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Maddy Girl tops sophomore filly standings
LONDON, ON — Maddy Girl cruised to the three-year-old pacing filly point title on Friday night with an impressive 1:56.4 victory over Western Fair Raceway’s half-mile oval.
With trainer Jim Ainsworth in the race bike, the Run The Table daughter shot to the front of the seven-horse field from Post 1 and never glanced back, laying down fractions of :29.2, :59.2 and 1:27.4 en route to the three and three-quarter length victory. Make Some Noise and Garland Seelster closed well to pick up the second and third-place finisher’s share of the $15,104 purse.
In five Grassroots starts Maddy Girl posted four wins and one fifth-place finish for a total of 205 points to give her top spot in the division standings heading into the Oct. 27 Semifinals at Windsor Raceway. The winner of $210,698 missed just one Grassroots event when she stepped up to challenge the Gold Series fillies in August, posting an impressive second-place result in her elimination and a fourth in the Final. Sarnia resident Ainsworth shares ownership of Maddy Girl with his wife Shelley and Martwest Racing Stable of Mississauga.
Daylon Choice eked out a head victory over Jessica Palace in the ninth race to make a jump into the top 16 and advance to the post season. Bred, owned and trained by David Lemon of Komoka, the Camluck filly added the win to a pair of second-place finishes for a total of 100 points, good enough for ninth spot in the standings.
Dave Wall piloted Daylon Choice to the 1:59.1 victory, urging her through the final strides to put a head in front of Jessica Palace. Favourite and pacesetter Naught Enough Hare had to settle for third, two lengths behind the leaders.
The fillies in the final Grassroots division also delivered a nail-biter finish as the top four crossed the wire side-by-side, with just a neck separating winner Come Hither Look from fourth-place finisher Casimir Boogie, owned by Rickey Moffatt, Ernie Valente and Ed Hathaway of London. The finish line photograph awarded second to Forrest Ops and third to Endurance, owned by Larry Welch of Ilderton.
All four fillies passed pacesetter Victorious Killean, owned by Tony Aarts of Putnam, in the stretch. When the dust settled the fan favourite found herself in fifth spot.
Ben Wallace trains Come Hither Look for Jeffrey Langfelder and Ephraim Spielman of Atlanta, GA, and Don McElroy urged her on to the 2:00 victory, which also bumped her into a post season berth.
The other divisions went to Lofty Operative in 1:58.4, Noble Natasha in 1:57.3 and Amangia in 1:57.2.
The top 16 pacing fillies will join the rest of the three-year-old Grassroots competitors for Semifinal action at Windsor Raceway on Oct. 27. The top four finishers from each of two $30,000 Semifinals will then advance to the $100,000 sophomore pacing filly Grassroots Championship on Nov. 3.
Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Western Fair Raceway tomorrow (Saturday) evening with three Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts, with the first division going postward at 6:30 pm.