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Hetties Charm wins over Hanover fans
August 24, 2003
By Sandra Snyder

HANOVER, ON — Local filly Hetties Charm captured her second straight Grassroots victory on Saturday evening at Hanover Raceway.

The two-year-old trotter and regular reinsman Jim McClure took full advantage of Post 1, grabbing the lead off the gate and laying down fractions of :31.2, 1:04.4 and 1:36.1 en route to the 2:06.1 win, a new personal best for the Angus Hall daughter.

John Rier of Kitchener trains Hetties Charm, who was sent off as the favourite in Race 4, for his partner Randy Rier of Hanover. The win boosted the filly into a two-way tie atop the Grassroots division standings with a total of 100 points and virtually assures her of a berth in the season ending Grassroots Semifinal.

Finishing a length and three-quarters behind Hetties Charm was Reigning Image, owned by Carscot Stables of Toronto and trainer-driver Paul Walker of Owen Sound. Jocelyn Seelster picked up the third-place finisher’s share of the $18,000 Grassroots purse.

Walker’s runner-up finish in the fourth race was one of three he scored on the evening. In Race 1 the veteran horseman piloted Lukes Grace to a second-place finish behind Elouera and Hanover resident Mark Etsell, who teamed the Wesgate Crown filly to a 2:05.3 victory for trainer Garth Gordon of Guelph, Jean Brechkow of Amherstburg, Bobby Brown of Kingsville and James Walker of Whitby. Compania Royal was well back in third.

In Race 2 Walker and Yawantakissgoodbye led for much of the race before yielding to favourite Lexus Lulu down the stretch.

Lexus Lulu made her racing debut in impressive fashion, stopping the clock at 2:05 with an impressive finishing kick. Stephen Byron engineered the Angus Hall daughter’s victory for trainer and owner Norm Dunstan of Inglewood. Yawantakissgoodbye finished three and three-quarter lengths back in second while Boothill Looker was four more lengths back in third.

Gold Series regular Sno Doubt About It delivered the goods in the seventh race, trotting to a one and a quarter length win over Indys Kylee and Audrey Seelster. The Balanced Image lass and driver Ray McLean, Jr. stalked Indys Kylee through most of the race, waiting until the stretch to sprint home to the 2:05.3 win.

The win was the filly’s third, going along with a Trillium division triumph and a win in a July 13 Gold Elimination. Trained by Wayne Bloomfield for Talbot Creek Farms of Shedden, Sno Doubt About It struggled with breaks in the Aug. 4 Gold Final at Elmira Raceway causing her connections to opt for the Grassroots rather than the Gold this round.

The other two Grassroots divisions went to Softys Caitlyn in 2:07.2 and Scratchthatitch in 2:05.3. The two-year-old trotting fillies will get their fourth opportunity to garner Grassroots points at Clinton Raceway on Sept. 14.

Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Hanover Raceway for the final time this season next Saturday, Aug. 30 with the program’s marquee division, the three-year-old pacing colts, bringing their high speed Grassroots show to town.