Three-year-old pacing fillies found themselves in the spotlight Tuesday evening at Georgian Downs, as the Innisfill oval hosted five OSS Grassroots divisions – with each split carrying a purse of $18,000.
Lyonssweetie took home her first ever stakes victory for trainer Ciaran Morrison, who watched the daughter of No Pan Intended-Southwind Sugar rally to a 1:53 score in the first division.
Mike Saftic had her on the lead at the quarter pole in :26.4, but she eventually released D Gs Pesquero to the position of command. That filly led the field to the half in :54.3 before giving way to Raise Your Glass at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.1. Raise Your Glass led by almost three lengths at the top of the stretch call, but it wasn’t enough cushion to fend off Lyonssweetie who used a :29-second kicker to prevail by a neck. Raise Your Glass was second best, with Call It Courage coming on late to finish third.
Sent off as the 2-1 favourite, Lyonssweetie won for the second time this season in nine tries for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford, ON. The sophomore has stashed away more than $27,000 in career earnings.
Cams Macharena was treated to a second-over journey in the next stakes tilt, and she didn’t let the golden opportunity go to waste. Doug McNair was in hurry with the Tony O’Sullivan trainee in the early going, but that wasn’t the case for race favourite, Betit To Getit. She was parked past the first post in :27.2, and once she cleared she ripped through middle panels of :55.4 and 1:24.4. She put up a good fight in deep stretch, but it wasn’t enough to fend off the late-rushing Cams Macharena who unloaded a :27.3 closing panel to seal the deal by three-quarters of a length. Betit To Getit was second, and Utica Bayama took home the show dough.
Sent off at odds of 4-1, Cams Macharena improved this year’s record to 2-1-3 from 11 starts while pushing her lifetime win total to six. The career winner of $112,942 is a homebred owned by Chris Arold, Kenneth Kohut and Michael Drury.
Mattys Big Day, who recently moved the stable of trainer Tiffany Stalee, nabbed her second OSS Grassroots score of the season with a 1:54.2 triumph in the third division. Denis St. Pierre rolled the filly to the front from Post 6 and she successfully chopped out fractions of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:26.3 en route to the 1:54.2 decision. Runner-up Foolish Mind was 3-3/4 lengths behind the winner, with Stryking Dove tagging along to take home third prize.
Sent off as the 5-2 second choice in the wagering, the daughter of Jeremys Jet-Mattll Be The Day bumped her career earnings to $56,287 with the win. After going winless in eight starts as a rookie, Mattys Big Day has answered with a 6-3-1 record from 12 trips to the track this season for owners Debbie Element and Ecurie JGV Enrg of Laval, QC.
Selandia picked up a new lifetime mark of 1:54 in the fourth division thanks to her come-from-behind tally for the tandem of driver Doug McNair and trainer John Kopas. The daughter of No Pan Intended-Armbro Danish sat in the middle of the pack through fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:23.3 before rallying home in :29.4 and driving clear to win by 2-1/4 lengths over Stonebridge Classy. Jeremeyes Jewel circled from last to get third in the nine-filly affair.
Glengate Farms of Campbellville and LLK Stable of Mississauga, ON share ownership on the two-time winner who now boasts a bankroll that stands at $37,340. It was the filly’s first stakes victory.
The final division proved to be the quickest one thanks to the 1:51.4 effort turned in by Racey Miss. Scott Zeron rolled the Mark Steacy pupil to the lead from Post 7 and after whacking out fractions of :26.3, :55.3 and 1:24 the even-money favourite used a :27.4 kicker to secure the win by 4-1/2 lengths. Stonebridge Mystic sat the pocket trip and proved to be next best, with Swingirl nabbing the show dough.
Hudson Standrdbrd Stb Inc of Hudson, QC bred and owns the daughter of Shanghai Phil-Racey Date who improved this year’s record to 6-0-1 from nine trips to the track. She went 7-for-10 last season en route to banking just over $60,000. So far this year she’s managed to stash away another $42,868 which brings her career total to $103,498.
To view results for Tuesday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – Georgian Downs.