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Simply Stirling sparkles in Grassroots win at Flamboro
September 29, 2008
By Sandra Snyder

DUNDAS, ON Campbellville resident Roy Jeffries piloted Simply Stirling to her second straight Grassroots victory at Flamboro Downs on Monday evening, firmly lodging the two-year-old trotting filly into second spot in the division standings.

Starting from Post 1, the pair were outhustled off the starting gate by four other fillies and were sitting fifth on the rail at the opening quarter. Jeffries tipped the filly to the outside heading for the half-mile marker, seven lengths behind pacesetter Starbux Eden, and Simply Stirling made rapid progress up the outside.

As the fillies swept by the three-quarter mile marker, Simply Stirling was circling three-wide around Trinity Elaine, and she powered down the Flamboro stretch to a three length victory in a personal best 2:01.4. Trinity Elaine picked up the second-place share of the $20,000 Grassroots purse, and Girlsruleboyslose rounded out the top three, seven and three-quarter lengths behind the winner.

Jeffries bred, owns and trains Simply Stirling, who now boasts a record of three wins and one third in six starts. In her four Grassroots appearances the Mr Lavec daughter has only been bested on one occasion, in the Aug. 19 event at Georgian Downs where she made a break at the three-quarter pole and finished seventh. As a result she has a lock on second spot in the division standings with a total of 150 points.

In contrast, Winning Agenda fought hard for a three-quarter length victory in the fifth race that propelled her up the standings from thirty-ninth to fifteenth. Starting from Post 2, driver Anthony Haughan landed in third through the early going, but was quick to send Winning Agenda after the lead. On top by three-quarters of a length at the halfway point in the race, the filly fought off a challenge from Dutchess Seelster at the three-quarters and then dug in down the stretch to earn the 2:02.4 victory.

Maplewood closed hard to finish second, leaving Dutchess Seelster to settle for third.

The win was the first in five starts for Winning Agenda, who started her season in the Gold Series. Through three Grassroots starts the Mutineer daughter has accumulated one win and two thirds for a total of 74 points and sole ownership of the second last spot in the top 16.

Herbert Holland of Milton trains Winning Agenda for Corrine Ryan of Mississauga, Carolyn MacIsaac of Milton and Serafino Barone of Sparta, NJ.

Town Hall Babe exploded her lead to 175 points with a 2:03 victory in the second Grassroots division. Trainer-driver Wayne Henry hustled the Amigo Hall lass away from Post 3 and never looked back, sailing through fractions of :29.3, 1:01.4 and 1:32.2 and then holding off Stonebridge Marita and Macassie to secure the half length victory.

The Henry Stable of Arthur shares ownership on Town Hall Babe with Daniel McCann of Parkhill. Through nine freshman starts the filly has posted four wins, two seconds and a third for earnings of $62,227.

The other Grassroots divisions went to Love To Flaunt in 2:04.4; Trinity Krysta in 2:01.1; and Mind Over Money in 2:02.4.

The two-year-old trotting fillies wrap up their regular season at Windsor Raceway on Oct. 7, and then the top 16 point earners will return to Flamboro Downs for a pair of Grassroots Semifinals on Oct. 17.

Excitement for the Grassroots post season continues to build at Flamboro Downs as the Dundas oval plays host to the last legs of the three-year-old trotting filly campaign on Monday, Oct. 6 and the two-year-old pacing colt campaign on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

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