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Andiamonuts makes Trillium debut at Windsor Sunday
WINDSOR, ON — With only four starts under her belt, Andiamonuts may be the least experienced of the two-year-old pacing fillies heading to Windsor Raceway for a $91,096 Trillium Series division on Sunday, but the Astreos daughter is no stranger to the winner’s circle.
“She’s won three of her last four starts, and the one start she didn’t win she got locked in, but she’s never had to race against horses like this,” says owner John Dinning of Amherstburg. “This is a big test for her.”
Andiamonuts made her career debut on July 25 with a 2:02.4 victory at Dresden Raceway, but the following week she suffered a serious injury in her stall and did not make her next appearance at a racetrack until Sept. 16.
“After her first start she caught her nose in her stall. It ripped her nose and she had to get 40 to 50 staples in it,” recalls Dinning.
The filly recovered well from the mishap and returned to action with a 2:04 qualifying win at Dresden Raceway. In her second lifetime start, on Sept. 25 at Woodstock Raceway, she made her second visit to the winner’s circle with a four length victory in 2:00.1. On Oct. 8 Andiamonuts finished fourth in a leg of the Middlesex Pacing Series at Western Fair Raceway, and then bounced back with an 11 length romp over London’s half-mile oval on Oct. 19, stopping the teletimer at an even 2:00.
On Sunday Mike Sumner will steer Andiamonuts from Post 7 in the 10 filly Trillium field and Dinning is looking forward to seeing how the homebred daughter of his former race mare Charity Brown stacks up.
“When they have never seen that kind of speed, you don’t know what to expect. I think she can pace a mile in 1:55 or 1:56, but I was told the one filly (Go Get Her) just got beat in 1:51.1 in Lexington,” says the horseman. “I do think she has the talent, but I don’t know if she’s ready, if she has the maturity. She’s only had four starts, and they were spread out quite far.
“She’s always won by open lengths, and with her, she’s pretty easy on herself. When she gets to the front she kind of goes to sleep,” he adds. “She definitely won’t go to sleep on Sunday.”
The horseman works alongside his father, trainer Howard Dinning of Windsor, and says he has been expecting big things from Andiamonuts since the early days of her education.
“She was perfect all the way along,” says Dinning. “When I trained her down she was beating my racehorses, so I really liked her.”
The entire Dinning family will be on hand to watch Andiamonuts make her Trillium Series debut at Windsor Raceway on Sunday. The two-year-old fillies will parade onto the track in Race 8 on a 14 race program that gets under way at 7 pm.
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