Archives for September '13
Bee A Magician repeats as Super Final champion
September 29 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Super Final Night 2013 kicked off with a pair of trotting filly showdowns and Ontario harness racing fans witnessed impressive performances by two-year-old prodigy Riveting Rosie and three-year-old megastar Bee A Magician.
Thankyoukessel gives Bruins fan a highlight reel season
September 27 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — During the winter of 2010-11 long time Boston Bruins fans Joe MacIsaac was watching his team play the Toronto Maple Leafs while thinking up names for the latest foal from partner Carolyn Williston’s broodmare Chelemark Gizmo.
McNair hopes Super Final mounts keep him in hunt
September 26 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Doug McNair will steer eight talented horses during Saturday’s $1.6 million Super Final Night at Mohawk Racetrack, and while the Guelph resident cannot catch the leaders in the Ontario Sires Stakes drivers’ race a successful Super Final showing could move him closer to an even bigger goal.
Bee A Magician and Co. ready for Super Final battles
September 25 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — While the harness racing industry’s attention has been focused on trotting filly Bee A Magician’s undefeated sophomore season and record setting miles, trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman has been quietly campaigning a number of other Ontario-sired youngsters hoping for Super Final success at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night.
Parsons prepping trio of Super Final hopefuls
September 24 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ron Parsons started the season with four Ontario-sired trotters and landed all four in the post season, three of them in Saturday’s $1.6 million Super Final Night at Mohawk Racetrack.
Waples, McIntosh sweep freshman trotting finals
September 22 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Milton resident Randy Waples and Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh dominated the freshman trotting divisions on the $400,000 Grassroots Championship program at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Miss Aultsville trots to record on second trip to Elora
September 22 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway fans were treated to three bonus races on Sunday evening as the two-year-old trotting and pacing fillies returned to the Elora oval to compete in the Gold Series divisions that were cancelled due to extreme weather on Friday.
Great White Way leaps into post season with victory
September 22 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — It took two trips to Campbellville, but the province’s top two-year-old pacing and trotting colts wrapped up their Gold Series regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening.
Cams Macharena, Panpero Firpo could make history
September 20 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — In the last decade no horse has captured a Grassroots Championship at two and come back to defend their title the following season. At Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening two horses have an opportunity to change that statistic, three-year-old pacing filly Cams Macharena and three-year-old pacing colt Panpero Firpo.
Fillies impress on abbreviated night of racing
September 20 - ELORA, ON — Buffeted by extreme weather, Grand River Raceway was forced to cancel its program of racing after just two Gold Series divisions had gone to the post on Friday, Sept. 20.
Gold colts sizzle at Mohawk before the lights go out
September 20 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Weather brought Mohawk Racetrack’s Friday, Sept. 20 program to an early halt, but not before fans got a taste of what they can expect when the top Gold Series horses return to the Campbellville oval for Super Final Night.
McIntosh trotters ready for battle Saturday
September 19 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Bob McIntosh will harness a total of six starters on Saturday’s $400,000 Grassroots Championship program at Mohawk Racetrack, including four of the top freshman trotters in the province.
Boomboom Ballykeel in must win situation Friday
September 18 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Metro Pace winner Boomboom Ballykeel returns to Ontario Sires Stakes action on Friday, Sept. 20 at Mohawk Racetrack and the two-year-old pacing colt is in a must win situation if he is to extend his season through next weekend’s $200,000 Super Final.
Momara heads McNair’s talented Grassroots quartet
September 18 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Last season Gregg McNair clinched his first Johnston Cup title with three Grassroots Championship victories. This year the Guelph resident could watch Saturday’s festivities from the Mohawk Racetrack grandstand and still take home the Ontario Sires Stakes program’s leading trainer award.
Division leader Dull Roar looking for a crown Saturday
September 18 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Jeff Gillis will harness two starters in the three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 21 and the Hillsburgh resident thinks both Santana One and Dull Roar have a shot in what promises to be a hard fought affair.
Freshman filly showdown at Grand River Friday
September 17 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway wraps up its Ontario Sires Stakes season on a high note this Friday, Sept. 20, hosting the final Gold Series leg for the province’s top two-year-old pacing fillies and trotting fillies.
Three Of Clubs flawless over the Grand River oval
September 13 - ELORA, ON — Three Of Clubs returned to Grand River Raceway on Friday evening for the first time since capturing the Battle Of Waterloo Final and cruised right back to the winner’s circle.
Bee A Magician cruises to OSS record
September 13 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The chill in the air at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening did nothing to dampen the sizzle of Bee A Magician’s sophomore season as the three-year-old trotting filly extended her win streak to 13 in an Ontario Sires Stakes record 1:52.1.
Team Ontario aiming for trotting glory Saturday
September 12 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — North America’s trotting elite will congregate at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 14 and among the contestants in the William Wellwood Memorial, Peaceful Way and Canadian Trotting Classic Finals are 10 Ontario-sired stars hoping to keep the trophies close to home.
Racey Miss earns Super Final ticket with victory
September 12 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Three-time Grassroots winner Racey Miss finally found her way into a Gold Series winner’s circle with a 1:51.3 personal best at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening.
Team McNair dominates Grassroots at Grand River
September 11 - ELORA, ON — Father and son Gregg and Doug McNair captured three of five Grassroots divisions at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday in a dominant display that secured three of their freshman pacing fillies a berth in the Grassroots Championship.
Fillies deliver surprises in Grassroots action Monday
September 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The three-year-old pacing fillies were upset minded at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, as only one favourite emerged victorious from four Grassroots divisions.
Condren doubles in Grand River Grassroots
September 10 - ELORA, ON — Just two days after scoring a Grassroots double at Hanover Raceway, Hall of Fame reinsman Steve Condren added two more Grassroots wins to his resume in Monday evening’s two-year-old trotting colt action at Grand River Raceway.
Fillies ready to rock ‘The Hawk’ Friday
September 10 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Fillies are in the spotlight at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening, as the Campbellville oval hosts Gold Series legs for the two-year-old pacing and three-year-old trotting lasses.
Menary trainees looking for big effort Thursday
September 9 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Thursday’s Ontario Sires Stakes event at Mohawk Racetrack will mark the end of the trail for many of the province’s two-year-old pacing colts and three-year-old pacing fillies, but trainer Dave Menary is hoping King Royalty and Macharoundtheclock are not among those hanging up their equipment bags Friday morning.
Freshman pacing colts storm Grand River Friday
September 9 - ELORA, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old pacing colts return to Grand River Raceway on Friday, Sept. 13 for the first time since they thrilled fans in the 2013 edition of the Battle Of Waterloo.
Dull Roar wins heavyweight bout at Clinton
September 8 - CLINTON, ON — Dull Roar emerged victorious from the clash of the three-year-old pacing colt titans at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon and heads into the post season on a three-race Grassroots win streak.
Hall of Fame horsemen star in Hanover
September 7 - HANOVER, ON — Driver Steve Condren and trainer Bob McIntosh, both members of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, captured a pair of two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots divisions at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening.
Division leader Momara faces tough field Wednesday
September 6 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway fans will witness a heavyweight showdown in the fourth of five two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots divisions on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Moms Apple Pie heads to post season in top spot
September 6 - ELORA, ON — Moms Apple Pie jumped to the top of the three-year-old trotting filly point standings with her third Grassroots win of the season on Friday evening, circling the Grand River Raceway oval in 1:58.3.
Striking Patrick aiming to secure post season berth Monday
September 5 - ELORA, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old trotting colts will wrap up their Grassroots season at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Sept. 9, and David Holliday is hoping Striking Patrick can preserve his spot among the top 10 point earners with a strong effort over his local oval.
Fillies gamble on the Grassroots Monday
September 5 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Kims Royal Day, Windsong Jacoba and Mach Away spent the bulk of their sophomore seasons racing in the Gold Series, but all three fillies will be back in the Grassroots program for Monday’s regular season finale at Mohawk Racetrack, making a last effort to secure a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship.
Northern Bullet regains his groove in Ottawa
September 5 - OTTAWA, ON — After struggling in the Gold Series through the middle of the season, three-year-old trotting colt Northern Bullet dropped down to the Grassroots program and logged the quickest of four divisions at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening.
Heavyweight showdown at Clinton Sunday
September 4 - CLINTON, ON — Clinton Raceway fans will be stacked up along the rail for the tenth race on Sunday afternoon as four of the province’s top three-year-old pacing colts battle in one $18,000 Grassroots division.
Moore scoops two Grassroots divisions at Mohawk
September 3 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON —Shadow Play daughters Shadows Wonder and Brookdale Shadow provided Guelph resident Dr. Ian Moore with a small measure of consolation at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening as they battled to victory in their respective Grassroots divisions.
Jayport Princess hoping for a little more luck in Hanover
September 3 - HANOVER, ON — All 10 of the top point getters in the two-year-old trotting filly division are heading to Hanover Raceway for Saturday’s regular season finale, so the task facing those sitting below the current 96 point cut off is a tough one.
Local colts take last run at post season berth Thursday
September 2 - OTTAWA, ON — Ontario’s three-year-old trotting colts have one last opportunity to qualify for the Grassroots post season on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Rideau Carleton Raceway.
Muscle Magic, Twin B Alibi aiming for strong finish Friday
September 2 - ELORA, ON — Muscle Magic and Twin B Alibi sit first and fourth in the three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots point standings, but neither filly has found the Ontario Sires Stakes winners circle in recent weeks.
Mackenzie pilots pair of Grassroots winners in Dresden
September 2 - DRESDEN, ON — Dresden Raceway fans were treated to five impressive Grassroots performances by Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts on Monday afternoon.