HANOVER, ON — Hanover Raceway will put $140,000 up for grabs on Saturday evening, and 55 of the province’s top three-year-old pacing colts will do their best to take home a share from their fourth Grassroots event of the season.
With a total of 62 points earned in his first three Grassroots outings, Quaid Seelster will be looking to boost his point tally from Post 4 in the eleventh race. In a four-way tie for eleventh in the division standings, the Camluck son has been a pleasant surprise for James Ruhl of Tara and his partners, driver Scott Zeron of Oakville, Lloyd Stone of Portland and Charlie Ahee of Ottawa.
“He’s turned out better than we figured, that’s for sure,” admits Ruhl. “He’s a fair size horse, not small, but not big, and he’s just as fast on a half mile as he is on the big track probably. He can leave a little bit, and he paces pretty good on the turns.”
Ruhl and his partners acquired Quaid Seelster from the May 3 Spring Fling Mixed Sale for just $11,000 and the gelding has earned $20,300 in eight starts through the last three months, scoring two wins, two seconds and one third.
Victor Puddy trains the gelding, and gave Quaid Seelster a test run over Hanover Raceway the week after the sale. The young pacer turned in a solid 1:58 score in the May 10 event and earned himself a shot at the Grassroots season opener. In the May 19 Grassroots skirmish at Grand River Raceway the gelding and Zeron were promoted from second to third when another horse caused interference while on a break, and in two starts Quaid Seelster had paid for himself.
“He was qualified and ready to race, that was pretty much it,” admits Ruhl of the group’s reasons for selecting Quaid Seelster at the sale. “He was a pretty well bred horse, he looked reasonable, and he didn’t seem to have too much wrong with him.”
A full brother to $295,502 winner Quail Seelster, the gelding added a third to his resume in the June 27 Grassroots event at Western Fair Raceway, and then finished out of the money from Post 6 at Flamboro Downs in the Aug. 1 contest.
Zeron and Quaid Seelster face a seasoned group of Grassroots starters in Saturday’s test. Star Reward and Amillionpennies both have one win and one second to their credit in Grassroots action and are tied for seventh in the division standings. Star Reward will start from Post 3, while Amillionpennies gets Post 6. Part of the four-way tie for eleventh is Just A Suggestion, who will start from Post 2. HBFS Tommy T has one win and one fourth on his Grassroots resume for trainer Ted MacDonnell of Allenford and his partner Stake Your Claim 5 of Secaucus, NJ, and landed the outside Post 7.
Post time for Hanover Raceway’s Saturday evening program is 7:25 pm, and the three-year-old pacing colts will battle for Grassroots glory in Races 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11.
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