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Battin scores Grassroots hat trick in Sudbury
July 11, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

SUDBURY, ON ó Veteran reinsman Ross Battin captured a trio of Grassroots divisions at Sudbury Downs on Saturday evening.

The reigning Lampman Cup winner as the Ontario Sires Stakes programís top driver, Battin scored his first victory with favourite P C Dreams in the ninth race. Leaving from Post 4, Battin sent the three-year-old trotting filly straight to the front and never relinquished the lead en route to the 2:01.3 victory over Chloe K and French Brocade.

Peter Clements of Dobbinton owns Incredible Abe daughter P C Dreams, who improved her record to two wins, two seconds and two thirds in six starts.

Battin was back in the Sudbury winnerís enclosure after the tenth race, scoring an upset with lightly rated Very Violet. This time the driver opted for come from behind tactics, trotting around tiring leader Sno Doubt About It in the final turn and powering away to the 2:00.2 victory. Sno Doubt About It stayed game for second while Cassatt was six lengths back in third.

Orton resident Frank OíReilly trains Very Violet, another daughter of Incredible Abe, for his partners Centre Wellington Stables of Rockwood and Lee Taylor of Bellwood. The win was the fillyís second of the season and her first since the addition of trotting hopples on July 5.

Battin completed the driving hat trick in the tenth race with Ron OíNeill trainee Summerhill Hallie who delivered an impressive final quarter to move from sixth to first by seven lengths. The Angus Hall daughter stopped the clock at 2:00.4 to score her second Grassroots victory of the season. Angus Twirl and Scratchthatitch rounded out the top three in the $19,132 event.

Debi Martin of Freelton, Daniel Harper of Toronto and Paul Larrabee of Freelton share ownership on Summerhill Hallie, who has earned $19,916 in six starts this season.

The fastest mile of the evening was recorded by Raising The Bar in the first division. The Tom Durand trainee raised the bar on her personal best by two seconds and scored her first win of the season with the 1:59.2 effort that saw her hit the wire 12 lengths ahead of Wild Wack Woman and Taylorlane Astra. Puslinch resident Durand shares ownership on the Angus Hall filly with Diane Ingham of Mount Pleasant and Ron Durand of Paris.

The final division went to Tenacious Dream and driver Ray McLean, Jr., who scored their third straight victory with the 2:01.1 effort. Crimmings was five lengths back in second and Jocelyn Seelster fought off Meadowview Marion to earn the third-place cheque.

Scott Barr trains Fill V daughter Tenacious Dream for Tony Aarts of Putnam and McLean, who makes his home in Port Elgin.

The three-year-old trotting fillies make their fourth Grassroots stop on August 8 at Dresden Raceway, while Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Sudbury Downs for a third straight week next Saturday when the lightning fast three-year-old pacing colts bring their exciting Grassroots show to town.