Archives for September '05
Geisha Hall hoping to capitalise on inside post Sunday
September 30 - DUNDAS, ON — When Bob McIntosh saw the post position draw for Sunday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Flamboro Downs, the veteran trainer was delighted to see that Geisha Hall had finally landed a decent post for an Ontario Sires Stakes event.
Down under fans rooting for B Cor Rennegade Monday
September 30 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When B Cor Rennegade rolls up behind the gate for Monday night’s Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, Jean Brechkow knows her family in Australia will be waiting anxiously to hear the results of the $130,000 contest.
Trotting colts wrap up their season at Hiawatha
September 30 - SARNIA, ON — One week after their last Grassroots event was cancelled due to poor track conditions at Hiawatha Horse Park, the three-year-old trotting colts wrapped up their regular season with six impressive performances by the top colts in the division.
Sophomore pacing colts duel in Ottawa Thursday
September 30 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Must Be Matt scored the fastest win of five Grassroots divisions over a soggy Rideau Carleton Raceway oval on Thursday evening.
Sovereign Way returns to Georgian Downs a winner
September 29 - INNISFIL, ON — Twelve weeks ago Sovereign Way made his Ontario Sires Stakes debut in Gold Series action at Georgian Downs. The two-year-old trotting colt returns to the Innisfil oval on Saturday night a top ranked competitor in the Grassroots program, looking for his third provincial victory in the last event of the regular season.
Alastor Hanover aims for lucky number seven Sunday
September 29 - WINDSOR, ON — A month-long lull in Ontario Sires Stakes engagements, an off track and an outside post did not seem to impact Alastor Hanover as he captured his sixth straight win last weekend and qualified for Sunday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Windsor Raceway.
Tyrone Megabucks advances to Semifinal with win
September 28 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Tyrone Megabucks put together an impressive come-from-behind effort at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday afternoon to earn her first Ontario Sires Stakes victory and secure a berth in the lucrative Grassroots post season.
Pacing colts face nail biter at Kawartha Saturday
September 28 - FRASERVILLE, ON — After watching many of the province’s top two-year-old pacing colts debut in Gold Series action earlier in the summer, Kawartha Downs fans will have another opportunity to see the talented youngsters in action when they wrap up their Grassroots regular season at the Fraserville oval Saturday night.
Owners hope Icy Welcome sizzles in Sarnia Saturday
September 28 - SARNIA, ON — When Icy Welcome rolls up behind the starting gate at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday night, Robert and Richard Manders will be holding their breath for the first thirty seconds of the Grassroots contest.
Style set to defend Gold Final title at Mohawk Friday
September 27 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — If you conducted a straw poll around the backstretch of a harness racetrack, most trainers would take an inside post over an outside position any day. However, when two-year-old pacing filly Style lines up to defend her Gold Final title at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening, trainer John Kopas wishes she were starting a little further to the right than Post 2.
Pacing fillies battle in regular season finale Friday
September 27 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway caps off an exciting Ontario Sires Stakes season with six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Friday evening.
Was It A Dream scores fourth straight at Mohawk
September 27 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Was It A Dream and Paul MacDonell cruised to their fourth straight victory Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack, posting the fastest mile of three Gold Series Eliminations.
Trotting fillies deliver evening of upsets at Flamboro
September 26 - DUNDAS, ON — Upsets were the rule rather than the exception in Gold Elimination action at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening as the talented two-year-old trotting fillies demonstrated their skill over the half-mile oval.
Alastor Hanover scores seventh straight victory
September 26 - WINDSOR, ON — Neither the rain soaked track or the five week lull in Ontario Sires Stakes action did anything to obscure Alastor Hanover’s map to the winner’s circle on Sunday evening as the two-year-old pacing colt picked up his seventh straight victory in Gold Elimination action at Windsor Raceway.
Perth resident’s retirement project makes OSS debut
September 26 - GLOUCESTER, ON — When Ryan Seelster lines up alongside the other three-year-old pacing colts in the second Grassroots division at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday it will mark the first time that Perth resident Judith Hogan has harnessed an Ontario Sires Stakes starter.
Youthful Seelster jumps to head of Grassroots class
September 25 - DRESDEN, ON — Youthful Seelster jumped to the top of the three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots standings with a wire-to-wire 1:57.3 victory at Dresden Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Chuckalo Beckster looking for post season berth Tuesday
September 24 - FRASERVILLE, SEPT. 23, 2005 — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies wrap up their Grassroots season at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday afternoon and Clare ‘Chuck’ Thompson is hoping Chuckalo Beckster can lock up a berth in the Grassroots Semifinal with a strong performance in the second division.
Let’s Talk Turkey causes a stir in Gold Elimination action
September 24 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Let’s Talk Turkey rocked to her first lifetime victory in Gold Elimination action at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening, halting the teletimer at 1:52.4 , just one-fifth of a second off the Ontario Sires Stakes record for two-year-old pacing fillies.
Celsius Hanover heats up Grand River Raceway
September 24 - ELORA, ON — Celsius Hanover kicked off an exciting evening of Grassroots action at Grand River Raceway on Friday with an impressive gate-to-wire triumph in the first of seven $15,000 divisions.
Hiawatha Horse Park event rescheduled
September 23 - SARNIA, ON — Poor track conditions caused by the afternoon thunder showers forced Hiawatha Horse Park to cancel its race program on Thursday. As a result, the three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots event originally scheduled for last night's program will be contested next Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Sarnia oval.
Gifted fillies ready for battle at Flamboro Sunday
September 23 - DUNDAS, SEPT. 22, 2005 — When Highnmighty returns to Flamboro Downs for Gold Series Elimination action on Sunday, the two-year-old trotting filly faces a field of what Dr. Michael Wilson calls the most talented youngsters ever to compete in the Ontario Sires Stakes program.
Button Up ready for Gold Elimination at Windsor Sunday
September 23 - WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway plays host to the exciting two-year-old pacing colts in a trio of Gold Series Eliminations on Sunday evening.
Trotting colt set to defend title at Mohawk Monday
September 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — With just five starts under his belt two-year-old trotting colt Dr. Robert Johns has already repaid his purchase price five times over, so Kathrine Moi says there is no pressure on the reigning Gold Final champion heading into Gold Series action at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
Tough luck filly returns to Grassroots Sunday
September 21 - DRESDEN, ON — After a summer marked by one problem after another, Todd Kennedy is looking forward to racing Terra Cotta Rascal in the last Grassroots event at Dresden Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Pressure is on as colts wrap up regular season Thursday
September 19 - SARNIA, ON — Ontario’s exciting three-year-old trotting colts wrap up their Grassroots regular season at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening and Wendell Waples is hoping another strong performance from Oaklea Nolan will secure the colt one of 16 spots in the Semifinals.
Fillies resume Gold Series rivalry Friday
September 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — After a six week absence from Ontario Sires Stakes competition, the talented two-year-old pacing fillies return to provincial action at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening.
Pimlico’s Premier ready to battle for points Friday
September 19 - ELORA, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Grand River Raceway on Friday evening with seven Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
Wingandaprayer soars to Grassroots victory in Innisfil
September 18 - INNISFIL, ON — Wingandaprayer surprised Georgian Downs fans on Saturday night, overcoming the outside Post 7 to score his second Grassroots victory in a personal best 1:58.3.
Teacher Supreme goes to the head of the class
September 16 - SARNIA, ON — Teacher Supreme scored her third straight Grassroots victory in front of a hometown crowd at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening.
Colts aim to defend their post season berth Saturday
September 14 - INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing colts will get an advance preview of the Georgian Downs surface on Saturday night as they compete in eight Grassroots divisions, the second last event on their road to the Oct. 8 Semifinals at the Innisfil oval.
Sarnia trainer hoping for home court advantage Thursday
September 12 - SARNIA, ON — Jim Ainsworth will start a trio of fillies in Grassroots action at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening, and while they all share the ‘Supreme’ suffix the two-year-old pacers have little else in common.
Pacing colts demolish records in Dresden
September 11 - DRESDEN, ON — It took Ontario’s finest three-year-old pacing colts less than two minutes to erase Dresden Raceway’s all age track record on Sunday afternoon.
Battin boosts his OSS point tally with three wins
September 10 - BELLEVILLE, SEPT. 9, 2005 — Ross Battin piloted two-year-old trotting colt The Orient Express to the fastest win in five Grassroots divisions at Quinte Exhibition Raceway on Friday night.
Killingly Funny slays her Grassroots competition
September 8 - WINDSOR, ON — Killingly Funny scored one for the local side on Wednesday evening, delivering an impressive come from behind victory in the first of six Grassroots divisions at Windsor Raceway.
Local colt aiming for big effort at Dresden Sunday
September 7 - DRESDEN, ON — Coming off a smart third-place finish in the Little Saratoga Final and with the first inside post he has seen in Grassroots competition this season, three-year-old pacing colt Summerhill Chris is poised for a solid effort at Dresden Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Astronomical defends Gold Final title in Windsor
September 5 - WINDSOR, ON — Sophomore pacing colt Astronomical stormed around Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening to claim his second straight Gold Final victory and take a commanding lead atop the division standings with just one Gold Series event remaining in the regular season.
Owner will catch colt in action for first time Friday
September 5 - BELLEVILLE, ON — Belleville and area harness racing fans will get one last dose of Ontario Sires Stakes excitement this Friday as Quinte Exhibition Raceway hosts Grassroots competition for the two-year-old trotting colts.
Cotton Briefs flashes to victory in Dresden
September 5 - DRESDEN, ON — Cotton Briefs turned in the fastest mile of seven Grassroots divisions at Dresden Raceway on Monday to capture her first lifetime victory.
Snap Out Of It battles to third Grassroots win
September 4 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Snap Out Of It scored his third straight Grassroots victory and equalled the track record in Ontario Sires Stakes action at Woodstock Raceway on Saturday.
Ross Henry lands pair of Grassroots trophies in Hanover
September 4 - HANOVER, ON — Ross Henry picked up a pair of wins in Grassroots action at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening, sending three-year-old trotting fillies Lookit and Praha to victory.
Filly transforms owner into horse lover
September 3 - WINDSOR, ON — Heading into her fourth Grassroots start on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Windsor Raceway, E Business has a solid record of three wins, three seconds and one third through 10 starts this season, but in the eyes of her owners the three-year-old pacing filly’s race record is not her most notable accomplishment.
Astronomical ready to defend his title Sunday
September 1 - WINDSOR, ON — When the three-year-old pacing colts line up behind Windsor Raceway’s starting gate on Sunday evening, Dr. Ian Moore expects Astronomical will have a battle on his hands to secure a second straight Gold Final title.
Whispering Girl roars to Gold Final win in Ottawa
September 1 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Sent off as the second longest shot in the race, Whispering Girl swept past pacesetter Whatthehecklavec to earn her first Gold Final title at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening.