Archives for September '18
Lampman Cup champ Filion triples in Grassroots Championships
September 29 - As he often does on the Ontario Sires Stakes program’s biggest nights, driver Sylvain Filion made multiple trips to the Woodbine Mohawk Park winner’s circle on Saturday evening as the best Grassroots competitors gathered for their $400,000 season finale.
Capers 3 Stable members on the ride of a lifetime
September 28 - When Wayne McGean was warming up Bronx Seelster at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night the trainer figured the two-year-old pacing colt’s win streak was going to be halted at two. The youngster was sluggish and did not seem keen to engage his Ontario Sired peers in the fourth Gold Series event of their season.
Milestone years land Walker and Young in Championships
September 27 - Whether they reach the winner’s circle in Saturday night’s Grassroots Championships at Woodbine Mohawk Park or not, Scott Young and Julie Walker have already had milestone years in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. While not met with great fanfare, their achievements have been deeply meaningful for two people who never dreamed of doing anything other than driving and training Standardbred racehorses.
Run Director battles to third Gold Series victory
September 27 - Run Director wrapped up the three-year-old trotting colt regular season with his third Gold Series victory on Thursday evening, circling the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval in 1:54.1.
Blue Magic and Tommi Canu Hearme vault into top 10
September 25 - After making waves in open stake action in recent weeks, the two-year-old trotting fillies returned to Gold Series competition at Flamboro Downs on Tuesday for the second last event of the regular season.
Roy strikes Gold in both Dundas and Campbellville
September 25 - It is not every day a driver can win Gold Series events at two different racetracks, but Louis Philippe Roy accomplished the feat on Tuesday evening, steering two-year-old trotting filly Blue Magic to a win at Flamboro Downs and three-year-old pacing filly Shower Play to a victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Forbidden Trade shreds OSS, Canadian record in Elora
September 24 - Canadian racing history was rewritten at Grand River Raceway for the second time this season as Ontario’s top two-year-old trotting colts and geldings gathered at the Elora oval for Gold Series action on Monday evening.
Pretty Handsome in position to repeat as Grassroots champ
September 22 - Reigning Grassroots champion Pretty Handsome delivered an emphatic statement at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night, laying down a :27.4 final quarter in his 1:51.3 Semi-Final victory on a night when the wind slammed into each field as they turned for home.
McIntosh advances four to Grassroots Championship
September 21 - Woodbine Mohawk Park hosted the two-year-old Grassroots Semi-Finals on Thursday and the youngsters put on a tremendous show for fans, with five of the eight races decided by less than one length.
Grassroots stars put Steacy on path to third Johnston Cup
September 20 - With a 26 point lead in the standings, Mark Steacy has all but locked up his third straight Johnston Cup title as the leading trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes program.
McIntosh’s tailor-made trotters set for Semi-Finals
September 19 - Bob McIntosh will start a quartet of custom-made trotters in Thursday’s two-year-old Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park, qualifying A Royal Line and Judge Ken in the trotting colt division and Splurge On Me and Nifty Trick in the trotting filly category.
Royale Elite lands his fourth Grassroots win at Grand River
September 12 - There were few surprises at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday night as the top two-year-old trotting colts and geldings padded their point totals in the last Grassroots event of the regular season.
Grassroots double for Henry as freshmen wrap up their season
September 11 - Seven Grassroots divisions were featured on Woodbine Mohawk Park’s Tuesday evening program as the two-year-old trotting fillies and pacing colts wrapped up their regular season.
Mud-splattered MacDonald doubles up in Grassroots
September 10 - Rain and fog greeted the three-year-old trotting colts and two-year-old pacing fillies as they gathered at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday night for their last regular season Grassroots events.
Pretty Handsome will take perfect record into Semi-Finals
September 7 - There were few surprises as the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings wrapped up their Grassroots regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening, with either the favourite or the fans’ second choice winning all three divisions.
Late surge propels filly to Semi-Final
September 6 - Thursday night marked the end of the Grassroots regular season for the three-year-old trotting fillies and Whip N Neigh Neigh wiggled up the inside and right into the post season with her first-ever Grassroots win.
Top fillies deliver impressive performances at Flamboro
September 4 - Ontario Sires Stakes action returned to Flamboro Downs on Tuesday evening with the fifth, and final, Grassroots leg for the three-year-old pacing fillies.
Freshman trotters were in full battle mode Monday
September 3 - Ontario’s exciting two-year-old trotting colts and geldings were in the spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening and delivered thrilling finishes in all three $19,500 Grassroots divisions.
Clinton Raceway wraps up 2018 in fantastic fashion
September 2 - Clinton Raceway closed out its 2018 season with an outstanding afternoon of racing on Sunday featuring the 38th annual Charity Driver’s Challenge and four Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies.
Pair of Grassroots wins part of half-dozen for Holliday
September 1 - Driver Ryan Holliday captured a pair of Grassroots victories at Hanover Raceway on Saturday, capping off a spectacular night that saw the Mount Forest resident win a total of six races.
Pacers wrap up regular season with personal bests
September 1 - The Woodbine Mohawk Park racing surface was in peak condition for Saturday’s rich card of racing and Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing colts took full advantage of the speedy surface in a pair of $95,600 Gold Series divisions.