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Top fillies face off in Grassroots division Saturday
SUDBURY, ON — Sudbury Downs continues its three-week run of Ontario Sires Stakes action on Saturday night with five Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies.
Fresh off a very impressive performance at Clinton Raceway that saw the three-year-old trotting filly track record lowered by SOS Hotshot, the fillies are at the peak of their game as the season gets into full swing. With two Grassroots events under their belt, three fillies share the lead atop the division standings with 100 points, Hetties Charm, Lexus Lulu and Sno Doubt About It, and the three will go head-to-head in Sudbury’s tenth race on Saturday.
Sno Doubt About It will start from Post 3 in the talent laden field and owner Karen Carroll hopes the inside post will help the filly maintain her top spot. “She had the nine, nine, seven and nine-holes when she first started out this year, so she’s starting to move in,” says the Shedden resident. “And she’s really good on a half. With being such a big mare you’d wonder how she manages, but she seems to march right around.”
Through seven starts this season Sno Doubt About It has captured two Grassroots events and finished second in a non-winners of $25,000 contest at Hiawatha Horse Park on June 17, two lengths behind Gold Series colt Loose Change Louie. As a two-year-old the filly captured a Gold Series Elimination and earned $91,963, but Carroll and trainer Wayne Bloomfield felt the Grassroots was more her cup of tea this season.
“She’s matured into a really nice three-year-old. She’s a good size and she’s kind of come into herself,” says Carroll. “But we didn’t think she was quite good enough to go in the Gold this year. She wasn’t going in 1:55, that’s just a little fast.”
Carroll and Bloomfield did give the filly an opportunity to tackle some of her old Gold Series rivals in the Casual Breeze Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack on June 4 and the filly looked like a contender until the results of a tense night in the retention barn caught up with her just past the halfway marker.
“She didn’t eat a thing. Not a flake of hay or a bit of grain,” says the filly’s owner. “And she didn’t drink much either, definitely not enough to keep her going.
"She didn’t take to it at all. And I guess with her temperament it shouldn’t have been a surprise,” she adds.
The Balanced Image daughter has been a handful since Carroll acquired her at the 2002 Forest City Yearling Sale and she gives high praise to Bloomfield for managing the filly’s quirks.
“She’s not nasty, but she is a handful and Wayne is so good with her,” she says. “He is the most patient person I have every seen. He’s so good with her, way more than I would have been. He suits her perfectly.”
Driver Ray McLean, Jr. has also learned how to get along with Sno Doubt About It, and will be back in the race bike Saturday. The pair will face Hetties Charm from Post 1 and Lexus Lulu from Post 9.
Sudbury Downs sends its first race onto the racetrack at 7:15 pm on Saturday and the three-year-old trotting fillies are spotlighted in Races 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.