DUNDAS, ON — After struggling with breaks in her first two Grassroots starts, things finally came together for two-year-old pacing filly Mufasas Place at Flamboro Downs on Friday night and the Donald Lowes trainee stormed around the Dundas half-mile to a 1:56.1 victory.
Driver Michael Langdon eased the Million Dollar Cam daughter away from Post 3 and settled her on the rail in fourth as Hello Grin sprinted out to a :27.3 opening quarter. Hello Grin continued to lead the field through the :57.4 half, and Langdon had Mufasas Place stepping up the outside behind Kissing Camels, three lengths off the pace.
Heading by the 1:27.4 three-quarter pole, Langdon was forced to go out three-wide around a tiring Kissing Camels, and by the time the fillies turned for home, Mufasas Place was showing the way by half a length. A strong late kick propelled the filly under the wire in 1:56.1, four lengths ahead of Noshameinmygame and Hello Grin.
The win was the fastest of the seven Grassroots events, and signals a new beginning for Mufasas Place in the provincial program. With one event remaining in the regular season the filly has leapt up the standings and now sits just three points shy of a berth in the post season.
A $12,000 purchase at last fall’s Forest City Yearling Sale, Mufasas Place has now earned $15,000 for Princeton resident Lowes through one win and one second in five starts.
Tomorrowpan maintained her strangle hold on top spot in the division standings with an effortless victory in the second $20,000 division. Brad Forward sent the No Pan Intended daughter straight to the front from Post 1 and the pair never faced a challenge as they sailed home to a five and a half length victory in 1:56.2. Kesons Avaia and Bed Shy rounded out the top three.
Trained by Windsor resident Bob McIntosh for breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH, Tomorrowpan boasts a lifetime summary of five wins and one third in eight starts. She has only been bested once in five Grassroots starts and leads the division with a total of 200 points, 50 more than her nearest rival Classic Sakuri.
Classic Sakuri extended her flawless Grassroots record to three wins in three starts at Flamboro on Friday, employing a come from behind strategy similar to Mufasas Place to reach the wire four and three-quarter lengths on top in 1:57.2. Star Of Show also closed well to finish second, while pacesetter Euphoria Seelster had to settle for third.
Stanley Malec bred, owns and trains Classic Sakuri at his Belle River farm, and Alfred Carroll engineered her third victory. Outside of Grassroots competition the Astreos daughter has also recorded one second and one third for total earnings of $32,130.
FBs Gal made her first Grassroots start a winning one for trainer Mario Macri and owners Michael Guerriero of Moffat and Mileo Monte of Caledon. The Sir Luck filly got a come from behind steer from Scott Coulter to earn the 1:58 victory over Cammis Most Wanted and Bale Me Out. The win was the filly’s first through five starts and boosted her bank balance to $14,080.
The other Grassroots divisions went to Kabbalah Karen B in 1:57.3; Not Enough in 1:57; and Joint Effort in 1:57.4.
The two-year-old pacing fillies wrap up their Grassroots season at Western Fair Raceway on Oct. 10, and then the top 16 point earners will return to Flamboro Downs for a pair of Semifinals on Oct. 17.
Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Flamboro Downs on Monday, with Grassroots action for the two-year-old trotting fillies. The first race gets under way at 6 pm.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rflmdfr.html.