ELORA, ON — With early season division winners Hope For Justice and Aggressive lined up beside him on the starting gate, Grand River Raceway fans gave Tothepointe James very little consideration in the fifth Gold Series division on Monday evening.
Trainer-driver Wayne Henry however, ignored the odds and sent the Deweycheatumnhowe son after the lead as soon as the wings folded. Tothepointe James reached the opening quarter in :30 and sailed on to a 1:00.2 half and a 1:31 three-quarters before accelerating away from the field of two-year-old trotting colts to an eight and three-quarter length victory in 2:00.2. Illseeuincourt and Global Reality completed the top three.
Fan favourite Hope For Justice made an early break that knocked him out of the action and Aggressive skipped off stride at the three-quarter marker and finished sixth.
Arthur resident Henry shares ownership of Tothepointe James with the Estate of Daniel McCann of Parkhill, Jeffrey Thomson of Chesley and Arnold Feldman of Cote Saint-Luc, QC. The half-brother to $485,018 winner Pointe Of Honour, the 2008 freshman trotting colt Super Final champion, was a $25,000 purchase at last fall’s Forest City Yearling Sale.
Wayne Henry was not the only member of his family to score a Gold Series win at Grand River Raceway on Monday, brother Trevor Henry eked out a nose victory in the sixth race with pacesetter Special Agent Man. The Federal Flex son held off favourite Great White Way and Deweykeepumnwhy to score the 2:01.1 win. Richard Moreau trains Special Agent Man for Ecuries Richelieu Inc. of Venise-en-Quebec, QC.
The other Gold Series divisions were captured by See The Wind (1:59.3), Utopia (2:00.1), Mr Lover (2:01.3), and Jitterbug (2:00). The top 20 two-year-old trotting colts make their next start in the Gold Series Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Aug. 5.
Ontario Sires Stakes excitement also continues at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Aug. 5, when the three-year-old pacing fillies warm up the enthusiastic Industry Day crowd for the Battle of Waterloo and Battle of the Belles Finals.
For complete results please go to Grand River Raceway Results