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

MILTON, JULY 11, 2019 - Rounding out the string of two-year-old season openers at Woodbine Mohawk Park in recent weeks, the trotting fillies kicked off their Gold Series campaign on Thursday evening in a trio of harness racing divisions. After two victories in overnight action at the Campbellville oval, Warrawee Vicky was the heavy favourite in the first $73,867 division and the youngster did not disappoint, cruising to a three and one-half length victory in 1:55.4. Starting from Post 5 with driver Sylvain Filion in the race bike, Warrawee Vicky was challenged early by a trio of fillies looking to gain an advantageous position. With Warrawee Vicky under full steam, Filion opted to maintain control and the favourites rolled through fractions of :28.1, :57 and 1:26 before sailing down the stretch to the win over Intense Justice and She Must Be Magic. "She looked like she's getting a little hot," said trainer Scott McEneny of the mile, the fastest by a two-year-old trotter in Canada this season. "He didn't want to fight with her too much because she gets jolting her head a little bit, so he kind of just let her roll and thought she might settle down once they got in a hole, but she got a little wound up." McEneny trains Warrawee Vicky for Milton, ON resident Brad Grant, who purchased the filly from owner-trainer Robert Robinson after she won her June 25 debut. Both men were impressed with that effort, a 1:59.3 mile, and the Royalty For Life daughter has done nothing to dispel their positive first impression. "She's a very nice filly, she's not too big, she's not too small. Clean-legged and everything," said McEneny. "She's just a little sweetheart in the barn. Robbie did a great job with her." Warrawee Vicky made her first start for Grant and McEneny in a July 4 overnight which she won by four lengths in 1:58.2, resulting in her favoured status for Thursday's Gold division. Her next start will come in the second Gold event at Grand River Raceway on July 24 and McEneny expects her to handle the transition to the half-mile track as easily as she has handled everything else in her brief career. "I don't think she'll have a problem, like I say she's just an average sized filly and really clean gaited, she only wears a pair of brace bandages," said the Puslinch, ON resident. "I don't think there's going to be a problem, touch wood. We'll be a little more careful and we won't have to go that speed over that track I don't think." In the second division Massive Flirt also lined up behind Post 5 and was sent off as a heavy favourite after winning her first lifetime start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 28 with a 1:57.3 effort. Unlike Warrawee Vicky however, Massive Flirt eased away from the starting gate and was sitting fifth when Instant Karma reached the :29 quarter. Driver Jody Jamieson tipped Massive Flirt off the rail heading for the 1:00.3 half and the favourite was matching strides with pacesetter She Started It at the 1:29.4 three-quarters when that filly skipped off stride. Left all alone at the front, Massive Flirt cruised home a three and one-quarter length winner in 1:58.1. She Rocks Kemp and Shape Shifter picked up the second and third-place share of the $73,867 purse. "So far, so good. I'm very pleased with her," said trainer Jeff Gillis, who bred and owns Massive Flirt with Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. "She seems to be very honest and really enjoys her work, and those are pretty good attributes when you've got some ability to go along with it." After being trained in Florida all winter by Steve Elliott, Massive Flirt arrived in Gillis' barn in early May and the trainer has been delighted by her development. "She progressed very nicely. She was always a big filly, but didn't always just reek of athleticism the way she does now, so I am very happy with the way she's developed," said the Hillsburgh, ON resident. "I think on top of being well prepared by Steve, she's got a lot of intelligence about her too, and that goes a long way in the early going with early trotters." The daughter of Muscle Mass was the first of two fillies guided to the Gold Series winner's circle by Jamieson. The Moffat, ON resident also drove lightly rated P L Nikita to a 1:59 score in the last $74,666 division. Starting from Post 1 the pair watched from third as Validation and Alakazam Angel tussled over the lead through the :29.2 quarter and :58.3 half. As the pacesetters continued to battle by the 1:28.1 three-quarters, Jamieson edged P L Nikita off the rail and out behind Alakazam Angel and then circled around the tiring combatants and romped home to a one and one-quarter length win in 1:59. Talahasse Seelster and Alexa Blue Chip finished second and third. "Massive Flirt is pretty damn flawless. She went about her business like an aged horse tonight and really didn't get stressed throughout. P L Nikita was a nice surprise. I picked her up at scratch time and got a great trip," said Jamieson of his Gold Series winners. "It's nice when you pick a horse up like her that trots so nice and has a great attitude." Jamieson piloted P L Nikita to the win for owner-breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON. Thursday's outing was the E L Titan daughter's first lifetime start following a pair of qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Campbellville oval welcomes back the two-year-old pacing colts on Monday, July 15 for their second Gold Series Leg. The evening gets under way at 7:10 pm and the colts will compete in Races 5 and 7. Complete results for Thursday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0711wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

Industry Notice   On May 31, 2019, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) issued Standardbred Directive No. 3 - 2019 - Revision to Urging Provisions which amended the rules related to urging in Standardbred racing. As announced in Information Bulletin 71, the new rules and penalty guidelines became effective on June 3 at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the implementation date at other tracks to be determined.   Effective August 1, 2019, these provisions will be in effect at all Standardbred racetracks in Ontario.   This reform is part of the AGCO's continuing commitment to enhancing the health and safety of horses and participants, and the integrity of racing.   Paddock meetings for industry participants and training for Racing Officials will be held prior to the implementation of the new rules. Inquiries may be directed to AGCO Race Officials at: https://www.agco.ca/race-day-contact-list or submitted online to the AGCO at www.agco.ca/iagco.   Avis à l'industrie Le 31 mai 2019, la Commission des alcools et des jeux de l'Ontario (CAJO) a publié la Directive Standardbred Nº 3- 2019- Révision des dispositions sur la stimulation qui modifie les règles relatives aux courses de chevaux Standardbred. Tel qu'annoncé dans le Bulletin d’information No. 71, les nouvelles règles et lignes directrices sur les pénalités sont entrées en vigueur le 3 juin à l’hippodrome Woodbine Mohawk Park et la date de mise en œuvre reste à déterminer pour les autres hippodromes. À compter du 1er août 2019, ces dispositions entreront en vigueur dans tous les hippodromes Standardbred de l'Ontario. Cette réforme s'inscrit dans l'engagement continu de la CAJO à améliorer la santé et la sécurité des chevaux et des participants, ainsi que l'intégrité des courses. Des réunions d'enclos pour les participants de l'industrie et la formation des officiels de course auront lieu avant la mise en œuvre des nouvelles règles. Les demandes de renseignements peuvent être adressées aux officiels de course de la CAJO à l'adresse suivante : https://www.agco.ca/fr/cajo-en-bref/nous-joindre/horaire-des-officiels-de-courses ou soumises en ligne à la CAJO à l'adresse https://www.agco.ca/icajo. (AGCO)    

Kawartha Downs is among the preferred locations in Peterborough for a wide variety of reasons. This month is special for the location, as it brings its 47th year of operation and celebrations are in order. Fraserville is about to see grand birthday party this Saturday, July 13, and everyone is invited to share the joy of the birthday party. In light of recent events, this birthday is eyed as a great milestone. Last fall was a rather tough one for Kawartha Downs, as the gaming location diversifying its operation had to experience a hiatus. Staff members relying on their paychecks were concerned about lack of wagers ahead of the winter months. This uncertainty was further fueled by the extended renovation that made it necessary in the first place. Shorelines Casino went through a complete makeover lasting nine weeks, only to relaunch operation in December. Horse Racing and Gaming Galore This Saturday is projected to bring the official celebration of the 47th birthday of Kawartha Downs and everything it represents to the community. For nearly half a century this racetrack has welcomed individuals enthusiastic about horse racing and betting on the exciting live events. Cheerful Crowd Celebrates Refreshed Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs The birthday is scheduled to bring a DJ heating up the area with electrifying sets. The weekend celebration is also projected to bring various games entertaining everyone on site. They would also feature various prizes, further motivating participation and attendance. Shorelines Casino at Kawartha Downs Returns to Operation after a 9-Week Hiatus Locals are already eager to see who is about to become the winner in those games and what the prizes would look like. In addition to that, there is going to be cake for everyone, because a birthday could not go without a celebratory cake. Workers Union Urges Ontario Premier to Keep Promise Regarding Kawartha Downs’ Slot Machines In order to make the experience even fuller and add some zest to it, Kawartha Downs would also feature the traditional live races that transform every Saturday of the summer season. Locals and people from neighboring communities making their way there will have the opportunity to enjoy them to the fullest. Celebrations after a Period of Uncertainty The 2019 live racing season marked a step in the right direction. At the end of 2018 it was announced that it is scheduled to feature 21 live races at the harness racetrack, marking an improvement from 18 race dates last year. Elevating this Saturday’s experience even further, players will also have the chance to give the renovated slots location a try. The renovation last fall resulted in 150 brand new slot machines installed on site. Kawartha Downs Workers Worry about Their Jobs Once Shorelines Casino Opens Better days are on the horizon, as Kawartha Downs will continue operation under new ownership. The racetrack’s owner inked a deal with Romspen Investments Corporation following years of controversy and insecurity. Over the past two years, no purchasers came forward, leading to the ultimate purchase by the mortgage lender. Shorelines Casino Peterborough Offers Hefty First Gaming Revenue Allocation All gaming enthusiasts were ensured that the slots location overseen by Great Canadian Gaming would continue operation. Expansion is also on the way. This was further solidified by the renewed three-year contracts of as many as 50 individuals unionized with the Service Employees International Union Local 2. Kawartha Downs’ success would also guarantee it the continuous support from Ontario Racing. By Daniel Thompson   Reprinted with permission of Casino Reports

MILTON, JULY 9, 2019 - Two-year-old pacing fillies were once again the harness racing stars of Woodbine Mohawk Park's program on Tuesday evening, competing in five $23,500 Grassroots divisions. Got Power, a half-sister to top three-year-old pacing filly Powerful Chris, got her second win over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval in the second division. Starting from Post 9, driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville eased the filly off the gate and settled in seventh as Even Louder led the field to a :27.4 opening quarter. Christoforou joined the parade in the outer lane heading for the :57.4 half, and Got Power was sitting sixth when Even Louder reached the 1:25.3 three-quarters, but once she hit high gear in the stretch Got Power sailed by her peers to 1:54.4 victory. Satdnite Jukebox was two and one-quarter lengths back in second, just ahead of Mittaroniandcheese. "She raced very well her first start on the front to win and followed up with an impressive off the pace win tonight," said Christoforou, who also drove the filly to her first win on July 2. "She's done everything I've asked of her and hopefully continues to improve with each race." Christoforou drives Got Power for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge and his partners Gary Volpe of St. Thomas and William Hill of Dundas, ON. The daughter of Royal Mattjesty and Cell Power caught O'Sullivan's eye on a visit to Winbak Farm last fall and he placed the winning bid of $15,000 at the London Selected Yearling Sale. "She's very smart, pretty easy gaited and just nothing seems to faze her very much," said O'Sullivan of the youngster. "She'll look around at things to be inquisitive, but she's never really trained badly and every time I've asked her to do something she's done it, so she's pretty nice right now." After her June 21 qualifier and her win last Tuesday O'Sullivan considered starting Got Power in the Gold Series, but for now he feels the filly is best suited to the Grassroots program. "I do believe that Got Power is a really nice filly, but I just think she's not quite ready yet," said O'Sullivan. "Next year she's going to develop into a real nice sized filly. She wouldn't be as big as Powerful Chris was last year, but the thing I like about Got Power is she's got a real good shoulder and bum. And honestly her conformation is fantastic, she looks like a colt," the trainer added. "She's just got a presence about her; you can see it on the track, right. She's just a good looking filly, so I think if I look after her she'll develop along pretty good." Father and son Gregg and Doug McNair teamed up to win two of the divisions, starting the evening off in the winner's circle with Beach Sports and making a second trip after Race 7 with Landry Seelster. Fan Favourite Beach Sports was a 1:55.4 winner from Post 10 for the Guelph, ON residents, reaching the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Preeminence and Highland Salsa. A $9,000 purchase from the London Selected Yearling Sale, the Sportswriter half-sister to top sophomore pacing colt Century Farroh is owned by Ross Family Farms Ltd. of Wingham, ON. Doug McNair and Landry Seelster squeezed through traffic late to secure the half-length victory in the fourth $23,500 division. The Mach Three daughter bested Chasethecloudsaway and Isla Seelster with her 1:55 effort. Trainer Gregg McNair shares ownership of the filly, a $45,000 purchase from the London Selected Yearling Sale, with Ilderton Boys Stable of London, ON and Dany Fontaine of Ormston, QC. Fan favourite So Delightful captured the third division with a come-from-behind effort that saw her roll home a one and one-quarter length winner in 1:54.2. Fiorella and Bettorbeasecret also closed well for second and third. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry drove So Delightful to the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON and his fellow owner-breeders C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON. "She's a very nice filly," said Henry, who also drove the Bettors Delight daughter in her June 21 and 27 qualifiers. "She will eventually make a Gold filly I think. She's got all the tools." The last division saw Capistrano match So Delightful's clocking, as driver Phil Hudon sent the Warrawee Needy filly straight to the front from Post 9 and never had cause to look over his shoulder. Capistrano cruised home a three and three-quarter length winner in 1:54.2, besting Kat and Zephyr Seelster. "It was nice to pick up a lovely drive like that," said Hudon, who was making his first appearance in the filly's race bike. "She did everything well in hand. She's a nice filly and everything worked out great." Hudon engineered the win for trainer Harry Poulton of Milton and fractional ownership group TheStable Capistrano Group of Guelph, ON. The two-year-old pacing fillies will be back at Woodbine Mohawk Park for their second Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots start on July 18. The two-year-old trotting fillies make their Gold Series debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday, July 11, competing in three divisions. The first race gets under way at 7:10 pm and the fillies will show off their skills in Races 2, 3 and 6. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0709wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, July 9, 2019 - Dancer Hall delivered a career-best harness racing performance to get up and win Tuesday's $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The five-year-old Rod Boyd trainee was making his second start after a four-and-a-half-month layoff and muscled by favourite Musical Rhythm in deep stretch to win in 1:51.1. Driven by James MacDonald, Dancer Hall left from post-seven in a field of seven and got away fourth. Hemi Seelster stormed out to the lead and posted fractions of :27 and :56. Dancer Hall angled out just after the half and was moving up on the outside before Musical Rhythm moved out of the two-hole just before three-quarters. Hemi Seelster hit a wall just after reaching the third-marker in 1:23.4. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm had a pair of lengths on Dancer Hall with an eighth of a mile remaining. Dancer Hall took dead aim at his target and tracked down Musical Rhythm late to win by half a length. P L Jill finished third, while Free Willy Hanover was fourth. Owned by 1187422 Ontario Inc, Dancer Hall was winless in five starts prior to Tuesday's outing. The Boyd trainee had a tremendous season in 2018, winning 10 of 23 starts and earning $293,272. Tuesday's Preferred score increases Dancer Hall's career numbers to 19 wins and $426,582. The clocking of 1:51.1 knocked over a second off his previous career-best. Dancer Hall paid $18.70 to win.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

MILTON, July 9, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park has announced a change to the current harness racing training schedule and a paddock closure. Effective immediately, Mohawk Park will be open for training every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. to Noon. The track will not be open for training on Sundays and Mondays. Due to the current paddock expansion project, the paddock will be closed this Wednesday morning (July 10). Any horsepeople coming to Mohawk Park to train on Wednesday must use Barn 5.     Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

MILTON, JULY 8, 2019 - Ontario's top two-year-old pacing fillies put on a harness racing speed show at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening, competing for a total of $218,400 in a trio of Gold Series divisions. Free Flyin Ticket kicked off the speed display in the first $72,266 division, reaching the wire three and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:52.1, making her the fastest two-year-old in Canada in 2019. Starting from Post 5, driver Jonathan Drury eased the fan favourite off the gate into fifth as Mach My Kiss rolled out to a :27 quarter. When Mach My Kiss and driver Louis-Philippe Roy hit the brakes on the way to the :57.4 half, Drury tipped Free Flyin Ticket off the rail and the filly made rapid strides toward the front, reaching the three-quarters in 1:25.1. From there it was game over as Free Flyin Ticket sailed home in :27 to secure the victory. Sound Idea closed sharply to claim second-place honours, leaving Mach My Kiss to settle for third. "We were just hoping to race her from off the pace if possible because we don't want her to get hot on us, hotter than she can be," said trainer Tony Beaton. "But then they went that second quarter and kind of backed into everybody, and so JD (Drury) was forced to move and show his hand. The filly did the rest herself. JD was very pleased with her." Waterdown, ON resident Beaton shares ownership of Free Flyin Ticket with David Mercer of Sydney, NS, Gary Volpe of St. Thomas, ON and George Quartarone of Claremont, ON. The partners purchased the daughter of Betterthancheddar and Free Ticket from last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale, offering up $36,000 for the long-legged youngster. "I went to London and looked at the babies, the sale was Saturday, Sunday, so Friday I went down and this was one of the fillies I had on my list and when I saw her I wanted to buy her right away," Beaton recalled, joking that he was tempted to hide Free Flyin Ticket somewhere so no one else could look at her before the sale started. Right from her earliest lessons Free Flyin Ticket did nothing but confirm Beaton's first impression. She trained easily all winter, won a June 14 qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park by four lengths in 1:58.3 and a second qualifier at the Campbellville oval on June 21 by five lengths in 1:55. "Her work seemed to come to her very easy. She just seemed more mature, or mature ahead of her time, compared to some of the other young ones," Beaton noted. "She always showed high, high speed when we got training, it was a matter of she started getting a little bit hot and we had to keep her under control. Hopefully we seem to have her where we want her now and moving forward." Unfortunately, Free Flyin Ticket's turn as Canada's fastest freshman lasted less than 30 minutes as Off The Press came out in the second Gold division with a 1:52 effort. Driver Bob McClure, who picked up the drive in the absence of Sylvain Filion, eased Off The Press away from Post 1 and was sitting fourth when Kit paced by the :27.3 quarter. McClure opted to move the fan favourite heading for the :56.1 half and Off The Press was just over a length behind the pacesetter by the 1:25 three-quarters. A :26.4 final quarter assured Off The Press of the victory, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of pocket-sitter Need Ur Opinion. Karma Seelster closed sharply for third. "She's a nice filly, I was really impressed with her last start and that mile was quite impressive tonight for only her second start," said Paul Reid, who trains the daughter of Sportswriter and Dragon Flier K for owner-breeder Bob Key of Leechburg, PA. Monday's outing was Off The Press' second lifetime start. In her June 28 debt at Woodbine Mohawk Park she rocketed home in :25.4 to finish fourth in a 1:55 mile won by All Day Sunshine. That effort confirmed what Reid had started to suspect when Off The Press won her June 8 and 14 qualifiers. "The filly that was in the earlier division (Toonietina) actually trained better most of the winter, but once we got up here you could tell the difference once they started getting to the racetrack. There was quite a difference in the determination in this filly," said Reid. "She was nice gaited and trained well all year, but I never really knew she had last week's :25.4 (speed). I haven't had too many in my life pace quarters like that, let alone a two-year-old, so that was a definite eye opener to her real speed." The last $73,067 Gold division was captured by fan favourite All Day Sunshine who went straight to the front from Post 8, conceded control through the centre of the mile to Temagami Seelster and then hustled up the rail to the win when the pacesetter drifted right in the lane. All Day Sunshine halted the teletimer at 1:53, one and one-half lengths ahead of a fast closing Martinis Place. Temagami Seelster took home third-place spoils. Driver Doug McNair picked up the drive on All Day Sunshine in Filion's absence and was impressed with the daughter of Sunshine Beach and Mustang Kensley. "She's a nice filly. She seems smart and versatile," said the Guelph resident. "It looks like she's on the right track." Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON trains All Day Sunshine for Daniel Lagace of Cambridge, ON, Anthony and Billy Joe Timmins of Birmingham, GB and Brad Gray of Dundas, ON. Monday's victory gives the filly a record of two wins and one second in three starts and she will have a chance to add to that total when the fillies make their second Gold Series start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 19. Two-year-old pacing fillies will once again be the centre of attention on Woodbine Mohawk Park's Tuesday, July 9 program as the Grassroots lasses gather for five $23,500 divisions. The fillies will kick things off in the first race, which goes postward at 7:10 pm. Complete results from Monday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0708wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

INNISFIL, JULY 5, 2019 - Georgian Downs kicks off its 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes this Sunday, July 7, hosting the Grassroots debut of the harness racing two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The trotters will battle in three Grassroots divisions, worth a total of $69,800, and local reinsman Stephen Byron will steer a colt in each split. The Thornton resident will guide Awsomedabra from Post 4 in the first division, Aussie Lover from Post 7 in the second and Dimante Vic from Post 2 in the third. "Everybody is just learning and green, but they qualified well by their lines so that's kind of good," said Byron of his novice mounts. Awsomedabra, a Kadabra colt owned by trainer Gary Lance of Port Perry, heads into Sunday's test off a pair of steady qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park and while Sunday will be Byron's first opportunity to drive the colt he has seen him in action on several occasions. "He's had him over Georgian training and I've seen him go. He's not a bad looking horse," said Byron of Awsomedabra, who was a $45,000 purchase at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. "I kind of think they're quite high on him, they like him. "The other horse I am driving of Gino Cicero's, that Aussie Lover, he's been over here and I've schooled him a few times and then he raced here last week which will sure help his chances I think, just because he's used to the place," Byron added. Melancthon resident Cicero owns and trains Angus Hall colt Aussie Lover, who was a $20,000 acquisition from the London Selected Yearling Sale. The colt finished fifth in his June 30 racing debut at Georgian Downs, trotting his own mile in 2:04.3. Aussie Lover also has a third-place finish in a June 22 qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park under his belt. Like Byron's other two mounts, Dimante Vic has been behind the starting gate twice, qualifying at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 28 and July 2 for trainer John Bax of Campbellville and breeder Dave Hudson of Dallas, Texas. "They say he's good and steady too. I think he's hoping that he progresses in the speed department, but they say he just trots all the time," said Byron of the Muscle Mass colt. Byron, who currently sits eleventh in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver's standings, will appear in six of the 10 races on Sunday's program, steering five trotters and two pacers. "I've always enjoyed the trotters for some reason," said the horseman. "A good pacer is a nice thing to have too, but a good trotter is a nice animal, that's for sure." Sunday's program gets under way at 6 pm and the freshman trotting colts will make their provincial debuts in Races 5, 7 and 9. Complete entries for the event can be found here. In addition to Sunday's season opener, Georgian Downs will host two additional Grassroots events this summer, along with three Gold Series legs. A complete schedule is below and can also be found here. Ontario Racing Georgian Downs Race Date Post Time Age/Sex/Gait Race Type           Sunday, July 7 6:00 pm 2-year-old Colt Trot Grassroots Series           Sunday, July 14 6:00 pm 2-year-old Filly Trot Grassroots Series           Tuesday, July 16 7:15 pm 3-year-old Filly Trot Grassroots Series           Tuesday, July 23 7:15 pm 2-year-old Colt Trot Gold Leg           Tuesday, August 13 7:15 pm 3-year-old Filly Trot Gold Leg           Sunday, August 18 6:00 pm 3-year-old Colt Pace Gold Leg                                

MILTON, JULY 4, 2019 - The Ontario Sires Stakes two-year-old season got under way on Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a pair of $108,000 Gold Series divisions for the freshman trotting colts, and harness racing driver Bob McClure was in the race bike of both winners. "Those are two nice colts right there," said McClure of young trotters Threefiftytwo and Port Perry. Making his first appearance at the helm of Threefiftytwo, McClure moved the colt smartly away from Post 8 in the first division and was on top just after the :29.3 opening quarter. Tuckers Out soon moved to the front, followed by Built Strong, which put Threefiftytwo in third as the field reached the 1:00 half. Fans who had selected Threefiftytwo had a moment of worry as a parade of rivals rolled up the outer lane heading into the final turn, but McClure was able to slide the colt out before the 1:29.1 three-quarters and once Threefiftytwo had an open look at the wire, the young trotter found a big gear and was able to reel in fan favourite Crossfit Mouse by a head. A pair of sharp last quarters - :27 and :27.1 - saw Threefiftytwo and Crossfit Mouse hit the wire in 1:56.3, four lengths ahead of third-place finisher Built Strong. "He left out good and cleared to the front and let one go and then let two go, and then all of a sudden he was sitting pretty well fourth over, and that's a horrible spot to be," said McClure. "He made up for it, so he was really impressive." Threefiftytwo McClure drove Threefiftytwo to the win for trainer George Ducharme of Norfolk, MA and his co-owner Michelle Larson of Rochester, MA. A homebred out of Royalty For Life and Four Damsals, Threefiftytwo was making his first start in Ontario after doing his qualifying at Vernon Downs in New York, where he was a 1:58.3 winner on June 28. Threefiftytwo "I talked to George before we went out just quick. He told me that the colt hadn't done anything wrong, he was pretty high on him, and looking at him in the paddock, I mean he's a very impressive looking horse," said McClure of his introduction to Threefiftytwo. "He's flashy, got an athletic build, he's tall, he's real nice to look at and his qualifiers looked pretty good. "George told me he was having slight hiccups with the gate, but he's done a good job because he was over it, he was perfect tonight," the Elora resident added. Unlike Threefiftytwo, McClure was very familiar with his mount in the second Gold division. The reinsman had piloted Port Perry in two qualifying starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park and several schooling miles for trainer Luc Blais and was hopeful the lanky youngster could hold his own in top class company. Starting from Post 2 McClure settled Port Perry into fifth as Hetalkstoangels led the field to a :29 quarter. Fan favourite Magics Wizard took over top spot and reached the half in :59.3, where McClure tipped Port Perry off the rail and started up the outer lane. Heading into the last turn Kenogami Coco and driver Trevor Henry moved off the rail and provided cover for McClure and Port Perry, putting them just three lengths back at the 1:29.1 three-quarters. Squaring up in the stretch McClure simply pointed Port Perry at the wire and the big colt accelerated away from the field with every stride, reaching the wire four and one-half lengths the best in 1:57.3. Blue Cupertino also closed hard to be second, with Hetalkstoangels completing the top three. Port Perry                                                                                             --New Image media "I always liked him. He was always really professional, but he's big, he's very, very big, a big, strong, thick horse. If you looked at him in the stall, you'd say, 'There's no way he's going to be a good two-year-old, he'll probably be a nice three-year-old,'" said McClure. "And he is built like he's going to be a better three-year-old, but if he stays sound this year he's got a wicked engine. The big thing about him is how strong he is. He's the type that could really overpower a field." Campbellville resident Blais conditions the son of Kadabra and former Gold Series winner Danica Hall for Determination of Montreal, QC. Danica Hall's third foal, Port Perry was an $85,000 acquisition from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. McClure started driving the Blais-trained, Determination-owned totters last spring and the partnership has proven fruitful; Forbidden Trade was the top two-year-old trotting colt last season and with one freshman event complete they appear to have another strong contender for the role in 2019. "I really enjoy it," said McClure. "And Luc - I mean we've got really nice horses to work with, Serge Godin, he buys some really nice horses - but he does a good job maintaining them and I just try to do my part." Port Perry Threefiftytwo and Port Perry will make their second Gold Series start on July 23 over the Georgian Downs oval in Innisfil, ON, where McClure will hope they once again draw into different divisions. Two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park this weekend as the Milton oval welcomes the pacing colts for Grassroots action on Friday night and Gold Series action Saturday. The Grassroots colts will compete in Races 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8 on Friday's program, which gets under way at 7:50 pm. The Gold colts will battle in Races 5 and 8 on Saturday, with the first race going postward at 7:10 pm. Complete results for Thursday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0704wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

ELORA, JULY 3, 2019 - Grand River Raceway fans were treated to a trio of impressive harness racing performances by Ontario's top three-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday night, starting with a commanding track record effort by Bright Eyes M in the first $73,066 Gold Series division. Driver Stephen Byron pointed Bright Eyes M at the front from Post 3 and, after hopping over a few shadows on the ground, the pair took command heading by the :28.1 opening quarter. Once they reached the front Byron and Bright Eyes M simply extended their lead with every stride; it was one and one-half lengths at the :57.4 half, three lengths at the 1:26.3 three-quarters, five lengths at the top of the stretch and seven and one-quarter lengths at the 1:55.4 finish. Haveoneforme and HP Bruxelles finished second and third behind the fan favourite. The 1:55.4 clocking shaved one-fifth of a second off the former track record of 1:56, set by On A Sunny Day in a 2017 Gold Series event. "I was not sure how things would go, but she was impressive," said trainer John Bax, who conditions the Kadabra daughter for Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY. There was a moment in the first turn where Bax thought things were not going to turn out well as Bright Eyes M jumped over shadows on the racetrack. After she crossed the finish line racing officials reviewed the filly's path around the first turn to ensure that she had not caused interference to the other competitors, eventually determining that there was no violation. "A horse, I suppose, that wasn't good gaited would have run, but she just, you could see her head drop and her ears went up and she winged over it," said Campbellville, ON resident Bax. "She did it a couple times." Her second straight win in Gold Series action gives Bright Eyes M sole possession of top spot in the three-year-old trotting filly standings with 100 points, 25 ahead of rival Haveoneforme. The second division saw Teddys Littleangel return to the Gold Series winner's circle with a front-end effort from Post 4 that saw her battle to a neck victory over Mattys Smilin, stopping the teletimer at 1:57.4. Angelic Speed was seven lengths behind the duelling leaders in third. A two-time Gold Series winner last season, Archangel daughter Teddys Littleangel had been winless through six starts heading into Wednesday's test. Doug McNair of Guelph crafted the win for trainer Ted MacDonnell of Allenford and owner-breeder Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke. The final $73,866 division saw last year's Super Final champion HP Titania Runner find her way back to the winner's circle after a frustrating start to the sophomore campaign. Starting from the trailing Post 9, driver Louis-Philippe Roy charted a come-from-behind path for the filly, sitting sixth at the :28.3 quarter, moving up the outer lane into fourth by the :59.2 half and circling out three-wide to get within striking distance of pacesetter and fan favourite Angies Luckeylady by the 1:28.1 three-quarters. As HP Titania Runner threatened, Angies Luckeylady went off stride, allowing the reigning champ to trot home to a one and one-half length win in 1:57.2. Pocket-sitter Sams Arsenal was second and Blue Magic completed the top three. "She's got a little more aggressive, earlier in the season, than she was last year, and that didn't help her with a few breaking issues she had," said driver Louis-Philippe Roy about HP Titania Runner's early season woes, which saw her make a break in the June 3 Gold Series event. "Tonight she was trotting solid. Rene Bourassa and his team did a great job on her; I just had to wait until the good moment to move her." Guelph resident Roy crafted the win for trainer Rene Bourassa of Fergus, ON and owner-breeders Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, QC. Her connections will be hoping HP Titania Runner delivers another solid effort when the three-year-old trotting fillies gather at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 18 for their third Gold Series event. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, July 24 with the second Gold Series event for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Complete results for Wednesday's program can be found at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0703grvrn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Par www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, July 1, 2019 - Trotters provided fireworks of a different kind on Monday's Canada Day card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A trio of sub-1:52 trotting miles stole the show on the 10-race card, including a pair from harness racing trainer Ben Baillargeon. Four-year-old Run Director returned to Mohawk Park to capture the $34,000 Preferred Trot in a career-best 1:51.2. The Baillargeon trainee was one for three on the season and coming in off a fourth-place finish in a leg of the Graduate at The Meadowlands. Hemi Seelster cut the mile and opened a lead of 3 ½ lengths with a :27.3 third-quarter to reach the marker in 1:22.4. Run Director and Sylvain Filion got away fourth, avoided a second-quarter breaker and moved to the outside into second at three-quarters. In the stretch, Hemi Seelster drifted out badly to hurt his chances at maintaining the lead. Run Director trotted home straight with a :28 final-quarter to win by three-quarters of a length over O Narutac Perfetto. Hemi Seelster finished third, while Dancer Hall was fourth. A homebred for Tom and Elizabeth Rankin, Run Director's career-best performance gives him eight wins and bumps his career earnings to $469,505. The Baillargeon trainee was last year's Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final champion. Run Director paid $3.20 to win. The fastest trotting mile of the evening came from Baillargeon trainee Royal Witch in the $22,000 fourth-race. A five-year-old mare, Royal Witch and driver Trevor Henry stormed out to the lead and never looked back to win in a career-best 1:51, equaling Canada's third-fastest trotting mile ever by a mare. The daughter of Kadabra posted fractions of :27.1, :55.1 and 1:22.4 to lead by just over four-lengths turning for home. A :28.1 final-quarter completed the lifetime best mile for a victory of 2 ¼ lengths. Royal Witch is also owned by Tom and Elizabeth Rankin and now has two wins in five starts this season to bring her career numbers to 13 wins and $252,863 earned. The clocking of 1:51 would've matched the Track Record a month ago, but that mark has recently been broken twice by Hannelore Hanover (1:50.3) and most recently Atlanta (1:50.2). Royal Witch paid $6.70 to win. Four-year-old Treasured Tee set the tone for the evening by trotting to a career-best 1:51.3 victory in the $20,000 first-race. The John Cecchin trained son of Yankee Glide was also driven by Henry, who owns the trotter, and rallied from fourth at three-quarters to win by three-quarters of a length over four-year-old mare Kadabra Queen. Treasured Tee had just one win in seven starts this season entering Monday and now sports career numbers of seven-wins and $110,596 earned. He paid $21.80 to win. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

DRESDEN, JULY 1, 2019 - Dresden Raceway fans were treated to a beautiful afternoon of harness racing on Canada Day, highlighted by four divisions of three-year-old trotting fillies battling for a total of $89,100 in Grassroots purse money. Kicking off the event in the first Grassroots division was fan favourite Splurge On Me, who powered straight to the front from Post 2 and never looked back. In rein to Trevor Henry, the filly rang up fractions of :30.4, 1:03.2 and 1:35.2 on her way to a three and three-quarter length victory in 2:03.2. Angel Status finished second, just ahead of Royaltys Pearl. The win was Splurge On Me's first of the season in Grassroots action, but it extended her win streak to four races. After a third-place result in the June 4 Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park, trainer Bob McIntosh made an equipment change that returned the filly to the winning form she had demonstrated at two. "I was disappointed with her at first, because she trained good all winter and spring," explained McIntosh. "I'd been racing her in an open bridle, but I just said to her groom Gabby one day, let's throw a big pair of cheek rolls on her, and that's what just changed her around, was something so simple - so far, so good." Windsor, ON resident McIntosh bred and owns Splurge On Me in partnership with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. A daughter of Kadabra and broodmare Urge To Splurge, Splurge On Me started her sophomore season competing against the province's top fillies in the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association Stake, but McIntosh said the partners are content to keep her at the Grassroots level for the remainder of the summer. "She's not quite good enough (for the Gold Series), I don't think. I'd rather be a big fish in a small pond," said the Hall of Fame horseman. "She's brave right now, and that's good. I wouldn't say it would never happen, but for right now I plan on keeping her on her schedule." Paul Walker won the second Grassroots division, using a front-end trip to guide Magically Hip to her first lifetime win in 2:01.3. Victoriahasasecret closed hard in the stretch, but finished a head back in second and Latte Datte was three lengths behind the leaders in third. Walker trains and drives Angus Hall filly Magically Hip for owner-breeders Oaklea Farm Inc. of Simcoe, ON. In the third $22,450 Grassroots division trainer-driver Per Henriksen also sent Checkmate Titan to the front and although they faced a sustained mid-race challenge from Kashe, Checkmate Titan found an extra gear in the stretch and opened up a seven length margin on her rival, hitting the wire in 2:00.3. Kashe settled for second and Warrawee UItra completed the top three. "Two minutes here at this track is pretty good," noted Henriksen. "I changed equipment on her a little bit last time (June 21) because she had a tendency to get a little bit hot and she didn't take to that so she made a break leaving, but today everything worked perfect, she won fairly handy." Henriksen trains the E L Titan daughter for Harbor Racing Stable LLC of Aurora and Asa Farm of Norwood, ON. Monday marked the filly's debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes program and Henriksen expects her to continue to improve as she gains more racing experience. "She'll be okay as she goes on," said the Norwood resident. "She'll keep on racing in the Grassroots. I don't think she's Gold filly, not yet. She might never be, but she'll be all right in the Grassroots, especially on the half-mile tracks because she can leave like a hobbled pacer." The last Grassroots division went to P L Molly who, in spite of spending the last quarter three-wide, reeled in pacesetter Giving It All and pocket-sitter Witches N Angels in the stretch. The Royalty For Life daughter and trainer-driver Matt Dupuis stopped the teletimer at 2:01.4, a head in front of Witches N Angels. Giving It All settled for third, two lengths behind the duelling leaders. It was the first win of the season for P L Molly, who is owned by breeders Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their third Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on July 16. In addition to the Ontario Sires Stakes, Dresden Raceway also played host to two splits of the second leg of the Mark Austin Pacing Series. The first division saw Premier Rockstar and driver Ryan Holliday get a neck in front of fan favourite Toxic Hanover at the 1:58 finish. Racebytheseaside was seven lengths back in third. Bob Young trains Premier Rockstar for Premier And Associates FA of Howell, MI. The second Mark Austin division saw Dali colt Nagle cruise to a seven length victory in 1:58.2 for trainer-driver Keith Jones. Township Willy finished second and Mach Art In Motion was third. Jones conditions Nagle for Jody Simmons of London, ON. Complete results for Monday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0701dresn.dat. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

JUNE 27, 2019 - Driver James MacDonald and trainer Shawn Steacy teamed up for two wins and two seconds in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday night. The duo kicked off the Grassroots program in the fourth race with fan favourite Moonshine Kisses, who took command of the race before the halfway marker and powered home a five length winner in 1:50. Balder Son closed well to finish second and pocket-sitter Silver Beast was third. "I was really pleased with his effort because I think he's got a great attitude. His attitude has come a long way from last year and that's what's made him a better horse. He's more focused, he's more willing to put in a full effort," said Steacy. "And 1:50 was a real big mile. I think that's the fastest Sunshine Beach there is now, if I'm not mistaken." Steacy shares ownership of the Sunshine Beach colt with his mother Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and Diane Bertrand and Robert Gilhespy of Edmonton, AB. The win was Moonshine Beach's third of the season and, added to his runner-up finish in the May 19 Grassroots opener, gives him a total of 75 points and a share of second-place in the division standings. Guelph, ON residents MacDonald and Steacy were back in the winner's circle one race later with OK Kudo, who reeled off a :27 last quarter to score his first lifetime win in 1:52. Dreamfair Moxy was one-half length back in second and Missile Seelster was one more length back in third. "OK Kudo I was really happy with. He's been waiting to win, he's about three weeks overdue that horse," said the trainer. "So many times I thought tonight was his night, tonight was night, and he'd let me down. Tonight he just had to prove that he could do it." Another son of Sunshine Beach, OK Kudo had recorded one second, two thirds and two fourths in overnight action and a seventh in the Grassroots season opener since making his sophomore debut in early May. Breeder Oak Knoll Stables of Campbellcroft, ON and Stephen Downey of Quispamsis, NB share ownership of the colt. Steacy and MacDonald's other two Grassroots starters, also sons of Sunshine Beach, finished second in their divisions. Phils Sun battled Sportsline down the stretch, but was unable to reel in the heavy favourite. Sportsline stopped the Woodbine Mohawk Park teletimer at 1:50.3, reaching the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Phils Sun, with Jay Eye Em another length back in third. Trevor Henry piloted Sportsline to his eighth win in nine sophomore starts for trainer Jim Watt of Clinton and his co-owner Harry Parrott of Goderich, ON. With two wins in Grassroots action the Sportswriter son currently shares top spot in the division standings with 100 points. "Phils Sun, he raced a huge mile and only got tired in the last couple steps and got beat by a horse that's, in my mind, a super horse for a Grassroots horse," said Steacy of Sportsline. In the last division fans sent MacDonald and Priceless Beach off as the top choice, but the pair was unable to catch pacesetter The Regulator in the stretch. After moving to the front at the :54.1 half, The Regulator reeled off a 1:22.1 three-quarters and then sprinted home to a 1:49.4 victory. Priceless Beach was two and three-quarter lengths behind in second, one-half length ahead of third-place finisher Better Moonon Over. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry picked up his second Grassroots win aboard The Regulator, steering the Bettors Delight son to victory for trainer Victor Puddy of Mountain, Dale Towle of Leamington and Michael Horwood of Tecumseh, ON. The win was the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for The Regulator, who dropped down from the Gold Series level for Thursday's test. "Sportsline's a nice colt. He's got a quick turn of foot. Jim just has to figure out how to stop him from drifting in the stretch. The Regulator is just a nice colt. I can't believe he paid as much as he did his first time in the Grassroots," said Henry of his winning mounts. The other $23,850 Grassroots division went to Sugartown, who also recorded a personal best with his 1:51.2 victory. Sugartown finished three-quarters of a length ahead of fan favourite Cliffhanger and that much more ahead of third-place finisher Carlisimo. Doug McNair piloted Sugartown to his second straight Grassroots win for trainer Richard Moreau and owner W J Donovan of Delray Beach, FL. With two Grassroots wins under his belt, the Sportswriter son shares top spot in the division standings with Sportsline. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will make their third Grassroots start on August 5 at Grand River Raceway, where MacDonald and Steacy will attempt to replicate Thursday's success. "We had a real good night," said Steacy. "We can always think about Golds maybe later on with some of them, but they seem to be very comfortable where they are, so we'll probably just race some overnights and prepare for the next one." The Gold Series three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will square off in their second event on Saturday, June 29 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $159,600 Gold division is slated as Race 5 on Saturday's program, which gets under way at 7:55 pm.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

JUNE 23, 2019 - Ontario's three-year-old trotting colts laid down some impressive miles in Grassroots action on Clinton Raceway's Legends Day program Sunday, capped off by a harness racing track record for Zorgwijk Tim. "He raced good, he got lucky though," said trainer Lyle MacArthur of Zorgwijk Tim's 1:58.1 record-setting effort. "He still went in 1:58.1, he went a real good mile, but it looked like he was just going to, probably, get a three and he ended up getting all the marbles so like I said, I like the thought of being lucky rather than good sometimes." After sitting fourth for much of the mile, watching Archway ring up fractions of :29.1, :59.2 and 1:28.3, driver Robert Shepherd had just swung out from behind fan favourite Royale Elite and driver Jonathan Drury when Archway made a break and interfered with pocket-sitter Windsong Pioneer and Royale Elite. Zorgwijk Tim sailed past the leaders and was six and one-quarter lengths ahead of runner-ups Royale Elite and Windsong Pioneer at the wire. "I thought I was maybe going to be third, and it just worked out they hooked up and the next thing I was by them," said Flamborough, ON resident Shepherd. "He's a nice horse to drive and situations like that, it worked out for him because he's so nice to drive and he trots good. He's handy that way. He's a nice little horse, not a real big horse, but he's really good to deal with." The mile was a personal best for Zorgwijk Tim and lowered the former track record for three-year-old trotting colts over the Clinton Raceway half-mile by one and two-fifths of a second. "Going up the backstretch I thought, 'I've got to get out on Jonathan's (Drury) back,' and I went to move him out and I kind of asked him to catch right up to Jonathan and he was struggling a little to get to his back, so I knew they were moving along pretty good," said Shepherd. "Good mile for a trotter over Clinton, especially three-year-olds." It was also something of a redemptive effort for the Angus Hall colt, who made his own break in the June 5 Grassroots season opener at Grand River Raceway and was placed from fifth back to seventh. Linda Wellwood of St. George Brant, Tammy Aspden of Caistor Centre and Anna Ruijs of Ancaster, ON share ownership of Zorwijk Tim, who boosted his sophomore earnings to $34,473 with his first Ontario Sires Stakes win. Before Zorgwijk Tim lowered the track record in the fourth division, Gold Edition matched the former mark with a 1:59.3 effort in the second $22,100 split. Starting from Post 6, driver Alfie Carroll hustled Gold Edition off the starting gate and the pair led the field through fractions of :30, 1:01.3 and 1:31 before sailing home to a one length victory over Encarnacion. Mr Choo was well back in third. "He's a nice horse. I even had him staked a little bit in the open stakes in the fall, but I don't know if he's that kind of horse," said trainer Blair Burgess. "I always thought he was a borderline Gold horse, and now we're racing Grassroots because he likes the half, he really loves the half, as you can see today. He loved Grand River and loved it here. He's handy on the turns; I think he trots the turns even better than the straightaways." The win was Gold Edition's second straight in Grassroots action this season and boosted the E L Titan son's sophomore bank roll to $38,048 for owners Stirling Fisher of Waterloo and Karin Olsson Burgess of Campbellville, ON. Red Hot Torch opened the Legends Day program with a 2:02 score in the first Grassroots division, getting a head in front of pacesetter King For Life. Mackjustice finished well behind the duelling leaders in third. Jonathan Drury piloted Angus Hall son Red Hot Torch to his first lifetime win for trainer Shawn Steacy and owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON. Debt Collector went gate-to-wire in the third Grassroots division, hanging on for a half-length 2:01.3 victory over Titan M Up and Justice For Narnia. Travis Henry engineered the Holiday Road gelding's third straight win for trainer Keith Jones and owner Douglas McCarthy of Holland Landing, ON. Raising Royalty earned his second Grassroots win, and fifth in six sophomore starts, with a 2:01 effort in the last division. The Royalty For Life son and driver Sylvain Filion controlled the pace from start to finish and sailed under the wire two and one-quarter lengths ahead of favourite LA Magic and The Great Farini. Stephen Bossence conditions Raising Royalty for Stephen Palermo of Etobicoke, ON. One race later the large crowd gathered along the rail for the Legends Day Trot and was treated to a thrilling finish by Hall of Fame drivers David Miller, Doug Brown, Trevor Ritchie, Steve Condren, Wally Hennessey, Dave Wall and Ron Waples. Miller and Dominum Deo would emerge the winners, getting a neck in front of Brown and Azucar with a 1:59.3 effort. Ritchie and Lets Leavem were just one-half length back in third. A large and enthusiastic crowd watches the Legends Day Trot at Clinton Raceway (AG Photography) Miller, making his second appearance at the biennial fundraiser for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation, engineered the victory for trainer Mary Paulic and owner Allan Kuepfer of Newton, ON. The three-year-old trotting colts will make their third Grassroots start Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 21, while Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Clinton Raceway on Sunday, August 11 with Grassroots action for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Complete results for Sunday's program can be found at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0623clntnn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

JUNE 22, 2019 - A beautiful summer night greeted the three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday as they assembled at Woodbine Mohawk Park for their second Gold Series harness racing event, and the clear skies and fast track resulted in a record setting performance by division leader Boadicea. Starting from Post 6 in the second $106,400 Gold Series division, driver Jonathan Drury opted to send Boadicea after the lead early and the filly reached the front just before the :26.3 opening quarter. From there Boadicea simply kept on rolling, pacing to a :54.2 half and 1:21.4 three-quarters before accelerating down the stretch to the 1:49 victory. Pocket-sitter Sunny Dee finished two and one-half lengths back in second, followed across the wire by Premier Cabernet. "She is a wonderful filly. She's just got better every start," said trainer Bill Budd. "I figured she'd pace in 1:50 tonight, but 1:49 is even better." Boadicea's 1:49 clocking took four-fifths of a second off the former Ontario Sires Stakes record of 1:49.4 set by Kendall Seelster in Gold Series action at the Campbellville oval last summer. With three more Gold Series events and the season-ending Super Final on the filly's schedule, Budd said he would not be surprised if Boadicea goes even faster before her sophomore season comes to a close. "She is a big filly and the farther they go, the better she is. That's the way you want it," said the Waterdown, ON resident. "(There's) another gear there still. I think so." Budd trains the daughter of Big Jim and Rose Seelster for owner-breeders Charles and Gordon Lawrence of Blenheim, ON, who were on hand to see the filly record her second Gold Series and fourth straight victory. With the next event slated for July 27 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Budd said Boadicea will enjoy a week off before getting ready for a prep race one week prior to the Gold event, the same schedule that she followed after her June 1 Gold win. "We just gave her a week off; I'll give her another one now. She really likes that. Keep her fresh," said Budd. "I'll give her 10 days or a week off; long summer." Also heading for a well-deserved break is Powerful Chris, who cruised to a three length victory in the first $107,200 Gold division. The fan favourite took control just past the :54.3 half and romped home to a 1:50.2 score over Lovely Donna and Ideation Hanover. Bob McClure crafted the victory for trainer John Pentland of Dorchester and his co-owners Jack Darling Stables Ltd. of Cambridge and Syllabus Stable of Georgetown, ON, and the Elora resident said the Betterthancheddar daughter was on cruise control. "She was very good. She's come back a very nice filly," said the reinsman. "She can leave, she'll sit, she's two fingers to drive, I couldn't be happier with her." The win was the first of the season for Powerful Chris, who finished third by a neck in the $454,000 Fan Hanover final at Woodbine Mohawk Park last Saturday. That effort, and her fifth-place result in the June 8 Fan Hanover elimination, seem to have boosted the filly's confidence in the speed and ability that earned her three Ontario Sires Stakes wins as a two-year-old. "I think that (Fan Hanover) and the elim - in the elim her last quarter was big (:25.2) - I think she's finding another gear and learning to carry it," noted McClure. Powerful Chris finished second to Boadicea in the June 1 Gold Series season opener, and currently shares second spot in the point standings with Sunny Dee. While the fillies enjoy their break, the three-year-old trotting colts will arrive at Woodbine Mohawk Park for their second Gold Series event on Monday, June 24. The evening's first race goes in behind the gate at 7:10 pm and the trotting colts will square off in Races 3 and 6. Complete results for Saturday night's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0622wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

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