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Henry hits a Grassroots double at Grand River
September 12, 2008
By Sandra Snyder

ELORA, ON — Wayne Henry picked up two more Ontario Sires Stakes trophies to add to his collection at Grand River Raceway on Friday evening, capturing Grassroots divisions with freshman trotting fillies Town Hall Babe and Girlsruleboyslose.

The Arthur resident guided Town Hall Babe to an effortless two length victory in the second $20,000 Grassroots division, sailing along on the front end to the 2:04.2 victory. Fan favourite Mind Over Money finished second and Fair Lady J was eight lengths back in third.

Henry trains and drives Town Hall Babe for his partners in the Henry Stable of Arthur and Daniel McCann of Parkhill. Through three Grassroots starts the Amigo Hall daughter has posted two victories and a second for a total of 125 points and sole ownership of top spot in the division standings. Friday’s victory boosted the filly’s earnings to $40,538, and completed the repayment of her $36,000 yearling price tag.

In the fifth Grassroots division Henry opted for come from behind tactics with Girlsruleboyslose, who was handicapped with Post 7. The pair landed third through the early going as Mi Amiga gaped the field by six lengths before the :30.3 opening quarter, and then found themselves shuffled back to fifth by the 1:03.2 half.

Heading for the 1:34.3 three-quarters Henry tipped Girlsruleboyslose to the outside, but the Earl filly was still 10 lengths back in sixth as she straightened out for home. An error by fan favourite Magical Debut and the effects of the sharp early pace left the door ajar for Girlsruleboyslose, and the filly took full advantage, laying down a :30.1 last quarter over the rain soaked track to claim the 2:06.2 victory.

Magical Debut settled for second, four lengths to the rear, and Edens Knotty Girl rounded out the top three.

The Henry Stable and Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein share ownership of Girlsruleboyslose, who was making her first-ever appearance in the winner’s circle. The partners acquire the filly for $17,000 at last fall’s Forest City Yearling Sale, and she too has repaid her purchase price in full with Friday’s win.

In spite of the off track, rated two seconds slower than normal, B Cor Tanya delivered another commanding performance in the second last Grassroots division. After starting her season in the Gold Series with moderate success, the Mutineer daughter has romped through back to back Grassroots victories, capturing her Aug. 19 division at Georgian Downs by four lengths in 2:00.3 and Friday’s skirmish by five and a half lengths in 2:02.3.

Riina Rekila trains and drives B Cor Tanya for Esa Lahtinen of Campbellville, conditioning the filly to a record of two wins and one second in six starts and earnings of $39,947.

Trinity Krysta finished second in the ninth race, with Coventina 10 lengths to the rear in third.

The other Grassroots divisions on Grand River Raceway’s action-packed Friday evening program went to Mapley in 2:04.2; Larissa in 2:04.4; Arona in 2:04; Pleasure Skate in 2:05.3; Simply Stirling in 2:05; and Dutchess Seelster in 2:05.2.

Friday’s Grassroots event wrapped up the Elora oval’s 2008 Ontario Sires Stakes season, while the two-year-old trotting fillies make their second last Grassroots start at Flamboro Downs in Sept. 29.

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