Counter Pointe established herself as the three-year-old trotting filly division heavyweight with a second straight Grassroots harness racing win on Friday evening (July 6) at Rideau Carleton Raceway.
In rein to trainer Wayne Henry, Counter Pointe accelerated away from Post 4 to a :28.1 opening quarter and never looked back, sailing home a six length winner in a personal best 1:57.3. Destinys Magic and Kylie Hall trotted into second and third.
Arthur resident Henry shares ownership of thedaughter with Daniel McCann of Parkhill and Jeffrey Thomson of Chesley. Through eight sophomore starts Counter Pointe has only two wins, both in Grassroots action.
A Gold Final winner at two, Counter Pointe has added $29,650 to the $203,760 she earned last season.
Henry’s brother Trevor also made an appearance in the Rideau Carleton winner’s circle, guiding Cynthia Loo to a 1:59.2 score in the third $24,000 division. Thedaughter reeled in pacesetter and fan favourite Tyranny Seelster in the stretch to record the one and three-quarter length victory.
Springtimeinalaska, owned and trained by Kevin Davidson of Carp, was a solid third.
Henry crafted Cynthia Loo’s first Grassroots victory for trainer Dan Creighton and owner Dale Hunter of London.
Third in the Grassroots season opener at Flamboro Downs, Dee Dee Pucker made a leap up the standings with a hard fought 1:59.4 victory in the fourth division. Thedaughter and trainer-driver Patrick Shepherd took command of the race at the three-quarter pole and hung tough in the stretch to earn the half length win over Sturdy As A Hall and Chandelle.
Shepherd conditions Dee Dee Pucker for owner Terry Hunter of Cambridge.
The fifth Grassroots trophy awarded on the evening went home with Noble Peace Prize, who delivered a gate-to-wire performance in 1:57.3. Denis St. Pierre guided the filly to the three-quarter length victory over Tymal Breezee and Giant Clash.
The win was the first lifetime for Noble Peace Prize, adaughter owned by Dr. Michael Wilson of Rockwood and trained by Corey Johnson.
Trainer-driver Per Henriksen urged Girl Drama to a three-quarter length victory in the evening’s eleventh race, reeling in Northern Senorita and fan favourite Movement in the stretch. Henriksen’s ASA Farm in Norwood and Thomas Nurmi of Washington, DC share ownership pf Girl Drama, a daughter ofand SJs Sentiment.
Bruce Richardson sat in the pocket behind pacesetter Majic Trend until the top of the stretch and then pointed Racing Dreams at the wire. The filly responded with a sharp finishing kick that propelled her to a three and one-half length victory in 1:59.3.
Bridge On The Kwai edged out Majic Trend for second.
It was the first win this season for Racing Dreams, who is owned by Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY and trained by Blair Burgess. Thefilly was also a third-place finisher at Flamboro on June 23.
The other Grassroots division was captured by Golden Lake, who swept around the Rideau Carleton oval to a 1:57.3 clocking, finishing one length ahead of Phoenix Goal and Out Of The Hat. Mario Baillargeon crafted thedaughter’s first win for his brother, trainer Benoit Baillargeon, and owner Patricia Whittaker Trus of Aspers, PA.
The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their third Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 10. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns with a vengeance to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, July 15 with Gold Elimination action for both the two-year-old pacing fillies and colts.
by Sandra SNYDER