September 27, 2016

Grassroots Champions Crowned; Lady Shadow Wins Milton Stakes

September 24, 2016 – The 2016 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots season came to a close on Saturday night (September 24) at Mohawk Racetrack with eight new divisional title holders emerging from the $400,000 championships. Top pacing mare Lady Shadow was also in the spotlight, winning the $311,000 Milton Stakes.

Trot Insider has provided coverage of the eight, $50,000 Grassroots championships for two and three-year-olds, and the Milton Stakes for older pacing mares below.

Ontario Racing hosted a reception for the Ontario Sires Stakes. Here’s Ontario Racing Executive Director Rob Cook with SC’s President & CEO Dan Gall enjoying the night at Mohawk.

Two-Year-Old Filly Trot

Riding a three-race win streak and having drawn the inside post position, Anikadabraseemed liked a safe bet in the evening’s first Grassroots Championship. While two-year-old trotting fillies can be unpredictable, the divisional win leader stayed true to form and delivered on her 1-5 pari-mutuel promise with a three-length victory in 1:57.4 for driver Rick Zeron and trainer Rob Fellows.

Zeron made his move with Anikadabra after a 28-second first quarter and sent her from and early four-hole to the lead by the :58 mid-way mark. The favourite trotted out to a two-length advantage on the way to three-quarters in 1:28.2 and cruised home uncontested for the dominant victory. Stritch (Jonathan Drury) closed late for the runner-up honours while first-quarter leader Late Shift (Jody Jamieson) held on for third.

After the race, Zeron agreed the victory was as easy as it looked for the winning filly.

“It actually was. She’s just an outstanding filly,” said Zeron. “I can’t tip my hat off enough to Rob Fellows. He managed this filly every race that she was in this year. He took care of her. I kept telling him that she was a Gold [filly] and he said, ‘I’ll save her for next year, we got bigger fish to fry, we’re going to race her in the Grassroots this year and put her away fresh.’ So she finished up tonight and she was just as fresh as the day I sat behind her the first time.”

Anikadabra now has five wins from seven career starts, all in the OSS program, for earnings totalling $71,840. The Kadabra-Anikawiesahalee filly, who is a half-sibling to Maple Leaf Trot champion Resolve, was retained by her breeders, Edward Wilson of Seagrave, Ont. and his New York-based partner Michael Pozefsky, with future plans to breed her.

Three-Year-Old Colt Trot

Prince Lee Acres’ homebred P L Jerico pulled off the mild 7-1 upset in the next championship as he wore down the favoured three-year-old trotting colt Muscles For Life to win in 1:55 flat, equalling his lifetime mark for trainer Matt Dupuis.

Recent Simcoe Stakes winner Muscles For Life (Doug McNair) left from post eight and cleared to command at the :27.3 first quarter mark, but driver Mike Saftic sent P L Jerico first-over from fourth through middle splits of :57.1 and 1:26 and overtook the 4-5 favourite in deep stretch to win by half a length. Early leaver Mass Balance (Phil Hudon) finished third.

“He felt good [turning for home],” said Saftic of the Manofmanymissions-Corinas Mission gelding. “I was trying to set up for a nice second-over trip and I thought there would be a little more speed leaving, but we had to come first-up and he’s been a consistent colt all year and it’s nice to get this one done.”

“I was kind of worried coming first-up,” said Dupuis. “This horse has had bad allergies all summer and tonight was nice and cool. Thank God it was, it really helped him.”

Winless in six starts as a freshman, P L Jerico has put together a 5-4-2 record in 16 sophomore starts to earn the bulk of his $94,570 bankroll. Dupuis attributes his improvement to an equipment change.

“We put the hopples on and it just gave him confidence,” said the Rockwood, Ont. horseman. “He only broke once, but he got jammed up in the first turn. Other than that, he’s been flawless.”

P L Jerico wasn’t entered in last Grassroots leg so he will be eligible to compete in the remaining Gold Series event on October 6 at Mohawk to wrap up his season.

Two-Year-Old Filly Pace

Favourite Dudesalady prevailed off a second-over trip to win the Grassroots Championship for two-year-old pacing fillies in 1:54.2.

Jody Jamieson settled Dudesalady mid-pack from post six during a contested :26.2 first quarter and then tipped her outside down the backstretch where she picked up cover in the form of Daenerys Hanover (Paul MacDonell) through middle splits of :56.1 and 1:25.1. Dudesalady rallied three-wide to overtake the leading P L Karis (Chris Christoforou) in the stretch while Anderson Seelster (Jonathan Drury) also followed wide and closed within a neck of the 3-5 favoured filly. Village Jamie (Trevor Henry) finished two lengths behind in third.

“It’s a stakes race final so I wasn’t too worried about catching cover,” said Jamieson of his racing strategy. “It didn’t look like it maybe, but I know Mac’s horse [Daenerys Hanover], they changed the bridle on her. Mac’s been real good with her — he won with her in :55 two Grassroots ago — so I thought he didn’t want to sit third so I wasn’t too worried about catching cover. He didn’t go as far as I like, obviously, but this mare was so good last week, she really impressed me. I think it was probably her best start of the year last week. Susie [Kerwood] kept her good all week and she came back and just repeated what she did last week.”

Owned by M And L Of Delaware LLC and Victoria Dickinson, the Shadow Play-Accountable filly joined Susie Kerwood’s stable at the end of August and has pushed her win count to five for her freshman campaign in which she has banked $61,910 in eight starts.

“She’s a very nice filly,” said Kerwood. “I think she’s going to turn out to be a real good three-year-old filly.

“She takes care of herself like no other. She’s very laid back. She makes my job easy.”

Three-Year-Old Filly Trot

Appearing to be locked in down the backstretch, driver Trevor Henry was able to maneuver 3-5 favourite Magical Steph into contention and she launched home to score in 1:55.4, defeating her three-year-old trotting filly foes for the championship title.

Trevor Henry had Magical Steph firing out from post six among a trio of early leavers and settled in the pocket behind divisional point-leader Myretirementticket (Jody Jamieson) during the :26.3 first quarter. Magical Valentine (Jack Moiseyev) was then flushed first over from fourth on the way to the half in :56.1 and she blew by Myretirementticket with Anneli Hanover (James MacDonald) in pursuit to three-quarters in 1:25.4. Around the final turn, Henry was able to tip the locked-in Magical Steph second-over and she rallied off cover down the stretch, with Roadmapper (Mike Saftic) closing to her outside for second. Magical Valentine finished third.

“I thought she wasn’t going get out,” admitted the Kadabra-I Like Stephanie filly’s trainer and owner Gary Lance. “After she got locked in around the last turn, I didn’t think she was getting out. But she’s got quite a bit of trot when she gets clear sailing.”

A back-to-back winner after taking her 1:55.3 career mark in the Semi-Final last week, Lance noted that Magical Steph is in top form.

“We took her to Ohio State University last year and got some work done on her in January and she didn’t come out of the surgery very well,” explained Lance. “So she had some infection in her hock and had to go back in for more surgery. So she’s been a long time coming. She’s the best she has been all summer right now.”

Magical Steph now has four wins from nine starts this year and nine victories overall. The lion’s share of the purse lifted her bankroll to $134,400.

She will try her luck against the Gold fillies next week (October 2) at Flamboro Downs.

Two-Year-Old Colt Trot

Many A Man displayed a quick turn of foot down the backstretch to take the lead on the way to securing his Grassroots Championship title for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings.

Driver Randy Waples had Many A Man on the move at the :28.1 first quarter mark and the divisional point leader powered to command down the backstretch. He reached the half in :58.3 and three-quarters in 1:28.2 while Radical Road (Rick Zeron) fanned three-wide off fading cover. Many A Man continued to lead into the stretch with Radical Road closing in and Santini splitting those two from the pocket. However, Many A Man held on to win by half a length in 1:57.3. Santino finished second and Radical Road was third over the quick-closing Zorgwijk Rocket (Joe Hudon Jr.).

“He’s just a really nice horse,” said Waples after the race. “He’s knows what he’s supposed to be doing out there and he likes to do it. We stayed out of the first quarter, which is kind of nice and then I was able to remove off of a cheap quarter, but he still had to come a fair ways to do it. Then he had to gut it out again down the lane. He knew how to do that too; he put his ears forward and off he went.”

Many A Man has earned all five of his career wins in the Grassroots Series, with his latest a lifetime-best clocking. He now has $64,940 earned in nine career starts.

The homebred Manofmanymissions-Armbro Sylvie colt is owned by the Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. of Windsor, Ont., C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio, and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, Ont.

Waples had nothing but praise for the colt’s Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh, referencing the horseman’s wealth of knowledge and talent for developing young horses.

“He [Many A Man] was really nice from the first time I sat behind him, but he was just a little bit ‘greener.’ And now, he just seems like he’s progressing to the point now where he’s kind of old hat out there now,” said Waples. “He’s really, really learned a lot, but that’s nothing new for Bob. They always seem like at the end of the year, that’s when they’re at their very best. He might give up a little bit of early money, but he always seems like he’s the guy that gets all the late money. This year, once again, he did it with this guy.”

Lady Shadow Wins Milton Stakes

Lady Shadow continued her career-year amidst the Grassroots Championships, adding the $311,000 Milton Stakes to her impressive list of accomplishments for trainer Ron Adams.

James MacDonald picked up the catch-drive on the millionaire Shadow Play-Lady Camella mare and earned his second straight victory in the event. He drove Venus Delight to victory in the 2015 edition over Lady Shadow.

“When you’re lucky, you’re lucky,” said MacDonald of his back-to-back wins in the Milton. “Last year, I was lucky enough to pick up Venus Delight and she was razor sharp at the time, and tonight, Ronnie asked me to drive ‘Lady’ and she’s tough as whale bone so I’ve been lucky.”

Leaving from the inside post, Wrangler Magic (Sylvain Filion) secured the early lead through a :26.4 first quarter with Frost Damage Blues (Jack Moiseyev) tucking into the two-hole ahead of 3-5 favourite Lady Shadow. MacDonald then sent Lady Shadow after Wrangler Magic down the backstretch and battled head-to-head with the front-striding mare past the half-mile mark in :54.4 before pulling clear. Lady Shadow proceeded to three-quarters in 1:21.4 with Frost Damage Blues advancing up to second, but Lady Shadow began to open up on top turning for home and earned her ninth win of the season in 1:50 flat. Yagonnakissmeornot (Louis-Philippe Roy) came on for second and Waasmula (Trevor Henry) finished third.

“When you’re 2-5, you kind of hope to get some respect. I know Sylvain wanted to stretch me out a little bit, but it doesn’t matter to her,” said MacDonald. “I’ve seen her go some of the craziest trips you could ask a horse to go this year. She got stung pretty hard tonight and she’s just such a good mare, she overcame it.”

“Everyone is here to play hardball,” noted Adams. “I was a little worried going to the half — she was parked pretty good and pressing — but she’s gone big trips like that and I was confident in the lane she as going to hang tough.”

Lady Shadow also boasts stakes wins in the Roses Are Red, Golden Girls and Lady Liberty this year.

“She’s definitely having a career-year,” said Adams, who trains Lady Shadow for owners David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and the Bfj Stable. “She’s just been tough and stayed tough the whole year and she’s just getting better, I think, with every start.”

Lady Shadow is being pointed to the second weekend of stakes at The Red Mile’s Grand Circuit meet next.

Three-Year-Old Filly Pace

As the Grassroots Championships resumed, driver James MacDonald made his way back to the winner’s circle with the Mark Steacy-trained three-year-old pacing filly champion Forever Liza.

MacDonald secured a second-over trip with the Bettors Delight-Forever Cam filly after a series of early lead changes and prevailed in a photo finish.

Divisional point leader Noone To Depend On (Jody Jamieson) put up a 27-second opening panel before being looped by Windsun Glory (Doug McNair) at three-eighths, with Free Show (Trevor Henry) coming on and clearing past the half in :55.1. As Free Show raced on to three-quarters in 1:23.4, Forever Liza tracked the cover of Top Royal (Phil Hudon) and then kicked home in :27.4 to collar Free Show in 1:52.2. Selling The Dream (Rick Zeron) closed from the backfield to match Free Show’s strides in a dead-heat finish for the runner-up honours. Windsun Glory finished three-quarters of a length behind.

“She got a good trip. I was in behind Phil and he was grinding first-up and when I moved her, she went on,” said MacDonald in a post-race interview. “Last week [in the Semi-Finals] she blew by and today she was struggling to get there, but she got there and I was happy with her.”

After making just three starts as a freshman, Forever Liza has blossomed into a seven-time winner in 16 starts this year, lifting her bankroll over the $100,000 mark for owner Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, Que.

Three-Year-Old Colt Pace

Arsenic continued the favourite trend in the Grassroots Championships with a wire-to-wire victory in the Glamour Boy division for trainer Scott McEneny.

Driver Doug McNair left for the lead with the 8-5 pari-mutuelly popular Bettors Delight-Shes Poison gelding from post six into a :27 first quarter and was prompted to the half in :54.2 by the first-up divisional point-leader, St Lads Moonwalk (Jody Jamieson). However, Arsenic shook off that rival on the way to three-quarters in 1:23 and cruised home for the one and a half length victory in 1:51.1, equalling his lifetime mark that was taken in last week’s Semi-Finals. Continual Hanover (Randy Waples) and Inspiration View (Trevor Henry) came on for second and third, respectively.

“I was just going to see how he felt,” said McNair of Arsenic facing the mid-mile challenge from St Lads Moonwalk. “If I had to let him go, I would have, but I just kind of chased him and he swelled back up when he got beside me, so I decided to leave him out and it worked out for us.”

Arsenic has earned his four sophomore wins over the last two months and now has eight career wins from 22 starts and earnings of $184,600 for his owners, including McEneny’s wife Michelle and their partners Brad Grant and Teresa Davidson of Milton, Ont.

“Last year, he raced in the Golds and they started him off this year in the Golds,” noted McNair. “He’s come a long way in the last four or five starts. He’s a real fast colt, you know, when he qualified this year, he came a quarter in :25.1 or something crazy. He’s got the speed, but it took him a bit of the year to get rolling and it’s the right time of the year for him.”

Two-Year-Old Colt Pace

The Stephane Larocque-trained pacing colt Tymal Peacemaker closed out his eight-race two-year-old campaign and the Grassroots Championships with a 1:52.4 score.

Driven by Sylvain Filion, 2-5 favourite Tymal Peacemaker swept to command from third after a :26.4 first quarter. The Mach Three-Flying Color colt then cruised through middle splits of :56 and 1:24.2 en route to the two and a half length victory. Bet On Brett (Rick Zeron) followed in second off a pocket trip while The Dark Shadow (Jody Jamieson) advanced first over to finish third.

Tymal Peacemaker won his last four starts of his freshman season and boosted his bankroll to $67,000 for owner Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D’Argenteuil, Que.

“He’s unbelievable. He raced really good his last four starts and we’re really happy with him for next year,” said Larocque. “He’s still learning, but it’s very encouraging for next year.”

Larocque said that the Grassroots champion will now head back to Yves Filion’s Bayama Farms for a break and to prepare for his three-year-old season.

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


(Standardbred Canada)

Darling’s Five Grassroots Contenders

September 21, 2016 – Trainer Jack Darling shipped five pacing colts to Mohawk Racetrack for the Grassroots Semi-finals last week and all five will return to the Campbellville oval on Saturday, Sept. 24 for the $400,000 Grassroots Championships.

“I just trained all five of them this morning (Wednesday) and they all trained as good as they can,” said Darling of three-year-olds Continual Hanover and St Lads Moonwalk and two-year-olds Master The View, The Dark Shadow and Trident Seelster. “It’s just very tough; both divisions are very tough this year. We need a little bit of racing luck.”

Reigning division champion St Lads Moonwalk will need the largest serving of luck, as he gets the outside Post 10 for his third straight start over the Mohawk oval. On Sept. 1, in the last regular season Grassroots event, driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville guided the Mach Three son to a head victory from Post 10, and in last Friday’s Semi-final driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat teamed the colt to a runner-up finish from the outside post, just a neck behind winner Arsenic.

“It’s just bad luck, so you just kind of roll with the flow,” said a philosophical Darling. “It’s going to be tough from there, but we’ll see what happens.”

Continual Hanover won his Semi-final, his third straight victory, posting a 1:51.2 clocking for Jamieson. Milton resident Randy Waples will steer the Bettors Delight son from Post 7 in Saturday’s $50,000 Championship, while Jamieson is back in the race bike behind St Lads Moonwalk. The three-year-old pacing colts square off in the ninth race on the program.

The two-year-old pacing colts wrap up the Championship in Race 10, with The Dark Shadow (Shadow Play) and Jamieson starting from Post 3, Waples sending Master The View (Vintage Master) out from Post 5 and Saftic teaming Trident Seelster (Big Jim) from Post 7. The Dark Shadow and Master The View finished second and fifth behind Tymal Peacemaker in last Thursday’s Semi-final round and Trident Seelster was fourth in the other split, won by Bet On Brett.

“The Dark Shadow, he’s my best shot in the two-year-olds. He’s just a really nice colt, but there again it’s a tough division,” said Darling, who also owns all five colts. “And the other two, nice colts too, but we’re just fighting for a cheque with them.

“But you never know, it’s a horse race,” added the Cambridge resident.

Since narrowing his focus to Ontario Sired young horses in 2012, Darling has consistently ranked among the top 10 trainers in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, with his stable of 15 to 20 horses earning more than $400,000 in the last three seasons.

“I just don’t like the travelling so much anymore, as far as racing. I just kind of like to stay close to home,” the trainer explained. “So I just decided to put my money into the Ontario Sired program, and just try to buy the best Ontario Sired yearlings I can and go from there.”

Each fall Darling sells his three-year-olds at the end of their stakes season and acquires eight to 10 yearlings. He was among the leading buyers at the season opening Canadian Yearling Sale on Sunday, Sept. 18, acquiring sale topping pacing colt Brunos From Mars (Mach Three) for $105,000 and pacing fillies Warrawee Templar (Shadow Play) for $42,000, Write Me A Song (Sportswriter) for $47,000 and Northern Roulette (Shadow Play) for $50,000.

“I’m a little ahead of schedule,” said Darling with a chuckle. The horseman will also be shopping at the Lexington Selected Sale Oct. 4 to 8, the Forest City Yearling Sale on Oct. 23 and the Harrisburg Yearling Sale Nov. 7 to 11. “You just never know how it’s going to work out. It just turns out that I found a few that I really liked and the prices were okay, so I got them bought. Sometimes you go and things just don’t click, you just can’t quite find what you want, and then when you do, they just maybe go for a little bit too much.”

Darling will get the youngsters started and then hand them off to colleagues while he and wife Ann head to Florida for their annual winter break. By the first of April the group will be reassembled at Classy Lane Training Centre in Puslinch and Darling will be doing what he enjoys most.

“Racing horses doesn’t excite me like it used to,” admitted Darling, who has been training since he graduated from Exeter’s South Huron District High School in 1972. “I just like the babies, I like buying the yearlings and training the two-year-olds and racing the two-year-olds. That’s what I like to do.”

With five hopefuls prepping for Saturday’s Grassroots Championship, Darling’s focus on buying Ontario Sired yearlings and doing the work he enjoys most is clearly paying off.

Grassroots Championship Night gets under way at 7:30 pm, with the eight Finals slated as Races 2 through 6, 8, 9 and 10. The $311,000 Milton Stakes for aged pacing mares, dominated by former Ontario Sires Stakes stars, goes postward as Race 7.

In addition to the on-track excitement, those arriving early will receive an Ontario Racing t-shirt with their program purchase and fans can play the popular Ontario Sires Stakes Trivia Spin and Win game. On Thursday, the SC website will open the first of two online Handicapping contests in concert with the Ontario Sires Stakes Championship events, with $1,500 in cash prizes up for grabs in the OSS Grassroots Pick 8.

To view the entries for Saturday night, click on one of the following links: Saturday Entries – Mohawk RacetrackSaturday Program Pages (courtesy TrackIT).

(with files from OSS)

(Standardbred Canada)

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
L5N 6R6

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
Liste des adresses courriel
Ou nous visiter au
2150 Boul. Meadowvale
Mississauga, Ontario
L5N 6R6

(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