Mystical Wishes stays hot with Grassroots win

from the Ontario Sires Stakes

Campbellville, ON — Tuesday night (Aug. 12) marked the second straight card that Mohawk Racetrack hosted six $16,380 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series races. This time it was the 3-year-old trotting fillies who got to take a turn over the seven-eighths-mile oval, and it was Mystical Wishes who led the way with a 1:55.1 performance.

Competing in the second division, Mystical Wishes (Billy Davis Jr.) took over the lead in the stretch after being angled out of the pocket, and she would power away to win by 3-1/2 lengths over Quadrophenia (James MacDonald), who had led through panels of :29, :57.3 and 1:26.1. Chelseas Chance (Steve Condren) was third.

Tony Alagna trains the winner, a daughter of Muscle Mass-Casey’s Lil’ Lane, for co-owner/breeder Mystical Marker Farms LLC and co-owner Peggy Hood. Mystical Wishes, whose 2-year-old full sister Mystical Brat won in Grassroots action last Saturday at Georgian Downs, is five-for-nine in the win column this year after going winless in four tries as a rookie. Mystical Wishes, who won for the third consecutive time, has earned $33,324 in 2014 and $37,044 lifetime.

Trainer Herb Holland had two wins in Grassroots competition, striking with Cornaro Dasolo fillies Audrey Pearl (Anthony MacDonald, 1:56.4) and Kate Smith (James MacDonald, 1:57.1).

Holland also co-owns and has a breeding credit on Audrey Pearl, who won the third flight by 3-1/2 lengths. Vincenzo Strangis and Mike Pelosi co-own the filly, who has a pair of wins from nine attempts this year after not scratching out a victory in seven attempts last season. She has pocketed $24,051 on the campaign and $33,654 in her life.

Kate Smith, the winner in the Grassroots nightcap, is a homebred for Carolyn MacIsaac. Kate Smith didn’t make a pari-mutuel start as a 2-year-old, but she has a trio of triumphs from 13 efforts this year, giving her a bankroll of $23,783.

Sire Kadabra also had two winners in Magic Factory (Lorne House, 1:57.3) and Miss Aultsville (Jack Moiseyev, 1:57.4).

House also trains Magic Factory, who has three wins from nine attempts this year after not getting a tally from three tries as a rookie, for owner Chantal Ruijs. Magic Factory has put away $15,219 this season and $17,256 lifetime.

Miss Aultsville, a Gold Series winner and runner-up in the Super Final last year, won for the first time in five efforts this year and for the third occasion in her career. She is trained by John Kopas, who also co-owns the filly with Old Aultsville Stable and Pealer Pen. The connections also bred the filly, who has banked $9,544 in 2014 and $155,550 in her life.

The remaining Grassroots winner was Torches Star, an Angus Hall filly who won in 1:57.3 for Hall of Famer Steve Condren and trainer Ben Wallace. Owned by Brad Grant, Torches Star has won twice from nine tries this year, and she posted her third career win. She has earned $21,090 on the campaign and $66,411 lifetime. She also won in Grassroots competition at Mohawk on June 17 of this year.

The next Grassroots event for 3-year-old filly trotters will be held on Aug. 24 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Full charts and results of Tuesday night’s events at Mohawk Racetrack are available here.

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