Campbellville, ON --- The driver-trainer combination of Randy Waples and Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh connected for victories in two of the seven C$18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Friday night (Aug. 15) at Mohawk Racetrack.
Their first winner was Big Moment, a colt by Camluck who just got up near the wire after a second-over trip to take the fourth Grassroots split by a neck in 1:55.1. Pan Street USA (Steve Condren) had taken the lead in the lane after a two-hole trip but just fell short at the finish, and heavy favorite Seaforth (Mike Saftic), the leader at the top of the stretch, had to settle for third.
Big Moment, also a winner in Grassroots competition on July 21 at Grand River Raceway, is now three-for-five in the win column overall with earnings of C$26,160 for McIntosh, who also bred the colt with C S X Stables. McIntosh’s stable and partner Max Newham own Big Moment, the fourth foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Breathtacular. Breathtacular is related to two six-figure earners in Breathdefying and Lucky Encounter.
Waples and McIntosh came right back to annex the fifth division with Thinkofagameplan. He moved to the lead before the :56.4 half, put away a first-over try from Supersonic Jet (Paul MacDonell) before the 1:25.2 three-quarters, and then paced a :28.4 final kicker to win by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.1, which was the fastest of the seven Grassroots sections. Red Pine (Jody Jamieson) was up for second and Mac Raider (Mike Saftic) finished third.
Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his first win in four attempts and pushed his bankroll to C$18,660, is a homebred for McIntosh and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three.
The excellent first season for sire Sportswriter also continued as he picked up two more victories. Sportsmanship was a 1:54.3 winner for driver Jody Jamieson in the third Grassroots flight, and Sports Lightning grabbed top honors in the sixth split, stopping the clock in 1:55.4 for driver Mike Saftic.
Sportsmanship was sent out by trainer Dave Menary for the ownership group of Kenneth Ewen, Denis Breton, Tom Kyron and Parkinson Farms. Parkinson Farms also bred Sportsmanship, who broke his maiden in his fourth trip behind the gate. Now an earner of C$12,500, Sportsmanship is the second foal out of the D M Dilinger mare Lady D M (C$634,732), a two-time Ontario Sires Stakes Gold final winner.
Sports Lightning posted his second victory from four starts for co-owner/trainer Alvin Bowman. He shares ownership with Robert Nobes, Veral Robert Bowman and Donald Warden. Sports Lightning, who has now put away C$19,600 for his connections, is the sixth foal out of the Camluck mare Cohenikova.
Also winning in Grassroots action were:
The next Grassroots test for the rookie pacing colts and geldings is on Aug. 24 at Georgian Downs. For full results of Friday night’s events at Mohawk, please go to this link.