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Georgian Downs showcases top pacing fillies Tuesday
June 18, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

INNISFIL, ON — On Tuesday evening the province’s attention will be focused on Georgian Downs as the Innisfil oval hosts a full slate of Ontario Sires Stakes races worth more than $255,000.

A pair of Trillium events for the two-year-old pacing fillies and 12 Grassroots divisions for the sophomore pacing lasses will rivet fans from the special post time of 5 pm well into the evening. Among the talented fillies hoping to turn heads in the three-year-old competition is Itsnowornever, who heads into the twelfth race off a 1:58.3 Grassroots victory at Woodstock Raceway last weekend.

“She’s a big gorgeous filly. She doesn’t wear a boot and she wears 62 inch hopples,” says Dan Clements, who drives the filly for his father Norm Clements’ Prince Lee Acres of Stouffville. “She has tons of ability, but she has been under achieving so we are looking for bigger and better things from her.”

The June 12 victory was the Albert Albert daughter’s first in five starts and the first sign of the talent Clements has always felt the filly possessed.

“I trained her last year in about 2:07, but she started to get on one line and touch her knees so we quit with her. We felt she was good enough to wait on. This year training down she was an absolute beast. Her nickname was Odie,” explains Clements, referring to world record holder and former Ontario Sires Stakes superstar Odies Fame. “I thought she was the real deal.”

In her first four starts Itsnowornever recorded one second and one third, but she seemed to struggle at the end of each mile so the Clements’ decided a change was in order and sent the filly to leading conditioner Joe Stutzman. The Woodstock victory proved that the decision had been the right one and Clements is hoping Itsnowornever comes up with another solid performance from Post 6 in the twelfth race Tuesday.

In addition to Itsnowornever Clements will pilot Wipethatsmerkoff from Post 7 in Race 3, Sentbytheangels from Post 8 in Race 9 and Bridle Flowers from Post 8 in Race 14.

With Clements aboard, Sentbytheangels is undefeated in Grassroots action and the Uxbridge resident feels she is the cream of the crop at this stage in the season.

“She won over Woodstock in 1:57.4 last week for a joke and she was equally dominant at Belleville (May 24),” says Clements, who drives the Run The Table filly for trainer Brett Robinson and owner Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC. “My instructions were, “Just get her around the first turn,” so that’s what I did. Just got to the outside and let her go. She can fly and Georgian will fit her perfectly because she likes to come from behind.”

Also heading into Tuesday’s event off a victory at Woodstock, in track record setting fashion, is Village Blush, who will start from Post 5 in Race 13.

The two-year-old pacing fillies open Georgian Downs’ Ontario Sires Stakes laden program at 5 pm on Tuesday, trying their hand in Trillium action in Races 1 and 2 before the three-year-old pacing fillies take over for Races 3 through 14.