A six-pack of OSS Grassroots events for two-year-old pacing fillies were contested Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, and Bourbon Seelster continued her domination in the division.
A perfect 2-for-2 in Grassroots action so far this season, Bourbon Seelster nabbed her third win of the year in the provincial program thanks to a 1:55 performance in the opening division.
Mike Saftic hustled his charge off the gate from Post 9, and together they were parked while leading at the quarter pole in :27.3. Race favourite Buttermilk Hanover made a predictable move to the lead in the backstretch, and once she cleared she managed to thrown down middle splits of :56.4 and 1:26.1. Bourbon Seelster shook loose in the lane and used a :28.2 kicker to power away by 2-3/4 lengths over Dancin Inthe Nude. Buttermilk Hanover wound up third.
Robert Manders trains the daughter of Camluck-Tarport Baccarat for Scott and Keith Manders of Watford, ON. She owns a 3-for-4 record so far this season in addition to a cash stash that now stands at $27,500.
Good Will Hanover was sent off at 1-5 in the second division, and she didn’t disappoint an army of backers. Paul MacDonell put the speedball on the lead from Post 6 and she successfully chopped out panels of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25 before rocketing home in :28.2 to win in 1:53.2. It was 6-1/4 lengths back to runner-up Glorious Delight, with Active Lady taking home third prize in the $18,000 affair.
Dr. Ian Moore trains the undefeated daughter of Big Jim-Go For Best for GLB Stable of Lakeview, NS. The two-time winner has banked $16,000 to date.
Sports Expert had just one horse behind him at the three-quarter pole in the third division, but that didn’t stop him from passing seven other foes en route to a 1:55.1 victory.
Dewar N Soda, Trilife and Where Are We took turns on the lead through fractions of :26.4, :56.1 and 1:26, but it was Sports Expert and driver Doug McNair sailing by them all thanks to a :28-second kicker. The filly posted the half-length triumph over Divas Image, with Rosy Outlook third best.
Trainer Blake MacIntosh, who watched his stable go 4-for-4 on Monday, co-owns the homebred daughter of Sportswriter-Lyons Mandi lass with Touch Stone Farms and 30 Plus Stable. She improved her rookie record to 2-2-0 from five starts while pushing her earnings to $25,000.
Paul MacDonell nabbed his second OSS score on the card thanks to a 1:53.4 triumph with Party In Rome. The filly, who was overlooked by many at odds of 29-1, grabbed the two-hole early and watched Boozer Bruiser throw down an opening quarter clocked in :27.1. No Shadows took over the lead at the mid-way point in :56.3, but she was overtaken around the final turn by Mayhem Seelster who took the field to the three-quarter pole in 1:25. MacDonell weaved through traffic late with Party In Rome, who used a :28.3 closing frame to win by 1-1/4 lengths over Mayhem Seelster. St Lads Smokin Hot rounded out the top three finishers.
Gerald Lilley trains the daughter of Big Jim-Davincis Choice for Bill Manes, William Cripps and Steven Papillon. It was the second win – and the first stakes tally – in four starts for the rookie who upped her bankroll to $12,000 with the win.
Im In Luv turned a second-over trip into a maiden-breaking score for Team Jamieson in the fifth division. The filly got away fifth for driver Jody Jamieson, who watched race favourite Bad In Paradise march to the lead and slice out splits of :27.1, :57 and 1:26.1. Im In Luv kicked off Watt Machs Me Win’s cover at the head of the lane and stormed home in :28.2 to win in 1:55.1 over race favourite Bad In Paradise by 2-1/2 lengths. Miss Print came on strong to grab the show dough.
Hall of Famer Carl Jamieson trains – and co-owns – the youngster for Thomas Kyron and George Harrison. The Badlands Hanover-Im All In miss now owns a 1-0-1 record in seven starts. She’s put away more than $24,000 to date.
Noone To Depend On gave Team Jamieson its second OSS victory on the evening thanks to her 1:54.2 tally in the final division. Sent off at odds of 5-1, the filly tucked in second and watched Tempus Seelster slice out an opening quarter in :27. Southwind Shania confronted Tempus Seelster at the mid-way point in :57 before muscling to the lead. She hit the three-quarter pole in 1:25 before give way to a host of backfield challengers. Noone To Depend On found a breach in deep stretch and fired home in :28.3 to win by two lengths over Not Depressed. Third prize went to Icthelight Hanover.
It was the first win in eight tries for the Carl Jamieson-trained daughter of Santanna Blue Chip-Tasty Taters. Carl owns the winner of $15,320 with his daughter, Brandy Jamieson.