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Medoland Glenno vaults into top 16 with Dresden victory
September 28, 2008
By Sandra Snyder

DRESDEN, ON — Long shot Medoland Glenno delivered a thrilling finish at Dresden Raceway on Sunday afternoon to capture the second $20,000 Grassroots division and launch himself into the top 16.

With trainer Lormer McClure in the race bike, the two-year-old pacing colt started from Post 6 and found himself in sixth spot when Riopelle paced by the quarter in :28.4. Fan favourite Rustlers Ambition took control of the race heading for the :59.2 half, and was soon under pressure from Medoland Glenno.

Sitting on the outside, Medoland Glenno had a nose in front at the 1:28.4 three-quarters, but Rustlers Ambition was not giving up without a fight. The colt battled tooth and nail around the last turn and down the stretch, but at the wire Medoland Glenno was able to pull ahead by a neck to score his first victory in a smart 1:58.1. Rustlers Ambition finished a hard fought second and early pacesetter Riopelle was two lengths behind the leaders in third.

Shanty Bay resident McClure trains Medoland Glenno for Colm McNulty of Puslinch, who purchased the gelding just before the Sept. 13 Grassroots event at Woodstock Raceway. Medoland Glenno started his freshman campaign off at the Gold Series level, but after limited success was dropped down the to the Grassroots by former trainer Michael Medors. Since the change in strategy the Western Maverick son has recorded one win, one third and one fourth in the Grassroots program for a total of 70 points, good enough for sixteenth spot in the race toward a post season berth.

Medoland Glenno’s former stablemate Medoland Machoman also recorded a victory at Dresden on Sunday, his second in Grassroots action. With leading reinsman Jody Jamieson at the helm, Medoland Machoman sat third through the first half of the mile and then stepped to the outside heading for the three-quarters. Sitting second at the head of the lane, the Million Dollar Cam son exploded down the stretch to reach the finish three lengths on top in 2:01.

Medors trains Medoland Machoman for breeders Tamara Hoovler of Pataskala, OH and Patrick Medors of Washington, PA, and their partner Slaughter Racing Stable LLC of Prospect, KY. Through three Grassroots starts the colt has two wins and one second for a total of 125 points and a share of second spot in the division standings. Medoland Machoman was also the winner of the Battle Of Waterloo Consolation at Grand River Raceway and has banked $55,700 for his owners through 10 starts.

Lightly rated Intrepid Aries finished second, while pacesetter E Dees Legacy had to settle for third, four and a quarter lengths behind Medoland Machoman. Rambaranonbroadway’s bid for a top finish over his owner’s local oval came to a halt in the last turn as Sterling Chris and driver Jason Brewer stumbled and fell in front of them. Directly behind Sterling Chris, Rambaranonbroadway and driver Robert Sparling were unable to finish the race. The Rambaran son, owned by Darcy List of London and Barbara List of Chatham, will have one last chance to climb into the Grassroots Semifinal round in the regular season finale at Flamboro Downs on Oct. 8.

Mr Coolie, Lucky Herb and Fast Pay leapt up the division standings with victories at Dresden. Mr Coolie delivered an impressive first over effort and then had enough in the tank to sprint home in :28.3 to score a five length victory in the last Grassroots division. Doug McNair piloted the No Pan Intended son to the 1:58.3 victory for his father Gregg McNair of Guelph and Ian Fleming of Londesborough. Gregg McNair has conditioned Mr Coolie to a record of two wins, one second and one third in seven starts this season.

A Regular Terror and division point leader In A Craze finished second and third.

Lucky Herb and Brad Forward were also a impressive first over winners, sailing home to a five length victory ahead of Daylon Artist and St Lads Rave in 1:58.1. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor shares ownership on the homebred son of Camluck with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. Lucky Herb now has two wins and two seconds on his resume through eight freshman starts.

Fast Pay recovered from a bobble at the three-quarters to post his first Grassroots victory in the eighth race. Driver Aaron Byron settled the Western Terror son quickly, and Fast Pay exploded home in :27.4 to secure the three and three-quarter length victory in 1:58.2. Pictonian Pride and Lyons Sign rounded out the top three. David Menary of Caledon trains Fast Pay for his partner Steve Heimbecker of Waterloo.

The other Grassroots division went to Talbot Champagne and Dave Wall who captured the first split in 1:59.2, besting Ponder Seelster and St Lads Adonis. The Western Terror son was making just his second Grassroots start for trainer Jim Ainsworth of Sarnia and his partner Karen Carroll of Shedden.

The two-year-old pacing colts wrapped up Dresden Raceway’s 2008 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Sunday, and will conclude their own regular season campaign on Oct. 8 at Flamboro Downs. Flamboro is also the site for the Oct. 17 Grassroots Semifinals, which will feature the top 16 point earners from the regular season, and the Oct. 24 Grassroots Championship.

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