DUNDAS, ON — In order to secure a berth in the post season, Ponder Seelster was in a must win situation at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday evening. However, by the time the two-year-old pacing colt stepped onto the Dundas oval for the fourth Grassroots division, the sloppy surface had been rated four seconds slower than normal.
In spite of the heavy going and an outside post, the Modern Art son delivered his best ever effort in Grassroots competition to secure a two length victory in 2:01.1 and jump from thirty-third in the two-year-old pacing colt standings into a four-way tie for sixteenth. Unfortunately, only two of the four will land a spot in the Oct. 17 Grassroots Semifinal at the Dundas oval, so trainer James Koelln of Cambridge and his partner Terry Hamilton of Lethbridge, AB will spend the next week crossing their fingers in hopes that their colt is one of the lucky ones.
Ponder Seelster and driver Scott Coulter benefited in their journey to the winner’s circle from a second-over trip behind Medoland Glenno and Lormer McClure, who had to settle for second in the $20,000 contest. Colm McNulty of Puslinch owns Medoland Glenno, who wrapped up his regular season in tenth spot in the standings with a total of 95 points. Third-place spoils went to Bryson Seelster, owned by Bud Williamson of Oakville, who finished nine lengths behind the leaders on Wednesday and well short of the top 16.
The win was Ponder Seelster’s second in seven starts. The colt also has one second and one third to his credit and earnings of $20,220.
Shortstacked scored his third straight Grassroots victory in the second division on Wednesday, circling around the Flamboro oval in 1:59.3 when it was only rated three seconds slower than normal. Jason Brewer piloted the Astreos son to the victory, his ninth in 10 starts, for trainer Ervin Miller of Springfield, IL and his partners Omer Miller of Humboldt, IL and Nelson Herschberger of Tuscola, IL.
Sterling Chris delivered an impressive three-wide move to secure second-place honours and Rustlers Ambition, owned by trainer Isaac Waxman of Dundas, driver Jean Rene Plante of Burlington and Aaron Waxman of Brantford, rounded out the top three.
Windsong Fortune scored the quickest mile of the five Grassroots divisions, stepping to a 1:58 victory in the second race. The former Gold Series competitor scorched his Grassroots competition by 11 lengths. In a race of their own for second and third, St Lads Rave held off Pictonian Pride.
Paul Mackenzie piloted the Astreos son to his second straight victory for trainer Shane Arsenault and owners Kellogg Racing Stables LL of Queensbury, NY. With just the 50 points he earned on Wednesday, Windsong Fortune will not be appearing in the Grassroots post season.
The other two Grassroots divisions went to Mr Coolie in 2:02.1 and Lucky Herb in 1:59.1. The pair finished second and third in the point standings and will return to Flamboro Downs on Friday, Oct. 17 for Grassroots Semifinal action.
The Dundas oval hosts Grassroots Semifinals for the three-year-old trotters and pacers on Thursday, Oct. 16 and for the two-year-olds on Friday, Oct. 17. The top four finishers from each Semifinal will return to Flamboro on Friday, Oct. 24 in pursuit of a 2008 Grassroots Championship crown.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rflmdwe.html.