Archives for October '05
Smooth Moves on a roll heading into post season
October 31 - WINDSOR, ON — Smooth Moves cruised to a convincing victory at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening, taking home the last Gold Final trophy of the three-year-old trotting colt season and vaulting to the top of the division standings.
Shiny new shoes give Majestic Son a lift
October 31 - REXDALE, ON — Majestic Son will be hampered by the outside Post 10 in Friday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Woodbine Racetrack, but trainer Mark Steacy hopes a recent change in footwear will help the two-year-old trotting colt overcome the handicap.
Lady Dillinger notches personal best in Gold Final victory
October 31 - REXDALE, ON — There were no tricks in store for Lady Dillinger on Halloween Night at Woodbine Racetrack, as she captured her third straight $130,000 Gold Final in commanding style.
Lincoln Parke extends season with Gold Final victory
October 30 - REXDALE, ON — Lincoln Parke got a perfect trip around Woodbine Racetrack’s seven-eighths mile oval on Saturday night to claim his first Gold Final trophy of the season and earn a berth in the lucrative Super Final two weeks from now.
Condren scores Gold Elimination triple at Windsor
October 30 - WINDSOR, ON — Steve Condren had the key to the winner’s circle at Windsor Raceway on Saturday evening, capturing three of four Gold Eliminations and finishing third in the other.
Busta Balls completes dream month for owners
October 29 - DUNDAS, ON — Just two weeks after she claimed the three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots Championship by a neck, Busta Balls wrote the final chapter in her Cinderella story by capturing Friday’s $130,000 Gold Final at her hometown oval, Flamboro Downs.
Majestic Son earns second Gold Elimination trophy
October 29 - REXDALE, ON — Fresh off a runner-up performance in the Valley Victory Final, two-year-old trotting colt Majestic Son delivered the fastest win in a pair of Gold Eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday evening.
Smooth Moves hoping to dazzle his peers Sunday
October 27 - WINDSOR, ON — After racing against the top trotters in North America for the last six weeks, Smooth Moves celebrated last weekend’s return to Ontario Sires Stakes action with a solid 1:57 Gold Elimination victory. Heading back to Windsor Raceway this Sunday, the three-year-old trotting colt will be among the favourites for the last $130,000 Gold Final of the season.
Lady Dillinger aims for Gold Final hat trick Monday
October 27 - REXDALE, ON — Heading into Monday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Woodbine Racetrack, division leader Lady Dillinger is on cruise control. With 16 starts and seven wins under her belt this season, the three-year-old pacing filly is in peak condition and trainer Gaetan Hebert says she does not have to work hard between races to maintain her fitness level.
Doonbeg hoping for Gold Series success Saturday
October 26 - REXDALE, ON — Woodbine Racetrack has three outstanding Ontario Sires Stakes races lined up for fans this Saturday, with two $55,013 Gold Eliminations for the two-year-old pacing colts and the last $130,000 Gold Final for their three-year-old peers.
Wallis hoping for big effort from pacing filly Saturday
October 26 - WINDSOR, ON — Two-year-old fillies step into the spotlight at Windsor Raceway on Saturday evening as the five-eighths mile oval plays host to Gold Eliminations for both pacers and trotters.
Mr Ontario returns to provincial action Friday
October 25 - REXDALE, ON — After a three and a half month absence from the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit, two-year-old trotting colt Mr Ontario will return to action in the second of two $50,683 Gold Eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday.
Lady Dillinger, KG Delight capture gold at Woodbine
October 25 - REXDALE, ON — Monday’s Gold Eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack featured a dose of the expected and the unanticipated as heavy favourite Lady Dillinger cruised to a two length victory in the first $58,909 contest and KG Delight scored a mild upset in the second.
Platinum Seelster claims Trillium victory
October 24 - DUNDAS, ON — The talented freshman pacing fillies entertained Flamboro Downs fans on Sunday afternoon with a pair of hard fought battles to the wire in Trillium Series action.
Smooth Moves hits his stride in Gold Elimination
October 24 - WINDSOR, ON — After a three month dry spell, three-year-old trotting colt Smooth Moves found his way back to the winner’s circle on Sunday when he captured a Gold Elimination at Windsor Raceway.
Busta Balls hoping for home field advantage Friday
October 24 - DUNDAS, ON — Although last week’s elimination did not go quite as planned for Grassroots Champion Busta Balls, the three-year-old trotting filly is hoping to make a bigger splash on the Gold scene in Friday’s $130,000 Final at Flamboro Downs.
Astronomical scores fifth straight Friday
October 22 - REXDALE, ON — Woodbine Racetrack fans got a sneak preview of what will be an outstanding Gold Final, as the three-year-old pacing colts delivered a pair of exciting races in elimination action Friday evening.
Serenity Seelster continues to amaze her owners
October 21 - REXDALE, ON —When Serenity Seelster’s connections tested the waters in the first Gold Series event back in May, they were not sure the filly would be able to compete with the province’s best. Heading into the last regular season event on Monday evening at Woodbine Racetrack, the three-year-old pacing filly has proven that, not only can she compete with the province’s best, she ranks among them.
Whatthehecklavec returns to competition in top form
October 21 - DUNDAS, ON — Whatthehecklavec carved another notch in her win column with an impressive victory in Gold Elimination action at Flamboro Downs on Friday afternoon.
Draconian Promise aiming for sharp effort Sunday
October 20 - DUNDAS, ON — Four months after making their provincial debut at the Dundas half-miler, Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing fillies return to Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening for a pair of Trillium Series divisions.
Local trotter looking to rebound with golden victory
October 20 - WINDSOR, ON — After a five month absence from the Gold Series scene, Tyrone Spitn Image will take another stab at the upper echelon of the Ontario Sires Stakes program when it swings into Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening.
Astronomical looking to launch another hot streak Friday
October 18 - REXDALE, ON — Two-time Gold Final winner Astronomical heads into Friday’s night’s Gold Elimination at Woodbine Racetrack on a four race winning spree. The only problem is that the three-year-old pacing colt’s last start was Sept. 17 and during the last five weeks he has been battling a stubborn illness.
Robust trotting filly aiming for top four Friday
October 17 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies make their first Gold Series start in seven weeks this Friday at Flamboro Downs. Each trainer followed a different strategy during the gap in Ontario Sires Stakes action, and trainer Tom Durand says his game plan was dictated by Maleficent’s enthusiasm for her daily rations.
Grassroots champions crowned at Georgian Downs
October 16 - INNISFIL, ON — In spite of the cold, wet conditions, Georgian Downs fans were treated to an exceptional evening of racing Saturday as the top Grassroots performers battled in eight $100,000 Finals.
Regular season leaders hoping for big effort Saturday
October 14 - INNISFIL, ON — After leading the three-year-old trotting colts into the Grassroots post season, Industrial Strenth scored a solid victory in last week’s Semifinal and established himself as a top contender for the division crown.
Grand River Raceway commemorates Henry retirement
October 14 - ELORA, ON — Ross Henry, patriarch of the Henry Stable, is passing the torch. After 40 years in the harness racing business, Henry has announced that he will be retiring from training duties at the end of this year.
Trainers looking for luck heading into Grassroots Finals
October 13 - INNISFIL, ON — Raising the curtain on Saturday night’s Grassroots Championships at Georgian Downs are eight representatives of what has been described as the most talented crop of two-year-old trotting fillies ever produced in Ontario.
Bunn hopes Saturday is a good day for Alias Seelster
October 13 - INNISFIL, ON — Alias Seelster may have won her Grassroots Semifinal last weekend, but Ray Bunn is afraid to get his hopes up heading into Saturday’s two-year-old pacing filly Championship at Georgian Downs.
Kentucky Rebel gunning for third straight Saturday
October 12 - INNISFIL, OCT. 12, 2005 — Georgian Downs puts $800,000 on the line Saturday as the province’s top Grassroots competitors battle in eight year end Championships.
Clements scores two pair in Grassroots Semifinal action
October 9 - INNISFIL, ON — Uxbridge resident Dan Clements pushed his Grassroots Semifinal tally to four Saturday, piloting CMR Maybe Loaded and Banana Joes Bar to wins in the two-year-old pacing filly and pacing colt divisions at Georgian Downs.
Kentucky Rebel impressive in Semifinal victory
October 8 - INNISFIL, ON — Pacing colt Kentucky Rebel came up with an impressive effort on Friday evening at Georgian Downs to claim his $30,000 Grassroots Semifinal and advance to next weekend’s $100,000 Championship.
Georgian Downs hosts Grassroots Semifinals Friday
October 5 - INNISFIL, ON — Over the last five months Ontario’s top three-year-olds have battled their way through six Grassroots events with one goal in mind, a berth in Friday’s Semifinal round at Georgian Downs.
Freshmen ready for battle in Grassroots Semifinals
October 5 - INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-olds have cleared the first hurdle on their way to Grassroots stardom by qualifying for Saturday evening’s Semifinals at Georgian Downs. Now the youngsters face an even bigger test, finishing in the top four and advancing though to the Championship round next weekend.
Trotter’s dream season continues with Gold Final win
October 4 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Was It A Dream extended his win streak to five with an impressive victory in Gold Final action at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
Birminghim claims third Gold Final in record setting style
October 3 - DUNDAS, ON — Birminghim captured her third straight Gold Final victory on Sunday evening at Flamboro Downs, and the two-year-old trotting lass did it in impressive style, hitting the wire eight and one-quarter lengths on top in a track and Ontario Sires Stakes record 1:59.3.
Alastor Hanover wins lucky number seven in record time
October 3 - WINDSOR, ON — Alastor Hanover continued to steamroll through the two-year-old pacing colt division, capturing his third Gold Final trophy in record setting fashion on Sunday evening at Windsor Raceway.
Potential Renegade wraps up season on perfect note
October 2 - INNISFIL, ON — Two-year-old trotting colt Potential Renegade wrapped up his Grassroots regular season with a flawless record of six wins in six starts when he captured the last of five divisions at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening.
Trotting fillies wrap up regular season at Hiawatha
October 2 - SARNIA, ON — Oaklea Oaks trotted her way into the Grassroots post season with a 2:01.1 victory at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday evening.
Winbak Noah shatters record in Grassroots triumph
October 2 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Heading into the last regular season Grassroots event, Winbak Noah’s owners decided change was necessary if the colt was going to earn a berth in the post season. They sent the two-year-old pacer to Kawartha Downs’s leading trainer, Mark Winacott, and the move paid off in spades Saturday night as Winbak Noah captured his Grassroots division in a track record 1:53.
Style impressive in second Gold Final win at Mohawk
October 1 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Style captured her second straight Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening with an impressive come from behind effort that saw the two-year-old pacing filly breeze under the wire three lengths on top in 1:53.1.
Battin extends Lampman Cup lead with trio of wins
October 1 - ELORA, ON — Ross Battin piloted Monte Carlo Madam to the fastest win of six Grassroots divisions at Grand River Raceway on Friday evening, the first act of a stellar performance that landed him in the winner’s circle with two other freshman pacing fillies.
Made In Ontario event at Grand River Raceway
October 1 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway will host a special card of racing on Thanksgiving (Oct. 10) for Ontario-sired horses.