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Camluck Colts Dominate In Hiawatha OSS

Published: October 9, 2008 11:00 pm ET

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Sophomore sons of Camluck ruled the roost in the final OSS Grassroots event of the season at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening, as five $20,000 divisions went postward for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings.

Auctioneer did most of the road work for driver Scott Coulter en route to an impressive 1:53.4 score in the opening division. Just That was second best behind the 1-5 favourite and Go Smarty Brand was third.

The Ian Reid-trained son of Astreos, who is owned by Island Heat Stable of Guelph, won for the fourth time this season. He has banked $86,834 to date.

Whitesand Macgyver went to the front and didn't look back in the second split for owner/trainer Gaetan Hebert and driver Corey Giles. The son of Camluck, who was sent off at odds of 12-1, fended off race favourite Monster In Law and Kesons Sergei in a time of 1:54.3.

The pacer got his picture taken for the third time this season, and the $10,000 payday boosted his lifetime bankroll to $71,920.

Giddy Up Lucky steamrolled over his sophomore foes in a time of 1:52.2 for owners David Gage and Reg Petitpas. The son of Camluck, who was sent off as the 1-9 choice, sliced out splits of :26.3, :55.3 and 1:23.2 before scooting home in :29 seconds to seal the deal for driver Paul MacKenzie and trainer Jean Louis Arsenault.

Bigmizndrstnding was second and Lyons Geoff rounded out the top three.

It was the sixth win of the season for Giddy Up Lucky, who upped his lifetime earnings to $136,260 with the victory.

Keystone Debonair showed no mercy on his foes, winning by more than nine lengths in a time of 1:53.1 for trainer John Kopas and driver Don McElroy. The son of Grinfromeartoear, who was sent off as the 1-2 favourite, easily defeated Borderline Western and Lenny Briscoe.

Owned and bred by George Hempt of Camp Hill, PA, who co-owns the colt with Jack Kopas of Ilderton, Keystone Debonair has stashed away $155,400 to date.

Legal Litigator held on to win by a narrow margin after setting most of the speed in the final division for the duo of trainer Paul Taylor and driver Trevor Henry. The homebred son of Camluck, who races for owner Bob Hamather of Exeter, now owns an impressive 5-7-2 record from just 15 starts this season. He has banked $108,924 to date.

The gelding, who stopped the clock in 1:54.4, held off a late rush from The Comeback Kid, who had to settle for runner-up spot. Marquis Player, who was let go as the even-money favourite, was a lapped-on third.

The top 16 point earners in the division will have the chance to square off in a set of Grassroots semi-finals at Flamboro Downs on October 16.

The top four finishers from each of the semi-finals will have the chance to return to Canada's fastest half-miler on October 24 for the Grassroots final.

To view Thursday's results, click here.


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