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2009-10-25T00:00:00-04:00October 25, 2009|

Steacy advances two more to Grassroots Finals

GLOUCESTER, ON — After qualifying all four of his two-year-old starters for their respective Grassroots Finals on Friday, trainer Mark Steacy added a pair of three-year-olds to the trailer load he will ship back to Rideau Carleton Raceway next Sunday for the $800,000 Championship event. Steacy got an assist on his successful Sunday evening from

2009-10-23T00:00:00-04:00October 23, 2009|

Jamieson nearly flawless in Ottawa Friday

GLOUCESTER, ON — Driver Jody Jamieson had the magic touch at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening, capturing six of eight freshman Grassroots Semifinals. Canada's leading reinsman got off to a quick start in the first $30,000 Semifinal, piloting two-year-old trotting filly Canada Cool to a track record victory in 1:59.1. Starting from Post 3,

2009-10-22T00:00:00-04:00October 22, 2009|

Smith hoping Skyla is on her best behaviour Sunday

GLOUCESTER, ON — Sophomores take centre stage at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening, as 64 of the top trotters and pacers in Ontario square off in eight $30,000 Grassroots Semifinals. The top four from each Semifinal will advance to their respective $100,000 Grassroots Final on Nov. 1, and Woodlawn resident John Smith is hoping

2009-10-20T00:00:00-04:00October 20, 2009|

Steacy to harness quartet in Semifinal round Friday

GLOUCESTER, ON — Ontario's harness racing stars flock to Rideau Carleton Raceway this weekend as the Ottawa oval plays host to eight two-year-old Grassroots Semifinals on Friday and eight three-year-old Grassroots Semifinals on Sunday. Trainer Mark Steacy will be a fixture at Rideau Carleton on both nights as his powerful Lansdowne stable attempts to qualify

2009-10-18T00:00:00-04:00October 18, 2009|

Brewer earns pair of Grassroots trophies in London

LONDON, ON — Jason Brewer scored a Grassroots double at Western Fair Raceway on Saturday evening, piloting three-year-old pacing colts My Gift To You and Lexis Star to victory in the first two $24,000 divisions. In the opening race of the evening, Brewer and My Gift To You led the field from start to finish,

2009-10-17T00:00:00-04:00October 17, 2009|

Stonebridge Diva battles to fifth Grassroots victory

INNISFIL, ON — Grassroots division leader Stonebridge Diva fought her way to a flawless record in regular season action with a narrow victory at Georgian Downs on Friday evening. The three-year-old trotting filly and driver Kevin Wallis charged off the Georgian Downs starting gate from Post 8 and reached the opening quarter in :28.3. The

2009-10-14T00:00:00-04:00October 14, 2009|

Freshman fillies put on a show for Flamboro fans

DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs fans were treated to five outstanding performances from the two-year-old pacing fillies in their last regular season Grassroots event on Wednesday afternoon. Four of the five $24,000 divisions were decided by less than one length, starting with the lightly rated EL Miss Aces, who got a neck in front of

2009-10-13T00:00:00-04:00October 13, 2009|

Little Man giving long time owners a little fun

LONDON, ON — Little Man has not enjoyed a great deal of luck in the Grassroots program this season, but that has not prevented Brian Lee from enjoying the experience of campaigning his first Ontario Sires Stakes starter. "He's the first horse I've ever had that was able to race in the OSS," says the

2009-10-13T00:00:00-04:00October 13, 2009|

Sinclair hopes Windsong Felicity is her old self Friday

INNISFIL, ON — Friday night's three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots event at Georgian Downs is a make or break affair for a number of youngsters hoping to make a last minute leap into the post season. Among the hopefuls is local filly Windsong Felicity, who is ranked twenty-third in the division standings with a total of

2009-10-13T00:00:00-04:00October 13, 2009|

Northern Kitti finishes regular season in top form

FRASERVILLE, ON — Northern Kitti delivered the sharpest effort of the four two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots divisions hosted by Kawartha Downs on Tuesday afternoon. The Dan Creighton trainee controlled the fourth $24,000 division from start to finish, accelerating away from Post 2 to a :29.3 opening quarter and carrying on through a 1:00 half, a