Day At The Track

Stock of Manofmanymissions dominate Grassroots meet

04:34 PM 05 Aug 2015 NZST
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Manofmanymissions - His stock won three of the six Grassroots divisions
Manofmanymissions - His stock won three of the six Grassroots divisions

Ontario's two-year-old trotting colts kicked off the second half of their Grassroots season at the harness racing meeting at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening with six impressive performances.

"There were some good miles out there," said Thornton, ON resident Steve Byron.

"They're getting their second or third start and they're starting to figure it out, a lot of them, and they're getting a lot better for sure."

Byron piloted Manofmanyimages to a win in the fifth $18,000 Grassroots division, going gate-to-wire from Post 4.

The duo rolled through fractions of :30.1, 1:01 and 1:30.4 without facing a challenge, cruising home two length winners in 2:00.4.

Dynamic Edge and Cooper finished second and third.

"He's a big strong colt, but he doesn't pay attention all the time," noted the reinsman.

"He seems to be getting a little better."

"He's a fast enough horse I think."

Tuesday evening was the second time Byron has piloted the Manofmanymissions son for trainer John Bax of Campbellville, ON and owners Richard Gutnick of Blue Bell, PA, T L P Stable of Kearny, NJ and Joseph Lozito Jr. of Wayne, NJ.

In their first Ontario Sires Stakes outing, at Mohawk Racetrack on July 28, Manofmanyimages made a late break as Byron sent him up the outside after the lead and the pair had to settle for fourth.

"They had some issues just rigging him up properly and they were trying some things on him, but he's (Bax) got him pretty much sorted out now I think," said Byron.

"Like I said, if he minds his manners and pays attention to everything he can trot."

A $70,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Manofmanyimages moved into Bax's barn in early July after being qualified twice by New York-based trainer Ed Hart.

With one fourth and one win in his first two Grassroots starts the colt has accumulated 58 points toward a berth in the post season.

In addition to his win with Manofmanyimages, Byron recorded a runner-up finish with Rose Run Rudi, finishing in a dead-heat for second with Grego.

Byron steers Rose Run Rudi for his brother David Byron of Thornton, James Cantelon of Thornton, David Cantelon of Bolton, ON and Craig Wallwin of Barrie, ON.

The colts hit the wire four and one-half lengths behind Willyorwonthe, who recorded his second straight Grassroots victory for driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville and trainer, owner and breeder Bill Megens of Puslinch, ON.

The heavy favourites took control heading for the :59.2 half and cruised home unchallenged in 1:58.4.

The win was the Angus Hall son's third in five starts.

Saftic also scored a win in the first Grassroots division, sprinting down the stretch with Money Mission to claim a one-half length victory over favourite Georgies Pockets in 1:59.2.

Cool Creek Victory was two and three-quarter lengths back in third.

Oakville, ON resident Rick Zeron conditions Money Mission for his partners Cool Cat Racing Inc. of Bryn Mawr, PA and Paul Marion of Marionville, ON.

The Manofmanymissions son also has a second and a fifth to his credit through three Grassroots appearances.

Thee Desperado picked up his second Grassroots trophy in the second division, squeezing up the inside to a neck victory over JLs Bad Moon Risin.

Windsun Missile was one and one-half lengths behind the duelling leaders in third.

Milton, ON resident Steve Condren engineered Thee Desperado's 2:00.2 victory for trainer Brent Belore of Embro, ON and owners Karen and Daniel MacIntyre of London, ON, Joshua McKibbin of Tillsonburg, ON and Nancy Newport of Ingersoll, ON.

Another son of Manofmanymissions, Thee Desperado has a perfect 100 points through two Grassroots starts.

Muscle Time added another win to his resume in the third division, leading the field by as many as nine lengths before sailing under the wire two lengths on top in 2:00.1.

Fan favourite United BI settled for second, with Defi Normand rounding out the top three.

Darryl Laver of Petrolia, ON bred, owns, trains and drives Muscle Time, who is a Muscle Mass son from his former race mare Spare Time Rozie.

The last Grassroots trophy of the evening was captured by Wildwild Men, who jumped to the top of the division standings with a 2:00.3 score over Magic Missions and Sass. Robert Shepherd of Cambridge, ON crafted the gate-to-wire victory for trainer Isabelle Darveau of Cambridge, ON and owners Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, OC and Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-de-Wendover, QC.

Through the first four Grassroots events the Muscle Mass son has tallied two wins, one second and one fifth for a point total of 130.

Wildwild Men will attempt to hold onto top spot when the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings make their fifth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack next Tuesday, August 11.

Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Georgian Downs on Saturday, August 8 in the shape of the two-year-old trotting fillies, who will battle in their fourth Grassroots event.

Ontario Horse Racing

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