Archives for October '04
Lady Dillinger scorches to victory at Windsor Raceway
October 31 - WINDSOR, ON — After a rainy afternoon Windsor Raceway’s surface was rated one second slower than normal on Saturday night, but that did not stop two-year-old pacing filly Lady Dillinger from equalling the track record with a scorching 1:53.3 victory in her Gold Elimination.
No shortage of drama in sophomore Grassroots Finals
October 31 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs fans were treated to an outstanding evening of racing Saturday as Ontario’s top three-year-olds squared off in four $100,000 Grassroots Championships.
Zorgwijk Emani and Peaceful Way flawless in eliminations
October 31 - WINDSOR, ON — Zorgwijk Emani and Peaceful Way delivered dominant performances to capture their Gold Eliminations at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening.
Isle Of Patmos roars to an OSS record in Ottawa
October 30 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Freshman pacing colt Isle Of Patmos became the second horse to set an Ontario Sires Stakes record at Rideau Carleton Raceway this season when he scorched around the five-eighths mile oval in 1:52.3 on Friday evening.
Former stablemates capture Gold Eliminations in London
October 30 - LONDON, ON — Trevor Ritchie piloted the winners of both Gold Series Eliminations at Western Fair Raceway on Saturday evening, landing two-year-old trotting fillies Elena and Real Live Woman in the winner’s circle.
Mr Lavec sons score elimination wins in the slop
October 30 - DUNDAS, ON — Mr Lavec sons had the key to the winner’s circle at Flamboro Downs on Saturday afternoon as the two-year-old trotting colts competed in a pair of $48,385 Gold Series Eliminations.
Records fall as Grassroots freshman invade Hiawatha
October 29 - SARNIA, ON — Fans at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening were treated to eight outstanding races by the top two-year-olds in the Grassroots program, including a pair of record setting miles.
McCall Magic and Peaceful Way renew OSS rivalry Sunday
October 28 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway’s last Ontario Sires Stakes series of the season features the three-year-old trotting fillies, and the world class youngsters get things under way with two $49,681 Gold Eliminations on Sunday evening.
Gaelic looking to bounce back at Western Fair Saturday
October 27 - LONDON, ON — On Saturday evening Western Fair Raceway plays host to 16 talented two-year-old trotting fillies in a pair of $48,145 Gold Series Eliminations.
Gold Series stars ready to shine at Windsor Saturday
October 27 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway features a star-studded night of Ontario Sires Stakes racing on Saturday as the gifted two-year-old pacing fillies and the lightning fast three-year-old pacing colts converge on the border oval for Gold Series Elimination action.
Grassroots finalists go for broke Saturday in Innisfil
October 27 - INNISFIL, ON — After five months of following the Grassroots circuit from one end of the province to the other, Ontario’s top three-year-old trotters and pacers will lay it all on the line in four $100,000 Championships at Georgian Downs on Saturday.
Classic Lavec ready to take on challengers Saturday
October 27 - DUNDAS, ON — Reigning two-year-old trotting colt champion Classic Lavec will begin defence of his Gold Final title on Saturday afternoon at Flamboro Downs, when he joins 17 of his peers in two $48,385 Gold Eliminations.
Owner will miss pacing colt’s hometown debut
October 26 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway wraps up its 2004 Ontario Sires Stakes program with a Gold Series for the two-year-old pacing colts, and 11 talented youngsters will make the trip to Gloucester to compete in a pair of $56,000 eliminations on Friday.
Ainsworth looks for major effort from pacer Thursday
October 25 - SARNIA, ON — Hiawatha Horse Park fans will have a glimpse of the future on Thursday night when the province’s top two-year-olds square off in eight $30,000 Grassroots Semifinals.
Sophomores electrifying in Semifinal action
October 24 - INNISFIL, ON — Harness racing fans flocked to Georgian Downs on Saturday night for the Grassroots Semifinals and, as expected, the top three-year-old trotters and pacers in Ontario delivered eight races packed with thrilling victories, stunning upsets and stirring finishes.
Trace Of Luck flawless through four starts
October 22 - LONDON, ON — Local fillies earned starring roles in Friday evening’s Trillium Series at Western Fair Raceway as Trace Of Luck and Borderlinegorgious emerged victorious over a racetrack rated two seconds slower than normal.
Grassroots stars ready for battle in Innisfil Saturday
October 20 - INNISFIL, ON — Sixty-four of the finest three-year-olds in the province will converge on Georgian Downs Saturday evening for eight $30,000 Grassroots Semifinals.
Freshman fillies prep for post season at London Friday
October 19 - LONDON, ON — Western Fair Raceway hosts a pair of Trillium Series divisions on Friday evening for the talented two-year-old pacing fillies.
Trotting filly delivers joyous victory in Trillium Series
October 19 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Joys Incredible picked up her second victory of the season capturing the fastest of three Trillium Series divisions at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday afternoon.
Trotting colts earn their way to Semifinal at Rideau
October 18 - GLOUCESTER, ON — EL Leonard posted his third Grassroots victory in the first of three divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
Trotting fillies earn their way into post season
October 17 - INNISFIL, ON — Raising The Bar delivered an impressive effort at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening to score her second Grassroots victory of the season and secure a berth in one of two sophomore trotting filly Semifinals at the Innisfil oval next weekend.
Gassien captures pair in London Grassroots
October 17 - LONDON, ON — Freshman pacing colt Jans Cam got the second half of Western Fair Raceway’s Ontario Sires Stakes season off to a bracing start with a 1:59.2 score in the first of seven Grassroots divisions on Saturday evening.
Lucky Kathy sharp in Grassroots victory Friday
October 16 - ELORA, ON — Lucky Kathy paced to the quickest Grassroots victory over an off track at Grand River Raceway on Friday evening, going gate to wire in 1:59.1.
Maleficent looks for fairy tale outcome Tuesday
October 15 - FRASERVILLE, ON — While trotting filly Maleficent has never cast an evil spell on an infant princess, the two-year-old’s year has borne more than a passing resemblance to a fairy tale penned by the Brothers Grimm.
Stormont Welldone aims for top finish at Rideau Sunday
October 14 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting colts complete their Grassroots regular season at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
Bootilicious shakes his way to victory at Georgian Downs
October 13 - INNISFIL, ON — Bootilicious scored the fastest win of six Grassroots divisions at Georgian Downs on Saturday, pacing to a 1:53.2 personal best in the second race.
Trotting filly aims for post season berth Saturday
October 13 - INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old trotting fillies wrap up their Grassroots season at Georgian Downs on Saturday with six divisions worth a total of $95,322.
London resident hopes to land two colts in Semifinal
October 12 - LONDON, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Western Fair Raceway on Saturday evening with seven Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts.
Freshman pacing fillies wrap things up at Grand River
October 11 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway wraps up its inaugural Ontario Sires Stakes season this Friday with seven Grassroots divisions for the talented two-year-old pacing fillies.
Lincoln Parke, Geartogear mine gold at Mohawk
October 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON, 2004 — Fans got an expected result and an enormous upset in a pair of $130,000 Gold Finals at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening.
In Conchnito impressive in Gold Final victory
October 10 - INNISFIL, ON — In Conchnito delivered an impressive effort at Georgian Downs on Saturday night to capture his second Gold Final of the season.
Keystone Last Call scores fastest Trillium victory
October 10 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Keystone Last Call logged a personal best effort to capture the fastest of three Trillium Series divisions at Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening.
Battin, O’Reilly score a pair in Sudbury
October 10 - SUDBURY, OCT. 9, 2004 — Driver Ross Battin and trainer Frank O’Reilly combined to take home two of four Grassroots trophies from Sudbury Downs on Saturday night.
Invitro captures fourth Gold Final title in record time
October 10 - WINDSOR, ON — Invitro added another feather to her cap at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening, capturing her fourth Gold Final in track and Ontario Sires Stakes record time.
Pacing colts primed for Grassroots skirmish Tuesday
October 9 - INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s gifted three-year-old pacing colts wrap up their Grassroots season at Georgian Downs on Tuesday with six talent laden divisions.
Illusionist impressive in Grassroots victory
October 8 - SARNIA, ON — Illusionist did not disappoint her fans at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday, capturing the fastest of seven Grassroots divisions by a six and three-quarter length margin.
Waples captures pair in Windsor Grassroots
October 7 - WINDSOR, ON — Hall of Fame horseman Ron Waples conducted a clinic for young drivers in the first two Grassroots divisions at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday evening.
Invitro aims for fourth Gold Final win at Windsor Sunday
October 7 - WINDSOR, ON — When sophomore pacing filly Invitro returns to Windsor Raceway on Sunday for the last $130,000 Gold Final of her career, the moment will be just one of many etched into the memories of owners Gord Irwin and Murray Ross.
Pacing colts ready to shine at Mohawk Saturday
October 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack presents an outstanding showcase of the Ontario Sires Stakes program on Saturday with $130,000 Gold Finals for the two-year-old and three-year-old pacing colts.
Ritchie not surprised by filly’s Gold Final victory
October 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trevor Ritchie was quietly confident in Elena’s chances heading into Tuesday evening’s Gold Series Final at Mohawk Racetrack and the Acton resident was proven correct when the filly delivered a solid 2:00.1 victory.
Record holder hampered by Post 9 in Final
October 6 - INNISFIL, ON — Cincinnati Kid’s track record performance last weekend left Georgian Downs fans abuzz, eagerly anticipating this Saturday’s $130,000 Gold Final where the three-year-old trotting colt would tackle the top nine trotters in the division. Unfortunately Wednesday’s post position draw took some of the sizzle out of the air when Cincinnati Kid and driver Dan Clements drew the outside Post 9.
Trillium fillies complete season at Kawartha Saturday
October 6 - FRASERVILLE, ON — An impressive line-up of three-year-old trotting fillies will parade around Kawartha Downs on Saturday night in a trio of $23,000 Trillium Series divisions.
Walker heads north with trio of trotting fillies
October 5 - SUDBURY, ON — Sudbury Downs wraps up its 2004 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Saturday with four Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
Illusionist returns to Grassroots Thursday in Sarnia
October 4 - SARNIA, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies wrap up their Grassroots regular season on Thursday evening at Hiawatha Horse Park.
Classic Lavec bursts out of his shell with impressive mile
October 4 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ultra-consistent Classic Lavec has gradually been developing into a top flight trotting colt this season, so Ontario Sires Stakes watchers were not surprised when the two-year-old captured his first $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
Cincinnati Kid impressive in track record effort
October 3 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs fans were treated to an early display of speed by the three-year-old trotting colts when Cincinnati Kid set a track record in the first of three Gold Series Eliminations on Saturday evening.
Lucks Mistress flawless in third Gold Final triumph
October 3 - REXDALE, ON — Lucks Mistress scooped up her third Gold Final victory at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening, cruising around the Campbellville oval in 1:55.
Invitro extends her OSS win streak to six at Windsor
October 3 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway fans were confident, track officials were cautious and three-year-old pacing filly Invitro delivered on all their expectations as she cruised to her tenth win of the season on Sunday evening.
Mr Champagne treats young owner to thrill of a lifetime
October 2 - WINDSOR, ON — On Sept. 12 Tyler Nostadt became part owner of his first racehorse. On Sept. 25 he celebrated his first win, and when three-year-old trotting colt Mr Champagne competes in Grassroots action at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday the 12 year old will be cheering for his first Ontario Sires Stakes starter.
Philhallmonic in tune for Gold Final Tuesday
October 1 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When the two-year-old trotting fillies step up behind the gate at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday for their $130,000 Gold Final, fans will be treated to “a little taste of Philly.”
Newcomers scoop top prize in Gold Elimination action
October 1 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Two-year-old pacing colts Pacific Admiral and Isle Of Patmos scored Elimination victories in their Gold Series debuts on Friday evening, circling the Mohawk Racetrack oval in identical clockings of 1:52.2.