July 27, 2016

Misleading Poll Results In New Jersey

July 26, 2016 – The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) discovered some interesting facts about the results of a poll released earlier this month that suggested the majority of people are against a referendum on casino expansion in New Jersey.

The poll results, released on July 11 from Fairleigh Dickinson University, were very one-sided portraying that only 35 per cent of those polled were in favour of casino expansion while 57 per cent opposed.

After receiving a copy of the polling result tabulations, SBOANJ Executive Administrator Al Ochsner, reviewed the survey report and concluded the following;

 

    • The negative response to casino expansion in the July 11, 2016 survey can be attributed to the fact that 76 per cent (541) of the sample participants knew “just a little” or “nothing at all” about the proposed amendment to the state’s constitution while 24 per cent (171) responded that they “knew a lot” or “some” about the proposed amendment.

 

    • Based on the fact that there was very little knowledge about the casino amendment, you can assume that this contributed to the low number 35 per cent (249) of those supporting the amendment while 57 per cent (406) were against it.

 

 

    • An interesting cross tabulation of the data would be evaluating those respondents who were knowledgeable of the proposed amendment 24 per cent (171) versus those who were not 76 per cent (541). This would help make a determination as to how to proceed with increasing the public awareness of the amendment.

 

 

The SBOANJ also reached out to an outside market research company to evaluate the survey results. Their findings can be found at this link: NVK Qualitative Research LLC, Poll Results.

To obtain a copy of the complete Fairleigh Dickinson’s report visit the Fairleigh Dickinson Public Mind Poll website.

For more information or any questions you have on the poll or referendum please call the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357.

(with files from SBOANJ)

O’Sullivan Squad Set For Battle

July 24, 2016 - On the heels of a career milestone, trainer Tony O’Sullivan will look to add to those numbers with a pair of freshmen colts in Monday’s Battle of Waterloo eliminations at Grand River Raceway.

O’Sullivan hit 1,000 training wins on Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack when Sylvain Filion guided Mayhem Seelster to victory.

“You never think about that stuff but then, a couple of months ago, I was looking at the year and I saw I was at 970 or 980 and I thought ‘you know, we’re getting pretty close’ and the last couple of weeks I’ve known that we were real close. It’s pretty cool.”

Those 1,000 wins have come all over North America, with stakes victories at virtually every major track in operation. While he’s got a Battle of the Belles trophy at home, one stakes race that has eluded him is the Battle of Waterloo.

O’Sullivan sends Calvin K, a son of Classic Card Shark from the Matts Scooter mare Road To Pandalay, in the first elimination, and Happy Trio, a son of Mach Three from The Panderosa mare Village Jovial, in the second elimination. Calvin K will start from post eight, while Happy Trio starts from post one.

“Having the rail’s great,” O’Sullivan said on Happy Trio. “It definitely helps on a half-mile track. With Calvin K, Jody [Jamieson] will have to find a way to get him into the race. But, he’ll be one of the favorites, and Jody’s a good driver, so I’m sure he’ll have him in a good spot.”

Calvin K, owned by Winbak Farms, races as the 5-2 second choice on the morning line.

“Winbak Farms bred him, and they didn’t run him through the sale,” O’Sullivan said on Calvin K. “I trained with Winbak maybe four or five years ago, and they called to ask if I wanted to train a two-year-old for them. That’s how I got him.

“He has an extremely-quick turn of foot,” O’Sullivan also said. “He can accelerate very easily.”

Happy Trio, owned by Domenic Chiarivalle, Lorne Keller, and O’Sullivan Racing Inc., races as the 7-5 morning-line favourite.

“He’s a very strong, athletic looking colt,” O’Sullivan said. “His pedigree was okay, but I really liked his body and the way he held himself.

“He’s a real fighter,” O’Sullivan also said. “He wants to win. Even when he won the other night [in an OSS Gold Division], he was going to do whatever it took to win. That’s how he’s been ever since we got him down to 2:20 when training over the winter. The lights went on, and he gave the impression that, in the heat of battle, he’ll give whatever he has.”

O’Sullivan said both pacers are coming into the eliminations from the second round of Ontario Sires Stakes, where Happy Trio won and Calvin K finished fourth.

“Calvin K had a bit of a rough trip,” O’Sullivan said. “He drew a bad post and had a little bit of traffic trouble, but before that he won the first round of the [OSS] Golds, so both are coming into the eliminations in good shape.

“We got Calvin K about five weeks before he qualified, but they’ve been training together lately so they could be at the same point,” O’Sullivan also said. “They’re different horses, but you can tell both have plenty of talent and speed.”

After starting up a satellite stable in the U.S. a few years back, O’Sullivan has now concentrated his efforts solely on one base in Ontario.

“We got down in numbers in New Jersey,” O’Sullivan said on shifting his stable to Ontario. “A couple of my overnight horses went to other trainers. I didn’t have the racehorses that I used to have, so it wasn’t economically viable to keep the operation going.

“I really want to try and build my Ontario barn up again,” O’Sullivan also said. “So between that, and wanting to focus on younger horses, it was actually really good timing for me.”

A focus on the training side of the industry has definitely paid off for the native of New Zealand, who has been in North America for 20 years.

“When I first came over, I was nineteen-years-old. I wanted to drive and do whatever I could, and then, when I came up to Canada, I drove for a bit and did okay. But I realized pretty quickly, if I didn’t have a big stable behind me, it was going to be a bit of a struggle,” O’Sullivan said on his transition into training. “I took a training job with Mark Harder, and ran his operation for three years. Then, ten-and-a-half years ago, I opened my own operation, and I don’t think you can do both.”

To view the entries for Monday’s card at Grand River, click the following link: Monday Entries – Grand River Raceway.

(A Trot Insider Exclusive by Ray Cotolo)

(Standardbred Canada)

Another Trophy For Betting Line

July 23, 2016 - Reigning division and North America Cup champion Betting Line captured his sixth straight victory in the second of two $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening (July 23).

Starting from post eight in a skirmish that also featured the number one and two point earners in the three-year-old pacing colt division, Magnum J and Sintra, Betting Lineeased away from the starting gate and watched from sixth as Magnum J and Arsenic duelled to a :26.3 opening quarter. Magnum J was still in control at the :55.2 half, but Semi Automatic, Sintra and Betting Line had shifted into the outer lane and were threatening by the 1:22.1 three-quarters.

Rolling off the turn, driver Jonathan Drury of Guelph, Ont. shifted Betting Line into overdrive and, in spite of a few wonky steps, the colt laid down a :26.4 final quarter to claim his sixth straight victory and second straight in Gold Series action. Sintra was three lengths back in second and Magnum J held on for third in the 1:50 mile.

“We’re not exactly sure what he did just quite yet,” said trainer Casie Coleman of Betting Line’s awkward stretch drive. “JD [Drury] said he couldn’t have felt any better, he was just jogging, and he never spoke to him, just sitting there on him like a passenger and all of a sudden he just got all out of gear.

“We don’t see anything on the track, and I don’t see any marks on him where he touched himself or nothing, and JD said once he gathered him out of it, he was perfect and pulled up good,” Coleman continued. “It’s kind of a head scratcher for us, but he has had a tendency in the past, when he gets all by himself alone on the front, he just kind of looks at stuff — that’s why he wears that big shadow roll — but every once in a while he sees something. He did do it right at the wire in the Somebeachsomewhere, not near as bad as that tonight, but yeah, I wish we could, obviously, 110 per cent correct whatever that problem is, but we really don’t know.”

Overall, Coleman was very pleased with the way Betting Line raced in his first start since having a splint treated in early July.

“I was really, really happy with the way he was steering tonight,” said the Cambridge, Ont. resident, who shares ownership of Betting Line with Ross Warriner of Burlington, Ont., Christine Calhoun of Chatham, Ont., and Mac Nichol of Burlington, Ont. “That splint actually took me almost two weeks before I could even train him.”

The son of Bettors Delight and Heathers Western will enjoy one more week of relative leisure before his schedule shifts into high gear. Following the fourth Gold Series leg at Georgian Downs on August 7, Betting Line heads to Northfield Park for the August 13 Carl Milstein Memorial, followed by the Battle of Brandywine at Pocono Downs on August 20. The final Gold leg goes postward September 7 at Mohawk and the Campbellville oval also hosts the Simcoe Stakes on September 10, before Betting Line heads back to the U.S.A. for the Little Brown Jug on September 22.

“He gets pretty busy now, so I was glad to be able to give him a little bit of a break, in this little gap,” said Coleman of the winner of $1,224,922. “He needed that time.”

Betting Line will be joined in the Carl Milstein Memorial by his Ontario rival Sintra, who has also been invited to the August 13 event.

“Instead of being a ‘paid into’ event, this year it’s an invitational and Sintra’s been invited to that, so that’s going to fit pretty big on his radar,” said trainer Dave Menary of the Mach Three colt he owns in partnership with Brad Gray of Dundas, Ont. and Michael Guerriero of Brampton, Ont.

While Sintra settled for his second runner-up finish behind Betting Line, his stablemateNvestment Bluechip took home the Gold Series trophy from the first division.

Starting from post five, driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, Ont. fired Nvestment Bluechip off the gate and reached the opening quarter in :26.3. The pair then settled in behind fan favourite Gerries Sport, who led the field to a :55 half and 1:23.3 three-quarters. Jamieson tipped Nvestment Bluechip out as the colts turned for home and the Shadow Play son was able to reel in the favourite and grab his first win of the season in a personal-best equalling 1:51.1. Gerries Sport finished a neck back in second and Nocturnal Bluechip was three-quarters of a length back in third.

“Tonight’s, I think, a pick me up for the horse and our ownership group, and Jody and I,” said Menary. “I mean he was supposed to be the star of the barn this year, where Sintra’s had the limelight so far.

“He come back so good, and maybe he got thrown to the wolves a little bit early,” added the trainer. “He was in pretty tough, and he had the odd bad post, and nothing really lined up, but the money’s in the bank, he’s a good horse and hopefully this is a step in the right direction, that he’s turned the corner.”

The win was the first in seven sophomore starts for Nvestment Bluechip, who won four of 11 outings at two, including three Gold legs and his Champlain Stakes division, in addition to finishing second in the Super Final and third in the Breeders Crown.

“He was just a good horse, he just did it week-in-week-out. He did it on the five-eighths, seven-eighths, he did it in the pocket, off the pace, locked in, on the front end,” said Menary. “Now, there’s so many good horses. When you’re two, you’re able to win a little bit slower, you can get by with a few flaws and little bit of bad luck, but when you’re three, they can all go so fast, there’s so many good horses, you can’t get by with bad luck or flaws.”

Cambridge, Ont. resident Menary shares ownership of Nvestment Bluechip with Michael Guerriero of Brampton, Ont., Denis Breton of Welland, Ont. and Thomas Kyron of Toronto. Saturday’s win boosted the colt’s lifetime earnings to $452,303 and he will be looking to pad that total further when the three-year-old pacing colt titans gather for the fourth time on August 7 at Georgian Downs.

It may have taken a little longer than expected, but State Treasurer scored his first win of 2016 in style on Saturday night at Mohawk. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee captured the $34,000 Preferred Pace in 1:48.4 over six rivals.

Driven by Chris Christoforou, State Treasurer got away fourth and was sent towards the front in the second quarter. The Moore trainee was used hard, as he cleared Nickle Bag, who posted an opening quarter of :26, for the lead at the half in :53.3. Despite the tough second quarter, State Treasurer continued to power along around the final turn and paced a :27.3 third quarter to reach the third station in 1:21.1. In the stretch, State Treasurer was asked to dig in and the seven-year-old responded by holding off a late push from the gritty Nickle Bag to win by half a length in 1:48.4. American Virgin finished third, while the other Moore trainee, Rockin In Heaven, was fourth.

State Treasurer entered Saturday’s contest winless in nine starts this season after winning nine of 19 and almost a $1 million last season en route to being named the Canadian Horse of the Year.

The son of Real Desire now has 31 career wins and $2,022,430 earned over the course of his career for owners Sally MacDonald of Souris, P.E.I. and Paul MacDonald of Toronto.

State Treasurer paid $5.80 to win.

To view Saturday’s harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results – Mohawk Racetrack.

(With files from OSS and WEG)

(Standardbred Canada)

Noone To Depend On Leads Fillies; O’Sullivan Celebrates Milestone

July 22, 2016 - Six divisions of sophomore pacing fillies battled at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening (July 22) and Noone To Depend On captured her second Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots trophy to retain control of top spot in the division standings.

Starting from post three in the second $18,000 Grassroots division, Noone To Depend On dropped into second behind Twin B Thong and stayed on the pacesetter’s heels through fractions of :26.4, :56.3 and 1:25. Turning for home, driver Jody Jamieson asked Noone To Depend On for another gear and the filly powered by Twin B Thong to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.1. Kays Shadow finished third.

“’Nina,’ as she’s called in the barn, was back to herself tonight,” said driver Jamieson. “She’s a pure and simple ‘trip horse,’ like many are, but she seems to fire every time she gets a good one.

“I’m very happy for my sister,” added the Moffat, Ont. resident, who steers Noone To Depend On for his father, trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, Ont., and sister, Brandy Jamieson of Milton, Ont.

The win was the Santanna Blue Chip daughter’s second in Grassroots action this season and, combined with her third-place finish in the other leg, gives her a total of 112 points and sole ownership of top spot in the division standings.

Pursuing Noone To Depend On in the point race are two fillies who also picked up their second Grassroots trophies on Friday.

Bourbon Seelster kicked things off in the first race with an impressive effort that saw her leave sharply from post nine, lead the charge up the outer lane, circle out three-wide heading by the three-quarters and then hold off a late charge from Bernadette to secure a one-half length victory in 1:53. Southwind Tango was three and one-quarter lengths back in third.

The Camluck filly is a perfect two-for-two in Grassroots action, having skipped the second leg in favour of the July 9 Gold Series event at Mohawk. Bourbon Seelster finished a closing fourth in her Gold division, but trainer Robert Manders and owners Keith and Scott Manders of Watford, Ont. decided a return to the Grassroots program was in order. Friday’s win gives the filly 100 points in the race for a berth in the Grassroots post season.

Also pursuing Noone To Depend On is Forever Liza, who got a confident steer from James MacDonald in the fourth division. Fourth through the early going, MacDonald sent Forever Liza to the front before the halfway marker and then repelled a challenge from fan favourite Westsluckycam at the three-quarters. Once she had disposed of the favourite, Forever Liza powered home to a four-length victory in 1:53. Queenofthejungle and Bad Lightning rounded out the top three.

 

 

“She was very good tonight,” said Guelph, Ont. resident MacDonald. “I moved her to the front and she was a bit green there, but when Jody [Jamieson and Westsluckycam] got up beside her she just took off.

“She is a nice big, strong filly,” added MacDonald, who piloted Forever Liza to the win for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Ont. and owner Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, Que.

Like Noone To Depend On, the Bettors Delight daughter won her division in the Grassroots season opener, and two wins plus the fourth-place result she recorded in the July 11 event give her a total of 108 points.

The fastest mile of the six Grassroots divisions was recorded by Tonightimlovingyou, who went gate-to-wire in 1:52.4 to best Active Lady and Glorious Delight in race five.

“She was good tonight,” said driver Doug McNair of Guelph, Ont. “I think she was going to be second in her last Gold, but she made a break at the three-quarter pole. I was happy we got the win with her tonight.”

A full-sister to $1.5 million winner See You At Peelers, Tonightimlovingyou started her season at the Gold Series level, finishing seventh in the June 4 opener and then making a break and finishing ninth in the July 9 event. Wanting to restore the filly’s confidence, trainer Ciaran Morrison of Harley, Ont. decided a move to the Grassroots level was in order and the decision paid off with the Bettors Delight daughter’s third win of the season.

Christina Takter of East Windsor, New Jersey, John and Jim Fielding of Toronto, Ont., and Goran Falk of Allentown, New Jersey share ownership of Tonightimlovingyou.

The other two divisions also went to first-time Grassroots winners Maxim Seelster andEvangelin Seelster.

Fan favourite Maxim Seelster sprinted down the stretch to post a neck victory over Tahiti Seelster and Top Royal in the fifth division. Milton resident Sylvain Filion engineered the 1:53.2 win for trainer Rene Bourassa of Fergus, Ont. and owner M & S Racing Stable Inc. of Rockwood, Ont. The win was the Big Jim daughter’s second in eight starts and boosted her earnings to $25,200.

The final trophy went home with Evangelin Seelster, who also employed a late rush to get a nose decision over Docs Diva. HP Sissy was two lengths back in third. The 1:53.4 clocking was a personal best for the Camluck daughter, who was driven to victory by Trevor Henry of Arthur, Ont. Andrew McCabe of Guelph-Eramosa, Ont. trains Evangelin Seelster for Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, Ont.

All six of Friday’s winners will be looking to maintain or improve on their position in the division standings when they make their fourth Grassroots start at Mohawk on Aug. 5.

In regular racing action on Friday night, the 2015 Grassroots filly championMayhem Seelster earned the first victory of her sophomore season in an $18,000 conditioned pace to give Puslinch, Ontario-based trainer Tony O’Sullivan his 1,000th career win.

Sylvain Filion drove the Mach Three filly, who followed in sixth through the first three-quarters of a mile before storming home from third over in :27.1 to win by one and a half lengths in 1:51.3 ahead of six-year-old mare Victoria Semalu and sophomore Free Show.

Mayhem Seelster, who is competing in the Gold Series this year, has earned top-three finishes in six of her eight starts for owner Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton, Ont.

O’Sullivan, 40, has been a top trainer on the Woodbine Entertainment Group Circuit since breaking out on his own in 2004. The New Zealand native has sent out the winners of over $1 million in earnings in 12 of 13 full seasons operating his own barn. O’Sullivan has topped $3 million in earnings on four occasions, including last season when his stable had 105 victories. Operating a successful stable on both sides of the border, O’Sullivan’s stable earned over $1.1 million in the United States and over $1.8 million in Canada last season.

O’Sullivan has trained many notables over his career, including Breeders Crown winner Susies Magic, Adios winner Alsace Hanover and Ontario star Love Canal.

This season, O’Sullivan has sent out the winners of 56 races and over $1 million. He currently ranks third in the Mohawk meet trainer standings with 20 wins.

In this week’s $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace, even-money favouriteSandbetweenurtoes and driver Jody Jamieson advanced from fifth in the field of a half-dozen distaffers and took the lead near the 1:23 third quarter mark en route to a 1:50.4 victory. Her fellow Richard Moreau stablemate Ms Mac N Cheese and Filion followed in second after leaving early and being looped by eventual third-place finisher Bedroomconfessions. Bradley Grant of Milton, Ont. owns the winning five-year-old mare by Somebeachsomewhere who has earned close to $650,000 in her career.

On Saturday evening, July 23, the Campbellville oval hosts the third three-year-old pacing colt Gold Series showdown. The colts, including North America Cup winner Betting Line, will battle in races six and eight. Post time for Saturday’s program is 7:30 p.m.

To view Friday’s harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results – Mohawk Racetrack.

(With files from OSS and WEG)

(Standardbred Canada)

Bathe, Scrape, Repeat: Keeping horses cool in hot and humid weather

Dr. Alison Moore’s blog:  July 22, 2016 -

  • Bathing horses is second nature to most in the harness racing business but there are a few things to keep in mind during times of hot and humid weather conditions.
  • When the temperature of the skin and the environmental temperature are equal, horses lose heat by evaporation, BUT when the temperature and humidity are both high, evaporation is inefficient to cool the horse and core body temperatures may become dangerously high.
  • The large muscles required to exercise/race generate a lot of heat also contributing to a rise in core body temperature.
  • Hyperthermia (increased body temperature), if severe, will affect blood flow to the brain and to the intestines leading to behavioural changes (depression, unpredictable behaviour), gait abnormalities and possibly signs of colic and/or diarrhea.
  • Bathing horses with cold water in hot weather will not cause them to tie-up. Horses may tie-up due to losses of fluid and electrolytes in sweat (Standardbreds can lose up to 30L of fluid as sweat associated with exercise), reduced muscle energy stores and muscle damage due to high intramuscular temperatures.

Signs of exertional heat illness (Heat Stress) – a horse may have a few or many of these signs depending on the severity of the condition

  • Hot skin to the touch
  • Rapid breathing with flared nostrils
  • Irritable or agitated behaviour such as kicking out behind
  • “Glassy” eyes
  • Staggering or weak gait
  • High core body temperature (greater than 105.8⁰F/41⁰C approximately). The rectal temperature is the last to increase so internal temperatures of the muscles will be even higher.

Treatment

For more mild cases:

  • Bathe the horse in cool water and scrape. Repeat as necessary. It is important to keep scraping the water off otherwise the water will heat up and insulate the skin preventing evaporation and cooling.
  • Many horse people follow the tradition of putting a towel over the lower back of the horse to cover the “kidneys” when cooling the horse out, however, this prevents evaporation and thus cooling. The kidneys are located around 20cm (8 in) below the surface of the back and are covered by 1-2cm of fat in the average racehorse. Putting a towel over this area will not make any difference to kidney temperature and may impede cooling.

For more severe cases:

    • Use cold or ice water over the following areas:

 

      • the head and throatlatch area behind the jaw where the guttural pouches lie underneath
      • the large vessels of the neck (jugular veins), and the inside of the front and hind legs (using your best judgement for the latter!)
      • along the underside of the chest and abdomen.
    • Repeatedly bathe or hose and scrape as above using cool water, or, if available, hose the horse continuously with cool water if there is a breeze or fan nearby to aid in evaporation. One should be able to reduce the rectal temperature by 3-4⁰C in 30 minutes.
    • Call your veterinarian as sedation or intravenous fluids may be needed.

 

For both situations:

  • After the horse is more comfortable (and able to walk), move the horse to a shaded area and slowly walk it to help with evaporation.
  • Allow the horse to drink clean and cool water when willing. Horses that refuse to drink may require intravenous fluid therapy. Discuss with your veterinarian.
  • Bathing and scraping may need to be repeated as core temperatures can sometimes increase again as heat stored in muscle is released.
  • Monitor the horse to make sure it is eating and drinking normally and produces normal urine and manure in both appearance and amount during the next 24 hours. Call your veterinarian if there is anything abnormal or if you have concerns.

Prevention

  • Jog/train during cooler parts of the day when possible (e.g. before 10:00 am).
  • Provide fresh, clean water along with daily electrolytes provided in the feed, separately in a tub, with a salt block or in the water. If providing in the water, make sure there is also a bucket of fresh water available without electrolytes.
  • Observe whether your horse is sweating a normal amount for the level of exercise. Discuss with your veterinarian if you have concerns.
  • Ensure the horse is adequately hydrated. If you are not sure how to assess hydration or have concerns, please ask your veterinarian for help as your horse may have an underlying medical condition that needs to be addressed.
  • The views presented in Trot Blogs are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Standardbred Canada.

Hall Of Fame Tickets Going Fast

July 20, 2016 - The 40th Anniversary Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Fundraising Dinner on Wednesday, August 3 promises to be an evening of celebration.

Ten new members will join the CHRHF, including John Ferguson, Yves Filion, Bruce Johnston, San Pail and Odies Fame. Thoroughbred inductees include Mark Casse, Dr. Michael Colterjohn, Daryl Wells, Dahlia and Wise Dan.

Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, co-hosting duties for the evening will be shared by Jim Bannon, CHRHF member and Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred racing analyst, along with Greg Blanchard, raceway manager at The Raceway at Western Fair District and former racing television commentator, and will feature a cocktail reception, a fantastic auction lineup, a four-course gourmet dinner and the induction ceremony. All interested attendees are asked to secure their tickets by Wednesday, July 27.

The evening’s agenda will also pay tribute to the history of the CHRHF and the first class of inductees in 1976, as well as 2016 Legend honourees Exterminator and Woodlawn Drummond. We will look back at two significant anniversaries – the 25th Anniversary of Precious Bunny’s amazing three-year-old racing season and the 50th Anniversary of Victorian Era being named Canada’s Horse of the Year.

The CHRHF Auction Chair and Planning Committee is putting the final touches on an impressive list of unique live and silent auction items, provided by many generous donors and supporters. All proceeds from the auction will go directly toward helping the Hall of Fame recognize the achievements of those who have built and established the roots of horse racing in Canada.

Live Auction

  • A four-course dinner for four (4) prepared in the winning bidder’s home by John and Stefan Caterers and served by Hall of Famers Bill O’Donnell and Sandy Hawley. This once in a lifetime package also includes a case of wine provided by Penaflor of Argentina.
  • Breeding season to Sligo Bay, donated by Adena Springs
  • Box seats for five (5) people at Saratoga Race Track (August 25 or 26) donated by Woodford Racing. This package also include passes to visit the National Museum and Hall of Fame in Saratoga, NY
  • Breeding season to Old Forester, donated by Dermot Carty Equine Consultants and Bloodstock Agent

Silent Auction

  • Play a round of Golf with Canadian and US Hall of Famer John Campbell
  • Take In The Amazing Views during a one-hour sightseeing helicopter ride for you and two guests, donated and piloted by Marv Chantler
  • Starting gate experience packages at Woodbine and Mohawk, including dinner in the dining room.
  • A pair of tickets to attend the 2016 Royal Horse Show, complete with an invitation to a pre-horse show VIP reception and the opportunity to walk a jumping course with the riders.
  • Polo lessons for 4 followed by Dinner at Hogans Inn, generously donated by Brian O’Leary, Polo Management
  • Toronto Raptors Tickets, donated by Equilease.
  • Breeding season to Frac Daddy, donated by Park Stud
  • Dinner for Four at The Meadowlands
  • $500 gift certificate for any of the Vintage Inn properties, provided by Vetoquinol
  • Dinner for six in the VIP tent for the ‘Champions CSI Series’ at Angelstone on August 20, 2016.

Other items include fashion, racing memorabilia, art, one of a kind experiences, as well as gift baskets and gift certificates with something of interest for everyone. The full list of confirmed auction items and donor names is being updated as new items are added and can be viewed at canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com.

The reception and silent auction will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four-course dinner, live auction and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are available for $175 per person and includes a $50 tax receipt, or $1,700 for a table sponsorship, which includes 8 tickets and a $300 donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and a $700 tax receipt and can be purchased by visiting the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame online store or by contacting Linda Rainey at 416-417-9404 or linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame acknowledges the generous sponsorship support of this year’s event: Event Sponsor – Ontario Horse Racing & OLG; Reception and Wine Sponsor – COSA; Guest Photography Sponsor – Ontario Standardbred Alliance Tracks and Woodbine Entertainment Group for producing the video tributes to each of the 2016 inductees. In addition we welcome Brooks Performance Horse Feeds for their sponsorship of a special award of honour to Norm Picov of Ajax Downs.

(CHRHF)

(Standardbred Canada)

Freshman Fillies Impress At Mohawk

July 19, 2016 - Twenty-one freshman trotting fillies trucked to Mohawk Racetrack for OSS Gold Series action Tuesday evening, and it turned out to be another big night for daughters of Kadabra.

On A Sunny Day took home the hardware for the second time in as many tries for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer/breeder Luc Blais by capturing the first division. The daughter of Muscle Mass-Dicent No shot to the lead from Post 7 and laid down fractions of :28, :57.4 and 1:28.1 before using a :29.1 closing quarter to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Literally. Tropicana AS was third.

Determination of Montreal, QC owns the talented youngster, who was a 1:59 winner in her debut versus OSS Gold Series foes on July 5. The filly has banked $70,000 to date.

Winter Sweet Frost won the second division to remain undefeated for trainer Paul Reid. Doug McNair sat a pocket trip to the quarter pole with the homebred before taking command in the backstretch. Once on the lead the daughter of Kadabra-American Frost laid down middle splits of :59.1 and 1:29 before storming home in :29.2 to win by 2-1/2 lengths over Gravitator. Taking home third prize was Expose Yourself to complete the Kadabra-sired Triactor.

A 1:59.3 winner in an OSS Gold Series division to kick start her career on July 5, Winter Sweet Frost bumped her bankroll to $70,000 with the win for owner/breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. She’s a half-sister to Frost Bites K (1:54 – $440,804).

Magic Presto fired home in :27.3 to post a 5-1 upset in the final division for trainer Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman, a man who knows a thing or two about talented trotters. The daughter of Kadabra-In The Mean Time got away fourth for driver Trevor Henry, who treated her to a ground-saving journey through panels of :28.3, :59.4 and 1:29.2 Race favourite Sweet Of My Heart laid down those fractions, but couldn’t fend off Magic Presto in the closing strides. Magic Presto won by a length over Sweet Of My Heart in 1:57.2. Lady Justice completed the top three finishers.

Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David Mc Duffee and Little E LLC share ownership on the full-sister to Could It Be Magic (1:56.4 – $213,156). The freshman was purchased for $160,000 from last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale.

To view results for Tuesday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – Mohawk Racetrack.

(Standardbred Canada)

Freshmen Flaunt It At Mohawk

July 18, 2016 - Loads of two-year-old pacers were in action Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, as the Campbellville oval hosted a trio of $70,000 OSS Gold Series divisions in addition to the opening leg of the Dream Maker Series.

Future Headlines captured the opening OSS Gold Series division in 1:55 for the tandem of driver Randy Waples and trainer Colin Johnson. The highly-regarded filly got away fourth before advancing first-over in the backstretch. She rushed to the lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1 before stepping home in :30.4 to seal the deal by 1-1/2 lengths over Windy Sport. Bid Writer was third.

Johnson co-owns the daughter of Sportswriter-Tomorrowpan with Thomas Kyron and David Heffering. It was the first lifetime start for the full-sister to the stakes-winning filly, Maniana (1:53.3 – $110,370).

Soiree Seelster was treated to a third-over trip in her $70,000 assignment, and she didn’t let the trip go to waste. Sylvain Filion got away fifth with the Tony O’Sullivan pupil before grabbing cover behind the tandem of Sir Native and Thorne Seelster. Filion flipped his charge off cover in the lane and the filly roared home in :27.4 to win by two lengths over Thorne Seelster in 1:54.2. Royal Point, who set fractions of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:25.4, was third.

The daughter of Big Jim-Smilesplace races for owners Domenic Chiaravalle, Lorne Keller and Osullivan Racing Inc. The $53,000 purchase from last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale has banked $47,600 to date.

Blameitonthenight was a heavy favourite in the final division, and she didn’t disappoint the army of backers that made her the 3-5 choice. Randy Waples got away third with the Tony Alagna trainee, but he had her on the move to the lead in the backstretch. She cleared and proceeded to cut out middle panels of :56.3 and 1:25.1 before using a :28.1 final quarter to fend of pocket-sitter Yaris Bayama by a neck in 1:53.2. Out Of Sight was third.

The daughter of Mach Three-What Could Be raced for Alagna Racing LLC, Crawford Partners LLC and Donna Ozment. She’s 2-for-2 and owns a bankroll of $42,000.

Monday’s card also featured the opening round of the Dream Maker Series for two-year-old pacers. Odds-on favourite Bettors Dream extended his winning streak to two-in-a-row in the lone division worth $14,000.

Doug McNair had the gelding parked and pressing at the quarter pole in :27.4 before eventually working to the front. Officer Blue Chip swept to the lead in the backstretch and provided cover to the public’s top choice through fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.4. Officer Blue Chip tired and drifted off the rail as the field turned for home, and that presented Beyond Delight with a clear path to victory lane. He shot through and fired home in :28.2 to win by two lengths. Soccer Hanover edged out Beyond Delight in the race for runner-up honours.

Trainer Scott McEneny co-owns the son of Bettors Delight-Enduring Dream with John Fielding and Domenic Chiaravalle. The undefeated youngster was a $45,000 purchase from last year’s Lexington Select Yearling Sale. He has a pair of $400,000-winning siblings in McClelland (1:49.4) and Enduring Delight (1:51).

The undercard also featured a $34,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, and for the second straight week it was Flanagan Memory winning in dominant fashion. Fresh off a 1:51.2 score one week ago, the OSS graduate was parked past the quarter pole in :28.1 before being released to the top. He cruised through middle splits of :57.1 and 1:25.4 before storming home in :27.2 to win by three lengths in 1:53.1. Intimidate was second, with Whiskey Tax taking home third prize.

Trainer Rene Dion co-owns the homebred with Liette Flanagan of Repentigny, QC. It was the fourth win of the season – and the 17th to date – for the career winner of $1,07,271.

To view results for Monday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – Mohawk Racetrack.

(Standardbred Canada)

Ontario Racing Hires New Executive Director

July 13, 2016 - Ontario’s new industry association for horse racing continues to build capacity.

Horse racing industry association Ontario Racing (OR) is proud to announce that their new Executive Director is in place. Rob Cook joins Ontario Racing with a wealth of experience in the leadership of industry associations. With the appointment of Mr Cook, Ontario Racing is continuing to build organizational capacity as they work to represent Ontario’s racing industry with a credible and professional voice.
Most recently the CEO of the Ontario Waste Management Association, Mr Cook has also served as president of the Aggregate Producers Association of Ontario. “The policy landscape around horse racing in Ontario is complex, but at the heart of the industry – there are elite equine athletes and hardworking professionals, and that’s what made this role a compelling opportunity,” said Mr Cook. “Horse racing is part of the economic and cultural fabric of Ontario, I’m looking forward to playing my part in moving the industry forward to a thriving and sustainable future.”
Mr Cook joins Gabrielle Gallant, Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations, and Leslie Campbell, Director of Finance and Administration, on OR’s executive team.
OR is committed to building new relationships, and new ways of doing things, as they assume responsibility for directing breed improvement programs, setting the racing program and purses, growing the fan base, and interacting with the government and racing enthusiasts.
For more information:
Media inquires:
Gabrielle Gallant
Email: gabriellegallant@ontarioracing.com
Phone: 416 895 5716
Website: http://www.ontarioracing.com
Twitter: @ontracing
Facebook: Facebook.com/ontracing

Details On OSAS Golf Tournament

July 12, 2016 - The date has been set and registration is now open for the 19th Annual OSAS Charity Golf Tournament, supporting the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society.

The tournament will take place on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Burlington’s Hidden Lake Golf Course, part of the Clublink family of courses. Tickets are $150 per player, with registration including lunch, golf, cart and dinner. Lunch will be served from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.

Tickets for dinner only are also available for a price of $50.00.

If you are wanting to sponsor a hole or donate a prize please contact Joanne at 905-339-6748 or email osasadmin@bellnet.ca. Hole sponsorship is $200.00.

The organization thanks the industry for its continued support of OSAS and the tournament.

(Standardbred Canada)