CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Oakville resident Scott Zeron picked up two Grassroots wins at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, guiding three-year-old pacing fillies Jeremes Sweetheart and Machleen to victory.
Sent off as the heavy favourites in the second $24,000 Grassroots division, Zeron and Jeremes Sweetheart swept to the front before the half and cruised around the Campbellville oval to a two and three-quarter length win in 1:52.4. Aubsession paced into second spot, edging out Thats Mara.
Zeron crafted the victory for trainer Casie Coleman and owners Steve Calhoun of Chatham and West Wins Stable of Cambridge. The victory was the Jeremes Jet filly’s third in Grassroots action this season. With three wins and one second in four Grassroots appearances Jeremes Sweetheart wraps up the regular season in second spot in the division standings with 175 points.
The young reinsman was back in the winner’s circle following the last Grassroots division, engineering a gate-to-wire victory for fan favourite Machleen. Machleen halted the teletimer at 1:52, hitting the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of a hard closing Jet Speed. Last year’s Grassroots champion Eat Me Up finished third.
Fergus resident Mark Austin trains Machleen for his partner Leo Thibodeau of Windsor. The pair also bred the daughter of Mach Three and Aileens Luck, who has three wins, one second and one fifth to her credit in six Grassroots starts, giving her a total of 180 points and sole ownership of top spot in the sophomore pacing filly standings.
The other Grassroots skirmish saw Grins Little Flirt come from off the pace to score a mild upset. The Grinfromeartoear daughter and driver Doug McNair survived a parked out trip from Post 10 with enough in reserve to out sprint pacesetter Trama Unit in the stretch and get up for a one length win in 1:52.3. Trama Unit settled for second with Bruisers Sister hot on her heels in third.
Guelph resident McNair crafted the victory for trainer Symon Pryjma and owners Tony Basile of Toronto and Stephan Pryjma of Whitby. Through six Grassroots starts Grins Little Flirt posted two wins, one second, and two thirds for a point tally of 149 and sole ownership of fourth spot in the standings.
The top 16 point earners from the six regular season events will now begin their final preparations for the post season, which gets under way on Sept. 19 at Grand River Raceway with two Semifinals. The top four finishers from each $30,000 Semifinal will return to Grand River on Sept. 29 for the sophomore pacing filly Grassroots Championship.
Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 20 when the Campbellville oval offers fans Gold Finals for both the three-year-old pacing fillies and trotting fillies.
For complete results please go to Mohawk Racetrack Results — September 10, 2012