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Stormont Ventnor finds winner’s circle at Flamboro
Ontario Sires Stakes action returned to Flamboro Downs on Saturday with two Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts.
In the first $18,100 division Stormont Ventnor finally found his way to the winner’s circle after a trio of runner-up finishes. Flamboro fans made the son of Justice Hall their top choice and Stormont Ventnor and driver Phil Hudon made it clear from the start that the fans were on the right track. Starting from Post 1 the pair established early control and never faced a challenge, rolling through fractions of :30.4, 1:02.2 and 1:32.3 on their way to a four and three-quarter length win in 2:02.1. P L Louigi and Audacious finished second and third.
“The colt raced great. I scored him out to get a good feel of him and he scored out great, so I let him trot on out and then got the fractions all in my favour and he did the rest,” said Hudon, who has driven the colt in three of his four Grassroots starts. “He’s a nice little colt.”
Guelph resident Hudon crafted the win for trainer Kevin Benn of Napanee and owner-breeder Eric Baker of Long Sault, ON. In his four Grassroots starts Stormont Ventnor has accumulated $23,412 and 125 points, which puts him atop the division standings with one regular season event remaining at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 13.
The second $18,450 division saw Leaderofthepack return to the Grassroots winner’s circle, cruising along on the front end to his second win in 2:04.2. Starting from Post 3 Leaderofthepack and driver Ryan Holliday posted fractions of :31, 1:02.3 and 1:34.3 on their way to the one and one-half length victory over Radical Attempt and North And South. Favourite Barney Mac made an early break and finished fifth.
“He raced good,” said Holliday. “We got the control thing, so that always helps on a half-mile, but he was a little better tonight too. It was his third week in a row he’s raced, and I think he’s just getting a little tighter, so that helped.”
Holliday piloted Leaderofthepack to the win for his father, trainer David Holliday, and brother, Ben Holliday, all of Mount Forest, ON. In five starts the Angus Hall son has two Grassroots wins and one third-place finish, recorded in the August 26 Balanced Image Final at Hanover Raceway. With 103 Grassroots points, he sits third in the division standings heading into the final contest of the regular season. The top 10 point earners after the Sept. 13 event will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 30.
“The colt seems to be getting a little stronger, so hopefully he can hold his form together the next couple weeks here,” said Ryan Holliday. “If we can keep him good for the next two, we’ll be all set.”
Ontario Sires Stakes action will return to Flamboro Downs on Tuesday, Sept. 12 with the last Grassroots event of the regular season for the two-year-old pacing colts.
For complete results please visit Two-year-old Trotting Colt Results