FRASERVILLE, ON — Shake That Junk started her Ontario Sires Stakes season with an impressive 1:53.4 win in Grassroots action, and the three-year-old pacing filly wrapped up the year at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday evening with an equally impressive mile in an identical clocking.
After struggling through a trio of Gold Series events with only one top three finish, Shake That Junk returned to the Grassroots program on Tuesday looking to score enough points to make the Oct. 16 Semifinal. Starting from Post 2 with part-owner Jody Jamieson of Cambridge in the race bike, Shake That Junk fired out to the lead and rolled through fractions of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:25.3.
Although four of the six fillies behind Shake That Junk sprinted home quicker than the pacesetter, none of them were able to make a dent in her two and three-quarter length lead. Ontario Sires Stakes fans experienced a moment of deja vu as the Kawartha Downs teletimer flashed off at 1:53.4 to record the filly’s second Grassroots win of the season.
Slomotion picked up the second place finishers share, while Keystone Mystique was a half length back in third.
Trainer James Dean of Campbellville also shares ownership on Shake That Junk, with Dr. David Powell of Campbellville and P And J Stable of Mississauga. Through 13 starts this season, the filly has posted four wins and three thirds for earnings of $82,650, boosting her lifetime bank balance to $365,969. Tuesday’s win moved Shake That Junk into a tie for ninth spot in the Grassroots standings with a total of 100 points.
Jamieson also piloted Lyons Ruby to a victory in her second Grassroots start on Tuesday, but the 1:55.1 score was not enough to bump the Mach Three lass into the top 16. The duo sprinted away from Post 6 and controlled the fractions throughout the race, then dug in down the stretch to secure the half length win over fan favourite All Accounted For and Bunny Mach.
Marty Fine trains Lyons Ruby for Geoffrey Lyons Mound of North Wales, GB. Through 11 sophomore starts the filly has amassed an impressive record of six wins and one third for earnings of $32,490.
Young reinsman Aaron Byron opened the evening’s festivities with a 1:55.1 win aboard Greek Beach in the first $20,000 Grassroots division. Co-owned by Peterborough resident Carey Fellows, Greek Beach also wired the field from Post 2, besting fan favourite Tammibest and Gerries Madison by two and a half lengths.
The win was the Astreos daughter’s second straight in Grassroots action and bumped her into a tie for second in the point standings. Rob Fellows of Rockwood, Daniel Knechtel of Cambridge and Sean Strongman of Kitchener share ownership of the $75,708 winner with the Peterborough resident.
The other Grassroots divisions went to Slaley and St Lads Seraph, who recorded identical 1:54.3 clockings.
The top 16 point earners will now sharpen their skills in preparation for the Oct. 16 Grassroots Semifinals at Flamboro Downs. The top four finishers from each Semifinal will then return to the Dundas oval for a shot at the 2008 Grassroots Championship on Oct. 24.
Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Kawartha Downs on Saturday, Oct. 11 with a $180,000 Gold Final for the two-year-old pacing colts.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rkdftu.html.