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Elaborateobsession two-for-two in Grassroots action
July 21, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

DUNDAS, ON — Elaborateobsession scored his second commanding victory in Grassroots action Wednesday afternoon at Flamboro Downs.

The Elaborate Dream son and trainer-driver Jim Whelan fired off the wings from Post 7 and were easily out in front before the :30.2 opening quarter. Through fractions of 1:02.3 and 1:34.2 the pair maintained a one and a half length lead then sprinted down the stretch to a six length victory over Claytons Valleylad and Extreme Image, stopping the Flamboro teletimer at 2:04.2.

Troy resident Whelan bred Elaborateobsession and shares ownership on the talented colt with Clarence Devos of Langton. The win was the colt’s second in two starts; in the Grassroots season opener at Sudbury Downs he scored a 20 length win in 2:03.4.

The fastest mile of the four Grassroots divisions was clocked by Dominant Kemp in Race 4. Emulating Whelan’s tactics, trainer-driver Raymond Kinney shot out of Post 7 and laid down fractions of :31.4, 1:03.1 and 1:33 before powering home to a 10 length triumph in 2:02.3. S A Laredo nailed down the second-place finisher’s share of the $23,448 purse, while Wind Berndt was eight more lengths back in third.

William Roberts of Badaxe, MI owns Dominant Kemp, a son of Yankee Paco he acquired for $25,000 US at the Tattersalls Yearling Sale last fall. Wednesday was the colt’s racing debut after capturing a pair of qualifiers at Saginaw Harness Raceway in Saginaw, MI.

The winners continued to flow from Post 7 as Nick Henry guided Meadowcroft Man to a 2:04.2 front end victory from the outside post in Race 6. Armbro Cameron pressed the pace through the final quarter, but made a break in stride and had to settle for second, while favourite King La Conch rounded out the top three.

Mount Forest resident Henry and his father George Henry of Arthur bred and own Meadowcroft Man, a son of San Pellegrino and their former Grassroots star Independent Girl. George Henry also trains the gelding.

The final Grassroots division went to Where’s Berndt, the only colt to start from a post other than seven and use a come-from-behind strategy. The Berndt Hanover son and “Mr. OSS” Dave Wall eased off the gate from Post 1 and allowed William Megens and Justincrediblealex to set the pace before firing out down the stretch to the one length win in 2:04.1.

Justincrediblealex stayed game for second and San Zambello was another length and a half back in third.

David Lemon of Komoka owns and trains Where’s Berndt, who prepped for the race with a fourth-place finish is a qualifier at Mohawk Racetrack on July 9.

The two-year-old trotting colts head to Hanover Raceway on Aug. 11 for their third Grassroots match-up, while Flamboro Downs fans get another dose of Ontario Sires Stakes excitement when the remarkably talented three-year-old trotting fillies arrive in Dundas for Gold Elimination action on Friday. Aug. 6.