An army of two-year-old pacing fillies marched into battle Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, as the rookies rumbled in eight OSS Grassroots divisions.
L A Delight got away fourth before brushing to the lead in the backstretch in the first division, and once she cleared it was game over for the others. Randy Waples cleared with her at the mid-way point in :57 before taking the field to the three-quarter pole in 1:26.4. A :27.2 closing panel sealed the deal for the homebred who won by three lengths over Buttermilk Hanover in 1:54.1. Third prize went to Tempus Seelster.
Bob McIntosh trains the daughter of Bettors Delight-West Of L A for Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. The youngster is a half-sister to Somewhere In L A (1:50 – $612,941).
No Shadows went to the front and didn’t look back en route to posting a 1:55.1 victory in the second division for the tandem of driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary. The filled muscled her way to the lead from Post 4 and dictated the terms of the tempo through panels of :27.2, :59 and 1:28.1 before storming home in a :27-second clip. She won by 2-1/4 lengths over Bohemian Delight, with Selling The Dream rounding out the top three finishers.
The homebred daughter of Shadow Play-Ocracoke Sun is owned by L A Express Stable LLC of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania.
Dancin Inthe Nude was treated to a ground-saving trip in her OSS Grassroots assignment, and the filly didn’t let it go to waste. Clarke Steacy got away third with the Mark Steacy trainee, and she held that position while Im In Luv led the field through intervals of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:28. Dancin Inthe Nude angled off the rail in the lane and stormed home in :26.3 to win by one-quarter of a length over Columnist in 1:55.1. Race favourite Jimmys Little Girl was third.
The Sportswriter-Dancewiththebest miss is owned by Hudson Standrdbrd Stb Inc of Hudson, Quebec. The filly, who was purchased for $110,000 from last year’s Lexington Select Yearling Sale, is a half-sister to Dancin Yankee (1:47.2 – $1,251,422).
Miss Print brushed to the lead in the backstretch and cruised to an easy victory in her division for the team of driver Trevor Henry and trainer Shaun Mc Donald. The homebred got away third before rushing to the lead and hitting the half in :57.4. She sped by the three-quarter pole in 1:27.2 before tacking on a :27.3 kicker to win by 1-1/4 lengths over race favourite Three Dreams in 1:55. Nic Nac Patty Mach took home the show dough.
It was the first win in three starts for the homebred daughter of Sportswriter-Stonebridge Grace, who is owned by Glenview Livestock Ltd of Guelph-Eramosa, Ontario. The lion’s share of the loot lifted her earnings to $13,200.
Icthelight Hanover, who was a $40,000 purchase from last fall’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale, earned back some of her price tag thanks to her 1:54.4 score in the fifth division. Sylvain Filion manufactured the come-from-behind score with the Luc Blais trainee, who got up in the closing strides to win by one-quarter of a length over the dead-heating duo of State Of Joy and Bernadette. The latter chopped out fractions of :27.1, :57.3 and 1:26.3 before being overtaken.
Determination of Montreal, Quebec owns the half-sister to Infrontigo Hanover (1:54 – $177,961).
Heavenly Hill gave trainer Dave Menary and driver Jody Jamieson their second stakes score on the card thanks to her 1:54.2 triumph. The homebred got away fifth before working out a second-over trip behind race favourite Vera Bon. Dewar N Soda sliced out fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:27, but she couldn’t fend off Heavenly Hill who only needed a :30-second kicker to win by 1-1/2 lengths. Lady Paquet snuck through late to grab the runner-up award, with Vera Bon settling for third prize in the $18,000 tilt.
Tom Hill of Lancashire, Great Britain bred and owns the daughter of Art Colony who is the first foal of the OSS Gold Series-winning performer, Look Cheap (1:51.2 – $190,862).
Tahiti Seelster made a bold move around the final turn and out-kicked rivals to the line to win her OSS assignment, and she blew up the toteboard in the process. Phil Hudon left for position with the Pat Hunt trainee before getting shuffled back in the mid-stages of the mile. She rolled three-wide around the final turn and used her :27.4 closing quarter to win by a nose over Dixiecrat in 1:55.2. Bad In Paradise took home the show dough.
Sent off at odds of 16-1, the daughter of Up The Credit-Titania Seelster won at first asking for Glengate Farms of Campbellville and Malcolm & Robert MacPhail of Dover Centre, Ontario. The pacing lass is a half-sister to Twilight Seelster (1:54.4 – $157,469) and Tessa Seelster (1:50.2 – $67,184).
Boozer Bruiser was a gate-to-wire winner in the final division in a time of 1:54.1 for driver Mike Saftic. He rolled the youngster to the lead from Post 6 and she successfully chopped out fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.3 before sprinting home in :28.3 to seal the deal by half a length over Glorious Delight. Taking home third prize was Miss Babe Delight.
It was the first win in two attempts for the daughter of Believeinbruiser-Cocktail Raider. Gerald Mijal of Westland, Michigan bred and owns the half-sister to Cheyenne Reider (1:49.1 – $247,846).