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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,"

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

Trotting colts deliver thrills in Grassroots finale

OTTAWA, ON — Ontario's talented two-year-old trotting colts wrapped up their Grassroots season with a trio of thrilling races at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening. The excitement started to build in the first $20,000 Grassroots division when pocket sitter O Grady reeled in pacesetter Agusto at the top of the stretch, and then found

2008-10-08T00:00:00-04:00October 8, 2008|

The Mash Potato will have shot at defending title

WINDSOR, ON — Ontario's talented three-year-old trotting colts wrapped up their Grassroots regular season at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday evening, and last year's division champion The Mash Potato pulled out a squeaker to earn his shot at a second title. After capturing the two-year-old trotting colt title in convincing fashion, The Mash Potato started his

2008-10-08T00:00:00-04:00October 8, 2008|

Ponder Seelster’s owners on tenterhooks until Monday

DUNDAS, ON — In order to secure a berth in the post season, Ponder Seelster was in a must win situation at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday evening. However, by the time the two-year-old pacing colt stepped onto the Dundas oval for the fourth Grassroots division, the sloppy surface had been rated four seconds slower than

2008-10-08T00:00:00-04:00October 8, 2008|

Surrealist hoping to earn a share of record high purse

FRASERVILLE, ON — Seven of Ontario's finest two-year-old pacing colts are headed to Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening to compete for a Gold Final title and a share of the biggest purse the Fraserville oval has ever offered. A cool $180,000 is up for grabs in the seventh race, and trainer Chadwick Schmiedge is hoping

2008-10-07T00:00:00-04:00October 7, 2008|

Shake That Junk victorious in Grassroots return

FRASERVILLE, ON — Shake That Junk started her Ontario Sires Stakes season with an impressive 1:53.4 win in Grassroots action, and the three-year-old pacing filly wrapped up the year at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday evening with an equally impressive mile in an identical clocking. After struggling through a trio of Gold Series events with only

2008-10-07T00:00:00-04:00October 7, 2008|

Lunar Stream sharp in Grassroots win Tuesday

WINDSOR, ON — Tuesday night's Grassroots event at Windsor Raceway was a make or break situation for a number of two-year-old trotting fillies, and Lindys Goddess set the standard for accomplishment with a 2:02.2 score in the first $20,000 division that vaulted her into a berth for the lucrative post season. With Hall of Fame

2008-10-06T00:00:00-04:00October 6, 2008|

Whatta Hotty cruises to third straight victory in Ottawa

GLOUCESTER, ON — While the other Gold Elimination winners had to fight their way into the Rideau Carleton Raceway winner's circle on Sunday night, reigning Gold Final champion Whatta Hotty cruised home a two and one-quarter length winner in an effortless 1:57.3. Starting out from Post 4 in the third $40,000 Gold Elimination, driver Garrett

2008-10-06T00:00:00-04:00October 6, 2008|

Pacing colts ready for final Grassroots clash Thursday

SARNIA, ON — When the three-year-old pacing colts arrive at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening, Jim Ainsworth trainee Bigmizndrstnding is going to find himself in a place that has become all too familiar. "This is the third time we've raced him in the Grassroots and the second time we've drawn against Giddy Up Lucky,"

2008-10-06T00:00:00-04:00October 6, 2008|

Talented pacing fillies return to Grassroots Friday

LONDON, ON — After a three month hiatus Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Western Fair Raceway this Friday with five Grassroots divisions for the exquisite two-year-old pacing fillies. Dave Lemon trainee Daylon Highlander returns to Grassroots action off her own hiatus. The Mach Three daughter has missed the last two months of racing due