CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The three-year-old pacing fillies were upset minded at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, as only one favourite emerged victorious from four Grassroots divisions.
Upfrontwhosurlady was the only top choice to get the job done, rolling home to a three and three-quarter length victory over Lyonssweetie and Hippie Chic. The 1:51.2 clocking — engineered by Moffat resident Jody Jamieson — matched thedaughter’s personal best.
Hillsburgh residenttrains Upfrontwhosurlady for Up Front Racing LLC of Amherst, OH. Monday’s appearance was the filly’s first of the season in the Grassroots program, coming after four Gold Series starts.
Driverof Oakville captured the next two Grassroots divisions, guiding lightly rated Raise Your Glass to a hard closing nose victory over Senorita Santanna and favourite Western Empress in the fifth race, and third choice Betit To Getit to a front end score over division leader Mattys Big Day and Godiva Seelster in the seventh.
Raise Your Glass stopped the Mohawk teletimer at 1:52 for her first win of the season. Howell, NJ resident Anthony Monica conditions the homebred daughter offor his partner Michael Timpano of Phelpston.
Betit To Getit also hit the wire in 1:52, but the win was the filly’s second straight and third this season in Grassroots action. Milton residenttrains the No Pan Intended daughter — who wrapped up the regular season in second spot in the point standings — for Holland Racing Stable of Aurora.
The final Grassroots division was captured by Cambridge reinsmanand Burlesque, who reeled in pacesetter and favourite Windsong Jacoba in the stretch. Miss Machqueen rounded out the top three in the 1:51.4 mile.
The win was the first of the season fordaughter Burlesque, who is trained by Carmen Auciello for Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga. Added to the second, third and sixth Burlesque posted in her first three Grassroots appearances, Monday’s win was just enough to squeak the filly into the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship, which features the top 10 point earners from the six regular season events.
Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Mohawk Racetrack this week on Thursday and Friday, with the first races getting under way at 7:25 pm.