Archives for September '07
Keystone Horatio the big winner in lucrative Gold Final
September 30 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Heading into the two-year-old pacing colt Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway, Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh said the colt who got the best trip would take home the lion’s share of the $234,313 purse, and on Sunday night Keystone Horatio got the perfect trip.
Windsong Espoir makes it look easy, for the sixth time
September 30 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Freshman trotting colt Windsong Espoir floated around Mohawk Racetrack on Sunday evening to claim his sixth straight victory and etch his name into the Ontario Sires Stakes history books.
Freshman pacing colt aces Grassroots test in Sudbury
September 29 - SUDBURY, ON — Northern Ace delivered an impressive come from behind effort at Sudbury Downs on Saturday evening to claim his first Grassroots victory in a track record equalling 1:58.
Somebody To Love hits the jackpot at Mohawk Saturday
September 29 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Fans of Somebody To Love were practising their happy dance at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening when the two-year-old trotting filly reeled off a major upset in the $130,000 Gold Final.
Golden Genes Hall sharp at Kawartha in spite of rain
September 28 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Golden Genes Hall delivered an impressive effort in Grassroots action at Kawartha Downs on Thursday evening, trotting around the soggy Fraserville oval in 1:59.2.
Sportyportia hoping to make up for lost time in Gold Final
September 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — After watching from the sidelines through the first three Gold Series events, trainer Jack Remmerswaal is grateful Sportyportia is in Monday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, in spite of the fact that the three-year-old trotting filly will be handicapped by the outside Post 10.
Twin B Impact primed for final Grassroots battle
September 28 - WINDSOR, ON — Three-year-old pacing colt Twin B Impact needs to be at the top of his game to extend his season beyond next Wednesday’s Grassroots event at Windsor Raceway, so trainer Philip Edwards has spent the last two weeks preparing the colt for the race of his life.
Ita De Vie returns to Grassroots for final OSS start
September 28 - DUNDAS, ON — Ita De Vie will start from the rail for the first time in four months next Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Flamboro Downs, and trainer-driver Gary Stead is leaning toward an aggressive approach in the three-year-old trotting filly’s last Ontario Sires Stakes start.
Arch Madness delivers a slam dunk in Ottawa Gold Final
September 28 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Arch Madness had five wins on his card heading into Friday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway, but the three-year-old trotter had never seen the inside of an Ontario Sires Stakes winner’s circle.
Windsong Espoir carries owners’ hopes into Gold Final
September 27 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Windsong Espoir will put his five race win streak on the line this Sunday when he steps up behind the Mohawk Racetrack starting gate with nine of his two-year-old trotting colt peers for their second last $130,000 Gold Final.
McIntosh trainees go for Gold in Ottawa Sunday
September 27 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Over $345,000 in Ontario Sires Stakes purse money is on the line at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday night as the two-year-old pacing fillies compete in a pair of $55,000 Gold Eliminations and the two-year-old pacing colts battle for $234,000 in their Gold Final.
Hallo makes his Gold Final debut in Ottawa Friday
September 26 - GLOUCESTER, ON — There have been bumps and detours along the way, but Rene Laarman is confident that three-year-old trotting colt Hallo is heading into Friday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway on solid footing.
Deuces And Jacks plays his cards right at Kawartha
September 26 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Newcastle resident Gord Brown teamed up with Deuces And Jacks to capture the $130,000 three-year-old pacing colt Gold Final at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday evening.
Onyx Killean still flawless through four Grassroots starts
September 26 - INNISFIL, ON — Onyx Killean extended her perfect record to four in Grassroots competition at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening.
Feels Like Magic hoping to pad her point total Saturday
September 26 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s gifted two-year-old trotting fillies swing back into Campbellville this Saturday for the second last Gold Final on their schedule, and trainer Kevin O’Reilly is hoping elimination winner Feels Like Magic can deliver another strong finish and stay on the course he has charted for her freshman season.
Owners hope Kerrs Light is on track in Sudbury
September 26 - SUDBURY, ON — Sudbury Downs wraps up its 2007 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule this Saturday with a visit from the exciting two-year-old pacing colts.
Milliondollarsmile returns local owners to winner’s circle
September 26 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies put on an impressive show for Flamboro Downs fans on Wednesday evening in a pair of $36,056 Trillium Series divisions.
Brigham Dream and Sportyportia step up in Gold Elims
September 25 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Brigham Dream returned to the Ontario Sires Stakes program after a three month absence and scored a hard fought 1:55.3 victory in the first of two $55,445 Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
Dandy Duke battling for a return trip to Kawartha
September 25 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Heading into Thursday’s Grassroots event at Kawartha Downs two-year-old trotting colt Dandy Duke is in the thick of the race for a post season berth back at his hometown oval in October, and trainer John Bax thinks the gelding has the right attitude to make it happen.
Chancey Lady cruises to Gold Final triumph
September 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Chancey Lady delivered her fourth victory in five starts Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, capturing the $130,000 Gold Final for two-year-old pacing fillies.
Windsong Espoir brings his winning ways to Gold Series
September 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Two-year-old trotting colt Windsong Espoir made his first appearance in the Ontario Sires Stakes program on Sunday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, cruising to an effortless four and three-quarter length Gold Elimination victory.
Claudius Augustus returns to form at Rideau Carleton
September 21 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Claudius Augustus rebounded from a pair of disappointing efforts to score a Gold Elimination victory at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening in track record style.
Jamieson quartet hunting for Grassroots success Tuesday
September 21 - INNISFIL, ON — Fred Brayford will have an opportunity to see one of his horses race close to home when the two-year-old pacing fillies come to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, Sept. 25, but the Alliston resident admits that he is having trouble drumming up much enthusiasm for the outing.
Grassroots rivals to square off in Trillium event
September 21 - DUNDAS, ON — Bruce MacDonald will harness two sophomore pacing fillies in the Wednesday, Sept. 26 Trillium Series at Flamboro Downs and the trainer says he has mixed expectations heading into the $72,000 event.
Bigtime Ball attracts a crowd at Kawartha Downs
September 20 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Bigtime Ball will return to Kawartha Downs on Tuesday, Sept. 25 for his third crack at a $130,000 Gold Final, and the track photographer is preparing a wide-angled lens should the three-year-old pacing gelding make it two in a row at his hometown oval.
Jtlady Strong hoping heart and speed equal Gold success
September 20 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — After a seven week pause in their schedule, the three-year-old trotting fillies return to Gold Series action on Monday, Sept. 24 at Mohawk Racetrack.
Favourites flounder in Hiawatha Grassroots
September 20 - SARNIA, ON — It was a tough night for favourites at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday as only one of the fans’ choices delivered the goods in seven Grassroots events.
O U Gus delivering substance over flash in Gold Series
September 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — O U Gus may not be setting the two-year-old trotting colt division on fire but, heading into the second last Gold Series Eliminations of the season this Sunday at Mohawk Racetrack, the Jerry Duford trainee has certainly been consistent.
Simply Mavelous gets rave reviews in Mohawk Gold Final
September 18 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — For the last four months Simply Mavelous has been slaving as an understudy to the province’s top three-year-old pacing fillies, and on Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack she finally earned her moment in the spotlight.
Grinning Breed leaps to top of Grassroots standings
September 18 - ELORA, ON — Grinning Breed and Dougs Fame jumped to the top of the two-year-old pacing colt division point race with a one-two finish in the second of six $18,173 Grassroots battles at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening.
Bigtime Ball delivers track record triumph on home turf
September 18 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Bigtime Ball made his local fans proud on Tuesday night, capturing his Gold Elimination in a Kawartha Downs track record 1:50.4.
Trainer hoping for Hollywood ending from Cayenne Turbo
September 18 - GLOUCESTER, ON — When Cayenne Turbo lines up behind the starting gate at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday night, the three-year-old trotting colt will be carrying more than just driver Gord Brown in his race bike.
Gold Series stars ready to shine at Mohawk Saturday
September 18 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — In his equine clinic Dr. Dan McMaster calls the shots, but when it comes to two-year-old trotting filly Feels Like Magic the Campbellville resident admits that his veterinary intern Tine Nielsen is the chief decision maker.
Frustrating filly returns to Grassroots Thursday
September 17 - SARNIA, ON — Freshman trotting filly B Cor Reba has led a Jekyll and Hyde existence this summer, but heading into Thursday’s Grassroots event at Hiawatha Horse Park, trainer Barry Drury is hopeful her mild mannered side is starting to re-emerge.
Fillies make triumphant OSS debuts at Mohawk Friday
September 15 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Sloppy conditions at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening did not spoil the show put on by Ontario’s precocious two-year-old pacing fillies in a trio of $39,182 Gold Eliminations.
Milliondollarsmile delights three generations of owners
September 15 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When Milliondollarsmile rolls up behind the gate at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, three generations of horse owners from the Wright family will be standing at the rail ready to cheer her home.
Fritz and McElroy hit Grassroots doubles in Hanover
September 15 - HANOVER, ON — Walkerton native Randy Fritz guided a pair of three-year-old pacing fillies to Grassroots victory at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening.
Former Gold competitors dominate at Woodstock
September 15 - WOODSTOCK, ON — After a brief foray into the Gold Series, Tymal Francesca returned to Grassroots action at Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon and embarrassed a field of her three-year-old trotting filly peers with a 23 length victory.
T Js Mr Lavec leaps into the Grassroots fray in Sudbury
September 13 - SUDBURY, ON — In spite of a chill in the northern air, and a track rated one second slower than normal, T Js Mr Lavec managed to rocket around the Sudbury Downs oval on Wednesday evening and launch himself into the thick of the three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots point race.
Don Wan Misy carries on family traditions in Grassroots
September 13 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies make the second last Grassroots appearance of their careers this Saturday afternoon at Woodstock Raceway, and trainer Norman Campbell is hoping Don Wan Misy is heading into the late season event in peak condition.
Pacing colts converge on Grand River Raceway Monday
September 13 - ELORA, ON — As the two-year-old pacing colts start the second half of their Grassroots season at Grand River Raceway on Monday, trainer Gregg McNair is hoping that the four youngsters hailing from his barn are still working toward their peak performance level.
Wholly Louy makes triumphant return to Grassroots
September 13 - GLOUCESTER, ON — After an extended run at the Gold Series level, Wholly Louy returned to Grassroots action at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday night and picked up right where he left off in June.
Local favourites ready for Gold Elimination tussle Tuesday
September 13 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Driver Paul MacDonell and pacer Bigtime Ball will return to their roots next Tuesday, Sept. 18, when Kawartha Downs hosts a trio of Gold Series Eliminations for the exciting three-year-old pacing colts.
Shake That Junk begins defence of her crown Friday
September 11 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — After a six week hiatus in their Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, the talented two-year-old pacing fillies return to Gold Series action at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening.
Lifes A Trip hoping for sweet ride around Hanover
September 11 - HANOVER, ON — Ontario’s exciting three-year-old pacing fillies roar into Hanover Raceway this Saturday in the second last regular season Grassroots event of their career.
Unexpected entry gives MacMillan home field advantage
September 10 - GLOUCESTER, ON — When the Ontario Sires Stakes season started, trainer John MacMillan did not expect to be racing any horses in Thursday’s three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Four months and a few pleasant surprises later, and the Spencerville resident will start not just one, but two colts in the $112,000 event.
Pacing filly delivers high powered performance at Mohawk
September 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — On Monday evening Michelles Power attacked the Mohawk Racetrack surface with a high intensity performance that saw her lower the Ontario Sires Stakes record for three-year-old pacing fillies.
McElroy picks up a pair in Grassroots action at Sarnia
September 9 - SARNIA, ON — After missing most of last season due to injury, Don McElroy has eased back onto the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit in 2007, making just 28 starts in the provincial program heading into Saturday night’s Grassroots event at Hiawatha Horse Park.
Catch My Korvette has been both lucky and good
September 7 - SUDBURY, ON — Ontario’s three-year-old trotting colts make their second last regular season Grassroots start next Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Sudbury Downs, and trainer Paul Walker is hoping Catch My Korvette continues to benefit from the combination of grit and luck that has propelled him to the top of the division standings.
Mach You And Me resumes Gold Series campaign Monday
September 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack hosts the second last Gold Series event for the three-year-old pacing fillies on Monday evening, a $115,000 affair that will see just one filly eliminated from the field for next week’s Gold Final.
Billie Baran faces stiff test over his local oval Saturday
September 4 - SARNIA, ON — With just one Grassroots start under his belt, Billie Baran is already a contender for a berth in the lucrative post season and the Sarnia-based two-year-old pacing colt will be looking to bolster his chances with a successful outing over his hometown oval on Saturday night.
Brewer on a hot streak in Dresden Grassroots
September 3 - DRESDEN, ON — Got The Munchies delivered a sweet mile in the first of seven $15,428 Grassroots divisions at Dresden Raceway on Monday afternoon.
Henry Stable dominates Grassroots action at Clinton
September 2 - CLINTON, ON — Wayne and Trevor Henry capped off an extraordinary weekend of Ontario Sires Stakes success by winning five of six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies at Clinton Raceway.
Henry’s tear up Woodstock oval with Grassroots colts
September 1 - WOODSTOCK, ON — At the halfway mark in the season, brothers Wayne and Trevor Henry lead the Ontario Sires Stakes trainer and driver standings by a comfortable margin, and afternoons like the pair had at Woodstock Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 1 do not lend a great deal of hope to the men and women chasing them.
Ontario-sired Somebeachsomewhere captures Metro in world record style
September 1 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Undefeated Somebeachsomewhere, driven by Paul MacDonell, wired his nine rivals in the $1 million Metro Pace for two-year-olds Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack and in the process set a juvenile world record of 1:49.3.
Former Gold Final winner graduates to Breeder Crown glory
September 1 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Longshot Moving Pictures, last for most of the mile after starting from post ten, sprinted home past the leaders in the final strides to score an upset victory in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace at Mohawk Raceway in 1:51.2.