Archives for October '02
Freshman set to take Georgian Downs by storm
October 31 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs’ Saturday evening program will be the hottest ticket in town this weekend as the Innisfil oval hosts eight $30,000 Grassroots Semifinals for the top two-year-old trotters and pacers in Ontario.
Three-year-olds put it all on the line in Windsor Sunday
October 31 - WINDSOR, ON — For Ontario’s top three-year-old Grassroots competitors the focus of their season has narrowed to one race, their $100,000 division Championship at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening.
Au Rumba hoping for more Gold Series riches
October 30 - LONDON, ON — With just two weeks remaining in the Ontario Sires Stakes season the two-year-old pacing colt division has been whittled down to just five entrants for Saturday night’s Gold Series Elimination at Western Fair Raceway.
Hamilton owner enjoying the keys to Kingdom
October 30 - DUNDAS, ON — When the two-year-old trotting colts step onto the track at Flamboro Downs on Saturday for their $130,000 Gold Final Leonard Birch and his family will be front and centre, rooting for elimination winner Kingdom and trainer-driver Rick Zeron. In fact, Birch admits he may even be giving the pair a little encouragement long before post time for the ninth race rolls around.
The Patriot scores Gold Elimination triumph
October 29 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Freshman pacing filly The Patriot proved her fourth-place finish in the Breeders Crown was no accident with an impressive victory in Gold Series action at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening. The Albert Albert daughter stopped the clock at 1:54, just one-fifth of a second off the Ontario Sires Stakes record for two-year-old pacing fillies over a seven-eighths mile track.
Cass hoping colt can get lucky once more
October 29 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When the three-year-old pacing colts return to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening for the last Gold Series event of their careers, trainer William Cass is hoping that Firstline Luck can become the only colt in the division to score two Gold Final victories.
Sophomores outstanding in Grassroots Semifinals
October 28 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway fans got a full serving of excitement on Sunday evening as the top three-year-old pacers and trotters in Ontario battled in eight Grassroots Semifinals.
Megens hoping for treats in Gold Elimination
October 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — After spending almost two month battling a virus, Bill Megens is hoping that two-year-old trotting filly Mikestory is in fighting trim heading into the last three weeks of her freshman season.
Local filly hoping for homefield advantage Thursday
October 28 - GLOUCESTER, ON — When the three-year-old trotting fillies arrive at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening for the last Gold Elimination of their careers, Robert Robinson is hoping prior experience over the five-eighths mile oval will be Terra Cotta Bye’s secret weapon.
Top colts record Gold Elimination wins at Flamboro
October 26 - DUNDAS, ON — Division leaders Meadowview Sunny and Kingdom rose to the occasion at Flamboro Downs on Saturday afternoon, capturing their respective Gold Series Eliminations in flawless front-end fashion.
Dreamfair Vogel captures fourth victory
October 26 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Dreamfair Vogel extended his win streak to four with an impressive victory in Gold Series Elimination action at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening.
Sophomores square off in Semifinal battles at Windsor
October 24 - WINDSOR, ON — When the curtain goes up at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening the top three-year-old pacers and trotters from the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots program will be in a unique situation. What happened in the regular season no longer matters. The number of points you accumulated will not carry you into the winner’s circle. As of Sunday the slate is wiped clean and every horse has an equal opportunity to post a top four finish and advance to next weekend’s $100,000 Grassroots Championship.
New owner enjoying filly’s spectacular season
October 24 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When Northern Harmony steps in behind the gate for her final Gold Elimination start at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, the two-year-old pacing filly will be putting a six-race win streak on the line and sharpening her skills for the lucrative provincial Finals on her dance card in the coming weeks.
Colt’s owners are living a dream
October 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s exciting three-year-old pacing colts head to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night for the final Gold Series Elimination of their careers. Among the talented group of 10 lined up to compete for $116,225 are all four Gold Final winners and all but one of the division’s top 10 point earners.
Hawaiian Clipper has been no surprise for Burgess
October 23 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs plays host to one of the last regular season Gold events this Saturday, rolling out the red carpet for 13 freshman trotting colts in a pair of Gold Series Eliminations.
McIntosh and McElroy take Georgian Downs by storm
October 20 - INNISFIL, OCT. 20, 2002 — Fans found an easy recipe for doubling their money during the two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots events on Saturday night at Georgian Downs — take one colt trained by Bob McIntosh, put driver Don McElroy in the race bike, add $2, wait two minutes and collect $4.
Pat Me Up leads pacing fillies into post season
October 19 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Pat Me Up scored the fastest win of five Grassroots divisions over a sloppy track at Kawartha Downs on Friday evening and also rewarded her backers with the largest win pay out.
Mackenzie hits the jackpot at Western Fair
October 19 - LONDON, ON — Paul Mackenzie had the key to the winner’s circle at Western Fair Raceway on Friday night. The Puslinch-based driver teamed a trio of three-year-old pacing colts to victory in five Grassroots divisions, including a track record performance with Daylon Frontier in the eighth race.
Waples teams North To Alaska to first win
October 19 - GLOUCESTER, ON — With a picture perfect drive by Hall of Fame horseman Ron Waples, North To Alaska scored the fastest win of three Trillium Series divisions at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening.
Corona Grande looking for morale booster Friday
October 16 - LONDON, ON — The level of competition in the three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots division has been exceptional this season and Friday night’s regular season finale at Western Fair Raceway promises nothing less as the top colt vie for one of 16 spots in the Oct. 27 Semifinal.
Sheza Charm hoping for Trillium magic in Windsor
October 16 - WINDSOR, ON — An impressive line up of three-year-old trotting fillies are heading back to Windsor Raceway this Friday for their final Trillium Series event of the season.
Pacing colts ready for final Grassroots battle
October 16 - INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing colts are elbow to elbow in the Grassroots point race heading into their last regular season event at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening. Less than 20 points separate the colts currently sitting in tenth spot in the division ranking and the trailing group that are still angling for a berth in the top 16.
Pair of Stormont fillies primed for Trillium contest
October 14 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening with three Trillium Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
Armbro Arrow takes aim on Semifinal berth
October 14 - FRASERVILLE, ON — With the post season rapidly approaching, this weekend marks the end of the Grassroots regular season and Kawartha Downs plays host to the final event for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Friday evening.
First time winners come up trumps in London
October 13 - LONDON, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting colts wrapped up their Grassroots season at Western Fair Raceway on Saturday night with Hieway Earl posting the fastest win of three divisions for trainer Roger Hie of Cobourg and Hielite Acres Inc. of Fraserville.
Our Pleasure trots to top of standings
October 13 - INNISFIL, ON — Our Pleasure scored her third Grassroots win on Saturday night at Georgian Downs to jump to the top of the three-year-old trotting filly point standings and establish herself as a favourite for the Oct. 27 Grassroots Semifinal.
Maddy Girl tops sophomore filly standings
October 12 - LONDON, ON — Maddy Girl cruised to the three-year-old pacing filly point title on Friday night with an impressive 1:56.4 victory over Western Fair Raceway’s half-mile oval.
Queen Of Jewels leaps into Semifinal berth
October 12 - SUDBURY, ON — Queen Of Jewels trotted to the fastest win in four Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies at Sudbury Downs on Friday evening.
Victorious Killean ready to roll in Grassroots
October 9 - LONDON, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes excitement roars back into London this weekend as Western Fair Raceway offers up Grassroots events on Friday and Saturday evening.
Trotting fillies wrap up Sudbury’s OSS season Friday
October 9 - SUDBURY, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Sudbury Downs for the final time this season on Friday night, with four divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies ready to battle in their final regular season Grassroots event.
Best Ball looking for final round success in London
October 9 - LONDON, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting colts wrap up their Grassroots season at Western Fair Raceway this Saturday evening, their last opportunity to garner points toward a post season berth.
Fillies ready to battle in last regular season contest
October 9 - INNISFIL, ON — When the three-year-old trotting fillies arrive at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening for their last regular season Grassroots event the gloves will be off as the top 20 fillies vie for 16 spots in the Oct. 27 Semifinal.
Ontario-sired Sir Luck joins harness racing elite
October 8 - MISSISSAUGA, ON — Harness racing’s $1 million dollar club is an exclusive one. Only a handful of horses reach the seven-figure mark in their racing career and fewer still accomplish it in one season. Achieving a spot among the sport’s superstars during a two-year-old campaign is a rare feat worthy of the superlatives that people are starting to pile on Ontario-bred pacing colt Sir Luck.
Another OSS record for Dreamfair Vogel
October 7 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway fans were treated to another outstanding display of speed and ability on Sunday evening when the three-year-old trotting fillies and pacing colts gathered at the five-eighths mile oval to compete in their second last Gold Finals.
Major upset in sophmore filly Gold Final
October 7 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs hosted an action-packed card of provincial stakes action on Saturday, which saw Bailey Bug earn a surprise Gold Final victory and Please Me Please score the fastest win of three Trillium Series divisions.
Budd's boys finish one-two in Gold Final
October 7 - CAMPBELLVILLE, OCT. 4 — It was a successful one-two finish for trainer Bill Budd as Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing colts delivered another exciting performance in Friday evening’s Gold Series Final at Mohawk Racetrack.
Pacing colts impressive in Hiawatha Grassroots
October 7 - SARNIA, OCT. 6, 2002 — Speed was the watch word at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday evening as the three-year-old pacing colts competed in five Grassroots divisions.
Abbey Road C brilliant in sophomore colt season finale
October 4 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s finest three-year-old trotting colts wrapped up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening with Abbey Road C capturing his second straight Gold Final with a wire-to-wire effort.
Ainsworth duo hoping to climb point ladder at Hiawatha
October 3 - SARNIA, ON — Ontario’s exciting three-year-old pacing colts make the second last stop on their Grassroots tour at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday night. The colts will vie for a total of $108,570 in five divisions and the competition is intense as the top 25 colts all have their eye on one of 16 spots in the Oct. 27 Grassroots Semifinal.
Pacing fillies flock to Flamboro Downs Saturday
October 3 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs hosts a full afternoon of Ontario Sires Stakes action on Saturday with three Trillium Series divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies and the last $130,000 Gold Final of the season for the three-year-old pacing fillies.
Wescott powers to first Gold Final victory
October 3 - WINDSOR, ON — Ontario’s finest two-year-old trotting fillies delivered an exciting finish to their second last Gold Final on Wednesday evening, leaving Windsor Raceway fans biting their nails until the final strides.
Windsor Raceway hosts pair of Gold Finals Sunday
October 3 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway presents another exceptional program of Ontario Sires Stakes action this Sunday with $130,000 Gold Finals for the three-year-old trotting fillies and the three-year-old pacing colts.
Abbey Road C heads for fifth straight Saturday
October 2 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — An impressive line up of sophomore trotting colts will wrap up a three day showcase of the Ontario Sires Stakes program at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night. The $130,000 contest follows Gold Final events for the two-year-old trotting colts on Thursday and the two-year-old pacing colts on Friday evening, giving Campbellville and area fans a glimpse of what they will see on the $2.4 million Super Final Night next month.