DRESDEN, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old trotting colts got a lesson in racing over a sloppy track on Sunday afternoon, after heavy rainfall left the Dresden Raceway oval five seconds slower than normal.
Of the four $20,000 Grassroots divisions, Pembrook Street managed to circle the half-mile in the quickest time, stopping the teletimer at 2:09. The Duke Of York son delivered the win in impressive fashion, sitting on the outside through much of the mile before wading home to a two and a half length victory over fan favourite O Grady and Stormont Caviar.
Dale Fritz steered Pembrook Street to the win for trainer George Henry and owner Michael Wassilyn of Toronto. Through three Grassroots starts the gelding has posted one win and two seconds for a total of 100 points and sole ownership of top spot in the division standings.
Trainer Robert Jenkins Jr. piloted Senor Roberto to a 2:09.2 triumph in the first Grassroots division for Jocelyne Menard of Chelmsford, who purchased the Amigo Hall son for $15,000 at last fall’s Forest City Yearling Sale.
Through two Grassroots starts and one overnight, Senor Roberto has one win and two thirds on his resume for total earnings of $13,156. Sunday afternoon’s victory moved the young trotter into sixth spot in the race toward a berth in the Grassroots post season.
Favourite Good Friend and Whitesand Diego battled hard in the stretch to settle the second and third-place race, finishing less than half a length apart.
Jenkins picked up a catch drive aboard Dave Furness trained P L Cooper in the seventh race and crafted a text book come-from-behind victory for the first time Grassroots starter. P L Cooper cruised down the stretch to a three and three-quarter length victory over pacesetter Last Fight, who is owned by trainer-driver William Hamm of West Lorne.
Favourite St Lads Boomer, who battled Last Flight from the outside through the latter stages of the race, settled for third.
Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge bred and own P L Cooper, a son of Mr Lavec and 100 per cent producer Jewelry Store. Among the colt’s half-siblings is Jewels Galore, a winner of $274,154.
The last Grassroots skirmish went to Zorgwijk Javelin, the only colt to deliver a win off the front end. The Mr Lavec son and trainer-driver Bruce Richardson led from start to finish in the 2:13 mile, hanging on by a head over V Star and King Gus.
Arthur resident Richardson shares ownership on Zorgwijk Javelin with Joseph Coffey of Orangeville and Gordon Smellie of Arthur. Through three Grassroots outings, the young trotter has one win, one second and one fifth to his credit for a total of 80 points and third spot in the division standings.
The two-year-old trotting colts will be hoping for sunny skies when they make their fourth Grassroots start at Hanover Raceway on Sept. 6. The Ontario Sires Stakes program makes one last stop in Dresden this season, bringing the exciting two-year-old pacing colts to town on Sunday, Sept. 28.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rdressu.html.