8 August 2019
For a number of years now the attractive little half mile track in Ontario, Canada known as Grand River Raceway has hosted an Industry Day of racing on the first Monday of August.
The two feature races on the day are the Battle of Waterloo for two year old colts and the Battle of the Belles for two year old fillies.
The 2007 edition of the Battle of Waterloo unearthed an unheralded colt from the Maritimes on the East Coast of Canada. The stunning win that day of a colt named Somebeachsomewhere set tongues wagging throughout North America and the rest as they say is history!
Fast forward to 2019 and Industry Day belonged to Sportswriter and two father/son combinations.
The $239,000 Battle of Waterloo saw an all the way win to the Sportswriter colt Sports Obsession. The Carl Jamieson / Jody Jamieson trained and driven lad racked up an impressive win in 1.54 and shot his earnings to $134,240.
Then the Sportswriter filly Karma Seelster took home the winners cheque for driver Doug McNair and his father Greg as trainer in also impressive 1.54.8.
The second win of the season for this expensive yearling ($127,000 at the Canadian Yearling Sales) has almost repaid the purchase price with earnings now of $119,118.
Both these Sportswriter youngsters are from mares by Bettors Delight, so there is a suggestion for breeders in this part of the World.
Depending on whether you view the Leading Two Year Old Sires Lists in Nth America on the Canadian or USTA websites - Sportswriter is top dog on the Canadian website with earnings to date of $665,566.
On the USTA website (where Canadian dollars are converted to US dollars) Sportswriter sits in third position behind American Ideal and Somebeachsomewhere.