Day At The Track
Charlottetown Driving Park, Harness Racing

Prettyndangerous, One Hot Camshaft to face off

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With the conclusion of another successful Governor's Plate Week at Red Shores Summerside, the harness racing action returns to the capital oval with 11-dashes on tap Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The first race of the evening is scheduled for a 6:30 P.M. start time and the top pace of the mid-week program lines up in the finale. Prettyndangerous is selected for the top spot in the morning line odds with post 3 in race 11 and David Dowling back above the wheels for trainer and co-owner Bo Ford and co-owner Arnold Myers of Charlottetown. The nine-year-old daughter of Armbro Deuce was impressive her last start in Charlottetown with a 1:57.2 victory but made a break in stride last week in Summerside to finish fourth. Miss Sangria leaves from post 2 fresh off a trio of second place finishes. With regular driver Adam Merner absent, owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River will have his granddaughter Ambyr Campbell drive Miss Sangria for trainer Melissa Rennie. One Hot Camshaft drops out of the open mares ranks to land in Thursday's $2,000 finale for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Frank Hansen. Race analyst Les MacIsaac admits Prettyndangerous may be the class of the field but with her recent breaks he will side with One Hot Camshaft for the win position. "One Hot Camshaft went up against the open mares a couple of times at Summerside and while she didn't get much, she didn't look totally out of place," MacIsaac said. "The bit of class relief she gets tonight makes her a potential sleeper." Also in the field is Dreas Good Powow (Driven by Corey MacPherson) from post 1, Charlottes Western (Marc Campbell), Paythelinebluechip (Gordie Hennessey) and Julep Hanover (Kenny Arsenault). Freddie and Star Photo will again lock bridles in the race 9 Open trot with a $2,250 pot at play. Star Photo rides a two-race win streak into the event fresh off a 1:58.2 aged gelding track record at Red Shores Summerside in the Andrew Perry Memorial Trot. Jason Hughes will again handle the post 5 starter for trainer Kevin Gillis and owners Robi Hughes, James Perrot and Eric MacLauchlan of Stratford and Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. Freddie has post 4 for trainer-driver Campbell while Hop Up (MacPherson) will look to replicate her eight-length romp on July 4 from post position 2. Race 5 is the Stars For Life Foundation pace as Girl With Attitude (Murphy) leads the field from post 4 for trainer Fred Paynter of Kensington. Red Shores, Standardbred Canada, and Prince Edward Island Horse Owners Association is proud to support National Caretakers Day on the program with special videos, prize giveaways and presentations. Standardbred groom Abby Clow will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Kurt Hughes Thursday at 6:15pm. The interview segment will be broadcast on the Red Shores TV network. For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Sylvain Filion

Filion wins six at Mohawk Park

MILTON, July 16, 2019 - Harness racing driver Sylvain Filion put on a driving clinic Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park by winning six-races. The Milton, Ontario resident scored six wins in 10 drives with four of his victories coming in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Filion busted into the win column in the evening's third-race with rookie pacing colt Allywag Hanover ($2.70) for trainer Casie Coleman. The veteran reinsman proceeded to post victories in the following two-races, both OSS Grassroots events, with Tabloid Writer ($13.20) for Ben Baillargeon and Quick Tour ($10.20) for Mark Horner. After a one-race break from the winner's circle, Filion kicked off his second natural Hat-Trick of the card with Kevin McMaster trainee Dontblvmejustwatch ($3.40) in an OSS Grassroots contest. His fifth and sixth victories of the card came with six-year-old trotting mare P L Jill ($2.90) for Baillargeon and two-year-old gelded pacer My Land ($9.20) for Gerard Demers in an OSS contest. Filion nearly made it seven-wins on the evening, as he finished second in the finale with rookie pacing colt Better B Swift. The six-win night gives Filion 150 victories this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a 34-win lead in the driver's standings over nearest rival Louis Philippe Roy. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Quick Tour, harness racing

Filion dominates in Grassroots action Tuesday

MILTON, JULY 16, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park held 10 races on Tuesday evening and harness racing driver Sylvain Filion won six, including four wins in the second Grassroots leg for the two-year-old pacing colts. "It was one of those nights when nothing goes wrong you know, and even a bad drive, my horses were so good they overcame it," said the Milton resident, who teamed freshman pacers Tabloid Writer, Quick Tour, Dontblvmejustwatch and My Land to Grassroots victories and finished second in the other two divisions with Twin B Watch Me and Better B Swift. Filion collected his victories in stretches of three and kicked off the first in Race 3, an overnight race for two-year-olds he won with Allywag Hanover, followed by a pair of Grassroots victories in Races 4 and 5. In the fourth race Filion and Tabloid Writer got away fifth from Post 3 and were able to slip into the outer lane behind Three Trick Gainer heading for the :59.1 half. The colts advanced steadily on pacesetter Twin B Frenchtoast and turning for home Filion shifted Tabloid Writer into a bigger gear and the colt sprinted to a one length victory in 1:55.3. Three Trick Gainer finished second and Twin B Frenchtoast settled for third. "He's a nice little horse. He's not very big, but he's all there, he's all guts and perfectly gaited," said the driver. "I thought he raced real big." Ben Baillargeon of Guelph trains Tabloid Writer for Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC. The son of Sportswriter was an $80,000 purchase from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Tabloid Writer Filion and Quick Tour were saddled with Post 10 in the third $23,500 Grassroots division, but the Mach Three son left smartly from the gate to find a spot in fourth on the rail. Filion soon had the gelding aiming for the lead and the pair was in command before the three-quarter mark. From there Quick Tour battled hard to hold off My Bettors Del and fan favourite Better Take It and earn the 1:54.1 victory for trainer Mark Horner of St. Marys and his partner R A W Equine of Burlington, ON. "He (Horner) told me before the race he's better covered up, but from the outside post, I guess I had him a little too wound up and when I got in the four-hole there he started getting a real big hold of me. I didn't want to take any chances and I moved him back to the front," explained Filion. "Once at the front he kind of got lost, but he dug in hard. That was a great mile for him, a great, great effort." A $7,000 bargain at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Quick Tour finished second in the Grassroots season opener to Tattoo Artist, who went on to win a Gold Series division on Monday night. Quick Tour After an off-the-board finish in Race 6, Filion kicked off another three-race win streak with Dontblvmejustwatch, who clocked the quickest mile of the six Grassroots divisions. Starting from Post 3 Filion and Dontblvmejustwatch landed in sixth and Filion asked the fan favourite to reel in the leaders heading by the :57 half. Once they took control the outcome was never in doubt, Dontblvmejustwatch cruised home a one and three-quarter length winner in 1:53.1. Usurper finished second and Colima was three more lengths back in third. "That's a nice little horse, he's a sweetheart. I guess they didn't really think much of him as of like a month ago, but he's been improving every start and my god he was good tonight," said Filion. "I had him in the bad position, I was far off the lead, and he made a quick brush to the front and he made it pretty easy. He's not very big, but he's slick and he's very, very fast." Filion drives the Hes Watching gelding for trainer Kevin McMaster and fractional ownership group TheStable Dontblvmejstwtch of Guelph, ON. Through three starts the youngster has now delivered one win, one second and one third for his delighted owners. Dontblvmejustwatch The driver then won another overnight event with aged trotting mare P L Jill before returning to the Grassroots winner's circle with My Land, who went gate-to-wire from Post 1 in 1:54.2. Night Watchman finished two and one-quarter lengths back in second and Wilsons Vinner was two more lengths behind in third. "That's a horse I raced last time and I was caught back in the field. There was no flow and he still come home pretty good, so tonight I wanted to make sure with the rail that I was going to be, maybe not in front but in the two or three-hole," said Filion. "So anyway, I left hard and ended up on the front end and I was able to get a soft middle half and he sprinted home pretty good and got the job done." Gerard Demers trains My Land for La Ferme Tag Inc. of Papineauville, QC, who offered up $10,000 for the Badlands Hanover son at the 2018 London Selected Yearling Sale. My Land The other two divisions went to fan favourites National Sport and Poseidon Seelster. Sportswriter son National Sport and driver Louis-Philippe Roy caught Filion and Twin B Watch Me in the stretch and pulled away to a three and three-quarter length win in 1:54.2 for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch and owner 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor, ON. Bettor Focus rounded out the top three. National Sport  Both Bob McClure and Poseidon Seelster and Filion and Better B Swift used late charges in the final division, but Poseidon Seelster had the bigger kick and claimed the 1:54.1 victory by three-quarters of a length. Century Grizzly completed the top three. McClure piloted Sunshine Beach colt Poseidon Seelster to the win for trainer Matthew Dupuis and owner Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, ON. Poseidon Seelster Tuesday's quartet of victories and pair of runner-up finishes will edge Filion closer to current leader Trevor Henry in the race for the Lampman Cup, awarded each year to the top driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Filion is a five-time winner of the honour, and he has also chalked up the occasional six-win night in his decorated driving career. "Not very often, not often enough," said the reinsman with a laugh. "I'll take it." The two-year-old pacing colts will make their third Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 15. Next up on the Campbellville oval's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies and two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, July 18. The freshman pacing fillies will open Thursday's program at 7:10 pm in the first race and will also be featured in Races 4 through 7 and Race 9. The trotting lasses will battle in Races 3 and 8. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available here.. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

Halo Its Me,Harness racing

Trotting fillies take centre stage

INNISFIL, JULY 16, 2019 - Thirty-nine of Ontario's talented three-year-old trotting fillies took a star turn at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, highlighting a harness racing card that was dedicated to fillies and mares. In the first $23,500 Grassroots division fans sent Halo Its Me off as their top choice and the Archangel daughter did not disappoint. In rein to Robert Shepherd the filly got away fifth from Post 2, watching as Blue Magic and Checkmate Titan battled through the :27.4 quarter and :56.4 half. Heading for the 1:25.4 three-quarters Shepherd sent Halo Its Me after embattled pacesetter Blue Magic and the favourite cruised down the stretch to a two length victory in 1:56.3. Blue Magic stayed game for second and Petro Hall was third. It was the third win of the season, and the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action, for Halo Its Me, who is trained by Connie Chisholm. Brighton residents Connie and David Chisholm also bred and own the filly, who lowered her personal best by three seconds and boosted her lifetime earnings to $28,045 with the win. The second split saw Splurge On Me capture her sixth straight win with a front-end effort for local reinsman Stephen Byron of Thornton. The fan favourites took command just after the :27.4 quarter and cruised through fractions of :58.1 and 1:27.2 on their way to the 1:56.3 victory. Champagne Jane trotted into second and P L Molly rounded out the top three. Splurge On Me has not been defeated since a third-place result in the June 4 Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Kadabra daughter won her second Grassroots start at Dresden Raceway on July 1 and has captured four overnight events at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the last five weeks. Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh trains the winner of $90,612 and the Windsor, ON resident also bred and owns the filly in partnership with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. Scott Young drove both Blue Magic and Champagne Jane to their runner-up results in the first two divisions, but the reinsman found the winner's circle in the third. Starting from Post 1 with Absynthe Hanover, Young settled the fan favourite in third early as Magically Hip rang up fractions of :28 and :57.3 then went after the pacesetter heading for the 1:26.3 three-quarters. Absynthe Hanover easily gained control and sailed down the stretch to a three length victory in 1:56.4. Mattys Smilin finished second and Byron and Royal Rhythm closed well to claim third. "She raced great. She's been very good to me, winning the City of London and now a Grassroots," said Young of Absynthe Hanover. "I was very happy with her tonight." Young steers the Kadabra daughter for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville, ON and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. In addition to the May 31 City of London Final at The Raceway at Western Fair District and Tuesday's Grassroots division, the pair also has a trio of overnight wins to their credit. Young doubled his on-the-board finishes in Ontario Sires Stakes action with Tuesday's results and was grateful to trainers Blais, Susanne Kerwood and Shane Weber for the opportunity to add to his provincial point tally. "It was an excellent night for sure," said the reinsman. "Very thankful for the opportunity from the trainers to be able to drive some nice fillies." The last Grassroots division saw Order Mattie go gate-to-wire from Post 6, holding off a hard-closing Madam Shazam for a one-half length victory in 1:59.1. Victoriahasasecret completed the top three. Bowmanville resident Doug Brown drives and trains Order Mattie for Todd Coleman of Paris, ON and Jackson Wittup of Calgary, AB. Tuesday's win was the Angus Hall daughter's third of the season and her first of the sophomore Grassroots campaign. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Clinton Raceway on August 11. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs next Tuesday, July 23 with the second Gold event for the two-year-old trotting colts. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0716geodfn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

GUELPH, ON -- Among its 680 clients, TheStable.ca has three esteemed NHL alumni: Eddie Olczyk who joined the fractional horse racing ownership stable earlier this year, and Rick Vaive and Doug Gilmour who joined in 2018. Gilmour doubled-down on his fractional ownership play after a three-length win by rookie pacing filly Capistrano in Ontario Sires Stakes action on July 9 at Woodbine-Mohawk Park. Phil Hudon piloted the Warrawee Needy daughter in her career debut in 1:54.2 for trainer Harry Poulton. Shortly thereafter, Gilmour added five one-percent shares of the filly to his roster. Capistrano will be shooting for her second consecutive win for the NHL Hall Of Famer and 11 fellow owners on Thursday (July 18) when she starts from the rail in the first Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division at Woodbine-Mohawk Park. "The essential happiness of being amongst the horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare and unique elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom," said Gilmour. While Gilmour will be in Sault Ste Marie, ON for a speaking engagement during Capistrano's second start, he'll be watching online and is looking forward to attending future starts in-person later this summer. "It's an opportunity to have a fun and action-packed evening and to be able to do that with our family and friends at the same time," he said. TheStable.ca is horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership outfit and the largest harness racing stable in Canada with clients across 11 countries currently sharing ownership in 100 horses. The award-winning operation is based in Guelph, ON and offers the opportunity for clients to own as little as one percent of a racehorse.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

MILTON, JULY 15, 2019 - Ontario's top two-year-old pacing colts stepped up their harness racing game at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening as both Gold Series divisions were clocked in 1:52.1, a full second faster than the quickest split in the Gold Series opener nine days ago. Velocity Rukkus captured the first $108,000 division with an impressive late rush that saw him reel in pacesetter Denali Seelster in the stretch for a one length victory. Starting from Post 6 Velocity Rukkus left smartly and then yielded to Denali Seelster, who in turn handed off to YS Mathis just after the :28.2 quarter. Velocity Rukkus continued to sit third on the rail as Denali Seelster circled back to the front heading for the :56.3 half and seemed to be locked in when the pacesetter reached the three-quarters in 1:24.4. Fortunately, driver Randy Waples was able to find a sliver of room and the slick-gaited Velocity Rukkus hit the opening at full speed and paced home to the win. Denali Seelster stayed game for second, just ahead of the hard closing One For Julius. Velocity Rukkus                                          --New Image Media "He's a very handy horse, quick when he needs to be and very smart," said Waples. "He's a real nice horse and pulled me out of a hopeless spot." Milton, ON resident Waples drove Velocity Rukkus to the win for trainer Mark Evers and Velocity Standardbreds of Lebanon, OH. The Sportswriter son was a hard-closing second to winner Bettor At Hightide in the July 6 Gold Series opener and now has $81,000 on his card through two lifetime starts, more than double the $40,000 bid that saw him hammered down at last fall's Blooded Horse Sale. The second division went to Tattoo Artist, who made his debut with a win in the July 5 Grassroots season opener. With Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion back in the race bike, Tattoo Artist got away third from Post 6 and watched Noch Ten lead the field to a sharp :26.3 opening quarter. As Noch Ten started to slow the pace Filion sent Tattoo Artist after the lead and the colt was comfortably in control before the :55.2 half. Tattoo Artist continued to lead at the 1:24 three-quarters and pulled away to a four length victory in the stretch. Fan favourite Bettorbuckleup finished second, just ahead of third-place finisher Choir Master. "We were sort of on the fence a little bit, humming and hawing, but then when we jogged him back, his first time jogging back he was right on the bit all proud of himself and everything and I just thought ah, we'll give him a shot," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore of the decision to move Tattoo Artist from the Grassroots up to the Gold Series. "And the way the draw worked out, I thought the other race was a little tougher on paper than this one and I thought, you know, if he's all right he'll handle them. We figured he'd step up another second or two so we're obviously very pleased." Moore trains Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL and the partners have not yet worked out where the Hes Watching son will make his third start. "I'm going to look everything over tomorrow, including the dates for all the upcoming races, and we're going to decide on the Battle of Waterloo. I won that race in '09 and haven't had much luck with that since," said Moore. "We'll consider it all and go from there. I'd kind of like to see this fellow go a little longer into the year because he is very young and all that sort of thing, so we'll come up with a plan over the next couple of days for him." Moore also trains Denali Seelster and said while the Sunshine Beach colt improved on his effort in the Gold Series opener, where he made a break turning for home and finished eighth, he still has not demonstrated his full potential. "We made a few changes and we're going to have to make one more I guess. He wasn't 100 per cent perfect, but he was a lot better than last time," said Moore of Denali Seelster. "That was a pretty good colt, the other one that beat him, too." In addition to a win and a second in Gold Series action, Moore and his team also captured a two-year-old filly race with Alexa Skye, a daughter of the late Ontario Sired superstar Somebeachsomewhere. The Cambridge, ON resident tipped his hat to the role his staff played in the evening's success. "I've got good help this year, good grooms. That's been a major influence on the early success that we've been having so far this year, especially with all the babies, because they're all getting looked after well and treated properly and they respond to that, young horses do, and it's been great," said the trainer. "Giselle Loder looks after Tattoo (Artist). Cheryl Johnson looks after Alexa Skye and she's looking after Denali Seelster too actually, but Dustin Boyd paddocked him tonight, he looks after (three-year-old pacing colt) Century Farroh, that's his primary horse, so they're all here tonight working away." The two-year-old pacing colts will make their third Gold Series start on August 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, while their Grassroots peers are back in action at the Campbellville oval Tuesday night (July 16). The colts will compete in Races 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10 on Tuesday's program, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. Complete results for Monday's program are available at http://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0715wbsbsn.dat. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

INNISFIL, JULY 14, 2019 - Georgian Downs harness racing fans were treated to five divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies competing for a total of $115,400 in their Ontario Sires Stakes debut on Sunday evening. The fastest mile of the five Grassroots divisions was delivered by Highland Foxytrotr who left smartly from Post 1 and never relinquished control. The E L Titan daughter and driver Sylvain Filion fended off Barnum heading for the :29.3 quarter, sailed uncontested past the :59.3 half and repelled a challenge from Yen on the way to the 1:30.2 three-quarters before cruising home one and one-quarter length winners in 2:00. Pocket-sitter Expelliarmus finished second and three-quarter challenger Yen took home the third-place share of the $23,150 purse. "When she left the gate she was all business. I was trying to let Stevie (Byron with Barnum) go, but I was wrestling too much with mine so I decided to keep going and the rest was history," said Milton, ON resident Filion. "She felt good the whole way, good and strong. Just at the end there she got a little green and went to dart in a bit, but she got across and she did it pretty handy." Filion engineered Highland Foxytrotr's first lifetime victory for trainer Amanda Fine of Guelph and owner-breeders Highland Thoroughbred Farm of Inglewood, ON. The filly finished fourth in her career debut, a two-year-old race at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 4. Driver Trevor Henry won the last two Grassroots divisions with fan favourites Aphrodite Duke and Wine Rack Hanover, steering both fillies to victory from Post 5. Aphrodite Duke eased off the gate and sat fifth through the early going, watching Emily Antoinette ring up fractions of :30 and :59.4. Heading for the 1:30.1 three-quarters Henry sent the filly up the outer lane behind two other horses, but by the top of the stretch Aphrodite Duke had circled around the other challengers and was advancing on Emily Antoinette. The pacesetter battled, but Aphrodite Duke secured the three-quarter length victory in 2:00.3. "She wants to chase them down. Trevor has done a great job so far of putting horses in front of her that she can track down and that's what she seems to like," said trainer Andrew McCabe. "It's very easy, for trotters, for that switch to flip and them to go the other way, however with her we seem to have managed her correctly to avoid that." McCabe trains Aphrodite Duke for owner-breeder Glenview Livestock Limited of Wallenstein, ON. Also a daughter of E L Titan, the filly finished second by a head in her career debut at Georgian Downs on July 6. Henry's second Grassroots win, and third of the program, came in the last division with Richard "Nifty" Norman trainee Wine Rack Hanover. Henry tucked Wine Rack Hanover in third as Credits Celebrity stepped out to a :30 quarter and 1:00.3 half. Heading toward the 1:30.2 three-quarters Henry sent the fan favourite up the outside and as she matched strides with Credits Celebrity, driven by his brother Wayne Henry, the pacesetter made a break and left Wine Rack Hanover with sole control. Wine Rack Hanover cruised home to a two and three-quarter length win in 2:00.1. SOS Playful finished second and Ride To Justice was third. Pinske Stables of Plato, MN and Bridgette Jablonsky of Hanover, PA share ownership of Kadabra daughter Wine Rack Hanover, who was a $45,000 purchase from the 2018 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Driver Mario Baillargeon also won three races on Sunday's program, including the second Grassroots division with Canadian Titan. The fan favourites went gate-to-wire from Post 4, never facing a challenge on their way to a one and one-half length victory in 2:03.1. Craving You and Andover The Halo rounded out the top three. Baillargeon trains and drives Canadian Titan, another E L Titan daughter, for fractional ownership group TheStable Canadian Titan of Guelph, ON. The filly was a $40,000 purchase from last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale. "She's a nice filly that has matured quite a bit over the last month. She's really turned out to be smart on the track, and that will go a long way in her racing career," said TheStable.ca founder and president Anthony MacDonald. "Mario has done a great job with her, both driving and training, and 21 owners were certainly happy with the outcome tonight." The other $23,150 Grassroots division went to Th Present, who advanced up the outside on pacesetter Brinys A Flirt, inherited the lead when the pacesetter went off stride and battled hard through the stretch to earn the neck victory over pocket-sitting favourite Bra In The Wind. Ready To Deal finished third. "She's a nice-gaited filly, very smart and professional," said Rockwood, ON resident Bob McClure, who drove Th Present to the win for trainer Marcel Barrieau of Cambridge, ON and his co-owner Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longueil, QC. The partners acquired Th Present from the London Selected Yearling Sale, offering up $24,000 for the daughter of Royalty For Life. The two-year-old trotting fillies will make their second Grassroots start Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 30. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Georgian Downs on Tuesday, July 16 with four Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies, part of a full card dedicated to fillies and mares that gets under way at 7:20 pm. Complete results for Sunday's card are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0714geodfn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Before a packed crowd at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon, YS Tallia put on a show for the racing fans, setting a track record in capturing her $30,000 Quebec-Bred Series Final. The 8th race saw Lit De Rose (Stephane Gendron) go to the lead in the older pacing mares final with stablemate Lune Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) taking the second spot. Then Miss Rockadali (Guy Gagnon) came first-over at the first quarter in :26.4 and slipped ahead of Lune Bleu into the two-hole. After the half mile marker in :54.4, race favorite at 1/9, YS Tallia with driver Louis Philippe Roy (LPR) came first over and battled with Lit De Rose past the three-quarters in 1:23.3. Once cleared to the lead, YS Tallia opened up on the final and LPR urged the mare on as she won in a romp by six open length set in 1:52.4. Lit De Rose was second with All You Can Dream (Stephane Brosseau) third. Her time of 1:52.4 eclipsed the prior record of 1:54.1 set by My Tallia Ideal in 2015 for older pacing mares. YS Tallia is now the fastest mare ever at H3R and is tied with Duc Dorleans with the fourth fastest mile ever at the track. A five-year-old mare by Western Ideal, YS Tallis is trained by Michel Allard for owner-breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation and paid $2.30 to win. One of the classic battles of the day took place in the 7th race Quebec-Bred Championship Final for three-year-old trotting colts. Race favorite Seeyou Men and driver Stephane Brosseau left from the rail to take the early command with Kinnder Dangerous (Pierre Luc Roy) grabbing the two-hole spot. Then Maximuscle (LPR) came first-over and pressed the first quarter to :28. Unable to clear to the lead, Maximuscle hung game on the outside with Capteur De Reve and driver Stephane Gendron taking the second-over trip past the half mile in :57. Down the backstretch Gendron moved three-wide with Capteur De Reve past the three-quarters in 1:26.4 and came right after pacesetter Seeyou Men. These two then went head and head around the final turn and down the stretch until Capteur De Reve showed he was the stronger horse, drawing off to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:58. Seeyou Men was second with Kinnder Dangerous third. Capteur De Reve became the first horse ever to win four Quebec-Bred Championship Finals and he did it in four-straight years at ages 2, 3, 4 and 5. The brilliant gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye and was bred and is owned by the Provoquante Stable of Mirable. He paid $10.80 to win. Later on the card, in the 10th race, Atomic Million AM tied Capteur De Reve, scoring his fourth Quebec-Bred Series final with a game wire-to-wire triumph. Leading from the start for driver Guy Gagnon, Atomic Million AM cut fractions of :26.2, :56 and 1:25.4 before Kinnder Jackson, driven by LPR, came after them on the final turn and looked to make a race of it down the stretch, but Atomic Million AM was too strong, winning by one length in 1:55. C L Art Magic (Daniel LaFlamme) was third. An eight-year-old gelding by Million Dollar Cam, it was his fifth straight win, all at H3R, making him the winningest horse this season. He is trained, owned and was bred by Alain Martin of Gatineau and paid $3.00 to win. Driver Louis Philippe Roy wasted little time making his way to the winner's circle as he drove Lucky Promesses to victory in the 3rd race $30,000 Quebec-Bred Final for older trotting mares. Leaving from post four, Roy sent Lucky Promesses right to the front, cut fractions of :28.4, :59.4, 1:28.4, all the while holding the field at bay, then crossed the finish two and one-quarter lengths in front in 1:58.4. Y S Suzanne (Guy Gagnon) was second with Kascara Rose (Stephane Brosseau) third. A six-year-old mare by Lucky Fool, it was the second straight win and third victory on the year for Lucky Promesses, who is trained by Francis Richard and co-owned by Bruno Morin of St-Lazare-De-Bellechasse with Danny Genois of Quebec City. She paid $3.40 to win. There were four divisions of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old fillies and colt pacers on Sunday. The first filly division (2nd race) saw Cooking The Speed ($6.80), who started in the second tier in post nine, find early clearance before the half mile marker and shot to the lead for driver Stephane Gendron and never looked back, winning by one and one-half lengths in 1:57.4. Akita Bayma (Yves Filion) was second with Jazz (Pierre Luc Roy) third. It was the daughter of So Surreal's second straight win. She is trained by Michel Allard, who co-owns Cooking the Speed with Allard Racing of Saint-Esprit. The second filly division was the 11th race where both Moneymakehersmile and HP Xanadu played major hardball for most of the one-mile race. Moneymakehersmile and driver Pascal Berube went to the lead with Majelyca (Francis Picard) in the two-hole. Then HP Xanadu came first-over for driver Stephane Brosseau and collared Moneymakehersmile and those two went head and head down the backstretch, around the final turn and down the stretch all the way to the wire with Moneymakehersmile barely holding on for a neck triumph in 1:58. Majelyca was third. It was a lifetime mark for Moneymakehersmile, a Mach Three filly, trained by Dany Fountain for owner-breeder Sotirios Anastasopoulos of Sainte-Therese. She paid $37.30 to win in her second triumph of the season. The first colt division was the 4th race and Y S Sunshine with LPR in the sulky was able to wire the field after cutting fractions of :26.2, :57 and 1:26.2, then held off D Gs De Vito (Jonathan Lachance) by a half length to win in 1:54.2. Ashleysbest (Pascal Berube) was third. It was the first win in three starts for YS Sunshine. The gelded son of Sunshine Beach is trained by Michel Allard for breeder-owner Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. He paid $4.70 to win. Y S Sunshine was the Future Stars final champion last ye for ar. The second colt division saw three lead changes after a :27.1 first quarter and :56.4 half before HP Napoleon and driver Stephane Brosseau clear to the lead for good by the three-quarters in 1:26. The gelded son of Big Jim then drew away from the field, winning by five and one-half open lengths in 1:55.2. GA Speed Gaby (Guy Gagnon) was second with Sunshine Lou (Pascal Berube) third. Trained by Francis Richard owner Claude Hamel, who bred the colt with Celine Paquin, both of Ayers Cliff. He paid $3.20 to win. Track Notes: Both LPR and Stephane Gendron each had driving triples. Michel Allard led all trainers on the day with three wins from his stable. Live racing resumes next Friday at the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 7:00 pm. The Breeders Cup Series takes a week off and will resume with the second round of preliminary action Friday, July 26. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Summerside police have confirmed they are investigating at least three complaints relating to strange incidents at the Red Shores Summerside Raceway. Police said Monday they are looking into reports of a theft on May 29, damage being done to tires on a cart on June 9 and a horse sustaining unexplained injuries on June 12. No further information was available yet, but the investigations remain ongoing. Users of the raceway’s stables are concerned about the safety of their horses and property as unexplained vandalism like this has been a recent problem. Some have said they intend to install security cameras for peace of mind. “Without the security cameras, we can’t be 100 per cent sure. Horses can get into trouble themselves, but they don’t need some stranger coming here and unlocking them and then getting hurt as a result,” said Vance Cameron, the track announcer. RELATED: Horses hurt, tires slashed at Red Shores Racetrack in Summerside Reprinted with permission of The Guardian

SUMMERSIDE, PE - A three-wide move up the backstretch etched Rose Run Quest’s name in the harness racing history books in the 51st running of the Governor’s Plate presented by Township Chevrolet and Noonan Petroleum Saturday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. In line to trainer-driver Marc Campbell in the $25,000 Governor’s Plate final, Rose Run Quest (If I Can Dream) sat back and watched an early tussle between post 1 starter Down On Luck (Driven by Walter Cheverie) and 2017 champion Do Over Hanover (Jason Hughes) through a first quarter in 27 seconds. Do Over Hanover found himself in control at that station then Bugsy Maguire (Myles Heffernan Sr.) pulled first-over with Rose Run Quest following that cover through a half in 56.1. Before the three-quarters in 1:25, Rose Run Quest made his three-wide move and cleared to the lead to win by open lengths in 1:53. Do Over Hanover was second, while Down On My Luck rounded out the triactor and Euchred (David Dowling) finished fourth. Blair Hansen of Charlottetown holds the ownership papers of Rose Run Quest. Prior to that start of the 51st running of the Governor’s Plate, post 3 starter Burn Out Hanover was involved in an altercation that unseated driver Gilles Barrieau and saw the horse loose and scratched from the race. Both horse and driver left the track under their own power. Dowling claimed his first Basil Whelan Memorial trophy for leading driver of Governor’s Plate week on the Saturday program. Dowling was also the top percentage driver of the week with a sparkling .444 average presented by Xtreme Coatings Ltd and the Prince County Horsemen’s Club. Earlier on the card, Sodwana Bay won the $8,500 Governor’s Plate Filles and Mares Open final in a mile time of 1:55 for trainer-driver Barrieau and owners Howmac Farms of North Wiltshire and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S. Half Cut scored a 1:54.4 win in the $5,000 Governor’s Plate consolation with Mark Bradley driving for trainer Tom Weatherbie. The two $12,700 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-divisions for three-year-old pacing colts were won by Purple Poet (Kenny Arsenault) in 1:56.4 and Red Dirt Rocknroll (Dowling) in 1:58.4. Star Photo scored a new track record for aged trotting males in the $2,500 Andrew Perry Memorial trot with a 1:58.2 time for driver Hughes, trainer Kevin Gillis and owners Robi Hughes, Eric MacLauchlan and James Perrot of Stratford and Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. Live racing continues Thursday and Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown and next Sunday (July 21) at Red Shores Summerside. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The 2018 O'Brien Award winning driver, Louis Philippe Roy, who also led all drivers in Canada last year in wins and money won, returns to his home town on Sunday for the $120,000C Quebec-Bred Series Finals. There are 11 races on Sunday's program and Roy is listed to drive in nearly every race. The stakes packed program has four $30,000C finals for the Quebec-Bred Series plus four divisions of the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. Of the eight stakes races on Sunday, LPR is listed to drive in seven of them. He has only one morning line favorite, YS Tallia (post 7) in the 8th race $30,000C final for pacing fillies. She has dominated the series and is going for her fourth straight triumph. There are two trotters and one pacer who could become the first ever to win four Quebec championships. They are Capteur De Reve, Maximuscle and Atomic Million AM. Capteur De Reve goes for his fourth straight title in the seventh trot final. Now age 5, the son of Muscle Mass will have a very tough task as he starts from the outside in post seven for driver Stephane Gendron. Last week he beat the odds-on favorite, Seeyou Men, who drew post one. Maximuscle goes from post three for driver Louis Philippe Roy in trying for his fourth straight title. Then in the tenth race, Atomic Million AM heads the final for older pacing horses and starts from post five for driver Guy Gagnon. Undefeated at H3R this season, Atomic Million AM goes for his fifth straight win this year for trainer, owner and breeder, Alain Martin. Now age eight, the son of Million Dollar Cam boasts four wins in six starts this year, his fastest mile coming last week with a 1:54.1 triumph, the fastest mile at H3R this season. First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. Festival of Racing Saturday The Quebec Regional Fair Circuit races took place at the Hippodrome 3R Saturday afternoon. The fairs are where many of the two-year-old pacers and trotters start their career and nearly half of the 13 races Saturday were for the "babies". The fairs are also where the young men and women in Quebec get their first starts as drivers and trainers. Competing on Saturday were Samuel Fillion, Steven Gagnon, Jimmy Gagnon and Christian Gagnon. Also, on the fair circuit are Michel Berube, Mathieu Desrochers, Kevin Montmarquette, and Michel Lefebvre, all hopefully to become professionals at the races. There was also a young announcer, 15-year-old Louis Desrochers of Warwick, who called the second race trot and did a superb job, calling the race in both French and some English. One newcomer to Canada traveled all the way from Bermuda for his first pari-mutuel drive and he won. Kiwon Waldron, age 19, hails from Hamilton, Bermuda where he has been driving Standardbred ponies. In the third race he was able to lead from start to finish in 2:05.4 with the pacer Shemaksmefelunreal, who is sired by Sunshine Beach from the No Pan Intended mare, Dreamfair Orchid. She is trained by Michel Allard and owned by Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA. "I watched Kiwon drive last winter when I was in Bermuda," Rene Allard said. "I saw him win the FFA race there. He is a natural and I saw good talent in him and asked him to come to Quebec this summer and get more experience driving Standardbreds. He has a very bright future." Waldron made it a driver-trainer double with Michel Allard, winning the 8th race pace with Jeffs Journey in 1:59.2. Other two-year-old winners on the program were the trotter Major Bay (Amigo Hall - B Cor Bonita) in 2:08 for driver David Pilon and trainer Francis Richard; the pacer Saloon Magic (He's Watching - Ok Bravo) in 2:05 for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Marc Andre Simoneau; a trot to the filly Muscle Beauty (Muscle Mass - Ocean Mist Beauty) for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Serge Nadeau in 2:09.1. The final two-year-old race was the fastest of the day. Sophie's Destiny, a daughter of Delmarvalous - Tina's Bliss, cut all the fractions and won by a dozen lengths in 2:03.2. She was driven by Stephane Brosseau, who trains the filly. There was also an exhibition Monte (under saddle) trot race held with four contestants. The winner was R Rkadabra with jockey Anne-Marie Demers in 2:06.2 over Marie-Eve Jean riding VictoryCari. In the tenth race a track record was set as the race for pacers was only a half-mile long. Allstar Seelster ($3.30) and driver Stephane Brosseau led from start to finish, parking out Too Much Duncan (Pierre Luc Roy) to a :26.3 first quarter. Allstar Seelster went on to win by four open lengths in :55.1. The world record is :54.2. The highest win price of the season was set in the 9th race pace when driver Eric Beausoleil upset the field with Flashjack Soleil at odds of 36-1. They won the race in 2:00 and paid $74.20 to win. Stephane Brosseau led all drivers with three wins. There were three trainers, Francis Richard, Michel Allard and Marc Andrea Simoneau, who each had two winners from their stable. Throughout the afternoon on Saturday, fans were treated to special drawings, rides in a double-seat sulky and rides in the starting gate. There was also free balloon art and face painting for the children. The Festival of Racing continues on Sunday. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

SUMMERSIDE, PE - With a three-bagger on the Friday evening harness racing program driver David Dowling continued his grip on the driver's standings at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway and his lead in the Basil Whelan Memorial award for leading driver of Governor's Plate week. The Warren Grove driver started the action off winning a $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes B-division for three-year-old pacing fillies with After The Lovin for trainer Earl Watts in 2:00.4. The Devils Cut supplied Dowling's second win in 2:04 in another $2,500 B-split for trainer Chris MacKay of French River. Ramset used first-over tactics to win a $1,500 overnight event in 1:58.1 for trainer Elton Millar of Tyne Valley to give Dowling win number three. The Whelan Memorial standings will be settled during Saturday evening's 16-dash Governor's Plate program. In other Atlantic Sires Stakes action for sophomore fillies, Elm Grove Nellie was placed the winner in an eventful $12,700 A-division with Dale Spence in the bike for trainer Joe Baxter and owners Jennifer Baxter of Falmouth and Gregory Francis of Windsor, N.S. Cheeky Cherry (Driven by Clare MacDonald) was the winner by two-lengths in 1:58.3 but was placed back to fifth for interference. When the dust settled on the judge's inquiries, Elm Grove Nellie was placed to the winning spot with a corrected mile time of 1:59. Howmac Sabrina (Dowling) was placed to second with Unapologetically (Marc Campbell) put to third to complete the triactor. Arc Light found the winner's circle in the second $12,700 A-division for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. Woodmere Oleksiak (Dowling) saw her win streak snapped to finish second while Therealdeal (Walter Cheverie) finished third in the 1:57.3 mile. The other Atlantic Sires Stakes B-division saw Dustylanebukinfuty win in 2:00 with Corey MacPherson driving for trainer Stephen Gass of Cornwall. Mando Fun won the race 12 Medastar Memorial in 1:57.1 with Campbell driving for trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley. Goodmorning Ky scored a mild upset in the Bud Ramsay Memorial pace stopping the clock in 1:59.3 for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Franks Banks of Summerside. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more.   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With a very impressive first-over performance against Choo Choo Blue, Claudi P V and driver Pascal Berube scored a big upset at odds of 9-1 in the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series at Hippodrome 3R. The series features three weeks of preliminary competition for three-year-old trotters and pacers with the top eight point earners returning on Sunday, September 8 for their respective $65,000C finals. The second race first division for three-year-old trotting fillies with a purse of $10,000C saw Choo Choo Blue and driver Jocelyn Gendron shoot to the early lead after the opening quarter mile in :30 with My Lady Hall (Serge Nadeau) grabbing the two-hole spot after leading to the first quarter mile. Choo Choo Blue led to the half mile in 1:00.3 before Claudi P V and Berube started up first-over with Cor Leo (Stephane Gendron) second over. As they passed the three-quarters in 1:31, the two race favorites, Justice Society (Stephane Brosseau) and Kinderunbelievable (Justin Filion), who made early breaks in the race, came charging three-wide on the final turn to come after Choo Choo Blue. But it was Claudi P V who was the strong horse, grinding it out against Choo Choo Blue and coming on in the stretch to win by one length in 2:02.1. Cho Choo Blue was second with Justice Society third. Claudi P V paid a handsome $20.50 to win. It was the first victory in five starts this year for the daughter of Holiday Road. She is trained by Serge Nadeau and is co-owned by Nadeau with breeder Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu. In the $10,000C fifth race division for the trotting colts, it was all race favorite Only For Justice and driver Stephane Brosseau. They sat an early pocket-seat to Triomphe Dunharas and driver/trainer Denis Gueriel and then burst to the lead after the opening quarter mile in :28. Once on top there was no looking back for Only For Justice, as Brosseau kept his colt easily on the lead, holding the field at bay to the half mile in :59 and the three-quarters in 1:28.4. In the stretch, Only For Justice kept on trotting to win with ease by five open lengths in 1:57.4. Cesar Duharas (Pascal Berube) closed to be second with Triomphe Dunharas third. Sired by Justice Hall, it was the second win in five starts for trainer Dany Fontaine and the Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal, who also bred Justice Hall. He paid just $2.10 to win and is now a career winner of $146,469C. In the eighth and final race on the program, G A Speed Sammy and driver Stephane Gendron wore down Maracasso (Carol Voyer) in the stretch and posted a 1:54.1 lifetime mark. That mile tied G S Speed Sammy with Atomic Million AM as the co-fastest winners at H3R this season. G A Speed Sammy posted his sixth win in eight starts this year for Yves Tessier and owner-breed Alain Carrier of St-Henri-De-Levis and paid $4.20 to win. Track Notes: Two drivers, Pascal Berube and Stephane Gendron each had driving doubles Friday. On Saturday, the Quebec Jockey Club hosts the Quebec Regional Fair which will feature a family fun day at the track with 13 races beginning at 1:00 pm. Special activities on Saturday for the race fans include drawings for rides in a two-seat sulky on the racetrack, rides in the starting gate, plus drawings for dining-room packages and betting vouchers. There will be a live horse on display at the entrance to the track for fans to take photos with and specially for the children there will be balloon sculptors and face painting, etc. And all the events are FREE for the patrons. In addition to the live racing, the track will also have a special Monte Race (racing under saddle) with trotters. The Quebec-Bred Series for older horses culminates on Sunday with four $30,000C final for the trotters and pacers plus the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Charlottetown, PE - The PEI Harness Racing Industry Association and Red Shores today released details of a Welcome Package being offered to all starters in the Gold Cup and Saucer Trials. 2019 marks the 60th running of one of the Greatest Shows in Harness Racing, the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer, with Trails held on Saturday, August 10th and Monday, August 12th, leading up to the Final Saturday, August 17th. Through the generous support of several Prince Edward Island businesses, all horses participating in the Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer Trails will be offered the following: - In recognition of the 60th running, the Nomination and Starting Fees ($800 total) have been waived - Complimentary Table of 4 in the acclaimed Top of The Park at Red Shores for either the Gold Cup and Saucer Final or James Roach MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer Consolation (whichever applicable). - A complimentary Confederation Bridge - $50 Gas Card - 4 Complimentary Old Home Week passes - Complimentary Golf Passes for 2 - Complimentary Charlottetown Harbour Tour and Lobster Roll for up to 3 Guests per starter, Thursday, August 15th - Gold Cup Seafood table D'Hote at Claddagh Oyster House In addition, all Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer Final starters receive an invitation to the Gold Cup and Saucer Reception Friday August 16th, as well as a specialized Gold Cup and Saucer jacket for all Drivers in the Final. A Lasix program is in place for horses that require the program, and a reminder that the Standardbred Canada MVP Program has a link for discounted car rentals. For more information please visit www.redshores.ca or contact the Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park Race Office at 902- 629-6636.   Lee A. Drake Manager Marketing & Brands Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable has introduced a new Summer School program to provide supervised hands-on learning about Standardbred horses and harness racing. TheStable.ca Summer School program offers two course levels delivered in four pilot classes on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. starting July 28. All classes are conducted at TheStable.ca's base of operations, Tomiko Training Centre in Puslinch, ON. Each class is restricted to 10 students with two instructors. Attendees must be at least 10, and children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. TheStable.ca Summer School 101: In-Barn Basics is a beginner session suited for people who want a basic understanding of racehorses and horse racing. All activities will be conducted in the barn. This course is offered July 28 and August 4. TheStable.ca Summer School 201: Barn & Track is an intermediate session for people with a basic understanding of racehorses and horse racing and a desire to learn and do more, including jogging one of the horses (in a double-seated jog cart, accompanied by a trainer). This course is available August 11 and August 18. All courses are $50 plus HST and an online booking fee. Complete details and registration: https://thestable.ca/summerschool     For more information, contact Kelly at kelly@thestable.ca or (519) 465-7908.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With the conclusion of another successful Governor's Plate Week at Red Shores Summerside, the harness racing action returns to the capital oval with 11-dashes on tap Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The first race of the evening is scheduled for a 6:30 P.M. start time and the top pace of the mid-week program lines up in the finale. Prettyndangerous is selected for the top spot in the morning line odds with post 3 in race 11 and David Dowling back above the wheels for trainer and co-owner Bo Ford and co-owner Arnold Myers of Charlottetown. The nine-year-old daughter of Armbro Deuce was impressive her last start in Charlottetown with a 1:57.2 victory but made a break in stride last week in Summerside to finish fourth. Miss Sangria leaves from post 2 fresh off a trio of second place finishes. With regular driver Adam Merner absent, owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River will have his granddaughter Ambyr Campbell drive Miss Sangria for trainer Melissa Rennie. One Hot Camshaft drops out of the open mares ranks to land in Thursday's $2,000 finale for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Frank Hansen. Race analyst Les MacIsaac admits Prettyndangerous may be the class of the field but with her recent breaks he will side with One Hot Camshaft for the win position. "One Hot Camshaft went up against the open mares a couple of times at Summerside and while she didn't get much, she didn't look totally out of place," MacIsaac said. "The bit of class relief she gets tonight makes her a potential sleeper." Also in the field is Dreas Good Powow (Driven by Corey MacPherson) from post 1, Charlottes Western (Marc Campbell), Paythelinebluechip (Gordie Hennessey) and Julep Hanover (Kenny Arsenault). Freddie and Star Photo will again lock bridles in the race 9 Open trot with a $2,250 pot at play. Star Photo rides a two-race win streak into the event fresh off a 1:58.2 aged gelding track record at Red Shores Summerside in the Andrew Perry Memorial Trot. Jason Hughes will again handle the post 5 starter for trainer Kevin Gillis and owners Robi Hughes, James Perrot and Eric MacLauchlan of Stratford and Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. Freddie has post 4 for trainer-driver Campbell while Hop Up (MacPherson) will look to replicate her eight-length romp on July 4 from post position 2. Race 5 is the Stars For Life Foundation pace as Girl With Attitude (Murphy) leads the field from post 4 for trainer Fred Paynter of Kensington. Red Shores, Standardbred Canada, and Prince Edward Island Horse Owners Association is proud to support National Caretakers Day on the program with special videos, prize giveaways and presentations. Standardbred groom Abby Clow will be special guest on the Inside Track with host Kurt Hughes Thursday at 6:15pm. The interview segment will be broadcast on the Red Shores TV network. For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores
MILTON, July 16, 2019 - Harness racing driver Sylvain Filion put on a driving clinic Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park by winning six-races. The Milton, Ontario resident scored six wins in 10 drives with four of his victories coming in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Filion busted into the win column in the evening's third-race with rookie pacing colt Allywag Hanover ($2.70) for trainer Casie Coleman. The veteran reinsman proceeded to post victories in the following two-races, both OSS Grassroots events, with Tabloid Writer ($13.20) for Ben Baillargeon and Quick Tour ($10.20) for Mark Horner. After a one-race break from the winner's circle, Filion kicked off his second natural Hat-Trick of the card with Kevin McMaster trainee Dontblvmejustwatch ($3.40) in an OSS Grassroots contest. His fifth and sixth victories of the card came with six-year-old trotting mare P L Jill ($2.90) for Baillargeon and two-year-old gelded pacer My Land ($9.20) for Gerard Demers in an OSS contest. Filion nearly made it seven-wins on the evening, as he finished second in the finale with rookie pacing colt Better B Swift. The six-win night gives Filion 150 victories this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a 34-win lead in the driver's standings over nearest rival Louis Philippe Roy. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie
MILTON, JULY 16, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park held 10 races on Tuesday evening and harness racing driver Sylvain Filion won six, including four wins in the second Grassroots leg for the two-year-old pacing colts. "It was one of those nights when nothing goes wrong you know, and even a bad drive, my horses were so good they overcame it," said the Milton resident, who teamed freshman pacers Tabloid Writer, Quick Tour, Dontblvmejustwatch and My Land to Grassroots victories and finished second in the other two divisions with Twin B Watch Me and Better B Swift. Filion collected his victories in stretches of three and kicked off the first in Race 3, an overnight race for two-year-olds he won with Allywag Hanover, followed by a pair of Grassroots victories in Races 4 and 5. In the fourth race Filion and Tabloid Writer got away fifth from Post 3 and were able to slip into the outer lane behind Three Trick Gainer heading for the :59.1 half. The colts advanced steadily on pacesetter Twin B Frenchtoast and turning for home Filion shifted Tabloid Writer into a bigger gear and the colt sprinted to a one length victory in 1:55.3. Three Trick Gainer finished second and Twin B Frenchtoast settled for third. "He's a nice little horse. He's not very big, but he's all there, he's all guts and perfectly gaited," said the driver. "I thought he raced real big." Ben Baillargeon of Guelph trains Tabloid Writer for Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC. The son of Sportswriter was an $80,000 purchase from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Tabloid Writer Filion and Quick Tour were saddled with Post 10 in the third $23,500 Grassroots division, but the Mach Three son left smartly from the gate to find a spot in fourth on the rail. Filion soon had the gelding aiming for the lead and the pair was in command before the three-quarter mark. From there Quick Tour battled hard to hold off My Bettors Del and fan favourite Better Take It and earn the 1:54.1 victory for trainer Mark Horner of St. Marys and his partner R A W Equine of Burlington, ON. "He (Horner) told me before the race he's better covered up, but from the outside post, I guess I had him a little too wound up and when I got in the four-hole there he started getting a real big hold of me. I didn't want to take any chances and I moved him back to the front," explained Filion. "Once at the front he kind of got lost, but he dug in hard. That was a great mile for him, a great, great effort." A $7,000 bargain at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Quick Tour finished second in the Grassroots season opener to Tattoo Artist, who went on to win a Gold Series division on Monday night. Quick Tour After an off-the-board finish in Race 6, Filion kicked off another three-race win streak with Dontblvmejustwatch, who clocked the quickest mile of the six Grassroots divisions. Starting from Post 3 Filion and Dontblvmejustwatch landed in sixth and Filion asked the fan favourite to reel in the leaders heading by the :57 half. Once they took control the outcome was never in doubt, Dontblvmejustwatch cruised home a one and three-quarter length winner in 1:53.1. Usurper finished second and Colima was three more lengths back in third. "That's a nice little horse, he's a sweetheart. I guess they didn't really think much of him as of like a month ago, but he's been improving every start and my god he was good tonight," said Filion. "I had him in the bad position, I was far off the lead, and he made a quick brush to the front and he made it pretty easy. He's not very big, but he's slick and he's very, very fast." Filion drives the Hes Watching gelding for trainer Kevin McMaster and fractional ownership group TheStable Dontblvmejstwtch of Guelph, ON. Through three starts the youngster has now delivered one win, one second and one third for his delighted owners. Dontblvmejustwatch The driver then won another overnight event with aged trotting mare P L Jill before returning to the Grassroots winner's circle with My Land, who went gate-to-wire from Post 1 in 1:54.2. Night Watchman finished two and one-quarter lengths back in second and Wilsons Vinner was two more lengths behind in third. "That's a horse I raced last time and I was caught back in the field. There was no flow and he still come home pretty good, so tonight I wanted to make sure with the rail that I was going to be, maybe not in front but in the two or three-hole," said Filion. "So anyway, I left hard and ended up on the front end and I was able to get a soft middle half and he sprinted home pretty good and got the job done." Gerard Demers trains My Land for La Ferme Tag Inc. of Papineauville, QC, who offered up $10,000 for the Badlands Hanover son at the 2018 London Selected Yearling Sale. My Land The other two divisions went to fan favourites National Sport and Poseidon Seelster. Sportswriter son National Sport and driver Louis-Philippe Roy caught Filion and Twin B Watch Me in the stretch and pulled away to a three and three-quarter length win in 1:54.2 for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch and owner 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor, ON. Bettor Focus rounded out the top three. National Sport  Both Bob McClure and Poseidon Seelster and Filion and Better B Swift used late charges in the final division, but Poseidon Seelster had the bigger kick and claimed the 1:54.1 victory by three-quarters of a length. Century Grizzly completed the top three. McClure piloted Sunshine Beach colt Poseidon Seelster to the win for trainer Matthew Dupuis and owner Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, ON. Poseidon Seelster Tuesday's quartet of victories and pair of runner-up finishes will edge Filion closer to current leader Trevor Henry in the race for the Lampman Cup, awarded each year to the top driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Filion is a five-time winner of the honour, and he has also chalked up the occasional six-win night in his decorated driving career. "Not very often, not often enough," said the reinsman with a laugh. "I'll take it." The two-year-old pacing colts will make their third Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 15. Next up on the Campbellville oval's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies and two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, July 18. The freshman pacing fillies will open Thursday's program at 7:10 pm in the first race and will also be featured in Races 4 through 7 and Race 9. The trotting lasses will battle in Races 3 and 8. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available here.. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing
INNISFIL, JULY 16, 2019 - Thirty-nine of Ontario's talented three-year-old trotting fillies took a star turn at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, highlighting a harness racing card that was dedicated to fillies and mares. In the first $23,500 Grassroots division fans sent Halo Its Me off as their top choice and the Archangel daughter did not disappoint. In rein to Robert Shepherd the filly got away fifth from Post 2, watching as Blue Magic and Checkmate Titan battled through the :27.4 quarter and :56.4 half. Heading for the 1:25.4 three-quarters Shepherd sent Halo Its Me after embattled pacesetter Blue Magic and the favourite cruised down the stretch to a two length victory in 1:56.3. Blue Magic stayed game for second and Petro Hall was third. It was the third win of the season, and the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action, for Halo Its Me, who is trained by Connie Chisholm. Brighton residents Connie and David Chisholm also bred and own the filly, who lowered her personal best by three seconds and boosted her lifetime earnings to $28,045 with the win. The second split saw Splurge On Me capture her sixth straight win with a front-end effort for local reinsman Stephen Byron of Thornton. The fan favourites took command just after the :27.4 quarter and cruised through fractions of :58.1 and 1:27.2 on their way to the 1:56.3 victory. Champagne Jane trotted into second and P L Molly rounded out the top three. Splurge On Me has not been defeated since a third-place result in the June 4 Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Kadabra daughter won her second Grassroots start at Dresden Raceway on July 1 and has captured four overnight events at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the last five weeks. Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh trains the winner of $90,612 and the Windsor, ON resident also bred and owns the filly in partnership with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. Scott Young drove both Blue Magic and Champagne Jane to their runner-up results in the first two divisions, but the reinsman found the winner's circle in the third. Starting from Post 1 with Absynthe Hanover, Young settled the fan favourite in third early as Magically Hip rang up fractions of :28 and :57.3 then went after the pacesetter heading for the 1:26.3 three-quarters. Absynthe Hanover easily gained control and sailed down the stretch to a three length victory in 1:56.4. Mattys Smilin finished second and Byron and Royal Rhythm closed well to claim third. "She raced great. She's been very good to me, winning the City of London and now a Grassroots," said Young of Absynthe Hanover. "I was very happy with her tonight." Young steers the Kadabra daughter for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville, ON and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. In addition to the May 31 City of London Final at The Raceway at Western Fair District and Tuesday's Grassroots division, the pair also has a trio of overnight wins to their credit. Young doubled his on-the-board finishes in Ontario Sires Stakes action with Tuesday's results and was grateful to trainers Blais, Susanne Kerwood and Shane Weber for the opportunity to add to his provincial point tally. "It was an excellent night for sure," said the reinsman. "Very thankful for the opportunity from the trainers to be able to drive some nice fillies." The last Grassroots division saw Order Mattie go gate-to-wire from Post 6, holding off a hard-closing Madam Shazam for a one-half length victory in 1:59.1. Victoriahasasecret completed the top three. Bowmanville resident Doug Brown drives and trains Order Mattie for Todd Coleman of Paris, ON and Jackson Wittup of Calgary, AB. Tuesday's win was the Angus Hall daughter's third of the season and her first of the sophomore Grassroots campaign. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Clinton Raceway on August 11. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs next Tuesday, July 23 with the second Gold event for the two-year-old trotting colts. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0716geodfn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com
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