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Fun-filled afternoon at Dresden Raceway Monday
July 28, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

DRESDEN, ON — The popular Chatham Daily News ‘Big Cash and Prize Giveaway’ returns to Dresden Raceway on Monday with 16 opportunities for fans to win up to $1,000. In addition families will enjoy a petting zoo, face painting, pony rides, an appearance by Peanut, the World’s Smallest Stallion, and seven Grassroots divisions for the talented two-year-old pacing fillies.

The fillies will have an opportunity to go home with the lion’s share of $15,000 in each Grassroots division and Max Chinnick hopes Levas Lucille can pick up a larger chunk of the Ontario Sires Stakes purse than she did in her provincial debut at Woodstock on July 24. The Camluck daughter landed in a division with former Gold Series starter Three Kilo and finished fifth in the 1:59.4 mile.

“I just got there as the race finished and I didn’t even go back to the barn because I knew Don (Strain) would be disgusted,” says Chinnick, who shares ownership on Levas Lucille with trainer Donald Strain of Dresden and Carman Rose of Wallaceburg. “She was in with the hot shots.”

Chinnick bred the filly and turned her over to Strain last fall to break and train. Levas Lucille made her debut at Dresden Raceway on June 27 with a third-place finish in a qualifier, then delivered a sixth-place finish from the eight-hole in a maiden event on July 4.

A resounding 15 length win in a July 11 qualifier that saw her stop the clock at 2:01, and a solid third-place finish in a July 18 maiden earned Levas Lucille a berth in the second Grassroots event of the season where Post 8 and the hot early speed forced her to settle for fifth-place.

“She’s a Camluck filly and I was a little partial to Camluck so I thought, ‘I’ll keep this one,’” recalls the Chatham resident. “She’s a decent looking filly, but that doesn’t mean she can run. She hasn’t shown much yet.”

Levas Lucille will start from Post 1 in the twelfth race on Monday’s ‘Big Cash and Prize Giveaway’ program with Kevin Wallis returning to the race bike. Wallis engineered the filly’s third-place finish off the rail in her July 18 start.

Among the youngsters the pair will face is two-time Grassroots winner Witness To Fame from Post 3 and Grassroots division winner Deal Me Sevens from Post 4.

Dresden Raceway’s action-packed matinee gets under way at 1 pm on Civic Holiday Monday, with the two-year-old pacing fillies featured in Races 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12 and 14.