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North-America 2015    Lördag 26 September
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  Grassroots Champions Crowned
The 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots program wrapped up on Saturday night as Mohawk Racetrack hosted the $400,000 season-ending championships....read on
   Ontario Sire Stakes - Grassroots - Final
 2-åriga hingstar   1.609 m auto   Purse: CA$50 000
Race 1
Trot, purse $50,000 (DD, EX, P3, SU, TR)
Horse                       HV PP    1/4     1/2     3/4     Stretch  Finish     Time    1/4  Driver           Odds   Trainer
8   Muscles For Life=           8    3/5T    3@/3Q   2@/T    1/2Q     1/2Q       1:57.2  27.3 D Mcnair         2.15   R Mcnair
1   Dynamic Edge                1    4/7H    4@/5    4@/2H   2/2Q     2/2Q       1:57.4  27.4 S Filion        31.95   R Mcnair
2   Georgies Pockets            2    5/9H    6@/6T   5@/4H   4/3T     3/2H       1:57.4  27.2 J Moiseyev       1.65*  M Vanderkemp
6   Money Mission               6    9/14T   10@/12  9@/9T   6/7T     4/7Q       1:58.4  27.1 Ri Zeron         6.15   Ri Zeron
5   Asterix                     5    8/14Q   5/5T    6/4T    8/8      5/10H      1:59.2  28.4 D Henriksen     86.90   D Henriksen
3   Willyorwonthe               3    1/3T    1/2     1/T     3/2T     6/11H      1:59.3  30   M Saftic         9.55   W Megens
4   Gonna Fly                   4    7@/12H  7@/8H   7@/6Q   7/7T     7/11H      1:59.3  28.4 Ra Waples       56.05   R Mcintosh
7   Muscle Time                 X7   10/17   8/9     8/6T    9/10     8/13T      2:00.1  29.1 M Baillargeon  134.80   B Baillargeon
10  Thee Desperado              10   6@/12H  9@/10Q  10/9T   10/13    9/14T      2:00.2  28.4 S Condren        3.75   B Belore
9   Cool Creek Victory=         9    2/3T    2/2     3/2H    5/6H     10/15      2:00.2  30.2 A Carroll      126.80   V Puddy

Time: 27.4, 59, 1:29.3, 1:57.2 (Temperature: 15, Condition: FAST, Variant: 0)
1st  Muscles For Life    (br,c,2 - Muscle Mass-Serenity Girl-Kadabra)
                         Owner: Jarold B Hawks,Jeddo,MI
2nd  Dynamic Edge        (b,g,2 - Muscle Mass-Shasta La Vista-Angus Hall)
                         Owner: R Gregg McNair,Guelph-1187422 Ontario Inc,Gloucester,ON
3rd  Georgies Pockets    (b,c,2 - Muscle Mass-Striking Pockets-Striking Sahbra)
                         Owner: M T Pockets Stables,Pompano Beach,FL
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Grassroots Champions Crowned
The 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots program wrapped up on Saturday night as Mohawk Racetrack hosted the $400,000 season-ending championships.

The two-year-old trotting colts opened the Saturday night program with Muscles For Life rounding into form for the championship victory for Team McNair -- driver Doug and his father/trainer Gregg.

The Muscle Mass-Serenity Girl colt was flushed first up from third after opening panels of :27.4 and :59 and confronted the leading Willyorwonthe and Mike Saftic as they approached three-quarters in 1:29.3. The top two raced side-by-side into the stretch with 2-1 second choice Muscles For Life taking the lead and trotting away to a two-length victory in a career-best clocking of 1:57.2. Dynamic Edge and driver Sylvain Filion followed the winner's cover and completed a sweep of the top two spots for the McNair stable. Georgies Pockets, the divisional point-leader and 8-5 favourite, followed in third.

"I figured he was one of the best in there and I just wanted to make sure that I didn't get him in a tough spot," said Doug McNair of his race strategy. "I just let him coast first over and the pace wasn't too hot. In the last turn, I could tell Saftic's was in a little bit of trouble so I just let him coast up nice and slow, and as soon as he hit the top of the stretch, he just trotted away."

Bred by Jonas Schlabach of Apple Creek, Ohio, Muscles For Life was a $35,000 Lexington Selected Sale yearling. He has overcome some early breaking issues and earned his third straight victory from six starts in the Grassroots program. The lion's share of the championship purse doubled his bankroll, which now sits at $49,400, for owner Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, Michigan.

"He used to just make breaks leaving," explained the colt's driver. "I don't know what he would do it for, but I got scoring him out a little more and kind of getting his attention before the race and he seemed to respond very well, you know, the last three starts he's been perfect. As soon as you get him off the gate, he usually trots perfect."
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