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Grassroots double for Henry as freshmen wrap up their season
Seven Grassroots divisions were featured on Woodbine Mohawk Park’s Tuesday evening program as the two-year-old trotting fillies and pacing colts wrapped up their regular season.
The trotting fillies kicked things off in the first race and Splurge On Me moved to the top of the division standings with her second Grassroots win of the season. In rein to Trevor Henry, Splurge On Me sprinted away from Post 8 and controlled the race from start to finish. Unchallenged through fractions of :28.2, :59.4 and 1:29.3, the fan favourite cruised home a three and one-half length winner in a personal best 1:58.4. P L Molly and Pyrrha finished second and third.
“She raced really well tonight. I hadn’t drove her in a couple weeks, but she was really good tonight,” said Henry. “She done it real easy, hopefully she can keep it up for the next couple weeks. Usually Bob’s (McIntosh) horses just keep getting better, so hopefully she does.”
Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio bred and own the daughter of Kadabra and Urge To Splurge. Competing in all five regular season Grassroots events, Splurge On Me tallied two wins, one second, one fifth and one sixth for 133 points and will lead her peers into the Sept. 20 Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
The second $19,150 trotting filly division saw American Pageant take full advantage of mistakes by several of her peers to score her first lifetime victory. In her first start with trotting hopples, American Pageant started from Post 3 and sat on the rail in the middle of the pack for most of the race, Driver Scott Young called on her coming off the final turn and the filly trotted determinedly down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 2:01.3. Tymal Royalty was second and Galaxy Seelster trotted into third.
“That was a pleasant surprise. I thought we’d get a good effort, but she hasn’t really shown a ton, so it was a pleasant surprise,” said Paul Reid, who trains the Angus Hall miss for owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. “She’s just coming around so hopefully, if she has enough points to make it to the Semis, then hopefully we can improve off of that.”
American Pageant will squeak into the post season with a total of 50 points from one win and one ninth in her two Grassroots appearances, tied for 14th in the standings, after starting the evening tied for last with zero points.
The final trotting filly split went to fan favourite At Will, who was an easy three and three-quarter length winner in 1:58.4 for driver Sylvain Filion. Rebellious Lady and Nifty Trick completed the top three. Carlisle resident Julie Walker trains the Kadabra daughter for her partners Layhoon Chan Brunner of Etobicoke and Ronald Piers of Georgetown, Ontario. In her five Grassroots starts At Will recorded one win, one second, one third, one fifth and one sixth for a total of 95 points and sole ownership of fourth spot in the standings.
Chanting Hanover delivered an upset in the first $19,500 pacing colt division, storming down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:54.3. Favourite Boys Turn settled for second and Prairie Midnight was third. James MacDonald piloted the Sportswriter son to the win for trainer Colin Johnson of Repentigny, Quebec and his partners Paul Johnson of Durham, England, and William Greenhorn and Andrew Dick of Stirling, Scotland. The win boosted Chanting Hanover from 30th up to 11th spot in the standings with 88 points.
Trevor Henry picked up a second Grassroots victory in the second pacing colt division, guiding fan favourite Century Farroh to a 1:53.2 score. Starting from Post 1 in the 11-horse field, Henry settled the colt in third as Excaliber Seelster rolled out to a :27 quarter, but soon had Century Farroh on the move. After leading his peers to a :55.1 half and 1:24.4 three-quarters, Century Farroh sailed home a one and one-half length winner, besting Carlisimo and Wager On Me.
“He’s a good gaited colt, and he just keeps getting better every week,” said Henry. “He’s a nice sized horse, he looks the part, and he’s very universal; you can do whatever you want with him.”
Dr. Ian Moore conditions Century Farroh for Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, Nova Scotia. In his five Grassroots starts the Mach Three colt posted one win, two seconds, one third and one fifth for a total of 117 points and sole ownership of second-place in the standings.
The last two freshman pacing colt divisions went to Maintenance Man and JMs Delight, who also advanced to the post season.
Maintenance Man and driver Anthony MacDonald toured the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval in 1:54.2, hitting the wire two and one-quarter lengths ahead of Deception Seelster and Crusher Q. Harry Poulton trains the son of Bettors Delight for fractional ownership group TheStable Maintenance Man of Guelph, Ontario.
JMs Delight held on for a neck victory over Bueller and favourite Bettor Moonon Over in the last event, stopping the teletimer at 1:54. Louis Philippe Roy piloted the Bettors Delight son to the win for trainer Aaron Lambert and owner Gregory Merton of Monticello, NY.
The top 20 point earners in the two-year-old trotting filly and two-year-old pacing colt classes will advance to their respective Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 20. The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will then advance to the Sept. 29 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval.
For complete results please visit Woodbine Mohawk Park Results — Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018>