JULY 10, 2009 – Three-year-old pacing filly Lil Miss Nyalation made an impressive debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes at Grand River Raceway on Friday night, overcoming the outside Post 8 to record the fastest time in nine $24,000 Grassroots divisions.
Although they were heavily favoured in the fourth race, driver Jody Jamieson did not hurry Lil Miss Nyalation off the starting gate, in fact the pair was 16 and a half lengths behind pacesetters Cammis Most Wanted and Rose Seelster at the :27.4 opening quarter, and had gained only half a length by the :55.4 half. However, when Rose Seelster eased her foot off the gas heading for the three-quarters, Jamieson shifted Lil Miss Nyalation into gear.
Only two and a half lengths off the pace when Rose Seelster reached the 1:25.1 three-quarters, Lil Miss Nyalation took command around the final turn and stormed home a one and a half length winner in 1:54.4. Rose Seelster settled for second and Dance With Me Dee rounded out the top three.
Allan Heyman trains Lil Miss Nyalation for breeders Lil Dude Ranch in Surrey, BC. Through six starts this season the Apaches Fame miss has logged one win, one second and one third for earnings of $22,870. Friday’s outing marked the filly’s first appearance in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, but clearly established her as a force to be reckoned with on the Grassroots circuit this summer.
Jamieson had the touch at Grand River on Friday, steering three fillies to Grassroots glory. In addition to Lil Miss Nyalation, the Cambridge resident also scored with Run To Vegas in Race 2 and Alison Wonderpan in Race 11.
Brenton Harris and James Otter of Whitby share ownership on Run To Vegas, who halted the Grand River teletimer at 1:56 to claim her second straight Grassroots victory. Bill Robinson trains the Astreos daughter, who has five wins, two seconds and two thirds to her credit through 16 starts this season.
Friday’s triumph marked Alison Wonderpan’s first appearance in the winner’s circle this season. The No Pan Intended daughter, bred and owned by Peter Pan Stable Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH, has four starts under her belt with one win and one third on her resume. Ervin Miller trains the youngster, who reeled in pacesetter Outofthefryingpan down the stretch to score the 1:56 victory.
Ontario Sires Stakes leading reinsman Brad Forward picked up another Grassroots double at Grand River on Friday, to go along with the pair he recorded at Woodstock Raceway on Tuesday. The reinsman eked out a half length 1:57.4 win aboard Your Nemesis daughter Ocean Of Motion in the seventh race for trainer, owner and breeder Stephen Gillard of Tavistock, and then logged a three-quarter length score in Race 12 with Paula Wellwood trainee Spoiled Beach. Enviro Stables Ltd. of South Hampton, NY bred and own Camluck filly Spoiled Beach, who stopped the clock at 1:55.4.
Ontario’s top drivers were not in a sharing mood on Friday evening, as Paul Mackenzie teamed up with trainer Mark Steacy to capture the eighth and tenth races.
In Race 8, Mackenzie and Pretty Thing romped around the Elora oval to a seven length victory in 1:55 for Peter Heffering of Port Perry. Astreos lass Pretty Thing now boasts a record of five wins and two seconds in eight starts for earnings of $45.395. In Race 10, Star Of Show delivered an impressive effort up the outside to post a 1:55.2 victory. Peter Heffering shares ownership on the Astreos daughter with his son David Heffering, also of Port Perry.
The other two Grassroots divisions went to Coming Late and driver Trevor Henry in 1:55 and Pantecostal and driver Michael Horner in 1:56.
The three-year-old pacing fillies make the fourth stop on their Grassroots tour at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa on Aug. 6. Grand River Raceway fans enjoy a second dose of Ontario Sires Stakes action this Monday, July 13 as the two-year-old trotting fillies make their provincial debut in five $40,000 Gold Eliminations.
RESULTS (Including Post, Horse, (Sire), Driver/Trainer, Pay Outs, Race Fractions):
(Races detailed below are only those featuring locally owned horses. For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0710grvrn.dat.)
RACE 4 $24,000
8 – Lil Miss Nyalation (Apaches Fame) J. Jamieson/A. Heyman $5.20 $7.50 $2.10
3 – Rose Seelster (Camluck) S. Byron/J. Kopas $6.40 $3.50
6 – Dance With Me Dee (Western Terror) M. Langdon/T. O’Sullivan $5.10
Ardor Locke, owned by Archibald and Dorothy Peters, Erin, finished eighth.
Exactor 8 – 3: $28.50
Triactor 8 – 3 – 6: $56.20
Superfecta 8 – 3 – 6 – 1: $308.60
Race Fractions: :27.4, :55.4, 1:25.1 and 1:54.4
RACE 5 $24,000
3 – Pantecostal (No Pan Intended) Mi. Horner/Ma. Horner $12.50 $4.60 $3.40
5 – Terra Cotta Bay (Dreamfair Vogel) K. Wallis/L. Wallis $3.00 $2.10
1 – Joint Effort (Modern Art) R. Fritz/R. O’Neill $2.30
Poker Choice, owned by David Carson, Listowel, finished fifth.
Exactor 3 – 5: $40.20
Triactor 3 – 5 – 1: $86.10
Superfecta 3 – 5 – 1 – 2: $157.50
Race Fractions: :27.4, :57.1, 1:26.3 and 1:56
RACE 7 $24,000
4 – Ocean Of Motion (Your Nemesis) B. Forward/S. Gillard $14.80 $4.40 $3.80
5 – Escape Seelster (Modern Art) J. Jamieson/J. Pentland $2.70 $3.20
1 – Kesons Dahlia (Modern Art) R. Shepherd/G. Bond $3.30
Owned by Gary Bond, Acton.
Exactor 4 – 5: $48.90
Triactor 4 – 5 – 1: $176.90
Superfecta 4 – 5 – 1 – 6: $642.40
Race Fractions: :28, :58, 1:28 and 1:57.4
RACE 8 $24,000
3 – Pretty Thing (Astreos) P. Mackenzie/M. Steacy $2.80 $2.40 $2.10
9 – FBs Gal (Sir Luck) S. Zeron/M. Macri $7.30 $4.80
5 – Wild West Angel (Western Terror) B. Forward/D. McIntosh $3.90
Taylorlane Fancy, owned by Garth Gordon, Guelph and Edwin Taylor, Grand Valley, finished seventh.
Exactor 3 – 9: $32.50
Triactor 3 – 9 – 5: $229.30
Superfecta 3 – 9 – 5 – 4: $299.75
Race Fractions: :27.1, :57.1, 1:26.2 and 1:55
RACE 12 $24,000
4 – Spoiled Beach (Camluck) B. Forward/P. Wellwood $2.70 $2.10 $2.10
5 – Keepers Destiny (Intrepid Seelster) P. Mackenzie/P. Coleman $4.00 $2.80
8 – Full Circle Tamara (Modern Art) A. Haughan/L. Posan $11.60
West Bay Cruiser, owned by Stuart Lawrence, Elmira and Corrine Lawrence, Hanover, finished fifth.
Exactor 4 – 5: $12.60
Triactor 4 – 5 – 8: $386.20
Superfecta 4 – 5 – 8 – 3: $585.85
Race Fractions: :27, :57.2, 1:26 and 1:55.4
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