Three-year-old trotting fillies of the Grassroots program sparred in seven splits of Ontario Sires Stakes action at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening, and one of the divisional winners helped driver Simon Allard score a major milestone
Allard, who entered Wednesday evening’s program needing just a single victory to reach 1,000 wins, clicked with the Mark Steacy-trained Canada Cool in a time of 2:00.3. The three-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-To B Mz America led through fractions of :29, :59.1 and 1:28.4 before coasting home in :31.4 to win by 7-1/2 lengths over Northern Gem. Third prize went to Carscot Review.
Katherine Steacy, David Reid, Dr. Malcolm Man Son Hing and Joe Loring make up the ownership group of the talented trotting lass, who extended her winning streak to three-in-row while bumping her overall bankroll to $147,600.
As for Allard, who currently ranks fifth among dash-winning drivers in Canada this season, the win helped him bump his 2010 earnings near $2.7 million – a personal best for the young reinsman. He has amassed more than $7.5 million in purse earnings over the course of his career.
In other O.S.S. action on the card, Keystone Ballerina notched her second consecutive tally since joining forces with trainer Emma Frieze. The daughter of Angus Hall-Be My Partner sliced out splits of :30.3, 1:02.1 and 1:32.2 for driver Phil Hudon before trotting home in :30.2 to post the quarter-length decision over Daylon Mission in a time of 2:02.4. Boots N Hearts rounded out the top three finishers. The winner is owned by the Double Or Nothing Stables and the Fintec Stables of Hamilton, ON.
First Avenue pulled off a 6-1 upset by winning her $24,000 assignment by 8-3/4 lengths in a time of 1:59.4 for the tandem of driver Donald Dupont and trainer Marie Dupont. The Ken Warkentin-Terra Cotta Glory miss, who was 0-for-14 on the season prior to Wednesday’s contest, was parked every step of the mile but still managed to romp to victory over Your Word Is Good and Oaklea Sierra. The filly is owned by Richard Nault of Montreal, QC.
Miss Dangles delivered on her odds-on pari-mutuel promise, winning her division in 2:01.1 for Team Zeron. Driven by Scott Zeron and trained by his dad, Rick, the daughter of Ken Warkentin-Kimberly Coe front-stepped her way to a 1-3/4 length tally over Pretty Amigo. Carrland Hannah took home the bronze medal in the eight-filly affair. The homebred is now a two-time winner for the Bowl Stables of Bryn Mawr, PA and Daniel Pallay of Bridgeport, CT.
Isthatallyagot steamrolled over the foes she faced in her debut for trainer Pete Marostega. The Southwind Lustre-Zorgwijk Davita lass rallied to win in going-away fashion over Our Angel Flight, who was 6-1/4 lengths behind the winner who stopped the teletimer in 2:00.2. Tender N Kind was a distant third. Anthony MacDonald mapped out the winning trip for the youngster, who is owned by Terry Hunter of Troy, ON.
Tyrone Showgirl is 2-for-2 for the Kelsam Stables of Binbrook and Ashley Webster of Burlington, ON, who purchased the trotter for $7,500 from last month’s Summer Sizzler Mixed Sale. The Striking Sahbra-Showee miss advanced on cover and then drew away to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Sooner Than Later in a time of 2:01. Rose Of Mali rounded out the top three finishers. Scott Zeron engineered the winning trip behind the Duncan Brewer pupil, who is now 4-for-9 this season after going winless in eight starts as a freshman.
Scottish Starlet won as she pleased in her division. The Angus Hall-NY Starlet sophomore led the field through panels of :28.3, :59.1 and 1:29.2 before walking home in a :32-second clip to win by three-quarters of a length over Tymal Yoko in 2:01.2. Princess Nahanni gobbled up the third prize. Driven by Scott Coulter and trained by Mike Keeling, the 6-5 favourite clicked for the first time this season in seven tries for her owners, the P C Wellwood Enterprises Inc, Charles Armstrong and Robert Fasken.
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