Archives for September '12
Guelph residents are stars of the Grassroots Championships
September 30 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway hosted the Grassroots Championships for the first time on Saturday evening and the stars of the $800,000 show were local horsemen Doug and Gregg McNair.
Trainers hope versatility and consistency pay off Saturday
September 28 - ELORA, ON — Cams Macharena and Sly Ruler may not have hit the wire first in their Semifinal battles, but trainer Tony O’Sullivan thinks the freshman pacers will still be among the favourites in Saturday night’s Grassroots Championships at Grand River Raceway.
Its No Secret defends her Gold Final title at Flamboro
September 28 - DUNDAS, ON — In spite of starting from Post 7, two-year-old pacing filly Its No Secret was able to defend her Gold Final title at Flamboro Downs on Friday evening.
Freshman trotters star at Georgian Downs Tuesday
September 28 - INNISFIL, ON — Cool Victory landed Post 1 for the Tuesday, Oct. 2 Gold Final at Georgian Downs and trainer John Kopas figures the two-year-old trotting gelding is going to need all the assistance his inside post can provide.
Time off was no summer vacation for trotting filly
September 28 - ELORA, ON — On July 21 Lovely Vacation captured the Canadian Breeders Championship with a gritty front end effort, and that is the last time this summer that the three-year-old trotting filly raced.
Up Up And Out soars to first Gold Final victory
September 28 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old pacing colts have been impressive since their debut at Mohawk Racetrack in June and they gave Campbellville area fans another thrilling finish in Friday’s $130,000 Gold Final.
Shepherd faces tough decision, opts for Panongahela
September 27 - ELORA, ON — When David Menary and Robert Shepherd swept the two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots Semifinals last week it put driver Shepherd in the difficult position of having to choose which talented young pacer to drive in this Saturday’s $100,000 Grassroots Championship.
McNair quartet readying for Grassroots Championships
September 26 - ELORA, ON — Trainer Gregg McNair sent four horses into the Grassroots Semifinal fray at Grand River Raceway last week and all four delivered top three finishes to secure a second trip to the Elora oval for this Saturday’s $800,000 Grassroots Championship.
Murmur Hanover triumphs in track record time
September 25 - INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s exciting two-year-old trotting colts put on an impressive show for Georgian Downs fans in two $40,000 Gold Eliminations on Tuesday evening.
Perseverance sees Baillargeon through to Grassroots Finals
September 25 - ELORA, ON — Rockwood resident Benoit Baillargeon heads back to Grand River Raceway for Saturday night’s Grassroots Championships with a pair of trotting fillies that have provided him more than an average dose of aggravation this season.
Menary’s trio hoping to get the job done at Mohawk Friday
September 25 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Three of the 10 starters in Friday night’s $130,000 Gold Final will hail from the Dave Menary stable — two of them former Gold Final champions — so the Cheltenham resident is feeling fairly hopeful that one of his two-year-old pacing colts can reach the Mohawk Racetrack finish line first.
Kims Royal Day hoping things go her way Friday
September 24 - DUNDAS, ON — Kims Royal Day has captured three Gold Elimination trophies and currently leads the two-year-old pacing filly division with 212 points, but so far a Gold Final victory has eluded her.
Warrawee Needy triumphs in Ontario Sires Stakes record time
September 22 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack fans roared as Warrawee Needy rocketed around the Campbellville oval to an Ontario Sires Stakes record on Saturday night, but the sound made by the three-year-old pacing colt’s connections was more like a sigh of relief.
OSS star Michaels Power triumphs in Little Brown Jug
September 21 - CAMBRIDGE, ON — Winning the Little Brown Jug has always been at the top of trainer Casie Coleman’s bucket list, so when Ontario-sired three-year-old pacing gelding Michaels Power captured the Confederation Cup in August the Cambridge resident started thinking seriously about taking a third run at the storied race.
Its Payday Friday needs big effort in Innisfil Tuesday
September 21 - INNISFIL, ON — When the two-year-old trotting colts line up behind the Georgian Downs starting gate on Tuesday, Sept. 25 the pressure will be on local colt Its Payday Friday.
Freshman fillies show off front end speed at Flamboro Friday
September 21 - DUNDAS, ON — Front end control proved an effective strategy for freshman pacing fillies Its No Secret and Kims Royal Day as they cruised to victory in their respective Gold Eliminations at Flamboro Downs on Friday evening.
Freshmen impress with two track records in Semifinal action
September 21 - ELORA, ON — The second round of Grassroots Semifinals got off to a quick start at Grand River Raceway on Friday evening as two-year-old trotting filly Princess Lilly impressed fans with a track record effort in the first $30,000 contest.
Fillies glitter in Gold Final action at Mohawk
September 20 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Some of Ontario’s most gifted sophomore fillies stepped into the spotlight at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening and delivered two glittering Gold Final performances.
Jet Speed powers to track record in Grassroots Semifinal action
September 19 - ELORA, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old trotters and pacers squared off at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening and delivered outstanding performances in all eight Grassroots Semifinals, capped off by a sophomore pacing filly track record for locally owned Jet Speed.
Saturday’s Gold events a testing ground for pacing colts
September 18 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Warrawee Needy captured nine of 12 starts as a freshman and capped off his season with Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian honours, but the 2012 campaign has not been as smooth for the pacing colt.
Zeron to steer division big guns at Mohawk Thursday
September 17 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Oakville resident Rick Zeron will pilot two Ontario Sires Stakes heavyweights in Gold Final action at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening.
In The Wheelhouse hoping to find her sweet spot in Gold Series
September 17 - DUNDAS, ON — In The Wheelhouse gets a promotion to the Gold Series on Friday evening as the two-year-old pacing fillies bring their high speed show to Flamboro Downs.
Freshmen hoping seven is their lucky number Friday
September 17 - ELORA, ON — Round two of the Grassroots Semifinal battles takes place at Grand River Raceway on Friday evening as the province’s top two-year-olds make their bid for a berth in the season ending championship.
Windsong Jack delivers Gold Final trophy to delighted owners
September 15 - DUNDAS, ON — As owner Denis Breton predicted, it was Windsong Jack’s quick turn of speed that propelled him to Gold Final glory at Flamboro Downs on Saturday evening.
Sophomores primed for Semifinal battles in Elora Wednesday
September 14 - ELORA, ON — Post season action gets under way at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, Sept. 19 with eight $30,000 Grassroots Semifinals for the province’s top three-year-old trotters and pacers.
Its No Secret shows off her Gold Final style in Elora
September 14 - ELORA, ON — After settling for the runner-up role in her first two stakes finals, two-year-old pacing filly Its No Secret finally found her way to the winner’s circle with a gate-to-wire effort at Grand River Raceway on Friday evening.
Local fillies find Grassroots success in Ottawa
September 14 - OTTAWA, ON — Two local fillies found their way to the winner’s circle in Grassroots action at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening.
Filion extends his Lampman Cup lead
September 14 - DUNDAS, ON — Sylvain Filion has a slight edge over rival Trevor Henry in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver’s standings and the Milton resident added two more Grassroots wins to his point tally on Friday evening at Flamboro Downs.
Sophomore pacing colt Gold Elimination not needed
September 11 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Eight 3-year-old colt pacers were entered today (Tuesday) for the OSS Gold Elimination scheduled to be contested on Saturday, September 15 at Mohawk Racetrack.
Windsong Jack looking to step into the spotlight at Flamboro
September 11 - DUNDAS, ON — Denis Breton owns not one, but two top class freshman pacing colts and in Saturday’s Gold Final at Flamboro Downs the Welland resident’s hopes will be riding on Windsong Jack.
Local fillies aiming for post season berths Friday
September 11 - OTTAWA, ON — Jason Gilchrist will harness a pair of two-year-old trotting fillies in Friday’s regular season finale at Rideau Carleton Raceway, and both Perkiest Hanover and Ballade need a top three finish to extend their Grassroots campaign another week.
Shepherd and Menary repeat Grassroots success in Innisfil
September 11 - INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacers stopped at Georgian Downs on Tuesday night and for the second straight week driver Robert Shepherd and trainer Dave Menary teamed up to capture a pair of Grassroots trophies.
Gold Eliminations Not Required at Mohawk
September 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE — Eight 3-year-old filly trotters and seven 3-year-old filly pacers were entered today (Monday) for the OSS Gold Eliminations scheduled to be contested on Thursday, September 13 at Mohawk Racetrack.
Magic Hat hoping to pull a top effort out at Flamboro Friday
September 10 - DUNDAS, ON — Freshman trotting colt Magic Hat will be looking to charm his new owners with a strong effort in the last regular season Grassroots event at Flamboro Downs on Friday evening.
Small but mighty filly hoping to defend Gold Final title in Elora
September 10 - ELORA, ON — Right On Molly returns to Grand River Raceway on Friday evening looking for her fifth straight victory and trainer Tony O’Sullivan is optimistic that the two-year-old pacing lass can be successful in spite of drawing the outside Post 8 for the $130,000 Gold Final.
Zeron nabs two Grassroots trophies at Mohawk Monday
September 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Oakville resident Scott Zeron picked up two Grassroots wins at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, guiding three-year-old pacing fillies Jeremes Sweetheart and Machleen to victory.
Western Empress tops freshman pacing filly point earners
September 9 - OTTAWA, ON — Western Empress cemented her position atop the two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots standings with an effortless victory at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
Baillargeon has winning touch on All Trot Night in Hanover
September 8 - HANOVER, ON — Mario Baillargeon had the magic touch at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening, capturing two Grassroots trophies, the Balanced Image Filly Trot Final and one overnight contest.
Rude Boy hoping for polite tour of Georgian Downs Tuesday
September 7 - INNISFIL, ON — After being hampered by traffic trouble in his last two Grassroots outings, two-year-old pacing colt Rude Boy is hoping for a smoother trip around his hometown oval in the regular season finale on Tuesday night.
Right On Molly rewrites record books in Elora
September 7 - ELORA, ON — Right On Molly got a new driver on Friday night at Grand River Raceway, but the two-year-old pacing filly delivered the same result, cruising to her fourth straight victory in a track record time.
Last shot at Grassroots glory for fillies Monday
September 6 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — With the regular season coming to a rapid close, competition for the last few Grassroots points will be fierce when the three-year-old pacing fillies gather at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Sept. 10.
Godiva Seelster wrapping up freshman season at home
September 6 - OTTAWA, ON — Many of the two-year-old pacing fillies headed to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday are hoping the trip nets them enough points to secure a berth in the Grassroots post season, but Godiva Seelster has a slightly different agenda.
McNair’s claim two Grassroots trophies in Sarnia
September 6 - SARNIA, ON — Father-son duo Gregg and Doug McNair garnered a pair of Grassroots trophies at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening.
Freshman pacing colt Gold Elimination not required at Flamboro
September 4 - DUNDAS, ON — Five 2-year-old colt pacers were entered today (Tuesday) for the OSS Gold Elimination scheduled to be contested on Saturday, September 8 at Flamboro Downs.
Modern Xhibit returns to Sarnia for regular season finale
September 4 - SARNIA, ON — Hiawatha Horse Park wraps up its 2012 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule on Thursday with four $24,000 Grassroots divisions for the lightning fast three-year-old pacing colts.
Counter Pointe hoping for clear sailing in Hanover Saturday
September 4 - HANOVER, ON — Temperatures in the Hanover area are forecasted to be cooler heading into the weekend, but they may not get as low as Jeff Thomson would like.
The Golden Child delivers in Georgian Downs Grassroots
September 4 - INNISFIL, ON — The Golden Child lived up to his name on Tuesday night with an impressive 1:57 Grassroots victory over a rain-soaked Georgian Downs oval rated two seconds slower than normal.
Menary, Shepherd and Peter Pan team up for Grassroots glory
September 3 - DRESDEN, ON — A steamy September afternoon led to a rewrite of Dresden Raceway’s record books when two-year-old pacing colt Panongahela sprinted around the half-mile oval to a 1:56 victory in the second of seven $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Macharoundtheclock returns to Elora in OSS action Friday
September 3 - ELORA, ON — Battle Of The Belles champion Macharoundtheclock returns to Grand River Raceway on Friday evening hoping to find her way back to the winner’s circle in the second of two $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
Machet Rocket extends win streak to six
September 2 - DUNDAS, ON — Four of the heavyweights from the three-year-old pacing filly division squared off in the fourth of six Grassroots battles at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening and Machet Rocket used a come from behind effort to keep her provincial record unblemished.
Henry edges up the standings with two Grassroots wins in Elora
September 1 - ELORA, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies put on an impressive show for Grand River Raceway fans on Friday evening, delivering some expected results along with a few upsets.
Saftic and McIntosh nab two Grassroots trophies in Sarnia
September 1 - SARNIA, ON — Mike Saftic and Bob McIntosh put two freshman pacing fillies in the Grassroots winner’s circle at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday evening.