Archives for September '11
Plan comes together for Lindsey and Keystone Orion
September 30 - DUNDAS, ON — Trainer Don Lindsey gave up his chance at Grassroots glory for a shot at Gold Series success and the move paid off in spades on Friday evening as two-year-old trotter Keystone Orion emerged victorious in Gold Final competition at Flamboro Downs.
Daylon Magician earns third Gold Final trophy
September 30 - ELORA, ON — Racing over an off track for a second straight week did not deter Daylon Magician from adding a third Gold Final trophy to his collection on Friday evening at Grand River Raceway.
Two-year-old colt pace Gold Elimination not required
September 29 - TORONTO, ON — Six eligible two-year-old colt pacers were entered this morning (Thursday) for the OSS Gold Elimination scheduled to be contested on Monday, October 3rd at Woodbine Racetrack.
Miss Paris bids field adieu in Ottawa
September 29 - OTTAWA, ON — Miss Paris made her debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes program with a five length victory in last week’s Gold Elimination at Rideau Carleton Raceway, and the two-year-old trotting filly cemented her status as a late season contender with a matching effort in Thursday’s $130,000 Gold Final.
Defy Time already a champion to Downey
September 29 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — As the Grassroots season draws to a close with Saturday’s $800,000 championship event at Mohawk Racetrack, Ian Downey is content with the accomplishments of three-year-old trotting filly Defy Time.
Eagle Canada aiming for another consistent effort Sunday
September 28 - WINDSOR, ON — Only 10 three-year-old trotting fillies will compete in one $40,000 Gold Elimination at Windsor Raceway on Sunday, and trainer Gregg McNair is hoping Eagle Canada can extend the consistent streak that has seen her advance to the final of every stake she has contested since June.
Sophomore pacers looking for a little luck Saturday
September 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Three-year-old pacing filly Brush With Royalty may not have won a Grassroots race before last week’s Semifinal, but trainer James Dean says it was not for lack of trying.
Prodigal Seelster dominates Gold Final field
September 28 - ELORA, ON — If it is true that there are ‘horses for courses’, then Prodigal Seelster owns Grand River Raceway.
Rockwood resident has two hopefuls in Grassroots Final
September 27 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Last fall Bill Manes bought a share in two yearlings, and on Saturday evening the Rockwood resident will be in the enviable position of having two horses to cheer for when both Life Signature and Red Carpet Dude parade onto Mohawk Racetrack for the freshman pacing colt Grassroots Final.
Circles expecting fierce Gold Final battle Thursday
September 26 - OTTAWA, ON — Two-year-old trotting filly Circles will be looking to retain her Gold Final title at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening, but Woodlawn resident John Smith is pretty sure scoring a second win over his local oval will be tougher than earning the first.
The Northern Dude makes Gold Final debut Friday
September 26 - DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting colts return to Flamboro Downs on Friday evening for their fourth $130,000 Gold Final, and Ann Munn is hoping The Northern Dude can repeat the top three effort he turned in during last week’s elimination round.
Machapelo is king of the hill in Elora
September 26 - ELORA, SEPT. 26, 2011 — Monday night’s Gold Final result made it official — Machapelo is king of the two-year-old pacing colt heap when it comes to competition at Grand River Raceway.
Grand River Raceway fans hope for fair skies Friday
September 26 - ELORA, ON — In spite of the seven-hole and a sloppy track Daylon Magician clocked a 1:57.2 track record at Grand River Raceway last Friday, leaving fans at the Elora oval wondering what he will be able to do if the skies are clear for this Friday night’s $130,000 Gold Final.
Legal Entity battles to Gold Final triumph in Windsor
September 25 - WINDSOR, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing fillies treated Windsor Raceway fans to an outstanding finish in their fourth $130,000 Gold Final on Sunday evening.
Sophomores scorch Mohawk oval in Semifinal action
September 24 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Unlike their freshman counterparts, Ontario’s top sophomore Grassroots competitors benefited from clear skies on Saturday night and the result was a high speed showdown over the Mohawk Racetrack oval.
Track record holder hopes for sophomore success in Elora
September 23 - ELORA, ON — On Wednesday, Sept. 28 Prodigal Seelster will return to Grand River Raceway for the first time since he set a track record winning the 2010 edition of the Battle Of Waterloo.
Kadabra colts sweep Gold Eliminations at Flamboro
September 23 - DUNDAS, ON — One was making his debut in the Gold Series while the other is ranked in the top five, one controlled the tempo from start to finish while the other swept by the leaders in the stretch, but both Prestidigitator and Heres The Magic got the job done in Gold Elimination action at Flamboro Downs on Friday.
Battles are fierce for freshman Semifinal trophies
September 23 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — When the top 20 horses from each freshman Grassroots division gathered at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday night, fans got to see just how deep the talent pool is in the Ontario Sires Stakes program.
Daylon Magician cruises to victory in Elora
September 23 - ELORA, ON — it required no magic for Daylon Magician to score his sixth straight victory at Grand River Raceway on Friday evening.
Warrawee Needy racing for more than OSS glory
September 22 - ELORA, ON — When Warrawee Needy rolls in behind the starting gate at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening, the two-year-old pacing colt will be facing a little more pressure than the rest of the field.
China Pearls first OSS victory comes in rich Gold Final
September 22 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — China Pearls captured her third straight victory with an impressive sprint home in Thursday’s $170,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack.
Local fillies scorch around Rideau Carleton
September 22 - OTTAWA, ON — Freshman trotting fillies with local connections dominated a trio of Gold Eliminations at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening, starting with an effortless performance by reigning Gold Final champion Circles.
Zeron has full confidence in Apogee Hanover
September 21 - WINDSOR, ON — They say confidence can carry you a long way, and driver Scott Zeron is hoping his confidence in two-year-old pacing filly Apogee Hanover carries them straight to the Gold Final winner’s circle at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening.
Grassroots challengers looking to shine in Semifinals
September 20 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Each division has been winnowed down to 20 horses and Friday’s Grassroots Semifinals at Mohawk Racetrack will further reduce the ranks of two-year-olds to 10 finalists.
Monkey On My Wheel earns second Gold Final trophy
September 20 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Jody Jamieson had Monkey On My Wheel on cruise control at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening, guiding the three-year-old pacing filly to her second straight Gold Final victory.
Carr keen on his trio of Grassroots Semifinalists
September 20 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Jim Carr is bullish on the Ontario Sires Stakes program, and the Hamilton resident demonstrated his enthusiasm at the Summer Sizzler Sale in August by purchasing two sophomore pacers who have advanced to Saturday’s Grassroots Semifinals at Mohawk Racetrack.
Cosmopolitan filly hoping for success in nation’s capital
September 19 - OTTAWA, ON — After butting heads with North America’s top fillies all season, Miss Paris brings her skills to the Ontario Sires Stakes program this Thursday, competing in one of three $40,000 Gold Eliminations at Rideau Carleton Raceway.
China Pearls taking owners on a fun-filled ride
September 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Call it a cliché, but Stewart Cockshutt has been involved with harness racing long enough to know that winning is not everything.
Colt hoping to make a little late season magic
September 19 - DUNDAS, ON — With the top two colts opting out of Friday’s Gold Eliminations, fans can expect fierce competition from the 17 freshman trotting colts headed to Flamboro Downs for a pair of $40,000 battles.
Traverse Seelster moving up to the big time
September 19 - ELORA, ON — Traverse Seelster’s Grassroots foes breathed a sigh of relief when the entries for Friday’s Gold Eliminations at Grand River Raceway were published.
Pacing colts finish season in high gear
September 18 - INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing colts were on fire at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening, rocketing around the Innisfil oval in the last regular season event of their Grassroots campaign.
Apogee Hanover captures Windsor Gold Elim
September 18 - WINDSOR, ON — After a month-long break in their Ontario Sires Stakes campaign, Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing fillies returned to Gold Series action at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening.
Trotting colts battle their way to Semifinals in Ottawa
September 16 - OTTAWA, ON — Freshman trotting colts Mikey Hanover and Northern Victory scored one for the local side at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening, finishing first and second in their $24,000 Grassroots division.
R Gauwitz Hanover heads to Semifinal with perfect record
September 16 - DUNDAS, ON — R Gauwitz Hanover wrapped up the regular season with a flawless record of five wins in five Grassroots starts by posting an effortless victory in the first of six $24,000 divisions for the freshman pacing colts at Flamboro Downs on Friday.
Guelph resident grateful for filly’s good fortune
September 16 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies will battle in their second last Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday, and trainer Travis Umphrey will be coasting into the Campbellville facility on a wave of gratitude.
Rebel Jet hopes effort overcomes inexperience Monday
September 16 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway wraps up its Ontario Sires Stakes season with an impressive line up of Gold Series events this month, starting with a $40,000 Gold Elimination for the exciting two-year-old pacing colts on Monday, Sept. 19.
Cameron Lucky finishes season at top of standings
September 15 - SARNIA, ON — As the air temperature cooled around them, Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies kept things sizzling on the Hiawatha Horse Park surface Thursday, roaring around the five-eighths oval in their last regular season Grassroots event.
Dayplanner wraps up season with perfect record
September 14 - INNISFIL, ON — Two-year-old trotting filly Dayplanner wrapped up her regular season with a flawless record in Grassroots action by scoring a come-from-behind victory at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening.
Top fillies deliver the goods at Flamboro Wednesday
September 14 - DUNDAS, ON — None of the division winners in Wednesday’s regular season finale at Flamboro Downs were strangers to the Grassroots winner’s circle, resulting in very little movement in the upper ranks of the two-year-old pacing filly division.
Your Beautiful aims to prove she belongs Sunday
September 14 - WINDSOR, ON — Your Beautiful has led a dual existence this season, competing successfully in both the Grassroots and Gold Series programs, but Stephen Gillard says if the two-year-old pacing filly delivers a strong effort at Windsor Raceway on Sunday she will finish up the season among the province’s best.
Lucky Encounter needs some good fortune Saturday
September 14 - INNISFIL, ON — When it comes to advancing to the Grassroots post season the odds are stacked against Lucky Encounter, but trainer Barry Treen is still looking forward to racing the three-year-old pacer at Georgian Downs on Saturday.
Gangell, Coulter team up for two Grassroots wins
September 14 - ELORA, ON — Scott Coulter piloted a pair of Sue Marie Gangell trainees to victory at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening and catapulted both three-year-old trotters into the Top 20 in the final Grassroots event of the regular season.
Grassroots arrives on local colt’s doorstep Friday
September 13 - OTTAWA, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway hosts the final round of Grassroots action for the two-year-old trotting colts this Friday, and for the first time this season Northern Victory does not have to get on a trailer to compete in the provincial program.
Franceschetti, Who Doesnt aim to finish on high note
September 12 - DUNDAS, ON — Ranked fifth and sixth heading into Friday’s regular season finale at Flamboro Downs, two-year-old pacing colts Who Doesnt and Franceschetti are just a handful of the Grassroots contenders Wayne Giles hopes to be watching in the Semifinal round.
Pacing fillies wrap up regular season Thursday
September 12 - SARNIA, ON — With 125 points earned through her first four Grassroots starts, Angel On The Wing has already assured herself of a berth in the post season, but trainer Larry Fitzsimmons would love to see the three-year-old pacing filly wrap up the regular season on a high note this Thursday at Hiawatha Horse Park.
Fillies hoping to elbow their way into Top 20
September 11 - DUNDAS, ON — Push has come to shove for Ontario’s two-year-old pacing fillies as they wrap up their Grassroots regular season at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday afternoon.
OSS Gold Elimination 3-Year-Old Filly Pace at Mohawk Cancelled
September 9 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Nine 3-year-old filly pacers were entered this morning (Friday) for the OSS Gold Elimination scheduled to be contested on Tuesday, September 13 at Mohawk Racetrack.
Bridge On The Kwai debuts in Grassroots finale
September 9 - INNISFIL, ON — On Tuesday, when most of her peers will wrap up their Grassroots season, two-year-old trotting filly Bridge On The Kwai will arrive at Georgian Downs not just for her provincial debut, but for her first lifetime start.
Trotting colts hoping to score in Grassroots Wednesday
September 9 - ELORA, ON — Rather than the call to the post for Wednesday’s Grassroots event, Grand River Raceway may want to employ The Hockey Theme, as a pair of three-year-old trotting colts named in honour of Canada’s game roll in behind the starting gate.
Filion, Moreau double up in Flamboro Grassroots
September 9 - DUNDAS, ON — Driver Sylvain Filion of Milton and trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch teamed up to capture two hotly contested three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots divisions at Flamboro Downs on Friday evening.
MacDonald steers Here Comes Jenny to victory
September 9 - OTTAWA, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway regular John MacDonald picked up a catch drive aboard three-year-old trotting filly Here Comes Jenny on Friday evening and piloted the fan favourite to a Grassroots victory.
SA Herbee gets her chance at Grassroots glory Friday
September 6 - OTTAWA, ON — Rideau Carleton Raceway hosts the final regular season Grassroots events for the province’s three-year-old trotting fillies on Friday evening, and Gerard Vaillancourt is using the event to test the skills of his newest acquisition.
Fierce Grassroots battle on tap at Flamboro Friday
September 6 - DUNDAS, ON — Trainer Ben Wallace will harness a pair of three-year-old pacing geldings in Friday’s Grassroots skirmish at Flamboro Downs, hoping Pointed Victory and Tara Micket turn in the sort of workmanlike effort that currently has them ranked among the top 20 point earners in the division.
P L Fantastic lights up Georgian Downs with track record
September 6 - INNISFIL, ON — Uxbridge resident Dan Clements and P L Fantastic tripped around the Innisfil oval to a track record result in the sixth of seven $24,000 Grassroots divisions on Tuesday evening.
Epoxy Queen elevates her standing on Legends Day
September 5 - CLINTON, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies impressed fans at Clinton Raceway’s Legends Day program on Sunday afternoon, with Epoxy Queen delivering her third straight Grassroots victory in the fastest of six $24,000 divisions.
Menary scores Grassroots training triple in Dresden
September 5 - DRESDEN, ON — Trainer David Menary sent out a trio of Grassroots winners at Dresden Raceway on Monday afternoon, as the half-mile showcased the province’s best two-year-old pacing colts.
Majestic Taglet lowers track record in Sudbury
September 3 - SUDBURY, ON — Sudbury Downs wrapped up its 2011 Ontario Sires Stakes season with a track record performance by two-year-old trotting filly Majestic Taglet.
Eat Me Up rockets around Hanover to fourth OSS win
September 3 - HANOVER, ON — Eat Me Up paced around the Hanover Raceway oval in a personal best 1:55 on Saturday evening, claiming the fastest victory of seven $24,000 Grassroots divisions and sole ownership of top spot in the two-year-old pacing filly point standings.
MacDonnell taking long term perspective with Magish
September 2 - INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old trotting colt crop descends on Georgian Downs on Tuesday night, and trainer Ted MacDonnell is hoping Magish can earn another top five finish in the second $24,000 Grassroots division.
MacDonald triples in trotting filly Grassroots
September 2 - ELORA, ON — Guelph resident Anthony MacDonald piloted a trio of three-year-old trotting fillies to Grassroots victory at Grand River Raceway on Friday night, including the quickest of the eight divisions aboard Honey Thorn.
Prodigal Seelster romps to Gold Final win at Kawartha
September 1 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Prodigal Seelster shredded the Kawartha Downs track record on Thursday evening with a dominant victory in the third $130,000 Gold Final of the three-year-old pacing colt season.