Clinton, ON --- The 2014 racing season at Clinton Raceway came to a close on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 31) and six C$18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions were contested on the program.
The star of those races was Thinkofagameplan, who moved into sole possession of the top spot in the Grassroots point standings with a 1:57 track record performance in the third split.
With Randy Waples handling the driving assignment, Thinkofagameplan overtook leader Pan Street USA (Doug McNair) from first-over past three-quarters and then drew away in the stretch to win by four lengths in the new track record clocking. Pan Street USA wound up second with Pair Of Deuces (Paul MacDonell) back in third.
The 1:57 effort dropped the track record for a 2-year-old pacing colt by a fifth of a second. It had belonged to Front Row since he won a Grassroots division in 1:57.1 on Sept. 21, 2003.
Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his third win (all in Grassroots competition) from six attempts and pushed his bankroll to C$36,660, is a homebred for trainer Bob 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.
In other action three horses picked up their second Grassroots wins of the season. The first to do it was Moonwards Hanover (Paul MacDonell), who backed up his victory last Sunday at Georgian Downs with a 1:59.2 tally in the Grassroots opener. He was followed up by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon), who bagged the fourth section in 1:58 after a two hole trip, and The Fire Within (Jody Jamieson) was the last to double up as he snagged the fifth flight in 1:58.4.
Trainer Jack Darling’s stable owns Moonwards Hanover, a son of Sportswriter. Darling purchased Moonwards Hanover, who is now two-for-five in the win column with a bankroll of C$30,500, for $35,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. The Hanover Shoe Farms Inc.-bred is the third foal out of the Western Ideal mare Mouse Hanover, a half-sister to the likes of Mt Vernon Hanover (Rustler Hanover, C$623,067), a two-time OSS winner.
Joe Hudon also co-owns Twin B Scandal, a gelded son of Mach Three-Twin B Intrigue, with partner R A W Equine Inc. Twin B Scandal now has a pair of triumphs from seven efforts, and he has banked C$28,440. The dam of Twin B Scandal is out of Daylon Magic, who won 18 times in Ontario Sires Stakes competition between her 2- and 3-year-old seasons. Twin B Scandal, who brought C$32,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale, was bred by Twinbrook Limited and James Kirk.
The Fire Within is a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover (C$311,480). The half-brother to millionaire Illusionist picked up his third win from six attempts and ran his rookie season earnings to C$23,620 for breeder, owner, trainer Fred Drouillard.
Also winning in Grassroots competition were:
The next Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event for rookie pacing males will take place on Sept. 12 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results and charts of Sunday afternoon’s races at Clinton Raceway, please click here.