SUDBURY, ON — Call Me Yours extended her Grassroots win streak to three and jumped to the top of the three-year-old pacing filly point standings with an effortless front end victory at Sudbury Downs on Saturday evening.
In rein to Chelmsford resident Paul MacLean, Call Me Yours accelerated off the starting gate from Post 1 and was in complete control of the race from start to finish, cruising through fractions of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:27.1 before drawing away from the field to a two length victory in 1:57.1.
Longshot Doinsomethingright delivered an impressive effort up the outside to claim the second prize in the $20,000 Grassroots contest, while Kingfishers Gypsy was two more lengths back in third.
Call Me Yours has now earned three Grassroots trophies for owner, breeder and trainer Stephen Gillard of Tavistock. Through 13 sophomore starts the daughter of Your Nemesis and Lucky Call has amassed six wins, and two thirds for earnings of $64,000. With three Grassroots victories, the filly boasts a perfect score of 150 points in the race toward a post season berth, and sits alone at the top of the division standings.
Keystone Samurai also extended her Grassroots streak with a victory over the Sudbury half-mile on Saturday. The Camluck miss and driver Michael MacNeill tucked in third behind fan favourite Keystone Mystique as that filly carved fractions of :28.3, :58.3 and 1:28.3, and then made their way by the tiring leader around the final turn. On top by half a length at the top of the stretch, Keystone Samurai was a length up on A New Scentsation and Dangerous Mind when she reached the wire, stopping the clock at 1:58.
Denfield resident Ray Bunn trains Keystone Samurai for his partners James Kelly of Ilderton, Ryan Steward of Denfield and Jackie McManus of London. The group has cheered their filly on to victory in both of her Grassroots outings. Through 11 starts Keystone Samurai boasts a record of six wins, three seconds and one third for earnings of $44,050. With 100 points, the filly now sits fifth in the standings with two regular season events remaining.
The other Grassroots division went to Slaley, who set her second track record with a 1:56 clocking, giving driver Paul MacLean the Grassroots double. Slaley and MacLean set the pace, and were able to hold off a fast closing Hally in the stretch to score the three-quarter length win. OK Amelia rounded out the top three.
Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC and Ian Fromowitz of Richmond Hill, ON share ownership on Slaley, who is trained by Bill Robinson. Through nine starts the Grinfromeartoear lass has six wins and one second for earnings of $41,340.
The three-year-old pacing fillies wrapped up the Sudbury Downs 2008 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule with their impressive performances on Saturday evening’s program. The fillies make their second last Grassroots start on Sept. 18 at Flamboro Downs.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rsudbysa.html.