It was a rookie heavy program Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack as OSS Grassrooters battled in three divisions and pacing fillies sparred in round two of the Whenuwishuponastar Series.
Many A Man used a strong stretch rally for driver Randy Waples en route to capturing the first $18,000 OSS Grassroots division for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings.
The son of Manofmanymissions-Armbro Sylvie got away sixth and remained sixth through the first-half fractions of :29.1 and :59.4. Waples had his charge on the move going to the half, and they advanced to third on the outside at the three-quarter pole in 1:29.1. Many A Man used a :29.1 closing quarter to haul down race favourite Rosberg by a half-length margin. Zorgwijk Rocket came on with sharp speed late to finish third.
Bob McIntosh trains the homebred for his Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Dave Boyle. It was the first win in four assignments for the colt who is a sibling to the likes of Dr Cal (1:54.1 – $388,596) and Bernies Babe (1:57.2 – $165,289).
Warrawee Shipshape was a popular winner in the second division thanks to his gate-to-wire score for trainer/driver Eddie Green. The son of Muscle Mass-U Can Cruise, who was sent off as the 9-5 favourite, led the group through panels of :28.3, :59.1 and 1:29.1 before cruising home in :30.3 to win by three lengths over longshot A J Ricochet. Third prize went to Critical Mass.
Purchased for $19,000 from last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale, the youngster racked up his second win in four attempts for owner Michael Tobin of Port Dover, Ont. The freshman has banked $16,620 to date.
Themanofmydreams hauled home the hardware in the final division, and the triumph was his third in as many tries. Denis St. Pierre got away fourth with the colt, but he had him on the move in the backstretch. Themanofmydreams was parked past the half in :59.4, but he cleared before the final turn. He zipped past the three-quarter marker in 1:29.4 before using a :29.4 kicker to win by 2-3/4 lengths over My Big Kadillac. Taking home third prize was Magic Night.
Trainer Tiffanee Staley co-owns the son of Muscle Mass-Uneeda Dream with Jesse Legault, Alexandre Pilon and Christian Pilon. The $22,000 purchase from last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale has now banked $27,000.