Archives for September '08
O’Reilly trainees sport a pair of finely tuned engines
September 30 - OTTAWA, ON — Frank O’Reilly is heading back to Ottawa for Friday’s two-year-old trotting filly Gold Final with a pair of youngsters he likens to a high powered sports coupe and an oversized luxury car.
St Lads Popcorn claims second Gold Elimination trophy
September 29 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — St Lads Popcorn cruised to her seventh victory on Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, clocking a 1:52.2 personal best in the second of two $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
Simply Stirling sparkles in Grassroots win at Flamboro
September 29 - DUNDAS, ON — Campbellville resident Roy Jeffries piloted Simply Stirling to her second straight Grassroots victory at Flamboro Downs on Monday evening, firmly lodging the two-year-old trotting filly into second spot in the division standings.
Hibbler ready to defend his Gold Final title Thursday
September 29 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When the two-year-old trotting colts step back onto Mohawk Racetrack this Thursday, Harry Poulton is hoping that Hibbler can become the first colt of the season to repeat as a Gold Final champion.
Keystone Horatio aiming for Gold in Ottawa Thursday
September 29 - OTTAWA, ON — Ontario’s gifted three-year-old pacing colts bring their heated rivalry to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening and trainer John Kopas is hoping it is Keystone Horatio’s turn in the Gold Final winner’s circle.
Define The World romps to second Gold Final title
September 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Driver Paul MacDonell calls him confident, trainer John Bax calls him cocky, and after Sunday’s commanding Gold Final victory at Mohawk Racetrack, Define The World’s owner Al Libfeld may be calling the race office in Lexington, KY.
Medoland Glenno vaults into top 16 with Dresden victory
September 28 - DRESDEN, ON — Long shot Medoland Glenno delivered a thrilling finish at Dresden Raceway on Sunday afternoon to capture the second $20,000 Grassroots division and launch himself into the top 16.
Mufasas Place roars into Grassroots spotlight
September 27 - DUNDAS, ON — After struggling with breaks in her first two Grassroots starts, things finally came together for two-year-old pacing filly Mufasas Place at Flamboro Downs on Friday night and the Donald Lowes trainee stormed around the Dundas half-mile to a 1:56.1 victory.
Cumin First delivers impressive mile at owners’ local track
September 27 - OTTAWA, ON — Owners Mary Anne and Geoff Lauzon and Dr. Ruth Irving of Russell had hoped their two-year-old trotting filly would regain her winning form over Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday night, and Cumin First not only met their expectations, she exceeded them with an impressive track record effort in the first of three Gold Eliminations.
Pembrook Street captures third straight Grassroots trophy
September 27 - SARNIA, ON — Pembrook Street expanded his lead atop the two-year-old trotting colt division standings with a gate to wire victory at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday night.
Millionaire Cam sweeps around Mohawk to Gold Final win
September 27 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Impeccably bred two-year-old pacing colt Millionaire Cam delivered an impressive come from behind effort at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening to capture his first $140,000 Gold Series Final.
Ouellette wins two elims, faces tough choice for final
September 25 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Campbellville resident Luc Ouellette guided a pair of two-year-old trotting colts to Gold Elimination victory at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening and now faces the enviable task of choosing between the two for next week’s Gold Final.
Brainy trotting filly has found her niche in the Grassroots
September 25 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs fans will have an opportunity to see the talented two-year-old trotting fillies in Grassroots action on Monday, Sept. 29, less than three weeks before the top point earners return to the Dundas oval for post season competition.
Grin Goddess looking to up the ante at Mohawk Monday
September 25 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing fillies head back to Mohawk Racetrack for Gold Eliminations on Monday, Sept. 29, just 10 days after wrapping up a Gold Series over the Campbellville oval.
Define The World on top of his game heading into Final
September 24 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Driver Paul MacDonell says three-year-old trotter Define The World is a confident horse heading into Sunday’s Gold Final, and the Guelph resident says that confidence should be of some concern to the gelding’s peers as they head back to Mohawk Racetrack for the $140,000 showdown.
Whatta Hotty smokes to Gold Final win at Flamboro
September 24 - DUNDAS, ON — Whatta Hotty rocketed around the Flamboro Downs oval on Wednesday evening to score her first Gold Final victory in a personal best 1:57.3, just one-fifth of a second shy of the Ontario Sires Stakes record for three-year-old trotting fillies on a half-mile track.
Pacing colt in tough company on his local oval
September 24 - DRESDEN, ON — Barbara List knows Rambaranonbroadway is in a tough Grassroots division on Sunday afternoon, but the Chatham resident is still looking forward to watching her homebred two-year-old pacing colt compete over the Dresden Raceway oval.
Scrappy Nebupanezzar ready for Gold Final fight Saturday
September 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Nebupanezzar has been impressive in all eight of his starts, but the mile he delivered at Mohawk Racetrack last weekend to earn his berth in this Saturday’s $140,000 Gold Final elevated his status a notch in the eyes of trainer Bob McIntosh.
Northern Illusion makes Grassroots debut Saturday
September 23 - SARNIA, ON — Northern Illusion will make just his second start, and his Grassroots debut, at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday night, but the two-year-old trotting colt has already earned stakes winner status thanks to an impressive performance in the Balanced Image Stake last weekend.
Local owners feel pressure as fillies arrive in Ottawa
September 23 - OTTAWA, ON — Geoff and Mary Anne Lauzon are delighted that two-year-old trotting filly Cumin First will compete over their local oval on Friday evening, but the Russell residents admit the Rideau Carleton Raceway Gold Eliminations will be a little more nerve-wracking than the youngster’s other starts.
Trainer hopes Milliondollarjewel is a diamond in the rough
September 23 - DUNDAS, ON — When James Kay and Fred Clark saw Milliondollarjewel at the Summer Sizzler Sale, the Hamilton residents saw a filly with potential to succeed in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, and they are hoping the two-year-old pacing miss proves them right with a strong effort in her $20,000 Grassroots division at Flamboro Downs on Friday.
Brewer pilots pair of winners in Grassroots at Georgian
September 23 - INNISFIL, ON — Second in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver’s standings last season, Jason Brewer boosted his 2008 point tally with a pair of Grassroots victories at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening with three-year-old trotting fillies Fa Mulan and Majestic Style.
Popular Play Right hunting for first win Thursday
September 22 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — As the two-year-old trotting colts head back to Mohawk Racetrack for their second last Gold Elimination on Thursday evening, driver Mark MacDonald says Play Right has built up a loyal fan base in spite of his limited success through the first two months of the provincial program.
Define The World coasts to Gold Elimination triumph
September 21 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Heading in to Sunday’s Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack, trainer John Bax said Define The World had been pretty full of himself in recent weeks, and the three-year-old trotter proved that his self confidence was not misplaced with an impressive victory in the first $40,000 skirmish.
Chancey Lady rebounds to claim third Gold Final crown
September 20 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack fans gave the edge to rival Im Just Special, but three-year-old pacing filly Chancey Lady proved that she is back on form Saturday night with an impressive performance to claim her third Gold Final title of the season.
Henry breezes to pair of Trillium wins in Innisfil
September 20 - INNISFIL, ON — Wayne Henry has led all trainers in the Ontario Sires Stakes program for the past two seasons, and the Arthur resident demonstrated the reason for his success with a pair of Trillium Series victories at Georgian Downs on Saturday night.
Michael Whelan guides fillies to Grassroots success
September 19 - DUNDAS, ON — Dundas resident Michael Whelan scored a Grassroots driving double at Flamboro Downs on Thursday evening, piloting three-year-old pacing fillies Dreamfair Shannie and Greek Beach to victory in the last two $20,000 divisions.
St Lads Popcorn refuses to relinquish Gold Final crown
September 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes sweetheart St Lads Popcorn kept a firm hold on her Gold Final crown with an impressive 1:52.4 victory in Friday’s $120,000 battle at Mohawk Racetrack.
Whatta Hotty aiming to keep her cool in Gold Final
September 19 - DUNDAS, ON — Whatta Hotty’s path to the winner’s circle was far longer than her connections expected, but as the three-year-old trotting fillies head back to Flamboro Downs for their second last Gold Final on Wednesday, Sept. 24, the filly’s elimination win has cemented her as one of the favourites in the $120,000 contest.
Race for the post season heats up in trotting filly ranks
September 19 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs will wrap up a spectacular season of Ontario Sires Stakes action on Tuesday, Sept. 23 with five Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies.
Trillium Series is continuing education for Lunar Stream
September 17 - INNISFIL, ON — Heading into Saturday’s Trillium Series event at Georgian Downs, two-year-old trotting filly Lunar Stream is looking to expand her education and gain some confidence in her ability.
Define The World hoping to stretch his wings
September 17 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — He heads to Mohawk Racetrack on Sunday as the reigning Gold Final champion, but there is more at stake for three-year-old trotter Define The World than another piece of Gold Series hardware.
Mohawk serves fans an OSS feast on Saturday
September 16 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Chancey Lady will be looking to defend her Gold Final title at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night, but trainer John Pentland says the three-year-old pacing filly might still be a week or two short of her best effort after missing five weeks due to sickness.
Briar Goes West ready to shake things up Friday
September 16 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mark Austin expects that Briar Goes West will need a new strategy to vie for a Gold Final title at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday night.
Late blooming Rock Rico sharp in Grassroots victory
September 16 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Rock Rico burst onto the Ontario Sires Stakes scene with an impressive 1:56.4 victory in Grassroots action at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday evening.
A New Scentsation aiming for return trip to Flamboro
September 15 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies are headed to Flamboro Downs on Thursday, Sept. 18 for their second last regular season Grassroots event, and the competition will be fierce as the distaffers battle for the right to return to the Dundas oval in October.
Voelz Hanover and Im Just Special shine in the rain
September 13 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Rain did not take any of the sparkle off the performances of Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing fillies at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening.
Pacing colts impressive at Woodstock in spite of rain
September 13 - WOODSTOCK, ON — Rain soaked the Woodstock Raceway oval on Saturday afternoon, but the talented two-year-old pacing colts still delivered lightning fast performances in seven $20,000 Grassroots divisions.
Henry hits a Grassroots double at Grand River
September 12 - ELORA, ON — Wayne Henry picked up two more Ontario Sires Stakes trophies to add to his collection at Grand River Raceway on Friday evening, capturing Grassroots divisions with freshman trotting fillies Town Hall Babe and Girlsruleboyslose.
Western Terror fillies sweep Gold Eliminations at Mohawk
September 12 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Making their debuts in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, two-year-old Western Terror daughters Briar Goes West and Shacked Up swept to victory in their $40,000 Gold Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening.
Condi Lane hoping to regain her groove Wednesday
September 12 - DUNDAS, ON — The absence of five of the top 10 point earners has left the door ajar in Wednesday’s three-year-old trotting filly Gold Eliminations at Flamboro Downs, and trainer Bob Young is hoping Condi Lane is ready to sneak through into next week’s Gold Final and maybe even the season ending Super Final.
Valley Courtney clocks personal best in Trillium triumph
September 11 - GLOUCESTER, ON — John Bax trainees swept the top two spots in the quickest of three $23,000 Trillium Series divisions at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening, with Valley Courtney clocking the 1:58.3 victory over stablemate Gaelic Mistress.
Well rested trotter returns to Kawartha on Tuesday
September 11 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Six months after he captured a pair of maiden races at the Fraserville oval, three-year-old trotter Windsun Pride is making a triumphant return to Kawartha Downs this Tuesday, Sept. 16 as the current Grassroots point leader and a winner of $72,750.
Milton resident hopes filly is poised for late season surge
September 9 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When Windsong Eva rolls off the gate from Post 2 in her Gold Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night, it will come as a relief to trainer Bill Cass, who was starting to think poor posts in Ontario Sires Stakes action were a genetic flaw.
Jamieson hopes colts find their niche in Grassroots
September 9 - WOODSTOCK, ON — This Saturday afternoon Carl Jamieson will make the 10 minute drive from his Princeton farm to Woodstock Raceway with a pair of two-year-old pacing colts, and the veteran horseman is hoping Riopelle and Western Heart are ready to make their presence felt on the Grassroots circuit.
Rose Seelster hunting for her first win on Friday
September 9 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Rose Seelster has not missed a Gold Final this season, but trainer John Kopas describes the two-year-old pacing filly as a late bloomer and feels she is just rounding into form for Friday’s Gold Series Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack.
Giddy Up Lucky lands second Grassroots prize
September 9 - INNISFIL, ON — Impressive in overnight action at Georgian Downs last Tuesday, Giddy Up Lucky delivered an equally stirring performance this week to claim his second Grassroots trophy and make a leap up the three-year-old pacing colt division standings.
Consistent Countess Stormont primed for Trillium battle
September 8 - OTTAWA, ON — In 16 starts this season, Countess Stormont has only missed three cheques, and trainer Norm Jones is hoping the three-year-old trotting miss can extend her steady streak through this Thursday’s Trillium Series contest at Rideau Carleton Raceway.
Arthur residents lose sleep as filly struggles with virus
September 8 - ELORA, ON — Training a two-year-old trotting filly is always a challenge, but this season Arthur residents John and Kathy Cecchin have faced more than the usual dose of frustration with Jayport Cindy, one of 77 young trotters headed to Grand River Raceway for Grassroots action on Friday evening.
Pembrook Street scores second straight Grassroots victory
September 7 - HANOVER, ON — Pembrook Street expanded his lead atop the two-year-old trotting colt Grassroots standings with an impressive victory at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening.
Two different strategies earn Brown same result at Rideau
September 7 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Gord Brown piloted a pair of two-year-old pacing fillies to victory at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening, earning both fillies their first piece of Grassroots hardware.
Georgian Downs test a tough one for local pacers
September 5 - INNISFIL, ON — Box Car Billie and Sportsman will join their three-year-old pacing colt peers at Georgian Downs on Tuesday night for the fifth Grassroots skirmish of the season, but trainer Bruce MacDonald does not think racing over their local oval will serve any advantage after the post position draw handed the geldings a pair of tough assignments.
Outside rail a regular sight for Quality Goods
September 2 - GLOUCESTER, ON — Fortune has not smiled on two-year-old pacing filly Quality Goods when it comes to post positions, and the Mark Steacy trainee finds herself back out in Post 8 for Sunday’s Grassroots event at Rideau Carleton Raceway.