An army of two-year-old pacing fillies marched into OSS battle Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park as the oval hosted a total of five Grassroots divisions.
Bankers Luck shipped in from New Jersey for trainer Tony Alagna and scored a handy win in her $22,600 assignment.
James MacDonald got away in mid-pack with the rookie while YS Bookwriter shot to the lead from Post 4 and had the field chasing her through intervals of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:27. MacDonald came first-over with Bankers Luck on the way to the three-quarter pole, and she then used a final quarter clocked in :28 to win by 2-3/4 lengths over YS Bookwriter in 1:55. Ashlees Sweetie was third.
Sent off as the 1-5 favourite, the daughter of Hes Watching-Cash Reward won at first asking for owner/breeder Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY.
Sweetest Belle was a popular winner in the second division for the duo of driver Chris Christoforou and trainer Susie Kerwood.
The daughter of Sportswriter-My Secret Belle got away third while Ladysmith hustled to the lead and laid down opening quarter speed of :28.3. Sweetest Belle brushed to the front in the backstretch and carved out middle fractions of :58.1 and 1:28.2 before scooting home in :28 to stop the teletimer in 1:56.2. Momentary Control was a neck in arrears, with Ladysmith taking home the show dough.
Frank Brundle and Gordon Lyons share ownership on the filly who was making her pari-mutuel debut.
Favorite Beach was the first upsetter in Monday’s stakes presentation thanks to her 8-1 score in the third division for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Bob McIntosh.
Henry got away sixth with his charge while Western Flames powered to the top and hit the quarter pole in :28.2. She gave way to No Soup Tonight in the backstretch, and that one later turned the lead over to race favourite Maple who took them to the half in :58.3.
Henry then accelerated to the top with Favourite Beach, and she sped past the three-quarter pole in 1:27.2 before kicking home in :28 to win over the lapped-on favourite, Maple. Shake It Twice rounded out the Trifecta ticket in the $23,000 affair.
The homebred daughter of Sunshine Beach-Lets Head Out West won at first asking for Robert Mcintosh Stables Inc, Al Mcintosh Holdings Inc and Mardon Stables.
Carla Cam survived a first-over trip to take home top honours in her division for driver Chris Christoforou.
He got away fourth with the pacing lass while Blue Glamber shot to the top and sliced out first quarter speed of :29.1. Race favourite Avalon Freeze pocket popped in the backstretch and sprinted to the lead. Once there, she supplied middle fractions of :59.3 and 1:28.4. Carla Cam commenced a first-over rally going to the half, and she kicked home in :27.3 to win by a neck over Blue Glamber in 1:56.3. Grandeur Seelster recovered from a shaky start to take home third prize in the $22,600 affair.
The daughter of Artspeak-Cams Cupid is owned and trained by Rod Duford of Leamington, Ont. The win was her second in as many tries and it pushed her lifetime earnings to $13,600.
Best Actress captured the final division, and she did so as the even-money favourite for owner/driver Louis-Philippe Roy.
He got away third with the daughter of Betterthancheddar-Red Carpet Queen while Glenboro muscled to the top and supplied opening quarter speed of :28.3. D A Temptation then marched to the top, and shortly after she cleared it was Best Actress who came rolling by. She was then overtaken by Glenboro who took the field past middle posts of :58 and 1:26.4. Best Actress rallied from the pocket late and used a :27.4 closing kick to score by three-quarters of a length over Glenboro in 1:54.4. D A Temptation was third.
Eric Nadeau trains the youngster who was impressive in her pari-mutuel debut.
To view results for Tuesday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – Woodbine Mohawk Park.