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OSS Grassroots Action Hits Western Fair

Published: October 10, 2008 11:02 pm ET

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Five $20,000 OSS Grassroots events concluded the regular season for two-year-old pacing fillies at Western Fair Raceway on Friday.

Joint Effort turned in a front-end effort in the first division for driver Brad Forward. The daughter of Modern Art – R Xample cut all the fractions en route to an open length victory in 1:58.3. Rich Griffiths trains Joint Effort for owner/breeder Robert Hamather, who has seen his homebred win two straight Grassroots events and compile a record of 2-3-0 in seven lifetime starts, banking $32,450.

Star Of Show was the star of the second split, giving driver Brad Forward the OSS double. A daughter of Astreos – Star Siren, she sat seventh for the first half before tipping three-wide down the backside and catching the battling leaders for a half-length triumph, despite broken equipment, in a lifetime best 1:57.4. Mark Steacy trains Star Of Show, who is 3-1-1 with earnings of $29,410 in eight starts, for Peter and David Heffering.

Grin A Peg was in a league of her own in the third tilt. Driven by Albert Green for trainer Carl Jamieson, the Mantacular – Cool Grin lass inherited the lead in the third quarter and paced home in :28.4 to record a 14-length romp in 1:56.3. Keith Earle and Donald Ransom co-own Grin A Peg, who is three-for-seven in her young career, which has led to purses of $29,280.

Orally Yours went gate-to-wire in the fourth division for driver Rob Shepherd and trainer Jean Belliveau. The Cammibest – Le Win Skied filly sprinted home in the final half and held off the first-over Mufasas Place (Bruce Richardson) by a nose in 1:57.3. Dr. Hugh Baird owns and bred Orally Yours, who is 4-1-1 in 10 lifetime starts, banking $37,500.

In the final division, Stonebridge Breeze won her third Grassroots event of the season. With Doug McNair at the reins, the Camluck – Glacier Express filly went coast-to-coast, winning by a length and three quarters and stopping the clock in 1:58.4. Gregg McNair trains the young filly for Angie Stiller and Artana Stables. Stonebridge Breeze has won five of eight and her resume includes purses of $52,486.

The top 16 point earners will make their way to Flamboro Downs on October 17 to compete in the Grassroots Semi-Finals.

To view Western Fair’s results, click here.


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