Archives for October '09
Jamieson hoping to boost his dash total in Ottawa Sunday
October 31 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Jody Jamieson will drive one horse in every Grassroots Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening, and the reinsman believes all eight of his mounts have the potential to capture their division title.
Grumpy Jake’s connections all smiles at Woodbine Friday
October 30 - TORONTO, ON — Grumpy Jake put a smile on owner Bryan Haryott’s face on Friday night, as the two-year-old trotting colt captured the second of two $40,000 Gold Eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack.
Local colts dazzle in Gold Elimination action
October 30 - LONDON, ON — A pair of locally owned freshman pacing colts delivered impressive performances in the first of two $40,000 Gold Eliminations at Western Fair Raceway on Friday evening.
Bodi will provide long distance support to Grassroots Finalists
October 29 - GLOUCESTER, OCT. 29, 2009 — Rick Bodi will not be at Rideau Carleton Raceway to see his horses compete in the Grassroots Championship on Sunday night, but if J M Annie, Modern Music and Hava Kadabra have success you might be able to hear him cheering all the way from Pennsylvania.
No elimination required for freshman fillies
October 27 - TORONTO, ON — Ten 2-year-old filly pacers were entered this morning (Tuesday) for the OSS Gold Elimination scheduled to be contested on October 31st at Woodbine Racetrack.
Freshman trotting filly heavyweights square off Saturday
October 27 - LONDON, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting fillies are heading to Western Fair Raceway on Saturday evening, where they will treat fans to a pair of $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
Trainer hopes ‘grumpy’ is just colt’s name come Friday
October 27 - TORONTO, ON — As the two-year-old trotting colts head into the last Gold Elimination of the season this Friday at Woodbine Racetrack, trainer Michael Guitard is hoping Grumpy Jake is feeling a little less irritable than he was in his last two outings.
Stiller hoping the real Stonebridge Tonic emerges Friday
October 26 - LONDON, ON — Stonebridge Tonic heads into Friday’s Gold Eliminations at Western Fair Raceway with a rather unique race record — through 10 starts the two-year-old pacing colt has banked an impressive $129,019 while failing to find his way to the winner’s circle.
Steacy advances two more to Grassroots Finals
October 25 - GLOUCESTER, ON — After qualifying all four of his two-year-old starters for their respective Grassroots Finals on Friday, trainer Mark Steacy added a pair of three-year-olds to the trailer load he will ship back to Rideau Carleton Raceway next Sunday for the $800,000 Championship event.
Jamieson nearly flawless in Ottawa Friday
October 23 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Driver Jody Jamieson had the magic touch at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening, capturing six of eight freshman Grassroots Semifinals.
Smith hoping Skyla is on her best behaviour Sunday
October 22 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Sophomores take centre stage at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening, as 64 of the top trotters and pacers in Ontario square off in eight $30,000 Grassroots Semifinals.
Steacy to harness quartet in Semifinal round Friday
October 20 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Ontario’s harness racing stars flock to Rideau Carleton Raceway this weekend as the Ottawa oval plays host to eight two-year-old Grassroots Semifinals on Friday and eight three-year-old Grassroots Semifinals on Sunday.
Brewer earns pair of Grassroots trophies in London
October 18 - LONDON, ON — Jason Brewer scored a Grassroots double at Western Fair Raceway on Saturday evening, piloting three-year-old pacing colts My Gift To You and Lexis Star to victory in the first two $24,000 divisions.
Stonebridge Diva battles to fifth Grassroots victory
October 17 - INNISFIL, ON — Grassroots division leader Stonebridge Diva fought her way to a flawless record in regular season action with a narrow victory at Georgian Downs on Friday evening.
Freshman fillies put on a show for Flamboro fans
October 14 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs fans were treated to five outstanding performances from the two-year-old pacing fillies in their last regular season Grassroots event on Wednesday afternoon.
Little Man giving long time owners a little fun
October 13 - LONDON, ON — Little Man has not enjoyed a great deal of luck in the Grassroots program this season, but that has not prevented Brian Lee from enjoying the experience of campaigning his first Ontario Sires Stakes starter.
Sinclair hopes Windsong Felicity is her old self Friday
October 13 - INNISFIL, ON — Friday night’s three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots event at Georgian Downs is a make or break affair for a number of youngsters hoping to make a last minute leap into the post season.
Northern Kitti finishes regular season in top form
October 13 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Northern Kitti delivered the sharpest effort of the four two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots divisions hosted by Kawartha Downs on Tuesday afternoon.
Good Bad Lucky wraps up season on perfect note
October 12 - LONDON, ON — Good Bad Lucky wrapped up the Grassroots regular season with a perfect record, scoring his third win in three starts at Western Fair Raceway on Monday afternoon.
Freshman fillies wrap up Grassroots season at Flamboro
October 10 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old pacing fillies wrap up their Grassroots season at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday afternoon, and trainer Lowell Brown is hoping Jenna Casimir has better luck over her local oval than she did in her first Grassroots test.
Haul Away and Ideal Race triumph in Toronto
October 10 - TORONTO, ON — Standardbred racing does not get much more exciting than it was on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack when the province’s top two and three-year-old pacing colts squared off in Gold Final action.
Elusive Desire cruises to second Gold Final victory
October 10 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs decided to overlook last week’s runner-up effort and place their faith squarely on Elusive Desire on Saturday, and the three-year-old trotting filly did not disappoint, touring unchallenged around the Fraserville oval to her second Gold Final victory.
Small but mighty Shacked Up victorious in Gold Final
October 9 - TORONTO, ON — Driver Luc Ouellette was confident that Shacked Up could deliver her second Gold Final title at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday night, and the diminutive pacer did not disappoint Ouellette or the fans who sent her off their top choice in the $130,000 skirmish.
Equity returns to OSS winner’s circle in London
October 9 - LONDON, ON — After finishing in the runner-up position in his last three starts, sophomore trotting colt Equity reclaimed his place in the victor’s chair with a Gold Final triumph at Western Fair Raceway on Friday evening.
Pondo Mazey hoping for success on home turf
October 8 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs wraps up its 2009 Ontario Sires Stakes season next Tuesday with four $24,000 Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
Burnt Stew delivers savoury victory at Flamboro Thursday
October 8 - DUNDAS, ON — Campbellville resident Larry Small piloted three-year-old trotting colt Burnt Stew to an impressive 1:59.2 victory in the last $24,000 Grassroots division at Flamboro Downs on Thursday.
Local colt will have a fan club at Western Fair Monday
October 7 - LONDON, ON — OK Canada will be hampered by the outside Post 7 in his effort to score a third Grassroots victory on Monday afternoon at Western Fair Raceway, but owner Dan MacIntyre is not complaining.
Friendly Amigo aims to defend her title at Kawartha
October 7 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Blair Burgess is not making any predictions about Saturday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Kawartha Downs, but the horseman will say that three-year-old trotting filly Friendly Amigo is at the top of her game.
Overachiever Shacked Up hoping for second Gold title
October 7 - TORONTO, ON — As the province’s top three-year-old pacing fillies head back to Woodbine Racetrack this Friday for the last $130,000 Gold Final of their career, driver Luc Ouellette is crossing his fingers that Shacked Up can maintain her late season momentum.
Western Silk sails to Gold Final victory Wednesday
October 7 - WINDSOR, ON — Western Silk scooped up her third straight victory with an effortless 1:53.1 mile in Gold Final action at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday evening.
Fast Pay and Haul Away giving owners thrill of a lifetime
October 6 - TORONTO, ON — Through 40 years in the harness racing business as an owner and trainer, Larry Menary has never had as much fun as he is having this season with three-year-old pacing cold Fast Pay and two-year-old pacing colt Haul Away, who are headed to Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday for their respective $130,000 Gold Finals.
Random Destiny delivers impressive Gold Final victory
October 6 - WINDSOR, ON — Third time was the charm for two-year-old trotting filly Random Destiny, who delivered an impressive effort at Windsor Raceway on Tuesday evening to score her first Gold Final victory.
Wellwood will watch trio of trotting colts Thursday
October 5 - DUNDAS, ON — Thursday afternoon at Flamboro Downs marks the final opportunity for Ontario’s three-year-old trotting colts to pad their Grassroots point tally, as the colts wrap up their regular season with four $24,000 divisions.
Byron and Steacy score Grassroots double in London
October 5 - LONDON, ON — Veteran reinsman Stephen Byron piloted Pretty Thing to the fastest win of six $24,000 Grassroots divisions at Western Fair Raceway on Monday afternoon, sprinting home three lengths ahead of their three-year-old pacing filly peers in 1:56.
Trotting colts wrap up regular season in London Friday
October 5 - LONDON, ON — As the three-year-old trotting colts prepare for the last Gold Final of their careers on Friday at Western Fair Raceway, Ricky MacPhee is hoping he still has the better end of the deal he struck with Jeff Gillis come Saturday morning.
Give The Gift battles to Grassroots victory in Windsor
October 4 - WINDSOR, ON — A pair of local fillies put on an impressive show in the fastest of six Grassroots divisions at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening, cruising home well in front of their freshman pacing filly peers.
Magic Fruit delivers on his promise in Ottawa
October 4 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway fans were treated to an outstanding performance from the province’s top two-year-old trotting colts on Sunday evening, as the youngsters blazed around the Ottawa oval to a nail-biting Gold Final finish.
Ontario’s pacing colts put on a show in Campbellville
October 3 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s gifted two and three-year-old pacing colts put on an outstanding show at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening over a rain soaked surface rated one second slower than normal.
Friendly Amigo throws down the gauntlet at Kawartha
October 3 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs fans overlooked reigning Gold Final champion Friendly Amigo in the first of two $40,000 Gold Eliminations on Saturday evening, and the three-year-old trotting filly retaliated with a track record performance that made it clear she will not easily be dislodged from her provincial throne.
Western Silk hoping to defend Gold Final title in Windsor
October 2 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway wraps up an exceptional stretch of Ontario Sires Stakes racing on Wednesday, Oct. 7 when the top nine two-year-old pacing fillies in the province return to the border oval for their fourth $130,000 Gold Final.
Parlay bursts back onto Gold Series scene with win
October 2 - LONDON, ON — Three-year-old trotting colt Parlay picked up his first Gold Series win since May 17 when he was first under the wire at Western Fair Raceway on Friday evening.
Yellow Diamond set to defend her Gold Final title
October 2 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Yellow Diamond took the first step toward defending her Gold Final title with a two and a half length victory in the second of two $40,000 Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening.
Bax heading to Windsor with a bevy of trotting talent
October 1 - WINDSOR, ON — Two-year-old trotters of every stripe are heading to Windsor Raceway on Tuesday evening as the border oval plays host to a $130,000 Gold Final for the two-year-old trotting fillies and four $24,000 Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts.
Grassroots colts put on speed show for Ottawa fans
October 1 - GLOUCESTER, ON — The air temperature at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening fell to four degrees Celsius, but trackside things were sizzling as the two-year-old pacing colts blazed their way through three $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Henriksen hopes trotting colt’s talent continues to evolve
October 1 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway fans get their last taste of Gold Series action on Sunday evening as nine talented two-year-old trotting colts square off in their second last Gold Final.