Favourites Falter In Grassroots


Six divisions of trotting fillies battled in OSS Grassroots action Tuesday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, and it wasn’t a good night for favourites.

Magical Valentine got away fourth in the opening division before marching to the lead in the backstretch. She successfully swept through middle splits of :57.1 and 1:27.1 for trainer/driver Jack Moiseyev before using a :29.1 closing quarter to win by three-quarters of a length over a rallying Traviata in 1:56.2. Dewdle All Day took home the show dough.

The homebred daughter of Kadabra-Renees Pockets races for M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. The victory was her second of the season from just three trips to the track. The $9,000 payday bumped her bankroll to $19,500.

Royal Charm rallied from out of the clouds to win the second division in a career-best clocking of 1:55.4 for trainer/driver Mark Steacy. Myretirementticket and race favourite Magical Steph took turns on the lead through fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:26.1 before Steacy started up the engine on his filly. Royal Charm, who was sitting seventh heading into the closing quarter, kicked home in :28 to win by a half-length margin over Myretirementticket. Its All About Sam rounded out the top three finishers.

It was a maiden-breaking score for the daughter of Majestic Son-Queen Of Grace, who is owned by David McDonald, Shelley MacMillan, Hudson Standrdbrd Stb Inc and Bridle Path Stables. Sent off at odds of 7-1, the sophomore has banked $10,680 to date.

Race favourite Dayliner earned a new lifetime mark of 1:56 thanks to her score in the third division for trainer/driver Paul Walker. The homebred tucked into the four-hole early before rushing to the top on the way to the half. Majestic Presence led through first-half panels of :27.2 and :57.2 before Dayliner charged by. She sliced out the three-quarter clocking of 1:26.1 before slipping home in :29.4 to win by 1-1/4 lengths over Powerful Glare. Silky Flashy Nfast took home third prize.

Bred and owned by Brenda Walker of Owen Sound, Ont., Dayliner improved this year’s record to 2-2-0 from six assignments. Winless in 10 tries as a rookie, Dayliner owns a cash stash of $41,100.

True Muscle erupted for an 11-1 upset in the fourth division for driver Jody Jamieson, who made the most of the catch-drive behind the Keith Jones trainee. After getting away sixth, True Muscle caught cover on the way to the half and she advanced in the outer flow before flipping off cover in the lane. Her closing quarter of :29 propelled her to the win by 1-1/2 lengths over race favourite Could It Be Magic. I Want Kandy rounded out the Triactor ticket. The mile was trotted in 1:57.1.

The victory was the first in 11 tries for the daughter of Muscle Mass-Trueblue Volo, who is owned by Randy Zhok of Dover Centre, Ont. The $9,000 payday bumped her earnings to $16,880.

P C Cantore went to the front and didn’t look back en route to a career-best clocking of 1:57.1 in the fifth division. Trevor Henry hustled the homebred to the lead and the filly knifed her way through fractions of :27.3, :58.3 and 1:28.1 before rushing home in :29.1 to post the win over Smash Hit and Zorgwijk Queen.

Peter Clements of Dobbington, Ont. bred, owns and trains the daughter of Cornaro Dasolo-Balladeer. She was unraced as a rookie, but now owns a 4-for-6 record and earnings in excess of $21,000.

Majestic Mistress clicked at 7-1 in the final division for Team Holliday. The daughter of Majestic Son-C H Meadow Miss came first-over on the way to the half for driver Ryan Holliday, and she survived that trip en route to winning by a neck over race favourite P L Jill in 1:58.1. Taking home the show dough was Magical Wonder.

Dave Holliday trains the filly for owner/breeder Ron Corbett of St. Jacobs, Ont. It was a maiden-breaking triumph for the career winner of $13,480.

Tuesday’s card also featured the $34,000 Preferred Trot, with Whiskey Tax turning in a gate-to-wire score for driver Randy Waples. The veteran led the group through fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:25.3 before roaring home in :27.4 to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Charlie Is A Joker in 1:53.2. Ramas Last Son was third.

Trainer Tom Durand co-owns the eight-year-old son of Revenue S-Bourbon Belle with his wife, June, and co-owner Allan Smith. It was the first win of the season for the 15-time winner who boasts a bankroll of $934,570.

To view results for Tuesday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – Mohawk Racetrack.