Archives for September '02
Clinton Raceway wraps up OSS season
September 30 - CLINTON, ON — Driver Jim McClure posted a pair of wins in Grassroots action at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The veteran reinsman piloted long shot Windsong Sheba to a surprising win in the fifth race and seven races later he was back in the winner’s circle with fan favourite Feathery Fame.
Ontario-breds put on speed show in Windsor
September 30 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway fans were treated to an outstanding exhibition of Ontario-bred talent in a trio of Gold Eliminations and one Gold Final on Sunday night.
Zeron hopes for second dose of serendipity Thursday
September 30 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The highly talented two-year-old trotting colts return to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening for their second last $130,000 Gold Final and Rick Zeron hopes that he and Kingdom can replicate the result they posted in the elimination round.
Budd’s one-two punch perfectly positioned for Final
September 30 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — There were 10 spots available on the starting gate for Friday’s night’s two-year-old pacing colt Gold Final, but with Bill Budd packing the most powerful one-two punch in the industry, only eight have chosen to make the return trip.
Trotting fillies impressive in Grassroots action
September 29 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Abies Gone came up with a big effort to post the fastest of five Grassroots miles in three-year-old trotting filly action at Kawartha Downs on Saturday night.
Jamieson scores Grassroots double in Sarnia
September 29 - SARNIA, ON — Two-year-old pacing colt B Js Boomerang brought Hiawatha Horse Park fans to their feet on Saturday night when he delivered an outstanding 1:54.4 mile to capture the second of five Grassroots divisions.
Boulder Creek steals spotlight from stablemate
September 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Before Friday night’s Ontario Sires Stakes event at Mohawk Racetrack trainer Bill Budd said fans should discount Boulder Creek’s fifth-place finish in his last start and expect an improved performance from Post 5 in the Gold Series Elimination. Four days later the Pacific Rocket son proved Budd 100 per cent correct with an impressive upset over his more famous stablemate Sir Luck.
Wall and Bax team up for Grassroots double
September 28 - ELMIRA, ON — Dave Wall and John Bax teamed up for a pair of wins in Grassroots action at Elmira Raceway on Friday evening. "Mr. OSS" and Canada’s 2001 Trainer of the Year posed in the winner’s circle after Races 2 and 9 with two-year-old trotting fillies Vics Flag and R Heavenly Hush.
For The Luva Moni eyes $130,000 in Windsor Final
September 28 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway continues an exciting two-week stretch of Ontario Sires Stakes racing on Wednesday evening with the $130,000 Gold Final for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
Precious Delight lowers record at Flamboro Downs
September 28 - DUNDAS, ON — Precious Delight looked like the million dollar filly she is winning her Gold Series Elimination at Flamboro Downs on Saturday afternoon in track and Ontario Sires Stakes record time.
Rotation lowers OSS record at Mohawk
September 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Harald Lunde has been hoping for weeks that Rotation would encounter some good fortune before the end of the season and Lady Luck finally smiled on the three-year-old trotting colt at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night as he posted his first Gold Series win in an Ontario Sires Stakes record 1:54.3.
Kingdom, Well Budgeted triumph at Mohawk
September 27 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Rick Zeron piloted Kingdom to a 1:57.3 victory in the first of two Gold Series Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, vindicating his decision to scratch the two-year-old trotting colt out sick from the Sept. 16 Campbellville Consolation.
Windsor Raceway hosts OSS bonanza Sunday
September 27 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway showcases outstanding Ontario-breds this weekend with Gold Series Eliminations for the three-year-old trotting fillies and three-year-old pacing colts and a $130,000 Gold Final for the two-year-old pacing fillies.
Final OSS event at Clinton Raceway Sunday
September 26 - CLINTON, ON — Clinton Raceway wraps up its 2002 Ontario Sires Stakes season this Sunday with six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies.
Competition heats up among freshman pacing colts
September 26 - SARNIA, ON — Competition will be fierce at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday night as the two-year-old pacing colts enter the final stages of their Grassroots season. Only the top 16 point earners from the regular season advance to the Grassroots Semifinal round and with two events remaining the last eight spots are very much up for grabs.
Oven Mitt primed for Gold Elimination at Flamboro
September 26 - DUNDAS, ON — While the rest of Ontario prays for a few more weeks of warm weather, trainer Bob Young would like to see the first frost arrive before Saturday.
Favourites go up in smoke in Windsor Gold Eliminations
September 26 - WINDSOR, ON — Upsets abounded at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday night as both favourites in the two-year-old trotting filly Gold Eliminations finished out of the top three.
Early Closer looking for late season success at Kawartha
September 25 - FRASERVILLE, ON — With just two Grassroots events remaining in the regular season, competition among the three-year-old trotting fillies for a post season berth is heating up. The fillies head to Kawartha Downs on Saturday night and among those looking for a late season leap up the standings is Early Closer, bred and owned by Joyce and Dr. Angus McLean of Hastings.
Lunde sends trio of trotting colts into Gold Eliminations
September 25 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack wraps up an outstanding week of Ontario Sires Stakes racing on Saturday night with two Gold Series Eliminations for the three-year-old trotting colts.
Henry sends five to Elmira Raceway Grassroots
September 24 - ELMIRA, ON — Trainer Ross Henry will harness a two-year-old trotting filly in each of five Grassroots divisions at Elmira Raceway on Friday night. The Arthur resident sends out an impressive contingent with four fillies ranked among the top 16 in the division and one making her first Grassroots start after battling the Gold Series fillies earlier in the season.
Northern Harmony, Please Me Please triumph at Windsor
September 23 - WINDSOR, ON — Northern Harmony extended her current win streak to five with a victory in the first of two Gold Series Eliminations at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening.
Gold Series action returns to Mohawk Thursday
September 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes excitement roars back to Mohawk Racetrack this week as the Campbellville oval prepares to host Gold Series Eliminations on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. The two-year-old trotting colts kick off the jam-packed schedule with a pair of Eliminations on Thursday night and all the early season stars have returned to the provincial orbit after a month long break in Sires Stakes action.
Metro champ Sir Luck returns to provincial action Friday
September 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — With Sir Luck laying waste to three of the best two-year-old pacing colt fields North America has to offer in the last month, only 10 of his Ontario-bred peers have signed up to face him in Friday night’s Gold Series Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack.
McEneny, McClure post double at Georgian Downs
September 22 - INNISFIL, ON — Zoltar Seelster logged the fastest of four Grassroots divisions at Georgian Downs on Saturday night, maintaining a perfect record of two wins in two starts at the Grassroots level.
Bax prepping a pair of fillies for Gold Elimination battle
September 22 - WINDSOR, ON — Over the next two weeks Windsor Raceway will host a total of four Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series events. Kicked off by the two-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday evening (Sept. 22), the gold rush continues on Wednesday night with two Gold Series Eliminations for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
Mackenzie scores driving double at Clinton
September 22 - CLINTON, ON — Driver Paul Mackenzie scored a pair of wins in Grassroots action at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon, steering three-year-old trotting colts St Patricks Gold and Earls Song to wins in the final regular season Grassroots event of their careers.
Exciting freshman fillies resume rivalry in Windsor
September 19 - WINDSOR, ON — After a six-week break from Ontario Sires Stakes competition the exceptional two-year-old pacing fillies return to Gold Series action at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening.
Colts resume Grassroots campaign at Georgian Downs
September 18 - INNISFIL, ON — The Ontario Sires Stakes program swings back into action on Saturday with four Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts at Georgian Downs.
Zirnis trio aiming for Semifinal berths Sunday
September 18 - CLINTON, ON — Clinton Raceway will feature outstanding Ontario Sires Stakes action as part of its next two Sunday matinees and the three-year-old trotting colts kick things off this week with four divisions in their final Grassroots event.
Ontario Sires Stakes stars shine on global stage
September 10 - MISSISSAUGA, SEPT. 10 — As the Ontario Sires Stakes program heads into its annual September hiatus, it is on track for the most successful season in its 29-year history.
Sophomore colts put on speed show in Clinton
September 9 - CLINTON, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing colts wowed Clinton Raceway fans with seven impressive Grassroots wild card divisions on Sunday afternoon, including a trio of 1:56 miles.
Record falls for second week at Woodstock
September 8 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Shami Cami kicked off an outstanding afternoon of Ontario Sires Stakes action at Woodstock Raceway on Saturday when she logged 1:59.3 victory in the first of six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies.
Abbey Road C devours Sudbury track record
September 8 - SUDBURY, ON — Abbey Road C continued his march through the Ontario Sires Stakes program with a record shattering 1:58.3 performance at Sudbury Downs on Saturday evening.
Reigning Gold champion heads north for wild card
September 4 - SUDBURY, ON — An outstanding line up of three-year-old trotting colts will fire up fans at Sudbury Downs on Saturday evening as they compete for a total of $93,380 in the Grassroots wild card.
OSS excitement returns to Clinton Sunday
September 4 - CLINTON, ON — For the second week in a row Clinton Raceway features an outstanding Ontario Sires Stakes event this Sunday, with seven divisions of three-year-old pacing colts vying for a total of $105,330 in the Grassroots wild card.
Quinte Raceway wraps up OSS season in style
September 3 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Three-year-old pacing filly Maddy Girl continued to roll through the Ontario Sires Stakes program, recording her third Grassroots victory on Monday afternoon at Quinte Raceway.
Ode To Earl scores narrow victory at home track
September 3 - ELMIRA, ON — Ode To Earl captured his second straight Grassroots win in a nail biting finish at Elmira Raceway on Monday evening. The Keith Kurtz trainee and driver Jim McClure squeaked out a narrow 2:07 victory in the final strides after sitting fourth through most of the mile.
Talented field of fillies assemble for Woodstock wild card
September 3 - WOODSTOCK, ON — An impressive line up of two-year-old pacing fillies will make their way to Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon for their Grassroots wild card.
Waples captures four Grassroots divisions at Dresden
September 2 - DRESDEN, ON — Driver Randy Waples piloted four two-year-old pacing colts to victory in Grassroots action at Dresden Raceway on Monday afternoon. The leading reinsman scored with three colts trained by Hagersville resident Bill Robinson and one from the barn of New Jersey resident Gary Machiz.
Zola Smiger smashes track record at Woodstock
September 1 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Woodstock Raceway fans were treated to an exceptional afternoon of racing on Saturday when the three-year-old trotting fillies lambasted the track record in the second race and delivered one of the highest pay outs of the Ontario Sires Stakes season in the sixth.
For The Luva Moni earns a bundle in Clinton
September 1 - CLINTON, ON — For The Luva Moni earned the lion’s share of the $17,857 purse in the third of five Grassroots divisions at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon when she delivered an impressive 2:02.3 victory, the fastest mile recorded in the two-year-old trotting filly event.