Upsets stole the show in both of the biggest races of Grand River Raceway’s 24th annual Industry Day celebration on August 4.
The afternoon card featured 12 races worth $655,640, including the 17th annual Battle Of Waterloo.
BATTLE OF WATERLOO
Legendary Hall Of Fame driver John Campbell made his Grand River Raceway debut in last week’s elimination races for the Battle Of Waterloo. This afternoon, the New Jersey based Ontario native posted a 7-1 win with Go Daddy Go in the $217,140 final.
John Campbell with Go Daddy Go, winner of the 17th annual Battle Of Waterloo. (Iron Horse Photo)
The score also gave fellow Hall Of Famer, trainer Robert McIntosh, his first Battle Of Waterloo victory. McIntosh bred and co-owns the chestnut colt with Dave Boyle. Go Daddy Go finished nearly two lengths ahead of race favourite Sporting The Look with Jody Jamieson in the bike for five-time Battle Of Waterloo winning trainer Carl Jamieson. Trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge had four horses in the race, which finished third through sixth.
The Battle Of Waterloo is contested by two-year-old Ontario-sired pacing colts.
BATTLE OF THE BELLES
In the fillies’ sixth annual Battle Of the Belles, it was Guelph, ON driver James MacDonald at the helm in a 20-1 whopper with Win The Gold for trainer Tony O’Sullivan and owner/breeder Emerald Highlands Farm. Leaving from post two, the Sportswriter daughter moved first-over at the halfway marker and powered home in the stretch to overtake betting favourite Sports Chic and Jody Jamieson, winning by a neck. Capela and John Campbell rounded out the top three.
The $138,000 race marked Win The Gold’s maiden win in three career starts.
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