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So Much More Is All That

Published: July 5, 2019 5:33 pm ET

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Undefeated in four starts since arriving in Ontario, Don Beatson’s Kin Pace favourite So Much More has been all that.

Prince Edward Island import So Much More has proven to have a prophetic name since Clinton Raceway regular Don Beatson bought the sophomore pacing filly this spring and brought her to his Granton, Ont. base.

The Ontario-sired daughter of Big Jim out of Ladysai has been undefeated in four starts for the Beatson family — trainer Don, his son Ken, and grandson Cole England — since landing in the province and is expected to be the favourite for Sunday’s $64,900 Kin Pace final at Clinton Raceway.

It took So Much More a few days to settle into her new home, so the Beatsons had modest expectations for her first local start, the May 31 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots season opener at The Raceway at Western Fair District. However, starting from post 2 with Tyler Borth in the race bike, the filly went straight to the front and never looked back, cruising home a three-length winner in 1:54.4.

“She raced great, she raced awesome,” said Ken Beatson after the race. “We were hoping that this one would be good enough to maybe make a stake filly as well, and it looks like she is.”

Since her debut, So Much More has made three more starts for the Beatson family, all of them victories, including a second Grassroots division at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 20 where she was a six-length winner in 1:52.2, and her June 30 elimination for the Kin Pace at Clinton Raceway.

So Much More, with Trevor Henry driving, has post 5 in the seven-horse Kin Pace final, the 10th race on Sunday’s Clinton card. After that, it will be back to the Ontario Sires Stakes — either the Grassroots on July 25 or the Gold Series on July 27 — both at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

“Haven’t decided,” said Don, when asked if So Much More will make the step up to the Gold Series this season. “We might have a notion of that, but haven’t made up our minds for sure, yet. You sort of go from one week to the next and see how everything goes.”

Other events on tap this Sunday at Clinton Raceway include a meet and greet with former Toronto Blue Jay Jason Grilli, a giveaway that includes an autographed Grilli jersey and two tickets plus a one-night hotel stay to the Aug. 10 Blue Jays game vs. the New York Yankees, a bake sale and 50-50 raffle to support the Clinton Mustangs. Pineridge BBQ will be serving $8 wings and fries from 3 to 5 p.m., with live entertainment on the patio by Rural Roots.

First post at Clinton Raceway is 1:30 p.m.

To view Sunday's harness racing entries, click the following link: Sunday Entries - Clinton Racweay.

(Clinton Raceway)

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