Speed merchant Wilsonator jogs in 1:57

11:22 PM 11 Jun 2010 NZST
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Wilsonator & Sylvain Filion winning a
Wilsonator & Sylvain Filion winning a - Ontario Sires Stakes Gold 3yo Elimination in 1:56.
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A cool easterly wind, with 17 degree temperatures and a clear star filled night sky, greeted Wilsonator and the 53 other OSS Grass Root 3 yr old filly trotters as they stepped onto Hiawatha's 5/8th milestone dust track June 10th too lay claim to their individual share of $168,000. harness racing purse on offer.

Early post time favorite Wilsonator wasted no time demonstrating to her division rivals, her predisposed appellation as the Speed Merchant wasn't handed out in vain but instead anointed as an unbiased complement to the trotting misses front end style of dominating her competition.

Leaving from the rail position, Wilsonator, the strapping, big stepping daughter of Kadabra, put driver Scott Zeron's feet in the stirrups, searching for a brace, to back the head strong filly off the throttle as she marched towards the opening quarter in 28.1.

Relentlessly fighting the attempt by Zeron to control the race tempo, Wilsonator rebuffed the challenge of The Power Of Magic and driver Per Henrikson depositing them in the two hole as she continued to carve out the remaining three race panels of 57.2, 1:26.3 to win, coming back to the field by 3 open lengths, in 1:57 flat. First Avenue, (Ken Warkentin) rallied late in the mile, trotting strong to the wire, picking up second money passing an all out Meadow Sapphire (Thunder Road) mid stretch, who ended up third.

Kadabra's personal race winning trait of shear grit and determination became apparent as the night wore on, as three of his daughters returned to the winners circle on the card. All three winners would be off different sired mothers, signaling to the Ontario breeder just how important a superior race horse like Kadabra is to the production level of their mares. Kadabra picks up a mares production level by simply passing on that determined winning attitude to his foals.

Another notable performance on the Grass Root card was also a front end stinger, were we saw Isthatallyougot, annihilate her competition by 7 open lengths in and identical time as Wilsonator's 1:57 win.

Isthatallyougot was skillfully rated by east coast transplant Anthony MacDonald while his brother James MacDonaldtakes care of the training duties.

MacDonald took his time leaving the mobile with the daughter of Southwind Luster before rolling her to the front, parking past the quarter in 28.4. Once in control of the race, MacDonald maintained a 29 second sectional time over the course of the mile, to win going away from the field by 7 open lengths.

Off to a bit of a slow season start in the stats column, Isthatallyougot recorded her first win in four season starts while pushing her lifetime bankroll to $128,629. for owner Terry Hunter of Troy, Ontario.

The other Grass Root winners on the card were, Tommi My Girl, (Ken Warkentin) 1:58.1, Oaklea Sydney (Oaklea Julian) 2:01.2, No Magic To It (Kadabra) 2:001, Excellence (Kadabra) 1:58.4, Onehallofawoman (Angus Hall) 2:00.

Robert LEATHAM

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