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Lookit makes Ottawa fans sit up and take notice
GLOUCESTER, ON ó Ten freshman trotting fillies made their racing debut at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening and the talented youngsters impressed fans with a performance worthy of a field of veterans.
Leaving from Post 1 Carl Jamieson fired Ja El Ginger off the starting gate and led the field of two-year-old trotting fillies to a :31.4 opening quarter. Sent off as the favourite, along with stablemate Caramel Cons, Ja El Ginger cruised to a 1:02.2 half without facing a challenge.
After sitting on the outside through the early stages of the mile, George Zirnis sent Dream On Bernie after the lead heading for the 1:32.1 three-quarters, but Jamieson and Ja El Ginger refused to hand over control, leaving Dream On Bernie hanging on the outside heading into the final turn. Lookit had been sitting hot on Dream On Bernieís heels and as the fillies swept around the turn driver Wayne Henry manoeuvred his charge to the front.
Turning for home Lookit had opened up by a length and a half, but Dream On Bernie was able to reduce that to a length by the time the fillies reached the wire, stopping the clock at 2:03.1. Caramel Cons delivered a steady performance along the rails to earn the third-place share of the $72,343 purse, while her entry-mate Ja El Ginger settled for fourth.
One of four entries from the Ross Henry Stable competing in the Trillium Series opener, Lookit is owned by the Henry Stable of Arthur and Wally Yantz of Bloomingdale. The partners acquired the daughter of Royal Strength and Lukes Elvira for $15,000 at last fallís Canadian Classic Yearling Sale, giving them a profit of $21,171 after just one race. Lookit prepped for her victory with a second-place finish behind Dream On Bernie in a June 12 qualifier at Mohawk Racetrack.
Fans choosing the Henry entry as their top pick earned $8.20 on a win ticket, $3.50 on a place wager and $2.10 to show. The Zirnis entry of Dream On Bernie and Jameson returned $3.60 to place and $2.10 to show while Carl Jamiesonís entry of Caramel Cons and stablemate Ja El Ginger paid $2.10 to show. The exactor was worth $40.80 and the triactor returned $48.70.
The trotting fillies now head to Gold Series action at Woodbine Racetrack on July 6 or Grassroots competition July 3 at Woodstock Raceway. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement is back at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday, July 1 with more Trillium Series action, this time for the lightning fast three-year-old pacing fillies.