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2012-09-30T00:00:00-04:00September 30, 2012|

Guelph residents are stars of the Grassroots Championships

ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway hosted the Grassroots Championships for the first time on Saturday evening and the stars of the $800,000 show were local horsemen Doug and Gregg McNair. Trainer Gregg McNair harnessed four starters in three Grassroots Championships and carried home three trophies. Driver Doug piloted four of his six Grassroots Championship

2012-09-28T00:00:00-04:00September 28, 2012|

Its No Secret defends her Gold Final title at Flamboro

DUNDAS, ON — In spite of starting from Post 7, two-year-old pacing filly Its No Secret was able to defend her Gold Final title at Flamboro Downs on Friday evening. With Guelph resident Anthony MacDonald in the race bike, Its No Secret fired away from the starting gate and dropped onto the rail behind fan

2012-09-28T00:00:00-04:00September 28, 2012|

Time off was no summer vacation for trotting filly

ELORA, ON — On July 21 Lovely Vacation captured the Canadian Breeders Championship with a gritty front end effort, and that is the last time this summer that the three-year-old trotting filly raced. "We had the vet come in and do a hock injection and unfortunately it got infected. She spent three weeks at the

2012-09-28T00:00:00-04:00September 28, 2012|

Freshman trotters star at Georgian Downs Tuesday

INNISFIL, ON — Cool Victory landed Post 1 for the Tuesday, Oct. 2 Gold Final at Georgian Downs and trainer John Kopas figures the two-year-old trotting gelding is going to need all the assistance his inside post can provide. "We need it. That's a heck of a nice colt of Ben's (Baillargeon)," says Kopas, referring

2012-09-28T00:00:00-04:00September 28, 2012|

Trainers hope versatility and consistency pay off Saturday

ELORA, ON — Cams Macharena and Sly Ruler may not have hit the wire first in their Semifinal battles, but trainer Tony O'Sullivan thinks the freshman pacers will still be among the favourites in Saturday night's Grassroots Championships at Grand River Raceway. "With a little bit of luck I feel we're as competent as anybody,"

2012-09-28T00:00:00-04:00September 28, 2012|

Up Up And Out soars to first Gold Final victory

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario's two-year-old pacing colts have been impressive since their debut at Mohawk Racetrack in June and they gave Campbellville area fans another thrilling finish in Friday's $130,000 Gold Final. Former Gold Final winner Tarpon Hanover was awarded favoured status by a small margin over last week's first time elimination winner Mach It

2012-09-27T00:00:00-04:00September 27, 2012|

Shepherd faces tough decision, opts for Panongahela

ELORA, ON — When David Menary and Robert Shepherd swept the two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots Semifinals last week it put driver Shepherd in the difficult position of having to choose which talented young pacer to drive in this Saturday's $100,000 Grassroots Championship. The Cambridge resident opted for Panongahela from Post 7, leaving Panpero Firpo for

2012-09-26T00:00:00-04:00September 26, 2012|

McNair quartet readying for Grassroots Championships

ELORA, ON — Trainer Gregg McNair sent four horses into the Grassroots Semifinal fray at Grand River Raceway last week and all four delivered top three finishes to secure a second trip to the Elora oval for this Saturday's $800,000 Grassroots Championship. On Wednesday, Sept. 19 the three-year-olds arrived at Grand River Raceway for their

2012-09-25T00:00:00-04:00September 25, 2012|

Murmur Hanover triumphs in track record time

INNISFIL, ON — Ontario's exciting two-year-old trotting colts put on an impressive show for Georgian Downs fans in two $40,000 Gold Eliminations on Tuesday evening. In the opening split two-time Gold Final winner Murmur Hanover and driver Mario Baillargeon fired away from Post 7 to reach the opening quarter in a sharp :27.4. Baillargeon eased

2012-09-25T00:00:00-04:00September 25, 2012|

Menary’s trio hoping to get the job done at Mohawk Friday

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Three of the 10 starters in Friday night's $130,000 Gold Final will hail from the Dave Menary stable — two of them former Gold Final champions — so the Cheltenham resident is feeling fairly hopeful that one of his two-year-old pacing colts can reach the Mohawk Racetrack finish line first. "I'm pretty