMPBELLVILLE — Captain Brady delivered the first flawless performance of his brief career to collect an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Elimination trophy at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening.
Top colts ready for battle at Mohawk Saturday
May 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE — A star-studded line-up of three-year-old trotting colts will kick off the 30th anniversary season of the Ontario Sires Stakes on Saturday night (May 10) at Mohawk Racetrack.
Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association appoints new Executive Director
May 6 - MISSISSAUGA — Herb Bryant, Chairman of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA), is pleased to announce the appointment of Wendy Rinella as the association’s new Executive Director. Rinella takes over the responsibilities of her new position effective May 20, 2003.