HANOVER, ON — One week after capturing the $100,000 Dream Of Glory Final, three-year-old trotting colt Traverse Seelster returned to Hanover Raceway and picked up his third straight victory over the half-mile oval.
Starting from Post 5 in the last of six Grassroots divisions, driver Doug Brown sent Traverse Seelster straight to the front. The Angus Hall gelding rolled through fractions of :28.1, :58.3 and 1:28 and then dug hard in the stretch to hold off Big Strike and secure a three-quarter length victory in 1:57.1. Herecomesthechief was five lengths behind the leaders in third.
Frank O’Reilly trains Traverse Seelster for Franco Cianci of St-Laurent, QC, Isidoro Russo of Montreal, QC and Vincenzo Monticciolo of Laval, QC. Through 11 starts this season the gelding has accumulated seven wins, two seconds and two thirds, earning $127,720.
Undefeated since early June, Traverse Seelster is currently aboard a six race win streak, and is flawless in three Grassroots starts, as are his division co-leaders Count Strike and Frill Seeker, who were both easy winners in their divisions at Hanover.
In the third $24,000 split, Count Strike rolled along on the front unchallenged, reaching the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Duke Of Glory. Twin B Herbie was three more lengths back in third.
The 1:59.3 victory was Count Strike’s tenth of the season through 14 starts and boosted his bankroll to $72,970. Wayne Preszcator of Exeter trains the chestnut son of Striking Sahbra for his partners Harness Racing Canada 12 of Ajax, Shawn Dixon of London and William Seplowe of Westbury, NY and Bruce Richardson engineered the victory from Post 4.
One race later Doug Brown and Frill Seeker made it look just as easy from Post 6, rolling up to take the lead heading for the half and cruising home two and one-half length winners in 1:57.4. Tymal Colossus and High Stakes Banker trotted into second and third.
The runner-up to Traverse Seelster in the Dream Of Glory Final, Frill Seeker is owned by Ebbsfleet Stables of Stratford and trained by Ron Waples Jr. The Angus Hall son has tallied five wins, two seconds and one third in nine starts this season, banking just shy of $80,000.
Major Herbie edged up the Grassroots standings with his second provincial victory of the season on Saturday. The Here Comes Herbie son and trainer-driver Wayne Henry bested Assignment and Shadowtothecrowned in the first Grassroots division, leading the way to a 1:59.1 score.
The Henry Stable of Arthur and Dan McCann of Parkhill share ownership of Major Herbie, who captured the Dream Of Glory Consolation last weekend.
Idle Time picked up his first victory of the year in the second division, reaching the wire two lengths ahead of Sir Tyson and Winbak Hall in 1:58.1. Karen Hudon piloted the Angus Hall son to the victory for trainer Joe Hudon Jr. of Acton and his partners R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington and Herbert Boggs of Duncan, BC.
The other Grassroots trophy went home with Chuckalo Caden and Clare “Chuck” Thompson, who recovered from an early mistake to get up for a nose victory over P C La Mousse and favourite Mister Herbie. Sunderland resident Thompson bred, trains and drives Chuckalo Caden, sharing ownership papers on the son of Mr Lavec with Rebecca Gratrix, also of Sunderland. Saturday’s 2:00.1 score was Chuckalo Caden’s first in five outings this season.
The three-year-old trotting colts make the fourth stop of their Grassroots campaign at Sudbury Downs on Aug. 20, while Hanover Raceway fans will be treated to high speed Grassroots action from the two-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday, Sept. 3.
For complete results please go to: Hanover Raceway Results — Aug. 6, 2011