With 65 points local filly Panstakingly is currently tied for ninth in the division standings and trainer-driver Donald Jobin will be looking to boost that tally from Post 5 in the third $18,000 Grassroots division. Through her first four Grassroots starts the No Pan Intended daughter has posted two seconds, one third and one sixth-place result.
Owned by Jobin and Danielle Belisle of Clarence Creek, Panstakingly scored three wins over the Rideau Carleton oval in April and May, recording a personal best 1:58.4. Through 14 sophomore starts the filly has a record of three wins, five seconds and three thirds for earnings of $21,058. Among the fillies she will face in Thursday’s eighth race is Swingirl, owned and bred by Peter Haime of Ottawa, who will benefit from Post 1.
Thursday’s first race features a battle between division point leader Mattys Big Day and last year’s Grassroots Champion Cams Macharena, who comes into the event off a 1:53.1 personal best at Georgian Downs in the Aug. 20 Grassroots test. Cams Macharena will start from Post 3 for trainer Tony O’Sullivan and owner-breeders Kenneth Kohut of Independence, OH and Chris Arold and Michael Drury of Strongsville, OH, while Mattys Big Day will start from Post 7 for trainer Corey Johnson and owners Debbie Element and Ecurie JGV Enrg. of Laval, QC.
The division heavyweights will kick off the Thursday evening program at 6:30 pm, with the other two Grassroots divisions slated for Races 4 and 8. Before the racing gets under way Rideau Carleton Raceway fans will have an opportunity to meet some of the program’s top drivers and enter a prize draw for Ontario Sires Stakes apparel.
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by Sandra Snyder