July 24, 2016

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)

Canadian Purse Cheque News Update

July 6, 2016 - Seeing as though there is uncertainty in regard to the services of Canada Post at this time, multiple entities within the horse racing industry have issued releases explaining their contingency plans if a work stoppage does in fact occur.

Trot Insider has accumulated all of the racing PR that has been sent out on the topic, including Standardbred Canada’s. The Ontario Sires Stakes, Woodbine Entertainment Group and Kawartha Downs are the latest entities to issue recent announcements regarding purse cheques.

A link to WEG’s full statement has been added to the bottom of the following list of announcements.

A link to Kawartha’s full statement has also been added near the bottom.


Standardbred Canada – In The Event Of A Postal Service Disruption


There is a possibility of a Canada Post service disruption on or after July 2. It is still SC members’ responsibility to remain in good standing with Standardbred Canada even in case of a postal disruption. Renewals, invoices, eligibility fees and many more services are available online.

In the case of a service disruption, please remember that the Standardbred Canada ‘eShop’ tool is a great way to ensure prompt and secure service during this period.

The entire SC staff is here to help. Please contact or visit us at our head office in Mississauga from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT) or visit our Field Representative at the racetrack (available two hours before post time on race day).

You can contact Standardbred Canada:

Phone: 905-858-3060
Fax: 905-858-3111
For email listing, click here
or visit us at:
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Dans le cas d’une grève du service postal


Il y a une possibilité de conflit de travail au service de Postes Canada dès le 2 juillet.

Dans le cas d’une grève aux services postaux, nous vous rappelons que vous pouvez utiliser eShop sur le site de Standardbred Canada, ceci est un excellent moyen d’assurer un service rapide et sécuritaire durant cette période.

Notre personnel est ici pour vous aider. Vous pouvez nous contacter ou nous rendre visite à notre siège social à Mississauga, du lundi au vendredi, de 8:30 heures à 16h30 (HAE) ou vous pouvez aussi visiter nos représentantes aux hippodromes (disponible 2 heures avant le premier départ les jours de courses).

En cas d’une interruption de la poste, c’est votre responsabilité de vous assurer d’être en règle avec Standardbred Canada. Les renouvellements, factures, frais d’éligibilités et beaucoup d’autres services sont disponibles en ligne.

Vous pouvez communiquer avec Standardbred Canada:

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(To view SC’s original release, click here)


Notice Regarding Quebec Purse Cheques


In the event of a postal strike, Standardbred Canada has forwarded last week’s purse cheques from Hippodrome 3R to the attention of Francois Carignan (QJC) at Hippodrome 3R….read on.


Update: Rideau Purse Cheques


Officials with Rideau Carleton Raceway have issued two important notices for horsepeople. The first notice pertains to purse cheques, while the other is in regard to the track being closed for training on a particular date….read on.


Kawartha Statement On Purse Cheques


Due to the uncertainty of the postal situation currently, Kawartha Downs did not mail the purse cheques from its July 2 card of racing which were not picked up this past Saturday night …read on.


Postal Strike Update From WEG


The Woodbine Entertainment Group today (Tuesday, July 12) issued an update regarding purse cheque distribution for Mohawk Racetrack and all Alliance racetracks…read on.


Update on Ontario Sires Stakes Cheque Distribution


Since the possibility of a strike by employees of Canada Post has been put on hold for at least 30 days, Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) cheques will be mailed as usual….read on.

(Standardbred Canada)

First-Time Gold Winners At Mohawk; Flanagan Memory Sizzles

July 11, 2016 - Three-year-old trotting colts and geldings sparred in a set of $105,000 OSS Gold Series divisions Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, and the hardware went to a pair of first-time Gold Series winners.

Muscle Hustle took a brief two-hole tuck for driver Randy Waples in the first division, but a backstretch move proved to be the winning move for the Per Henriksen pupil. Waples over in the second quarter and the pair knifed their way through middle splits of :56.4 and 1:24.2. The colt stormed home in :28.2 to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Sass in 1:52.4. Smoke Monkey took home the show dough in the rich tilt.

The career-best performance for the son of Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel earned him his fifth win of the season from just seven trips to the track. Ecurie Bergh Inc of Norwood, Ont. owns the career winner of $121,260.

Warrawee Roo was parked every step of the way in the second division, but it didn’t stop him from knocking off the 1-9 favourite in an eye-catching clocking of 1:53.3.

Dia Monde and race favourite Will Take Charge took turns on the lead through fractions of :27, :56 and 1:24.4, but it was Warrawee Roo who dug down deep in the late stages of the mile en route to posting the win by a length over Will Take Charge. Dia Monde rounded out the Triactor ticket.

Sent off at odds of 15-1, the son of Majestic Son-Karoon scored his fourth win of the season in six attempts for trainer Luc Blais. Determination of Montreal, QC owns the career winner of $80,320.

Flanagan Memory, a former star of the OSS program, demolished the foes he faced in Monday’s $34,000 Preferred Trot. Chris Christoforou got away third with the favourite, before blasting him to the top in the backstretch. Together they led the group through middle fractions of :54.4 and 1:23.4 before rolling home in :27.3 to win by nine lengths over Whiskey Tax. Charmed Life was third.

Trainer Rene Dion co-owns the six-year-old son of Kadabra-Classy Stacy with Liette Flanagan of Repentigny, QC. The 1:51.2 clocking tied the North American season’s record for an older trotting horse. The victory was the third of the season – and the 16th to date – for the career winner of $1,054,271.

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

(Standardbred Canada)

Stars Out In Full Force At Mohawk

July 9, 2016 - There was no shortage of talent Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack as the Campbellville hosted a pair of OSS Gold Series divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies in addition to the finals of the Town Pro and Summertime Series and a salty group of six in the Preferred Pace.

L A Delight hauled home the hardware in the first $105,000 OSS Gold Series division for the team of driver Randy Waples and trainer Bob McIntosh. The homebred got away third from the Post 1, but Waples had her on the move shortly after Good Will Hanover posted the opening quarter of :27. L A Delight accelerated to the top and cruised through middle panels of :55.3 and 1:23.3. She stormed home in :27.4 to win by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:51.2 over the dead-heating tandem of Party In Rome and Good Will Hanover.

“She’s rounding into mid-season form. We couldn’t be happier with her at this point,” said trainer Bob McIntosh. “She makes us all look good.”

Sent off as the 1-2 favourite, the daughter of Bettors Delight-West Of L A is now 7-for-7 in OSS events. She improved her 2016 record 3-1-1 from six trips to the track for the partnership of Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. The 14-time winner has banked more than $890,000 to date.

Chris Christoforou picked up a live catch-drive on Lay Lady Lay, who pulled off a 7-1 upset in her $105,000 OSS Gold Series division. The daughter of Up The Credit-Lady D M got away fourth from Post 8 while Bourbon Seelster and Windsun Glory tussled to the quarter in :27.1. Lay Lady Lay was on the move in the backstretch, and she eventually worked her to the top before posting middle fractions of :55.3 and 1:23.4. She dug in for a :28.1 closing quarter while posting the win by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52 over race favourite Cracklin Rosie. Windsun Glory rounded out the Triactor ticket.

“He drove her twice last year, he’s never been beat with her now, actually, so he knows the filly,” said trainer Chris Matthews of Christoforou’s race strategy. “She’s a little bit easier to drive this year than she was last year, so yeah, he was full of confidence that’s for sure. We always knew she had potential, we had a couple setbacks, but we knew she’d be better at three, she was so big and growthy. She hasn’t had a lot of luck, but we always thought she’d be pretty competitive with this group of fillies. She can be a handful. She’s just so big, she doesn’t even know what she’s doing, she doesn’t care.

“When we bought her I started getting phone calls that everybody wanted a piece of her,” added Matthews. “The one posse is myself and two of my friends I grew up with (Jeff Bryan and Desmond Scott). My group of friends I grew up with they used to call us the Orangeville posse, so we went with that, and then two of my partners on the horse are Steve Bastead and Steve Byers, so that’s two Steve’s, and the three brothers are Gordie, Gary and Glen Lyon, so that formed the three brothers. They all wanted in so we split her up between everybody, just to keep everybody happy, and they are. Everyone is enjoying it and having some fun.”

The victory was her third of the season and the sixth of her career. The $52,500 payday was her biggest haul to date and it bumped her overall bankroll to $179,529.

Sintra was sent off as the 1-9 favourite in the $47,000 Summertime Series Final, and he didn’t disappoint his army of pari-mutuel backers. Jody Jamieson got away third win the Dave Menary pupil while Major Hill shot to the front and sliced out the opening quarter in :27. Sintra sprinted off the rail in the backstretch and took over the lead at the mid-way point in :55.2. He sped to the three-quarter pole in 1:23 before roaring home in :27 to win by four lengths over Major Hill in 1:50. Blayde Hanover was a distant third.

Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc share ownership on the three-year-old son of Mach Three-Dancin Barefoot. After going 0-for-3 as a rookie, Sintra has responded with a 7-1-0 record from eight starts this season. He’s stashed away more than $145,000 in his career.

Lindys Nightmare used similar tactics for driver Rick Zeron to capture the $48,800 Town Pro Series Final later on the card. The three-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Lindys Bandita, who was sent off as the 1-5 choice, was fourth and parked at the quarter pole, but she swept to the lead in the backstretch and served up middle fractions of :54.4 and 1:23.2 before using a :28 closing quarter to win by 7-3/4 lengths over Queen Ideal in 1:51.2. Southwind Tango took home the show dough.

Frank Antonacci trains the lightly-raced homebred for Lindy Farms Of Conn of Enfield, CT. Unraced as a rookie, the filly is now 4-for-5 this season. The lion’s share of Saturday’s purse haul bumped her cash stash to $46,400.

Evenin Of Pleasure made it back-to-back wins in the $34,000 Preferred Pace, and he did so in gate-to-wire fashion for driver Sylvain Filion. The Richard Moreau trainee whacked out fractions of :27.1, :55.3 and 1:22.2 before sprinting home in :27.3 to win by a half-length margin over Nickle Bag in 1:50. Ellis Park was third.

Gestion J Y Blais Inc of Montreal, QC owns the six-year-old son of Dragon Again-Armbro Amour, who was sent off as the 4-5 favourite. The 20-time winner bumped his lifetime earnings to $668,597.

(With quotes from the OSS)

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

(Standardbred Canada)

Jack Darling: Seeking Answers On Purses

July 8, 2016 - The harness racing industry in Ontario needs a boost in purses to be the strong and viable industry that we and the government want and there is a certain amount of urgency to it.

As we all know, expenses are high and purses have to be at a certain level to justify investment. A lot has been discussed recently about developing ways to attract new owners to the business. The best and only way to do this in my opinion is to make the purses adequate enough to give them a chance to make a profit. WEG needs to have purses big enough to keep the best quality horses here in Ontario so they can continue to provide the best quality of racing in North America. Purses at the signature tracks are at a level that allows for a break-even situation at best. The purses at the smaller tracks are not economical at all and basically ensure failure.

The reason I bring this up now is this: I was recently asked to participate in the writing of a letter to the Alliance, Government and the old OHRIA requesting a purse increase for horsemen. This was eight weeks ago and unfortunately we still have not received a proper response despite marking the letter URGENT. There is a province-wide underpayment of several million dollars, money that is desperately needed by horsemen and owners. This money is ours and we shouldn’t have to go to these people begging for it but that is what we are faced with. This money has been just sitting there doing nobody any good and should be released right away to stimulate our industry as well as the Ontario economy. Getting this money in circulation is what we all need.

After several meetings and still no satisfactory response, Bill O’Donnell, Jim Wellwood, Mark Horner along with Sue Leslie are meeting with John Snobelen and Ontario Racing next Thursday to try to get some action on this. We are talking about a significant increase to purses here and I hope we have overwhelming support from horsepeople and I ask Mr. Snobelen and OR to act quickly on our request.

It would be helpful if you let your feelings be known to Ontario Racing and Mr. Snobelen.

(Standardbred Canada)

Race Patrol, Photo Finish Standards

July 7, 2016 - Following consultation with industry representatives, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) released General Directive No. 1-2016 – Implementation of Minimum “Race Patrol” and “Photo Finish” Standards.

After further industry consultation, General Directive No.1-2016 is updated to reflect existing industry conditions. Please refer to the attached Directive.

(Standardbred Canada)

Juveniles Joust In Grassroots

July 7, 2016 - A four-pack of OSS Grassroots divisions were contested Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, and the stars of the show for the event were two-year-old pacing colts and geldings.

Bet On Brett captured the opening division in 1:54.4 for driver Mike Saftic, who carved out panels of :27.2, :57.3 and 1:27 before finishing off the competition with a :27.4 closing quarter. Streakavana was a fast-closing second, with Mach Déjà Vu finishing third in the $18,000 affair.

Trainer Marcel Barrieau co-owns the $80,000 purchase from last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale with partners Conrad Leber and Gestion Mastel Inc. The colt is a half-brother to Rub N Tug (1:50.3 – $488,699) and Della Cruise (1:50.3 – $252,999).

Play For Gold went to the front and didn’t look back en route to a 1:54.3 score in the second division. Mario Baillargeon hustled the rookie to the lead and after slicing out splits of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26.1 the son of Shadow Play-Full Of Gold sprinted home in :28.2 to fend off race favourite Aston Hill Dave. Third prize went to Silverinyourpocket.

Jacques Dupont trains the freshman, who was a $20,000 purchase from the 2015 Lexington Select Yearling Sale, for 9099 3833 Quebec Inc, Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc and Gestion C Levesque 2005inc. The pacer is a half-brother to Gold Rocks (1:50.4 – $253,420) and Win The Gold (1:52 – $146,568).

Heavily favoured Mc Mach was a handy winner in his $18,000 division for driver Paul MacDonell and trainer Bob McIntosh. MacDonell took a brief two-hole tuck with the homebred before asking him to go after early leader Down On My Luck at the quarter pole in :28.2. Mc Mach cleared easily and cruised through middle splits of :57.1 and 1:26.1 before roaring home in :27.2 to win in 1:54 over Down On My Luck and Tremendous Play.

The son of Mach Three-Northern Empress races for Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, Al McIntosh Holdings Inc and Randy Liepa. The first-time starter is a half-brother to Western Empress (1:51.3 – $229,915), Totally Impressive (1:51.4 – $199,005) and IwilldowhatIdo (1:52.1 – $190,353).

Yogi Bayama kicked off cover turning for home and rallied for a 1:54.1 score in the final division for the team of driver Sylvain Filion and Stephane Larocque. The colt got away fifth and watched Kingston Seelster and Master The View battle to the quarter pole in :27.1. Race favourite Master The View rushed to the lead in the backstretch and proceeded to lead the group through middle fractions of :57 and 1:26.1. Filion latched onto the cover of Pop N Liam around the final turn before turning his charge loose in the lane. Yogi Bayama drew clear to win over Master The View and Pop N Liam.

The son of Sportswriter-Newmoon Bayama is a homebred owned by Bayama Farms Inc of Saint-Andre-D’Argenteuil, QC. The youngster is a half-brother to Urbana Bayama (1:51.4 – $168,610).

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

(Standardbred Canada)