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Freshman pacing fillies impress Woodstock fans
August 2, 2003
By Sandra Snyder

WOODSTOCK, ON ó Soutine Hanover captured the fastest of eight Grassroots divisions at Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon with an impressive come-from-behind effort in 2:00.

The Rustler Hanover daughter and driver Greg Wright, Jr. sat fourth throughout the mile and stepped off a smart last quarter to capture the one and a half length victory. Let It Ride also closed well to finish second while Octave Hanover, owned by trainer-driver Rod Hennessy of Harley and Jane Belore of Salford, survived a tough trip up the outside to be third.

Soutine Hanover opened her freshman campaign with a 2:00 win at Windsor Raceway on June 25 and then fought three tough battles against the Gold Series fillies before trainer Jack Darling of Windsor and his partner Dan Smith of London opted to drop her into the Grassroots Series. Saturdayís victory moved the filly $9,000 closer to repaying her $45,000 US purchase price.

Woodstock Raceway fans were treated to a tremendous finish in the second division as pacesetter Ruthie Supreme yielded through the stretch to a barrage of fillies. Only half a length separated the top four finishers with Sign Of The Ram earning the nose victory over favourite S A Cheerleader, co-owned by Princeton resident Carl Jamieson. Armbro Boudoir was just a head back in third and Molly Obay was hot on her heels in fourth.

Mark MacDonald piloted Sign Of The Ram to the 2:02.3 triumph for trainer Brian MacInnis and Nova Scotia residents Robert Skinner of Truro and Arthur Mercer of Sydney. The Rambaran daughter finshed fifth in the July 19 Grassroots event at Kawartha Downs and makes a big leap up the point standings with Saturdayís victory.

Driver Dave Boughton had a big afternoon at the Oxford County oval, capturing a trio of Grassroots divisions.

The veteran reinsmanís first trip to the winnerís circle came after Race 4 when he piloted Da Bunnie Wabbit to an 13 length romp in 2:00.2. Leaving from Post 4 the Historic daugther took control of the race just before the half mile marker and proceeded to pull away from the field with every step. Woodstock judges had a difficult time sorting out second and third place as Anniefreeze, Sunday Supreme and Luckisaladytonight appeared to hit the wire as one. After reviewing the photo finish shots Anniefreeze and Sunday Supreme were declared the place and show finishers.

The win was the second straight for Da Bunnie Wabbit, who is trained by BobYoung for Marilyn Fromowitz of Richmond Hill. The filly made her debut at Woodstock last weekend and scored an 11 length victory in 2:00.2.

Boughton was back in front of the grandstand after Race 9 with Operating Light, who closed from well back and had to overcome interference at the three-quarter pole to record the 2:00.1 victory over Hangin By A Moment and Armbro Bailey. Trainer James Graham of Hamburg, NY and Ronald Viola of Rochester, NY own the Armbro Operative daughter, who also started her 2003 season in the Gold Series.

Briar Luck completed Boughtonís hat trick in Race 14 with a come-from-behind effort in her racing debut. Mark Austin trains the Northern Luck filly, who stopped the clock at 2:00.3, for Michael Cecile of Windsor. Casimir Digger and Haleys Cam picked up the second and third-place share of the $18,000 purse.

The other divisions went to Dutch Credit Union in 2:02.3, Casual Tide in 2:01 and Fit For Britt in 2:00.1.

The talented two-year-old pacing fillies make their fourth Grassroots start at Quinte Raceway on Sept. 1, while Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Woodstock Raceway one last time on Saturday, Aug. 16 with Grassroots action for the two-year-old pacing colts.