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Century Farroh Soars In Grassroots

Published: September 11, 2018 11:12 pm ET

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Mach Three colt Century Farroh circled to the front as the odds-on favourite past the half and progressed to a one-and-a-half length victory in the second of three divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Grassroots for two-year-old colt pacers on Tuesday (Sept. 11) and won in 1:53.2.

Positioned third at the quarter from post one, Century Farroh sat off a :27 first quarter set by Excaliber Seelster on the lead before Thisishowwedoit took control. Driver Trevor Henry sent the Dr. Ian Moore trainee first over heading to the half and swiftly brushed to the top following a :55.1 half.

Carlisimo, gapping but tracking the favourite’s backside swoop, edged closer to the new pacesetter rounding the final turn. Century Farroh held a two-length lead by three-quarters in 1:24.4 and paced through the stretch ahead of Carlisimo chasing in second. The favourite maintained his advantage while Carlisimo slowly cut into it, finishing one-and-a-half lengths behind the winner at the wire. Wager On Me, from second over, finished two lengths back in third.

From the Real Desire mare Beachy Girl, Century Farroh races for the Ratchford Stable NS. The $3.60 winner earned his second victory from eight starts and has earned $31,383.

Closing from 13 lengths off the lead, Chanting Hanover launched from the long shot catapult and snagged a half-length victory in the first OSS frosh colt pace in 1:54.3.

Face The Challenge parked for the lead to the quarter as Pure Sunshine took the pocket and Prairie Midnight floated into position second over. Through the quarter in :27, Face The Challenge cleared command but soon yielded to Prairie Midnight to the half. Big Kiz, wide from the start, rushed first over and pressured new leader Prairie Midnight to the half in :56.3 before clearing control.

Race-favourite Boys Turn tracked Big Kiz second over and paced uncovered into the final turn. Boys Turn moved up to match strides with Big Kiz through three-quarters in 1:25.3 all while Chanting Hanover sat on cover third over into the stretch. The Colin Johnson-trained son of Sportswriter kicked off his cover into the stretch and mowed by Boys Turn into the final eighth to pull a 26-1 upset. Prairie Midnight, shuffled at the rail, held third.

Paying $55.90 to win, Chanting Hanover, out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Clef Sign Hanover, won his first race in seven starts, earning $19,950 for owners Colin Johnson, Paul Johnson, William Greenhorn and Andrew Dick. James MacDonald sat in the bike.

Aaron Lambert trainee Jms Delight pulled pocket midway into the final turn and held off late bids from Bueller and Better Moonon Over to win the third OSS frosh colt pace in 1:54.

Favourite Better Moonon Over paced to the quarter in :26.4 before taking pocket to Moonshine Kisses brushing to the front into the backstretch. Moonshine Kisses led to half under no pressure through a :55.3 clip while Jms Delight sat third three-and-a-half lengths from the lead.

Driver Louis Philippe-Roy popped out of third into the final turn and crept toward Moonshine Kisses. Following a 1:25.1 third-quarter, Jms Delight took a half-length lead as Moonshine Kisses retreated towards the rail. Better Moonon Over shot through a gap towards the pylons while Bueller weaved off the rail full of pace and in pursuit of Jms Delight. Bueller found room too late and finished a neck behind Jms Delight while Better Moonon Over took third.

Owned by Gregory Merton, Jms Delight, from the Rocknroll Hanover mare Dreaming Aliina, won his third race in seven starts, earning $23,360. He paid $9.20 to win.

Splurge On Me travelled wire to wire as the 2-1 favourite to win the first of three frosh filly trot splits for the OSS Grassroots in 1:58.4.

The Bob McIntosh-trained daughter of Kadabra shot to a two-length lead from post eight with Knickers sitting the pocket and Pyrrha in third through a :28.2 opening quarter. Unchallenged to the half in :59.4, Splurge On Me marched into the far turn pursued by Pyrrha advancing first over tracked by P L Molly on cover.

Ahead by two lengths by three-quarters in 1:29.3, Splurge On Me kicked away from P L Molly taking second four lengths behind. Trevor Henry cruised to the wire behind Splurge On Me winning by three-and-a-half lengths over P L Molly and Pyrrha.

Owned by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. and C S X Stables, Splurge On Me, out of the Cash Hall mare Urge To Splurge, won her second race in eight starts, collecting $29,952. She paid $6.50 to win.

Driver Scott Young and trainer Paul Reid took the rail route to upset city in the second OSS frosh filly trot as the two teamed up to nab American Pageant a 2:01.3 victory at odds of 22-1.

Away sixth to the quarter, American Pageant stalked an early battle for the lead between Warrawee Ultra and Galaxy Seelster. Warrawee Ultra cleared control past the :29.4 opening quarter and opened a three-length lead on Galaxy Seelster crossing the half, timed in 1:00.1.

Club Belvedere edged off the rail from fourth and charged toward Warrawee Ultra rounding the final turn. Taking a narrow lead by three-quarters in 1:31.1, Club Belvedere soon lost the lead to Tymal Royalty, from second over, kicking off cover while American Pageant angled off the rail and began her bid through the center of the course. American Pageant stuck a half length in front at the wire while Tymal Royalty held second and Galaxy Seelster shot back through the inside for third.

Returning $46.00 to win, American Pageant, by Angus Hall out of the American Winner mare American Miss K, broke her maiden in her fourth start career and cashed her first check for owner Rob Key, collecting $9,575 with her victory.

Kadabra-filly At Will brushed to the top past the half and took the final OSS frosh filly trot as the 8-5 favourite in 1:58.4.

Lady Gabbie shot through the rail to lead by five lengths while At Will floated into second through the :29.1 opening quarter. Driver Sylvain Filion tipped the Julie Walker trainee out of the pocket heading to the half and cleared command past a :59.4 half.

Rebellious Lady, positioned fourth, angled wide circling the final turn as At Will kicked to a three-length lead. Past three-quarters in 1:29.2, At Will maintained and extended her advantage over Rebellious Lady chasing in second and Nifty Trick, from second over, in third. At Will hit the wire three-and-a-quarter lengths ahead of Rebellious Lady.

Winning her first race in six starts, At Will, from the Balanced Image mare Excuse My Face, has collected $20,995 in earnings for owners Layhoon Chan Brunner, Julie Walker and Ronald Piers. She paid $5.40 to win.

To view Tuesday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Tuesday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park.

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