Archives for May '09
Walkerton native hits Grassroots double at Hanover
May 31 - HANOVER, ON — Walkerton native Gregg McNair and his son Doug teamed up for a pair of Grassroots victories at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening.
Not Enough remains flawless with Gold Final victory
May 29 - LONDON, ON — Sometimes virtue is rewarded, but at Western Fair Raceway on Friday night, Mark MacDonald’s integrity cost him the lion’s share of $130,000.
Stonebridge Terror hoping to prove his mettle in Ottawa
May 28 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Jack Darling has worked with a number of exceptional horses during his career, but the Cambridge resident admits that three-year-old pacing colt Stonebridge Terror is edging toward favoured status in spite of his relatively unheralded race record.
Hanover Raceway kicks off Grassroots season Saturday
May 26 - HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway plays host to the 2009 Grassroots season opener this Saturday evening, welcoming 63 talented pacing fillies to the sophomore ranks.
Ritchie partners with I Won’t Dance for $130,000 victory
May 25 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Acton resident Trevor Ritchie coaxed a few impressive moves out of I Won’t Dance at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday night, urging the three-year-old trotting gelding down the stretch to claim victory in the $130,000 Gold Final.
MacDonald hitches his race bike to Arts Star
May 25 - LONDON, ON — Not Enough made it a tough decision, but Mark MacDonald is a man of his word, so the Cambridge resident will be sitting behind Arts Star in Friday night’s $130,000 Gold Final for three-year-old pacing fillies.
Butana resumes her winning ways with Trillium triumph
May 24 - WINDSOR, ON — After an untimely miscue cost her a Gold Final title seven days ago, three-year-old trotting filly Butana arrived at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening looking to redeem herself with a strong showing in the Trillium Series season opener.
Mark MacDonald sweeps London Gold Eliminations
May 22 - LONDON, ON — Mark MacDonald engineered a pair of impressive victories in the three-year-old pacing filly Gold Series season opener at Western Fair Raceway on Friday evening.
Parlay keeps raising the excitement for owners
May 21 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Elimination winner Parlay may be saddled with Post 10 in Monday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, but trainer Ricky MacPhee does not expect the outside post will diminish the enthusiasm the three-year-old trotting colt brings to his work, or the joy he brings to his owners.
Trillium Series kicks off at Windsor Raceway Sunday
May 20 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway plays host to the first Trillium Series event of the 2009 Ontario Sires Stakes season this Sunday, May 24, sending 10 sophomore trotting fillies after a lucrative $70,007 purse.
Mystic River proves to be the sleeper in Gold Final
May 18 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Kevin O’Reilly’s statement that Mystic River could be a sleeper in this season’s three-year-old trotting filly division proved prophetic Sunday night, as the Kadabra daughter swept down the Mohawk Racetrack stretch to claim the first $130,000 Gold Final of the 2009 campaign.
Harness racing royalty gathers at Western Fair Friday
May 18 - LONDON, ON — Western Fair Raceway rolls out the red carpet for the grand dames of the Ontario Sires Stakes program on Friday, May 22, hosting a pair of $40,000 Gold Eliminations for the talented three-year-old pacing fillies.
O’Reilly points pair of gifted trotters toward Gold Sunday
May 14 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The Campbellville sky will be awash with a pyrotechnic glow this Sunday, but the on-track fireworks get under way well before dark as thirty-seven of the most talented sophomore trotters in Ontario clash in three $40,000 Gold Eliminations and a $130,000 Gold Final.
Cumin First lands in winner’s circle with impressive debut
May 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Long winter months of work and anticipation paid off for the connections of Ontario’s most gifted three-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday evening, as Mohawk Racetrack raised the curtain on the 2009 Ontario Sires Stakes season.
Cumin First returns to action in OSS opener Sunday
May 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Bringing a freshman Gold Series champion back to form for their sophomore campaign is an inexact science, but trainer Frank O’Reilly feels he has done all he can to prepare a trio of three-year-old trotting fillies for the Sunday, May 10 Ontario Sires Stakes opener at Mohawk Racetrack.