Day At The Track

SPECIAL DAY FOR NEW OWNERS

10:23 PM 30 Jun 2006 NZST
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Today June 30, was a very exciting one for Lemon Drop's owners, who are part of the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario's New Ownership Program.

Lemon Drop, a two-year-old Mr Lavec gelding who is owned by the Ten To Win Stable, finished second in his first-ever qualifier this morning at Mohawk Racetrack.

In rein to Paul MacDonell, Lemon Drop got away fourth and was over 13-lengths back when the freshmen trotters reached the half-mile marker in 1:02.4. Coming home, however, the gelding posted a 30 second final quarter to get up for second, just a length behind Wild Wasabi in the 2:07.1 mile.

"He sat way, way back and finished the mile really strong," said group mentor and co-owner Scott Arsenault.

"The horse was a little sick and we couldn't go with him last week," said trainer Scott McEneny. "He was a little short this week. He did exactly want I wanted, he trotted strong."

The gelding is set to start in an OSS Grassroots event next week at Hanover Raceway.

"This is such a great experience for our new owners, and I'm so excited for them," said Arsenault. "Most of them are also owners of Zip Top, a two-year-old filly. She tied up but we got her healthy again and she will hopefully start at Grand River [Raceway] on Tuesday."

Zip Top drew the rail in Tuesday night's first race at Grand River Raceway and will have the driving services of Phil Hudon.

This week the SBOA announced that it will offer an expanded New Ownership Program in 2006.

Details are available on the association's new website.

Courtesy of Standardbred Canada

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