WINDSOR, ON — Tuesday night’s Grassroots event at Windsor Raceway was a make or break situation for a number of two-year-old trotting fillies, and Lindys Goddess set the standard for accomplishment with a 2:02.2 score in the first $20,000 division that vaulted her into a berth for the lucrative post season.
With Hall of Fame horseman Bill O’Donnell in the race bike, Lindys Goddess watched from third as pacesetter Trinity Krysta rolled through fractions of :28.3, :58.3 and 1:29.4 then made a break turning for home. O’Donnell decided to try and take advantage of the favourite’s miscue and urged Lindys Goddess down the stretch to a neck victory over Sadie Eden and Lady Sierra Gold.
Since her Aug. 19 debut in the Grassroots program, Lindys Goddess has made steady progress. She started with a pair of thirds, finished second at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 29, and finally found the door to the winner’s circle on Tuesday. Lansdowne resident Mark Steacy trains the filly, an $80,000 yearling acquisition at last fall’s Lexington Selected Sale, for Landmark Racing Stable of Elginburg; Stan Klemencic of Trenton; David McDonald of Cornwall and Joe Loring of Canmore, AB.
Steacy and O’Donnell teamed up for a second Grassroots victory at Windsor on Tuesday, earning Stonebridge Marita her first victory of the season. Starting from the outside Post 8, the filly accelerated off the starting gate like a veteran and hit the opening quarter in :29.2. Leading the field through he 1:01.4 half and 1:32.1 three-quarters, Stonebridge Marita pulled away to a nine length victory in 2:01.4.
Striking Gold K finished second, while Autumn Audit was a full 17 and a half lengths behind the winner in third.
Steacy trains Stonebridge Marita for breeder Angie Stiller of Arva and Robert Kauffman of New Albany, OH. Unfortunately the win was not enough to secure the Angus Hall miss a berth in the post season. With a total of 83 points, she will have to wait and see if any of the fillies above her in the point standings fail to enter for the Semifinal round.
Lunar Stream clocked the fastest mile of the four Grassroots divisions Tuesday, stopping the clock at 2:01.1 with a strong front end performance. Justwin and Maplewood were three lengths back in second and third. John Bax trains Lunar Stream for breeders Al Libfeld of Pickering and Marvin Katz of Toronto and Stephen Byron drove the Kadabra daughter to her first victory.
The other Grassroots division went to Susanne Kerwood trainee Dutchess Seelster, who powered home under urging from driver Bruce Richardson to secure a one and one-quarter length triumph in 2:04. Fan favourite Simply Sterling had to settle for second, while Town Hall Babe rounded out the top three.
Rockwood resident Kerwood shares ownership on Dutchess Seelster with Glenn Bechtel of Kingston, Garth Bechtel of Caledon, and Enviro Stables Ltd. of South Hampton, NY.
The top 16 point earners will make their way to Flamboro Downs for the Oct. 17 Grassroots Semifinals, with the top four from each Semifinal earning a return ticket to the Oct. 24 Grassroots Championship.
Ontario Sires Stakes thrills continue at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday when the three-year-old trotting colts will battle for a total of $80,000 in Grassroots purse money. Post time for the midweek program is 7 pm.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rwrftu.html.