DUNDAS, ON — Local colts swept to victory in four of seven $20,000 Grassroots events at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday evening, with three-year-old trotting colt division leader Windsun Pride leading the charge.
Starting from Post 4 in the third Grassroots split, Windsun Pride and driver Dave Wall fired out to the front of the field and led through every step of the mile, cruising across the wire two and half lengths on top in 1:59.2.
Society Kad, owned by trainer Steve Gilmour and Genesis Stable III of Waterdown, and Kenneth Guest of Barrie, finished second, and We’re Rolling, owned by Bob Dancetovic of Paris and Jorgovanka Dancetovic of Cambridge, was five more lengths back in third.
The victory marked Windsun Pride’s third visit to the Grassroots winner’s circle in four starts. In his other start the Angus Hall son finished second, giving him a total of 175 points and sole ownership of top spot in the race toward a berth in the Grassroots post season.
Puslinch resident Philip Coole trains Windsun Pride for his partners Stoney Island Stable of Kincardine and Dr. Peter Johnston of Peterborough. The talented trotter has made 14 starts this season, amassing seven wins and one second for a total of $61,650.
The parade of local winners continued in the eighth race when Long Ago and driver Shayne Barrington reeled off an outstanding 10 length victory in a personal best 1:58.2. Sergeant York and SA Silverado battled into second and third spots in a separate time zone from the winner, who powered through his last quarter in a sharp :29.2.
John Holding of Campbellville trains Long Ago and shares ownership on the Duke Of York son with Bryan Montgomery of Elora. The pair have been delighted with the gelding’s progress this season, including another win in the June 22 Grassroots event and a third-place showing in the July 6 skirmish at Dresden Raceway. With two regular season events remaining, Long Ago has a total of 137 points and sits third in the division standings.
Strong Hall became the third locally owned winner when he powered around the Flamboro half-mile in 1:59.4, leading the ninth race field by five and a half lengths.
Golden Genes Hall picked up his second runner-up cheque and Actifate Loral overcame a break at the half to finish 11 lengths back in third.
Owned by Canamerica Capital Corp. and Hyatt Holdings Inc. of Milton, and Enviro Stables LLC of South Hampton, NY, Strong Hall also boasts three wins in Grassroots action. Combined with the fifth he recorded at Rideau Carleton Raceway the Angus Hall son currently sits second in the standings with a total of 155 points. Susanne Kerwood trains the winner of $40,398 and veteran reinsman Bill O’Donnell engineered Wednesday’s victory.
Finally, Patriot Seelster rounded out the local success story when he inherited the win in the last Grassroots division. The Berndt Hanover son crossed the wire second, but was bumped up to first when racing officials moved Smedshammer back to second. Paradox Ritz rounded out the top three.
Patriot Seelster and driver Rick Zeron of Oakville clawed their way into the winner’s circle from Post 7, earning the colt his first Grassroots trophy. In his other two provincial appearances the colt finished second and fifth, giving him a total of 80 points and a legitimate shot at a berth in the Oct. 16 Grassroots Semifinal at Flamboro Downs.
Cambridge resident Ron O’Neill trains Patriot Seelster for Jalade Investments Ltd. of Oakville, Deanmar Sons Stable of Mississauga and Peter Miskolczi of Brampton. In six sophomore starts the colt has posted two wins, one second and two thirds.
The other three Grassroots divisions went to Tapas Bar in 1:58.3; Rapid Strategy in 1:58; and Eternal Elation in 2:00. Ontario’s talented three-year-old trotting colts make their second last regular season start at Kawartha Downs on Sept. 16.
Flamboro Downs fans will be treated to an outstanding line up of Ontario Sires Stakes and Confederation Cup action this Sunday, Aug. 17 at 1:30 pm. The matinee program features Gold Final action for the two-year-old pacing colts and three-year-old trotting colts and the $593,000 Confederation Cup.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rflmdwe.html.