Hanover, ON --- Trevor Henry, a former Lampman Cup winner as the top driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, enjoyed a superb Saturday night (July 5) at Hanover Raceway as he racked up victories in four of the six C$18,000 Grassroots Series divisions for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.
The first three races on the card were Grassroots events and Henry swept the early double to get his night started off on the right foot. He won the first dash with Passed Dat Point in 1:59.1 and then backed that up by bagging the second with Massacaia in 2:00.2.
Passed Dat Point is a gelded son of Federal Flex-Progressive Caviar trained by Glenn Lalonde for owners Benoit Gendron and Roland Rocco. Passed Dat Point now has four career victories, and he has earned C$30,612.
Richard Moreau trains Massacaia, a Muscle Mass-Ghirardelli Square colt, for owner Gestion Jean Yves Blais. Massacaia is a three-time winner during his racing career, and he now shows a bankroll of C$88,561.
After a pair of fourth-place finishes in the third and fourth Grassroots tests, Henry was back to sweep the final two sections with Tyrone Haji (2:01.1) and Aventure, who won in 1:58, the fastest of the six Grassroots tilts.
Tyrone Haji, a Kadabra-Showee gelding, hails from the barn of trainer Bob McIntosh, whose stable out of Windsor, Ont., also co-owns the winner with Tyrone Haji’s breeder, Dave Boyle. Tyrone Haji has a trio of victories from 14 career tries, and he has now put away C$73,854. Tyrone Haji is a half-brother to Tyrone Spitn Image and Tyrone Showgirl, who both won OSS Grassroots events during their careers.
Bill Budd handles the training of Aventure, a Muscle Mass-Linas Lottery gelding, for owner Orville Rursch. Aventure, who also won in the first round of Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots series action for this group on June 26 at Mohawk Racetrack, has seven career wins, and he has earned C$75,598.
The other two divisions went to Totally Ripped (Muscle Mass-Fin De Maye), who broke his maiden in 1:59.4 for driver Steve Byron, trainer Jeff Byron, and owner Don Leschied and Tothepointe James (Deweycheatumnhowe-Garland Bonita) in 2:02.
Tothepointe James gave the Henry family another win as he was driven by Trevor Henry’s brother Wayne. Wayne also trains Tothepointe James for owners Henry Stable, the Estate of Daniel J. McCann, Jeff Thomson, and Arnold Feldman.
Saturday night represented Hanover’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Ontario Sires Stakes with t-shirt giveaways, treats and snacks, and other events. The full schedule of the celebrations throughout Ontario’s racetracks this year is available here.
The next Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series event for the 3-year-old male trotters will occur on August 11 at Grand River Raceway. For full results of Saturday's events, click here.