REXDALE, ON — Larry Walker has never raced Good Common Cents over a five-eighths mile oval, so the veteran horseman plans to give the two-year-old trotting filly a spin around Woodbine Racetrack in a Trillium Series event on Friday before she starts a well earned winter vacation.
“I was going to stop with her, but I thought I’d race her one more time,” says Walker. “She’s never raced on a big track, so I thought I’d try her once before we put her away.”
Good Common Cents heads into Friday’s contest off a third-place finish in the Grassroots Final over a rain-soaked Kawartha Downs on Oct. 27, and Walker says she seems to have bounced back well from that hard fought performance.
“A lot of fillies got tired. That wind hit them and they got tired, but she held in pretty good,” says the horseman, who trains and drives Good Common Cents for owner and breeder Charles Armstrong of Brampton.
Through nine starts this season the daughter of Kadabra and Good As Your Word, a full sister to $2.2 million winner Goodtimes, earned a record of two wins, two seconds and three thirds racing primarily in the Grassroots program. One Grassroots win, a pair of seconds, one fourth and one fifth earned her a berth in the post season, where she finished third in her Oct. 20 Semifinal and third in the final last Saturday.
“She’s a Grassroots horse right now,” notes Walker, who hopes that the filly may develop into a Gold Series contender next season. “She has a lot of speed; she was a little slow learning, and a little hot, but she’s starting to catch on.”
Walker will pilot Good Common Cents from Post 8 in the first $40,719 Trillium Series division on Friday, facing off against a field of 10 that includes one Gold Series regular, three fillies that have bounced between the Gold and Grassroots, three Grassroots stalwarts and a pair of American-breds eligible to the Trillium Series through their Ontario ownership.
Coming into the race off just six days rest, Walker says the filly will not do much in the way of preparation for her last freshman start.
“She’ll get turned out for a while and jogged, that’s all she’ll get,” says the horseman, who also trained the filly’s mother and several other relatives for Armstrong.
Eleven fillies will also go postward in the second Trillium division, which features a showdown between Grassroots champion Travelin Supergirl from Post 2 and Gold Series heavy weights In Fine Form and Torch at Posts 4 and 9.
Post time for Woodbine Racetrack’s Friday evening program is 7:40 pm, with the two-year-old trotting fillies slated for Trillium Series battle in Races 3 and 5.
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