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News - September 2017

2017-09-30T00:00:00-04:00September 30, 2017|

Grassroots champions sparkle at Mohawk Racetrack

Eighty of the best trotters and pacers in Ontario gathered at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening for the 2017 Grassroots Championships, competing for a total of $400,000 in eight divisional battles. The two-year-old trotting fillies kicked things off in the first race and trainer John Bax swept the top three spots with his entry of

2017-09-28T00:00:00-04:00September 28, 2017|

Ontario trainers hoping for strength in numbers Saturday

A total of $400,000 is up for grabs in Saturday's Grassroots Championships at Mohawk Racetrack and in four of the division finals one of Ontario's leading trainers will take aim at the top prize with a squadron of talent. John Bax, Jack Darling, Dr. Ian Moore and Mark Steacy will each harness at least three

2017-09-27T00:00:00-04:00September 27, 2017|

On A Sunny Day wraps up regular season in record-setting style

Ontario's talented three-year-old trotting fillies brought Grand River Raceway's 2017 season to a thrilling conclusion on Wednesday evening as they battled to a track, Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record in the last race of the program. With $125,000 and the last set of points toward a Super Final berth on the line, the fillies

2017-09-26T00:00:00-04:00September 26, 2017|

Hometown filly scores Gold win number four at Mohawk

Two-year-old trotting filly Kadabra Queen scored her fourth straight Gold Series win at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, dropping her personal best by a full two seconds. Starting from Post 4 in the $126,600 contest, driver Scott Colter eased Kadabra Queen off the starting gate and dropped into fifth as Illusioneesta battled to a :27.2

2017-09-26T00:00:00-04:00September 26, 2017|

T Barrr delivers timely win for Fleming and McNair

Gregg McNair and Ian Fleming have bred and owned horses together for years, but when two-year-old trotting gelding T Barrr arrived in the winner's circle at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening, McNair learned the partnership did not include the newly minted Gold Series winner. "I asked him if I owned part of him, but he

2017-09-13T00:00:00-04:00September 13, 2017|

Grassroots regular season comes to a close in Elora

The 2017 Grassroots regular season came to a close at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening with two divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts. Five colts squared off in the first $17,750 division and Leaderofthepack took quick command, reaching the quarter in :30. Fan favourite Nobodynosjustice and Jula Downton followed, with the other two competitors

2017-09-12T00:00:00-04:00September 12, 2017|

Hard luck When You Dance just misses Grassroots final

Thirty-four freshman pacing colts and geldings arrived at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday night ready to battle in the last Grassroots event of their regular season and the novices put on an impressive show for the Campbellville oval's fans. When You Dance and driver Doug McNair kicked things off in the first $18,800 division, firing to

2017-09-12T00:00:00-04:00September 12, 2017|

Bax and Byron sweep Grassroots at Flamboro Downs

Driver Steve Byron and trainer John Bax teamed up to win all three $18,800 divisions of the last regular season Grassroots event for two-year-old trotting fillies at Flamboro Downs on Tuesday evening. Byron and Bax kicked off their successful evening in Race 1 with Warrawee Trip, who led from gate-to-wire in a contest reduced to

2017-09-11T00:00:00-04:00September 11, 2017|

Southwind General goes to top of class with third Grassroots win

Ontario's three-year-old pacing colts delivered their Grassroots swan song at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening on a night that also featured eliminations for the Peaceful Way and William Wellwood Memorial for the novice trotting fillies and colts. In the first $18,800 Grassroots contest fans sent Wildriverbumblebee off as their top choice and the Sportswriter son

2017-09-10T00:00:00-04:00September 10, 2017|

MacDonald pilots Askmysecretary to championship berth

Rideau Carleton Raceway wrapped up its 2017 Ontario Sires Stakes season with the final Grassroots event for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday evening. In the first $18,800 Grassroots division heavy favourite Neon Moon cruised to a three length victory over Color Envy and Love Kills, taking control just after the :27.4 quarter and leading