WOODSTOCK, ON — Local fillies Call Me Yours and Bunny Mach delivered impressive front end performances to carry home Grassroots trophies from Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon.
Call Me Yours and regular reinsman Jason Brewer started from Post 4 in the third $20,000 Grassroots division and were sitting nine lengths off the pace in fifth at the :28.2 opening quarter. Around the second turn Brewer shifted the filly into gear, and the pair were two lengths ahead of the field by the :58.3 half.
A sedate 1:28.2 three-quarters followed, and then Brewer put his foot on the accelerator for a second time and Call Me Yours drew away in the stretch to a 1:57 victory, two and three-quarter lengths ahead of OK Amelia and fan favourite Kingfishers Gypsy.
Tavistock resident Stephen Gillard bred, owns and trains Call Me Yours, who boosted her sophomore record to four wins and one third through 10 starts with Saturday’s win. The daughter of Your Nemesis and Lucky Call started her season off at the Gold Series level, but Gillard opted to drop her down to the Grassroots for the second event, and she delivered a solid victory at Clinton Raceway on June 22. The two victories give the winner of $75,725 a total of 100 points heading into the second half of the season.
In the eighth race, Bunny Mach and Paul Mackenzie led from start to finish, laying down fractions of :29.1, 1:00.1 and 1:29 on their way to a three length victory in 1:58.3. Everyones Fantasy and In The Bedroom rounded out the top three.
Saturday’s win was the second this season for Bunny Mach, who is owned by Putnam resident Herman Bardoel. The win boosted the Peter Hamilton trainee’s Grassroots point tally to 62 through the first three events.
Slaley scored the fastest win of the eight Grassroots divisions, rocketing around the Woodstock half-mile to a 1:55.3 track record for owners Ian Fromowitz of Richmond Hill and Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC. The Grinfromeartoear daughter hit the wire a full 21 lengths ahead of runner-up Rebels Trios, owned by Kimberley McNiven of Putnam, Shirley Griffin of St. Thomas and Thomas Brodhurst of London, and third-place finisher Jump Start.
The mile lowered the 1:56 three-year-old pacing filly record shared by last season’s sophomore Grassroots performers Tricky, Admired Beauty and Canadette.
Keystone Mystique maintained her position atop the Grassroots point standings with a 1:58 victory in the third race. With regular reinsman Trevor Henry in the race bike, the Camluck miss fired straight to the front from Post 5 and led the field through all stations. Nika finished two lengths to the rear in second, with Southwind Morning five lengths back in third.
Trained by Clinton resident Paul Taylor for Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, Keystone Mystique boasts an impressive record of 12 wins and one third in 15 starts this season for earnings of $96,350.
The other Grassroots divisions went to Random Dreamer in 1:58.2; Keystone Samurai in 1:58.3; Hally in 1:57.3; and Gerries Madison in 1:58.4. The three-year-old pacing fillies make their fourth Grassroots start on Aug. 30 at Sudbury Downs.
Woodstock Raceway hosts its third and final Grassroots event on Saturday, Sept. 13, welcoming the lightning fast two-year-old pacing colts for their fourth event of the season.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rwodsksa.html.