WINDSOR, ON — A pair of local fillies put on an impressive show in the fastest of six Grassroots divisions at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening, cruising home well in front of their freshman pacing filly peers.
Starting alongside each other in the fourth race, Give The Gift and Addison Bay floated away from Posts 3 and 4 and settled into the third and fourth spots on the rail as another local filly, St Lads Moxie, led the field to a :28.2 opening quarter. Danny Johnson sent Addison Bay up the outside before the :57 half and took command of the race, blazing the trail to a 1:25.4 three-quarters.
Brad Forward sent Give The Gift up the outside before the half, and the pair had drawn within half a length of the leaders by the three-quarters. Powering around the final turn, Give The Gift gained control and then accelerated down the stretch to a five and a half length victory in 1:56.
Addison Bay, owned and bred by Larry Pollard of Harrow, finished second, with Show Girl nine and a half lengths to the rear in third.
Windsor resident Bob McIntosh trains Give The Gift for his partners Steve Condren of Milton and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. Sunday’s victory boosted the Camluck daughter’s record to three wins and one second in 10 starts for earnings of $46,800.
Forward and McIntosh also partnered up in the first $24,000 Grassroots division, finishing second with Miss Maverick behind fan favourite Twin B Sensual. Twin B Sensual and driver Paul Mackenzie led from gate to wire in the 1:57.4 mile, which saw Fortune Tina round out the top three.
James Koelln of Cambridge trains Twin B Sensual for his partner Terry Hamilton of Lethbridge, AB. Through five freshman starts the Modern Art daughter has tallied two wins and $29,360 in earnings.
McIntosh’s trio of entries was rounded out by Lucky Jeans, who Forward urged home to a third-place finish in the sixth race. Kevin Wallis and St Lads Trixie carved all the fractions, but were reeled in through the stretch by a trio of hard closing fillies. Landfairlastchance secured the half length victory, with favourite Tiz To Dream settling for second and Lucky Jeans a length and a quarter to the rear in third.
Scratched sick out of the season opening Grassroots event, Landfairlastchance did not make her racing debut until Sept. 20. Sunday’s outing was only the Astreos daughter’s third lifetime start and gives her a record of one win and one second for earnings of $14,030. Janet McHugh of Ingersoll bred and owns the filly, who is conditioned by John Pentland and was driven to victory by Robert Sparling.
Local reinsman Kevin Wallis claimed a victory in the final Grassroots division, cruising along on the front to a five and one-quarter length score with Mark Steacy trainee Modern Music. Heavenly Ash finished second in the 1:57 mile, with Vibrent Ally another length back in third.
Steacy trains the Modern Art daughter for Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, Clarke Steacy of Gananoque and Landmark II Racing Stable of Elginburg. In six starts Modern Music has posted two wins and one second for earnings of $22,881.
The other two Grassroots divisions were captured by Coconut Cove in 1:58.4 and All Chocolate in 1:56.4. The two-year-old pacing fillies conclude their Grassroots season on Oct. 14 at Flamboro Downs, before the top 16 point earners head to Rideau Carleton Raceway for Semifinal action on Oct. 23.
Windsor Raceway’s exceptional line up of Ontario Sires Stakes action continues on Tuesday, Oct. 6 with Grassroots performances by the two-year-old trotting colts and a $130,000 Gold Final for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r1004wrfn.dat.