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THE STABLE THAT GOD LOVES IS BACK IN TOWN

Three of the fastest, most talented and durable pacers to grace the North American racing scene in this decade will tonight (Saturday) head postward in elimination heats of the Benjamin Franklin Free-for-All Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono to help bolster the winnings of The Stable That God Loves.
McWicked, Luck Be Withyou and Sunfire Blue Chip,  all star performers of The Stable That God Loves with career purse earnings of $4,544,376,  have  race records, important stakes victories and career purse earnings that would make any horseperson jealous.
They have much in common, all taking their lifetime marks over Pocono’s  five-eighths mile track, all with distinguished sophomore seasons, and the pair of McWicked and Sunfire Blue Chip both spending time in the breeding shed.
Ed James’ McWicked, who concluded his award- winning sophomore year with $1.48 million in purses and was voted three-year-old colt pacer of the year  in both Canada and the U.S. over Always B Miki, toured  the Pocono oval in 1:47.3. During  his  brilliant three-year-old campaign, the handsome six-year-old bay son of McArdle captured the Hempt (in world record time), the Adios, the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Final, the Breeders Crown and Progress Pace. With $1,928,866 in career earnings heading into the Benjamin Franklin, the Casie Coleman-trained speedster is poised to attain the $2 million plateau in 2017.
McWicked is fresh off an impressive victory  in the Mohawk Gold Cup and  sports a 12  5-2-0  season’s record. He is the 5/2 morning line favourite and will leave from the rail position with Dave Miller in the sulky in the $35,000  second elimination heat with a field of seven.
John Craig’s Luck Be Withyou, who races out of the Chris Oakes Stable for his U.S. appearances,  practically owns the Pocono racing strip. The six-year-old son of Western Ideal  has recorded his seasonal best there in each of his five years of racing, winning 15 of 22 times with two of those victories recorded in his two trips to the winner’s circle this year. His two key victories at the mountain oval were the Breeders Crown at two and the Franklin Final at four.
Luck Be Withyou last year established his lifetime mark of 1:47.4 in the $75,000 Franklin consolation, demolishing a field of eight. He will leave from the outside post 7 with George Napolitano, Jr. in the bike in the $35,000 elimination heat, scheduled as race 11. He sports a 6 2-1-1 season’s record and is 3-1 on Pocono’s morning line.

Sunfire Blue Chip, owner of a $1,215,939 career bankroll, is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical and R A W Equine. The seven-year-old son of American Ideal bred 37 mares in 2015. He sat out more than a year because of his work at stud, but returned to the races in 2016, posting a respectable 25 5-5-4 record. He enjoyed an excellent three-year-old campaign, winning the Adios and eliminations of the Messenger, Tattersalls, Hempt and the Empire Breeders Classic. He fashioned his career mark of 1:48.3 as a three-year-old at Pocono. Sunfire Blue Chip is listed at 6-1 on the morning line and will score from post 6, alongside Luck Be Withyou, in the third  Franklin elimination with Dave Miller at the reins.
The first three finishers in each of the three elimination heats of the Franklin will clash in the $500,000 Final on Saturday, July 1st.
A percentage of the 2017 purse earnings of The Stable That God Loves, including McWicked, Luck Be Withyou and Sunfire Blue Chip will be donated to support the important work of the Standardbred Racetrack Chaplaincy of Canada.
Since humble beginnings in 2015, The Stable That God Loves has grown in stature and popularity and been a potent force for good raising much needed funds to provide for the human needs of the horseracing workforce in southwestern Ontario .
Stalls are always available in The Stable That God Loves. Each and every pacer or trotter, regardless of ability, is welcome and guaranteed a stall.
Please send requests for stall space to Ken Middleton: k.middleton@rogers.com, or Norm Clements: nclements@zing-net.ca.
For regular up to date postings on The Stable That God Loves, follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @StableGodLoves.
For additional information: Bill Galvin: billgalvin2000@yahoo.ca

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DONALD “Donnie” MACDONALD passes.

It has been announced that horseman Donnie MacDonald of Iverness, NS, passed away on Sat. Apr.29 surrounded by his family.   He was a member of Stella was 66. He was a member of Sella Maris Parish in Iverness. He was known to many as “The Milkman” and fondly remembered as a fellow horseman. He loved a good joke and great conversation with his many friends around the race track and in the coffee shop. He spent many years in Ontario working in the harness racing industry where he made many friends and was loved by all.

A memorial service will be held at the Brookville Community Hall on Tuesday May 23 at 3pm.

 

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Grand River Raceway hosting trivia fundraiser for The Stable…

ELORA, ON — A top purse of $250 is awaiting harness racing quiz wizards in Grand River Raceway’s Grand Trivia Night to benefit The Stable That God Loves.

The April 19th event features $200 in prize money for the top trivia team. Sixty trivia questions will be played in three rounds. The questions will be 70 percent harness racing trivia and 30 percent general knowledge.

A $50 bonus goes to the winning team if their score tops the hypothetical tally of the Pro Team, which includes: two-time World Driving Champ Jody Jamieson, Anthony MacDonald of The Stable, and Brian Tropea of the Ontario Harness Horse Association. Assisting the Pro Team is race announcer Ken Middleton and Hall Of Famer Bill Galvin — two of the driving forces behind The Stable That God Loves.

The cost is $32 per person and participants can register in teams of two or four. The ticket price includes a $10 slots voucher (19+), snacks, Mashed Potato Bar and tax.

The Stable That God Loves benefits $5 from each ticket. The not-for-profit group is a fundraising initiative for the Standardbred Racetrack Chaplaincy of Canada. Participating racehorse owners pledge one percent of their horses’ annual earnings to the Chaplaincy, which is dedicated to providing for the emotional, physical, spiritual and human needs of the horse racing work force in southwestern Ontario.

Grand Trivia Night is held in the Lighthouse Restaurant at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, April 19. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. and concludes at 9:15 p.m. A cash bar is available 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are available by advance sale only, and can be purchased online.

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REMEMBERING THE RIDEAU CANAL ICE RACES

Thirty eight years ago today, February 4, 1979, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, then just seven years old, and his father, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and brothers Michel and Alexandre (Sacha), were among some 40,000 hardy souls who lined the banks of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal in sub-zero weather to witness the first major ice racing in Ottawa since trotting races were staged on the frozen Ottawa River in the shadows of the parliament buildings in 1898.
Remembered as an iconic day in Canadian horse racing history, the event was a blockbuster promotion for the sport with live national television, radio and print media exposure, including generous coverage in prestigious Sports Illustrated with readership reaching the 10 million mark, and in Air Canada’s Enroute Magazine, that was carried in all of their planes around the world.
Tourism Ottawa reported that 96 journalists covered the event  that drew spectators from across the country and the eastern U.S. states. It also noted the event brought over a million tourism dollars to the Ottawa economy.  A significant number at the time.
Legendary Hall of Famer Stan Bergstein described the event as a “major promotional coup and ice racing extravaganza on the frozen canals of downtown Ottawa that made full use of the history, drama and colour of harness racing, and staged with full civic and governmental cooperation.”
The ice races were the feature attraction of the inaugural of the now famous Winterlude festival staged each year by the National Capital Commission  in Canada’s capital.
The National Capital Commission, who manage all activities on the canal granted special permission to stage the event. It was the first time that horse racing was allowed on the canal, a National Historic landmark and World Heritage site, and the longest skating rink in the world.
Environment Canada records indicate the temperature on that frosty day was minus 11 celsius with 2.4 cm of snow falling during the afternoon. The total snow already on the ground measured 39 cm.

A Who’s Who of North American horse racing, along with the thousands who lined the canal banks, attended this unique re-creation of a century-old tradition of early Canadian horse racing. Joining the Trudeau family on the slick, smooth  ice of the canal, were, provincial premiers, a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, show business personalities, hockey legend Bobby Hull, and some of Canada’s leading reinsmen, including  Herve Filion, John Chapman, Yves Filion and Ron Waples, who are presently enshrined in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of  Fame.
As it turned out, the day also featured a rare appearance from a Prime Minister, and a future Prime Minister.
February 4, 1979, truly a gargantuan day to remember in the 250-year storied history of Canadian horse racing.

For additional information: Bill Galvin: billgalvin2000@yahoo.ca

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A MILESTONE YEAR FOR THE STABLE THAT GOD LOVES

The final chapter in harness racing’s season-long good news story was written into the record book at season’s end on a lofty note.
Buoyed by the tremendous support of 50 generous owners and the magnificent efforts of their equine warriors on the track,  The Stable That God Loves, chalked up impressive numbers  campaigning and winning at 32 North American  racetracks. Its 81 stable members, including a dozen  talented  stakes winners and six millionaires, reeled off  a record 164 trips down victory lane (39 more than 2015),  with 141  2nds, 111 3rds , $5,027,977 in purses  and a handsome 317 UTRS.
In 2015 The Stable’s 75 horses notched a 125-104-95 record with $5,000,028 in purses and a  .285 UTRS.
Led by  world champion  three-year-old pacing  phenom, Betting Line, and  stablemates from the Maritimes,  Ontario and  the U.S,   Stable members  kept  bombarding the winners circles with win after win,  hiking the Stable’s  purse account  with each hard fought victory.
Since humble beginnings in 2015, The Stable That God Loves has grown in stature and popularity and  been a potent force for good, raising much needed funds to support the important work of the homeless Standardbred Chaplaincy of Canada  while attracting major mainstream media attention  and  putting a good face on harness racing and its participants.
One percent of the Stable’s purse earning  is donated to the Chaplaincy, that is dedicated to providing for  the  human needs of the horseracing workforce in southwestern Ontario.
The largest  contributors to The Stable were Uxbridge horseman and philanthropist, Norm Clements,  and Brampton owner  Michael Guerriero. Clements pledged 22 horses, that posted a 38-36-22  record and $430,469 in purse earnings, and Guerriero’s six co-owned campaigners tallied $593,217 from 14 wins, 14  2nds and 11 3rds.
Stable Star, Betting Line, led dash winners with 14 victories, and topped the Stable’s  Dollar Derby with  $1,698,069 for  Christine Calhoun, Ross Warriner, Mac Nichol and Casie Coleman.

LEADING DASH WINNERS
Betting Line              14
PL Jackson                  8
Sintra                           8
Its  Payday Friday      7
Newborn Sassy          7
Nashurallability          7

LEADING MONEY-WINNERS
Betting Line                  $1,698,096
Newborn Sassy             $   354, 451
Sintra                              $   294,500
Luck Be Withyou          $   203,210
Sunfire  Blue Chip        $   202,065

For additional information contact Bill Galvin:  billgalvin2000@yahoo.ca

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God’s Stable Chalking Up Big Numbers

With the stakes season in full swing, the Stable That God Loves is chalking up impressive numbers at racetracks across North America.
During the past 14 days (July 10 to July 24) Stable members have registered 18 victories, boosting the season’s win total to 77, and hiking the Stable’s bank account to $1,804,793.
It was a banner night for The Stable on Saturday, July 23rd. Nvestment Blue Chip, co-owned by Michael Guerriero and partners and trained by Dave Menary, lit up Mohawk Racetrack’s tote board with a winning 1:51.1 mile in a division of the $105,000 OSS Gold Series; John Craig’s dynamic duo of Adrian Hanover and Luck Be Withyou, with combined season’s earnings of $200,000, both trained by Chris Oakes, reeled off a pair of victories at Saratoga Harness; and Devil Child, also a Chris Oakes trainee, registered a Saratoga Harness 1:52 track record-breaking performance for owners Susan Oakes and Crawford Farms.
The Meadows was the scene of a scorching stretch duel Saturday, with Jo Ann Looney King’s Newborn Sassy beaten a nose for all the money in a $79,480 division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Meanwhile, back at Mohawk Racetrack the ultra consistent and superbly talented Sintra, co-owned and trained by Dave Menary for Michael Guerriero and partners, finished second to phenom, Betting Line, in 1:50 in a division of the $105,000 OSS Series.
Uxbridge, Ont. horseman Norm Clements, who pledged 21 of his colourbearers to The Stable That God Loves, tops the Stable’s winners list with 15 trips down victory lane. Sintra is the leading dash winner with seven wins, Sunfire Blue Chip leads money-winners with $191,025, Sintra ($162,500) is second and Newborn Sassy ($153,031) ranks third.
Although there are five star performers, each with over $1 million in career earnings, bedded down on Millionaires Row in the Stable That God Loves, the Stable is reaching out to horsemen everywhere to join in supporting the important work of the Standardbed Racetrack Chaplaincy of Canada. The Stable is not looking for ‘big name horses and stakes stars’, but horses from the smaller outfits, as well. The Stable can accommodate every horse, regardless of ability, and stalls are always available and waiting for horses with heart who will help horsemen in need.
Please send requests for stall space to : Ken Middleton: k.middleton@rogers.com, or Norm Clements: nclements@zing-net.ca.
For regular up-to-date postings on the Stable That God Loves follow on Facebook and Twitter@StableGodLoves.
For additional information on the Stable That God Loves contact Bill Galvin: billgalvin2000@yahoo.ca.

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Betting Line chalking up big numbers for the stable…

Thanks to the magnificent winning efforts of three-year-old pacing phenom, Betting Line, and his 80 stablemates, the Stable That God Loves is rocketing towards a record-breaking season campaigning at over 30 racetracks across North America.
Buoyed by the generous support of U.S. horsepeople, a consistent, hard hitting group of stakes-winning stablemates, and horses from tracks all over Ontario and Prince Edward Island, The Stable has upped its lofty win total to 141, surpassing by 28 victories the total number of wins recorded by The Stable during the same period in 2015.
Betting Line, who has reeled off 14 impressive trips down victory lane in 15 season’s attempts, including a 1:47.2 world record performance in the Battle of the Brandywine, and dominating performances in the Little Brown Jug and Gold Super Final, sent the Stable’s stats into overdrive with his steady string of highly impressive victories over the continent’s finest sophomore pacers.
The son of Bettors Delight-Heathers Western , who makes winning look easy, continues to pad his bank account with each outing. With a massive $1,698,096 already banked in 2016, he appears poised to significantly hike that total close to the $2 million plateau on the year in his two remaining starts in the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands in late October and the Hap Hansen Pace at Dover in November, before heading for stud duty at the famed Hanover Shoe Farms.
Betting Line, owned by Christine Calhoun, Ross Warriner, Mac Nichol and trainer Casie Coleman, is one of six millionaires bedded down on Millionaires Row in the Stable That God Loves. His millionaire stablemates include, Rob and Wayne Giles’ Sunfire Blue Chip, John Craig’s Luck Be Withyou, Ed James’ McWicked, Charmed Life owned by Mike Guerriero and partners and Mac Nichol’s Madefromlucky, The Stable’s lone thoroughbred.
Joann Looney-King’s Newborn Sassy, campaigning in the U.S, ranks second on the Stable’s dollar roster, with six wins and $336,951 in seasonal earnings, Sintra sports eight victories and $294,500 in third spot, Rob and Wayne Giles’ Sunfire Bluechip is ranked fourth with five wins and $202,065, and Luck Be Withyou has five victories and $199,00 in fifth.
The horses of Uxbridge, ON. horseman and philanthrophist, Norm Clements, a major contributor to The Stable, have recorded an impressive 31 seasonal victories and $359,840.
A portion of the purse earnings of The Stable That God Loves will be donated to support the important work of the homeless Standardbred Chaplaincy of Canada that is dedicated to support the human needs of the horseracing workforce in southwestern Ontario.
Stalls are always available in The Stable That God Loves. Every trotter, pacer, and thoroughbred, regardless of ability, is welcome and guaranteed a stall. Please send requests for stall space to Ken Middleton: k.middleton@rogers.com, or Norm Clements: nclements@zing.net.ca.
For regular up-to-date postings on The Stable That God Loves follow on Facebook and Twitter@StableGodLoves.
For additional information: Bill Galvin: billgalvin2000@yahoo.ca.