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Bronx Seelster wins Battle of Waterloo

11:56 AM 07 Aug 2018 NZST
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Bronx Seelster and driver Trevor Henry winning the Battle of Waterloo
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Quebec Blue Chip and driver Jody Jamieson
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ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway marked its 28th annual Industry Day Horse Racing Celebration on August 6. The event featured 11 races totaling $565,855 in purses, including the track's biggest races, the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles.

21st annual Battle Of Waterloo

Nine of the best freshman two-year-old colts headed to battle this afternoon at Grand River Raceway. Amidst rain showers and overcast weather, Bronx Seelster parted the skies to win the $262,000 Battle Of Waterloo.

Having drawn the trailing position of post nine, Bronx Seelster and Trevor Henry followed Prestige Seelster (Bob McClure) off the wings and landed fourth behind Wager On Me (Jody Jamieson) and Twin B Watching (Doug McNair).

Wager On Me put up quarter fractions in a quick :27.1 as Twin B Watching pocket-pulled to lead the field to the half in :55.1 as Bronx Seelster came with the first-up attack to clear and lead his foes to the three-quarters in 1:24.1 with Bettors Wish (Paul MacDonnell) in pursuit.

Stride for stride to the head of the stretch, Bronx Seelster and Bettors Wish dueled to the finish line with Bronx Seelster putting a neck in front of Bettors Wish to win in 1:53.1, narrowly missing Tarpon Hanover's 1:53 track record set in 2012.

Wayne McGean trains the two-year-old son of Big Jim and celebrates his first Battle Of Waterloo victory with a colt who has now surpassed $225,000 in six starts. The $22,000 yearling has now returned his yearling price 10 times over for owners Capers 3 Stables of Sydney, NS. The victory was also the third win of the card and the first Battle Of Waterloo score for driver Trevor Henry.

10th annual Battle Of The Belles

Trainer Dave Menary scored his third Battle Of The Belles title in a favored victory with Quebec Blue Chip and driver Jody Jamieson.

The Sportswriter daughter fronted the field through fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:26.2 for a mile time of 1:55.1 in the $163,840 race. Menary also trains the runner-up in the race, Ideation Hanover (James MacDonald). Powerful Chris (Bob McClure) was an elimination division winner last week and put forth a persistent first-up battle against front-facing Quebec Blue Chip, but faded to fifth in the later going.

Track Records

The 28th Industry Day undercard also featured two track record performances. Neon Moon set a new best for three-year-old pacing fillies during the second of four Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions, coasting to a five-length victory in 1:52.4 for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jack Darling. The score bumps aside the 1:53.1 record set in 2013.

At 8-1, Cousin Mary and Trevor Henry also lowered the aged pacing mares' track record to 1:53 after holding off Butter Milk Hanover and Bob McClure in race six. The clocking replaces five ties of the former 1:53.2 mark which was first established in 2013.

OHHA Best Of Show

The Best Of Show competition sponsored, by the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA), awarded $1,500 to the caretakers of horses racing on the Industry Day card. Fifteen prizes of $100 were presented to the top five in each of the following categories: Best Of Show Head-To-Toe; Horse & Groom; Above & Beyond (braids, sparkles, etc.).

The winners were: Al Shelton, Emelia Svensson, Jennifer Harding, Steven Samis, Karen Laarman, Kathryn Gilfoy, Katie Graham, Kendal Middleton, Kim O' Reilly, Korina McLean, Lisa Mutter, Marie Brooking, Mary Lou Gingras, Robert Alliett, Steve Quinn and Susie McNair.

Young Guns Race

Six harness racing proteges took to the racetrack with their ponies (and accompanying drivers) in the Young Guns Race. Quinton was the race winner in the five-horse race, driven by Eric Lachance with help from his mother Marielle Enberg.

Bouncy Pony Stakes

Grand River Raceway's current leading driver, Colin Kelly, posted the biggest upset of the afternoon, defeating multiple Bouncy Pony Stakes champion James MacDonald in the 14th edition of the Industry Day fan favourite. MacDonald and fellow competitors J. Harris and Bob McClure cooled off the victor with a surprise tub of ice water during his trophy presentation.

Garage Sale

The Industry Day Garage Sale raised a total of $774.00 for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame, Standardbred Showcase and Racing Under Saddle Ontario.

by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

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