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Homebred Debuts In Hanover OSS

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Published: August 5, 2009 12:15 am ET

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Mach Dismissal is a third generation product of Jeff and Lori Thomson’s breeding program that the Chesley residents have liked since her first days in harness, and on Saturday evening the two-year-old pacing filly will make her career debut over their local oval in a $24,000 Grassroots division.

“We’ve liked her from Day 1,” says Jeff Thomson, who will harness Mach Dismissal in the second last Grassroots division at Hanover Raceway on Saturday. “She had a brain in her head right along. That’s the way her mother was.”

Dam Early Dismissal earned $124,085 in her racing career before retiring to the Thomson’s broodmare band. Mach Three daughter Mach Dismissal is her first foal, and Thomson says the filly is so easy going they are not sure just how talented she is.

“All along we didn’t know what we had, we still don’t know,” says the trainer. “She’s just kind of always done what we asked, and nothing more.”

When Thomson arrived at Mohawk Racetrack last Friday (July 31) to qualify the filly, he asked driver Bruce Richardson not to overextend the young pacer, but noted that she would have to beat 2:00 in order to compete in the Grassroots event at Hanover. Starting from Post 1, Richardson sat fourth with Mach Dismissal through most of the mile and then asked the filly for a burst of speed at the end that saw her move up to third and reach the wire in 1:59.1.

“She qualified real good last Friday at Mohawk. She came home in 29 seconds,” says Thomson. “We’d only been in 2:05 with her in Hanover before that.

“We only went to Mohawk because they didn’t qualify at Grand River or Hanover last weekend, and you’re always worried about how much they’re going to go, but she did good,” he adds. “And she handled the rail good. I was a little concerned about it, with all the stuff in the infield, but she was very well behaved.”

Mach Dismissal and Richardson will return to Post 1 in the ninth race on Saturday, and while Thomson is looking forward to seeing how the filly compares with her Grassroots peers, the longtime horseman is pragmatic about her chances.

“I don’t know how tough she’s in on Saturday, but I’m sure it will be lots tough enough,” he says. “We’ve learned not to get too high on things, because you just end up being disappointed.

“Like I say, she’s pretty easy going,” he continues. “With those kind you hope that they are going to be able to drop a second or two their next time out, but you never know.”

All of the fillies that Mach Dismissal and Richardson will face on Saturday have a race or more under their belt, including July 18 Grassroots division winner Windsong Gentille who starts from Post 5, and former Gold Series starters Vibrent Ally and Mobro Flirt, who will start from Posts 4 and 8 respectively.

Post time for Hanover Raceway’s two-year-old pacing filly showcase is 7:15 p.m., with the Grassroots divisions slated for Races 1, 2, 4, and 6 though 10.


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