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Two different strategies earn Brown same result at Rideau
September 7, 2008
By Sandra Snyder

GLOUCESTER, ON — Gord Brown piloted a pair of two-year-old pacing fillies to victory at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening, earning both fillies their first piece of Grassroots hardware.

In the third Grassroots skirmish Brown fired Grin A Peg off the starting gate from Post 6 and had the filly on top by two lengths before the :29.2 opening quarter. Grin A Peg led the field through a :59.4 half and a 1:28.2 three-quarters, and stayed game in the stretch when fan favourite Noshameinmygame made a late rush, hanging on to a quarter length victory in 1:59.4. Noshameinmygame settled for second, narrowly edging out Kristens Best.

Keith Earle of Winnipeg and Donald Ransom of Boissevain, MB share ownership on Grin A Peg, who finished seventh in her Grassroots debut at Sudbury Downs on Aug. 20. Carl Jamieson trains the Mantacular miss, who now has two wins to her credit through five starts.

Brown made his second appearance in the winner’s circle following the last Grassroots division, where he used come-from-behind tactics to earn Star Of Show her second straight victory.

Starting from Post 7, the Newcastle resident eased Star Of Show away from the gate and was sitting eighth, ten lengths behind the leaders, when Twilight Katie rang up the :27.4 opening fraction. As fan favourite Joint Effort eased the tempo through the :59.3 half, Brown sent Star Of Show up the outside, circling out three-wide at the 1:30.2 three-quarters.

Sitting second at the top of the stretch, Star Of Show kicked it into high gear and was able to get a neck in front of Joint Effort at the wire, halting the teletimer at 2:00.4. Betting Terror was just one-quarter length behind the leaders in third.

Lansdowne resident Mark Steacy trains Star Of Show for breeders Peter Heffering and David Heffering of Port Perry. In five starts the Astreos miss now has two wins and one third to her credit. Sunday’s victory marked the filly’s first appearance on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit.

Tomorrowpan picked up her third Grassroots victory, and clocked the fastest mile of the five Grassroots divisions, with an impressive five and three-quarter length victory over Rossridge Emotion and Not Enough. The No Pan Intended lass and driver Brad Forward allowed Twin B Nouveau to set the early pace, but were on top well before the half and simply accelerated away from the field through the final quarter, reaching the finish in 1:57.2.

Bob McIntosh trains Tomorrowpan for breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. The Windsor resident has conditioned the talented filly to four wins and one third in seven starts for earnings of $33,540. With three victories in four Grassroots starts, Tomorrowpan is well in command of the division standings with a total of 150 points. Classic Sakuri (1:58.1) and Stonebridge Breeze (1:59.4), winners of the other two $20,000 Grassroots divisions on Sunday, share second spot with 100 points each.

The two-year-old pacing fillies make their second last regular season Grassroots start at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 26. Rideau Carleton Raceway fans will have a second taste of Ontario Sires Stakes excitement this week when the three-year-old trotting fillies arrive in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 11 for their second Trillium Series battle.

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