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SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 - Eighty of the best trotters and pacers in Ontario gathered at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening for the 2017 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Championships, competing for a total of $400,000 in eight divisional harness racing battles. The two-year-old trotting fillies kicked things off in the first race and trainer John Bax swept the top three spots with his entry of Dalliance Seelster, Warrawee Trip and Gradabra. In rein to Guelph, ON resident James MacDonald, Dalliance Seelster left smartly from Post 2, yielded to P L Layla just after the quarter pole and then circled out around that filly and Warrawee Trip before powering down the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory over her stablemates in 2:00. "James gave that filly a great drive, I mean you couldn't have mapped it out any better than that," said Bax, also complimenting the efforts of drivers Steve Byron and Paul MacDonell. "She's been half sick all summer so the stars all lined up tonight. I'm happy for all the owners, including Matt and I. It couldn't be any better than that." The Bax Stable, the trainer and his son Matt, shares ownership of the daughter of Holiday Road and Desi Sweet Sixteen with Glengate Farms of Mississauga, ON. A $30,000 purchase at last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale, Dalliance Seelster wrapped up her freshman campaign with one win, two seconds and two thirds in 10 starts and earnings of $40,487. "John does a great job with them. I give him a hard time because that's the one I picked out you see. The two he picked out were second and third," said Glengate Farms' Jim Bullock with a chuckle. "No. I don't buy anything without him looking at it, and we've been together a long time." Dalliance Seelster After the win, MacDonald recorded one second, a pair of thirds and three off the board results before returning to the Grassroots winners circle in the last showdown with three-year-old trotting filly Delcrest Magicstar. Starting from Post 9, the recently crowned World Driving Champion had Delcrest Magicstar in high gear as soon as the wings folded and the pair rang up all the fractions on their way to a one and one-half length victory in 1:56.1. The Ontario Sires Stakes' leading trainer Mark Steacy, who calls Lansdowne, ON home, came close to replicating Bax's result from the first race as Ticket To Seattle and Stritch finished third and fourth behind their stablemate. Bustingattheseams broke up the Steacy trio, shadowing Delcrest Magicstar from start to finish and collecting the second-place share of the $50,000 purse. "I really thought, as long as she got an okay trip, I thought she was the one to beat so I raced her like that and she didn't let me down," said MacDonald, who shares ownership of the Majestic Son filly with Johnathan McKinnon of Guelph and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. "Front end's not her cup of tea and then coming back in four days, but it just, it didn't matter, she was the best tonight." Delcrest Magicstar, who finished second in a Canadian record mile against the Gold Series fillies at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening, wrapped up her Grassroots season with a flawless record of four wins in four starts and boosted her season earnings to $103,617 with the victory. Delcrest Magicstar Driver Jonathan Drury of Guelph also piloted two division winners, scoring with two-year-old pacing filly Love Kills and two-year-old pacing colt Pretty Handsome. Love Kills reeled in division point leader and fan favourite Neon Moon with a 1:54.1 effort for trainer Carmen Auciello of Stouffville and owner Denarben Stables of Thornhill, ON. Ashlees Sport was third. Love Kills In the two-year-old pacing colt contest, Pretty Handsome was elevated to the top spot when winner Phantom Seelster was ruled to have caused interference while manoeuvering from the rail to an open lane in the stretch. Pretty Handsome finished one length ahead of Letjimmytakeover and two lengths up on Sprocket in the 1:54 mile. Andrew McCabe of Guelph-Eramosa conditions the Mach Three son for owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, ON. Pretty Handsome Like Delcrest Magicstar, three-year-old pacing colt Wildriverbumblebee wrapped up his Grassroots campaign with a flawless record and a commanding gate-to-wire performance. The Sportswriter son cruised to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:52.1, with The Dark Shadow and Dream Of Luck battling it out for second and third. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion engineered Wildriverbumblebee's third Grassroots win for trainer Francis Richard of Becancour, QC and owner-breeder Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, QC, boosting the fan favourite's sophomore earnings to $87,125. Wildriverbumblebee Just two division point leaders converted their regular season success into a division crown - two-year-old trotting gelding Stormont Ventnor and three-year-old pacing filly Shewearsthepants. Stormont Ventnor delivered an impressive effort to earn the freshman trotting colt title, sitting in the outer lane for the better part of the mile before pulling away in the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:57.4. James MacDonald piloted John Bax trainee Chief Justice into second and Barney Mac rounded out the top three. "He raced huge," said Guelph, ON resident Phil Hudon, who drove the Justice Hall gelding to the win for trainer Kevin Benn of Napanee and owner-breeder Eric Baker of Long Sault, ON. "I didn't want to be locked in, but I wouldn't have minded being second over. It didn't work out, but I was pretty confident in the colt." Sent off the fans' top choice, Stormont Ventnor wrapped up his freshman Ontario Sires Stakes campaign with two wins and four seconds in six starts, for earnings of $52,937. Stormont Ventnor Favourite Shewearsthepants also delivered an impressive effort to claim the sophomore pacing filly crown, taking command at the :55.3 half and then battling all the way down the stretch to a 1:53 victory, one and one-half lengths ahead of Manhattan Play and Treasures Pearl. "I actually did think we were in a little bit of trouble at the head of the stretch, because you can't torture her that way. I know she's got a lot of wins this year, but a lot of them have been off cover or like a first over or something. She hasn't win too many off the front the whole way, but she dug in tough," said driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON. "She knows how to win, that's for sure. If she'd come in not winning as many she probably would have stopped in the stretch, but she's brave so she was good." McNair engineered the win for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON and owner-breeder Anatolia Farm LLC of New Holland, PA. In seven Grassroots starts the daughter of Big Jim and Simply Liz recorded five wins and two seconds and Saturday's victory boosted her season earnings to $119,182. Shewearsthepants The other Grassroots trophy went home with three-year-old trotting gelding Yo Yo Mass, who squeaked up the inside to nab pacesetter Charmbo Chrome at the wire in 1:56.3. Vesuvio Bi came up the outside for third and the three colts were separated by a lean neck at the wire. "All week I figured, this horse, he's better off the front end, we're better just to roll him and play catch me if you can," said trainer Kyle Reibeling. "But Jody (Jamieson) was patient, he gave him a great drive, everything worked out. I'm just tickled pink with the way things worked out." Moffat resident Jamieson piloted Yo Yo Mass to the win for Reibeling, who hails from Campbellville, and Nancy Grimble of Newcastle, ON. The Muscle Mass son was the runner-up in the point standings with two wins, two seconds and one fourth in five regular season Grassroots starts. His championship victory boosted the gelding's sophomore earnings to $81,780. Yo Yo Mass Ontario Sires Stakes action is back at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Oct, 2 as the Gold Series three-year-old pacing colts and fillies wrap up their regular season. The first race gets under way at 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 - A total of $400,000 is up for grabs in Saturday's Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Championships at Mohawk Racetrack and in four of the division finals one of Ontario's leading trainers will take aim at the top prize with a squadron of harness racing talent. John Bax, Jack Darling, Dr. Ian Moore and Mark Steacy will each harness at least three starters in one of the eight division championships. Three Bax trainees are in the hunt for the $50,000 in the two-year-old trotting filly final, three Steacy trainees will compete in the sophomore trotting filly battle, three Moore trainees will square off in the two-year-old pacing colt division and a quartet of hopefuls from the Darling Stable will duel in the three-year-old pacing colt contest. "It's interesting. I didn't realise that; well I saw Mark had a bunch of three-year-olds in one race, but just because I had one that didn't get in," said Bax with a chuckle, referring to Hudsons Ya Ya who is the second also eligible in the three-year-old trotting filly final. None of the four see the size of their entry as an advantage, and both Bax and Moore believe it could prove to be a significant disadvantage. With all three of his colts on the outer half of the gate, Moore is concerned that an early speed duel could derail their chances, and with all three of his novice fillies lining up side-by-side on the starting gate, a mistake by one Bax trainee could mean curtains for all three. Dalliance Seelster (Holiday Road), Warrawee Trip (Majestic Son) and Gradabra (Kadabra) have Posts 2, 3, and 4, respectively, in the first race. All three fillies head into the final off strong performances in the last regular season event at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 12 where Warrawee Trip and Dalliance Seelster finished first and second in their division and Gradabra defeated point leader Ms Miller in hers. Kadabra daughter Magical Lady was also a winner for Bax at Flamboro, but missed the top 10 by one point and is the first also eligible in the final. "They've all got their ups and downs. All three of them are coming off good showings at Flamboro, so I'm optimistic about them," said Bax. "A few of them have had bad luck and bad posts, but you can hear that story from every horseman." The Campbellville, ON resident will also start a pair of hopefuls in the two-year-old trotting colt and gelding final. Delcrest Holiday gets Post 4 and Chief Justice will start from Post 9 in the second race. The sons of Holiday Road and Justice Hall missed the Sept. 13 Grassroots event at Grand River Raceway due to sickness and Bax is hoping the time off has allowed them to fully recover from the bug that impacted many stables through the second half of the season. Mark Steacy's barn is among those that have been dealing with the virus, and the horseman and his staff have been working hard to ensure that their Grassroots Championship contenders are in peak form for Saturday. The Lansdowne, ON resident will send out Majestic Son daughters Stritch, Ticket To Seattle and Delcrest Magicstar in the three-year-old trotting filly final from Posts 2, 5 and 9, respectively. Delcrest Magicstar, who was undefeated in three Grassroots starts, took one last swing at the Gold Series fillies at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 27 and showed no signs of ill health, delivering an impressive runner-up effort to division leader On A Sunny Day in a track, Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record-setting 1:56 mile. "She should be good and fit for Saturday after that race I hope," said Steacy. "She goes in the paddock every day, so she'll just probably spend more time in the paddock the next two days than on the track, and like I said she'll be fit and everything, so it's just a matter of freshening her up again." Along with his sophomore trotting filly squad in the ninth race Steacy, the reigning Johnston Cup champion and current leader in the trainer standings, will also send out two-year-old trotting gelding Majestic Fire (Majestic Son) from Post 10 in the second race, two-year-old pacing filly Lady Bubbles (Sportswriter) from Post 1 in Race 3 and three-year-old pacing colt Makasi from Post 7 in Race 8. "I'm really happy that Makasi drew in," said Steacy of the Shanghai Phil son who finished in a four-way tie for eleventh in the point standings. "He's battled a lot of sickness and stuff and he's just starting to get back to where he can race weekly now. He actually raced pretty good the last couple starts, so I think he's got a chance. It's nice to see him get in there." Makasi will compete against the four horse contingent from the Jack Darling Stable in the sophomore pacing colt final, going up against division point leader Southwind General, third-ranked The Dark Shadow, number five colt Frontier Seelster and number nine Oak Island. "With all of them, they've just got to work out a good trip and they can be close by," said Cambridge, ON resident Darling. "I think that three horse (Wildriverbumblebee) looks good in there, he'll be the one to beat, the favourite." Wildriverbumblebee made just two starts in the Grassroots this season, winning both, and comes into Saturday's final on a four-race win streak. The Sportswriter son will be flanked by Darling trainees at the start, with Shadow Play son The Dark Shadow at Post 2 and Vintage Master colt Oak Island at Post 4. Their stablemates Southwind General (Sportswriter) and Frontier Seelster (Artistic Fella) will start at Posts 6 and 10, respectively. Darling will also send out two-year-old pacing filly division point leader Neon Moon from Post 8 in the third race. The Sportswriter daughter has been a model of consistency this season and Darling is hoping she can overcome her outside post and cap off the season with another strong performance. "She's coming into the race as good as she can be. If she can overcome the post she should be fine," said Darling. "It makes it a little tougher, but at least she hasn't got the 10." Two-year-old pacing colt point leader Atomic Seelster did get Post 10, so trainer Dr. Ian Moore will be looking for a big effort from stablemates Casimir Richie P (Astronomical) and Lucky Michael (Camluck) from Posts 6 and 8 in Saturday's seventh race. "We got six, eight and ten out of three starters, none inside the five," lamented Dr. Moore, who would like to see the division point leaders rewarded with the opportunity to select their post in the final. "But anyways, Atomic Seelster and Richie, they're my best two, obviously, and Richie got the inside, so that's kind of good. I mean inside of some them anyway." Puslinch, ON resident Moore said all three colts trained in impressive fashion on Monday, Sept. 25 and should be ready to rumble in Saturday's final, an event he and his partners are looking forward to in spite of their shortage of luck in the post position draw. "I trained a couple of the colts there Monday, I don't think I ever trained a two-year-old that fast before at this time of year, but they just went there on their own. They were super," said Dr. Moore. "So we're looking forward to it going in, and we always enjoy the night. I've only had one Final win, that was Shadows Wonder, I think that was the two-year-old (pacing) fillies a couple years ago (2013), and it was fun. The OSS makes a nice night of it." The first $50,000 Grassroots Championship race will raise the curtain on Mohawk Racetrack's Saturday, Sept. 30 program at 7:30 pm and the division battles will also be fought in Races 2, 3, and 5 through 9. Fans arriving early for the Grassroots showdown will be entertained by musical duo Even Steven and will receive an Ontario Sires Stakes ball cap with their program. Fans can also purchase additional Ontario Sires Stakes apparel at the booth on the main floor. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 - The 2017 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots regular season came to a close at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening with two divisions for the harness racing two-year-old trotting colts. Five colts squared off in the first $17,750 division and Leaderofthepack took quick command, reaching the quarter in :30. Fan favourite Nobodynosjustice and Jula Downton followed, with the other two competitors out of the action early. Heading for the 1:01.2 half Nobodynosjustice stepped to the outside, but failed to wrestle command from Leaderofthepack and Jul Downton's challenge heading for the 1:32 three-quarters was also thwarted by the pacesetter. Turning for home driver Sylvain Filion sent Nobodynosjustice out between the leader and the challenger and the gelding trotted strongly down the stretch to claim a neck victory in 2:02. Leaderofthepack settled for second and Jula Downton was third. "Dany Fontaine asked me to go and drive him. He said, he's got lots of go, but he's a little touchy, and I think he was right," said Filion. "In the post parade, he wouldn't trot, he had a hard time going, and I had to wake him up a bit. Then in the race he was pretty good, but he was real grabby. "I had a hard time holding him in the hole, that's why I had to move him out, so he doesn't get mad and go on the run," the Milton, ON resident continued. "That was quite the big effort to come back and win like that, after a trip like that. He's a really gutsy little horse." Filion piloted Nobodynosjustice to his second Grassroots win for trainer Dany Fontaine of Terrebonne, QC and owner-breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. Through seven starts the son of Justice Hall and Nobody Nos Butme has tallied three wins and one second for earnings of $27,337. His 125 Grassroots points put him in third spot in the division standings and will see him compete in the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack. The second $18,100 division featured six starters and two of them skipped off stride at the start, including fan favourite Stormont Ventnor. Majestic Fire took advantage of his peers' misfortune, gaining control from Post 1 and cruising to a :31.4 quarter. Driver Scott Young of Guelph, ON took his foot off the gas in the second quarter, allowing Majestic Fire to reach the half in 1:04.4, then picked up the tempo as Smart Pick mounted a challenge. The pair battled to a 1:35 three-quarters, but Smart Pick faded around the final turn, splitting horses and allowing Majestic Fire to open up a large enough gap that he was able to hold off a charging Stormont Ventnor and Radical Attempt. Majestic Fire hit the wire one and one-half lengths on top in 2:05.1. "He's a small horse, but very determined," said trainer Mark Steacy of Majestic Fire. "He's been battling growing pains all year, but battling through it and improving with every start. "He got lucky tonight," added the Lansdowne, ON resident, who conditions Majestic Fire for David McDonald of Cornwall, David Reid of Glenburnie, Shelly MacMillan of Waterloo and A K Malik Stable of Ottawa, ON. Wednesday was Majestic Fire's fifth start and his first visit to the winner's circle. A $40,000 yearling at the 2016 Harrisburg Sale, the Majestic Son gelding boosted his earnings to $11,218 and his point tally to 61 with the win, putting him in a tie for ninth and landing a berth in the Grassroots Championship. The top 10 point earners will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 30. The Ontario Sires Stakes program will make one more stop at Grand River Raceway this season, as the Elora oval hosts the last Gold Series event for the three-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday, Sept. 27 with a first race post time of 6:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 - Thirty-four harness racing freshman pacing colts and geldings arrived at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday night ready to battle in the last Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots event of their regular season and the novices put on an impressive show for the Campbellville oval's fans. When You Dance and driver Doug McNair kicked things off in the first $18,800 division, firing to the front from Post 4 and reaching the quarter in :27.2. The pair yielded to Phantom Seelster and driver Sylvain Filion heading for the :55.1 half and followed the fan favourites through the 1:24.2 three-quarters, but coming off the final turn McNair asked When You Dance for another gear and the colt responded with a sharp finishing kick that propelled him to a four length victory in 1:52.3. Phantom Seelster settled for second and Notabadgame was five more lengths back in third. "I might be the only one he didn't surprise," said trainer Ben Wallace. "He's just a great big strong colt that's just starting to come into himself. He was caught in last week (Sept. 4) big time and had a big finish to him, and he had a great week going into this race, so I'm not surprised he did what he did tonight." Wallace shares ownership of When You Dance with Daniel Plouffe of Bromont, QC and breeder Birnam Wood Farms of Boca Raton, FL. In seven starts the Mach Three son has tallied two wins, one second and two thirds, but with just one of the wins and the pair of thirds coming in Grassroots action the gelding will miss the Grassroots Championship, four places out of the top 10. "He's been a decent colt for us," said Puslinch resident Wallace. "He's a hard luck horse, he drew the nine in an 11-horse field (Aug. 19) and he drew the 10 in an 11-horse field (July 20), his first couple lifetime starts. So he's been a bit of a victim of circumstance." When You Dance Zen Da Ballykeel took full advantage of the circumstances in the second division Tuesday, watching from sixth as Chocolate Swirl and Northern Rebel duked it out on the front end through fractions of :27, :55.3 and 1:23.2 and then sprinting down the stretch to a neck victory in 1:53.2. Northern Rebel stayed game off his outside lane tour to finish second and favourite Southwind Grizzly closed from mid-pack to be third. "He's a nice colt, a bit healthier after being sick," said trainer Richard Moreau. "He was surprising tonight, good timing." The Puslinch, ON resident conditions Zen Da Ballykeel for owner-breeder Ballykeel Racing Inc. of Tillsonburg, ON. Tuesday's win was the Mach Three colt's second in Grassroots action and boosted his point tally to 114, putting him fifth in the standings. Zen Da Ballykeel Casimir Richie P also picked up his second Grassroots win in the third division, controlling all the fractions - including a sharp :26.4 last quarter - on the way to a 1:52.4 personal best. Letjimmytakeover and Luka Shenko finished three and three-quarter lengths behind the favourite in second and third. "Nice colt, he has a very quick turn of foot," said driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON. "Tyler (Moore) had a little trouble last week at the gate, Doc (Moore) made some changes and he raced great tonight." A break behind the starting gate in the Sept. 4 Grassroots event saw Casimir Richie P settle for fourth, which, added to a win in the August 16 contest and a fifth in his July 20 debut, give the Astronomical son 113 points and a berth in the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship. Dr. Ian Moore of Puslinch conditions Casimir Richie P and shares ownership of the colt with his son, Tyler Moore of Campbellville, and Michael Goldberg of Toronto, ON. Casimir Richie P The last regular season Grassroots trophy went home with Pretty Handsome, who paced to his second Grassroots and third straight victory in 1:53.4. Jonathan Drury of Guelph piloted the favourite to the one-half length victory over Atomic Seelster and JM Jack Of Hearts. "Hopefully we can go for four in a row, if he goes straight to the final," said Lacey McCabe, who works alongside her husband, trainer Andrew McCabe, to keep Pretty Handsome in top form. The youngster is the second generation to be cared for by a member of Lacey's family. Her sister, Melissa Steacy, took care of his dam Pretty Thing during her racing career. "She looked after Pretty Thing when she was with the Steacy's and now I look after him, so that's pretty neat I think." The Guelph-Eramosa residents train Pretty Handsome for Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, ON. In five starts the Mach Three son has tallied three wins and one third and heads into the Grassroots Championship tied for third with Phantom Seelster. Pretty Handsome The two-year-old pacing colt final will be part of the $400,000 Grassroots Championship Night at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 30, with the top 10 point earners from all eight divisions competing for the 2017 Grassroots titles. Before the pacing colts make their return to Mohawk, the Campbellville oval will host the two-year-old trotting fillies and three-year-old trotting colts for Gold Series action on Monday, Sept. 25, with a first race post time of 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 - Driver Steve Byron and trainer John Bax teamed up to win all three $18,800 divisions of the last regular season Grassroots event for harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies at Flamboro Downs on Tuesday evening. Byron and Bax kicked off their successful evening in Race 1 with Warrawee Trip, who led from gate-to-wire in a contest reduced to five fillies as the result of three scratches due to sickness. The 2:01.4 clocking was a personal best for Warrawee Trip, who trotted under the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of her stablemate Dalliance Seelster. Candid Hally was well behind the leaders in third. "You never know until you get out in a race whether they're going to have that drive to win or not, or that heart, or brains; there's so many variables in this game," said Bax. "She always wanted to do it, that's her biggest attribute." Campbellville resident Bax conditions Warrawee Trip for his partners Glengate Farms of Mississauga, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown and Bruce Norris of Caledon East, ON. Tuesday's win was the Majestic Son daughter's second in seven starts this season and boosted her career earnings to $22,099. Warrawee Trip, who was a $30,000 purchase at last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale, will have an opportunity to pad her earnings in the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship. With one win and two seconds in Grassroots action she finishes the regular season in fourth-place in the standings with 100 points. In the second Grassroots division Byron got away fourth with fan favourite Magical Lady, then moved into second behind pacesetter Princess Stephanie when stablemate Tusk and Ladys Intuition went off stride heading for the half. Pretty N Well challenged Princess Stephanie through the final quarter, but when Byron maneuvered Magical Lady into an open lane in the stretch the filly trotted right by the duelling leaders and on to a one-half length victory in 2:02.3. Pretty N Well finished second, with Princess Stephanie settling for third. "That was the first time Steve drove her and he was pretty impressed with her gait," said Bax of the Kadabra daughter. "She was pretty green out there, she did a little sashaying once in a while, but I think when she learns she's going to be useful." It was just the third start of the season for Magical Lady, who finished second in her Grassroots debut at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 4. With a total of 75 points the filly fell one point shy of finishing in the top 10 and joining her stablemates in the Grassroots Championship. SRF Stable of Delray Beach, FL owns Magical Lady, who was a $150,000 acquisition from the 2016 Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale and has returned $15,395 in her first three starts. Bax and Byron completed the Grassroots hat trick with Gradabra in the third division. Starting from Post 3 Gradabra landed on the rail in second behind Precieuse CC, who led the field to a :30.1 quarter and a 1:01.4 half before skipping off stride heading into the third turn. Inheriting the lead, Gradabra demonstrated a bit of inexperience, but rallied when Ms Miller appeared on her flank heading for the 1:32.4 three-quarters. After matching strides with Ms Miller through the final turn, Gradabra found another gear in the stretch and trotted under the wire three-quarters of a length on top in 2:02.3. Ms Miller settled for second with Melanie G well back in third. "She's pretty green too," noted Bax. "Steve had to do a lot of yelling. He was actually happy when a horse pulled out beside him. When she warmed up Matt (Bax) said she was looking at everything, you know, her ears were going every which way. "She fought back really well today, I was real impressed," Bax continued. 'That was kind of the first time she's taken on another horse, so that was good to see." The win boosted Gradabra's point total from 34 to 84, landing her in the Grassroots Championship with Warrawee Trip and Dalliance Seelster. In her first four Grassroots starts the Kadabra daughter had posted two thirds and two fifths. Bax shares ownership of Gradabra with Glengate Farms of Mississauga, ON, Gordon Wright of Charlotte, MI and Dave Hudson of Dallas, TX. The filly, a full-sister to former Bax trainee Juanitas Fury ($416,292), was a $70,000 purchase at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale and has earned $18,339. "It's good to end on a higher note," said Bax. "I'm really pleased with Gradabra and Magical Lady that they started to show me what I kind of thought in the winter time that they had." While the Bax fillies and their peers wrap up their Grassroots campaign at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 30, Flamboro Downs will host one more Ontario Sires Stakes event before the 2017 season comes to a close, welcoming the two-year-old trotting fillies for Gold Series action on Wednesday, Oct. 4. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 - Ontario's harness racing three-year-old pacing colts delivered their Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots swan song at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening on a night that also featured eliminations for the Peaceful Way and William Wellwood Memorial for the novice trotting fillies and colts. In the first $18,800 Grassroots contest fans sent Wildriverbumblebee off as their top choice and the Sportswriter son did not disappoint. Starting from Post 1, driver Sylvain Filion had Wildriverbumblebee on the move soon after Frontier Seelster reached the opening quarter in :27.2. Marching along on the front through a :55.4 half and 1:23.4 three-quarters, the favourites never faced a challenge, cruising home one and three-quarter length winners in a lifetime best 1:51.2. Makasi closed hard to be second and Dream Of Luck was third. The win was Wildriverbumblebee's second in Grassroots action and assured him of a berth in the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk. In eight sophomore starts the colt has tallied six wins - including a victory in the $65,000 Breeders Cup (Coupe des Eleveurs) Final at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres on Sept. 3 - and earned $62,125 for trainer Richard Francis of Becancour, QC and owner-breeder Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, QC. Wildriverbumblebee The second $19,150 Grassroots division saw Southwind General pick up his third trophy of the season and move into top spot in the point standings with a total of 186. Starting from Post 5 with regular reinsman Jody Jamieson in the bike, Southwind General got away seventh as his stablemate The Dark Shadow and Western Phil battled to a :26.3 opening quarter. Western Phil won the duel and carried on to a :54.3 half, while Southwind General continued to sit seventh. As Western Phil took the field of nine to a 1:23.3 three-quarters, Southwind General was able to advance up the rail to fourth and as the colts squared up in the stretch Jamieson was able to guide the Sportswriter gelding off the rail and home to a three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:53.4. Favourite Kazimoto finished second and Thrownoutofbetter was another length back in third. "He got a seriously good trip," said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson. "A lot of things had to work out before I could have him where I did at the head of the lane. He's had lots of luck, seemingly, in the Grassroots, that's his third win. Fingers crossed he can come up with one more good one in the finals." Southwind General Jamieson drives the winner of $40,752 for owner and trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON. In addition to Southwind General, Darling will also send out The Dark Shadow and Frontier Seelster in the Grassroots Championship. The Dark Shadow finished third in the point standings with 123 and Frontier Seelster was fifth with 105. After his battle with Western Phil, The Dark Shadow finished eighth, 13 lengths behind his stablemate in Monday's contest, and Frontier Seelster was fifth in the first division. "Frontier is not on his game right now. The Dark Shadow has been sharp, but he got scorched pretty good tonight trying to get to the front, so that will probably take something out of him," admitted Darling. "I will just keep grinding away and try to get them better for the final." The top 10 point earners will compete in the $50,000 final on Sept. 30, joining the top colts and fillies from the other divisions on a Grassroots Championship night worth a total of $400,000. On Tuesday evening the two-year-old pacing colts will bring their Grassroots regular season to a close at Mohawk Racetrack. The colts will compete in Races 2, 4, 7, and 8 on the program, which gets under way at 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 - Thursday evening was the last opportunity for the harness racing three-year-old trotting colts and the three-year-old pacing fillies to accumulate points toward a berth in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Championship as both divisions wrapped up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack. The trotting colts kicked things off in the first race and division point leader Rose Run Speedster put an exclamation mark on his season, capturing his fourth straight Grassroots trophy in a 1:57.3 personal best. Starting from Post 9, driver Louis-Philippe Roy sat fourth with the fan favourite through the first half of the mile and then sent Rose Run Speedster into the outer lane heading for the three-quarters. Enchanted Mission mounted a furious challenge through the stretch, but Rose Run Speedster hung on for a neck victory. Upvote Hanover finished third. Roy piloted Rose Run Speedster to the win for trainer Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA and his partner Rose Run Speedster Stable of Guelph, ON. The win gives the Windsong Espoir colt a perfect 200 points from four wins in four Grassroots starts. Rose Run Speedster In the second $19,500 trotting colt split, Charmbo Chrome stormed away from the field to a personal best 1:56 for driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON. The Manofmanymissions son finished three and one-half lengths ahead of favourite Warrawee Shipshape, with Vesuvio Bi six more lengths back in third. "He got pretty brave in that Dream Of Glory thing and when he got on the front there last week (Aug. 26), his last win, he was really brave. Right now he's as smooth and sharp and raring to go as he's ever been," said trainer John Rier of Kitchener, who bred and owns the colt in partnership with his brother Randy Rier of Hanover, ON. After two eighth-place finishes and one fifth in the first three Grassroots events, Rier added trotting hopples to Charmbo Chrome's equipment list and altered the colt's shoeing. Since the mid-July changes Charmbo Chrome has posted a record of three wins, one third and two fifths, with back-to-back Grassroots victories giving the colt 107 points and a berth in the Sept. 30 championship. "He's pretty smooth and right now he's pretty honest. I put hopples on him, I changed his shoes - I took the toe weights off - that's about it," said Rier. "And I've got to thank Ross Battin and Mike Saftic also for their persistent and consistent driving, because they never got him riled up, and they kept him within himself, and he responded to that very nicely." Over the next two weeks Rier plans to race Charmbo Chrome in an overnight at Mohawk, in preparation for the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 30, and says the colt will continue to compete at the Campbellville oval after his Ontario Sires Stakes career comes to a close. "I'll keep on. He'll be my winter horse," said the trainer, who also campaigned the colt's mother Hetties Charm, herself a Grassroots winner at both two and three. Charmbo Chrome In the last trotting colt division Radical Road came up with a big effort, reeling in the leaders through the final quarter for his first-ever Ontario Sires Stakes victory. In rein to Travis Henry of Embro, ON, Radical Road hit the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Yo Yo Mass and favourite Euro Gap in 1:56.2. The win propelled the son of Kadabra, who is trained by Martin Lachance for Royal Wire Products of North Royalton, OH, up the standings and into the Grassroots Championship. Radical Road In the two $19,150 sophomore pacing filly splits, first-time Grassroots starter Mach The Cut (Mach Three) and division point leader Shewearsthepants captured their respective divisions. Mach The Cut rocketed from sixth to first in the final quarter to earn her first Grassroots victory, hitting the wire two and one-half lengths ahead of pacesetter and favourite C Mary in a personal best 1:53.1. Fading Shadow was well back in third. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion piloted Mach The Cut to the win for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Puslinch, ON and his partner Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. With just 50 points, Mach The Cut will miss the cut off for the Grassroots Championship by 18 points. Mach The Cut Shewearsthepants added a fourth Grassroots trophy to her collection, holding off a charging Treasures Pearl for a one-half length win in a personal best 1:52.2. Gottalovemyshadow was three more lengths back in third. Guelph resident Doug McNair piloted the filly to her ninth win of the season for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, and owner-breeders Anatolia Farm LLC of New Holland, PA. "She's the one to beat for sure," said Doug McNair of the Big Jim daughter's chances in the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship. "I hope she stays healthy for the final; if she does she'll have a real good shot." Shewearsthepants Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening with a single $125,800 Gold Series contest for the two-year-old pacing fillies. The fillies will compete in Race 5 on a program that also features eliminations for the Milton Stakes for aged pacing mares and the Maple Leaf Trot for aged trotters. Post time for Friday's program is 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com For results click the following link: Thursday Results – Mohawk Racetrack. 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SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 - Ontario's three-year-old trotting fillies wrapped up their Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening and, by virtue of one win and two seconds, harness racing trainer Mark Steacy landed three fillies in the Grassroots Championship. The first $18,800 division saw point leader Gisele Treelane maintain her flawless record in Grassroots action with a 1:56.3 score. The Daylon Magician daughter and driver Jack Moiseyev of Moffat, ON posted wins in four Grassroots legs for a total of 200 points. Murray Brethour of Sunderland, ON trains Gisele Treelane for owner-breeder Patricia Whittaker Trust of Aspers, PA. Starting from Post 4, Gisele Treelane used Mark Steacy trainee Stritch as her windbreak, tipping into the outer lane behind Stritch and driver James MacDonald heading for the three-quarters and then out-sprinting the pair in the stretch. The duelling leaders were one length ahead of third-place finisher Holiday Promise. "I kind of like her, I always thought she was going to be the best one besides Delcrest (Magicstar)," said Steacy of Stritch, comparing her to stablemate Delcrest Magicstar, who won three Grassroots divisions before jumping up to the Gold Series. "She should be good in the final too if she draws right." The runner-up effort moved Stritch into seventh spot in the point standings with 110. The Majestic Son daughter is owned by David Reid of Glenburnie, ON, James Feeley of Pine Bush, NY, Bridle Path Stables Ltd of Ossining, NY and Stephen Klunowski of North York, ON. Gisele Treelane In the second division Steacy trainee Ticket To Seattle was the one taking advantage of a wind break in the outer lane and sprinting down the stretch to a one-half length victory. Another daughter of Majestic Son, Ticket To Seattle trotted under the wire in a personal best 1:56.1, outsprinting favourite Crystal Gumdrop and Jilona. No worse than fifth in her six regular season appearances, Ticket To Seattle was also a winner in the July 1 Grassroots event at Dresden Raceway and finished with 150 points, tied for third in the standings with stablemate Delcrest Magicstar. "She kind of slipped a little bit there mid-season, she just got on a line a little bit, we've been working on that," said Steacy of Ticket To Seattle. "She looks like she's coming together again now, at the right time I hope. James (MacDonald) gave her a perfect steer tonight too, and that always helps. "At the start of the year I thought she was going to be even maybe a borderline Gold horse and then, whether it was allergies or what not, she just kind of slipped mid-summer," the Lansdowne, ON resident added. "It just kind of knocked her off, she'd pick away at her feed and wouldn't clean it and stuff, and now she's a lot more comfortable and happy and it showed tonight." Landmark 9 Racing Stable of Kingston, ON, Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC and David Reid of Glenburnie, ON share ownership of Ticket To Seattle. Ticket To Seattle The last Grassroots trophy went home with Bustingattheseams, who swung out three-wide to get a clear look at the finish and then powered away to a three and one-half length victory in 1:56.4. Milton resident Steve Condren crafted the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his co-owner Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. The win boosted the Kadabra daughter to second in the standings with 172 points from three Grassroots wins, one third, one fourth and one seventh. Also sprinting hard to the wire was Steacy trainee Late Shift, finishing one length ahead of Kuil Deva. The runner-up effort gave Late Shift 90 points, one point shy of the top ten. Should one of the fillies in front of her bow out of the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship, Late Shift could join her stablemates in the $50,000 season finale and give Steacy a quartet of sophomore trotting filly hopefuls. "It makes it a little easier, but there's still another couple good ones in there too, Murray Brethour's (Gisele Treelane) looks pretty good," said Steacy of his chances in the championship. Steacy and Guelph resident MacDonald train and drive Majestic Son filly Late Shift for Landmark 9 Racing Stable of Kingston, David Reid of Glenburnie, Stephen Klunowski of North York and Claus Jorgensen of Etobicoke, ON. Bustingattheseams On Thursday evening the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and three-year-old pacing fillies will wrap up their Grassroots regular season at Mohawk Racetrack, competing in Races 1, 4, 6, 7, and 10. The first race goes in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com To view results click the following link: Tuesday Results – Mohawk Racetrack. Ontario Racing

SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 - Competing in their fifth regular season Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots event at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening, Ontario's top two-year-old pacing fillies turned in a trio of impressive harness racing performances. Kicking off the Friday evening program, which also featured two $93,880 Champlain divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings and one $166,872 Simcoe division for the three-year-old trotting fillies, were Neon Moon and driver Jody Jamieson who earned their third Grassroots trophy with a 1:54.1 come-from-behind effort. "Last start (Aug. 24) she was real aggressive, which she can have a tendency to get, and I was just getting her settled when a horse came at her hard. I choose to turn her on again and let her rattle. She paced well through the wire, but got picked up by two horses in the stretch," said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson. "Tonight I planned to switch things up a bit and show her a little cover. She really responded well tonight with a chance to chase horses down. She did just that, and did it quite easily." Starting from Post 2, Jamieson settled Neon Moon in fifth as Nurse Pie Q led the field to a :27.3 quarter. Just after Nurse Pie Q rang up a :56.3 half Jamieson sent Neon Moon up the outside and the heavy favourite was making steady progress toward the pacesetter as she reached the 1:25 three-quarters. Neon Moon powered by Nurse Pie Q in the stretch and hit the wire two and three-quarter lengths on top. Lady Bubbles, who was three-for-three in Grassroots action heading into Friday's test, closed hard to be second and Dry Silk Flowers made up almost 14 lengths in the final quarter to claim the third-place share of the $19,500 purse. Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON bred, owns and trains Neon Moon, who has a record of three wins and one third in four Grassroots starts for 162 points and third spot in the division point standings. The daughter of Sportswriter and Beach Of A Time has banked $23,857 in her six-race career. Neon Moon The second division saw Shower Play leap frog over Lady Bubbles into top spot in the point standings with a commanding performance that may have given fans a glimpse into her future. "They told me before the race maybe they were going to try her in the last Gold, so with that in mind, that's why I let her out a notch turning for home, to see how she'd react," said driver Sylvain Filion. "And as soon as I asked her at the top of the stretch she just took off. She's just a very nice filly, coming into her own; she's getting better every week." Starting from Post 5, Filion had Shower Play in gear early and the pair landed in second spot behind Pretissimo, who took the field to a :27.3 quarter. Soon after the opening fraction Filion put heavy favourite Shower Play on the lead and the Shadow Play daughter cruised through a :57 half and 1:25.3 three-quarters before Filion asked her for a bigger gear in the stretch. Shower Play responded with an impressive finishing kick that saw her hit the wire 10 lengths ahead of second and third-place finishers Sunday Afternoon and Askmysecretary in a personal best 1:53. "Got to give credit to Rene Dion, he's managed her pretty good," added Milton resident Filion, who crafted the win for trainer Dion of Rockwood and his co-owners Susanne Kerwood of Rockwood, ON and Martin Leveillee of St-Blaise-Sur-Richelieu, QC. "He didn't race her in the Gold yet, he knew there was a filly that he couldn't beat so he kept her in the Grassroots, I thought that was well managed. He owns part of her with Susanne and I am so happy too for the other partner, Martin Leveillee, he's such a nice guy." Racing exclusively in the Grassroots, Shower Play has tallied three wins and two seconds for a total of 200 points and $38,737 in earnings through five starts. Shower Play The final $19,850 division saw Azure Seelster return to the Grassroots after a foray up to the Gold level where she finished eighth, nine lengths behind the undefeated Percy Bluechip. Another daughter of Shadow Play, Azure Seelster started from the trailing post 11 and never saw the pylons until she was heading into the final turn. Parked in the outer lane through the :27.2 quarter logged by Easy Three and the :55.3 half rung up by Love Kills, Azure Seelster took command heading for the 1:24.2 three-quarters and stayed game in the stretch, reaching the wire three and one-half lengths ahead of her peers in 1:54.4. Hammering Haley and favourite Duchess Dolly were second and third. Louis-Philippe Roy crafted Azure Seelster's second Grassroots win for trainer Jacques Dupont and owners Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, QC, 9099 3833 Quebec Inc. and 2745 5815 Quebec Inc. of Sorel-Tracy, QC and Paul Andre Lehoux of Sainte-Marie, QC. In six starts the filly now has three wins for a total of $31,287 in earnings and 100 Grassroots points, putting her among the top 10 point earners with one regular season event remaining. The top 10 point earners after the Sept. 10 regular season finale at Rideau Carleton Raceway will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 30. Azure Seelster Ontario Sires Stakes performers will again be showcased on Mohawk Racetrack's Saturday evening program as the three-year-old pacing colts compete in a pair of $98,000 Gold Series divisions. Also on Saturday's program is one $169,381 Champlain division for the two-year-old pacing fillies, two divisions, $97,880 and $96,880, of the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, one $165,838 Simcoe division for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, and the $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Final for aged pacers. Post time for the stakes laden card is 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

AUGUST 26, 2017 - Just three weeks after finishing fourth in the Dream Of Glory Final, Yo Yo Mass returned to Hanover Raceway and scored an effortless Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots victory to open the harness racing stakes action on Balanced Image Night. Starting from Post 2, with Hanover Raceway's leading reinsman Bruce Richardson in the race bike, Yo Yo Mass went straight to the front and led the field of three-year-old trotting colts and geldings to a :29.4 opening quarter. The fan favourites continued to set the tempo through a 1:01.1 half and 1:31.3 three-quarters before cruising home to a 2:01.3 victory. Pocket-sitter Santini finished one and one-half lengths back in second and Vesuvio Bi was well behind the leaders in third. "I was hoping to get away either first or second, and he left good enough to make the front and controlled the race from there," said Richardson. "He was very handy, well in hand." Richardson engineered the win for trainer Kyle Reibeling of Campbellville and breeder Nancy Grimble of Newcastle, ON, who share ownership of the gelding. It was the Muscle Mass son's second win in Grassroots action this season, and his fourth overall, boosting his sophomore earnings to $51,993. With one regular season Grassroots event remaining on the calendar, Yo Yo Mass sits second in the division standings with 133 points. "He's not a very big horse, but a very handy little horse," noted Richardson. "He seems to be very versatile, seems to be very handy, and has a good attitude to him." The second $18,800 Grassroots division saw Charmbo Chrome take advantage of miscues made by four of his peers, including favourite Short Term Memory, to earn his first Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) victory. Starting from Post 5, with veteran reinsman Ross Battin of Monkton, ON in the race bike, Charmbo Chrome coasted along on the front end to a six and one-half length win in 1:59.3. Enchanted Mission and Amanforallseasons finished second and third, making it a sweep for sire Manofmanymissions. Kitchener resident John Rier conditions Charmbo Chrome and shares ownership with Randy Rier of Hanover, ON. The brothers also bred the gelding, who is the third foal from their former race mare Hetties Charm, a Grassroots winner during her career. The third division also saw a first-time OSS winner as Majestic Marvel took a front-end trip around the Hanover half-mile in a sharp 1:58.4. Radical Road and Euro Gap finished well behind the leader in second and third. Ryan Holliday of Mount Forest piloted the Majestic Son gelding from Post 6 to the winner's circle for his father, trainer David Holliday, his wife Caroline Holliday, both of Mount Forest, and breeder Ron Corbett of St. Jacobs, ON. The win was the gelding's fifth in 13 career starts, boosting his earnings to 42,840, and was his second straight after an almost two month-long stretch marred by breaks and required qualifiers. "He gets beat when he beats himself, but he's definitely capable. I hope we got him set up properly now," said Ryan Holliday. "He did make me scratch my head a little while there, wasted a bit of time in the summer, but he's a fast horse, it's just if he minds his manners." Majestic Marvel and his peers will have one final opportunity to pad their Grassroots point total in the last regular season event at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 7. The top 10 point earners from the six regular season events will earn a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 30. The evening came to a thrilling conclusion in the Balanced Image Final as Keith Jones piloted Henderson Seelster to a 2:01.1 victory, pursued down the stretch by his second entry Joey Bats who finished one and one-half lengths behind his stablemate. Leaderofthepack was third for driver Ryan Holliday and owners David and Ben Holliday of Mount Forest, ON. It was the second lifetime win for Henderson Seelster, a son of Holliday Road and a full-brother to $655,638 winner Hemi Seelster, who captured the 2015 Dream Of Glory Trot Final. Barrie resident Jones conditions both Henderson Seelster and Joey Bats for Douglas McCarthy of Holland Landing, ON. Jones and McCarthy were presented with the Balanced Image Trot trophy by former Glengate Farms farm manager Doug Nash, who handled stallion Balanced Image throughout his breeding career. Before the race Nash paid tribute to the late stallion and to Hanover Raceway and its fans. "When I was a young man and in my teens and first started racing, I raced here at Hanover," Nash reflected. "It's always been an exceptional place to race. The people appreciate the horses, I think they appreciate the horsemen and the drivers, and Hanover Raceway is probably one of the nicest tracks you could come to in this whole province." OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

AUGUST 24, 2017 - Lady Bubbles scored her third straight Grassroots win at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, August 24 to move into a tie atop the two-year-old pacing filly harness racing point standings. A narrow winner in her first two Grassroots starts, Lady Bubbles sprinted down the Mohawk stretch to a one length victory in a personal best 1:55.2 on Thursday. With recently crowned World Driving Champion James MacDonald in the race bike, the fan favourite landed in seventh from Post 5 and made her way toward the front behind two other fillies in the outer lane. Swinging wide off the final turn Lady Bubbles found another gear and reeled in pacesetter Easy Three. Hammering Haley also closed hard to claim third-place honours. "She's a small filly with a big heart," said trainer Mark Steacy of the daughter of Sportswriter and Matter Of Style. "She always seems to have a good kick coming home." Lansdowne, ON resident Steacy conditions Lady Bubbles for owner-breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. A half-sister to current Ontario Sires Stakes stallion and $636,022 winner Shanghai Phil, Lady Bubbles has tallied three wins, one second and one third for earnings of $49,110 through her first six starts. Her trio of Grassroots victories give her 150 points and a share of top spot in the division standings. Lady Bubbles Color Envy earned her first lifetime win in the second $19,850 Grassroots division, storming up the inside in the stretch to get a neck in front of Pretissimo and Muskoka Moonlight, who had battled for control through the last half of the race. MacDonald, who makes his home in Guelph, picked up his second Grassroots win of the evening, guiding Color Envy from Post 4 to the winner's circle for trainer Scott McEneny and his wife Michelle McEneny of Waterdown, Teresa Davidson of Milton and John Fielding of Toronto, ON. "Training down that filly actually was just as good, if not better than (two-time Gold winner) Big Thong, and then she got hurt in the paddock. She banged her leg and bruised a splint bone, so I kind of had to back off with her so, but she was always training down like a pretty nice filly," said McEneny. "She's great gaited, she's a nice big, strong filly and I think she's only going to get better." The daughter of Mach Three and Pink Is Perfect was a $30,000 purchase out of last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and in four starts she has now tallied one win, one third and $12,562. Color Envy In the final division Shower Play earned her second Grassroots trophy and moved into a tie for top spot in the division standings with Lady Bubbles. In rein to Sylvain Filion the daughter of Shadow Play and Alice Emily also employed a come-from-behind strategy from Post 3. Seventh through the early going, Filion shifted the filly into the outer lane and then had to tip out three-wide before getting a clear look at the leaders. A :27.1 finishing kick propelled Shower Play past pocket-sitter Love Kills and pacesetter and fan favourite Neon Moon to a one and three-quarter length win in a personal best 1:53.2. "I always said she might be a Gold filly someday, and she kind of confirmed to me tonight that she could probably be one," said Filion, who has driven the filly in all but one of her starts. "She raced really good tonight. I was really pleased with her and hopefully she can still improve over that. " Milton, ON resident Filion crafted the win for trainer Rene Dion and Susanne Kerwood of Rockwood, ON and their partner Martin Leveillee of St-Blaise-Sur-Richelieu, QC. The group offered up $15,000 for the filly at the 2016 Forest City Yearling Sale. In four starts, all in the Grassroots, she has two wins and two seconds for 150 points and earnings of $28,987. Shower Play The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their fifth Grassroots start at Mohawk on Friday, Sept. 1 before wrapping up their regular season at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sept. 10. The top 10 point earners from the regular season will return to Mohawk for the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 30. Before the freshman pacing fillies make their return to Mohawk, the Campbellville oval will host the three-year-old pacing fillies in their fourth Gold Series test on Tuesday, August 29, with a first race post time of 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

AUGUST 20, 2017 - Ontario's talented three-year-old pacing colts kicked off the Honourable Earl Rowe Invitation Trot program at Georgian Downs on Sunday evening and harness racing trainer Jack Darling picked up two more Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots trophies to add to his collection. The Cambridge, ON resident shipped three pacing geldings to the Innisfil oval and Southwind General was first off the gate for the Darling Stable, finishing third behind Wildriverbumblebee and Western Phil. "General, he was a little bit sluggish early for some reason, but he was pacing strong at the wire, another few steps he'd have been second," said Darling of the Sportswriter son's effort. Fan favourite Wildriverbumblebee got away fourth from Post 5 and watched as Rebel Voyager led the field to a :27.1 opening quarter. Wildriverbumblebee remained in fourth as Silverinyourpocket took over before the :55.3 half, but had stepped to the outside behind Western Phil as that colt powered up to a 1:23.3 three-quarters. On Western Phil's flank as the colts turned for home, driver Sylvain Filion turned Wildriverbumblebee loose in the stretch and the colt sprinted away to a four and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:53. Sunday was Wildriverbumblebee's debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes program for trainer Francis Richard and owner-breeder Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, QC. The win boosted the son of Sportswriter and Alcor Semalu's sophomore record to four wins and one second in six starts, for earnings of $20,225. In the second $18,800 Grassroots division driver Randy Waples sent Darling trainee The Dark Shadow directly to the front from Post 2 and the fan favourites reeled off fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.2 on their way to a one length victory in 1:53.4. Pocket-sitter Doc Semalu finished second and Ugottobinittowinit was third. "He's just a really good Grassroots (horse)," said Darling of The Dark Shadow. "I was happy with him, he hung in there real game in the stretch. He's racing good." A son of Shadow Play and Bestofbothworlds, The Dark Shadow now has two Grassroots wins, one third and two fifths to his credit for a total of 122 points and sole ownership of third spot in the division standings, 10 points behind stablemate Southwind General. Milton, ON resident Waples opted for identical tactics with favourite Frontier Seelster in the last Grassroots division, sending the Artistic Fella gelding to the front from Post 7 and rolling through fractions of :27, :57.1 and 1:25.2 on the way to another 1:53.4 clocking. Three More Smiles paced up the outside into second, three-quarter lengths behind the winner and just ahead of hard closing All It Takes. "He was sick, he's getting over being sick, so he maybe wasn't quite at his best tonight," said Darling of Frontier Seelster, whose last start was in the July 22 Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack. "He raced good, but I just don't think he's quite good enough for the Gold right now." Frontier Seelster was a winner in the season opening Grassroots event at Flamboro Downs, and then made two starts at the Gold Series level, finishing fourth and sixth. With Sunday's win the gelding moves into fourth spot in the Grassroots standings, giving Darling three contenders for the season ending $50,000 Championship at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 30. "Looks like the three of them are going to be in the Final," noted Darling, who owns and trains all three pacers. The trio will be looking to pad their point tallies in the last regular season Grassroots event on Sept. 11 at Mohawk Racetrack. In addition to the Grassroots divisions, Georgian Downs fans were treated to an outstanding battle in the $75,000 Honourable Earl Rowe Invitation Trot. Fan favourite Windsun Revenge carved fractions of :27.4, :58.2 and 1:25.2, but Lookslikeachpndale pressed him through the second half and got up in the stretch for a head victory in 1:54. Dia Monde closed well to be second, leaving Windsun Revenge to settle for third. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion, the leading driver in both Canada and the Ontario Sires Stakes last season, scored his second stake win of the night with Lookslikeachpndale, guiding the Muscle Hill son to his second win of the season for trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Georgian Downs wraps up its stakes season next Sunday, August 27 when the three-year-old trotting fillies will compete in their second last regular season Grassroots event. Sunday's first race goes postward at 6 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

AUGUST 16, 2017 - Seven of this year's Battle of Waterloo hopefuls returned to Grand River Raceway on Wednesday and four of the two-year-old pacing colts went home with the result that had eluded them in the Elora oval's signature harness racing event. Casimir Richie P, the only one of the seven who started in the Battle of Waterloo Final, made the quickest trip to the winner's circle, capturing the last $19,150 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots division in an impressive 1:54.4. Starting from Post 1 fan favourites Casimir Richie P and driver Tyler Moore laid down fractions of :27, :55 and 1:25.1 on their way to the four length score over Pokerface Bluechip. On The Take was three more lengths back in third. "He's been a nice colt all along, we only paid $6,000 for him, and he's been a dandy," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "It's too bad that Murray McConnell wasn't alive to see him, because he bred the colt and he liked the colt. He was the nicest Astronomical colt - as you know I had Astronomical, he won a lot of Golds in his day - and he was the nicest Astronomical colt that I'd seen from Murray, so I had to have him, and he's been one of our top colts all along." Wednesday's win was Casimir Richie P's first and will likely see him return to the Gold Series, where he started the season. Puslinch resident Dr. Moore shares ownership of the colt with his son, driver Tyler Moore of Campbellville, and Michael Goldberg of Toronto, ON. The Moore Stable also picked up a Grassroots trophy in the second division as favourite Atomic Seelster led the field of eight through fractions of :28.4, :59.1 and 1:29 on his way to a 1:57.3 victory over Sports Nation and Sports Band. Tyler Moore crafted the win for Shadow One Stable of Puslinch, ON, Shawn Murphy of Charlottetown, PEI and Darcy Murphy of Rothesay, NB. "He's a very nice colt. He had a really nice race his first race in the Gold at Mohawk (July 7), looked like everything was going to be good, and then, I don't know, he's been growing a lot lately, like getting real tall and big, and maybe that was part of it, but he just kind of had a what I call a two-year-old recession," noted Dr. Moore. "He raced well in the Consolation here, he got run into in the head of the stretch and still finished third, so we were very pleased with that, and he went a nice race tonight for sure." Dr. Moore and his partners purchased Atomic Seelster at last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale, offering up $100,000 for the son of Shadow Play and Angelina Seelster. The other entry from the Moore Stable, Lucky Michael, finished fourth in his Grassroots division, seven lengths behind winner Family Sports. "I enjoy Grand River and the Grassroots are good for one that's struggled a little bit in the Gold, it tends to give them a little confidence," said Dr. Moore. "We're very pleased." Like Dr. Moore, trainer Dave Menary is hoping Wednesday's win puts Family Sports on track for further success in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. The Sportswriter son and driver Travis Cullen made a bold three-wide move at the three-quarters and powered home to a 1:56.3 victory, the gelding's second in Grassroots action. Letjimmytakeover and Ferrarifever were over five lengths back in second and third. "I was just hoping to get him back on the right track; I've done a lot of fiddling with equipment. I was really happy the first start I raced him (July 20), thought things were heading in the right direction, and then he got torched really bad in his Battle of Waterloo Elimination," explained Menary. "I was hoping to race him from right off the pace last week (in the Consolation) and he was just too hot after leaving with him two weeks in a row, so I did a little bit more fiddling tonight and that's the kind of trip I wanted to see him get, and he responded the way I wanted to see him." Cambridge resident Menary trains Family Sports for Brad Gray of Dundas and Denise Guerriero of Toronto, ON. Wednesday's victory moved the gelding into a tie for top spot in the two-year-old pacing colt division. Sprocket finished behind Atomic Seelster and Family Sports in the Battle of Waterloo Consolation on August 7, but the Sportswriter son was a one length winner in the first Grassroots division on Wednesday. In rein to trainer Wayne Henry Sprocket hit the wire in 1:58, besting favourite JM Jack Of Hearts and Pinstripe Pride. Bred and owner by Fred Brayford of Alliston, ON, Sprocket now has a win and a second to his credit in two Grassroots starts. The only one of Wednesday's Grassroots winners that did not compete in the Battle of Waterloo was Jonathan Quick, who got a head in front of Mission Three and favourite Howmac Dancer in the third division. Jonathan Drury piloted the Mach Three colt to the 1:58.1 victory for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owners Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC and Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC. "He's a very green colt that qualified well, but got a touch sick shortly after," noted Steacy. "He's healthy now and starting to be more competitive. JD (Drury) gave him a great drive tonight." The two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will try and pad their point totals in the fourth Grassroots event at Clinton Raceway on August 27. The Ontario Sires Stakes program returns to Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, Sept. 13 with the last regular season Grassroots event for the two-year-old trotting colts. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

AUGUST 14, 2017 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the second leg of the harness racing World Driving Championship on Monday evening and Ontario's talented three-year-old trotting fillies showed off their skills to the international audience in four $19,150 Grassroots divisions. Reigning Grassroots champion Anikadabra opened the program with her first victory of the season, touring the Mohawk oval in 1:56.4. Sent off as the fan favourite, the Kadabra daughter controlled the tempo for most of the mile, reaching the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Kuil Diva and Millers Song. Oakville resident Rick Zeron piloted Anikadabra to the win for trainer Rob Fellows of Rockwood and owner-breeders Edward Wilson of Seagrave, ON and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. Bested just once in Grassroots action as a two-year-old, Anikadabra now has one win and one third under her belt in two sophomore starts. Anikadabra The second division saw Hudsons Ya Ya earn her first Ontario Sires Stakes win, powering out of Post 7 to take control of the lead and trot home a three-quarter length winner over favourite Inner Drive and Late Shift in 1:57. Guelph resident Paul MacDonell crafted the victory for trainer John Bax of Campbellville, Glengate Farms of Mississauga, Don Allensen of Wyoming, ON and Dave Hudson of Dallas, TX. "She always had a lot of potential," said Bax. "She's from a pretty good mare, and we thought a lot of her - we paid a lot for her - but I hope now that she's kind of over the hump. "She's got lots of power, she's a big strong mare, but now she seems to be getting a little racier and a little more sure-footed." The daughter of Kadabra and $224,136 winner Angostura was a $70,000 purchase out of the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. She made eight starts last season, four of them in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, and recorded one win and one third in overnight action. This season she has made 10 starts and now has two wins and two thirds to her credit for lifetime earnings of $38,691. "She had a bunch of issues last year and she was a little slow getting going this year. I've had a viral issue in the barn for most of the spring and part of the summer," explained Bax, "The bloods are just starting to get back to normal, so I'm hoping that it's onward and upward from here." Hudsons Ya Ya Moffat resident Jack Moiseyev piloted Gisele Treelane to her second Grassroots win of the season in the third division, closing from fifth to first through the final quarter. The fan favourites stopped the timer at 1:55.4, one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Whole Lot Of Sugar and Moni Justice. Murray Brethour of Sunderland, ON trains the daughter of Daylon Magician for owner-breeder Patricia Whittaker Trust of Aspers, PA and bumped the filly up to the Gold Series level after she won her division of the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk on June 13. One fifth and one third-place finish prompted the return to the Grassroots and Monday's win boosted Gisele Treelane into third spot in the Grassroots point standings. The top 10 point earners after six regular season events will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 30. Gisele Treelane In the evening's final division, Bustingattheseams moved into second place in the point race with her second Grassroots win. Another daughter of Kadabra, Bustingattheseams hit the wire in a personal best 1:55.2, three-quarters of a length ahead of Crystal Gumdrop and Ticket To Seattle. Milton resident Randy Waples steered Bustingattheseams to the victory for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partner Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. Bustingattheseams In addition to competing in the four races that contributed to their World Driving Championship rankings, four of the drivers also made an appearance in the Ontario Sires Stakes events. Canada's representative James MacDonald of Guelph had mounts in all four divisions, finishing third twice (Late Shift and Ticket To Seattle), fourth and eighth. Marcus Miller, representing the United States, finished fifth in the first division, Bjorn Goop, who represents Sweden, finished sixth in the third division and Dexter Dunn, the defending world champion from New Zealand, finished seventh in the last division. The World Driving Championship makes its third stop at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, with a first race post time of 7:15 pm. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their fifth Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on August 27, while their Gold Series peers arrive at Mohawk Racetrack for their fourth leg on Thursday, August 17. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

AUGUST 14, 2017 - Just one week after they faced off in the Battle of the Belles Final, Grand River Raceway welcomed back the harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday night for five Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions worth a total of $93,650. Five of the fillies that qualified for the Battle of the Belles Final made the return trip to the Elora oval, including Jack Darling trainees Write Me A Song and Neon Moon, who were hoping for a little more luck than they enjoyed on August 7. After finishing third in her elimination, Write Me A Song was withdrawn from the final due to a bruised foot and Neon Moon's hopes for a Battle of the Belles title disappeared when she made an early break that knocked her out of contention. Cambridge, ON resident Darling had his answer early as driver Jody Jamieson tipped Write Me A Song off the rail heading for the three-quarters in the first $18,800 division and sent her after pacesetter Love Kills. The filly found another gear once she squared up in the stretch and powered to a three-quarter length victory in 1:56.2. Mittany Nicole rolled out of the pocket into second, leaving Love Kills to settle for third. "She had a bruised foot that was a problem, I had to scratch her last week out of the final of the Belles, and we've been working on it all week. She wasn't necessarily 100 per cent, but she raced good on it anyway," said Darling, who owns and trains Write Me A Song. "She's a good filly and I thought she, you know first over, I thought she raced really game." The daughter of Sportswriter and Write Me A Song was a $47,000 purchase out of last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale and through four starts she has posted two wins, one second and one third for earnings of $24,962. She currently leads the freshman pacing filly point race with 125. The top 10 point earners after six regular season events will compete in the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack. Four races later Neon Moon redeemed herself in impressive fashion, roaring from fifth to first going by the halfway marker. While Moffat, ON resident Jamieson sat back and enjoyed the ride, Neon Moon opened up a double digit lead on her peers, reaching the wire just over 11 lengths ahead of Ovation Seelster and Last Symphony in 1:56.3. "Last week she just got too keyed up, Jody (Jamieson) said, and made a break, but she was good tonight," said Darling, who bred, owns and trains Neon Moon. "She was a little wobbly going around the first turn - my horses, the half-mile track isn't really their strong suit because they're pretty good sized mares and I train on a big track - but once she got around the turns she was really good after that." Another daughter of Sportswriter, out of Darling's former race mare Beach Of A Time, Neon Moon now sports a record of two wins and one second in four starts and sits in a four-way tie for second in the Grassroots standings with 100 points. Monday was the second night this season Darling and Jamieson have captured a pair of two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots trophies, Write Me A Song and Neon Moon were both victorious at Mohawk on July 21, and they came within a nose of making it a hat trick at Grand River. In the second division Jamieson and Munchies Hanover went head-to-head with Doug McNair and Ashlees Sport through the last quarter of the mile and the fillies finished so close at the wire it required a photograph to determine the winner. Ashlees Sport prevailed by a scant nose over Munchies Hanover, with the duelling leaders well ahead of third-place finisher Lady Everlong. "She raced good, just came up a nose short," said Darling of the daughter of Sportswriter and Mouse Hanover, who was a $67,000 purchase out of the 2016 Harrisburg Yearling Sale and was making her debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Guelph-Eramosa Township resident McNair piloted Ashlees Sport to the 1:56.2 win for trainer Blake MacIntosh of Cambridge and his partners Stuart McIntosh and Marceline Barnett of Essex, ON and Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. The win was the first of the season for the Sportswriter filly, who was a $42,000 acquisition from the Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale. "She raced good. We left hard and came first up, she raced tough," said McNair. "It wasn't a big last quarter (:31), but she had an excuse to get tired." Lady Bubbles, who was third in the Battle of the Belles Final, earned her second Grassroots trophy in the fourth division, besting Shower Play and Daily Sports by a neck in 1:57. Guelph resident Scott Young piloted the Sportswriter daughter to the win for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owner-breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. Duchess Dolly also picked up her second Grassroots trophy in the last division, hitting the wire one and one-half lengths ahead of Sunday Afternoon and Dolly Dali. Mike Saftic of Campbellville drove the Shadow Play daughter to the 1:57.2 win for trainer Jim Wellwood of Ancaster and owner Jeff Wellwood of Toronto, ON, who acquired the filly for $27,000 at last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale. The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 24. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Grand River Raceway this week as the Elora oval welcomes back the two-year-old pacing colts for their third Grassroots event on Wednesday, August 16. The colts will battle in Races 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9, with a first race post time of 6:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

AUGUST 12, 2017 - Dagfin Henriksen returned to Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening and guided his harness racing two-year-old trotter North And South to an Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots victory, the gelding's second of the season. Sent off as the second choice by Kawartha Downs fans, who strongly favoured the trotters with local connections, North And South got away sixth from Post 9 and avoided some early confusion caused when Irish Master made a miscue that pushed favourite Stormont Ventnor into the middle of the racetrack. Closing to fourth by the halfway marker, North And South had taken command by the three-quarters and sailed home a two and three-quarter length winner in a personal best 1:59.1. Stormont Ventnor, with Kawartha's top reinsman Reg Gassien of Lindsay in the race bike, recovered from his first quarter shuffle to finish second and third choice Chief Justice, trained by former Peterborough, ON resident John Bax, was third. "Nine-hole, you kind of have to plan as you go a little bit, and when the horse run out of the first turn there was a little bit of a confused first quarter, and then there was a big gap," said Henriksen. "I was just trying to close the gap and when he closed the gap he just swelled up, so I just moved him when I had to. It worked out perfect." Henriksen, a former resident of Peterborough who started his training and driving career at Kawartha Downs, shares ownership of North And South with Dr. Brett Anderson of Port Hope, ON and Kyle Anderson of Edmonton, AB. The partners anted up $10,000 to acquire North And South from last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale and through four starts the son of Southwind Lustre and Queen Nora has earned $18,975. "He raced really good. When I moved him he just fired right up. It was fun," said Henriksen, who now calls Cambridge, ON home. "He's learning the right way and does everything the right way." The victory bumped the gelding to the top of the division standings with 102 points, which should assure him of a berth in the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack, but Henriksen was happy to just enjoy Saturday's win without looking too far into the future. "It's nice to win here. It's always been fun to win here," said the horseman. "The crowd's always cheering me on, everybody knows me; it's good." Veteran trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev also enjoyed an enthusiastic reception from Kawartha Downs' fans when he guided Charlie Ona Harley into the winner's circle after the second Grassroots division. The pair was part of a three-horse charge to the wire that required a photograph to determine that Charlie Ona Harley got a head in front of Nobodynosjustice and pacesetter Radical Attempt in the 1:59.2 mile. "Usually, you know he acted like a two-year-old, but tonight he got behind the gate and he just was a different horse," said Moiseyev. "I was happy with him." Saturday was Charlie Ona Harley's debut, both in the Grassroots and as a gelding. The son of Glidemaster and Carnac started the Ontario Sires Stakes season at the Gold Series level, finishing fifth in the July 9 season opener at Georgian Downs, but his behaviour that night caused Moiseyev and owners Joanne Colville of Moffat and Nancy MacNevin of Essex, ON to make the decision to transform him from a colt to a gelding. "He was so bad in the paddock that night, he was trying to hurt people, so we just gelded him," explained Moffat resident Moiseyev. "He really calmed right down after about 10 days, now he's all business." With Saturday's win Charlie Ona Harley moved into ninth spot in the division standings and both he and North And South will have an opportunity to pad their point totals in the fifth event for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Sept. 2 at Flamboro Downs. Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal was on hand for Kawartha Downs' Ontario Sires Stakes event Saturday and the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs made the trophy presentations to the winning connections of North And South and Charlie Ona Harley. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

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