SARNIA, ON — Driver Brad Forward and trainer Bob McIntosh teamed up to score two Grassroots victories at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening with a pair of talented freshman pacing fillies.
First off the blocks was Noshameinmygame, who controlled the pace through much of the mile on her way to the 1:56 victory in the seventh race. Sitting fifth at the :27.1 opening quarter, Forward sent the Camluck miss to the front before the :56.2 half and rolled her out to a three length lead before the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Spoiled Beach closed the gap to half a length by the wire, but third-place finisher Bed Shy was still well back of the winner.
Windsor resident McIntosh, his cousin Al McIntosh of Leamington and Dwight Stacey of Mitchell bred and own Noshameinmygame, a full sister to $1 million winner Please Me Please. Thursday’s start was the filly’s fourth, and marked her first visit to the winner’s circle.
Two races later Forward employed identical tactics to secure a victory for No Pan Intended daughter Tomorrowpan, who roared across the finish line five and three-quarter lengths ahead of the competition in a sparkling 1:54.2. Arts Star survived a tough trip around the outside to claim runner-up honours in the $20,000 skirmish, with Blueridge Betty more than 11 lengths to the rear in third.
Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH bred and owns Tomorrowpan, whose mother Disneypan is a half-sister to $1.4 million winner Mystical Maddy. Tomorrowpan now boasts a record of two wins and one third in four starts for earnings of $13,540.
Peter Pan Stables also bred the winner of the eleventh race, Pantecostal, who battled hard through the final quarter to secure a head victory over Joint Effort in 1:57.1. Mistreos rounded out the top three, one and three-quarter lengths behind the duelling leaders.
Mary Dolmage of Mitchell, Stephanie Horner of St. Marys and Sure Gain Stable of Mitchell spent $20,000 to acquire Pantecostal from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale last fall and have recouped their investment after just three starts. In addition to Thursday’s win, the No Pan Intended daughter finished third in her Bud Light division at Flamboro Downs on July 2 and third in her Gold Elimination at Flamboro on July 11. Michael Horner drives Pantecostal, while his brother Mark Horner handles training duties.
Classic Sakuri picked up her first lifetime victory with a 1:56 effort in the last $20,000 Grassroots division. In rein to Ernie Hendry, the filly delivered an impressive first up effort to gain the lead, sprinted away from the field to a five length lead in the last turn and then dug in down the stretch to fend off Notable Beauty and record the half length victory. Your Affliction nailed down the third spot.
Stanley Malec trains the homebred daughter of Astreos and Spider Cam for his Classic Farms of Belle River. The filly made her debut at Hiawatha on July 24, finishing second in a 1:55.4 mile.
The other Grassroots divisions went to Daylon Highlander in 1:57.2; Orally Yours in 1:56.4; and Shellace in 1:56. The two-year-old pacing fillies will renew their provincial rivalry at Sudbury Downs on Aug. 20, while Hiawatha Horse Park gears up to host the three-year-old trotting fillies in their third Grassroots battle of the season on Thursday, Aug. 7.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rsarfth.html.