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Jar Jar Binx claims Trillium win in Dresden
DRESDEN — Jar Jar Binx stepped off the fastest mile of three Trillium Series divisions at Dresden Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The three-year-old trotting filly earned the narrow victory in a personal best 2:02.1.
With Ray McLean, Jr. at the controls Jar Jar Binx sat third throughout the mile as pacesetters Odee Angelina and Wayne Henry rolled through fractions of :29.1, 1:01.4 and 1:31. As the fillies turned for home Jar Jar Binx had moved within one and a half lengths of the leader and then delivered an impressive finishing kick to get a neck in front of Memories Of Texas at the wire. Heavy favourite North To Alaska made a valiant recovery after making a break leaving the starting gate, but could only claw her way back to third-place.
Wayne Bloomfield of Kerwood trains Jar Jar Binx for breeder Karen Carroll of Shedden. The win was the first this season for the Brisco Herbert daughter, a consistent campaigner in the Gold Series as a two-year-old who banked a total of $101,276 in 16 freshman starts.
The second division went to one of three American-bred fillies competing in the Trillium event. Honolulu survived interference at the start and a tough trip around the outside to record the well-deserved victory in 2:02.2. The Muscles Yankee daughter and driver Randy Waples gained ground with every step and were able to grab control of the lead at the top of the stretch. Northern Pixie put up a fight down the stretch, but had to settle for the second-place share of the $21,526 purse, with Sweet Face Glory rounding out the top three.
Honolulu was making her third start of the season for trainer Pat Hunt and owners Thomas and Elizabeth Rankin of St. Catharines, and just her fourth start lifetime.
Last year’s Grassroots champ Designable flexed her muscles for the second time in a week with an easy 2:03.3 win in the final division. Sent off as the definitive favourites, the Earl daughter and Ray McLean fired to the front from Post 4 and marched through relaxed fractions of :29.3, 1:02 and 1:32.4 en route to the one and a quarter length triumph.
It was the second straight win for the Earl daughter, who posted an impressive win in the Grassroots season opener at Quinte Raceway in Belleville on May 19. Trainer Wayne Langille of Harley shares ownership on Designable with James Barton of Branchton, Jeff Adamson of Brantford and Terence Adamson of Harley.
Taffeta Seelster, one of four Ross Henry trainees in Sunday’s Trillium event, picked up second-place honours in the seventh race and Haybird Hanover was another length back in third.
The second Trillium Series event for the sophomore trotting fillies goes postward June 28 at Woodstock Raceway, while Ontario Sires Stakes excitement does not return to Dresden Raceway until July 27, when the two-year-old trotting fillies drop into the popular half-mile oval for their second Grassroots start of the season.