CLINTON, ON — Brothers Trevor and Wayne Henry swept the Lampman and Johnston Cup awards last season, and afternoons like the pair had at Clinton Raceway on Sunday have them on target for another set of driving and training honours.
The Arthur residents captured two of four $20,000 Grassroots events at Clinton, with two-year-old trotting colts O Grady and Toledo Seelster.
O Grady was first off the Clinton starting gate for the Henry Stable, and trainer Wayne Henry picked up the lines on the Striking Sahbra son while younger brother Trevor handled Fiesty Dan. Starting from Post 6, the elder Henry eased O Grady off the wings and settled him in fourth as Gallant Rooney led the field to a :30.1 opening quarter.
While Gallant Rooney maintained control of the pace through the 1:02 half and 1:34.1 three-quarters, Henry was slowly moving O Grady into contention, and by the time the pair turned for home they were just three-quarters of a length behind the pacesetters. Kicking into high gear down the stretch, O Grady roared by Gallant Rooney to score a two and three-quarter length victory in 2:05.1. Gallant Rooney stayed game for second, holding off a fast closing Kilted Pride.
The Henry Stable shares ownership on O Grady with James Laverty of Sauble Beach. A $20,000 acquisition from last fall’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale, O Grady now has one win and one fourth to his credit through the first two Grassroots events.
In the third Grassroots division, Trevor Henry had his turn in the winner’s circle with Toledo Seelster. From Post 5, the younger Henry sent Toledo Seelster off the gate in pursuit of New York Chuck, and sat behind that colt through fractions of :30.2 and 1:02.2. When New York Chuck made an unforced error on the front end, Toledo Seelster inherited the lead and carried the field to a 1:34.4 three-quarters.
New York Chuck rebounded quickly to pressure Toledo Seelster around the final turn, and Stormont Caviar charged hard down the stretch, but neither colt was able to reel in Toledo Seelster, who scored a one-quarter length win in 2:08.1 for the Henry Stable and Dan McCann of Parkhill. Stormont Caviar got up for second, while New York Chuck was forced to settle for third.
McCann and the Henry’s acquired Toledo Seelster for $32,000 at the Forest City Yearling Sale, and like his stablemate, the Angus Hall son has one win and one fourth in his two Grassroots appearances. They pair currently sit tied for third in the race toward the Grassroots post season.
Hibbler jumped into the top five with a win in his Grassroots debut, going gate-to-wire in an effortless 2:05.1 for driver Fred Jamieson and trainer Murray Weber of Putnam, and their partner Renato Confortin of London. Pembrook Street was one length back in second and Senor Roberto finished third in the second $20,000 Grassroots skirmish.
In his first lifetime start, Hibbler almost returned the $12,000 his owners spent to acquire the Striking Sahbra son at the Forest City Sale last October.
The final Grassroots division saw St Lads Boomer romp to a four and three-quarter length victory over fan favourite Bertos Legacy and CDS Eldorado. Ronald Parsons of Cambridge trains the Mr Lavec son for his partner Kenneth Fraser of Ayr, and driver Keith Oliver engineered Sunday’s 2:05.3 win. Oliver also drove the colt, a $20,000 yearling purchase, to a third-place finish in the Grassroots season opener, giving St Lads Boomer a total of 62 points and sole ownership of second spot in the division standings, just 12 points behind leader Bertos Legacy.
The freshman trotting colts will pick up their Grassroots rivalry on Aug. 10 at Dresden Raceway, while the Ontario Sires Stakes program makes its final stop in Clinton on Sunday, Aug. 31 with Grassroots excitement from the remarkable two-year-old pacing colts.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rclntnsu.html.