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2008-10-20T00:00:00-04:00October 20, 2008|

Voelz Hanover impressive in elimination win

TORONTO, ON — Neither of the sophomore pacing fillies favoured in Monday evening's Gold Eliminations managed to deliver the anticipated result in their first appearance of the season over the Woodbine Racetrack oval. In the first $40,000 elimination, Voelz Hanover grabbed the early lead and took the field of eight fillies to a :27 opening

2008-10-17T00:00:00-04:00October 17, 2008|

Local trotting colts score impressive Semifinal victories

DUNDAS, ON — Two-year-old trotting colt Lukas Rossi extended his Grassroots win streak to three with an impressive victory in his $30,000 Semifinal at Flamboro Downs on Friday night. "He's all right this colt, he's got some high speed," said trainer Ron O'Neill of Cambridge. "He looks like he could be a really nice colt."

2008-10-16T00:00:00-04:00October 16, 2008|

Changing Gears hoping to shift into overdrive Monday

TORONTO, ON — Ontario's talented three-year-old pacing fillies kick off Woodbine Racetrack's 2008 Sires Stakes season on Monday evening, and Toronto resident Randy Bennett is hoping that an inside post will help Changing Gears earn a top finish in the second of two $40,000 Gold Eliminations. "I'm knocking on the wood on my desk right

2008-10-16T00:00:00-04:00October 16, 2008|

Mackenzie steers Giddy Up Lucky to Semifinal victory

DUNDAS, ON — The margin of victory was smaller than he has become used to, and the time was well off the Ontario Sires Stakes record he set at Flamboro Downs in the summer, but three-year-old pacing colt Giddy Up Lucky maintained his perfect Grassroots record in the Semifinal round on Thursday night. "It was

2008-10-13T00:00:00-04:00October 13, 2008|

Sophomores go for broke at Flamboro Thursday

DUNDAS, ON — When Ontario's top three-year-old trotters and pacers line up behind the starting gate at Flamboro Downs on Thursday, all the hard work they did to get into the Grassroots Semifinals ceases to matter. All eight starters in each Semifinal are on equal footing, and they all share the same goal, a top

2008-10-13T00:00:00-04:00October 13, 2008|

Freshmen Semifinalists ready their game faces for Friday

DUNDAS, ON — This Friday, on the second night of Grassroots Semifinal action at Flamboro Downs, sixty-four of the province's most talented two-year-olds will bring their �A' game to the Dundas oval in search of a berth in their Grassroots Championship. Trotting filly B Cor Tanya heads into her $30,000 Semifinal off a lacklustre performance

2008-10-12T00:00:00-04:00October 12, 2008|

Whatta Hotty defends her Gold Final title in Ottawa

OTTAWA, ON — Whatta Hotty kicked off her owners' Thanksgiving Day celebrations with an impressive $140,000 Gold Final victory at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening. The defending three-year-old trotting filly Gold Final champion was eased away from Post 3 by regular reinsman Garrett Whelan and was sitting second last when Pleasure Girls reached the

2008-10-11T00:00:00-04:00October 11, 2008|

Surrealist paints a perfect victory in Kawartha Gold Final

FRASERVILLE, ON — Two-year-old pacing colt Surrealist cruised to an effortless victory on Saturday evening in the richest race ever offered at Kawartha Downs. Starting from Post 4 in the $180,000 Gold Final, Surrealist surged away from the starting gate and was on top by one and a half lengths when he swept by the

2008-10-10T00:00:00-04:00October 10, 2008|

Stonebridge Breeze flawless in return to Grassroots

LONDON, ON — Freshman pacing filly Stonebridge Breeze cruised to an effortless victory in the last of five Grassroots divisions at Western Fair Raceway on Friday evening. In rein to Doug McNair, the Camluck miss accelerated away from Post 1 and commanded the race from start to finish, reaching the wire one and three-quarter lengths

2008-10-09T00:00:00-04:00October 9, 2008|

Abby Kadabra makes her Gold Final debut Sunday

OTTAWA, ON — When Rene Laarman heads to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday with three-year-old trotting filly Abby Kadabra, the trainer has an advantage not shared by any of his peers. "If we're stuck, I give Mel a call and he'll get his silks out of the closet and go warm her up for me,"