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MILTON, JULY 9, 2020 - It was debut night for the two-year-old trotting colts on Thursday and the 25 harness racing youngsters put on an impressive show for Woodbine Mohawk Park fans in a trio of $73,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions. Tokyo Seelster went off as the heavy favourite in the first division and the Kadabra son delivered a commanding front end performance that saw him trot under the wire two and one-half lengths ahead of his peers in 1:58.1. Rookie Season shadowed the fan favourite to claim runner-up honours and C My Kicks Hanover closed hard to be third. "We broke him and then he went on to Robbie Robinson and we just got him back last week," said trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, tipping his hat to Robinson for teaching the colt his early lessons. "He's a beautiful colt, mature for his age." Moreau selected Tokyo Seelster from the London Yearling Sale last fall, offering up $52,000 for the colt on behalf of owners Michael and Sam Sergi of Canton, NY. Ottawa-based Robinson gave the young trotter two qualifiers at Rideau Carleton Raceway in June and then brought him to Woodbine Mohawk Park for a June 30 race, which he won by a neck in 1:58. "He's big and strong and mature for his age and his size. Usually those big kind of trotters are kind of clumsy and stuff, but he's all business and he knows what to do. I give credit to Robbie Robinson, he did a great job with the horse to have him the way he is now, he just did a great job with him," said driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, echoing Moreau's praise. "I could have raced him any way I wanted, but once I cleared the front, I knew I was in control of the race and that was it, he was an easy winner." The second division saw Woodbine Mohawk Park fans put their money behind Walkonthemoon, but Macho Martini caught the pacesetting favourite in the stretch to claim the 1:57.2 victory by three-quarters of a length. Walkonthemoon settled for second and Greg finished seven lengths back in third. The win may have come as a surprise to fans, but driver Bob McClure has been convinced of Macho Martini's star potential for several weeks. "The first time he came to Mohawk was probably a month ago. I had heard about him from Luc (Blais) and the first time I went with him I said, 'Either this one is really, really good or the rest are really, really bad', because he was just waves ahead of the other ones and such a natural," said McClure. "And then the first time I ever stretched him out was his last qualifier (July 3), and I had no idea I was coming :27 flat, all I knew was that he just kept getting faster and faster and faster. Even tonight, down by the wire is where he was trotting his fastest, so he's had me excited for about a month now." McClure, trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination of Montreal, QC are no strangers to success in the trotting colt ranks. Macho Martini's stablemate Forbidden Trade was an Ontario Sires Stakes star at two and three and captured the Hambletonian Final last summer. McClure points out that young horses can change a great deal over the season, sometimes for the better and sometimes not, but for now he is allowing himself to imagine unlimited potential for Macho Martini. "At this point you don't know what they're going to be, the sky's the limit," said the Guelph resident. "Especially when they go out and the open their career that way, you know. You start thinking down the road and it's pretty exciting." The Muscle Mass son was a $37,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale and provided a quick return on investment Thursday, banking $36,933 with the win. Not to be outdone by his peers, in the final division favourite Royal Tyrone halted the teletimer at 1:57.1, overcoming a couple of awkward moments in the stretch to keep a head in front of Mystic and Logan Park. "When I tried to get him into gear in the lane he was trying to trot fast, but he was getting a little mixed up. He can go a lot faster if I can iron him out," said driver Robert Shepherd with a rueful chuckle. "He's a really manageable colt, but when one comes he wants to race, he wants to go fast, he wants to win, right, and then he just gets a little mixed up late." Shepherd and his partner Isabelle Darveau condition Royal Tyrone for 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON and they will spend the next three weeks trying to help the Royalty For Life gelding maximize his speed in preparation for the second Gold Leg on July 30 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "I'm going to maybe change some things, see if I can maybe just mess around with some gear and stuff I think," said Flamborough resident Shepherd of the gelding, who was a $13,000 acquisition from the London Selected Yearling Sale. "I can't fault the colt, he always tries, he always wants to go forward." Complete results from Thursday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Milton oval on Friday, July 10 with five Grassroots divisions for the pacing fillies. The fillies will make their provincial debut in Races 2, 4, 6, 9 and 10 on the program, which gets under way at 7 pm. Video: Race 2 - Tokyo Seelster; Race 6 - Macho Martini; Race 8 - Royal Tyrone OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JULY 3, 2020 - There is an alchemy involved in teaching a yearling how to be a racehorse - the top tier of the Ontario Sires Stakes is, after all, the Gold Series - and last winter harness racing trainer Casie Coleman Herlihy though it might actually take supernatural power to transform Springbridge Duel into a racehorse. As a result it felt like a bit of a miracle when the two-year-old pacing gelding captured one of the season opening Gold Series divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night with an impressive 1:51.3 victory, six and one-quarter lengths ahead of Magnum Moon and Twin B Heart Throb. The time is the fastest for a two-year-old in North America in 2020. "He was a terrible horse to break. I think it took two to three weeks before we even got a jog cart on this horse. I literally had to geld him before we hooked him in a jog cart. I had a horse whisperer work with the horse. He was nuts, he was just absolutely insane," said the trainer. "He's got to be the worst horse, or very close up to the worst horse, we've ever broke and I definitely said to myself, over and over again, what the hell was I thinking." Coleman Herlihy's typical selection process during yearling buying season is rigorous. She studies pedigrees, she visits farms, she looks at horses repeatedly, but on the final day of the Harrisburg Yearling Sale last November she realised she had not filled her quota of Ontario Sired horses. "I love the Ontario Sires Stakes program, but I was focussing more on Betting Line's and I simply didn't have very many Ontario Sired, so I was literally doing last minute shopping, which I never do," said Coleman Herlihy, with emphasis on the never. "I was looking at every Ontario Sired horse there was basically, and seeing him - he's a gorgeous colt, he's big, good looking, perfect conformation, he's gorgeous - I ended up buying him." The trainer would question her last minute purchase repeatedly through the winter as her Florida-based team of second trainer Ray Domenico, caretaker Evelyn Harms and driver Steve Condren wrestled with Springbridge Duel, trying to channel his raw talent into a usable form. "If they weren't as patient with him he could have been ruined very, very easy. Even myself, I owned him and trained him, and I was ready to just say I'm done, give up, sell him, move him or whatever," said Coleman Herlihy, who shares ownership of the colt with her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo, ON and Mark Kantrowitz of Delray Beach, FL. "And saying that, he's always showed the speed. He has a great gait on him and he's wicked, wicked fast, but it took a long time to get him there and we just had to be so, so careful with him. He's a ton better than what he was, but it was a tough winter, for sure, breaking that colt." Once the son of Big Jim and Stonebridge Damsel returned to Ontario second trainer Mark McKinnon and caretaker Kayla Chappell took up the task of keeping Springbridge Duel on an even keel and on June 20 Bob McClure piloted him in a two-year-old qualifier. The colt finished second and returned to Woodbine Mohawk Park for a second qualifier on June 27, which he won by 16 lengths. On Friday, knowing nothing of his winter-time struggles, fans at the Milton oval sent him off as the favourite in the second $105,600 division. Starting from Post 6 McClure floated Springbridge Duel off the gate, but many of his peers had the same idea and a there was a crowd around pacesetter Dietrich Seelster as he reached the :28.1 opening quarter. Stuck on the outside, McClure put Springbridge Duel on the front before the :56.1 half and the gelding had opened up a two length lead by the 1:24.4 three-quarters. Without urging, the pacer rolled home in :26.4 to claim his first victory. "All I told Bob, in the qualifiers and that, all I ever said was, he likes to be first on the gate and then just take him off. Do not leave with him, do not move with him, just sit him in a hole and keep him calm, keep him relaxed, because as soon as somebody leaves with him you're never going to take him back again, he's going to get nuts," said the Cambridge resident. "The way that he was tonight, it's not like he blasted off the wings, he was floating, looking for a spot and he couldn't find a spot, and so I really don't think that's going to stir him up any more than he already is. I did not want him on the front, but he looked like he was pretty calm and relaxed and Bob had him under control. "When I saw Bob stop, and he was still checked up and Kayla wasn't there yet, I was like, 'Oh God', and I couldn't believe how good he was. He actually was very, very good," she said of the gelding's winner's circle behaviour. "Like I said, his manners are getting so much better no doubt, but I've got his very first video on my phone still from where he ended up laying on the ground." Springbridge Duel will now begin preparations for the second Gold Series Leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 18. He will be joined by the first division winner, Desperate Man, who was equally impressive for driver Trevor Henry, trainer Kathy Cecchin and her co-owners John Cecchin and Nicole and Paul Davies of Arthur, ON. Starting from Post 2 in the first $104,800 division, Desperate Man got away fourth as Vino Louie charged out to a :26.2 opening quarter. Henry edged the fan favourite off the rail just after the :55.4 half and was putting the pressure on Vino Louie by the 1:24.4 three-quarters. The Shadow Play son unleashed a :26.3 last quarter to claim the 1:51.4 victory, two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Twin B Fighter and Next Big Thing. "He is probably the nicest two-year-old I have sat behind. Very smart and professional," said Arthur resident Henry. "I'm so glad for John and Kathy and their kids. It's really well deserved." Complete results from Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Video: Race 2 - Desperate Man; Race 8 - Springbridge Duel OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

INNISFIL, JUNE 28, 2020 - They arrived at Georgian Downs off impressive wins, harness racing fans made them the heavy favourites, and three-year-old trotting geldings Hayek and HP Royal Theo delivered the goods, cruising to victory in their respective Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions on Sunday evening. Hayek led off for the Ben Baillargeon stable, starting from Post 3 in the first $105,600 Gold division, and the E L Titan son made it look easy from the moment the wings closed on the starting gate. Driver Sylvain Filion sent the gelding to the lead and Hayek rolled unchallenged through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27.1 before opening up a five and three-quarter length margin on his peers heading for the 1:55.2 finish. Your Still Up was promoted from third to second and Northern Sultan moved up from fourth to third after Port Perry made a late break in the stretch, crossing the wire second but being placed back to fourth. "He was a lot smarter tonight than he was Monday when I won with him," said Baillargeon. "I was a little bit anxious to see how he was going to behave himself, you know. He looks like he's fast enough, but he's still racing against better horses like Port Perry and company, but he was well behaved and Sylvain said, 'Geez, he was well-behaved and he was very good, very nice'. He asked him to go a little bit and he just went." The Guelph-based trainer shares ownership of Hayek with Teresa Davidson of Milton, Santo Vena of Brampton and Nunzio Vena of Bolton, ON. The partners acquired the trotter on June 8 and Hayek has now delivered two wins and $60,300 in earnings to his delighted new owners. In the second $106,400 Gold Series division, HP Royal Theo and driver Louis-Philippe Roy lined up behind Post 5. Roy eased the fan favourite away from the starting gate, allowing Horse Trader and Hot Wheelz to battle to the :28 opening quarter, and then sent HP Royal Theo to the front. Like his stablemate, HP Royal Theo was unchallenged through a :57 half and 1:26.1 three-quarters, and sailed home to a three and one-quarter length win in 1:54.1. "He's a fast horse and he's a lot more mature this year and everything," said Baillargeon. "He's pretty smart, like he could have ducked in in the four-hole, but I told Louis, 'Take your time, but don't duck. You're the best, drive him like you're the best, but take your time at the gate.' And he's getting to be very smart and very good. "I couldn't ask for anything better right now. If I can keep them both like that, with their head on their shoulders, we're going to have a good summer." Breeder Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, QC share ownership of HP Royal Theo. The Royalty For Life son won a Gold Leg at two and also captured the William Wellwood Memorial Final, earning $286,040. Sunday's victory boosted the gelding's lifetime earnings to $350,240. "You need some of them to pay for the ones we don't see. I have some in the field, so it's nice to get some to pay for them. It's a wheel you know, it's a big wheel. These two will keep the wheel turning for a while anyway, let's put it this way," said Baillargeon with a chuckle. "I have broodmares and I have all kinds of stuff too. Monsieur Hamel is the same thing, and Santo (Vena), he's the same thing. We dabble in about everything there is about the sport, so you need to get a few like that sometimes." The next Gold Series event for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings takes place July 21 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, so Baillargeon said Hayek and HP Royal Theo will make one overnight start before continuing their Ontario Sires Stakes campaign. Complete results for Sunday's races are available at Georgian Downs Results. Georgian Downs will host its second Ontario Sires Stakes event on Saturday, July 11 when the two-year-old trotting colts will make their Grassroots debut. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JUNE 27, 2020 - Sophomore pacing colts were the stars of the harness racing show at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night, battling for a total of $139,950 in six Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions. The Wild Card opened the program with a 1:52.2 score on the front end, holding off Sundown Kid and Century Grizzly at the wire. Doug McNair piloted the fan favourite to the one-half length victory for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON and his partners R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC. "He raced good. He's a nice little guy to drive and has a big gait to him," said McNair. "Ian has them ready to go." The win was the first of the season for The Wild Card and also marked the Bettors Delight son's first appearance in the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle. McNair was back in the winner's circle following the fourth division, when Day Delight was promoted from second to first due to a pylon violation by West Coast Beach. West Coast Beach settled for second after the violation and Captivate Hanover was third. "He was good too, he just kind of waited on them once he cleared," said the driver of Day Delight, who was caught in the stretch by West Coast Beach. "You don't like to see anyone get placed, but we will take it." Victor Puddy trains Day Delight for Bill Manes of Rockwood, Lloyd Stone of Portland, 10462217 Canada Inc. of Gloucester, ON and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. The Bettors Delight son was a two-time Grassroots winner last season, including a victory in his Grassroots Semi-final. Bob McClure also piloted two Grassroots winners Saturday, guiding Lottery Winner to victory in the third $23,500 division and Bettorbuckleup to a win in the last split. A recent arrival from New Jersey, Lottery Winner looked impressive in his Ontario debut, opening up a two-length margin on Better Take It and St Lads Beat It by the 1:51.3 finish. Lottery Winner made one start at the Gold Series level before returning to New Jersey last season, but McClure hopes the Nancy Takter trainee will be a regular player in the provincial program this year. "He made a nice first impression," said the Rockwood resident. "He's not a big horse, but he has a slick gait. Hopefully he sticks around for the season." Allentown, NJ resident Takter shares ownership of the Bettors Delight son with R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, ON, Hatfield Stables of Columbus, OH and Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, OH. McClure wrapped up the Grassroots program with fan favourite Bettorbuckleup, who sprinted home in 1:51 to best pacesetter Bettor At Hightide and a closing Delightful Terror. All three colts are sired by Bettors Delight. "As nice of a horse as you could drive. My (four-year-old) son could drive him," said McClure, who engineered the win for trainer Nick Gallucci and owner Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON. Of the six pacing colt divisions, Y S Mathis and driver Louis-Philippe Roy were sent off as the biggest favourites and delivered the widest margin of victory, cruising home six lengths the best in 1:51. A two-time Gold Series winner as a two-year-old, the Sportswriter son never gave his fans cause for concern, taking control before the half and accelerating away from the field in the stretch. Heart On My Sleeve and Bee Two Bee rounded out the top three. "He's a very nice horse. He felt good, but he still wasn't steering great," said Roy, who steers Y S Mathis for trainer Richard Moreau and owner-breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, QC. "I'm confident Richard will do some adjustments before his next few starts and hope that he'll be able to compete at the Gold level." The other division went to Mission Bay, who caught pacesetting favourite Sunshine List in the stretch for his first Ontario Sires Stakes victory. My Bettors Del closed for third. "He raced really good last week and I thought he would be okay, but I didn't think that okay," said driver Phil Hudon, who engineered the 1:51.1 clocking for trainer Matthew Dupuis and owner Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls. "He feels like he's catching on. He's a big, strong horse." Mission Bay and his peers will look to add to their point totals when they return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 24 for the second Grassroots Leg. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. The Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series makes its debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, June 29 with three divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. The fillies will be featured in Races 2, 6 and 9; with the first race going in behind the starting gate at 7 pm. Downloadable programs and a live stream of all the races are available on the Woodbine Mohawk Park website. Video: Race 1 - The Wild Card; Race 2 - Mission Bay; Race 5 - Lottery Winner; Race 7 - Day Delight; Race 8 - Y S Mathis; Race 10 - Bettorbuckleup OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JUNE 26, 2020 - Ontario's talented three-year-old pacing fillies kicked off the 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday with two harness racing veterans of the provincial program and two newcomers gracing the Grassroots winner's circle. Mach My Kiss opened the campaign with a victory in the first $22,800 division, cruising along on the front end to a 1:53 personal best for driver Doug McNair. Bettorthanbobbi finished two lengths behind the fan favourite in second, with Trafalgar three more lengths back in third. "She raced great, we got a cheap half," noted Guelph resident McNair, who engineered fractions of :28.1, :58 and 1:26.1. "She is a real handy filly and she had lots of pace." Rob Fellows trains the Mach Three daughter for his wife Yolanda Fellows of Rockwood and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, AB. Mach My Kiss was a three-time winner in the Grassroots last season, including a victory in the Semi-finals. Mach My Kiss Got Power also made a return to the Grassroots winner's circle, powering up the outside to catch pacesetter Sunshine Hall and hold off the late closing Need Ur Opinion in the last division. The Royal Mattjesty daughter had a head in front at the 1:55.2 finish, with Need Ur Opinion edging out fan favourite Sunshine Hall for second. "She had the outside in her first start back this year and drew better tonight," said driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville. "The plan was to be second over but one of the inside horses made a break leaving so it turned into first over, but she overcame it and raced great. She was a nice filly last year, she finished third in a Gold at Grand River." Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge shares ownership of Got Power with Gary Volpe of St. Thomas and William Hill of Dundas, ON and the trainer was pleased with the filly's sophomore Grassroots debut, coming on the heels of a ninth-place effort from Post 9 in a June 12 overnight event. "I'm happy with the result," said O'Sullivan. "It was her first real race of the year, so a good step in the right direction and hopefully she can improve off that." Got Power Mia Culpa and Greystone Natali O made their debuts in the Grassroots winner's circle with impressive efforts in the second and third divisions. Mia Culpa and driver Rick Zeron sprinted from sixth to first in the final quarter to halt the teletimer at 1:53, a personal best for the Shadow Play filly. Pacesetter Lyons Tilt Hanover finished second, leaving fan favourite Landry Seelster to settle for third. It was the second win in three sophomore starts for Mia Culpa, who made just one appearance in the Grassroots at two. Jean Tourigny trains the filly for Roland Trudel of Becancour, Michel Damphousse of Louiseville and Guy Lavoie of Terrebonne, QC. Mia Culpa In the third split, driver Sylvain Filion had Greystone Natali O on the move early from Post 5 and landed on the rail behind fan favourite Mary Kat and Odds On Vero Beach. Content to sit third through a :26.1 quarter, :56 half and 1:25.2 three-quarters, Filion found himself with an open lane in the stretch as Odds On Vero Beach tipped out to attack and Mary Kat drifted off the rail. Greystone Natali O took full advantage of the opportunity and powered up the inside to a two and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:52.4. Odds On Vero Beach and Mary Kat finished in a dead heat for second. The win was the fifth of the season for Greystone Natali O, who did not make her two-year-old debut until after the provincial program had wrapped up last fall. Since then the Shadow Play daughter has been a model of consistency for trainer Brent Belore and owner-breeders Jean Caddey, Alana Belore and Dylan Belore of Embro, missing just one cheque in 14 starts. Greystone Natali O The three-year-old pacing fillies will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 14 for their second Grassroots start. Complete results for Friday's contest are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Campbellville oval on Saturday, June 27 with six Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts. The colts will open the program at 7 pm in the first race and also compete in Races 2, 5, 7, 8, and 10. Downloadable programs and a live stream of all the races are available on the Woodbine Mohawk Park website. Video: Race 2 - Mach My Kiss; Race 4 - Mia Culpa; Race 7 - Greystone Natali O; Race 9 - Got Power OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

INNISFIL, JUNE 26, 2020 - Since harness racing resumed at the beginning of June Ben Baillargeon has been on a tear, sending out 20 winners from 54 starters, and the trainer will be looking to add to that tally when the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series season gets underway this Sunday, June 28 at Georgian Downs. Baillargeon goes into the event with the early favourites in both Gold Series divisions after his three-year-old trotting geldings Hayek and HP Royal Theo delivered a pair of impressive victories at Woodbine Mohawk Park last weekend. "They're similar, they're both fast, I can tell you that," said Baillargeon. "We all knew about HP Royal Theo, we knew that he's very good, he showed all kinds of ability last year," said Baillargeon of the Royalty For Life son who captured the 2019 William Wellwood Memorial Trot. "We cut him loose a little bit last week - not that we didn't cut him loose his first start, he trotted in 1:54.3, last quarter in :27.1, in against older horses - but last week he was ready and I needed to see what we had in the tank. So I said he (Louis-Philippe Roy) might want to let him trot a little. He didn't really let him trot, this is what's amazing about it, he didn't really let him trot and he went in 1:52.3, last quarter in :27.3. "And the other horse, Hayek, a friend of my dad said, 'This horse is for sale Ben, you should look into it, this one's for you'. So I looked into it. I called Marcus Melander and he told me what I wanted to know and that was it, we made the deal," said Baillargeon, who acquired Hayek on June 8. "And the horse looked awful good his first start. He was a little bit of a handful last week, I think he will settle down with time, but he sure has lots of speed, serious speed." Hayek and driver Sylvain Filion will be looking to replicate that June 22 effort - a seven-length gate-to-wire score in 1:53.3 - from Post 3 in the first division on Sunday, facing off against six rivals for the $105,600 purse. Baillargeon shares ownership of the E L Titan gelding with Teresa Davidson of Milton, Santo Vena of Brampton and Nunzio Vena of Bolton, ON and the trainer said Hayek enjoyed a day off after Monday's victory and will just jog and continue to settle into his new home leading up to his Ontario Sires Stakes debut on Sunday. "He came to the barn I think 10 days before I raced him last Monday and he was a little bit, not a handful, but he was a little aggressive, let's put it this way," said the Guelph resident. "Today (Thursday) he was very nice on the track. I think he's starting to like his new surroundings." HP Royal Theo will make his sophomore Gold Series debut from Post 5 in the second $106,400 division, coming into the season opener off the impressive June 20 effort that saw him cruise home three lengths the best in 1:52.3. Regular reinsman Louis-Philippe Roy will be in the race bike for owner-breeder Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, QC. The gelding was a Gold Series winner at two, but he also made breaks in three provincial starts, so Baillargeon is hoping the trotter can kick off a more consistent provincial campaign on Sunday. "These two horses, they're sure nice," said the trainer. "That Hayek horse, he looked very good his first start and well Theo, like I said, we always knew that he was good, but he showed that he's matured a lot since last year." Georgian Downs will send the first race behind the starting gate at 6 pm on Sunday and feature the Gold Series three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in Races 5 and 8. Downloadable programs and a live stream of all the races are available on the Georgian Downs website. In addition to Sunday's Gold Series, Georgian Downs will also host two $7,100 divisions of the Prospect Series for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday evening. Horses that were sustained to the 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes program are eligible for the Prospect Series, which consists of five legs contested at racetracks across Ontario leading up to a $15,000 final. Saturday's divisions will go postward as Races 1 and 7, with a 7:15 pm post time. Downloadable programs and a live stream of all the races are available on the Georgian Downs website. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit www.ontariosiresstakes.com For feature stories, photographs, background information and/or contact details for local Ontario Sires Stakes participants contact Sandra Snyder at 519-572-0167 or ossnews@ontarioracing.com. Ontario Racing

MILTON, JUNE 25, 2020 - Ontario harness racing fans and participants will be celebrating on Friday evening as the Ontario Sires Stakes program makes its 2020 debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Delayed by five weeks due to the COVID-19 shutdown, the OSS program will kick off with four $23,000 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies and last season's leading trainer Gregg McNair will look to pick up where he left off, sending out early favourite Landry Seelster in the second split. The Mach Three daughter will start from Post 2 and heads into the Grassroots season opener off a sharp runner-up finish in a June 19 test at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a fourth-place result in her June 9 sophomore debut. "She raced good both starts really. She seems to be getting a little stronger," said Guelph resident McNair, who shares ownership of the filly with Ilderton Boys Stable of London and Dany Fontaine of Ormston, QC. "She still has a bit of a mind of her own on the track and stuff, she's a little hyper, but she's got a good gait to her and everything. We hope that she's all right; she drew good." McNair's son Doug, currently the leading driver at the Campbellville oval, will steer Landry Seelster in the third start of her sophomore campaign. As a two-year-old the filly captured the Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and went on to qualify for the season ending Grassroots Championship, where she finished seventh. Trainer Rob Fellows started two fillies in the Grassroots Championship last fall and both Mach My Kiss and Coqui Coqui will look to launch another successful provincial campaign on Friday. Mach My Kiss is the early favourite from Post 6 in the first division and Coqui Coqui gets Post 2 in the final split. "The two of them train bridles apart every time they train together," said Fellows. "To me like they act like they have the same amount of ability, but a lot of time when they start racing they separate real quick, because we try to train and keep them together just for attitude as much as anything you know, but once you start racing of course no one's waiting on you, you've got to be able to keep up and go. "Obviously we're hoping for good things for both of them. Both of them actually are owned by the breeders," the Rockwood resident added. "My wife Yolanda and I own part of Mach My Kiss, with Blair and Erna Corbeil who bred her, and of course Jack Turigliatto, he bred Coqui Coqui. They believe in us to keep their horse and you hope you can do them proud." Doug McNair will steer Mach Three filly Mach My Kiss for the Fellows and Corbeil families, while Bob McClure gets the call on Sportswriter daughter Coqui Coqui. With fans not permitted at the racetrack, the owner-breeders will be cheering on their Grassroots hopefuls from afar Friday, but Fellows hopes to see them trackside before the season comes to an end. "Hopefully it will be behind us partway through this season and we'll get people out," said the trainer. "The racetracks will do all they can do to bring it back as quickly and safely as they can, because we don't want to be doing something that's not 100 per cent safe for the people. We want to do whatever is right." Post time for Friday's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 7 pm and the Grassroots divisions will be featured in Races 2, 4, 7 and 9. Downloadable programs and a live stream of all the races are available on the Woodbine Mohawk Park website. Both McNair and Fellows will be back at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday when the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings kick off their Grassroots season. McNair will start Mack from Post 3 in the third division and Doubleagentman from Post 7 in the fifth, while Fellows sends out Lous Delight from Post 2 in the second split. Saturday's Grassroots action goes postward in Races 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, and 10, with the colts kicking things off at 7 pm. Downloadable programs and a live stream for Saturday night's races are also available on the Woodbine Park website. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

DRESDEN, JUNE 19, 2020 - The Prospect Series arrives at Dresden Raceway on Sunday, June 21 with two $7,100 divisions for Ontario Sired harness racing  three-year-old pacing colts. Among the hopefuls is Last Three, who heads into the first division off an effortless June 13 victory at Hiawatha Horse Park for trainer Dan Kenney and driver Marc St. Louis. The 1:58.2 clocking was the first start back for the gelding, who was on an impressive run when racing shut down in March. On March 9 Last Three posted a sharp 1:57 victory at The Raceway at Western Fair District and on March 19 he sprinted home in :26.4 to be fifth at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "He's just been getting better as he's come along. He raced really big at London right at the end of the meet and then I took him up to Toronto and we raced him off the back end and he came a big back half, a big last quarter, and the driver felt that he's a Toronto horse," said Kenney. "Last week I raced him at Sarnia, it was his first start back in three months, and he just raced him easy, went to the front and kind of backed the half off and then just let him pace a little the back half, and he won it quite handily. "And so hopefully this week, I hope he's a lot better. He'll be a little tighter and he gets around a half really well," added the LaSalle resident. "He's a big horse and he can pace the turns better than the straightaways." Kenney conditions Last Three for Windsor resident Mark Peel, who purchased the son of Mach Three in February. In five starts for his new connections Last Three has only missed one cheque, logging two wins, one fourth, one fifth and one seventh. "I think the big fella is going to be a nice horse this year. I'm not a driver, and they're different when they're in a horse race, but from the drivers, what they say, they all like him," said Kenney. "I know the night he win in 1:57 at London, Marc St. Louis said he could have went more." St. Louis will steer Last Three from Post 3 in the first Prospect Series division Sunday, slated as Race 4 on the 1 pm program. The other Prospect Series division goes postward as Race 9. Horses competing in the Prospect Series this summer will accumulate points toward the Sept. 25 final, but Kenney is hoping that Last Three can make the leap to the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series for the second leg. "I am thinking of that and the owner is thinking that way too," said Kenney. "He's starting the year off good." Although fans cannot be trackside to watch Last Three and his peers compete on Sunday, they can catch the live stream on Dresden Raceway's website, which also offers a downloadable program. Complete entries for Sunday's 1 pm 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

MILTON, OCT. 1, 2019 - HP Royal Theo rebounded from an uncharacteristic break in his last start to post an impressive harness racing victory in the second of two $106,400 two-year-old trotting colt Gold Series divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening. Starting from Post 7 in the eight-horse field, driver Louis-Philippe Roy eased HP Royal Theo away from the gate and the fan favourites were sitting seventh when Port Perry hit the quarter in :28.1. As Port Perry marched on to a :58.3 half Roy sent HP Royal Theo into the outer lane behind Beyond Ordinary and Simsalabim, and all eight horses maintained their position through the 1:28 three-quarters. Port Perry turned for home three and one-half lengths ahead and stablemate Threefiftytwo looked poised to mount a challenge from third, but once Roy got HP Royal Theo squared up the William Wellwood Memorial champion found a gear that shocked even his driver. Sprinting home in :26.4, HP Royal Theo hit the wire one-half length ahead of Port Perry in 1:56.2. Threefiftytwo finished third. "He really impressed me a lot tonight. Going in the last turn I honestly thought he couldn't win from there, but the colt wanted to prove me wrong. I'm just happy he did," said Guelph, ON resident Roy. "He goes into the Super Final at his peak thanks to (Jean) Tourigny's and (Ben) Baillargeon's team that managed him well." Jean Tourigny qualified HP Royal Theo for breeder Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and his partner Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, QC and then sent the son of Royalty For Life to Ben Baillargeon, who has started the gelding eight times. Tuesday's win was HP Royal Theo's third of the season, but his first in Gold Series action and Baillargeon was relieved to see the youngster pad his point total and guarantee himself a berth in the Oct. 12 Super Final. "He was awesome. Louis did a great job keeping him calm, and he came from behind and that's what I asked him to do, not to panic," said Guelph resident Baillargeon, who watched the race from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. "We needed to get some points because we were tenth. We needed to get points and I wanted him to race good, and the win is very nice." Baillargeon is hopeful that the confidence HP Royal Theo gained in Tuesday's start will result in another impressive result in the $225,000 Super Final, where he will face off against nine other top point earners. HP Royal Theo Among the horses vying for the Super Final title is Blue Cupertino, who recorded his second Gold Series win in the first division on Tuesday. Easing away from Post 1, Blue Cupertino and driver Doug McNair landed fourth as fan favourite Horse Trader led the field to a :28.2 quarter. Just past the :57.2 half McNair sent Blue Cupertino into the outer lane and the colt was starting to press Horse Trader by the 1:27 three-quarters. Catching Horse Trader halfway down the stretch, Blue Cupertino then held off the charging Your Still Up for a one-half length victory in a personal best 1:56.2. Hetalkstoangels came up the inside to be third. "My horse raced good tonight, first over, he had to do all the work," said McNair. "You used to have to watch him on the gate, with the rail tonight I watched him again, but he's a lot better on the gate than he used to be, so that way you can get away a little closer and you're not trying to make up as much ground." The Guelph resident drives Blue Cupertino for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, McKinlay & Fielding of Toronto, ON and Crawford Farms Racing of Syracuse, NY. In four Gold Series starts the Kadabra colt posted two wins and two seconds and wraps up the regular season in a tie for top spot in the standings with Port Perry. McNair expects another solid effort from Blue Cupertino in the Super Final, a race he expects will be hotly contested. "It's kind of wide open I think. I think there's five or six that look pretty decent. That one of Louis' (Roy) he just kind of sits back there, he (HP Royal Theo) can make up a lot of ground in the stretch," said McNair, while noting that he likes Blue Cupertino's chances. "I wouldn't trade him for too many, that's for sure." Blue Cupertino Before the top Gold horses gather at Woodbine Mohawk Park for Super Final Night, the Campbellville oval will play host to the very best Grassroots horses in the province. The Grassroots Championships go postward on Saturday, Oct. 5 with a total of $600,000 up for grabs in the eight division finals. The first race gets under way at 7:10 pm. Complete results from Tuesday night'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: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

ELORA, SEPT. 23, 2019 - Neither of the harness racing favourites in Monday night's two-year-old trotting colt Gold Series divisions enjoyed their trip around Grand River Raceway, but Major Bay and Threefiftytwo thoroughly enjoyed all of the Elora oval's amenities, including the winner's circle. In the first $105,600 division fans sent Horse Trader off as their top choice and the colt made an early break that left him 15 lengths behind the field as Major Bay led them to the quarter in :28. Hetalkstoangels took over command heading by the :59.2 half and continued to set the pace by the 1:28.1 three-quarters, but driver Louis-Philippe Roy was biding his time in the pocket and once he gave Major Bay an open lane the colt reeled in the leader to claim the 1:59.2 victory. Hetalkstoangels was one and one-quarter lengths back in second and Babidibou was three lengths back in third. Horse Trader settled for fourth. "I thought he had shot, especially with the way he raced last week (Sept. 16). He knows the half-mile so he has no problem with the half-mile, and the trip worked and everything worked out good," said trainer Ben Baillargeon of Guelph, ON, who sent the colt out from Post 7. "The one horse, he was the big favourite, he made a break too, that Horse Trader, and we ended up getting the job done." Major Bay earned his place on the gate in Monday's Gold event with a 1:56.3 fourth-place effort in the Sept. 16 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park. That outing was the colt's first for Baillargeon and his first in Ontario. Major Bay's first six starts, including three wins, came at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres for owner-trainer Francis Richard. "He won in 2:04 in Three Rivers, but the big track stepped him up last week," said Baillargeon. "He's a little bit left and right, he's got a little bit of a rubber-neck to him, he's in and he's out, but he's got some go. He's a very gutsy horse and he has a perfect gait, so you can't ask for anything more with him because he trots, and that's all he does, he trots." With Monday's win Major Bay earned 50 points, but he needs a second Gold Series start to be eligible for the Oct. 12 Super Final, and Baillargeon is looking forward to racing the Amigo Hall son in the last regular season event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 1. "He trotted 1:56.3 his first start at Woodbine and he was kind of boxed in there. He wasn't done in 1:56.4, he was running out of room a little bit, let's put it this way," said the trainer. "I'm anxious to race him next week and see what happens." In his first seven starts Major Bay had banked $12,525 for owners Ferme Auclair of St. Antoine De Tilly, Ecurie Francis Richard Inc. of Becancour and Jean-Christophe Auclair of Saint-Apollinaire, QC. Monday's win boosted that total to $65,325. Major Bay After the pleasant surprise of Major Bay's victory, Baillargeon and Roy were looking for the sweep with second division favourite HP Royal Theo, but the reigning William Wellwood Memorial champion skipped off-stride heading into the first turn and was 24 lengths behind pacesetter Threefiftytwo when he reached the :29.1 quarter. After his successful start from Post 6, Threefiftytwo carried on through a :59.2 half and 1:29.2 three-quarters and held off Your Still Up in the stretch for a three-quarter length victory in 1:59.2. Tuckers Out was well back in third and HP Royal Theo further behind in fifth. "I was a little worried that Louis (Roy) would try and re-take the lead, and I was worried about it because I knew full well I wouldn't be able to let him go, because mine, once he gets the front it's there's not much letting people go. He's not quite that manageable yet," said driver Bob McClure, who was quite happy Roy and HP Royal Theo never reached his wheel. "He's a really fast horse, but we're just trying to keep him well-mannered because he's pretty high strung." Rockwood resident McClure steers Threefiftytwo for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville, ON and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Monday's win was the Royalty For Life son's second in Gold Series action and his 130 points vaulted him over stablemate Port Perry to the top of the division standings heading into the regular season finale. The long-legged Port Perry skipped Monday's event. The win was also Threefiftytwo's second straight - following a 1:55.4 personal best effort in the Sept. 16 race where Major Bay finished third - and McClure is hoping the speedy youngster can maintain his positive momentum through the last regular season Gold event and the Super Final. "When he's on his game he can go some real wicked fast miles, it's just keeping his head on straight," said McClure. "His problem is not his gait, when he runs he gets throwing his head around, but once he's off and trotting, he's perfect, he's one of the best gaited horses. You couldn't ask him to be any better gaited, like he's almost flawless." Threefiftytwo Monday's event wrapped up Grand River Raceway's 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, which saw the Elora oval host four Gold and four Grassroots events. Complete results for Monday's program are available at Grand River Raceway Results. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, SEPT. 16, 2019 - For both Night Watchman and Mayhem Hanover, Monday night's harness racing Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park was a must win situation. Both two-year-old pacing colts sat below the cut off for a berth in the post season and to ensure their Ontario Sires Stakes campaign lasted another week they needed to grab the lion's share of the points in their respective divisions. Night Watchman kicked things off in the first $23,500 division and got away sixth from Post 3 as Delightful Terror led the field to a :27.3 opening quarter. Heading for the :56.1 half driver Trevor Henry tipped Night Watchman into the outer lane behind fan favourite National Sport and Wilsons Vinner. By the 1:24.2 three-quarters National Sport was leading the way and Night Watchman was circling out three-wide and shifting into high gear. One-half length ahead turning for home, Night Watchman opened up a two and one-half length lead on his peers by the 1:52 finish. Early leader Delightful Terror closed hard to be second, leaving National Sport to settle for third. "We had high hopes for him, but he qualified really well and then he got sick on me so I missed the first two Sires Stakes," said trainer Craig Barss. "And then he had a couple little gait issues, he was putting in steps and we couldn't figure it out, but now he's finally put it all together." Monday's win was the He's Watching son's first in six lifetime starts. Combined with a second and third from his other two Grassroots starts Night Watchman finished the season with 87 points, boosting him from twenty-fourth in the standings into a tie for sixth. Cobourg resident Barss and his partner Nurko Sokolovic of Waterloo, ON bred and own Night Watchman. The colt is the first foal from their former race mare Midnight Jet, whose siblings include $778,474 winner Stolen Car and $502,290 winner Ideal Jet. "His mother we raced and raised her, his grandmother I raced and she's been very good to me, so we decided to breed one of the daughters that wasn't that successful as a racehorse and got him," said Barss. "He's a very good size. He's very relaxed, super easy to get along with, he really doesn't do anything wrong." Night Watchman All four of Monday's winners made at least one start in the Gold Series this summer, but Mayhem Hanover spent an extended stretch battling the top colts in the province. After a runner-up effort in the Grassroots season opener the Sportswriter colt made three appearances in the Gold Series, finishing sixth twice and fifth once. Facing the prospect of not advancing to the Gold Series post season, trainer Gregg McNair opted to return the Sportswriter son to the Grassroots level for the regular season finale. Lining up at Post 2 in the last division Mayhem Hanover tucked into third as Better B Swift and Day Delight battled to a :27.1 opening quarter, but was soon aiming at the lead. On top by one and three-quarter lengths at the :55.1 half, Mayhem Hanover and driver Doug McNair maintained a comfortable advantage through the 1:24.2 three-quarters and then shifted into a bigger gear as Day Delight revved up on the outside. Mayhem Hanover refused to yield, pacing under the wire one-half length ahead of Day Delight in a personal best 1:52. Better B Swift was two lengths back in third. "He's been a nice colt all along. I just didn't want to beat him up too much when I raced him in the Golds," said Guelph, ON resident Doug McNair of the fan favourite. "He keeps getting better every start. I hope he continues it next year." Scott and Clay Horner of Toronto, ON own Mayhem Hanover, who moved from thirty-second in the standings into a tie for ninth with 75 points. The colt has tallied three wins and one second in seven lifetime starts for earnings of $36,905. Mayhem Hanover The other two divisions saw point leaders Quick Tour and My Land cruise to their third Grassroots victories. In spite of starting from the outside Post 10, Quick Tour and driver Louis-Philippe Roy carved all the fractions in the second division, ringing up a :26.4 quarter, :56 half and 1:25.2 three-quarter on their way to a one and one-quarter length win in 1:53.3. Mission Bay finished second and Better Take It rounded out the top three. "He's super gaited, just wears a pair of shin boots, and he's real smart, and mental maturity for a two-year-old is a big thing," said trainer Mark Horner. "To go race he's like an old racehorse. Some two-year-olds, it holds a lot of them back, they're not mentally mature enough to handle it." St. Mary's resident Horner conditions the homebred son of Mach Three for his partner R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, ON. In four Grassroots starts the gelding delivered three wins and one second for a division leading 175 points. Quick Tour My Land took command of the $23,850 third division from the start and led the field through fractions of :27, :55.1 and 1:23.4 on his way to a 1:52.3 victory. Tabloid Writer finished three lengths back in second, just ahead of Bettorbuckleup. Phil Hudon piloted the fan favourite to the win for trainer Gerard Demers and owner La Ferme Tag Inc. of Papineauville, QC. With three wins and one fourth in Grassroots action, Badlands Hanover son My Land finished second in the standings with 158 points. The top 20 point earners will now battle in Semi-Final action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 27, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final returning to the Campbellville oval for the Oct. 5 Grassroots Championship. The three-year-old trotting fillies will wrap up their Grassroots regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening, competing in Races 2, 6 and 8 on the 7:10 pm program. Complete results from Monday'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, AUG. 18, 2019 - Ontario's top three-year-old pacing colts co-headlined Sunday's harness racing Family Day event at Georgian Downs - sharing top billing with the older trotters competing in the Honourable Earl Rowe Invitational Trot - and they delivered a blockbuster performance in the $156,400 Gold Series event. Meadowlands Pace champion Best In Show was sent off the slight favourite over division point leader Century Farroh, and driver Bob McClure sent the fan's choice straight to the front from Post 3. Century Farroh dropped in behind Best In Show and was quickly hemmed in by Bronx Seelster powering up the outer lane. Through the :26.4 opening quarter and :55 half, not much changed; Best In Show led the field, Century Farroh was breathing down McClure's neck in the pocket and Bronx Seelster was menacing from the outer lane. As Best In Show paced toward the 1:23.1 three-quarters Bronx Seelster seemed to stall and the colts behind him ranged out three and four-wide, but Bronx Seelster battled back and kept Century Farroh pinned to the rail as the colts turned for home. In the stretch Best In Show drifted ever so slightly off the rail and driver Sylvain Filion did not waste a moment, sending Century Farroh surging toward the wire. Best In Show and Century Farroh finished in lock step and it took a magnifying glass to determine that Century Farroh's nose was in front. Stag Party closed hard to take third in the 1:51.1 mile. "I thought, oh we're in trouble here, because Bronx Seelster just hung on enough that he couldn't get out. I thought, oh boy, but he just got out very late," said Century Farroh's trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "Sylvain was coming in the gate, he didn't think he won, that's how close it was. Two noses on the line together. "I saw the photo there, they both had their nose on the line; I guess we had a little bit more of it." Century Farroh has been flawless through the first four Gold Series Legs this season and his Ontario Sires Stakes win streak extends back to last August. As a two-year-old the son of Mach Three and Beachy Girl finished up his Grassroots campaign with two regular season wins and a victory in the Grassroots Championship. Through all 10 of his sophomore starts, Century Farroh has only been bested twice. He finished seventh in his North America Cup elimination on June 8 and last Saturday (Aug. 10) he finished third in the Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park in Ohio. "We were pleased, he got $44,000 American so it was worth the trip down," said Moore. "It's the only time he's going to be away from home really, he's not staked to anything else." Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, NS owns Century Farroh, who boosted his career earnings to $510,633 with Sunday's victory. The colt will make his next start in the Aug. 31 Simcoe Stake and then finish up the Gold Series regular season on Sept. 13, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The top 10 point earners will then compete in the season ending Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 12. "He can use a week off again, that's three in a row for him," said Moore. "With that level of horse you've got to give them time off, you can't keep racing their guts out all the time, very few of them will survive at the same level. "I'd like to have him still good for the Super Final, he must have made the Super Final by now," added the Cambridge, ON resident with a chuckle. Following Century Farroh's thrilling victory, eight of the top aged trotters stepped onto the track for the $75,000 Honourable Earl Rowe Invitational Trot and the two mares in the field gave fans another thrilling battle. P L Jill and Dream Together both left smartly from Posts 1 and 4 and the pair started their battle heading by the :56.4 half, Dream Together on the inside, P L Jill pressing her from the outer lane. Through the 1:24.1 three-quarters the mares went head-to-head and down the stretch they continued to battle tooth and nail with P L Jill getting by late for a three-quarter length score in 1:53.1. P L Jill Mario Baillargeon drove Kadabra daughter P L Jill to the win for trainer Ben Baillargeon of Guelph and owners Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON, Jill Coleman of New York, NY and Alan Christensen of Calgary, AB. Prince Lee Acres also bred the mare, who now has seven wins and $177,620 in earnings in her six-year-old season. Complete results for Sunday's program are available by clicking on this link.    OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JULY 27, 2019 - Boadicea continued her domination of the harness racing three-year-old pacing filly division with a third Gold Series win at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday evening. Starting from Post 6 with regular driver Jonathan Drury in the race bike, Boadicea had control of the race before the :27.1 quarter and never let her peers get close enough to challenge. After a :54.4 half and a 1:21.3 three-quarters Boadicea opened up a four and one-quarter length margin the stretch, pacing under the wire in 1:49 to match her own Ontario Sires Stakes speed record. Sunny Dee followed Boadicea around the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval into second and Lovely Donna was third. "You shouldn't get worried, but you never know, eh," said trainer Bill Budd, admitting to a few nerves before the heavy favourite clinched her seventh straight win. "She's just a wonderful mare." Boadicea and Drury were greeted by a large crowd in the winner's circle as owner-breeders Charles "Chuck" and Gordon Lawrence of Blenheim, ON were joined by their family. Many of the elder Lawrence's five children, nine grandchildren and great-grandchildren were on hand to greet the filly that Gordon, the eldest grandchild, called every horseman's dream. "He had the whole family here I think, the whole family," said Waterdown, ON resident Budd of the winner's circle celebration. "I'm very happy for them." With another month until the next Gold the daughter of Big Jim and Rose Seelster will maintain her daily routine - an hour of paddock time at 6 a.m., followed by a jog or the occasional training mile and then an afternoon of leisure - interspersed with one or two overnight races. "I'll just nurse her along. She takes care of herself pretty good anyway," said Budd, who raced the filly twice between her June 22 Gold event and Saturday's test. "She's very easy on herself. You could put her on the cross-ties and she'd still be there with her head down when you come back up from whatever you were doing." With her flawless record in Gold Series action Boadicea sit atop the sophomore pacing filly standings with 150 points, 25 more than Powerful Chris, who picked up her second Gold Series win in the second $105,600 division. Boadicea Like Drury, regular reinsman Bob McClure sent Powerful Chris to the front early from Post 5 and the fan favourites rolled through fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:24 on their way to a one-half length win in 1:50.3. Grassroots regular So Much More finished second in her first Gold Series start and Chocolatemilktoast was three lengths back in third. "I never talk to Bob about how he's going to drive. I never talk to a driver ever about how they're going to drive, because I don't want to ever put something in their head, but I guess I wasn't surprised in there that he went to the front," said trainer John Pentland. "I think in a short field like that he knew he was going to be able to get to the front easy enough and control it." The win was the Betterthancheddar daughter's second of her sophomore campaign and pushed her lifetime earnings to $324,6115 for Dorchester resident Pentland and his co-owners Jack Darling Stables Ltd. of Cambridge and Syllabus Stable of Georgetown, ON, whose principal John McClure is thoroughly enjoying the filly's exploits in his 93rd year. "He's so enthusiastic about it and having such a fun time. He is really enjoying this ride," said Pentland of the elder McClure. "We're certainly keeping her past her three-year-old season; she's not on any auction block at all. Everybody is having a lot of fun with her. "It's a great group that we have here, that own her and everybody involved, Scotty (Barr) and the guys that work for me, everybody has had a hand in this and we're just having a lot of fun." Like Budd, Pentland will be looking for an overnight race or two to keep Powerful Chris sharp heading into the fourth Gold Series event on August 25 at Rideau Carleton Raceway, where he hopes to avoid Boadicea for a third straight time. The fillies met in the June 1 Gold Series season opener, Powerful Chris's second start of the sophomore season and Boadicea's third, and Boadicea prevailed by two and one-half lengths in 1:52. "It's eventually going to happen, but I guess maybe it's like (Muhammad) Ali and (Joe) Frazier, they'd rather go and just fight everyone else and not have to meet," said Pentland with a chuckle. Powerful Chris Next up on Woodbine Mohawk Park's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday, July 30. The trotting lasses will be featured in Races 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 9 on the card, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0727wbsbsn.dat. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JULY 25, 2019 - Father-son harness racing duo Gregg and Doug McNair captured two $23,500 Grassroots divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening with three-year-old pacing fillies Swift Ally and Kylie Seelster. The Guelph, ON residents kicked off the event in the first race, with driver Doug McNair and Swift Ally lining up behind Post 2 in the field of nine. The fan favourites sat mid-pack as Green Point and Manhattan Night battled to a :27 opening quarter and a :54.1 half. Heading for the 1:22.4 three-quarters McNair tipped Swift Ally into the outer lane and the filly sprinted off the final turn and down the stretch to a one and three-quarter length win in 1:51.3. Free Exchange finished second and Green Point held on for third. "Things set up pretty good for her," said trainer Gregg McNair. "She wasn't really running away on them, but she raced good. She got the job done anyways." McNair and Ian Fleming of Londesborough, ON bred and own Swift Ally, who is a Big Jim daughter out of $398,464 winner Claires Apache. Unraced at two, the filly started her Ontario Sires Stakes career at the Gold Series level, finishing seventh in the June 1 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. That result prompted McNair and Fleming to drop the filly down to the Grassroots level, where she is now undefeated through two starts. "She probably won't see, unless she changes around, she probably won't see any more Gold action. They're a tough bunch this year the Golds," said the trainer. "She's better off in the Grassroots." Swift Ally In the fourth division Doug McNair and Kylie Seelster started from Post 7 and were sitting fifth when Cinderella Delight reached the quarter in :26.3. McNair moved the filly to the outside heading for the :55.3 half and rolling into the final turn Kylie Seelster turned on the afterburners, opening up a five length lead by the 1:23 three-quarters. Runner-ups Cinderella Delight and Just My Shadow ate up some of that margin in the stretch, by Kylie Seelster hit the wire a comfortable two length winner in 1:52. "She has a real big kick and was in a good spot to get the job done," said Doug McNair. "She's been good her last few starts against some tough fillies." "She was following something pretty good (Better Be Donna N) there two starts ago (July 8), of course she wasn't going to get to her, but she wanted to go three-wide around the last turn," recalled Gregg McNair. "Doug wouldn't let her, it wouldn't have worked out good for her, but she kind of thought she could. That's where she kind of likes to roll a little, on that turn." The elder McNair shares ownership of Kylie Seelster with Hall of Fame horseman Keith Waples of Durham and Dr. Chris Robson of London, ON. The daughter of Big Jim and Kiddie Cocktail is a half-sister to $813,650 winner Kendall Seelster, who was the first sophomore pacing filly to record a sub-1:50 mile in Ontario Sires Stakes action. Thursday's win was Kylie Seelster's third of the sophomore campaign and her first in Grassroots action. Kylie Seelster The other three Grassroots divisions were captured by Twin B Tipster, Lady Finetune, both first-time Ontario Sires Stakes winners, and Springbridgevision. In the second division Twin B Tipster and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON rocketed down the stretch to nab pacesetter Crisp Mane in 1:51.4. Crisp Mane settled for second behind the fan favourites, with Saulsbrook Jessie rounding out the top three. "She likes to race from off the pace, she could never cut a mile," said trainer Scott McEneny of Puslinch, who shares ownership of the Bettors Delight daughter with Brad Grant of Milton, ON. "We're very happy with the way she is racing right now." Twin B Tipster One race later Lady Finetune slipped out of third coming off the final turn and powered home to a 1:52.2 win for driver Bob McClure of Rockwood, ON. Pacesetter Affluent Seelster finished second and fan favourite Freya Seelster was third. McClure crafted the win, the Badlands Hanover daughter's third straight, for trainer Robert Fellows and owner Alan Bodin of Rockwood, ON Lady Finetune Springbridgevision and driver James MacDonald used a sharp :26.4 last quarter to circle the field and claim a head victory over Be Best and Quebec Blue Chip in the last division. The fillies hit the wire in 1:52.1. Guelph resident MacDonald drove Springbridgevision to her second Grassroots win for trainer Andrew Moore of Russell, who shares ownership of the Shadow Play daughter with Allan Moore of Stratford, Charles Farrell of Spencerville, ON and Tommy Godfrey of Charlottetown, PEI. Springbridgevision The three-year-old pacing fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Rideau Carleton Raceway on August 25. Their Gold Series peers are next up on Woodbine Mohawk Park's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, competing in two divisions this Saturday, July 27. Saturday's first race goes postward at 7:10 pm and the Gold fillies will be featured in Races 2 and 8. Complete results for Thursday evening'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

FRASERVILLE, JULY 20, 2019 - A collaborative effort between Per Henriksen and Richard Moreau put two-year-old trotting colt Ripped And Ready in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots harness racing winner's circle at Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening. After Ripped And Ready made a break and finished eighth at the Gold Series level in the July 4 season opener, trainer Moreau enlisted the help of friend and mentor Henriksen. The men have often worked together on horses each is having trouble with, so Norwood, ON resident Henriksen was happy to turn his trotting specialist eye on Ripped And Ready and also agreed to steer the colt from Post 2 in Saturday night's fourth $23,150 Grassroots division. Ripped And Ready left the gate cleanly and proceeded to pull away from the field with every step, rolling through fractions of :28.2, :58.2 and 1:27.4 before reaching the finish 13 lengths ahead of his peers in 1:57.2, just shy of the Kawartha Downs track record. Fan favourite Gamblin Road settled for third, just ahead of French Twist. "All the power to Per," said Moreau. "It's a pleasure teaming up with him. I'm still learning every day." "All I did was - he was ready - all I did was give him a little trotting touch you know, I changed his shoes a little bit and he was a different horse," said Henriksen, who also drove two other trotters for Moreau, finishing fifth with The Reins Of Titan and sixth with Freedom Express. "I am just happy he asked me to drive them and give him feedback if there was anything I saw," said the horseman. "And they stayed trotting and everybody is happy." Moreau and owner-breeder Dr. Ruth Irving of Russell, ON will now have to decide whether Ripped And Ready, a Muscle Mass colt out of $297,969 winner Cumin First, will remain in the Grassroots or go back to the Gold Series for his third Ontario Sires Stakes start. The Grassroots colts compete at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 6 and the Gold colts on August 8. Henriksen was not the only local reinsman to grace the Grassroots winner's circle on Saturday, Doug Hie and Doug Brown also won divisions. Fraserville resident Hie kicked off the Ontario Sires Stakes festivities in the first split with Lovedbythemasses. The pair replicated their July 13 qualifying effort over the Kawartha Downs oval, floating away from Post 5 into fifth spot by the :30 quarter, shifting into the outer lane heading for the 1:02.1 half and taking command before the 1:31.3 three-quarters. From there Hie never had to look over his shoulder as the Muscle Mass son cruised home a three length winner in 2:00.4. Remember Titans finished second and Our Van Gogh was well back in third. Peterborough resident Edward Peconi Jr. trains Lovedbythemasses for his co-owners Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI. Saturday's outing was the gelding's first lifetime start. Bowmanville, ON resident Brown gave Chocolate Pie a textbook pocket steer in the third Grassroots division, getting away second from Post 3 and stalking Tuscan Titan through fractions of :29, :59.3 and 1:29.4 before getting a head in front at the 2:00.1 finish. "Chocolate Pie is a very nice colt. He does everything right; very smart, good gaited, going to be a very nice little guy," said Brown of the Archangel colt owned and trained by Kyle Bossence of Arthur, ON. "Kyle does well, so I expected him to be good." Like Ripped And Ready, Saturday's victory served as a bit of redemption for Chocolate Pie, who made a late break in the July 7 Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs and finished ninth. With a runner-up finish in his June 30 debut at Georgian Downs the colt, who was a $17,000 purchase out of last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale, has now earned $13,200. The other Grassroots division went to Fit Bitt and driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON who took command before the half and sailed home two length winners in 2:00.3. Rubbleonthedouble finished second and fan favourite Aussie Lover was third. Henry engineered the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON who shares ownership and breeding credit with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. With Saturday's win and his runner-up finish in the Grassroots season opener the son of Muscle Mass and $462,826 winner Armbro Affair currently sits atop the freshman trotting colt standings with 75 points. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0720kdfn.dat. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

OTTAWA, JULY 19, 2019 - Rideau Carleton Raceway raises the curtain on its 2019 harness racing Ontario Sires Stakes season this Sunday, July 21, featuring the province's top three-year-old trotting colts in three Grassroots and three Gold Series divisions. With a flawless record of two wins in two Gold Series starts, Southwind Avenger heads into Sunday's test atop the sophomore trotting colt standings and co-owner Mel Hartman is hoping the gelding can maintain his momentum from Post 5 in the second $71,467 Gold division. "It should be good racing this week, I see they have three divisions there," said the Ottawa, ON resident. "He's not the greatest trucker in the world, but hopefully he's fine. We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope that he races good." Southwind Avenger will be heading to Ottawa on Sunday from trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman's Ontario base in Cambridge. The E L Titan son made a foray south of the border last weekend for the July 13 Stanley Dancer at The Meadowlands where he finished fourth, 12 lengths behind heavy favourite Greenshoe. "His last start he raced with Greenshoe, who's probably going to be the best trotter of all time," said Hartman of the gelding's New Jersey start. "He was eligible to the Hambletonian (at The Meadowlands), but we brought him back home to race him in the Ontario Sires. In Ontario he's very competitive, and he's a pleasure to own, that's for sure." Regular reinsman Trevor Henry will make the trip to Rideau Carleton to steer Southwind Avenger for Hartman and his partners David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. The pair will face off against five challengers in the ninth race, including third-ranked point earner Magical Journey from Post 6 and fifth-ranked Dream Nation from Post 3. Southwind Avenger seen here with an upset score in the Valley Victory at The Meadowlands The other two Gold Series divisions go postward as Races 6 and 12 while the Grassroots competitors will battle in Races 1, 4 and 7. The colts will kick off Rideau Carleton Raceway's Sunday evening program at 6:30 pm. Complete entries are available here. In addition to Sunday's contest the Ottawa oval will also Gold and Grassroots action for the three-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday, August 25. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com. For feature stories, photographs, background information and/or contact details for local Ontario Sires Stakes participants contact Sandra Snyder at 519-572-0167 or news@ontariosiresstakes.com. Ontario Racing

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