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Pembrook Street scores second straight Grassroots victory
September 7, 2008
By Sandra Snyder

HANOVER, ON — Pembrook Street expanded his lead atop the two-year-old trotting colt Grassroots standings with an impressive victory at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening.

Starting from Post 2 in the fourth $20,000 Grassroots division, Walkerton resident Dale Fritz had Pembrook Street on the lead before the colts reached the :30.1 opening quarter. Two and a half lengths on top at the 1:02.3 half, Pembrook Street turned back a strong challenge from Striking Lightning heading by the 1:34 three-quarters, then sprinted down the stretch to score a five length victory in 2:03.4. A personal best for the Duke Of York son, the mile was also the quickest of the six Grassroots divisions on Saturday.

Stormont Caviar sat in the pocket throughout the race and cruised down the stretch into second, while challenger Striking Lightning faded back to third. Fan favourite Good Friend finished fourth.

George Henry trains Pembrook Street for Michael Wassilyn of Toronto, and the Arthur resident has conditioned the gelding to two wins and two seconds in four Grassroots starts, for a total of 150 points.

Sitting 17 points behind Pembrook Street after his second Grassroots victory is O Grady, who learned his early lessons alongside Pembrook Street in Arthur, under the tutelage of Wayne Henry.

Wayne Henry was in the race bike on Saturday to guide O Grady to the 2:05 victory. In spite of being handicapped by the outside Post 7, Henry sent the colt straight to the front and O Grady racked up fractions of :31, 1:03.3 and 1:34.2 en route to the one length victory over Zorgwijk Javelin and Stonebridge Mirage.

The Henry Stable of Arthur and James Laverty of Sauble Beach own Striking Sahbra son O Grady, a $20,000 yearling acquisition at last fall’s Harrisburg Sale. Through four starts the half-brother to $199,950 winner Brontsky has posted two wins and one second for earnings of $26,600.

Angus Hall son King Gus leapt into the Grassroots top 16 with his first lifetime victory in the fourth race. In rein to Shawn Steacy, the colt cruised to a front end victory in 2:04.4, hitting the wire one length up on CDs Eldorado and 10 lengths ahead of third-place finisher Delcrest Sonny.

In his only other Grassroots appearance King Gus posted a third-place finish, which gives him a total of 62 points and a share of eighth spot in the division standings. David Reid of Glenburnie, George Judson of Athens, Barry White of Orleans and Richard Karper of Saint-Laurent, QC share ownership on the colt, and Lansdowne resident Mark Steacy handles his training.

The other Grassroots divisions went to Imminent Response in 2:06.3; Oaklea Rush in 2:04; and Lukas Rossi in 2:05.1.

Saturday’s contest concluded Hanover Raceway’s 2008 Ontario Sires Stakes season, and the two-year-old trotting colts will make their second last regular season start at Hiawatha Horse Park on Sept. 27.

For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rhnvrsa.html.