Clinton, ON --- Doug McNair captured two of the four C$18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for 3-year-old filly pacers this afternoon at Clinton Raceway. One of his victories was for his father Gregg, the other for trainer Tony O’Sullivan.
Doug started off the afternoon winning the first division. He sent Born To Dream directly to the top from post seven and she was never headed through fractions of :29.2, :59.4 and 1:28.2, where she fought off a challenge from Milliondollar Babe to win by three lengths in 1:56.4. Always Sunday took second while Milliondollar Babe held for third.
It was the second win this year, both at Clinton, for Born To Dream, a daughter of Camluck trained by O’Sullivan for owner/breeders Lomangino Standardbreds of New Jersey. She is the first foal of $665,668 winner Happy Dreamer.
McNair’s other OSS score was in the final division where he and Can Art cut the tempo of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:26.3 and managed to hold off a determined Murrayfield to win by a head in 1:56. Goldies Mach was third. Gregg McNair trains the winner, a daughter of Artistic Fella owned by breeder Rob Chapple of Chatham, Ontario. This was Canfield’s third win in 10 attempts this year.
Another father/son trainer/driver combo was successful on the afternoon as Tyler Moore guided his dad’s Shadows Wonder to a come from behind victory in 1:55.3, the fastest of the four splits. She wore down pacesetter Shes A Hotmama, who held for second, while Medoland Lindeylou was third.
Dr. Ian Moore trains the winner he co-owns with R G McGroup Ltd., of New Brunswick and Serge Savard of Quebec who also co-owned the filly’s sire Shadow Play. Shadows Wonder was recording her fourth win in 12 trips behind the gate this year.
Her Own Land also deployed gate to wire tactics for James MacDonald. The Blissfull Hall lass breezed through splits of :29.1, :59.2 and 1:27.4 to win in 1:56.3 over Momara and Miss Brandi K. It was the third win in 10 tries for Her Own Land trained by Dave Menary for Hutt Racing Stable, Pa.
The next Grassroots test for this group comes on August 17 at Georgian Downs. To view the complete results from today’s card at Clinton, please click the link below.