August 29, 2016

Zeron Nabs 8,000th; Faves Grab Gold

August 19, 2016 – One of harness racing’s most popular drivers, Rick Zeron scored his 8,000th career driving victory Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack.

Zeron, 59, entered the evening just a single win shy of the milestone. Driving three-year-old pacing filly Dixie Lullaby in the evening’s seventh-race, Zeron was able to get the filly up in the final strides for the milestone victory.

Nicknamed “The Whip”, Zeron has been a regular driver and trainer on the WEG Circuit for over two decades. The Oakville , Ontario resident has consistently posted impressive numbers throughout his career, including driving the winners of over $3 million in 14 of the last 16 seasons.

Zeron, who won his first race at Rideau Carleton Raceway in 1975, was the top driver in Quebec for many years before relocating to Ontario in 1995. His career best season for wins came in 1989, when he won 437 races and captured another Quebec driving title.

Zeron’s best season for earnings was recorded in 2006, when he drove the winners of over $7.7 million. Last season, he put together another solid campaign with 126 wins and earnings of nearly $3 million.

The past few weeks have been memorable for the Zeron’s, as Rick’s son, Scott, won the Hambletonian with Marion Marauder on August 6th. The father-son duo also teamed up to capture the U.S. Pacing Championship with Rick’s stable star Shamballa on the same day.

A model of consistency, Rick Zeron is on pace for another solid season with 71 victories and earnings of over $1.4 million. He currently ranks ninth in the WEG Drivers standings and sixth in the Trainers standings.

Thursday’s card also featured a number of high profile trotters, as they did battle in a set of OSS Gold Series divisions for three-year-old fillies plus the final of the Define The World Series for two-year-olds.

On the heels of her second-place finish in this year’s Hambletonian Oaks, Caprice Hillpowered to a 1:53.1 in her $105,000 OSS Gold Series division for the tandem of driver Randy Waples and trainer Tony Alagna. The daughter of Kadabra-Bramasole sat second through the opening quarter before marching to the top in the backstretch. She cleared and cut middle fractions of :57 and 1:26 before turning on the afterburners. A :27.1 closing quarter earned Caprice Hill the win by 2-1/4 lengths over Emoticon Hanover. Dottie was third.

Tom Hill of Hamilton, Ont. owns the 11-time winner who owns a 4-3-0 record from seven starts this season. The lion’s share of the loot lifted her lifetime earnings to $931,877.

Flowers N Songs was a popular winner, as well, in her $105,000 assignment for the team of driver Doug McNair and trainer Paul Reid. After getting away fourth, she held that position to the half before tipping into the flow and then making a three-wide move toward the lead at the three-quarter pole. With fractions of :26.3, :56 and 1:25.1 in front of her, the homebred powered home in :28.2 to win by four lengths over Tymal Tempest in 1:53.4. Major Muscle, who set the first three fractions, faded to finish third.

Paul Reid trains the daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Pleasures Song for owner/breeder Bob Key of Leechburg, PA. The filly has faced the gate 20 times this year, and she managed to produce an 8-6-1 record while banking over $325,000 along the way.

Seven And Seven, who captured the opening leg of the Defind The World Series before finishing second in leg two, powered home in :26.3 to capture the $36,000 final in 1:58.2 for trainer/driver Tom Durand.

The veteran horseman had the rookie positioned third for the majority of the mile before putting him into sprint mode around the final turn. AWOL Hanover and Jake took turns on the lead through first-half fractions of :30 and 1:01, but Seven And Seven showed a short lead while racing parked at the three-quarter pole in
1:32, and his blazing, final quarter speed helped him earn the half-length decision over Jake. Cant U Spell finished third.

Tom and June Durand bred and own the colt with partner Allan Smith. The group has watched the youngster put together a 2-1-0 record in his first four starts while banking $29,620 along the way.

(With files from WEG)

Trot Heavy Card At Mohawk

August 16, 2016 – It wasn’t an all-trot Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, but it was pretty close. The oval featured a 10-race card, with seven of those dashes designated for square gaiters.

Dream Together captured the richest race on the card – the $37,000 final of the Pure Ivory Series – for the tandem of driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Luc Blais. The heavily-favoured filly marched to the lead from Post 4 and successfully led the group through panels of :28.2, :58.2 and 1:28.2 before kicking home in :27.4 to win by 2-3/4 lengths over Pure Kemp in 1:56.1. Southwind Tesla was third.

Determination of Montreal, QC owns the two-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Danae, who made it a clean sweep of the event following facile wins in the first two legs of the series. Purchased for $240,000 from last year’s Lexington Select Yearling Sale, the youngster has produced a 3-0-1 record in her first four assignments while banking $34,180 in the process.

Determination, Blais and Filion also celebrated a victory with Lookslikeachpndale, who upset heavily-favoured Musical Rhythm in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. Filion hustled his charge to the lead from Post 6 and they led the group to the quarter pole in :26.4. Race favourite Musical Rhythm shot out of third when they hit the backstretch, and he cleared to the lead before hitting the half in :55.4. He was the leader at the three-quarter marker in 1:25.1, but he couldn’t fend off Lookslikeachpndale in the closing strides. Lookslikeachpndale fired home in :27.1 to win by a length over Musical Rhythm in 1:52.4. O Narutac Perfetto took home the show dough.

It was the third win of the season in nine trips to the track for the four-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Poster Pin Up. The lion’s share of the loot bumped this year’s earnings to $79,582 while his career total climbed to $206,488.

There were four OSS Grassroots divisions on tap for two-year-old trotting fillies, with each tilt carrying a purse of $18,000.

Powerful Mission overcame a challenging trip to win by a comfortable margin for driver Phil Hudon and trainer Kevin St. Charles. The filly parked past the half before fining the front in the backstretch. She led the group to the three-quarter pole in 1:28.3, and then slipped home in :29.2 to win by 4-1/2 lenghs over even-money favourite You Cant Afford Me in 1:58. Late Shift, who was first-over in the late stages of the mile, was third.

It was the second win in four tries for the career-winner of $18,700. The daughter of Manofmanymissions-The Power Of Magic is owned by E C S Racing LLC of Rockford, MI.

Stuck In My Spanks was an overwhelming favourite in the second division, but she rolled into an early break and appeared like she might be out of it. The filly was more than 23 lengths from the lead at the half, but she kept chipping away for driver Paul MacDonell who eventually fired her five-wide coming out of the last turn. The daughter of Manofmanymissions-Puta Ring On It stormed home in :28.3 to win by a half-length margin over Jilona. Third prize was earned by Hilarious Honey.

Michelle McEneny and Teresa Davidson own the two-time winner, who was purchased for a mere $3,500 from last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale. She’s closing in on $20,000 in lifetime earnings.

Anikadabra blew away the foes she faced in the third division. Rick Zeron has her fourth and parked past the quarter pole in :28.4 before stepping on the accelerator and rushing to the front end. The filly cleared to the top on the way to the half, and after leading the group through middle intervals of :59 and 1:29.3 she out-kicked them home in :29.2 to win by 5-3/4 lengths over Crystal Gumdrop. Third prize was earned by Stritch.

Rob Fellows trains the homebred daughter of Kadabra-Anikawiesahalee for Edward Wilson of Seagrave, Ont. and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. Her lifetime earnings now sit at $27,840.

Magic Presto, who posted a win and a second-place finish in her first two starts versus OSS Gold Series foes, cruised to an easy triumph in the final Grassroots contest on the card. She got away fourth and held that position through first-half fractions of :29 and 1:00. Trevor Henry moved Magic Presto shortly past the half, and the son of Kadabra-In The Mean Time easily swept to the top shortly after Hab Faith hit the three-quarter pole in 1:30.1. Magic Presto uncorked a :28-second closing panel to win by 4-3/4 lengths over Royal Witch, with Northern Oath taking home third prize.

Sent off as the 1-9 favourite, the Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman student won for the second time in three starts for Mel Hartmann, Herb Liverman, David Mc Duffee and Little E LLC. Purchased for $160,000 from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Magic Presto has recovered $61,500 of her steep price tag.

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

(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:
2150 Meadowvale Blvd
Mississauga, Ontario
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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:

Téléphone : (905) 858-3060
Télécopieur : (905)858-3111
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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)

Faves Sweep Golds At Mohawk

July 6, 2016 – Freshman pacing fillies kicked off their OSS season Tuesday evening at Mohawk Racetrack in a set of $105,000 Gold Series divisions.

Sir Native, who was sent off as the 3-5 favourite, turned a two-hole trip into a rich payday. The daughter of Allamerican Native-Private Splendor sat the pocket trip behind Southwind Geo through panels of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:26.2. Jody Jamieson angled Sir Native off the rail in the lane and the filly powered home in :27.3 to win by three-quarters of a length over Vintage Book in 1:54.1. Southwind Geo faded to finish third.

“I thought this filly had an outside shot tonight, but then with the scratches it really opened the door for her, big time, to get a great trip,” said driver Jody Jamieson. “She was a very, very easy winner. I picked her up last week and I got to keep her because I had a little bit of success with her. She’s just a little filly, but great gaited, huge heart; her heart is probably bigger than the rest of her.”

Mike Weller trains the career winner of $56,000 for lessee Chuck Grubbs of Louisville, KY.

Action Majesty turned in a 1:54.1 mile of her own for Team McNair, and in doing so she’s now a perfect 2-for-2 to start her career. Doug McNair got away third with the youngster, but he had her in top gear in the backstretch. She brushed past St Lads Hotcakes, who supplied the :28 opener, and proceeded to knife out middle splits of :57.3 and 1:26.2. Aint Free OK brought heavy heat to the leader around the final turn, and they continued to wage war through the length of the stretch before Action Majesty prevailed by a neck. Aint Three OK was a brave runner-up, with the show dough going to Soiree Seelster.

“She was a little green on the top,” said driver Doug McNair. “But when the one (Aint Three Ok) got to her she kind of come back on again. She feels like she’ll be a better filly following, but it worked out tonight.”

Gregg McNair trains the Royal Mattjesty-Action Grin homebred for Kenneth Sommer of Sheffield, OH. Her lifetime earnings soared to $59,500 with the win.

One fan from the U.S. took home a solid return of $57,152.92 U.S. ($73,155.73 Cdn.) thanks to a score in Tuesday’s Jackpot Hi 5 wager. The fan, who spent $134.40 through EBETS USA, played a $.20 ticket on the combination of 4/2,10/All/All/All.

(Quotes from OSS)

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

(Standardbred Canada)

Notice Regarding OSS Purse Cheques

July 6, 2016 – Due to the impending postal disruption at Canada Post, the Ontario Sires Stakes Administration will not be mailing out OSS cheques until the situation is resolved.

Driver, trainer and breeder cheques for OSS events during the month of June, as well as owners’ cheques for events which took place from June 17 to July 2, will be available for pick-up at the Mohawk Racetrack race office on Thursday, July 7 from 6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.

A valid AGCO/ORC licence must be provided in order to pick up a cheque.

Any cheques not picked up on Thursday will be left at the race office and can be picked up during race nights at Mohawk.

In the event that the postal disruption does occur, owners’ cheques will be delivered to the Mohawk race office each Thursday evening for all OSS events taking place up to the previous Saturday. Driver, trainer and breeders cheques will be available on the first Thursday of the month.

Once mail service is restored, cheques that have not been picked up will be mailed immediately to the addressees.

Questions or concerns should be emailed to or call the OSS office at 519-369-3545.

(Standardbred Canada)

Upset City In Gold Divisions

July 14, 2015- Freshman trotters can often be unpredictable, and that was quite apparent during Monday’s 11-race card at Mohawk Racetrack.

The Campbellville, Ontario oval hosted a set of $105,000 OSS Gold Series divisions for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, and longshot players had a field day thanks to winners that were sent off at 48-1 and 6-1, respectively.

Stormont Esquire blew up the toteboard with his 48-1 shocker in the first division. Sylvain Filion rushed him to the lead in :28.3 before taking a backseat in the backstretch to race favourite Willyorwonthe. That foe led past the half in :58.4 before battling with Dewy Dont Cheat around the final turn. Dewy Dont Cheat gained a slim lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:28.2, but he weakened late. That left the door wide-open for Stormont Esquire, who used a :29-second closing panel to win by one-quarter of a length over Will Take Charge in 1:57.4. Third went to Tony Soprano.

Kevin Benn trains the homebred son of Muscle Mass-Queen Of Stormont for Stormont Meadows of Long Sault, Ontario.

Adored By Masses put a mild shock into the toteboard in the second division when he rallied for a narrow win at odds of 6-1 for driver Sylvain Filion. The colt got away fifth before latching onto cover in the middle stages of the mile. Unitaliano Bi led through first-half fractions of :28 and :58.2, but Dad Leads took over command when that one broke in the backstretch. Dad Leads hit the three-quarter pole in 1:27.2 before opening up a big lead in the lane. The youngster made a break just before the finish, and as a result he was picked off by the late-charging Adored By Masses. He prevailed by a neck over Dad Leads in 1:56.3. Third prize was earned by V For Victory.

The son of Muscle Mass-Armbro Adored is trained by Erv Miller for the partnership of Anthony Lombardi, Paymaq Racing and Mystical Marker Farms LLC.

A solid group of nine lined up for Monday’s $34,000 Preferred Trot, and American invader Master Of Law turned in an eye-catching rally to win in 1:52.2 for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. The gelding had a gapped-off start, and as a result he got away sixth from the rail. Murmur Hanover led through fractions of :26.2, :56 and 1:24.2 before being overtaken in the lane by race favourite Flanagan Memory. Despite parking every step of the way, Flanagan Memory trotted clear of the field in deep stretch before weakening late. Master Of Law, who was eighth at the head of the lane, powered home in :26.3 to win by half a length over E L Titan. Windsun Revenge was a lapped-on third.

Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms, Adam Victory And Son Stble and Christina Takter share ownership on the hulking five-year-old son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic. The victory improved his 2015 record to 3-3-2 from 14 and it pushed his lifetime win total to 12. He’s banked more than $400,000 to date.

Earlier on the card a group of seven rookies faced the gate in a $14,000 affair, andControl The Moment was a handy winner in 1:54.1 for driver Randy Waples. He got away second with the colt before blasting him to the lead in the backstretch. He cleared and controlled the tempo through middle fractions of :58.2 and 1:27.3. He uncorked a :26.3 closing panel to win by three-quarters of a length over Max Is Back. Spaniard recovered from an early miscue to finish third.

Sent off as the 4-5 favourite, the son of Well Said-Lifesliltreasure prevailed in his pari-mutuel debut for trainer Brad Maxwell who co-owns the youngster with Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The pacer was a $47,000 purchase from last year’s Lexington Select Yearling Sale.

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

(Standardbred Canada)

February Stakes Payments

Trot Insider has collected industry press releases in regard to stakes payments that are coming due on and around February 15.

This notice will be updated with any new updates as they are received.

Stakes payments to many of these stakes can also be made through SC Stakes Online.Click here for more info on how to get started.



Standardbred Canada’s February 15 Stakes Payment Notice



Standardbred Canada would like to remind owners and trainers that stakes payments are due February 15….read on.



Ontario Sires Stakes Three-Year-Old Payments Due By February 17



Owners of Ontario Sires Stakes-eligible three-year-olds are reminded that February 15 is the deadline for the three-year-old OSS sustaining payment of $700. However, since the 15th falls on a Sunday this year and Monday is a holiday, payments postmarked by Tuesday, February 17 will be accepted….read on.



Woodbine Stakes Payment Reminder



The deadline for nominations to several of the Woodbine Entertainment Group’s major stakes events, including the Pepsi North America Cup, is rapidly approaching….read on.



Meadowlands Stakes Payments Due



Nominations to all Grand Circuit races administered by the Meadowlands Racetrack have a February 15 (February 17 accepted, per USTA rule) postmark deadline….read on.



Hambletonian Society’s Stakes Payments Due



The initial payment deadline for eligibility to more than 127 stakes events at 14 different tracks, headlined by the $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Racetrack on August 8 and the $5 million Breeders Crown events at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on October 24, is fast approaching….read on.



Delaware (OH) Payments Due February 17; Announces Meet Changes



On Thursday, February 12, officials with the Little Brown Jug issued a press release in regard to multiple stakes payments that are due February 17. The release also states there will be some minor changes for the annual racing meet at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio….read on.



Alberta Stakes Payments Coming Due



Officials from the Alberta Standardbred Horse Association have issued a reminder to horsepeople that nominations for the 2015 Prairie Boys and Girls along with the 2015 Bev Sears and As Promised Stakes are due March 1read on.



Adios, Meadows Maturity Payments Due



Officials with the Meadows would like to remind trainers and owners that payments for the 2015 Delvin Miller Adios and for two new stakes, the Meadows Maturity Trots for four-year-olds and up, are due by February 15….read on.



Pennsylvania Payments Due March 15



Officials with the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission have issued a reminder to Standardbred horse owners that 2015 sire stakes payments for two-year-old and three-year-old horses are due by March 15….read on.



New Jersey Sire Stakes Payments Due February 17



The deadline for New Jersey Sire Stakes first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of NJ-sired two-year-old and three-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2015 Premier and Green Acres racing programs….read on.



Smith Trot Payments Due February 17



First sustaining payments of $200 for the Charles I. Smith Trotting Classic and the filly companion event, the Helen Smith, for three-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters are due on February 17, 2015 to the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ)….read on.

(Standardbred Canada)

2015 Ontario Sires Stakes Schedule

The 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) schedule is now available.

Please note that this schedule was drafted with the racing information that is known at this time and is subject to change if necessary. The schedule can be accessed by clicking on the OSS Logo on the COSA website which will take you to the OSS website or it can be accessed in the PDF below.

Draw dates and times, etc. will be entered on the Schedules and Results section of the website in early May when that information has been finalized.

For more information please contact:

Karen Hauver
OSS Administration Coordinator
519 369-3545

Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals Set

The fields have now been established for this Saturday’s eight $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals at Mohawk Racetrack, which will showcase the top performers in the provincial program and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2014 OSS season.

The races have been carded as Race 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10. To view the entries, click here. For a free, printable program page, courtesy of TrackIT, click here.

Another special race on Saturday is the Wendy Hoogeveen Memorial (Race 6), in honour of the Ontario Racing Commission’s director of industry development and support, who passed away in August at the age of 56.

In addition to all of the exciting races on track, there will be a multitude of activities to enjoy off track, including EquiMania, a youth education program presented by the University of Guelph. Designed to delight horse enthusiasts of all ages, EquiMania features games, workbooks, fun materials and true to life displays and offers a unique hands-on adventure into the wonderful world of horses.

It will be a jam-packed evening at the Campbellville racetrack on October 11, with lots of entertainment for the family, live music, contests, exhibits, great food and of course, some outstanding racing by the very best colts and fillies in the province.

The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7:25. Admission and parking are free.

Here’s a preview of Saturday’s eight Super Finals:

Two-Year-Old Filly Trot – Race 2

Trainer John Bax sends out a strong 1-2 punch to kick off this year’s Super Finals thanks to the dynamic duo of Stubborn Belle and Juanitas Fury.

Stubborn Belle (Post 1 – Paul MacDonell) is the richest filly in the field thanks to a bankroll that stands at $361,286. The upset winner against Grand Circuit foes in last month’s $385,000 Peaceful Way Final has since come back to win an OSS Gold Series division in a career-best clocking of 1:54.1.

Her stablemate, Juanitas Fury (Post 8 – Steve Condren), has stashed away more than $227,000 while assembling a 3-4-1 record in her first nine assignments. The daughter of Kadabra was a lapped-on second to Stubborn Belle in the Peaceful Way Final.

The points leader in the division, Danielle Hall (Post 2 – Jody Jamieson), went 4-1-0 in five Gold Series assignments for Team Jamieson. The six-time winner has racked up more than $250,000 in the process.

Three-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot – Race 3

Harper Blue Chip figures to be one of the biggest favourites in the Super Finals parade, and trainer Mark Steacy can finally say he drew a great post in a big money final. The trainer has been a bit snake bitten in that department in the past, but Post 2 figures to be a great spot for the son of Majestic Son to work from. Sylvain Filion will pair up with the eight-time winner who will try to add to his $678,000 bankroll. He went 3-for-3 in Gold Series events this season and led the division with 150 points.

Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace – Race 4

It’s the Casie Coleman show in this Super Final as the five-time O’Brien Award winner as Canada’s Trainer of the Year will send out a five-headed monster in the rich tilt.

Leading her freshman army is the incredibly talented Reverend Hanover (Post 5 – Chris Christoforou). The son of Sportswriter, who is 3-for-3 going into Saturday’s affair, has looked dominant in each of his performances. The colt earned a 1:51.1 career-best clocking in his first OSS Gold Series assignment and followed it up with a 1:51.4 triumph in his follow-up try against Gold Series foes.

Coleman will also send out Southwind Indy (Post 1 – Jack Moiseyev), Bob Ben And John (Post 3 – Jonathan Drury), Sportskeeper (Post 6 – Sylvain Filion) and Rollwiththepunches (Post 10 – Phil Hudon).

Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot – Race 5

After racking up three OSS Gold Series wins in the regular season, Dont Rush will try to keep the ball rolling in Saturday’s Super Final. The son of Infinitif will have to overcome Post 8 in his quest for a third straight score for the tandem of driver Chris Christoforou and trainer Dustin Jones. The colt manufactured a 3-3-1 record from 10 trips to the track, and he banked more than $170,000 in the process.

He’ll take on a host of other capable rookies including recent Gold Series winners, Rise Up Rise Up (Post 2 – Mike Saftic) and Alacrity (Post 3 – Eddie Green).

Two-Year-Old Filly Pace – Race 7

Sports Chic has dominated the division for trainer Blake MacIntosh and driver Jody Jamieson, but she disappointed in the final Gold Series event of the season. The daughter of Sportswriter, who went 5-3-0 in her first eight tries, finished a disappointing seventh at Mohawk Racetrack on September 29. Bouncing back won’t be easy based on the fact she’s drawn the dreaded Post 10.

What might help is the fact that recent Gold Series winners, Capela (Post 8 – James MacDonald) and Wrangler Magic (Post 9 – Sylvain Filion), haven’t drawn much better.

Three-Year-Old Filly Trot – Race 8

Riveting Rosie will look to become a repeat Super Final winner for the team of driver Paul MacDonell and trainer John Bax, but it won’t be easy considering she’s drawn Post 10. The O’Brien Award-winning daughter of Muscle Mass came out of the blocks slowly this season, but she’s really found her form in recent weeks. She was second against the continent’s top sophomore fillies, and she has since posted back-to-back Gold Series scores.

Sweetie Hearts (Post 1 – Randy Waples is another filly who got off to a slow start to the season, but trainer Ron Parsons has her firing on all cylinders going into Saturday’s final. The daughter of Angus Hall has been first or second in four of her last five assignments. She’s stashed away more than $280,000 this season.

Three-Year-Old Filly Pace – Race 9

Skippin By (Post 3 – Randy Waples) has won back-to-back Gold Series events since moving into the barn of trainer Corey Johnson, and she figures to get a lot of pari-mutuel support on Saturday night. The daughter of Shadow Play came within one-fifth of a second from matching Michelles Powers’ all-time OSS record for three-year-old pacing fillies when she blazed to a 1:50.2 win in a Gold Series division at Mohawk Racetrack on September 8. She’s won five of 18 starts this season.

Lady Shadow (Post 7 – Doug McNair) also racked up five wins this year, including a 1:49.2 triumph for driver Rick Zeron in her elimination of the Canadian Breeders Championship at Mohawk Racetrack on July 12. She won back-to-back Gold Series events before finishing fourth in her elimination heat of the Jugette last month in Ohio.

Three-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace – Race 10

Jet Airway made four appearances in the OSS Gold Series this season, and the speedy son of Jeremes Jet was perfect in those assignments for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Randy Waples. After racking up just over $62,000 last year, the colt has tacked on more than $278,000 in earnings this year. The ten-time winner, who is 7-for-15 in 2014, will start from Post 1 on Saturday evening.

The Dr. Ian Moore-trained Play It Again Sam (Post 9 – Jody Jamieson) and Silverhill Shadow (Post 10 – Chris Christoforou) have both had their fair share of success in Gold Series events this season, but they’ve got their work cut out for them considering they’ve drawn the outside posts in the rich tilt.

(With files from the OSS)

2015 Purse Bonuses for Ontario Sired Standardbred Two-Year-Olds

Ontario Horse Racing (OHR) is pleased to announce that in the 2015 calendar year, Ontario Sired Standardbred two-year-olds racing in Ontario will receive a projected $700,000 in new purse bonuses distributed as a 20% bonus on overnight races plus a 5% purse bonus on Ontario Sires Stakes earnings.

The proposal, which was brought forward by the Standardbred Advisory Group, was approved by the ORC Board this week. Elmer Buchanan, ORC Chair, said “It is encouraging to see innovative ideas brought forward by the industry, especially those ideas that demonstrate a strong commitment to the breeding sector”.

OHR wishes to thank the Standardbred Advisory Group for their leadership in developing the incentive designed to benefit Ontario owners and breeders.

“Ontario Sired” is defined as a foal sired by a stallion that is recognized as an Ontario Sire by the Standardbred Improvement Program in the year of conception.

Year after year Ontario breeders produce leading performers, trotters and pacers. Most recent successes are trotting mare Bee A Magician and pacing horse Somebeachsomewhere, who absolutely dominated in their Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) races as well as the elite Grand Circuit races. Virtually all of the sport’s most coveted races have been won by an Ontario Sired performer. 

For further information on this new incentive, contact:
Karen Hauver
OSS Administrative Coordinator

Ontario Horse Racing (OHR) is a division of the Ontario Racing Commission and, as the Program Administrator for Ontario’s Horse Improvement Program, is responsible for the development and implementation of all Program elements, designed to recognize excellence for Ontario Bred and Ontario Sired horses racing in their home province.

(with files from OMAFRA ,OHR and OSS)