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Local fillies ready for action in Trillium Series
June 28, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

GLOUCESTER, ON — When the three-year-old pacing fillies arrive at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Canada Day for the first Trillium Series event of their season, Cynthia McLennan hopes it will mark a change in the fortunes of Wipethatsmerkoff.

A winner of $79,912 at two, the Grinfromeartoear daughter has not yet returned to the form that saw her post a record of three wins, one second and seven thirds last season.

“She was real good last year,” says McLennan. “She hasn’t quite measured up to expectations this year, but she’s been a little under the weather. Just a little something that was nagging along. Hopefully we’ve got it cleared up now.”

In three Grassroots starts this year Wipethatsmerkoff’s best finish was a fourth-place in the season opener at Quinte Exhibition Raceway on May 24. Compounding the filly’s problems have been a series of outside post positions — Post 5 at Quinte, Post 6 at Woodstock Raceway on June 12 and Post 7 at Georgian Downs last Tuesday (June 22).

In preparation for Thursday’s Trillium, where she starts from Post 4 in the seventh race, Wipethatsmerkoff will qualify at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday morning (June 29) and McLennan hopes the extra tune-up will position the homebred for a solid outing over her hometown oval.

“Hopefully it will get her going, get everything back on the straight and narrow,” says the Arnprior resident. “We’re looking forward to big things from her.”

Brenda Spence of Greely trains Wipethatsmerkoff for McLennan’s C M T Farms and top reinsman Sylvain Filion will handle the lines on Thursday evening, facing off against a mix of Gold and Grassroots Series regulars and one American-bred eligible to the Trillium Series through her Ontario ownership.

The first Trillium Series division, Race 3 on the 6:30 pm program features local filly Themaneattacktion, bred, owned and trained by Barbara MacDonald of Orleans. The Pacific Rocket daughter was a Grassroots winner at Woodstock Raceway on June 12 and heads into the Trillium with a record of one win and one second in five starts this season.

Regular reinsman Don McElroy will pilot Themaneattacktion from Post 3 and will be keeping an eye on three other Grassroots winners — Tosexyforthedriver from Post 1, Blue Ides from Post 2 and Putnam Fantasy from Post 4.

Rideau Carleton Raceway’s Canada Day program gets under way at 6:30 pm with the three-year-old pacing fillies starring in Trillium Series action in Races 3 and 7.