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Impeccably bred fillies claim Grassroots victories
July 12, 2005
By Sandra Snyder

FRASERVILLE, ON — A pair of regally bred two-year-old trotting fillies made their first ever appearances in the winner’s circle during the season opening Grassroots event at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday afternoon.

Gramola Grande, a daughter of Mr Lavec and $484,208 winner Gramola, captured the second Grassroots elimination with a strong come-from-behind effort for trainer John Bax’s Parkhill Stud Farm of Peterborough, breeders Glengate Farms of Campbellville and Ariel Stables of North York.

With Kawartha Downs regular Doug Hie in the race bike the filly sat third through the early going, made a move to the outside heading for the three-quarter pole and then dug in down the stretch to record the half length victory over pacesetter Natashas San in 2:02.4. Picky Nikki was over 12 lengths back in third.

Bax and his partners acquired the filly for $50,000 from last fall’s Forest City Yearling Sale and are hoping Gramola Grande can be as successful on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit as her half-sister World Class Image, a winner of $131,260.

Kawartha fans were also treated to a glimpse of Ontario Sires Stakes royalty in the first division when Pure Ivory, the daughter of Striking Sahbra and $240,514 winner Image Control, posted the fastest victory of the seven Grassroots divisions.

Veteran reinsman Steve Condren eased Pure Ivory off the starting gate from Post 3 and settled into fifth through the early stages of the race. Heading for the half Condren sent the filly after the leaders and she effortlessly assumed command before the three-quarters, pulling away to a six and three-quarter length victory in 2:01.3. Anns Promise and Saucy Sarah rounded out the top three.

A $62,000 acquisition at the Forest City sale last fall, Pure Ivory is trained by Brad Maxwell for Jerry Vanboekel of Bright, breeder Harry Rutherford of Mount Pleasant and Milton resident Condren.

Trainer Ross Henry harnessed seven fillies in Tuesday’s Grassroots event and took home one win, three seconds and two thirds. In Race 10 the Arthur resident claimed 75 per cent of the purse when CS R Hope and Dave Wall went gate-to-wire in 2:04 and stablemate Pimlicos Treasure and Trevor Henry trotted home one and a half lengths behind her in second.

Henry and sons Wayne and Trevor of Arthur share ownership on CS R Hope, a CR Renegade sister to $222,690 winner CS Brisco Babe, while Tri Star Farms Ltd. of Brantford bred and own Pimlicos Treasure.

Tracey’s Memory claimed third prize in the $15,000 contest.

Diva Diva delivered the biggest upset in the Grassroots divisions when she toured around the Fraserville oval to an eight and three-quarter length victory in the ninth race.

The longest shots on the board, Diva Diva and trainer-driver John Hallett were 15 lengths off the pace at the opening quarter and eight lengths back at the half, but the Yankee Paco daughter took flight heading toward the three-quarters. Circling three-wide around tiring pacesetter Lukes Danielle, Diva Diva was on top by four lengths as the fillies turned for home and simply trotted away from the field en route to the 2:04.4 victory, returning $112.00 to win, $52.10 to place and $9.20 to show. Lukes Danielle claimed the runner-up spot, while Birminghim was eight more lengths back in third.

Hallett trains Diva Diva, a $4,000 yearling acquisition, for Thomas Hicks of Pompano Beach, FL.

The other Grassroots divisions went to St Lads Calcium in 2:03, Hawaiian Ritzy in 2:05.4 and Windsong Carnie in 2:02.4.

The two-year-old trotting fillies make their second appearance in Grassroots action on July 31 at Sudbury Downs, while Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Kawartha Downs on Saturday, July 16 with the lightning fast three-year-old pacing fillies competing in their second Trillium Series event.

For complete Grassroots results please go to:

http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rkdftu.html