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2012-08-31T00:00:00-04:00August 31, 2012|

The Golden Child hoping to find some luck at home Tuesday

INNISFIL, ON — Mark Etsell and his partners named the second generation product of their breeding program The Golden Child, but heading into Tuesday's Grassroots event at Georgian Downs the trainer says The Problem Child might have been a more appropriate moniker. "Just bad luck," says Etsell about the three-year-old trotting gelding's sophomore season. "Unfortunate

2012-08-30T00:00:00-04:00August 30, 2012|

Lexus Helios’s star rises with Gold Final triumph

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Heading into last week's Gold Elimination Norm Dunstan felt Lexus Helios was rounding into peak form and would be able to hold her own against the top three-year-old trotting fillies in the province. The filly finished a steady fourth in her elimination to qualify for Thursday night's $130,000 Gold Final and Dunstan's

2012-08-30T00:00:00-04:00August 30, 2012|

Hiddenbrooke hoping for success over Flamboro half-mile

DUNDAS, ON — Hiddenbrooke's best Grassroots results have come on half-mile ovals and Gaetan Hebert is hoping the three-year-old pacing filly can deliver another solid effort when the provincial program stops at Flamboro Downs on Sunday. "She's pretty good on a smaller track," says the Waterdown resident. "That's where she's made her money is on

2012-08-29T00:00:00-04:00August 29, 2012|

Chapple’s colts will reunite in Dresden Monday

DRESDEN, ON — Ontario's exciting two-year-old pacing colts sweep into Dresden Raceway on Monday for the second last Grassroots contest of their regular season. Looking to add a few more points to his tally and extend his freshman campaign is Can He Go, who was bred and raised in Chatham by Rob Chapple. In his

2012-08-28T00:00:00-04:00August 28, 2012|

Ysebaert expecting another gritty effort from Expresso Yourself

SARNIA, ON — Paul Ysebaert and Bob McIntosh have been buying, breeding and racing horses together for two decades and the latest product of their partnership will be lining up behind the Hiawatha Horse Park starting gate on Saturday in the fourth of six Grassroots divisions. Expresso Yourself heads into the Sarnia contest on a

2012-08-28T00:00:00-04:00August 28, 2012|

Mach A Wish blows out Gold Final candles at Mohawk

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Tony O'Sullivan had a hunch that Mach A Wish could compete with Ontario's top three-year-old pacing lasses and his intuition paid off on Monday evening as the filly sailed to a Gold Final triumph at Mohawk Racetrack. With Rick Zeron back in the race bike, Mach A Wish lined up behind

2012-08-27T00:00:00-04:00August 27, 2012|

Classy trotting filly aiming for Gold Final success Thursday

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Paul MacDonell qualified two Mike Keeling trained trotting fillies for Thursday night's $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, but the reinsman had committed to Sugar Wheeler well before he engineered the results of last week's eliminations. The Guelph resident has driven the three-year-old trotting lass in all but two of her 20

2012-08-27T00:00:00-04:00August 27, 2012|

Shift in plans leads filly to Friday’s Grassroots contest

ELORA, ON — When Ben Baillargeon was plotting Cool Creek Breeze's sophomore season he did not expect the filly to be competing in Friday's Grassroots event at Grand River Raceway, but he also did not expect her to land him in hospital in early May. On May 1 Cool Creek Breeze reared up and struck

2012-08-26T00:00:00-04:00August 26, 2012|

Michaels Power becomes a millionaire in Ottawa

OTTAWA, ON — Michaels Power moved into the millionaires circle on Sunday night at Rideau Carleton Raceway with a commanding track record performance in the three-year-old pacing colt Gold Final. With regular reinsman Scott Zeron in the race bike Michaels Power waged an early battle with I Found My Beach for control of the front

2012-08-25T00:00:00-04:00August 25, 2012|

Prestidigitator wins epic Gold Final battle in track record time

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Three-year-old trotting colt rivals Prestidigitator and Knows Nothing lined up beside each other at the start of Saturday night's $130,000 Gold Final and less than two minutes later they thundered across the Mohawk Racetrack finish line in the same formation. Cold Certified was quickest away, firing out from Post 1 to a