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Classy Lane Stables Training Centre has become the talk of Canadian harness racing and already established a new benchmark for establishments of this variety in the country.
The Puslinch, Ontario, facility was built by 51-year-old Dorchester contractor Jamie Millier and his two business partners. The 135 acre farm is located just 15 minutes driving time west of Mohawk Racetrack.
The multi-million dollar operation offers a seven-eighths mile track, 75 feet wide, with mile turns developed by Dan Coon and five barns that accommodate 222 horses. The facility is home for some of North America's top trainers.
The centre has a 1/3 mile sand jog track, a 5/8 mile sand track with rolling hills, swimming pool, tack shop, blacksmith shop, 3 equicizers, veterinarian and 31 paddocks.
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June 17 2017 - Mohawk
Following a stretch battle of the elimination winners, Fear The Dragon prevailed in 1:48.4 over slight favourite Huntsville with his stablemate Downbytheseaside finishing third in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk Racetrack.
Fear The Dragon is now undefeated in six starts this year with his seasonal earnings swelling to $597,453.Trained by Delaware, Ohio’s Brian Brown, driven by David Miller, and owned by Emerald Highlands Farm, Fear The Dragon now has earnings of over $1M.
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Bettors Up, driven by Doug McNair, pulled off a 11-1 upset by a mere nose in the $440,000 Fan Hanover final for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, part of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard.
The daughter of Bettors Delight and Fresh Idea, who is trained by Scott McEneny, notched her second victory of the season and eighth career triumph. With the win, the filly lifted her career earnings to $456,499 for Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny.
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September 3 2016 - Mohawk
Beyond Delight took advantage of a cover trip and a battle up front to win the $661,000 Metro Pace final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Sent off at 6-1, Beyond Delight stopped the clock in 1:51.2.
Tony O'Sullivan trains Beyond Delight, a colt by Bettors Delight, for owners Jeff and Michael Snyder and Four Friends Racing Stable LLC. This was his second win from nine starts, and he has now earned $370,568.
Bred by White Birch Farm, Beyond Delight was a $50,000 Standardbred Horse Sale buy. He is the second foal out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Outtathisworld, a half-sister to Worldly Beauty (Artsplace, $2,146,076).
August 20 2016 Mohawk
Macs Jackpot reached up in the final strides to score the 1:52 victory in a division of the Nassagaweya. Macs Jackpot is the third foal out of Michelles Power, a winner of $1.3 million. He now has three wins in six starts and $79,569 earned.
A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Macs Jackpot had been racing south of the border for trainer Jim Campbell and was sent up to O’Sullivan by owner/breeder Jeffrey Snyder for the Nassagaweya and other stakes events.
In the $105,550 second division of the Eternal Camnation, Bettors Up made a statement of her own with a 1:52.1 victory. The McEneny trained filly was returning to Mohawk after three starts in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, where she posted two victories and a runner-up finish. Owned by Brad Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny, Bettors Up now has five wins from six starts and earnings of $140,730.
August 6 2016
Shamballa beat the top names in the free-for-all pacing group on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands, taking down the $225,250 United States Pacing Championship in a career-best 1:47.1.
Driven by Scott Zeron and trained by Rick Zeron who also co-owns the victorious 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding with Tao Racing LLC., Howard Taylor, and Cool Cat Racing Inc. He is three-for-nine in the win column this season, and he has 23 career victories. He has earned $287,498 in 2016 and $775,613 lifetime. Congratulations to all the connections of Shamballa.
January 6 2016
We wish to thank everyone for their kind words, support and condolences during this tough time for Classy Lane Training Centre. Many of you have called and emailed about how you can contribute or donate.
People wishing to make donations to the victims of the Jan. 4 tragic barn fire at Classy Lane Training Centre are being asked to do so through the official GoFundMe page which has been set up by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA). Please click here to access the page.
COSA has asked that all online donations be made via the page.
Donations can also be mailed to:
Central Ontario Standardbred Association.
PO Box 297
Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0
Cheques should be made out to "Classy Lane Barn Fire".
The fire destroyed Barn 1 which housed horses trained by Ben Wallace, Roger Mayotte, Chantal Mitchell, Kris Di Cenzo, Dan Lagace and Floyd Amos.
October 10 - Woodbine Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final
Dont Rush wins the three-year-old colt and geldings division of the Super Finals by two lengths for trainer Dustin Jones. Dustin Jones and also bred Dont Rush and he now co-owns the Infinitif gelding with partner Greg Judson. Dont Rush is five-for-12 in the win column this season, and he has nine lifetime victories. He has put away $286,116 in 2015 and $583,101 lifetime. Congratulations to the connections!
September 26 - Mohawk - 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots
Jody Jamieson wins with the Jack Darling-owned and trained St Lads Moonwalk in the two-year-old colt pace. St Lads Moonwalk came through down the stretch and dropped inside of horses to prevail in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.2 by one length. St Lads Moonwalk wrapped up his freshman campaign with four wins, two seconds and one third-place finish from nine starts for a bankroll totaling $63,160.
Mayhem Seelster showcased her versatility in the two-year-old pacing filly final with an off-the-pace effort in 1:53.1 in rein to Jack Moiseyev for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. The Mach Three-Macapelo Rose filly is owned by Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton, Ont. She has never finished worse than second, with five wins from seven starts, and earnings climbing to $68,500.
In the $300,000 Milton Stakes for older pacing mares, Venus Delight was victorious in 1:50.1. The Milton Stakes victory gives Venus Delight seven wins from 16 starts this season. Owned by Bamond Racing LLC, and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr.. Venus Delight has earned over $500,000 this season to bring her career earnings to $758,133. Saturday’s victory was her 24th lifetime.
September 5 - Mohawk
In the Simcoe Stake division for 3-year-old male trotters on Saturday night. At the wire, Muscle Diamond held on by a head to win in 1:54.2. Brett Bittle trains and co-owns the Muscle Hill colt, the 2014 Breeders Crown runner-up who has three wins in just five starts this year and increased his career bankroll to over $450,000. Charles E. Keller III, Charles E. IV Keller and Daniel Bittle also share ownership.
Elegant Serenity is in fine form heading into the stake named for her dam, the Elegantimage, as she captured her second straight victory in tonight's lone $223,193 division of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. A daughter of Kadabra and out of the great Elegantimage, Elegant Serenity is owned and bred by Doug Millard. Elegant Serenity now has five victories from seven starts this season after going winless in seven starts last season. The sophomore trotter increased her bankroll to over $288,000 with the victory. The clocking of 1:53.2 was a new career-best for the Roger Mayotte trainee.
August 28 2015 - Mohawk
The $91,475 first division of the Casual Breeze Stakes was won by Doug Millard’s homebred Elegant Serenity who front-stepped her way to a three and a half length victory in 1:54.1. Friday’s score was Elegant Serenity’s fourth out of her six starts in 2015. She now has lifetime earnings over $170,000 after Friday’s stakes victory. Congratulations to Doug Millard and trainer/driver Roger Mayotte.
Ontario Sires Stakes star Muscle Baby Doll scored her sixth consecutive victory with another dominating effort in the $92,475 second Casual Breeze split. Muscle Baby Doll is trained by Tony O’Sullivan for owner F Bellino And Sons Llc. Muscle Baby Doll improved her record to seven wins from eight starts in 2015 with her 11th career victory Friday. The Casual Breeze score increases her earnings to over $390,000.
July 18 2015 - The Meadowlands
Spirit To Win nosed out Mission Brief in the final stride to score in the $187,000 Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Dustin Jones trains Spirit To Win, a daughter of Cantab Hall, for co-owner/breeder Fred Hertrich III of Delaware and co-owner Noblock Racing Stable of Collingwood, Ontario.
Spirit To Win, who won last year's Pure Ivory Series at Mohawk before being shelved due to a cracked pastern, won for the first time in four attempts this season, and she now has four career victories. She has earned $115,684 in 2015 and $176,717 lifetime.
Moonlit Dance was out the route from post ten but powered her way to the lead and the win in the $207,350 Mistletoe Shalee for sophomore pacing fillies on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack. The final time for the mile was 1:49 flat. Tony O'Sullivan trains Moonlit Dance, a daughter of Art Major, for owner/breeder David Goodrow Stable of Cambridge, Ontario.
Moonlit Dance is now five-for-14 in the win column this season with six career victories. She has earned $202,450 in 2015 and $220,254 in her life.
July 11 2015
Imagine Dragon turned in another hit with a 1:51.2 victory Saturday night in the $48,600 Town Pro Series Final for driver Rick Zeron and trainer Frank Antonacci.
The series final victory for the Antonacci trainee couldn’t have been written any better, as the series namesake Town Pro is the grand-dam of Imagine Dragon. “She’s a real nice filly,” said Zeron, following the race. “The Antonacci operation doesn’t send horses up her unless they are real ready and a real good horse, so I knew she was good.”
Imagine Dragon, who is owned by Lindy Farms of Conn, now has three wins from seven starts in her first season of racing. The Town Pro final victory pushes her bankroll over $60,000. The clocking of 1:51.2 established a new career- best for the sophomore filly. A $2 win ticket on Imagine Dragon returned $4.10.
Congratulations to all her connections!
October 11 2014
OSS Super Finals -
Two Year Old Trotting Colts - Dont Rush
Dont Rush, who came about thanks to a free breeding, closed from off-the-pace to capture Saturday night’s $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. The final time of the mile was 1:57.1. Trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, Ontario, also bred and now co-owns Dont Rush, an Infinitif colt, with partner Greg Judson of Athens, Ontario. Dont Rush, who won in Gold Series action on July 13 at Georgian Downs, on September 30 at Flamboro Downs, and on September 30 at Mohawk, is now four-for-11 in the win column with earnings of $296,985.
Two Year Old Pacing Fillies - Code One Hanover
Paul MacDonell has won more Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals than any other driver and he showed exactly why in tonight’s $250,000 Super Final for two-year-old pacing fillies with Code One Hanover who picked the perfect time to produce the best race yet of her career.The time of the mile was 1:54.1.
Jack Darling of Cambridge, Ontario, trains and owns the winner, a daughter of Sportswriter he purchased as a yearling last year at the Lexington Select Sale for $75,000. This was the second win in 10 tries for Code One Hanover who has earned $182,000 so far in her young career.
September 6 2014 - The Show Returns takes Champlain Division for 2yo Fillies
Scott Zeron picked up his second stakes win of the night as he guided the popular two-year-old pacing filly The Show Returns to victory lane in the $117,557 Champlain division. The Show Returns matched her lifetime mark of 1:52 taken in last weekend's Shes A Great Lady Consolation. Owned by Richard and Joanne Young, the Rocknroll Hanover-Stienams Place filly, who is now three-for-eight with earnings climbing over $94,000, was making her first start from the Tony O'Sullivan stable.
Congratulations to all the connections.
Melmbery Beach wins Simcoe 3yo Open in 1:50.2
Saturday's Grand Circuit stakes concluded with Melmerby Beach holding off Play It Again Sam in a one-two finish for Maritime connections in the $107,538 second split of the Simcoe for sophomore pacers. The homebred Somebeachsomewhere-Db Blue Chip colt is trained by Brent MacGrath and owned by Schooner II Stable of Truro, N.S. After just one win in five freshman starts, he has earned six victories in 14 starts this year with Saturday's score his biggest yet, pushing his bankroll to nearly $160,000.
Congratulations to all the connections.
August 30 2014
Artspeak Awesome In Metro
Artspeak worked out a second-over trip and then flew by his foes in the stretch on his way to a dominant 1:50.2 decision in the $667,000 Metro Pace for two-year-old male pacers on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Tony Alagna trains Artspeak, a colt by Western Ideal, for co-owner/breeder Brittany Farms and co-owners Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners.
Congratulations to all the connections.
August 4 2014 Win The Gold Wins Battle Of The Belles
Win The Gold got up in the final strides to capture her first ever victory, and boy did she pick a good time to win. The two-year-old daughter of Sportswriter-Full Of Gold halted the teletimer in 1:55.2 for driver James MacDonald and trainer Tony O’Sullivan. Bred and owned by Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Win The Gold improved her rookie record to 1-2-0 from three starts with the win. The winner’s share of the purse bumped her earnings to $85,000.
Congratulations to all the connections.
July 7 2014
Melmerby Beach takes Summertime
Melmerby Beach used a :26.4 closing quarter to win by three lengths in 1:50.1 in the Summetime Series final at Mohawk. Congratulations to Brent MacGrath who trains the three-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-DB Blue Chip for Schooner II Stable of Bible Hill, Nova Scotia.
The homebred improved this year’s record to 3-1-1 from seven starts with the win while his lifetime earnings climbed to $73,450.
March 14 2014
Liz Shiland DVM Now at Classy Lane
Joseph V Malone DVM is going to be back on the grounds, and has hired on an associate veterinarian to help with the day to day needs of your horses.
We are proud to introduce you to our addition to the team!
Elizabeth (Liz) Shiland, she, attended veterinary school in Prince Edward Island. She has a BA from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine and a DVM from the Atlantic Veterinary College of Prince Edward Island. She graduated in 2008, moved to Ontario and worked for McMaster-Powell Equine for 3 and 1/2 years where she focused on lameness diagnostics and respiratory disorders. Her interest in working with and rehabilitating racehorses has been a passion throughout her life. Liz looks forward to working, and fine tuning her lameness diagnostics with Joe to make sure you have the best care possible for your race horses .
Sept. 28 2013 - Mohawk
Bee A Magician wins the $200,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final victory at Mohawk Racetrack tonight in 1:52.2, an OSS record by a length and a half. She has an unblemished 13-race season with earnings of over $1.1 million.
Congratulations to trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Herb Liverman, David McDuffee and Mel Hartman.
Sept. 7 2013 - Mohawk
In the Champlain Stakes for 2 year-olds, Winds Of Change stormed home off cover to score in a three-across finish in 1:51.4. The winning time was a new mark for the homebred American Ideal-Arts Temptress colt, who is owned by Brittany Farms of Versailles, Kentucky and Val Dor Farms of Millstone, New Jersey. The Linda Toscano trainee now sports a 2-1-2 record in seven starts.
A division of the Champlain stakes for fillies was won by Shes Da Bomb in a two and three-quarter length victory in 1:52.3. Trained by Tony O'Sullivan, the Art Major-Armbro Bombay filly, whose only blemish in five career starts was in the Shes A Great Lady Stakes eliminations, is trained by Tony O’Sullivan and was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase for owner Frank Bellino of Bronxville, New York.
Sept. 2 2013 - Mohawk
Bee A Magician and I Luv The Nitelife have dominated their respective divisions this year and that continued tonight at Mohawk in a pair of $216,429 Simcoe Stake divisions.
Bee A Magician, driven by Rick Zeron, remains undefeated this season in 11 starts and she set a new stakes record in the trotting division despite a difficult trip. The talented daughter of Kadabra took the lion’s share for trainer Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman and owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David Mc Duffee. She scored a one and three-quarter length victory in 1:52.3. Bee A Magician now has $966,979 in earnings this season and $1,724,117 lifetime.
I Luv The Nitelife, with Tim Tetrick aboard, captured her Simcoe Stakes assignment in 1:50. Trained by Chris Ryder for owner Richard and Joanne Young, I Luv The Nitelife celebrated her 10th win from 11 starts. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover increased her bankroll to $1,544,604.
Aug. 31 2013 - Mohawk
A Rocknroll Dance slugged it out head to head for the last quarter of a mile in tonight’s $651,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final at Mohawk with A Rocknroll Dance winning the photo in a stakes record of 1:47.2.
Trained by Jim Mulinix and owned by the A Rocknroll Dance Stable of Ohio, A Rocknroll Dance upped his 2013 bankroll to $465,000 while lifetime the Rocknroll Hanover four-year-old has well over $2.3 million earned. Congratulations to all the connections.
Lindys Tru Grit hit the wire in 1:53.4 to take his division of the Simcoe for three-year-old trotting colts. It was his fourth win in nine tries this year for breeder Lindy Racing Stable who co-owns with Robert Rudolph. Trained by Frank Antonacci, the Cantab Hall colt upped his earnings over $148,000.
Aug. 29 2013 - Mohawk
Demanding Sam takes a division of the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies in 1:55.2. Driven by Paul MacDonnell for trainer Scott McEneny and his wife, Michelle , and Tony Basile, the win improved the filly’s record to 2-1-2 from five starts and the lion’s share of the $90,527 purse boosted her bankroll to $83,624. Congratulations to everyone!
Aug. 17 2013 - Mohawk
Shes Da Bomb wins her $108,933 division in 1:52 of the Eternal Camnation Stake for 2 yo pacing fillies by four and three quarter lengths. Trained by Tony O’Sullivan for owner Frank Bellino, Shes Da Bomb remains undefeated in three career starts as her bankroll increased to $70,461. Congratulations to all her connections.
July 25 2013 - Mohawk
I Got To Boogie, perfectly steered by Doug McNair, lit up the toteboard in this year’s edition of the $45,900 Town Pro Pacing Series Final at Mohawk. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC and trained by Tony O'Sullivan, I Got To Boogie celebrated her biggest payday as her bankroll now sits at $69,050. The pacing miss now has a 2-0-2 record from four starts this season.
July 20 2013 - Mohawk
Love Canal took home top honours from the $113,960 Canadian Breeders Championship final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Whe won by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.1, which is now her lifetime mark. Love Canal, a daughter of Badlands Hanover, is trained by Tony O'Sullivan for co-owner/breeder Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, Florida, and partners Robert Cooper Stables LLC. of Boca Raton, Florida, and J And T Silva Stables LLC. of Long Beach, New York. Love Canal has won four times from eight starts this year, and she has eight career victories. She has earned $224,972 in 2013 and $500,669 lifetime.
Market Share may have only had two starts this year coming into tonight's $543,000 Final of the Maple Leaf Trot but he opened up through the lane to win by more than two lengths in 1:51.1. Tonight’s effort, his third win in as many starts as a four-year-old, put Market Share’s earnings at $2,333,700 for owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and Bill Augustine and trainer, Linda Toscano.
Mach It So prevailed by about four lengths in 1:50 flat to win the Canadian Breeders Championships for three-year-old male pacers. Richard "Nifty" Norman trains Mach It So, a gelded son of Mach Three, for owner Bamond Racing LLC. of Brick, NJ. Mach It So has five wins from seven starts this year, and he has seven career victories. He has earned $132,837 in 2013 and $166,337 lifetime.
Anndrovette wins in 1:48 in the Roses Are Red final. The win marked a stakes, track and Canadian record. A six-year-old daughter of Riverboat King, Anndrovette improved her summary to 6-5-1 in 13 starts this year for $413,000 earned. Lifetime she has $2.43 million earned for owners Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino of New Jersey. She’s trained by Paul Fraley.
June 15 2013
Bee A Magician take the Elegantimage Final at Mohawk in 1:53 for trainer Nifty Norman. Bee A Magician became the sport’s newest millionaire with the victory as she had come into the contest with $906,000 on her card lifetime.
A daughter of Kadabra, Bee A Magician is undefeated in five starts so far this year for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. Bred by White Birch Farm and from the Balanced Image mare Beehive, the winner improved her life summary to 15 wins in 18 tries.
There was no catching I Luv The Nitelife who was a very impressive winner in tonight’s $391,882 Fan Hanover final for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:49.1. Chris Ryder trains the winner, a daughter of the late Rocknroll Hanover, for owners Joanne and Richard Young of Florida. It was the third win in four attempts for the filly who upped her life earnings to $936,000 with tonight’s effort.
May 31 2013
Bee A Magician wins her third stake in as many starts in the first and fastest of two $75,000 Casual Breeze divisions for sophomore trotting fillies at Mohawk. Trained by Nifty Norman, Bee A Magician is owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and Dave McDuffee. She upped her seasonal bankroll to $131,000 while lifetime she shows $886,000 on her card.
May 24 2013
Bee A Magician and Love Canal take SBOA Finals
O’Brien Award winner, Bee A Magician scored an overpowering victory in her $162,765 final for trainer Nifty Norman and driver Rick Zeron. She scored a comfortable five and three-quarter length victory in 1:54.4. Owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician increased her bankroll to $851,020 in scoring her second win in as many starts this year.
Love Canal overcame post ten as she powered to victory in her $158,765 final for trainer Tony O'Sullivan and driver Doug McNair in 1:52.3. Owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc, Robert Cooper Stables LLC and J And T Silva Stables LLC, Love Canal, a daughter of Badlands Hanover, enjoyed her fifth career win as her bankroll climbed to $362,359.
November 11 2012
OSS Super Final Winners at Woodbine
Mach A Wish stole a :57.3 half in the $300,000 Super Final for sophomore pacing fillies, and her rivals couldn't reach her after that as she went on to score in 1:52.2 for trainer Tony O'Sullivan and co owner David Goodrow Stable. She is eight-for-17 in the win column in 2012 and she has banked $333,680.
Bee A Magician romped to an easy victory in the Super Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, setting a new Woodbine track record of 1:53.4. Richard "Nifty" Norman trains Bee A Magician, for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee. She has won ten times from 13 starts this season, and she has earned $757,138.
Love Canal wins the OSS Super Final for two-year-old pacing fillies winning the $300,000 event in 1:54.1. Tony O'Sullivan trains Love Canal, a filly from the first Ontario crop of Badlands Hanover and the sixth foal out of the Artsplace mare A Votre Pante ($448,984), for co-owner/breeder Let It Ride Stables Inc. and co-owners Robert Cooper Stables LLC. and J And T Silva Stables LLC. Love Canal has won half of her eight tries, and she has pocketed $275,727.
October 27 2012
Anndrovette became the first back-to-back Breeders Crown Mares Open Pace champion behind a 1:50.1 performance in Saturday night's $326,660 final. Anndrovette, a five-year-old Riverboat King mare, has seven wins from 23 starts this year, and she has 28 career victories. She has put away $696,799 in 2012 and $2,021,397 in her life.
Congratulations to trainer Paul Fraley and New Jersey owners Bamond Racing LLC of Brick and Joseph Davino of Clarksburg.
September 15 2012
Bee A Magician wins the Peaceful Wayin 1:53.4. The win extended her winning streak to five with the victory. The daughter of Kadabra now is 7-1-0 in nine career starts for trainer 'Nifty' Norman and owners Mel Hartman of Ottawa and David McDuffee of Florida.
September 3 2012
We now have a Hydrotherapy Spa located in the summer barn. To schedule appointments please call 519-521-1803
September 1 2012
Congratulations to everyone on a huge night of wins at Mohawk:
Put On A Show ... Chris Ryder .. Spring of Hope - Mares Invitational
Martini Hanover ...Chris Ryder ... Metro Consolation
I Luv The Nitelife ... Chris Ryder ... Shes A Great Lady
Captaintreacherous ... Tony Alagna ... The Metro
Foiled Again ... Ron Burke .... Canadian Pacing Derby
The top four finishers in the Metro Final for 2yo pacers are trained at Classy Lane.Congratulations to all of their connections.
Captaintreacherous - Tony Alagna
Odds On Equuleus - Robin Schadt
Apprentice Hanover - Ben Wallace
Wake Up Peter - Tony Alagna
May 13 2012
Im The Pied Piper wins the $75,000 final of The Diplomat Pacing Series on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack in 1:50.3. Tony O'Sullivan trains Im The Pied Piper, a three-year-old Western Ideal colt, for owners Richard and Joanne Young. Im The Pied Piper, who was unraced as a freshman, has three victories from ten starts in 2012, and he has banked $96,937.
April 20 2012
FIGHT FOR OUR FUTURE Real lives impacted by decision to cancel Ontario's slots-at-racetracks program. Read the article in the April 19 issue of The Canadian Sportsman.
Classy Lane News - 2011/10 Stakes Season - Recent Winners
November 12 2011
Camaes Fellow hauled down favourites to take the three-year-old pacing colt division for the OSS Super Finals at Woodbine in a life best in 1:50.1. Camaes Fellow upped his summary to 5-6-4 in 20 starts this year for $390,000 in earnings. Owned by Frank Bellino of New York the son of Mach Three is trained by Tony O'Sullivan.
Miss Paris capped off a successful Ontario Sires Stakes season with a 1:57.2 decision in the $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Nifty Norman trains Miss Paris, a Kadabra filly, for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee. Miss Paris, who has won seven times from 14 starts and earned $486,656.
October 30 2011
Anndrovette was a dominant winner in tonight’s $301,170 Breeders Crown final for open pacing mares. Anndrovette improved her summary to 11-2-2 in 19 attempts this year for $747,000 in earnings. Lifetime she has $1.3 million earned. Mark Kesmodel trains for owners Joe Davino and Jeff Bamond of New Jersey.
Cedar Dove established a new Woodbine Racetrack record of 1:53.2 for a three-year-old trotting filly in winning the first of two $25,407 Breeders Crown eliminations on Saturday night. Noel Daley trains Cedar Dove, a filly by Andover Hall, for owners Adam Victor & Son Stable and John Fielding. Cedar Dove scored for the fifth time from 14 2011 efforts and for the sixth time in 20 career tries. She has stashed away $249,865 this year and $437,865 in her time on the racetrack.
October 9 2011
Alsace Hanover went to the winner's circle for the $243,000 Tattersalls Pace dash for three-year-old colts and geldings on Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. Tony O'Sullivan trains Alsace Hanover, a gelding by The Panderosa, for owner John Fielding of Toronto. Alsace Hanover has won seven times from 13 starts this year, and he has nine career victories. He has now put away $706,000 in 2011 and $796,839 lifetime.
October 7 2011
Big Mcdeal wins the International Stallion Series for two-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night at The Red Mile in a world record-equaling 1:50.2. Jack Darling owns and trains Big Mcdeal, a daughter of McArdle and has a pair of wins from nine attempts, and she has put away $275,114. Congratulations Jack!
September 24 2011
Laughandbehappy got the biggest payday of her career to date in Saturday night's $400,000 Milton Stakes final for aged pacing mares at Mohawk Racetrack, stopping the clock in 1:50.2.
Tony O'Sullivan trains Laughandbehappy, a five-year-old mare by Badlands Hanover, for the ownership contingent of Let It Ride Stables Inc., Mentally Stables Inc., Robert Cooper Stables LLC., and Jerry Silva. Laughandbehappy is now seven-for-23 in the win column in 2011, and she has 27 career victories from 55 attempts. She has now banked $552,210 this year and $721,945 lifetime.
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September 3 2011
Classy Lane Stables set a new record with 41 horses from the farm racing at Mohawk with 6 winners!
Pastor Stephen ... Jim Takter ...Simcoe 3 year old open
Shakeratlleenrock ... Scott McEneny .... Metro Consolation
American Jewel ... Jim Takter ....Shes a Great Lady final
Simply Business ....Jim Takter .....Metro Final
Anndrovette ....Mark Kesmodel ....A Spring of Hope Mares Invitational
Angel Scent ...Ben Wallace ...Shes A Great Lady Consolation
Sept 10 2011
Big Mcdeal ... Jack Darling ...Champlain Stakes, 2 yr old fillies
July 30 2011
Congratulations to Tony O'Sullivan and Alsace Hanover.
Alsace Hanover dropped his own world record for a three-year-old gelding pacer on a five-eighths mile track to 1:48.3 in winning the $500,000 Delvin Miller Adios final on Saturday afternoon at The Meadows. Alsace Hanover had originally set the world record last Saturday in his elimination that he won in 1:48.4.
Tony O'Sullivan trains Alsace Hanover, a gelding by The Panderosa, for owner John Fielding of Toronto. Alsace Hanover has won six times from nine starts this year, and he has eight career victories. He has now put away $451,500 in 2011 and $542,339 lifetime.
Nov. 13 2010
Western Silk wins the $300,000 contest for the OSS Super Final for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:50.4.
Casie Coleman trains and co-owns Western Silk, a Western Terror filly, with partner Tom Hill. Western Silk has 11 wins from 15 starts this year and she has 18 career victories. Western Silk has now banked $1,101,112 in 2010 and $1,420,916 in her lifetime.
Nov. 6 2010
Trainer Ron Burke came away with 75 per cent of the purse in the $100,000 Gold Cup Invitational for aged pacers on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack when his Foiled Again and Atochia wound up finishing first and second with the latter winning the event in a stakes record of 1:48.3.
Burke trains Foiled Again, a six-year-old Dragon Again gelding, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., and JJK Stables LLC. This was his eighth win from 22 starts this year and his 42nd career victory. Foiled Again has earned $892,365 in 2010 and $1,986,069 in his lifetime.
Trained by Casie Coleman Idyllic sets a 1:51 stakes record and a share of the Woodbine Racetrack track record for a two-year-old pacing filly in Saturday night's $501,000 Three Diamonds final.
The daughter of former Coleman trainee American Ideal, competes for owners West Wins Stable, Michael La Cova, Joseph Lacova, and John Campagnuolo. Idyllic, who is eight-for-nine in the win column with earnings of $805,829.
Sept. 23 2010
Western Silk and Mark MacDonald had other ideas as they easily captured the $169,632 second heat this afternoon at the Delaware County Fair and became a millionaire in the process.
Casie Coleman trains and shares ownership of the Western Terror filly with Tom Hill of England who was on hand to celebrate in the winner’s circle with his Jugette winner. Western Silk now has standings of 8-1-1 in 10 starts this year for $745,000 in earnings. Today’s effort put her well over the $1 million mark in life earnings.
Mark MacDonald and Lucky Man takes the Winbak Pace with a win in 1:49.2, a world record for older geldings on a half-mile track at Delaware. Trained by Casie Coleman, the five-year-old gelding by Camluck, Lucky Man was notching his fifth win in 16 starts this year and upped his seasonal bankroll to $172,000 and life earnings to $716,000.
Sept. 11 2010
What a night for Casie Coleman!
Coleman captured two of three divisions of the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies with Pretty Katherine and Idyllic. Coleman was also victorious with Our Lucky Killean, Firethorn, Lucky Man, and Kyle Major as he captured his $247,894 division of the Simcoe Stakes.
With the 1:53.3 victory, Pretty Katherine lifted her freshman earnings to $300,578 for owner John Liviakis.
Idyllic captured the final division, keeping her undefeated streak in tact. The daughter of American Ideal was victorious one week ago in the $688,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes final and remains unbeaten in her six career tries.
Idyllic lifted her earnings to $470,829 for owner West Wins Stable, Joseph LaCova, Michael LaCova and John Campagnuolo.
Kyle Major was pressured on the lead throughout the mile, but he found the finish line in time to post a 1:49.4 victory in the lone $247,894 Simcoe Stakes division for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.
Casie Coleman trains Kyle Major, an Art Major colt, for owner-breeder Bob Hamather. Kyle Major has five wins from 14 attempts this year and seven career victories. He has now earned $263,751 in 2010 and $385,984 lifetime.
Sept. 5 2010
Put On A Show did just that in Sunday night's $235,786 Simcoe Stakes division for three-year-old filly pacers at Mohawk Racetrack by three lengths. The final time of the mile was 1:50.4.
Chris Ryder trains Put On A Show, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, for owners Craig Henderson, Richard Young, and Joanne Young. Put On A Show is now nine-for-11 in the win column this year and 16-for-20 in her life. She has now put away $751,793 in 2010 and $1,528,291 in her career.
Sept. 4 2010
Won The West, with David Miller in the bike, wins the Canadian Pacing Derby in 1:5.1.2. The victory puts Won The West over the three million dollar mark in life earnings and gives him $939,000 this year from standings of 5-5-3 in 13 starts.
The six-year-old Western Hanover gelding bred by Fair Winds Farm of New Jersey, is trained by Ron Burke for owners Strollin Stable, William Robinson and James Koehler of Ohio.
“The girls came through,” said proud trainer Casie Coleman moments after her two rookie pacing fillies Idyllic and Pretty Katherine finished first in 1:53 and second in tonight’s $688,000 Shes A Great Lady Final.
Both the Coleman starters came in with perfect four for four records and Idyllic extended her unbeaten record to five with tonight’s victory and upped her bankroll over the $400,000 mark. The daughter of Coleman’s former stable star American Ideal is owned by her West Wins Stable along with Michael and Joseph LaCova of New York and John Campagnuolo of Florida.
Big Rigs (John Campbell) scored a 1:56.4 win in the first $103,674 test of the Champlain Stakes at Mohawk. Kelly O'Donnell trains Big Rigs, an Andover Hall colt, for owners Millers Stable Inc., DM Stables LLC., and C. Ed Mullinax.
August 27 2010
Western Silk added a win in the $164,383 SBOA Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies to her impressive list of accomplishments this year thanks to a 1:50.3 victory in the event at Mohawk Racetrack.
Trainer and co-owner Casie Coleman also co-owns Western Silk, a Western Terror filly, with partner Tom Hill. Western Silk has six wins from eight starts this year and she has 13 career victories. Western Silk has now banked $632,404 in 2010 and $952,208 in her lifetime.
August 23 2010
Two nights after their stablemate Idyllic won the only Eternal Camnation division to get completed before the power went out, Mater Deo and Pretty Katherine were victorious in the remaining splits to give trainer Casie Coleman a clean sweep.
Pretty Katherine set a Canadian record of 1:50.4 for a freshman pacing filly in the second $102,028 test for owner John Liviakis.
Mater Deo (Western Ideal) and Mark MacDonald won the first division by a half-length in 1:52.3 for owners Steve Calhoun and West Wins Stable.
August 2 2010
Village Janus won the $150,000 Battle of the Belles for two-year-old pacing fillies at Grand River Raceway. The final time of the mile was 1:55.1, which was a new track record for a two-year-old pacing filly. Village Janus, a Modern Art filly, competes for co-owner/trainer Rod Therres and co-owner Larry Schmidt. Village Janus, who is now a perfect four-for-four with earnings of $105,500
July 24 2010
Tug River Princess Crowned In Roses Are Red
Tug River Princess uncorked a furious final quarter rally to post a mild upset in the $376,000 Roses Are Red Stakes final for older pacing mares on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The final time of the mile was 1:50 flat.
Tug River Princess returned $6.30 to win while notching her fourth victory in 12 starts this season for the Let It Ride Stables Inc., Robert Cooper Stables LLC and Jerry Silva. Trained by Darren McCall when in Canada, Tug River Princess watched her bankroll swell to just over $1,625,000 with the win.
Buck I St Pat Is Canada's Fastest Mare Trotter
Driven by Tim Tetrick Buck I St Pat won the $351,000 Armbro Flight Stakes, setting a new Canadian record of 1:52.
Ron Burke trains Buck I St Pat, a seven-year-old Jailhouse Jesse mare, for owners Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold, Abraham Basen, and Ronald Fuller. This was her fourth win from nine tries in 2010 and her 44th career victory. She has now earned $315,455 this season and $1,736,855 in her time on the racetrack.
Bay Girl Ties CBC Record
Bay Girl with Tim Tetrick driving, took the $169,339 final of the Canadian Breeders Championship for three-year-old pacing fillies at Mohawk in 1:50 which equalled the stakes record.
It was the second win in eight tries this year for the daughter of Royal Mattjesty – Whitley Bay owned by Michael, Sam and Pat Sergi of New York. Like Western Silk, Bay Girl is trained by Casie Coleman. The win upped Bay Girl’s life earnings to $318,000.
July 10 2010
Bigtime Ball is the Master at GD
Bigtime Ball took the $122,000 Masters Series Open Pace with regular driver Paul MacDonell at the controls, Bigtime Ball shot to the lead from post five and put up stations of :26.4, :55, and 1:22.3. He won by a lenght and three-quarters in 1:50.2.
Gord Irwin, who bred Bigtime Ball with Murray Ross, trains Bigtime Ball, a six-year-old Presidential Ball gelding, for owner Irwin Stables Inc. This was Bigtime Ball's sixth win of his 2010 campaign in his 12th start and his 33rd career victory. He has now earned $208,000 this year and $1,309,173 in his life.
Dontgetinhisway Takes Gold Final
Dontgetinhisway captured the gold in the OSS three-year-old trotting colts at Georgian Downs in 1:54.4. It was the second win in eight tries this year for Dontgetinhisway, a gelding by Striking Sahbra owned by Rumdrum Stable of Toronto, Ontario and trained by Tony O’Sullivan. With just one start last year at two, Dontgetinhisway now has $113,000 earned to date.
June 26 2010
Sportswriter takes the North America Cup
“Sportswriter is back!” declared trainer and co-owner Casie Coleman moments after her sophomore colt captured Canada’s richest harness race, the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup tonight at Mohawk. Driven by Mark MacDonald, tonight’s win puts Sportswriter’s career earnings at $1,645,411.
The son of Artsplace-Precious Beauty, who finished a close third in his 1:48.4 elimination last week, raced past the half in :53.4 before Fred And Ginger (Dave Palone) applied first over pressure. Sportswriter turned back that rival as he hit three-quarters in 1:20.4 – the fastest third quarter clocking in the Cup’s history – opening up three lengths on the field and charged home to win in a career-best 1:48.3. Congratulations to owners Steve Calhoun and Southwind Farms.
Western Silk Wire to Wire in Fan Hanover
Western Silk surprised her rivals and trainer Casie Coleman as the filly, who usually employs closing tactics, went all the way on the lead to win the $666,000 Fan Hanover final for three-year-olds on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The final time of the mile was a speedy 1:50.1, which just missed the stakes record.
The Casie Coleman Stables of Cambridge, ON and Tom Hill of Lancashire, Great Britain own the career winner of 10 races and $747,554. Western Silk is also a winner of her elimination and Ontario Sires Stakes Gold final earlier this season.
It's Goodtimes For Sing Jesse Sing
Sing Jesse Sing survived a first over journey in rein to Jody Jamieson to capture the $387,000 Goodtimes Trot for three-year-olds. Trained by Ron Burke, Sing Jesse Sing pushed ahead in late stretch and held off a series of late-closers for the career-best score in 1:53.3. The Jailhouse Jesse-Hollybrook Lane colt, who won his elimination last week for his new connections The Burke Racing Stable, Slaughter Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Frank Baldachino, is now three-for-five on the year. Sing Jesse Sing notched his fourth career win boosting his bankroll to $255,191. Congratulations to all her connections.
May 29 2010
Buck I St Pat Best In Earl Rowe
Buck I St Pat has shown a great affinity for five-eighths mile ovals in her stellar career, and Saturday night at Georgian Downs was no exception as she cruised to a 1:54.4 tally in the $115,500 Honourable Earl Rowe Memorial Trot Gold division.
Ron Burke trains Buck I St Pat, a seven-year-old Jailhouse Jesse mare, for owners Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abe Basen, and Ron Fuller. This was her third victory from four trips behind the gate this year and her 43rd career win. She has now put away $93,590 in 2010 and $1,514,990 lifetime. Buck I St Pat was driven by Tim Tetrick.
May 28 2010
Won The West Is Best In Molson Pace
The richest edition of Western Fair’s signature race worth $312,000, it was a dream come true as their entrants, Won The West and Foiled Again, finished first and second respectively.
“Once in a lifetime, they don’t come around very often and we’re very fortunate,” said winning co-owner James Koehler describing how it feels to own a horse like Won The West. “I’ve been in it for 48 years.
It was the third win in five tries this year for Won The West, a six-year-old gelded son of Western Hanover–Gabrielle owned by Strollin Stable, William Robinson and Koehler all of Ohio and trained by Ron Burke. Won The West’s share of the record purse puts his career earnings at $2,381,836. He was the richest starter in tonight’s field of premier older pacing horses.
Western Silk gets OSS Gold
Western Silk served noticed that she will be a force to reckon with this year with a 1:53.3 victory in the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series final for three-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night at Western Fair Raceway.
Driven by Mark MacDonald and trained by co - owner Casie Coleman and owned by Tom Hill Western Silk is now 2 for 2 in 2010 and she now has nine career victories with earnings of $404,804.
City of London Trotting Series Final
Neversawhimcoming driven by Stu Sowerby wins the $50,200 final for trotting colts by a length and a quarter in 2:00 flat off a first-over trip. Kevin O'Reilly trains the winner, a four-year-old Angus Hall gelding, for owners Aristi Varsakis and Lance Hall. Neversawhimcoming made four starts in his three-year-old campaign, which was his first season on the track. This year he's turned it around, scoring four times from eight attempts and earning $38,175.