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Kind Gesture cracks Grassroots jinx in Clinton
July 31, 2005
By Sandra Snyder

CLINTON, ON ó Kind Gesture trotted to victory in the fastest of eight three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots divisions at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon, sailing effortlessly around the half-mile oval to a 2:02.1 triumph.

Driver Wayne Henry took full advantage of early errors by all three fillies lined up to his left, including favourite Brontease, and sent Kind Gesture straight to the front. The pair cruised through fractions of :30.3, 1:01 and 1:32 and then sprinted home to the two length victory over Chuckalo Beckster and Jayport Sweetheart.

Arthur resident Ross Henry trains Kind Gesture, who has four wins and one second to her credit in seven start this season, but had been unsuccessful in the Grassroots Series before Sunday. The Angus Hall filly, owned by Henry Stable of Arthur and Daniel McCann of Parkhill, boosted her Grassroots point total to 75 with the win.

Former Gold Series competitor Meadowviewprincess scored her first win of the season with a strong front-end effort in Race 8. The Angus Hall miss, a half sister to former Ontario Sires Stakes star and $635,556 winner Meadowview Sunny, never saw a challenge on her way to the 2:02.3 win over Hologram Hanover and Queen Of Scot.

Greg Dustin piloted Meadowviewprincess to the victory for trainer Brad Shakes of Stayner and owner-breeder Meadowview Farms Inc. of Orono.

Strathroy resident Dustin was back in the winnerís circle after Race 12, having employed an almost identical strategy with fan favourite Paco Dream. Dustin sent the Yankee Paco daughter straight to the front, carved out all the fractions and then coasted home a three and three-quarter length winner in 2:04.1. Pretty In Plaid and Windsong Bethany rounded out the top three.

Trained by Jason Libby for Egbertha Postmus of Ingersoll, Paco Dream has been razor sharp through the last two months. The chestnut trotter has captured seven of her last eight starts and has only missed the top three on four occasions through her 16 start sophomore campaign. Sundayís win vaulted Paco Dream into second spot in the three-year-old trotting filly standings with a total of 112 Grassroots points.

Busta Balls also made a leap up the Grassroots standings with her first lifetime win, a 2:02.2 score in the third race. The Must B Sunny daughter and driver Scott Coulter used a come-from-behind strategy to secure the victory, sitting third for most of the mile. Heading past the three-quarter marker Coulter sent Busta Balls up the outside and when pacesetter Shady Jadey made a break turning for home the pair were in the perfect spot. A solid finishing kick propelled Busta Balls to the one and a half length win over favourite Iím Eager and Lukes Chatelayne.

Dundas resident Marcel Hebert trains Busta Balls for his partners Erminio Ciani of Toronto, Elaine Van Every of Hagersville and Shirley Burra of Dundas. The win, combined with fifth and second-place finishes in the first two Grassroots events of the season gives Busta Balls a total of 80 points.

The other Grassroots divisions went to Patti Royal in 2:01.3, Windsun Firstafair in 2:03.3, Soxy Kosmos in 2:02.4 and Emme Emme in 2:03.2, who took command of the top spot in the division standings with her second Grassroots win through three appearances.

The three-year-old trotting fillies return to Grassroots action on Aug. 24 at Windsor Raceway, while Ontario Sires Stakes action makes its last stop of the season at Clinton Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 28 with Grassroots competition for the two-year-old trotting fillies.

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