Archives for October '08
Flawless steer lands Voelz Hanover second Gold Final title
October 31 - TORONTO, ON — One year and five days after she captured her last Gold Final trophy, Voelz Hanover earned a second piece of Ontario Sires Stakes hardware with an impressive 1:52 score at Woodbine Racetrack on Wednesday evening.
Yankee Pica hoping for an edge on her home turf
October 31 - WINDSOR, ON — When the three-year-old pacing fillies arrive at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday evening for their last Trillium Series event, Yankee Pica will be looking for a little hometown advantage.
Lucky Man finds his way to the winner’s circle in Windsor
October 29 - WINDSOR, ON — Former Windsor resident Brad Forward extended his lead atop the Ontario Sires Stakes driver’s standings with a victory in Tuesday’s $180,000 Gold Final at Windsor Raceway aboard Lucky Man.
Trotting fillies compete for OSS loot at Woodbine Friday
October 29 - TORONTO, ON — Woodbine Racetrack hosts the last set of Gold Series Eliminations for the two-year-old trotting fillies this Friday, Oct. 31, and nineteen youngsters will be lining up for a share of $80,000 in Ontario Sires Stakes loot.
All four Gold Final winners in the hunt Saturday
October 29 - TORONTO, ON — Reigning Gold Final champion Winning Mister heads to Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday night off a miscue in the Valley Victory eliminations, but trainer Keith Klages is looking at the error as a minor hiccup in what has been an otherwise solid late season for the two-year-old trotting colt.
Define The World wins tie breaker in Windsor
October 29 - WINDSOR, ON — Define The World delivered a commanding performance at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday evening to earn his third Gold Final title — one more than rival B Strike Three.
Warrawee June hoping to use Trillium as a springboard
October 29 - TORONTO, ON — Some of Ontario’s top three-year-old trotting fillies are headed to Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday, using a pair of Trillium Series divisions as a prep race for the $300,000 Super Final 13 days later.
Precocious pacers ready to shine at Western Fair Friday
October 27 - LONDON, ON — Western Fair Raceway fans are in for a treat on Friday night as the London oval welcomes the province’s top two-year-old pacing fillies and pacing colts for a slate of Gold Eliminations.
Woodbine forced to cancel Gold Final
October 27 - TORONTO, ON — Woodbine Racetrack was forced to cancel Monday night's program following the fourth race due to unsafe track conditions.
Shake That Junk hoping for more rhythm Friday
October 24 - DUNDAS, ON — When Jody Jamieson got off the race bike following his Semifinal win with three-year-old pacing filly Shake That Junk, the Cambridge resident was not satisfied with her effort, but trainer James Dean says the filly had an excuse for her lacklustre finish last week and should be sharper for this Friday’s Grassroots Championship.
Second $180,000 purse on the line at Windsor Wednesday
October 24 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway features a second straight night of high-priced racing next Wednesday, Oct. 29, when the three-year-old trotting colts arrive at the border oval to compete for $180,000 in Gold Final action one day after their pacing peers.
Lukas Rossi equals track record in Grassroots Final
October 24 - DUNDAS, ON — Lukas Rossi wrapped up an undefeated Grassroots season with a track record equalling performance in the two-year-old trotting colt Championship at Flamboro Downs on Friday evening.
Voelz Hanover succeeds with a little help from a friend
October 23 - TORONTO, ON — Voelz Hanover is at the top of her game heading into Monday’s $140,000 Gold Final at Woodbine Racetrack, and trainer Ben Baillargeon says the key to the three-year-old pacing filly’s recent success has been her new found friendship with stablemate Ingrid Hanover.
Roman Rocks hoping to shine on his local oval Tuesday
October 23 - WINDSOR, ON — Ontario’s remarkably gifted three-year-old pacing colts make their final regular season appearance in a $180,000 Gold Final at Windsor Raceway on Tuesday evening.
Late bloomers flourish in Steacy’s bouquet of fillies
October 22 - DUNDAS, ON — Mark Steacy will start three fillies on Friday night’s $480,000 Grassroots Championship program, one he always expected to vie for the Grassroots title, and two that have been pleasant late season surprises.
Lazy pacer aims for fourth straight in Grassroots Final
October 20 - DUNDAS, ON — A total of $480,000 is on the line at Flamboro Downs on Friday night, and 64 of the province’s top trotters and pacers will be honing their skills all week in the hopes of earning a Grassroots Championship crown.
Voelz Hanover impressive in elimination win
October 20 - TORONTO, ON — Neither of the sophomore pacing fillies favoured in Monday evening’s Gold Eliminations managed to deliver the anticipated result in their first appearance of the season over the Woodbine Racetrack oval.
Local trotting colts score impressive Semifinal victories
October 17 - DUNDAS, ON — Two-year-old trotting colt Lukas Rossi extended his Grassroots win streak to three with an impressive victory in his $30,000 Semifinal at Flamboro Downs on Thursday night.
Changing Gears hoping to shift into overdrive Monday
October 16 - TORONTO, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies kick off Woodbine Racetrack’s 2008 Sires Stakes season on Monday evening, and Toronto resident Randy Bennett is hoping that an inside post will help Changing Gears earn a top finish in the second of two $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
Mackenzie steers Giddy Up Lucky to Semifinal victory
October 16 - DUNDAS, ON — The margin of victory was smaller than he has become used to, and the time was well off the Ontario Sires Stakes record he set at Flamboro Downs in the summer, but three-year-old pacing colt Giddy Up Lucky maintained his perfect Grassroots record in the Semifinal round on Thursday night.
Sophomores go for broke at Flamboro Thursday
October 13 - DUNDAS, ON — When Ontario’s top three-year-old trotters and pacers line up behind the starting gate at Flamboro Downs on Thursday, all the hard work they did to get into the Grassroots Semifinals ceases to matter.
Freshmen Semifinalists ready their game faces for Friday
October 13 - DUNDAS, ON — This Friday, on the second night of Grassroots Semifinal action at Flamboro Downs, sixty-four of the province’s most talented two-year-olds will bring their ‘A’ game to the Dundas oval in search of a berth in their Grassroots Championship.
Whatta Hotty defends her Gold Final title in Ottawa
October 12 - OTTAWA, ON — Whatta Hotty kicked off her owners' Thanksgiving Day celebrations with an impressive $140,000 Gold Final victory at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
Surrealist paints a perfect victory in Kawartha Gold Final
October 11 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Two-year-old pacing colt Surrealist cruised to an effortless victory on Saturday evening in the richest race ever offered at Kawartha Downs.
Stonebridge Breeze flawless in return to Grassroots
October 10 - LONDON, ON — Freshman pacing filly Stonebridge Breeze cruised to an effortless victory in the last of five Grassroots divisions at Western Fair Raceway on Friday evening.
Giddy Up Lucky heads into post season undefeated
October 9 - SARNIA, ON — Giddy Up Lucky completed wrapped up the Grassroots regular season with a flawless record of three wins in three starts after capturing his $20,000 division at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening.
Trotting colts deliver thrills in Grassroots finale
October 9 - OTTAWA, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting colts wrapped up their Grassroots season with a trio of thrilling races at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening.
Abby Kadabra makes her Gold Final debut Sunday
October 9 - OTTAWA, ON — When Rene Laarman heads to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday with three-year-old trotting filly Abby Kadabra, the trainer has an advantage not shared by any of his peers.
Surrealist hoping to earn a share of record high purse
October 8 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Seven of Ontario’s finest two-year-old pacing colts are headed to Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening to compete for a Gold Final title and a share of the biggest purse the Fraserville oval has ever offered.
The Mash Potato will have shot at defending title
October 8 - WINDSOR, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting colts wrapped up their Grassroots regular season at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday evening, and last year’s division champion The Mash Potato pulled out a squeaker to earn his shot at a second title.
Ponder Seelster’s owners on tenterhooks until Monday
October 8 - DUNDAS, ON — In order to secure a berth in the post season, Ponder Seelster was in a must win situation at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday evening. However, by the time the two-year-old pacing colt stepped onto the Dundas oval for the fourth Grassroots division, the sloppy surface had been rated four seconds slower than normal.
Lunar Stream sharp in Grassroots win Tuesday
October 7 - WINDSOR, ON — Tuesday night’s Grassroots event at Windsor Raceway was a make or break situation for a number of two-year-old trotting fillies, and Lindys Goddess set the standard for accomplishment with a 2:02.2 score in the first $20,000 division that vaulted her into a berth for the lucrative post season.
Shake That Junk victorious in Grassroots return
October 7 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Shake That Junk started her Ontario Sires Stakes season with an impressive 1:53.4 win in Grassroots action, and the three-year-old pacing filly wrapped up the year at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday evening with an equally impressive mile in an identical clocking.
Whatta Hotty cruises to third straight victory in Ottawa
October 6 - GLOUCESTER, ON — While the other Gold Elimination winners had to fight their way into the Rideau Carleton Raceway winner’s circle on Sunday night, reigning Gold Final champion Whatta Hotty cruised home a two and one-quarter length winner in an effortless 1:57.3.
King Gus looks to secure his post season berth Thursday
October 6 - OTTAWA, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting colts will battle in their last Grassroots event on Thursday at Rideau Carleton Raceway, and George Judson is hoping King Gus can lock up his spot in the post season with a strong performance over the Ottawa oval.
Talented pacing fillies return to Grassroots Friday
October 6 - LONDON, ON — After a three month hiatus Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Western Fair Raceway this Friday with five Grassroots divisions for the exquisite two-year-old pacing fillies.
Pacing colts ready for final Grassroots clash Thursday
October 6 - SARNIA, ON — When the three-year-old pacing colts arrive at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening, Jim Ainsworth trainee Bigmizndrstnding is going to find himself in a place that has become all too familiar.
Campbell steers Shacked Up to Gold Final glory
October 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Three months after she first earned it, the Gold Final crown has finally been jostled off the head of two-year-old pacing filly St Lads Popcorn, who could not overcome Post 9 at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
Dornello heads into Semifinal undefeated in Grassroots
October 6 - DUNDAS, ON — There were few surprises in the last three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots event of the year at Flamboro Downs on Monday evening.
The Super Aussie hoping for a piece of last Grassroots
October 3 - WINDSOR, ON — The Super Aussie makes his second Grassroots start next Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Windsor Raceway — more than four months after Ontario Sires Stakes fans got their first glimpse of the three-year-old trotter — and this time trainer John Sullivan thinks the gelding is ready for battle.
Medoland Glenno gets rare inside post Wednesday
October 3 - DUNDAS, ON — When Colm McNulty and Lormer McClure purchased Medoland Glenno, they were thinking long term, but when the two-year-old pacer stepped off a Grassroots win last weekend, suddenly this season looked like it might also be a bit of fun.
Third time is the charm for I’ll Wait For You
October 3 - OTTAWA, ON — Heading into Friday night’s $140,000 Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway, I’ll Wait For You had been brilliant in all of her Gold Elimination starts, and made heartbreaking errors in every one of her bids for a Gold Final title.
OK Amelia ready to battle for post season berth Tuesday
October 3 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Many of the fillies entered in Tuesday’s Grassroots event at Kawartha Downs will wrap up their Ontario Sires Stakes careers over the Fraserville oval, but trainer Mike Wade is hoping that OK Amelia will not be among them.
Trotting fillies will wrap up their Gold careers in Ottawa
October 2 - OTTAWA, ON — Less than a month after they battled over the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval in Trillium Series action, Ontario’s top three-year-old trotting fillies are heading back to the nation’s capital for a trio of $40,000 Gold Eliminations on Sunday, Oct. 5.
Brewer grateful for the ride aboard St Lads Popcorn
October 2 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — St Lads Popcorn and her two-year-old pacing filly peers sweep back into Campbellville on Monday for their second last $120,000 Gold Final.
The Mohegan Pan finally lands a big one in Ottawa
October 2 - OTTAWA, ON — Three and a half months after he won his first Gold Elimination, The Mohegan Pan finally laid claim to a Gold Final title with an impressive come from behind effort at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening.
Fillies wrap up Grassroots season in Windsor Tuesday
October 2 - WINDSOR, ON — Strikingimpression emerged onto the Grassroots scene later than trainer Bob McIntosh expected, but the local horseman is hoping the filly is ready to make her presence felt as the two-year-old trotting fillies bring their provincial game to Windsor Raceway on Tuesday evening.
Greater Good looking to boost her points Monday
October 2 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies wrap up their regular season Grassroots schedule at Flamboro Downs on Monday, Oct. 6, and trainer William Daniel Ray is hoping that Greater Good will be making a return trip to the Dundas oval 10 days later.
Freshman trotting colt earns his name with Gold Final win
October 2 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — After struggling through the early rounds of Ontario Sires Stakes action, two-year-old trotting colt Winning Mister has clearly found his stride, posting his second straight victory with an impressive effort in Thursday’s $120,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack.
MacGrath says Beach sharper than in world record mile
October 1 - LEXINGTON, KY — Somebeachsomewhere delighted his owners and impressed his fans with the 1:46.4 world record he clocked in the Bluegrass Stakes last Saturday, but trainer Brent MacGrath says the pacer seems even sharper heading into this weekend’s Tattersalls Pace.