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MILTON, OCT. 12, 2019 - If power, desire and intelligence are the traits of a harness racing champion, all three qualities were on vivid display during Saturday's $1.8 million Super Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Taking his place in the Ontario Sires Stakes history books, three-year-old trotting colt Forbidden Trade became just the fifteenth horse in the history of the year-end event to repeat as Super Final champion. The Kadabra colt defended his Super Final title with a powerful kick home that saw him reel in the leaders and draw away to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.2. Pocket-sitter Manatlas finished second and pacesetter All Wrapped Up was third. "I think that everything worked out. He had to go there, and take his time, and after that we were comfortable," said trainer Luc Blais of the trip that saw the fan favourite get away sixth from Post 9, move into the outer lane as the pace slowed heading for the half and then tip out three-wide coming off the final turn. "I was happy, very happy." Blais trains Forbidden Trade for Determination of Montreal, QC and Rockwood, ON resident Bob McClure steered the colt to his eighth win in 13 sophomore starts. The Hambletonian champ will now return to open stake competition in the Oct. 19 Breeders Crown eliminations and Blais said he and his staff will spend the next seven days keeping the winner of $1.37 million as happy as possible. "Keep him happy, in the paddock and light, very light, light training, just keep him fresh," said the Campbellville resident. "He is good on himself too. He takes care of himself... like a good horse." Once race later, Boadicea showcased her raw power in the three-year-old pacing filly Super Final. In rein to Guelph, ON resident Jonathan Drury, Boadicea took control heading for the :53.4 half and continued to roll through a 1:21.1 three-quarters and on to a 1:49.2 victory. Early pacesetter Sunny Dee finished three and one-quarter lengths back in second, just ahead of a closing Ideation Hanover. "She is the horse of a lifetime. You know I've had some good horses too, but nothing ever like her, and to tell you the truth I knew it when she was born and she's just...every month of her life has been impressive," said owner-breeder Charles Lawrence. "I guess it was her intelligence more than anything else that caught my eye, and she grew into a big powerful animal," Lawrence continued. "And she has that determination to win, and you can't breed that into them, they're born with it, you know, they're born with it." The Blenheim, ON resident and his grandson Gordon Lawrence bred and own Boadicea, who is by Big Jim and out of their mare Rose Seelster, and they were joined in the Super Final winner's circle by a jubilant crowd of family and friends. After the hugs and cheers and photographs were finished the Lawrence's stopped by the Woodbine Mohawk Park race office and paid the $62,500 supplement to make Boadicea eligible to the Breeders Crown. "That's a big step to take, and I know there's a lot of tough horses in there, but we hope we can do well, do the best we can," said the elder Lawrence. "It's a lot of money for us to put up, but we think we owe it to her." Also headed to the Breeders Crown, so long as she remains happy and healthy, is two-year-old pacing filly Alicorn. The division point leader barely broke a sweat on her way to a in 1:52.4 Super Final victory, besting Karma Seelster and Temagami Seelster by three lengths. Like Blais, trainer Chantal Mitchell said the next six days will be spent keeping the Bettors Delight daughter as happy as possible. "I couldn't ask for anything better for her. She didn't really get pushed, she didn't get tested," said Mitchell of the filly's Super Final effort. "She raced in the Eternal Camnation (Aug. 24) and had to come back in six days for a Gold and she won in 1:51 and then came back in 1:50.3 and all we did is jog her in between, just lots of turnout, and go nice and easy on her." Mitchell trains Alicorn for Windermere Stable LLC of New York, NY and Robert Muscara of Ivyland, PA and Guelph, ON resident Louis-Philippe Roy handles driving duties on the Big Jim daughter. In 11 lifetime starts the duo have recorded seven wins, three seconds, one fourth and earnings of $520,789 and lowered the Ontario Sires Stakes record not once, but twice. "She's a dream, she just does everything that you want a horse to do," said Hamilton, ON resident Mitchell, adding that the filly also does a few less than dreamy things when she gets her game face on. "I mean she's got an attitude. She kicked me in the hand today so I've got a new bruise, and then we got here and she bit me in the elbow, I've got some dirt to prove it, so she's feeling pretty sharp right now." New Jersey-based driver Dexter Dunn made his first Super Final appearance on Saturday and guided three horses to victory. In the three-year-old trotting filly showdown, which kicked off the event, Dunn teamed Kadabra filly Haveoneforme to a two length victory in 1:55.4 for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman, Norman's Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ and partners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON and Little E LLC of New York, NY. Defending champion HP Titania Runner finished second and pacesetter Angies Luckeylady was third. Four races later Dunn climbed aboard Tattoo Artist's race bike in the two-year-old pacing colt Super Final and guided the Hes Watching colt to a commanding four and three-quarter length score in 1:52. Examiner Hanover finished second and Sports Obsession was third. Cambridge, ON resident Dr. Ian Moore trains Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. Dunn finished off the hat trick in the two-year-old trotting colt showdown, steering E L Titan son Moon Bridge to a head victory in 1:55.4 for New Jersey-based trainer Ake Svanstedt, owner-breeders Esa Lahtinen and Janne Korpi of Cambridge, ON and their partner Jussi Hietalahti of Turku, Finland. Port Perry finished second and Blue Cupertino rounded out the top three. Jula Shes Magic battled to a head victory over fan favourite Wine Rack Hanover in the two-year-old trotting filly Super Final, which saw the rivals hit the wire in 1:55.3, just ahead of She Rocks Kemp. Susanne Kerwood of Rockwood, ON trains the Kadabra daughter for Jula Racing Inc. of Delray Beach, FL and Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson drove the filly to the win. B Stoney delivered the biggest upset of the evening, squeaking through traffic in the stretch to get a head in front of Stag Party in the three-year-old pacing colt finale. Division point leader and fan favourite Century Farroh finished third in the 1:50.3 mile. "That was unbelievable. That's a good field of horses, and he drove that horse perfect tonight," said owner-breeder Doug Millard of the steer by 2019 Lampman Cup champion Trevor Henry. "I'll tell you, when I saw him go up the inside, I thought, 'This is the best shot he's got,' and I couldn't believe it when he got through to win it. That was great. That was perfect." Woodstock resident Millard shares ownership of B Stoney with trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland and Barry McClennan of Cavan, ON. In his five regular season starts B Stoney had not finished better than fourth, but Henry took full advantage of the Sunfire Blue Chip gelding's gifts and the racing luck they were given to deliver the biggest win of the pacer's career. To see the complete results from Saturday's program visit Super Final Results. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, OCT. 5, 2019 - Driver Doug McNair almost missed Saturday night's Grassroots Championships at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but when the Guelph resident finally arrived he went straight to the harness racing winner's circle, a trip he would make two more times before the $600,000 championships were over. "Oh it was a great night, I mean it started off bad, I missed my first drive, and I thought she was one of my best shots, that pacing filly of Rob Fellows' (Mach My Kiss)," said McNair, whose arrival was delayed due to the late finish of the afternoon program at The Red Mile in Lexington, KY where he had two stakes drives. "I thought, 'This is going to be the start of a bad night', but everything just clicked, everything worked out and it usually doesn't work out like that." After missing the drive aboard two-year-old pacing filly Semi-Final winner Mach My Kiss, who finished tenth for driver Jonathan Drury, McNair's first assignment was with two-year-old pacing colt Mayhem Hanover. Lining up at Post 1 the pair got away second, tucked in behind fan favourite and division point leader Quick Tour as he rang up fractions of :26.3, :56.3, and 1:24.1. My Land pressed the pace through the middle of the mile, but there was room for Mayhem Hanover to slide out of the pocket in the stretch and the colt kicked home in :26.3 to get a neck in front of Quick Tour for the 1:51.1 victory. Bettorbuckleup closed hard to be third, almost four lengths behind the leaders. "Off that trip, he might've surprised some people tonight, but he didn't really surprise me," said McNair. "He's a real fast, high-speed colt, and he just got such a good trip tonight, it kind of worked a bit better for him." The driver's father, Gregg McNair of Guelph, trains Mayhem Hanover for Scott Horner and Clay Harland Horner of Toronto, ON. The championship victory gives the Sportswriter colt a freshman record of four wins and two seconds in nine starts for earnings of $79,405. McNair's next drive was aboard three-year-old pacing filly Kylie Seelster and the Big Jim daughter closed like a rocket to finish second behind heavy favourites So Much More and driver Louis-Philippe Roy, who cruised home one and three-quarter length winners in 1:51.1 for trainer Don Beatson of Granton, his son Ken Beatson of Palgrave and grandson Cole England of Exeter, ON. Kylie Seelster's stablemates in the Gregg McNair barn, Sports Flix and Swift Ally, finished third and fourth. In the seventh $75,000 division final, McNair was in the race bike of three-year-old trotting filly Semi-Final winner Rebellious Lady. The pair started from Post 4 and watched from third as Halo Its Me and Petro Hall battled to a :26.4 quarter and then Petro Hall opened up a four length gap on the field before the :55.2 half. The gap started to shrink on the way to the 1:24.3 three-quarters and when McNair tipped Rebellious Lady to the outside coming off the final turn the Angus Hall daughter reeled in Petro Hall and then fought hard to hold off Lefkada and claim the head victory in 1:55.1. Warrawee Ultra also closed well to be third. "The last turn they were going a real good clip up front and she kind of felt half-relaxed, but she trotted real hard through the stretch and it was a good win," said McNair. 'It was good to win for Duane Marfisi the trainer, like I said on the TV there, I think it was my second-ever race and he put me down to drive one, so it was great to get a Final win for him. "She surprised me," he added. "I thought I had a shot at Louis (Roy, Petro Hall) when she went by because his horse was likely a little tired, but I didn't think she'd fight off Scotty's (Wray, Lefkada). But I'm pretty sure he was three-wide for a lot of the last turn, so that makes a big difference." Guelph resident Duane Marfisi trains Rebellious Lady and leases her through his Green And Gold Inc. from Hugh Fitzpatrick, who also calls Guelph home. McNair completed the Grassroots Championship hat trick in the last division, sending fan favourite Fast N First to the lead early from Post 10. Fast N First took over control from Dreamfair Moxy heading by the :26 quarter and was comfortably in control at the :54.4 half. By the 1:23.4 three-quarters Carlisimo was applying pressure and turning for home Carsons Shadow had stepped around Carlisimo and looked ready to score the upset, but Fast N First dug in and kept a nose in front for the 1:51.1 victory. Dreamfair Moxy was promoted from fourth to third when Sportsline was judged to have caused interference in the stretch and placed from third to ninth. "I kind of really just wanted to float with him and see what happened, because I think he's just as good off the pace as he is on the lead. And I mean once Bob (McClure, Dreamfair Moxy) made the front at the eighth-pole I figured he'd want to follow me, and he did the rest from there. "He scared me for a second but that was kind of my fault, I kind of had him right to sleep you know, worried about Bob on my back, I wasn't worried about anybody else," McNair continued. "If I would've just kind of let him rattle I think he'd have won a lot easier. He impressed me tonight. That's the best he's raced for me. Nice little horse. That was a good night." Blake MacIntosh trains Bettors Delight colt Fast N First for his co-owners Ridgeway Racing of Ridgeway and Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo, ON. The win caps off a stakes season that saw the colt win two regular season Grassroots divisions and last week's Semi-Final, along with his Little Brown Jug elimination. In 20 starts Fast N First has logged 10 wins, four seconds and two thirds for earnings of $306,409. St. George, ON resident MacIntosh was also victorious in the two-year-old pacing filly division with Queso Relleno, who hit the wire two and three-quarter lengths ahead of So Delightful and Kat in a personal best 1:52.2. MacIntosh shares ownership of the Betterthancheddar filly with Sue Vernon Smith of Oakville, ON, Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA and The Flanagan Sisters of Dublin, Ireland. Moffat resident Jody Jamieson piloted Queso Relleno to the win, his second appearance in the winner's circle after playing the role of proud father earlier in the evening while his daughter Hailey Jamieson sang the national anthem. The two-year-old trotting filly championship went to Scorched Romance, who controlled the tempo on the way to a one length victory in 1:57.2. Milton resident Sylvain Filion drove the Kadabra daughter to the win for New Jersey-based trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL. Two-year-old trotting colt point leader Lovedbythemasses wrapped up his Grassroots campaign with a division title, sailing home four lengths ahead of his peers in an impressive 1:55.4. Campbellville resident Mike Saftic drove Lovedbythemasses to the victory for trainer Ed Peconi, Jr. of Peterborough and his co-owners Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI, who also bred the son of Muscle Mass. Division point leader Gold Edition took the three-year-old trotting colt final with a big 1:53.4 effort for driver Phil Hudon of Guelph, trainer Blair Burgess of Campbellville and owners Stirling Fisher of Waterloo and Karin Olsson Burgess of Campbellville. Southwind Frost finished one and one-half lengths back in second and Royale Elite rounded out the top three. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at Grassroots Championship Results.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

LONDON, OCT. 4, 2019 - Only 10 horses advance to the Super Final and when they lined up behind the harness racing starting gate at The Raceway at the Western Fair District on Friday night neither Denali Seelster nor Beach Blanket Book was among the 10. Denali Seelster was sitting in twelfth spot in the two-year-old pacing colt division standings with 29 points and Beach Blanket Book was seventeenth with 18 points. Both colts needed a win to guarantee themselves a post season berth and neither one was the morning line favourite to get the job done in their respective divisions. Fortunately for their connections, both colts ignored the odds-makers and came up with victories that will extend their season through the Oct. 12 Super Final. "Denali raced real good tonight. With the rail there, I got away third, and I really didn't want to come first up and I'm pretty sure Doc (Moore) didn't want me to sit in the three-hole, so I made the move early, cleared to the front and controlled the pace from there and he raced really good," said driver Sylvain Filion. "He was pacing good. Usually he gets a little bumpy in the turns, but tonight he was perfect." Denali Seelster rang up fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:24.3 and then dug in down the stretch to secure the one-half length victory in 1:54.4, a new track record for two-year-old pacing colts. The record replaced the mark of 1:55.4 set by Keystone Raptor in a November 2009 Gold Series event. Fan favourite YS Mathis finished second and Examiner Hanover claimed the third-place finisher's share of the $104,800 purse. Filion engineered Denali Seelster's first Ontario Sires Stakes victory for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON and owners Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, NS. The son of Sunshine Beach and Demi Seelster was born and raised at Seelster Farms' Lucan, ON nursery. With one win, one second, one sixth and one eighth in his four Gold Series starts Denali Seelster wraps up the regular season with 79 points, good enough for sixth spot in the standings. The colt scored his first lifetime victory in an overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 20 and heads into the Super Final on a two-race win streak. In the second $104,800 division Filion tried a similar strategy from Post 1 with Denali Seelster's stablemate Tattoo Artist. The fan favourites took command just after the :27.1 quarter, hit the halfway marker in a sharp :55.4 and the three-quarters in 1:25.3. Starting from Post 5, driver Chris Christoforou and Beach Blanket Book watched the early speed from the back of the six-horse field and advanced along the rail as their rivals shifted into the outer lane. After tipping out behind Aneto in the final turn, Beach Blanket Book shifted into high gear as soon as he got a clear look at the wire and reeled in the field for a three-quarter length victory in 1:57.3. Aneto finished second and Tattoo Artist stayed game for third. "We've been happy with him, and the battle up front helped too tonight, so it worked out," said trainer Blake MacIntosh. "He's a nice colt and he deserved to win tonight, because he's had a tough year, so it was good, a good night." St. George, ON resident MacIntosh trains Beach Blanket Book for Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA and Mac And Heim Stables of Cambridge, ON. The win was the second lifetime and the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for the Sportswriter colt, who got his first win in the Battle Of Waterloo eliminations at Grand River Raceway and was one of the favourites for the Aug. 5 final before hooking wheels with Bettorbuckleup and being forced to pull up before the finish line. "He's been a tough luck horse. He hooked wheels in the Battle Of Waterloo there or he would have won that I thought, or been right there," said MacIntosh. "He raced great in the (Sept. 21) Metro, he paced a third quarter in :25.1, he was just a little overmatched in there, that's all." In his five Gold Series starts Beach Blanket Book delivered one win, two fourths, one seventh and one ninth-place result for a total of 68 points and ninth spot in the standings. Friday's event marked the end of the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series regular season. The top Gold Series competitors from all eight divisions will meet in the $1.8 million Super Final Night at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Oct. 12. Complete results from Friday's program are available at The Raceway at the Western Fair District Results.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, SEPT. 30, 2019 - Two-year-old pacing filly Alicorn wrapped up the Gold Series regular season on Monday evening with another impressive harness racing effort over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval, matching her Ontario Sires Stakes record with a spectacular late sprint. Lining up at Post 5 in the six-filly field, driver Louis-Philippe Roy opted to ease Alicorn away from the gate and the heavy favourites were sitting fifth when Rose Run Vantage reached the :26.3 quarter. The fillies carried on in single file behind Rose Run Vantage to the :55.3 half, but heading into the final turn Roy tipped Alicorn into the outer lane. Temagami Seelster provided a brief windbreak for Alicorn as Rose Run Vantage paced by the 1:23.3 three-quarters, but Roy was soon showing his charge an open lane to the wire. Once Alicorn dropped into gear she drew away to a two and one-half length victory in 1:50.3, reeling off a :26 final quarter. Pocket-sitter Keystone Kalimba claimed the runner-up share of the $104,800 purse and Rose Run Vantage was third. "He said, 'I didn't plan on racing her that way, but behind the gate everyone was leaving out so I just sat back and waited'," said trainer Chantal Mitchell of her post-race conversation with Roy. "I told him I was a little worried because he was waiting on the other horse, and the other horse that was in front of us wasn't really advancing. I said, 'I thought we were just too far, there was just too much ground to make up,' and he said, 'I wasn't worried'." Roy's confidence in the Bettors Delight filly is more than warranted. Monday's win was her third in Gold Series action and her sixth in 10 freshman starts. She has only been worse than second on one occasion - a fourth-place result in the July 8 Gold Series opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park where she paced home in :26.1. "I really don't have very many words for it all," said Mitchell, who trains Alicorn for Windermere Stable LLC of New York, NY and Robert Muscara of Ivyland, PA. "She just has that desire. She wants to do it, she wants to beat everybody." Ironically, Mitchell said that Alicorn's fierce attitude is reserved for the racetrack. At home with her paddock-mate Windy, the division point leader plays a solid second fiddle. "She has a turn out buddy and that filly runs this filly. She's the boss of her. She chases her around the field, and she makes her do everything, she is the boss of her," said the Hamilton, ON resident. "One of the owners said, 'Windy is the boss of Alicorn, and Alicorn's the boss of everybody else'." So long as she remains healthy and happy Alicorn will make her next start in the $225,000 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 12 and then turn her attention to the Breeders Crown eliminations at the Campbellville oval on Oct. 18. "I'll likely just train her up a bit on Tuesday next week (Oct. 8) and keep an eye on her, make sure she's healthy and she's eating well, and as long as she looks as bright as she does every other day then we'll just keep going," said Mitchell. "She doesn't look any different from the day she qualified to now. It doesn't look like she's dropped a pound and, if anything, she's sharper." The top 10 point earners from the regular season will compete in the Oct. 12 Super Final and Betalady gave herself a chance to join them with a win in the second $105,600 division. Starting from Post 2, Betalady left smartly and found herself behind pacesetter All Day Sunshine as that filly reeled off a :26.2 quarter. Betalady continued to sit behind the pacesetter through the :55.3 half and 1:22.3 three-quarters and was able to sneak up the inside late in the stretch for a head victory over Free Flyin Ticket and Off The Press. The 1:52.2 clocking was a personal best for Betalady, who was driven to the win by Jody Jamieson. "I had the opportunity to drive her for the first time in the Champlain a couple of weeks ago (Sept. 7). She impressed me then with a third and I haven't had the chance to drive her again until tonight," said the Moffat, ON resident. "The trip wasn't the same as I planned for, but it worked out in the very end. But it took right up until the wire to work out." It was the first Gold win for Betalady, who moved from twenty-sixth in the point standings to twelfth. If all of the fillies ahead of her enter the Super Final the Bettors Delight daughter will be the second also eligible in the season finale, but if any opt not to enter she could find herself with a shot at the $225,000. Rockwood, ON resident Susanne Kerwood trains Betalady for owner-breeders M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Oct. 1 with the final regular season Gold Series event for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The program gets under way at 7:10 pm and the trotters will duel in Races 3 and 8. Complete results from Monday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, SEPT. 28, 2019 - Trevor Henry arrived at Woodbine Mohawk Park for Saturday's three-year-old Grassroots Semi-Finals with an almost insurmountable lead in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver's standings and the Arthur resident boosted his point tally with three harness racing victories. Henry's first two wins came with Bob McIntosh trainees Judge Ken and Splurge On Me in the three-year-old trotting colt and filly Semi-Finals. Lining up behind Post 3 with Judge Ken, Henry fired the gelding to the front and never looked back. Judge Ken rolled through fractions of :28.1, :57 and 1:26 before digging in down the stretch to fend off Windsong Pioneer for a head victory in 1:54.4. Red Hot Torch finished third, LA Magic was fourth and fan favourite Southwind Frost finished fifth. "He's really sharp, he's ready now, he's good," said Henry. "He can leave pretty good, but he can sit on a helmet. You can do whatever you want with him." Windsor resident McIntosh bred and owns Judge Ken in partnership with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. "He's a fighter that's for sure. I mean he's perfect gaited - he can trot about as fast on a half as he can on a mile - but he's got that will to win and he's determined," said McIntosh of the Justice Hall son. "He's got a big heart." In spite of starting five positions farther out on the starting gate, Henry opted for the same strategy with trotting filly Splurge On Me. The fan favourites took early command of the race and were never under threat, trotting by a :27.1 quarter, :57 half, 1:25.4 three-quarters and on to the victory in a personal best 1:55. Petro Hall was one and one-quarter lengths back in second, Halo Its Me finished third and Checkmate Titan and Lefkada were fourth and fifth. "She's more or less the same way. You can do whatever you want with her," said Henry. "She can leave fast, that's why I put her near the front, and she's good gaited." McIntosh and C S X Stables bred and own Kadabra daughter Splurge On Me, who finished the Grassroots regular season atop the point standings and has now won nine of her 16 sophomore starts. Henry completed the Grassroots Semi-Final hat trick in the second $20,000 sophomore pacing filly Semi-Final, once again opting for front-end tactics with Deb. The pair left smartly from Post 5 and took command just before the :26.4 quarter. Unchallenged through the :54.4 half, Deb was under pressure from fan favourite Swift Ally from the 1:22.4 three-quarters to the wire, but held on for a neck victory in a personal best 1:51.2. Freya Seelster finished four lengths behind the duelling leaders in third, just ahead of Crisp Mane and Premier Cabernet. James Dean of Guelph trains Deb for Wilma and James MacKenzie of Ennismore, ON and was delighted to see the Sportswriter daughter return to form after a pair of lackluster performances at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the first two months of September. "I really don't know why she hadn't shown up the last two weeks. Her blood came back good. She just raced poorly," said Dean. "I just changed some driving gear on her and we schooled her Tuesday (Sept. .24) at Mohawk and she never had a harness on her after that, I just turned her out in the paddock. Try to keep her happy I guess, just try to cheer her up a bit. It's getting later in the year, if they ain't fit now they never will be." Henry said the equipment changes worked wonders as he and Deb battled division point leader Swift Ally and driver Doug McNair down the stretch. "She wasn't on a line, she drove perfect. She went a big trip, I think that was a lifetime mark," said Henry. "That horse of Dougie's (McNair), it's a good filly, and she just fought her right to the wire." Although he couldn't get past Deb, driver Doug McNair won two other Grassroots Semi-Finals, the first and last of the evening. Starting from Post 10 with three-year-old trotting filly Rebellious Lady in the opening event, McNair hit the accelerator early and the Angus Hall miss rang up fractions of :27.3, :58.1 and 1:28.1 on her way to a neck victory in 1:58. Miss Congeniality was second, Cambridge Kate finished third and Warrawee Ultra and Witches N Angels claimed the other two berths in the Oct. 5 Grassroots Championship. "They didn't, obviously, go nearly as fast as the other division, but she did everything right, just hope for a good spot in the final and she'll hopefully pick up some money," said McNair, who drives the filly for trainer Duane Marfisi's Green And Gold Ltd. of Guelph. "She's great to drive, she's good gaited, there's maybe some better ones than her, but she tries hard." McNair closed out the sophomore Semi-Finals with pacing colt Fast N First, who took command heading by the half and powered home to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:51. HP Napoleon closed well to be second, Better Than Cash was third, Phils Sun was fourth and Jay Eye Em finished fifth. "He usually doesn't want to win by that many. He was just really good tonight," said McNair of Fast N First, who was making his first start since winning his elimination and finishing second in the final of the historic Little Brown Jug. "Obviously he was great at the Jug, so maybe that kind of woke him up a little bit. He's getting real sharp right now." Trainer Blake MacIntosh of St. George, Ridgeway Racing of Ridgeway and Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo, ON share ownership of Bettors Delight son Fast N First, who has won nine of 19 starts. The other pacing colt Semi-Final went to Dreamfair Moxy, who was a one and three-quarter length winner in a 1:50.4 personal best. Henry and Sportsline finished second, division point leader Sugartown was third, Carlisimo was fourth and Carsons Shadow was fifth. Travis Cullen drove Bettors Delight son Dreamfair Moxy to the win for trainer Jodie Cullen and owner John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON. The second trotting colt Semi-Final saw Royalty For Life son Royal Elite and driver James MacDonald storm down the stretch to a one and one-half length victory in 1:55.3 Encarnacion was second, division point leader Gold Edition was third, A Royal Line was fourth and Wings Of Speed was fifth. MacDonald engineered the win for trainer Shawn Steacy and owner-breeders Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. So Much More took the second pacing filly Semi-Final with a commanding performance, cruising home four lengths ahead of her peers in 1:51.1 McNair and Kylie Seelster were second, Saulsbrook Jessie was third, Sports Flix was fourth and Manhattan Night completed the top five. Louis-Philippe Roy drove So Much More to the win for trainer Don Beatson of Granton and his son Ken Beatson of Palgrave and grandson Cole England of Exeter, ON. The Big Jim daughter now boasts a record of 11 wins and three seconds in 17 starts. The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Oct. 5 for eight $50,000 Grassroots Championships. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, SEPT. 24, 2019 - Jula Shes Magic and Wine Rack Hanover arrived at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening sitting in a tie for fifteenth in the two-year-old trotting filly Gold Series standings. Both fillies had been victorious in an early season Grassroots event, but a Gold Series win had been elusive due to temperament rather than talent. Fortunately for their connections, everything went flawlessly on Tuesday and the fillies now sit in a tie for fifth. "It's not that it's not there, it is there, it's just sometimes you know, she's a little bit of a temperamental woman," said Susanne Kerwood, who trains Jula Shes Magic. "She's got a mind of her own, that's for sure, but there's lots in there, it's just you've got to try to get it out of her." Jula Shes Magic opened the Gold Series action with a commanding victory from Post 6 in the first $108,000 division. Thanks to a sharp move off the gate and early errors by two of her peers, the filly and driver Jody Jamieson were eight lengths ahead of the field at the :27.1 quarter. Jamieson eased off the accelerator heading by the :57.2 half and allowed the field to get back within hailing distance before he let Jula Shes Magic roll on to a 1:25.4 three-quarters. Down the stretch Jula Shes Magic once again pulled away from the field, hitting the wire six and three-quarter lengths in front in a personal best 1:55. Ride To Justice was second and She Rocks Kemp rounded out the top three. The win was the Kadabra daughter's second of the season. She was also victorious in a Grassroots division at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 30. In her other two Gold Series starts she finished seventh and third. In addition to her Ontario Sire Stakes starts Jula Shes Magic also logged a fifth-place result in the Aug. 29 Champlain Stakes and a third in her Sept. 5 Peaceful Way elimination, then made an uncharacteristic break at the start of the Peaceful Way final. "What she did in the Peaceful Way, Jody just said when he went up to the gate - usually she grabs a hold of you and she wants to leave out of there - that day she went up to the gate and she let go of the bit and he was like, what are you doing. It's something she's never done before, never done that training or nothing, she's always been more than willing to go, so I have no idea. I would be lying if I told you I knew what she was doing," said Kerwood. "It's frustrating though because I think, what did they go 1:55 and change in the final (1:55.2)? And I mean she wins tonight in 1:55 flat, so it's a little frustrating that way, but you know what, at least she won tonight, that's the main thing." Rockwood resident Kerwood trains Jula Shes Magic for Jula Racing Inc. of Delray Beach, FL, who offered up $100,000 for the third foal from $1.2 million winner Windsong Soprano at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Wine Rack Hanover's story is similar to Jula Shes Magic's, but trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and his staff might even peg their frustration level a little higher than Kerwood's. "It's been a real test because we've tried so many combinations of equipment trying to get her to calm down and it's just been trial and error and trial and error and finally we think, we think, we might have it," said Norman. "I've got to give Scotty (Petherick), my second trainer, all the credit because he's the one that's been doing the messing and the trialing and erroring and stuff. So the whole credit's got to go to him, he's done a good job with her." Like Jamieson and Jula Shes Magic, driver Trevor Henry left smartly from Post 5 with Wine Rack Hanover and was able to drop into third behind the fans' top choices Winter Olympics and Sheer Energy. Winter Olympics led the field through fractions of :27.3, :58 and 1:27.4, but failed to find a bigger gear in the stretch. Sheer Energy tipped out of the pocket heading by the three-quarters and Wine Rack Hanover was able to sprint between the two favourites and on to a four and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:56. Alpina closed well to be second and Sheer Energy finished third. Wine Rack Hanover also won a Grassroots division at Georgian Downs on July 14 and finished seventh and third in her other two Gold Series starts. The Kadabra daughter also tried her hand in the Champlain Stakes, but made an early break and repeated that in a Sept. 9 overnight event, forcing her to requalify on Sept. 17. "She's really nice to be around, and jogs fine, and you can train her on her own and she's fine, but from Day 1 you put her in behind a horse and she's tried to run it over," said Norman. "She's got a great gait and she's got a bit of speed, and finally, maybe she's getting her brain to work with her gait. "I mean the trip worked out great, everything worked out in her favour, but she was very strong down to the wire," added Norman, who trains the filly for Pinske Stables of Plato, MN and Bridgette Jablonsky of Hanover, PA. "And credit to Trevor (Henry), he's persevered with her too. He's been trying to help us and trying to get her to behave." Norman said Wine Rack Hanover will compete in the last regular season event at Flamboro Downs on Oct. 2, while Kerwood said she and Jula Shes Magic's owners will make that decision on Wednesday or Thursday. Gold Series action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening with a single division for both the three-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old trotting fillies. The fillies will compete in Race 5 on the 7:10 pm program, while the colts battle in Race 7. Complete results from Tuesday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, SEPT. 19, 2019 - Ontario's two-year-old trotting fillies wrapped up their Grassroots regular harness racing season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening. Zebs Flur kicked off the finale with a bold move that saw her circle out three-wide heading by the three-quarters to secure a head victory in a personal best 1:57.4. Yen finished second and Ready To Deal was a length and one-quarter behind the duelling leaders in third. The win was the second straight for Zebs Flur, who was also victorious in the Sept. 4 Grassroots event at Grand River Raceway. Stephen Byron drove the filly to both wins and said the Muscle Mass daughter is heading into the Sept. 27 Semi-Finals in top form. "She is pretty steady and now she is showing speed," said the Thornton, ON resident. "I'm really happy with her. She's coming into the Semi-Finals sharp." Byron steers Zebs Flur for trainer John Bax and owners Bax Stable of Campbellville, Don Allensen of Wyoming and Goin To The Show Stable of Peterborough. Through six starts the filly has tallied two wins, one second and two thirds for earnings of $48,114 with both wins and both thirds coming in Grassroots action. She will head into the Semi-Finals with 124 points, putting her third in the two-year-old trotting filly standings. In the second $23,850 division Scorched Romance and driver Paul MacDonell left smartly from Post 6 and shadowed fan favourite Goddess De Vie through fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:28.1 before slipping out in the stretch and reeling in the pacesetter by a neck in a personal best 1:57.1. Warrawee Vulcan was four lengths back in third. "We kind of liked her all along, she was a good gaited wee thing but she just took a little while to grow up and get the hang of things," said trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. "But now she looks like she can leave the gate, and she's getting more versatile, and she's got her confidence. She's got the Semi-Final and Final coming, hopefully, so she might be able to make a little bit of money here late in the year."   New Jersey-based Norman trains Scorched Romance for Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL. In six starts the Kadabra daughter has recorded two wins and two thirds for earnings of $29,525. Like Zebs Flur, Scorched Romance was a winner in the Sept. 4 Grassroots event. With two wins, one third, one fourth and one sixth-place finish in Grassroots action she accumulated 123 points and heads into the Semi-Final ranked fourth. The top 20 point earners advance to next Friday's Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final moving on to the Oct. 5 Grassroots Championships. While Zebs Flur and Scorched Romance were already among the top 20 point earners before Thursday's contest, Shes Kadabra Cool was sitting among the bottom 20. The Kadabra miss made her debut in the July 30 Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, finishing sixth. She stepped up to the Gold Series on Aug. 9, where she finished fifth, but then made breaks in two overnight starts. Needing to requalify after the breaks, Shes Kadabra Cool missed the Sept. 4 Grassroots event, so a win on Thursday was the only way to extend her Ontario Sires Stakes season. Starting from Post 5 the filly and driver Sylvain Filion sat seventh through the first half of the mile, moved up to fifth by the three-quarters as other fillies moved into the outer lane, and then muscled their way through a gap in the stretch to secure a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:58.2. Fan favourite Moana finished second, just ahead of third-place finisher Zakarina. "She's always had the talent, she just was very green and always looking at stuff. She's just finally starting to get it... I think," said trainer Scott McEneny. "I think she just needs to learn, and I think that was a great trip for her, to get up the rail and have somebody outside of her the whole time, and she did some body-checking there through the lane and got out, and did it at the right time." Puslinch resident McEneny shares ownership of Shes Kadabra Cool with Martwest Racing Stable of Mississauga and breeder Harry Rutherford of Mount Pleasant, ON. The win was the filly's first on the board finish in five lifetime starts and gave her a total of 53 Grassroots points, just ahead of the 50 point cut-off for the post season. The Grassroots regular season comes to a close on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park as the two-year-old pacing fillies wrap things up in Races 2, 3, 6 and 9. Friday's program gets under way at 7:50 pm. Complete results from Thursday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, SEPT. 10, 2019 - Premier Cabernet went into Tuesday night's regular season finale needing a win to extend her Grassroots season and the three-year-old pacing filly delivered, keeping a head in front of rival Kylie Seelster for a 1:52.2 harness racing victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Starting from Post 1, Premier Cabernet landed fourth as Cinderella Delight led the field of nine to a :27.2 opening quarter, but driver Scott Young soon had the fan favourite on the move and Premier Cabernet was leading the way by the :56.2 half. The filly continued to show the way past the 1:24.3 half and then dug in for her second straight Grassroots stretch battle with Kylie Seelster, reversing the result from their Aug. 25 meeting. Cinderella Delight finished two and one-quarter lengths back in third. "She needed that to get in to the top 20," said trainer Bob Young. "She's been a good consistent mare all year, she's missed one cheque. She's had three seconds in a row, but they've all been good seconds and tonight it was a repeat of the (Aug. 25) race at Rideau Carleton where Dougie (McNair) had the inside and we were on the outside. They were noses apart in Rideau Carleton and it was a real good race tonight again." Guelph, ON resident Young conditions Premier Cabernet for owner-breeder Premier And Associates FA of Howell, MI. The Betterthancheddar daughter started her Ontario Sires Stakes career at the Gold Series level this season, making two starts against the top level fillies before moving to the Grassroots in time for the Aug. 25 event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. With one win and one second she will finish the regular season in twelfth spot with 75 points. The top 20 point earners advance to the Sept. 28 Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "She won't race now for 10 or 12 days. I'll get one start into her before the Semi-Finals if everything goes well, and the idea is to keep her healthy and go from there," said Young, adding that the filly will get a two month break after the Grassroots post season and then begin preparations for her four-year-old campaign. "She's a big mare, a strong mare, and I think next year she'll be a nice solid race mare here." In the second $23,150 division Swift Ally put the cap on a perfect regular season with her fourth win in four Grassroots starts. The fan favourite was in front before the half and cruised home a one and three-quarter length winner in 1:52.4. Twin B Tipster closed well to be second and Quebec Blue Chip completed the top three. "She keeps getting better," said driver Doug McNair. "She's perfect to drive, can race both ways and is easy on herself." Trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and Ian Fleming of Londesborough, ON bred and own Swift Ally, who has not been bested since mid-July. The Big Jim daughter finished the regular season at the top of the division standings with 200 points. Bettors Delight daughter Ideation Hanover won the third division in her 2019 Grassroots debut. The former Gold Series regular and driver James MacDonald opened up a nine length margin on the field, reaching the wire in 1:50.2. Be Best and Charmbo Brie finished second and third. MacDonald crafted the win for trainer Dave Menary and owners Larry Menary of Flamborough, Michael Guerriero of Brampton and Alan Alber of Thornhill, ON. The final division saw Doug and Gregg McNair back in the winner's circle with Sports Flix, who stormed from the back of the field to a 1:52.2 personal best effort. Shesonehotwriter and Freya Seelster finished one length back in second and third. "She was racing just fair a couple starts ago (July) and they gave her some time and she's really coming back to herself," said Doug McNair of the Sportswriter daughter, who won the Grassroots Championship at two. James Fraleigh of Dresden, ON owns Sports Flix, who was also a winner in the Aug. 25 Grassroots event and finishes the regular season in sixth spot with 103 points. In addition to Sports Flix and Swift Ally, Gregg McNair trainee Kylie Seelster wraps up the regular season in second spot in the standings with 162 points. "They are all nice fillies. Too bad they are all in the same division," said a rueful Doug McNair, who will face a tough choice between mounts in the Sept. 28 Semi-Final if all three fillies remain happy and healthy. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday, Sept. 12 with the last regular season Grassroots contest for the three-year-old trotting colts. The colts will compete in Races 2, 6, and 8 on the program, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. Complete results from Tuesday's program are available at   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, SEPT. 3, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park hosted the fourth Grassroots Leg for the two-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday evening and there was not much movement in the point standings as all four $23,500 divisions went to harness racing colts sitting among the top 10 point earners. Lovedbythemasses kicked the evening off with a comfortable five and one-half length victory in spite of starting from Post 10. Driver Mike Saftic allowed the heavy favourite to ease away from the starting gate and Lovedbythemasses was sitting seventh in the outer lane when Mr Arch trotted by the quarter pole in :28.1. Saftic opted to trot on with Lovedbythemasses and the Muscle Mass son reached the half in :59 and the three-quarters in 1:29.4 before sprinting down the stretch to the 1:57.4 victory. Mr Arch finished second and Laval Titan rounded out the top three. "Really nice colt. He's got a nice big long gait to him and he's got a head on his shoulders," said Saftic. "It's really the first time we've left with him, because he drew that 10-hole, but I was happy with him, he was strong at the wire. He just kind of floated out of there and made front and kept rolling." Campbellville resident Saftic steers Lovedbythemasses for trainer Edward Peconi of Peterborough and his partners Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI. The win was the gelding's third in three Grassroots starts and puts him atop the division standings with 150 points. In the second division Magic Bob recorded his second Grassroots win with a front-end effort that saw him ring up fractions of :28.3, :59.4 and 1:30.3 before facing a tough challenge from Enduring Strength in the last quarter. Enduring Strength appeared to have taken command as the colts turned for home, but Magic Bob battled back for a one and one-half length win in 1:58.4. Enduring Strength settled for second and Mor Muscle Mass was seven lengths back in third. Magic Bob started his Ontario Sires Stakes career in the Gold Series, but found success with the move to the lower level, winning his Grassroots debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Aug. 6. With two victories, and 100 points, the Kadabra son currently sits fifth in the division standings with one regular season event remaining, on Sept. 14 at Hanover Raceway. Trevor Henry drove the colt to the win for trainer Anthony Montini and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. Aussie Lover also picked up his second win in the third division. Starting from Post 1 for driver Stephen Byron, Aussie Lover coasted away from the gate and landed in the middle of the pack as Gretzky Seelster set the tempo with a :28.3 quarter, :58.1 half and 1:28.1 three-quarters. Coming off the final turn Byron swung Aussie Lover to the outside and shifted the Angus Hall gelding into overdrive. Aussie Lover reeled in the leaders for a two and three-quarter length score in a personal best 1:58.3. Gretzky Seelster held on for second and Youboozeyoulose was another length back in third. "We knew that he had trained better coming into this," said Byron, who drives the gelding for owner-trainer Gino Cicero of Melancthon, ON. "He got a little sick after the one Mohawk race (Aug. 6), but he (Cicero) thought he would be better coming into this race and he was very pleased with how he raced. It was nice to see him bounce back. "When he got sick he dropped a bit of weight on them and he's got it back on now," the Thornton, ON resident added. "He just needed two or three weeks of rehab, but he looks good." In addition to Tuesday's victory, Aussie Lover also won his Grassroots division in the July 7 season opener at Georgian Downs. With two wins, one third and one eighth-place result in Grassroots action the gelding sits third in the standings with 113 points. The last division saw Awesomedabra get his first Grassroots win with a pocket trip behind fan favourite Ripped And Ready. With Chris Christoforou in the race bike Awesomedabra left smartly from Post 7 and led the field to a :29.1 quarter. Ripped And Ready took command before the :58.3 half and carried on to a 1:28.3 three-quarters before Christoforou tipped Awesomedabra out of the pocket and took aim on the leader. The Kadabra colt powered down the stretch to a three and three-quarter length win in a personal best 1:57.4. Remember Titans was second and Secrets Justice was third. "He was a bit more aggressive than I'd like in the second quarter, but I was able to let one go and follow until the stretch. When I moved him, he trotted by well in hand and raced great," said Campbellville resident Christoforou. "He's a nice colt; hopefully he can progress through the rest of the season." Gary Lance of Port Perry trains Awesomedabra for his partner Keith Mullins of Fenelon Falls, ON. In his three previous Grassroots appearances the gelding had recorded two seconds and one fifth. Tuesday's victory gives him 105 points and sole ownership of fourth spot in the standings. Complete results from Tuesday's program are available at   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, AUG. 19, 2019 - Heading into Monday night's Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the pressure was on the three-year-old trotting colts. With just two regular season events left on the calendar, colts below the current cut off for the top 20 needed to accumulate points or face the possibility of not advancing to the post season. Heading into the first $23,500 Grassroots division, P L Matt was sitting in forty-third spot with three points earned in the June 5 event at Grand River Raceway. To give him any shot at a post season berth the Kadabra gelding needed a win. Starting from Post 4, driver Bob McClure eased the trotter away from the gate, a stage in the race that had been problematic in the past, and settled him in seventh as Gold Edition led the field to a :28 opening quarter. McClure and P L Matt remained on the rail in sixth as Arcanum took over heading to the :56.2 half and then tipped into the outer lane before the 1:24.3 three-quarters rung up by Gold Edition. As the colts straightened up in the stretch McClure gave P L Matt a clear look at the wire and the gelding shifted into a big gear, reeling in Gold Edition for a head victory in 1:54.3. Fan favourite CT Conabra settled for third, two and one-half lengths behind the leaders. "I started driving him a couple months ago. He's a real handful and he was having a hard time getting him gaited and relaxed, and he'd run off the gate," said McClure of the Matt Dupuis trainee. "Matt's done a lot of equipment changes and now he's two fingers, he's behaving, and the more he behaves the better he gets." Dupuis trains P L Matt for owner-breeders Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON and Monday's win gave the connections their first win with the young trotter, in his eleventh lifetime start. The win bumped the gelding's point total to 53, putting him above the cut off for a spot in the Grassroots Semi-Final heading into the Sept. 12 regular season finale at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "He always had a lot of ability, he just didn't have a lot of manners, and now that Matt's done a good job getting him settled down, now he's getting to really be a nice horse," said McClure. "I think he's coming into a real good form for the end of the year." In the second division Southwind Frost lined up behind Post 2 on the starting gate sitting just five points above the post season cut off line. Driver-trainer Michiel Vanderkemp settled the fan favourite in fifth and was content to let Priceless Ruler create some gaps in the field on the way to a :27.2 quarter. Those gaps had narrowed by the :56.3 half and by the 1:24.4 three-quarters Southwind Frost was rolling up the outer lane. The colt was just two lengths behind Priceless Ruler coming off the final turn and a big finishing gear saw him sail past the leaders and on to a two and one-half length win in 1:54.3. Priceless Ruler settled for second and pocket-sitter A Royal Line was another length back in third. "He's been sharp most of his starts, I thought he'd be good," said Vanderkemp. "He can race both ways so when you've got a good post you can just go with the flow, with what happens in the race." Vanderkemp conditions the E L Titan colt for Michael Andrew of Gorham, ME and Monday's win was his first in Grassroots action, but his second straight over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval and, like McClure, the driver-trainer thinks Southwind Frost is in top form for the end of the season. "I didn't want to race him on the smaller tracks and thought we'd take a shot later, he's a decent-sized horse," explained Vanderkemp. "I was borderline about going Gold with him, but there's some nice colts in there so I just stuck with the Grassroots. "He's a little weird," the horseman added. "He's scared of everything, like flags. Everything scares him, but once he's in a race he seems to throw it away. He's getting better and better every start." A two-time Grassroots winner last season, Judge Ken had yet to find the winner's circle as a sophomore heading into the final division. With Trevor Henry in the race bike Judge Ken left smartly from Post 9 and led the field to a :27.3 opening quarter before yielding to fan favourite Scarlet Raider. Henry and Judge Ken sat behind Scarlet Raider through a :56.4 half and 1:26.1 three-quarters and then fired up in the stretch, nipping up the inside to a one-half length victory in 1:55.4. Lifetime Royalty closed like a freight train to take second, nudging Esa into third. Henry piloted Judge Ken to the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. The group also bred the son of Justice Hall and Barbie And Ken, who moved into the top 20 with the win. Complete results for Monday's program are available at Ontario Sires Stakes action will be back at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, Aug. 30 with the fourth Gold Series Leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, August 15, 2019 - The harness racing team of driver Bob McClure, trainer Luc Blais and owner Serge Godin's Determination continued their success with a sweep of Thursday's Define The World and Pure Ivory second leg divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The two-year-old trot series each featured a single $15,000 division. The events took a week hiatus following their first-legs on August 1. Royalty For Life colt Threefiftytwo took a break from Ontario Sires Stakes Gold action to defeat eight colts and geldings in the Define The World. Driven by McClure, Threefiftytwo was a coast-to-coast winner in 1:56.1 (:28.3 final-quarter) to lower his career-mark by two-fifths. The victory was nearly spoiled, as the rookie was inside a pair of pylons in the first-turn, but was not disqualified because no rivals were within a length at the finish line. Jula Uppercut finished 2 ¾ lengths back in second, while Sebastian Ray was third. Threefiftytwo was making his third start for owner Determination and trainer Blais following a private purchase. He now holds a record of two wins in four starts and $100,880 earned. Round one winner Horse Trader did not compete in the second-leg. A $2 win ticket on Threefiftytwo returned $6.90. Cantab Hall filly Whose Blues will have an opportunity to sweep the Pure Ivory following a 1:57 victory over eight-rivals on Thursday. The Blais trainee and driver McClure powered out to the top and were on even-terms with outside rival Panem at the opening-quarter of :28.3. The parked rival cleared and would show the way through middle-half fractions of :59 and 1:29. After following in the two-hole, McClure was able to find room to angle Whose Blues to the far outside for clear racetrack in the final-eighth and the Blais trainee stormed by rivals powerfully to win by a length and a quarter over Panem. Alyvia Deo finished third, while Svf Blushingbride was fourth. A $300,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Whose Blues is now undefeated in three starts and has banked $22,500 for owner Determination. She paid $2.70 to win. The $50,000 finals of the Define The World and Pure Ivory Series will take place next Thursday (August 22). Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

MILTON, August 15, 2019 - The Race Office at Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform horsepeople that a redraw for this Monday's (August 19) Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event has taken place. The original entries released Thursday afternoon displayed 29 horses competing in this Monday's Grassroots event for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. However, a total of 30 sophomore trotters were in fact entered, forcing the event to be redrawn Thursday evening to include the omitted horse. The OSS Grassroots races are carded as Races 1, 3 and 7 on Monday's card. The entries for Monday's card can be viewed by clicking here.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

TORONTO, August 14, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment, home of world class Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing, will launch a dual-breed Crossover Pick 4 wager for the first time ever this Friday, Aug. 16. The Woodbine Crossover Pick 4 is a new wager where horseplayers must pick the winners of the last two Thoroughbred races at Woodbine Racetrack and the first two Standardbred races at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The wager will be offered every Friday. The Crossover Pick 4 will have a 20-cent minimum bet. The sequence, which has an approximate runtime of an hour and a half, will be as follows: Leg 1: Woodbine Thoroughbred Race 6 Leg 2: Woodbine Thoroughbred Race 7 Leg 3: Woodbine Standardbred Race 1 Leg 4: Woodbine Standardbred Race 2 First race post time on Fridays is 4:05 p.m. at Woodbine Racetrack and 7:50 p.m. at Woodbine Mohawk Park. For more information, including free Woodbine Standardbred past performances (uploaded every Wednesday), visit or   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

MILTON, AUG. 12, 2019 - Hambletonian champion Forbidden Trade returned to Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening and pushed his lifetime earnings over $1 million with his second Gold Series win of the season. In their first start since the two-heat Hambletonian on Aug. 3, Forbidden Trade and driver Bob McClure lined up at Post 1 in Monday's $105,600 Gold Series division and got away third as All Wrapped Up and Cool Clifford battled to a :27.3 opening quarter. McClure sent Forbidden Trade after the leaders heading for the :57 half, but All Wrapped Up and driver Louis-Philippe Roy had no interest in yielding to the heavy favourites. The pair matched strides past the 1:24.3 three-quarters and on down the stretch until Forbidden Trade got a head in front of All Wrapped Up to claim the 1:53 victory. Cool Clifford finished three and three-quarter lengths behind the duelling leaders in third. "In the Hambletonian he got two nice trips and well, tonight I drove him absolutely terrible and he still won, so it just shows how nice a horse he is," said McClure. "All class, heart, whatever, he's the whole package." "He's a special horse for sure," added trainer Luc Blais. "It was a tough mile, he came first over and he battled until the wire. The horse of Mr. (Rob) Fellows (All Wrapped Up) was good tonight, he fought at the wire too. That was a good race." The win was Forbidden Trade's second on the three-year-old trotting colt Gold Series circuit and his sixth of the season. Through his nine sophomore starts the Kadabra colt has earned $724,441, and with the $300,436 he earned in his division leading two-year-old season, he has now banked $1,024,877 for owner Determination of Montreal, QC. "Me and Luc (Blais) were looking at him after the race and I made a joke to Luc, I said, 'Geez he's getting a little fat Luc,'" said McClure with a laugh. "He looks great. He doesn't look like a horse that's been through what he has, he looks fresh and happy and healthy and he's got a nice belly on him. It's amazing how well he came out of that race (Hambletonian). "He gets a well-deserved break now," the Rockwood, ON resident added. Forbidden Trade will enjoy some time in the paddock at Blais' Campbellville farm before resuming his stakes schedule in September. Woodbine Mohawk Park hosts the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts on Sept. 6 and the Canadian Trotting Classic on Sept. 13, followed by the last regular season Gold Series event on Sept. 26. The top 10 point earners from the regular season will then wrap up their Ontario Sires Stakes careers in the Oct. 12 Super Final. "We're going to concentrate on the end of the year, it will be a very intense couple of months," said Blais, adding that Forbidden Trade has the advantage of not having to travel for the Canadian Trotting Classic or the Breeders Crown, which Woodbine Mohawk Park will host on Oct. 26. "He's got his own paddock and he loves that you know. When we came back from New Jersey, he was happy to come back home." After scoring his first Gold Series win of the sophomore campaign in Monday's other $105,600 division, trainer Shane Arsenault is hoping that Knight Angel will have enough points to join Forbidden Trade in the season-ending Super Final. Starting from Post 2, Knight Angel and driver Doug McNair stalked fan favourite Southwind Avenger through fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:26 before finding an opening in the stretch and sprinting home to a neck victory in 1:54.4. Southwind Avenger settled for second and While Your Up was two lengths back in third. "My dad (Lou Arsenault) once told me, he said, 'There's nothing like winning a horse race to make you feel good,' and that's so true," said Freelton resident Arsenault, who celebrated in the winner's circle with his co-owners Justin Fisher of Cambridge, Gary Leeming of Simcoe and Giuseppe Mascia of Mississauga, ON. "Tonight we're pretty ecstatic." Arsenault added that the win, Knight Angel's fifth of the season, might even be enough to erase the memory of the hospital stay he endured courtesy of the Archangel son in the fall of 2017. "It's been quite a road with Knight Angel. I bought him out of London and I brought him home, was working with him the next day and everything was fine, and then I went to work with him again and he put the boots to me and I ended up in the hospital for a couple days with a broken pelvis," Arsenault recalled. "I think after tonight he's redeemed himself. "It was a bumpy start and now - it took us almost two full years - but I'm going to forgive him now," said Arsenault with a chuckle. The trainer noted that Knight Angel still has his feisty moments, but has largely settled into a steady routine. He has also been fairly steady in Gold Series action, recording one third, one fourth and one fifth in addition to Monday's win for a total of 75 points, good enough for sixth spot in the standings heading into the last regular season event. Complete results from Monday's program are available at Next up on Woodbine Mohawk Park's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are the two-year-old pacing colts, who will compete in five Grassroots divisions on Thursday, Aug. 15. The freshman pacing colts will open the evening at 7:10 pm in the first race and also compete in Races 3, 4, 5, and 9.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, JULY 30, 2019 - A shift from the Gold Series to the Grassroots saw two-year-old trotting filly Jula Shes Magic cruise to her first-ever harness racing victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening. "I think, deep down, she is a Gold filly," said trainer Susanne Kerwood of Rockwood, ON. "She's just really green, that's pretty much it. Obviously, she's a very, very fast filly, we've just got to be able to maybe control her speed a little bit." Starting from the outside Post 10 Jula Shes Magic rocketed away from the starting gate to an eight length lead by the quarter-mile marker, which she reached in :27.3. The filly, in rein to Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic, carried on to a :57.1 half, 12 lengths ahead of the field, and a 1:27.3 three-quarters, one and one-half lengths ahead of fast-moving challenger Canadian Titan. In the stretch Jula Shes Magic held off Canadian Titan's advance and hit the wire one and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:57.4. Alpina was six lengths behind the leaders in third. Kerwood conditions the daughter of Kadabra and $1.2 million winner Windsong Soprano for Jula Racing Inc. of Delray Beach, FL who offered up $100,000 for the filly at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Tuesday's outing was the filly's third lifetime. She finished seventh in the July 11 Gold Series season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and second in a two-year-old trotting filly conditioned event at the Milton oval on July 23. "Tommy Andersson trained her in Florida and he kept telling me 'This is one of the nicest fillies I've ever sat behind'," said Kerwood. "And she's definitely right there, that's for sure. "She's kind of a, she's a pretty opinionated lady. She kind of wants it a little bit her way," the trainer continued. "I just think a couple starts, she's not a dummy, she's going to learn to be able to rate her (speed), but right now she just wants to go." So long as Jula Shes Magic bounces back well from Tuesday's effort Kerwood expects she will return to the Gold Series for her fourth lifetime start. The Gold fillies will compete at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 9 while the Grassroots lasses head to Hiawatha Horse Park on August 10. "I think she's going to learn to control her speed and she'll be fine. I am happy to have her in my barn, that's for sure," said Kerwood. Driver Bob McClure of Rockwood won two of the $23,500 Grassroots divisions, kicking things off in Race 1 with Yen and wrapping them up eight races later with Fluff. From Post 7, McClure was able to settle Yen in second as Brinys A Flirt took the field to a :28.3 opening quarter. The pair continued to sit on the rail as the lead changed hands heading for the 1:00 half and by the 1:30.3 three-quarters they were hemmed in by the fillies rolling up the outer lane. In the stretch McClure angled Yen out four wide and the filly showed off an impressive turn off foot, reeling in the leaders to get her first win in 1:59.2. Fan favourite Bra In The Wind finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second, just ahead of Scorched Romance. "She is a nice gaited, mature filly. She should get stronger and improve through the year," said McClure of the E L Titan daughter trained by Carlisle, ON resident Julie Walker. "With Julie and Bert (Jean Bernard Renaud), you know they'll take their time with her." Overseas Farms Ltd. of Cambridge, ON bred and own Yen, who finished third in the July 14 Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs. In the last division McClure and Fluff were saddled with the outside Post 10 and landed in seventh heading for the :28.2 opening quarter. McClure continued to sit on the rail as pacesetter Moana progressed to a :59.1 half and then tipped Fluff into the outer lane behind Warrawee Vulcan and Barnum heading for the 1:30 three-quarters. Coming off the final turn McClure showed Fluff a clear lane and the fan favourite powered past the leaders to a three and one-quarter length victory in 1:58.4. Aphrodite Duke squeaked through on the rail to be second and Kads Kiss closed late for third. McClure crafted Fluff's second straight win for trainer Pat Hunt of Cambridge, breeder Glengate Farms of Erin and their partner Goldfinger Stables of Hamilton, ON. The Royalty For Life daughter was also a winner in her first lifetime start with a 2:00 clocking in an overnight event at Georgian Downs on July 21. "Fluff is a little silly, but she has a real good turn of foot," said McClure of the youngster. "I think she's a nice filly in the making." The other three Grassroots divisions went to GP Dreamin, Princesspartypants and Mag N Roses. Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou piloted Cornaro Dasolo daughter GP Dreamin to a 1:59.4 score in her first lifetime start for his father, trainer Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville, and owner Carolyn Polillo of Brantford, ON. Pier Ho Kado was four and one-quarter lengths back in second and St Helens rounded out the top three. Fan favourites Princesspartypants and trainer-driver Roger Mayotte went straight to the front in the fourth division and never looked back, sailing home to a one and one-half length victory over Goddess De Vie in 1:59.4. Cute Accountant was nine lengths back in third. Mississauga resident Mayotte conditions the Muscle Mass filly for Just In Time Stable of Mississauga, R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington and Big Als Stables Inc. of Woodbridge, ON. Also sent off as the fan's top choice, Mag N Roses and driver Louis-Philippe Roy of Guelph, ON cruised to a four and one-quarter length victory in the fifth division. Craving You and Expelliarmus finished second and third. Roy engineered the Royalty For Life daughter's first win for trainer Jean Francois Maguire of Carlisle and his partners Julie Malenfant of Carlisle, ON and Richard Legris of St-Charles-Borromee, QC. On Friday Woodbine Mohawk Park will host the three-year-old pacing colts for their third Gold Series leg, featuring Meadowlands Pace winner Best In Show, who will start from Post 10 in the $158,000 contest. The pacing colts will square off in the seventh race on Friday's card, which gets under way at 7:50 pm.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

ELORA, ON - A total of five elimination dashes contested on Monday, July 29 will determine the harness racing finalists for Grand River Raceway's two feature races during its 29th Industry Day event. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Thirteen rookie pacing colts and geldings will compete in two $15,000 elimination divisions to earn a berth in the 22nd annual Battle Of Waterloo. The top four finishers and one of the fifth-place finishers (as drawn by lot) will advance to the $238,940 final. The first elimination division is carded as Race 2. Denali Seelster will start from the rail. He's a winner of $27,000 in two career starts in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series. But the Sunshine Beach colt is still hunting for his maiden win. He won both of his qualifying starts over Woodbine-Mohawk Park but broke stride in his first pari-mutuel start. On July 15 he finished second by a length in his own time of 1:52.2. Dr. Ian Moore trains Denali Seelster for Ratchford Stable who paid $34,000 for him as a yearling. Moore won the Battle Of Waterloo in 2009 with Wellthereyougo. Trainer Scott McEneny won the 2017 Battle Of Waterloo with Simple Kinda Man and looks to earn a berth in this year's final with Better B Swift starting from post position four in the first division. He's the most recent winner in the field of six with a half-length maiden victory on July 23 at Woodbine-Mohawk Park in 1:53.4. The Bettors Delight colt was a $27,000 yearling buy for McEneny who co-owns with Teresa Davidson, Martwest Racing Stable and Cora Marshall. He's a winner of $13,962 in two starts. The second division will be contested by seven pacers. Bettorbuckleup is the most expensive and the richest of the bunch. The Eric Adams trainee was an $85,000 yearling purchase for owner Millar Farms. He has banked $34,500 in three starts and was most recently second by four lengths in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event at Woodbine-Mohawk Park, pacing his mile in 1:53. He starts from post six on Monday night.   BATTLE OF THE BELLES Elimination dashes for the 11th annual Battle Of The Belles spotlight 22 two-year-old pacing fillies in three $10,000 divisions. They must finish in the top three to earn a berth in the $157,257 final. Alicorn is sure to attract much attention from post three in the first elimination division (Race 1) as last week's record-breaker at Woodbine-Mohawk Park. The Bettors Delight daughter set a new Ontario Sires Stakes record and a North American season's record with a jaw-dropping one-and-three-quarter length maiden win in 1:51 with Louis Philippe Roy in the $106,400 Gold event. Chantal Mitchell trains Alicorn for owners Windermere Stable and Robert Muscara, who paid $30,000 for her last fall. She has banked $62,795 in three starts. All Day Sunshine leaves from post three in division two (Race 4) and is already a rags-to-riches story in just four career starts. The Sunshine Beach miss has earned $60,551 but was a humble $6,000 yearling sale purchase. Richard Moreau trains the filly for owners Dan Lagace, Anthony Timmins, Billy Joe Timmins and Brad Gray. Her most recent of two wins was in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event on July 8 in 1:53 over Woodbine-Mohawk Park. Local trainer Gregg McNair (of Guelph, ON) is seeking his second Battle Of The Belles victory and Karma Seelster is his most pronounced shot at earning a spot in the final. The Sportswriter daughter starts from post position two in the third and final division (Race 8). At $127,000, the regally bred filly was the second-highest priced horse in the 2018 London Selected Yearling Sale. She is a Sportswriter sister to Ontario Sires Stakes record holder Kendall Seelster, a (current) winner of $813,000. Karma Seelster is owned by Hall Of Famer Keith Waples, his wife Eileen and daughter Karen Hauver. Gregg McNair trains the filly. She's a winner of $35,368. Martinis Place is the richest of the field with $71,466 banked in just two starts and a mark of 1:53 taken at Woodbine-Mohawk Park in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event on July 19. John Pentland trains the Betterthancheddar filly for co-owner Ellie Bale. Post time for July 29 is 6:30 p.m. EST. Post positions for the finals of the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be drawn after Race 9. Both finals will be contested on Monday, August 5. Post time for #industryday29 is 12:30 p.m. Festivities and the broadcast begin at 12:00 noon. Complete event details are available here. Kelly Spencer Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc.

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