Archives for October '10
Stonebridge Tonic lands local owners in winner’s circle
October 30 - LONDON, ON — Western Fair Raceway’s leading reinsman Doug McNair put his knowledge of the half-mile oval to work in Saturday’s $40,000 Gold Elimination and drove lightly rated three-year-old pacing colt Stonebridge Tonic straight to the winner’s circle.
Random Destiny hoping for more Gold in Windsor
October 29 - WINDSOR, ON — Wednesday’s Gold Final at Windsor Raceway is the second last start of the season for the province’s elite three-year-old trotting fillies, and owner Esa Lahtinen feels elimination winner Random Destiny is peaking at the perfect time.
Random Destiny earns Gold Elimination trophy
October 28 - WINDSOR, ON — Random Destiny found her way back to the Ontario Sires Stakes winner’s circle on Wednesday evening, scoring a 1:56.2 victory in a $40,000 Gold Elimination at Windsor Raceway.
Text Me hoping for a third Gold Final title Tuesday
October 28 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs fans would be wise to break with traditional thinking and send three-year-old trotting colt Text Me off as their top choice from Post 8 in Tuesday’s $130,000 Gold Final.
Western Silk flawless in Gold Elimination victory
October 28 - TORONTO, ON — Western Silk extended her undefeated streak in Ontario Sires Stakes company to four on Thursday evening, with a trademark late burst that propelled her to a one length victory in Gold Elimination action at Woodbine Racetrack.
Steady Stonebridge Tonic ready for battle Saturday
October 26 - LONDON, ON — Ontario’s high speed sophomore pacing colts will battle in one $40,000 Gold Elimination at Western Fair Raceway on Saturday evening and trainer Gregg McNair is hoping Stonebridge Tonic can earn his way into the final in spite of landing the outside Post 7.
Text Me, Windsun Galaxie triumph in Fraserville
October 26 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Three-year-old trotting colt Text Me cruised to his third Gold Elimination victory of the season with an impressive effort up the outside at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday.
Prodigal Seelster adds Gold Final trophy to his collection
October 25 - OTTAWA, ON — Demonstrating his faith in two-year-old pacing colt Prodigal Seelster, North America’s leading reinsman Tim Tetrick made a trip from his New Jersey home to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
FBs Terror hoping to ride late season surge to Super Final
October 25 - TORONTO, ON — Last season’s Super Final champion FBs Terror makes just her third sophomore Gold Series start at Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday evening and owner Mike Guerriero is hoping the pacing filly delivers a top five performance and locks up a berth in this year’s season finale.
Putnam Mackenzie victorious for local owners
October 24 - LONDON, ON — Western Fair Raceway fans were treated to an exceptional evening of Ontario Sires Stakes action on Saturday as eight Grassroots champions were crowned with enthusiastic cheers from the grandstand, thrilling stretch drives and emotional winner’s circle celebrations.
Emmylou Who ready to defend Gold title in Windsor
October 22 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway’s last Gold Series event of the 2010 season begins on Wednesday, Oct. 27 with one $40,000 Gold Elimination for the three-year-old trotting fillies.
Local contenders are wrinkle free heading into Finals
October 22 - LONDON, ON — Both Lyle MacArthur and David Menary will harness two starters in Saturday evening’s $800,000 Grassroots Championships at Western Fair Raceway.
Modern Connection extends Gold Series streak to four
October 22 - TORONTO, ON — Modern Connection maintained her flawless record in Ontario Sires Stakes action with an effortless one and three-quarter length Gold Final victory at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday evening.
Menary colts ready for $170,000 rumble Sunday
October 21 - OTTAWA, ON — David Menary will harness two colts in Sunday evening’s freshman pacing colt Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway, and the trainer believes both youngsters are heading into the race with a legitimate shot at earning a share of the $170,000 purse.
Watkins makes leap to Gold Series at Kawartha Tuesday
October 21 - FRASERVILLE, ON — By the time the Gold Eliminations are complete at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday, owner-breeder Craig Watkins figures he will know just what kind of a horse three-year-old trotting gelding Watkins really is.
Air Stewart takes flight in Gold Final
October 21 - TORONTO, ON — Air Stewart’s freshman campaign took flight on Thursday evening at Woodbine Racetrack as the two-year-old trotting colt swept down the stretch to an upset victory in a sharp 1:56.3.
McCann hoping for more good luck Saturday
October 19 - LONDON, ON — Years of hard work will be concentrated into less than two minutes of effort on Saturday night as the top two and three-year-old Grassroots competitors battle over Western Fair Raceway for a total of $800,000 and eight division titles.
Umphrey and Nichol hoping Zeron’s luck holds
October 19 - TORONTO, ON — When driver Rick Zeron guided Peach Martini to a Gold Final victory from Post 10 on Monday night, the task before Monkey On My Wheel in Friday’s $130,000 test at Woodbine Racetrack started to look slightly less daunting to trainer Travis Umphrey.
Peach Martini finally finds Gold Final winner’s circle
October 18 - TORONTO, ON — Monday evening marked Peach Martini’s last opportunity to score a Gold Final victory, and not even the dreaded Post 10 at Woodbine Racetrack could stand in the way of the two-year-old trotting filly earning the one prize that has eluded her all season.
Imperial Count content with under dog status
October 18 - TORONTO, ON — Imperial Count is a three-time winner in Gold Series action this season, including an Aug. 27 Gold Final title at Rideau Carleton Raceway, but trainer Kevin O’Reilly knows the two-year-old trotting colt will be an under dog in Thursday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Woodbine Racetrack.
MC Taylor gives Parkhill residents a Semifinal thrill
October 16 - LONDON, ON — Picking up where the freshmen left off last night, Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotters and pacers battled tooth and nail in eight $30,000 Grassroots Semifinals at Western Fair Raceway on Saturday.
Modern Connection returns to Gold winner’s circle
October 15 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Gold Final winners and Modern Art daughters Modern Connection and Lauren met for the first time in the second of two $40,000 Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday, and round one in their heavyweight bout went to Modern Connection.
Freshmen fire up Western Fair Raceway’s fall season
October 15 - LONDON, ON — Western Fair Raceway’s fall season opened with a bang on Friday night as the top two-year-old Grassroots performers battled in eight $30,000 Semifinals.
Bax hoping the real L A Freeway has finally shown up
October 14 - TORONTO, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting fillies will kick off Woodbine Racetrack’s fall schedule on Monday, Oct. 18, and trainer John Bax is hoping the new and improved L A Freeway can deliver a second strong effort in the last $130,000 Gold Final of the season.
Buckhams Bay, Imperial Count triumph at Mohawk
October 14 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Buckhams Bay strolled around the Mohawk Racetrack oval on Thursday evening to a personal best 1:57 in the first of two $40,000 Gold Eliminations for the talented two-year-old trotting colts.
Sophomore stars to light up the London sky Saturday
October 13 - LONDON, ON — All 64 of the three-year-olds competing in eight Grassroots Semifinals at Western Fair Raceway on Saturday night have the same objective — to earn a berth in next weekend’s Championship — but if Texas Seelster falls short of his goal Bob and Barbara Parker will still be smiling all the way home to Dorchester.
Grassroots stars will sparkle in Western Fair’s fall opener
October 12 - LONDON, ON — The youngest Ontario Sires Stakes stars will line up in London on Friday, Oct. 15 as Western Fair Raceway plays host to eight $30,000 Grassroots Semifinals for the most gifted two-year-old trotters and pacer in the province.
Modern Connection returns to Gold Series Friday
October 12 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Absent since her sweep of the Gold Series season opener in July, two-year-old pacing filly Modern Connection returns to Ontario Sires Stakes action this Friday at Mohawk Racetrack.
Lemon, Moiseyev partnership pays off for Daylon Magician
October 11 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Three years ago Dave and Mary Lemon sold most of their Daylon Farms breeding stock and kept just three mares, planning to train and race the offspring themselves.
New faces share the Gold Series wealth at Mohawk
October 11 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — One Ontario Sires Stakes veteran and a couple of fresh faces had their pictures taken in the Gold Elimination winner’s circle at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday night.
Sombrero Hall records timely win at Flamboro
October 9 - DUNDAS, ON — Friday’s Grassroots event at Flamboro Downs was a must win situation for three-year-old trotting colt Sombrero Hall if he hoped to extend his sophomore campaign into the post season.
Brown sweeps Grassroots divisions in Ottawa
October 9 - OTTAWA, ON — Driver Gord Brown had a flawless map to the Rideau Carleton Raceway winner’s circle on Friday night, capturing both $24,000 Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies.
Twin B Legend follows brother’s footsteps to glory
October 9 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mike Saftic picked up the catch drive on two-year-old pacer Twin B Legend on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack and the Campbellville, ON resident crafted a picture perfect trip to earn the gelding his first Ontario Sires Stakes victory.
Lauren triumphant at Kawartha Saturday
October 9 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Two-year-old pacing filly Lauren picked up her second $130,000 Gold Final title with a gritty effort over the Kawartha Downs oval on Saturday evening.
Ise The By Boy sails to post season berth Saturday
October 9 - DUNDAS, ON — Ise The By Boy made a spectacular leap up the three-year-old pacing colt standings with a victory at Flamboro Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Local owner receives quick return from Mr Joe Sixpack
October 7 - DUNDAS, ON — Mr Joe Sixpack stepped off a personal best mile at Flamboro Downs on Thursday to post a win for his new connections and wrap up the Grassroots regular season in second spot in the point standings.
First Flower hoping to bloom in Gold Elimination Monday
October 7 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Monday’s Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack will mark the last stop on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit for a number of two-year-old trotting fillies, but trainer Jerry Duford is hoping First Flower is not one of them.
Just Asign To Me joins his sire in record books
October 6 - WINDSOR, ON — Just Asign To Me wrapped up a perfect Grassroots regular season with a spectacular Ontario Sires Stakes record performance at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday evening.
Lauren looking for a dose of luck in Gold Final
October 6 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Last week’s elimination winners will line up on opposite ends of the Kawartha Downs gate on Saturday, and trainer Bob McIntosh is not sure whether two-year-old pacing filly division leader Lauren can overcome her outside draw to earn a second Gold Final title.
Owner got more than he bargained for with Andy Baran
October 6 - DUNDAS, ON — Andy Baran was one half of a pair of siblings that Melvin Willis purchased six months ago, and heading into the last regular season event on the three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots calendar, the Cambridge, ON resident figures he got a pretty good deal.
Easygoing Mach Of Ballykeel looking for luck Saturday
October 5 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mach Of Ballykeel heads into Saturday’s $170,000 Gold Final off an easy victory over the Mohawk Racetrack oval, but trainer Cam McKnight knows the colt faces a stiff test from Post 9 in this weekend’s talent laden field.
Sophomore trotters wrap up regular season in Innisfil
October 5 - INNISFIL, ON — Bertos Angel laid down the fastest mile in five $24,000 Grassroots divisions at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening to propel herself up the standings and into a post season berth.
Ramadawn heads home for regular season finale
October 5 - OTTAWA, ON — On Friday evening two-year-old pacing filly Ramadawn returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway, making her first start over her hometown oval since beginning her Grassroots career in early August.
Twin B Warrior hits Gold Final home run in Windsor
October 5 - WINDSOR, ON — Trainer Jeff Gillis had a successful evening at the races on Tuesday night, harnessing the top two finishers in the $130,000 Gold Final for three-year-old pacing colts.
Anahar Chase ready for Grassroots battle Friday
October 4 - DUNDAS, ON — Anahar Chase heads into Friday’s Grassroots finale sitting in seventh spot in the three-year-old trotting colt division standings so drawing Post 7 on the Flamboro Downs half-miler is not causing trainer Michel Rivest to lose any sleep.
Lexis Noah scores Gold Final upset at Mohawk
October 4 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Lexis Noah made his first-ever appearance in a Gold Final on Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack and the three-year-old trotter enjoyed a hearty dose of beginner’s luck as he sprinted home to a head victory in 1:55.3.
Mr Joe Sixpack debuts for local connections Thursday
October 4 - DUNDAS, ON — When the two-year-old trotting colts arrive at Flamboro Downs on Thursday afternoon for their final Grassroots event of the regular season, fifth ranked colt Mr Joe Sixpack will be carrying a new set of colours.
Monkey On My Wheel, Lauren set up rematch
October 3 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Freshman pacing filly Monkey On My Wheel proved that last week’s Gold Final victory was no accident when she captured her $40,000 Gold Elimination at Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening.
Hudon fillies sparkle in regular season finale
October 3 - WINDSOR, ON — Husband and wife team Joe and Karen Hudon shipped a pair of two-year-old trotting fillies to Windsor Raceway for Sunday’s Grassroots contest and went home $24,000 and two trophies richer.
Fillies slip into Semifinals with strong efforts in Ottawa
October 3 - OTTAWA, ON — Three of four Grassroots favourites failed to deliver on Sunday night at Rideau Carleton Raceway, leaving the door wide open for a trio of sophomore pacing fillies who are now looking forward to competing in the lucrative post season.
Buckhams Bay returns to Gold Series winner’s circle
October 2 - DUNDAS, ON — He’s baaack.
McIntosh colts angling for points in Grassroots finale
October 1 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway will be the stage for the final Grassroots showdown between the top two-year-old pacing colts on Wednesday evening, and Al McIntosh is hoping both Lucky Encounter and Wit And Wisdom can extend their seasons with a top three finish.
My Whispering Eye battles to Gold Final glory
October 1 - OTTAWA, ON — On Friday night Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting fillies gave Rideau Carleton Raceway fans a Gold Final finish that they won’t soon forget.
Canada Cool sits atop the standings for second year
October 1 - INNISFIL, ON — Three-year-old trotting filly Canada Cool is sitting in a familiar position heading into the Grassroots regular season finale at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening.