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Young horseman hoping to visit winner’s circle Saturday
July 20, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

WOODSTOCK, ON — Woodstock Raceway wraps up its 2004 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Saturday with seven divisions of two-year-old pacing fillies competing for $105,000 in Grassroots action.

The freshman fillies made their provincial debut on July 3 at Hanover Raceway and Ross and Marjorie Masters’ homebred Pacific Sprinkles was the runner-up in the fastest division of the night, finishing just a half length behind winner Nunnerys Luck in 1:59.

“We were quite proud of her,” says Woodstock resident Ross Masters. “I give an awful lot of credit to Scott McNiven. He liked her well enough that he bought into her, and he’s done a great job with her.”

Putnam resident McNiven trains the filly for the Masters’, his wife Kimberley and Joan Agro of Dundas. The veteran trainer prepped Pacific Sprinkles for her Grassroots debut with a pair of solid qualifiers. On June 23 she captured a two-year-old qualifier at Flamboro Downs by 16 lengths in 2:06 and then followed that up with a 2:00.3 effort in a freshman qualifier at Mohawk Racetrack on June 29.

Masters says he always liked the filly’s appearance and hoped that her solid bloodlines would translate into on track success. A daughter of Pacific Rocket and Snow Showers, the filly counts among her siblings former Grassroots winner Shower Of Luck.

“Her mother is from an excellent family. She has a full brother who made over $500,000 and a full brother with a mark of 1:52,” says the breeder. “She is a Big Towner mare and her mother was by Sonsam.”

Beyond her physical attributes, pedigree and early season Grassroots result, Pacific Sprinkle holds a prominent place in the Masters family because of her connection to their grandson Dakota Stafford.

“She’s my grandson’s little horse, he’s only six and he saw her born,” says Ross Masters.

“We keep him when he’s not in school and he spends a lot of time at the farm with his Poppa,” continues Marjorie Masters. “He’s been out with Scott (McNiven) on the track and he went to the races at Hanover with us and sat there the whole night. He was very excited.”

The pint-sized horseman hopes to be trackside again Saturday when Pacific Sprinkles makes her second start from Post 3 in the second race. Among the fillies she will tackle is Deal Me Sevens, who captured a Grassroots division at Hanover for trainer Carl Jamieson of Princeton and his partner Karl Ungerman of Toronto and will start from Post 6 at Woodstock on Saturday.

Woodstock Raceway sends the first two-year-old pacing filly division behind the gate at 1 pm and also features the talented youngsters in Races 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 11.