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Emme Emme on the improve heading into Trillium
July 11, 2005
By Sandra Snyder

ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway fans get a second look at the province’s top three-year-old trotting fillies when the Elora oval hosts four Trillium Series divisions on Friday.

When the sophomore fillies dropped in for the track’s Canada Day festivities, Emme Emme posted a 2:04.2 win in her Grassroots division and trainer Frank O’Reilly expects her to be even better for Friday’s event.

“You have not seen the best of Emme Emme yet. I have been taking it kind of easy with Emme Emme and I hope to have her come into form here in the next little while,” says the Orton resident. “She’ll be better this start than her last start — she wasn’t bad, she won, but I think she’ll be better this week.”

Emme Emme made her sophomore debut in the Grassroots season opener at Dresden Raceway on May 23, logging a second-place finish from Post 5. The King Conch daughter then finished sixth in a June 7 overnight at Georgian Downs and fifth in the first Trillium Series event of the season, June 16 at Hiawatha Horse Park. On Canada Day at Grand River, Emme Emme went gate-to-wire from Post 3 to log her first win of the season and boost her lifetime earnings to $47,161.

“She is a really, really nice filly. She does a lot of things well,” says O’Reilly, who shares ownership on Emme Emme with John Fielding of Toronto. “She is a beautiful filly, a big, strong, powerful filly, and I think she can be a lot nicer filly than she’s been.”

Solid performances in Friday evening’s Trillium event and the next Grassroots contest could even earn the sister to $148,763 winner Amnesiac an end of season promotion to the Gold Series ranks.

“If she can get into form and trot the small tracks the way she has been, I might try her in an ‘A’ (Gold) event,” says the trainer-driver. “She’s always been a nice filly. She made good money last year and she’ll make good money again this year.”

The only thing throwing a wrench into Emme Emme’s chances of duplicating her July 1 victory at Grand River on Friday is her post position. The filly will start from Post 6 in the second $16,580 Trillium division, squaring off against Gold Series regular Ja El Ginger from Post 4 and Trillium and Grassroots winner Odee Tessa from Post 7. Odee Tessa is one of five fillies Arthur resident Ross Henry, a four-time Johnston Cup winner as the top trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, will harness in Friday night’s contest.

The curtain goes up at Grand River Raceway at 7:27 pm on Friday evening and the three-year-old trotting fillies will step to centre stage in Races 4, 6, 8, and 10.

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