Signature races attract solid nominations at Grand River Raceway
ELORA, ON — Despite significant reformatting, the show of support was strong for the 2013 editions of Grand River Raceway’s Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles.
The 16th annual Battle Of Waterloo is for ON-sired two-year-old pacing colts. A total of 130 colts have been nominated to start in the eliminations on July 29 for $12,500 per division. The Consolation is valued at $20,000 and the Final will be raced for $125,000 (E).
The fifth annual Battle Of The Belles is for ON-sired two-year-old pacing fillies. A total of 121 fillies have been nominated to start in the eliminations on July 29 for $10,000 per division. The Consolation is valued at $15,000 and the Final will be contested for $75,000 (E).
The signature races will be showcased during the track’s annual Industry Day Celebration. This year marks the 23rd edition of the afternoon event which takes place on Monday, August 5.
Conditions for both races were overhauled, including a single eligibility payment (versus three) and a nomination deadline of April 30. These changes were necessary for 2013, given the time restraints created by the delay of the Ontario racing calendar, post-SARP.
A sponsorship of $75,000 from the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) has ensured the continuation of these popular races. (GRAS is the parent company of the Elora, ON track.) The sum will be split with $50,000 going to the total purse for the Battle Of Waterloo and $25,000 going to the total purse for the Battle Of The Belles.
Signature races reformatted but alive at Grand River Raceway: New April 30th Deadline For Nomination Payments
ELORA, ON — A sponsorship of $75,000 from the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) has ensured the continuation of the Battle Of Waterloo and the Battle Of The Belles during the 2013 edition of the annual Industry Day Celebration at Grand River Raceway.
GRAS is the parent company of the Elora, ON track. The Board Of Directors voted to extend the cash as a base for the races, which are the highlight of the track’s annual Industry Day Celebration. This year marks the 23rd edition of the popular afternoon event which takes place on Monday, August 5.
2012 Battle Of Waterloo Champ Tarpon Hanover (with Scott Zeron)
The sum will be split with $50,000 going toward the total purse for the Battle Of Waterloo and $25,000 going toward the total purse for the Battle Of The Belles.
The classification for these races remains the same. The 16th annual Battle Of Waterloo is for ON-sired two-year-old pacing colts. The 5th annual Battle Of The Belles is for ON-sired two-year-old pacing fillies.
Both races have been extensively reformatted, including a single eligibility payment (versus three). This change was necessary for 2013, given the time restraints created by the delay of the Ontario racing calendar post-SARP.
Some of the 2013 highlights include:
There is only one nomination payment, which must be postmarked by April 30/13.
• Battle Of Waterloo: $600 ($620 US)
• Battle Of The Belles: $400 ($415 US)
• Battle Of Waterloo Final: $100,000 G | $125,000 E
• Battle Of The Belles Final: $60,000 G | $75,000 E
• Battle Of Waterloo Elims: $12,500/division
• Battle Of The Belles Elims: $10,000/division
• Battle Of Waterloo Consolation: $20,000
• Battle Of The Belles Consolation: $15,000
ELIM STARTING FEES: • Battle Of Waterloo Starting Fee: $750
• Battle Of The Belles: $500
Grand River Raceway reminds all entrants that at press time, the race dates referred to in the conditions for the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles are subject to confirmation by the ORC.
Visit this site’s STAKING section to download nomination forms and complete conditions for both races.
Notice to owners of horses eligible to the 2013 Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles:
Given the current situation in the Ontario racing industry, with regards to the discontinuation of the Slots At Racetracks Program (SAR), Grand River Raceway is unable to post conditions, entry forms, etc. for these two stake races.
This is normally the time of year when we market these races to owners of eligible colts and fillies in hopes of drawing your nominations and entry fees. At the time of this posting, the details of these races, and our 2013 live racing season, are unclear.
Beyond March 31, 2013, there are no certainties about our operation. As such, we have suspended our usual call for entries for these two stake races.
We will update this notice as details are defined.
If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Spencer at Grand River Raceway at (519) 886-7041.
A perfect summer afternoon set the stage for Grand River Raceway’s 22nd annual Industry Day event, and it was Menary who triumphed in both of the two biggest dashes of the day. The 33-year-old trainer took the lion’s share of the races’ combined race purses of $450,000.
Menary’s sweep began with Macharoundtheclock as she scored her first career win in the fourth edition of the $150,000 Battle Of The Belles. With Jody Jamieson at the helm, the Mach Three filly left from post six, got away last and swept the field at the three-quarter pole to finish a length over Raise Your Glass (Scott Zeron) and race favourite Its No Secret (Anthony MacDonald). She stopped the clock in 1:55.1, tying the stakes record set in 2010.
Macharoundtheclock was a $50,000 yearling. To date she has earned $82,440 in just three lifetime starts for Menary who co-owns the filly with his father Larry, plus Ken Ewen and Denis Breton.
Breton was back in the winners circle in the track’s signature race, the $300,000 Battle Of Waterloo. Menary trainee Tarpon Hanover was the betting favourite heading into the 15th edition of the race. The Badlands Hanover colt didn’t disappoint as he cruised to a seven-length victory in a new stakes and track record of 1:53. Mach Pride (Anthony MacDonald) finished second followed by Bad Boy Hill (Randy Waples).
Breton and Menary share ownership of the colt with Brad Gray and Bruce Norris. Tarpon Hanover was an $82,000 yearling and has now banked $242,250. His 1:53 mile bests the stake record of 1:53.2 set by Menary trainee Prodigal Seelster in the 2010 Battle Of Waterloo, and matched last week by elimination winner Mach Pride.
For driver Scott Zeron, it was his second consecutive Battle Of Waterloo driving title after winning the 2011 edition with Machapelo.
As part of the Industry Day festivities, Grand River Raceway awarded Jody Jamieson bobbleheads with the redemption of a program voucher. The 200 dolls were gone within 10 minutes as a line circled the tarmac. Jamieson met fans and signed dolls prior to his first drive of the afternoon — Clik N in the Jim Lehman Memorial Race. The winning steer kicked off a driving triple for Jamieson.
He was back in the winners circle in the next dash for the $20,000 consolation race for the Battle Of The Belles. Jamieson controlled the pace from start to finish with Mary Celeste, finishing four lengths the best in a new lifetime mark of 1:55.4. The homebred Your Nemesis miss is owned by trainer Stephen Gillard and his wife Marilyn. The couple won the 2011 Battle Of The Belles Final with Your Beautiful.
Randy Waples had two wins on the card, starting with the $30,000 Battle Of Waterloo Consolation. Windsong Joker managed his third career win in five starts for trainer Barry Treen and owner Leonard Gamble.
Waples was back for the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final with Creampuff Macdaddy, a 9-1 winner in a new career best of 2:00.2 for owner Doug Millard of Woodstock. Trained by Brad Maxwell, the two-year-old trotting colt is a winner of two races from four career starts and $86,920.
Other winners on the $714,000 card included 2005 Battle Of Waterloo champ Button Up. Now nine, the 4-1 shot came on gamely in the stretch of race eight to record his 34th lifetime win and bump his earnings to $690,000 for Sure Gain Stable of St. Marys. He’s trained by Mark Horner and driven by Mike Horner.
The on-track handle for Grand River Raceway’s 2012 Industry Day event was up 16 percent over 2011 (from $90,559 to $104,974). The overall handle was up 12 percent (from $225,684 to $251,926).
It’s 10:19 a.m. on Industry Day and we’re working busily to put the final touches in place for a great afternoon. Our richest card ever at $714,000 … Hall Of Fame reunion with Goodtimes and Dave Wall … Jody Jamieson Bobbleheads … plenty of great stuff for the wee colts & fillies in your family …. and did I mention the weather is PERFECT?! Join us! Post time 1:30.
If you can’t join us on-track (and it’s a shame if you can’t!) you can watch our broadcast online starting at 1:00. Program available in PDF here.
Tarpon Hanover ... the 9-5 morningline favourite for the 15th annual $300,000 Battle Of Waterloo on Industry Day, August 6, 2012 . Post time 1:30. (IRON HORSE PHOTO)
Whoosh! Pow! Bam! Each year, Grand River Raceway creates a video tribute to starters in its signature race, the $300,000 Battle Of Waterloo and its companion dash, the $150,000 Battle Of The Belles.
With names like Soevil, Glinda Good Witch and Kamkar Kutie, it’s fitting that the 2012 theme is based on a comic book design.
The Amazing Battle Of The Belles
The Incredible Battle Of Waterloo
Both races are part of the track’s 22nd annual Industry Day Celebration, this Monday, August 6 at 1:30 p.m. It will be Grand River Raceway’s richest card to date with 11 races worth a total of nearly $700,000.
Elimination races for Grand River Raceway’s Industry Day event were contested this evening, July 30.
A total of eight elimination dashes were featured for three stake events: the $300,000 Battle Of Waterloo (ON-sired two-year-old pacing colts); the $150,000 Battle Of The Belles (ON-sired two-year-old pacing fillies); and the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for two-year-old trotting colts.
All three finals will be featured on an 11-race afternoon card valued at nearly $700,000 on Monday, August 6.
In each elimination event, a new Canadian or North American season record over a half-mile track was set.
Creampuff Macdaddy was the first record-setter, trotting to his maiden win in the first of three $40,000 OSS elimination rounds. The 19-1 longshot won in 2:01 for trainer Brad Maxwell and driver Jack Moiseyev.
Creampuff Macdaddy: 19-1 winner in OSS Elim #1 in 2:01 -- a Canadian season record (over a 1/2 mile track)
Raise Your Glass won the first elimination division for the Battle Of The Belles in a new Canadian season record of 1:58. Scott Zeron piloted the filly to complete a natural driving hat-trick.
The Anthony Monica trainee held the mark for just a few races though before Its No Secret churned in her third career victory, pacing to the wire in 1:56. It was driver Anthony MacDonald’s third win of the night.
Its No Secret in 1:56 -- a Canadian season record (over a 1/2 mile track)
Its No Secret is one of two Shawn Robinson students to advance to the fourth annual Battle Of The Belles. Burlesque was a third-place finisher in the second division with Trevor Henry at the controls.
Mach Pride tied the track record of 1:53.2 for freshman pacers set by Prodigal Seelster in 2010. The clocking is also a new North American season record over a half-mile track. It was the Mach Three son’s fifth win in seven outings for trainer Louie Eftimiadis and owner Gerald Mijal.
Mach Pride in 1:53.2: Ties the track record for 2-year-old pacing colts and sets a North American season record (over a 1/2 mile track)
Race favourite Tarpon Hanover finished a length back in second for Dave Menary, who will have two contenders in the final. Windsong Jack was the 1-9 favourite in his division and in a new career best of 1:55.1.
Menary was the 2010 winner of the Battle Of Waterloo with Prodigal Seelster. He’ll also have a hopeful for the Battle Of The Belles with Macharoundtheclock. She was second to Its No Secret in the second elimination.
The fourth annual Battle Of The Belles and 15th annual Battle Of Waterloo and will go postward as races nine and 11, respectively, during Industry Day at Grand River Raceway on Monday, August 6. Post time for race one on Industry Day is 1:30 p.m.
Post position draws for all three stake races were conducted on July 30. The following are the fields for the finals on Industry Day:
POST POSITION DRAW FOR OSS GOLD FINAL
FILTHY PADDY tr: Robert MacKenzie dr: Jody Jamieson
SAM HAYES tr: Don Lindsey dr: Dave Boughton
SPARKY GYPSY tr: Chris Beaver dr: Anthony MacDonald
THIRD PAT tr: Ed Greeno dr: Ed Greeno
PHOTO MASS tr: Carl Jamieson dr: Jody Jamieson
GOTTA SECRET tr: Richard Moreau dr: Roger Mayotte
DEWER KASH tr: Joe Parkinson dr: Steve Byron
CREAMPUFF MACDADDY tr: Brad Maxwell dr: Jack Moiseyev
MAJESTIZED tr: Linda Duncan dr: Jack Moiseyev
POST POSITION DRAW FOR BATTLE OF WATERLOO
SOEVIL tr: Scott Osterhott dr: Trevor Henry
BAD BOY HILL tr: Rod Boyd dr: Anthony MacDonald
BOBBY HILL tr: Casie Coleman dr: Jody Jamieson
WINDSONG JACK tr: Dave Menary dr: Scott Zeron
SANTANNA ONE tr: Jeff Gillis dr: Jody Jamieson
TARPON HANOVER tr: Dave Menary dr: Scott Zeron
BROCKS FORTUNE tr: Randy Fritz dr: Randy Fritz
ADVERSARY SEELSTER tr: Joe Hudon dr: Joe Hudon
MACH PRIDE tr: Louis Eftimiadis dr: Anthony MacDonald
POST POSITION DRAW FOR THE BATTLE OF THE BELLES
KAMKAR KUTIE tr: Carmen Auciello dr: James MacDonald
RAISE YOUR GLASS tr: Anthony Monica dr: Scott Zeron
RUTHLESS HILL tr: Rod Boyd dr: Anthony MacDonald
GLINDA GOOD WITCH tr: John Pentland dr: Mike Saftic
JAN IT JACKSON tr: Isaac Waxman dr: JR Plante
MACHAROUNDTHECLOCK tr: Dave Menary dr: Jody Jamieson
ITS NO SECRET tr: Shawn Robinson dr: Anthony MacDonald
BEST IMPRESSIONS tr: Roger Mayotte dr: Roger Mayotte