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Chapple colts capture pair of Grassroots trophies Sunday
DRESDEN, ON — Dresden Raceway fans were treated to eight impressive performances by the two-year-old pacing colts on Sunday afternoon, with the quickest mile of the Grassroots show executed by Windsong Bratt.
Mike Saftic fired Windsong Bratt out of Post 2 in the fifth race and the colt never faced a challenge as he reeled off fractions of :29.3, 1:00.1 and 1:29.2 on his way to the 1:58.2 victory.
Bill Budd trains Windsong Bratt for breeder William Loyens of London and his partner PBR Systems Group of Freelton. After making breaks in his first two qualifying attempts, the Apaches Fame son pulled it all together to score a 1:59 win in a June 29 qualifier at Mohawk Racetrack and went off as the favourite in his Grassroots debut.
Apache Rain Dance, owned by trainer-driver Gregory Drew of Merlin and Hilliard Morris of North Buxton, finished one and three-quarter lengths behind Windsong Bratt and The Thief rounded out the top three.
Saftic also scored a pair of Grassroots victories with sons of Apaches Fame owned by Chatham resident Robert B. Chapple and trained by Gregg McNair. The veteran reinsman kicked off his driving hat trick in the first race with a 10 length romp behind favourite Red Hot Fame, who cruised around the Dresden oval in 2:02. Wheresitat and Cluck Hanover battled it out for second and third-place, well behind the leader.
Six races later Run Away Fame fought his way to a nose victory in 1:58.4, fending off Northern Pacific down the stretch. Frelad was well back in third while favourite Here Comes The Sun faded around the final turn.
The only other favourite to deliver a victory in the eight Grassroots divisions was KDSmercury, who paced to a 2:00 victory over Oh George Go and Mcrileymac in the twelfth race. Leaving from Post 4, KDSmercury and driver Jody Jamieson took control of the pace just past the opening quarter and were quickly challenged by Darwin Seelster, who applied pressure from the outside right down to the final strides.
Carl Jamieson of Princeton trains Astreos colt KDSmercury for his partners Ken Henwood of Schomberg and Gerald Ross of Downsview.
The other divisions went to Putnam President in 2:00.2, Team Effort in 2:00.4, Jagged Heart in 1:59.3 and Kentucky Rebel in 1:59.3.
The two-year-old pacing colts make their second Grassroots appearance on July 18 at Clinton Raceway, while Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Dresden Raceway on Civic Holiday Monday (Aug.2) with Grassroots action for the two-year-old pacing fillies.