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Mr. OSS delivers trio of Grassroots wins at Clinton
July 1, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

CLINTON, ON ó SOS Hotshot kicked off Clinton Racewayís Canada Day program with a lightning fast tour of the half-mile oval, peeling more than two seconds off the track record for three-year-old trotting fillies.

The Chief Litigator daughter and driver Jim McClure fired out of Post 4 and led the field of seven through fractions of :30.2, :59.3 and 1:29.2 before hitting the wire seven lengths ahead of Chelemark Winter and Open Complement in the record setting 2:01.

Trained by Harry Poulton for Norm Dunstan of Inglewood, SOS Hotshot was making just her second start of the season after struggling with breaks during the month of May. The win bumped the fillyís lifetime earnings to $49,919.

McClure was back in the winnerís circle after the second race, piloting Hetties Charm to a 2:03.1 victory for trainer John Rier of Kitchener and Randy Rier of Hanover. A winner of $108,855 at two, Hetties Charm boasts a pair of Grassroots victories this season.

Dutchess Of Kent and P C Dreams rounded out the top three in Race 2.

Ray McLean, Jr. also drove a pair of winnerís on the Thursday evening program, including his own filly Tenacious Dream. The Fill V daughter led from gate-to-wire in the ninth race and cruised home 12 lengths ahead of Ima Sweetie Too and Lady Lucy Helen H to score the 2:02.2 victory, her second straight. Scott Barr trains Tenacious Dream and Port Elgin resident McLean shares ownership on the filly with Tony Aarts of Putnam.

The young reinsmanís other victory came one race earlier with Sno Doubt About It, who also benefited from a front-end trip. The Wayne Bloomfield trainee, owned by Karen Carroll of Shedden, hit the wire in 2:02.3, six lengths ahead of Mayas Girl and Scotch Thistle.

While McClure and McLean enjoyed their Grassroots success the pairís efforts were capped by Mr. OSS himself, Dave Wall, who scored three wins in the three-year-old trotting filly showdown.

Wall started his hat trick off with a win behind Meadowview Marion in Race 6. Like many of her peers the Incredible Abe daughter went straight to the front and never faced a challenge, trotting home to the 2:06 win one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Crimmings and five ahead of Shesintuff. Brad Shakes trains Meadowview Marion for his father Paul Shakes of Stayner and Meadowview Farms Inc. of Orono.

One race later the veteran reinsman was back in front of the Clinton photographer with Cassatt for owner-trainer Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville and Candace Jones of Lexington, KY. Another front-end trip yielded the 2:02.4 victory for the Earl daughter, her first of the season.

Indys Kylee and Coquette Girl picked up the second and third-place share of the $15,000 purse.

Wall put the finishing touches on his impressive eveningís work in the last Grassroots division when he engineered a 2:03.3 victory for longshot Desi Sweet Sixteen. Wall and the Angus Hall daughter reeled in pacesetter Abes Catch heading for the three-quarter pole and sailed home five lengths ahead of Picture Of Grace, leaving Abes Catch to settle for third.

Trainer John Bax of Peterborough shares ownership on Desi Sweet Sixteen with Glengate Farms of Campbellville.

The other divisions went to Trotters R Us in 2:06.1 and Lexus Lulu in 2:03.4.

The three-year-old trotting fillies make their third Grassroots start on July 10 at Sudbury Downs, while Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Clinton Raceway on Sunday, July 18 with Grassroots action for the talented two-year-old pacing colts.