Daniel Semalu wins Jack Campbell Memorial
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Fans packed Clinton Raceway on Sunday (Aug. 18) for the half-mile oval's popular Legends Day program and the 2-year-old trotting colts did their part to entertain the masses in five Grassroots divisions.
Solar Son and trotting specialist Trevor Ritchie clocked the fastest Grassroots mile, halting the Clinton teletimer at 2:03 in the seventh race. The Majestic Son gelding bested Southernfriedsting and fan favorite Strike It Big.
David Frey owns and trains Solar Son, who jumped up the standings with his second Grassroots victory and sits in second spot heading into the last regular season event.
Tyrone Haji also made a move up the standings, finally finding his way to the winner's circle after three straight runner-up finishes in the Grassroots program. One of Legends Day's featured reinsman, Steve Condren, piloted the Kadabra son Tyrone Haji to the 2:03.1 clocking for trainer Bob McIntosh and his partner, breeder Dave Boyle.
The other three division winners were also first-time visitors to the Grassroots winner's circle. Windsong Kinley clocked a 2:04.1 mile in the first $18,000 division, Conway Escape hit the wire in 2:09.2, and Passed Dat Point trotted home in 2:05 to wrap up the Grassroots show.
In addition to the Grassroots battles, Clinton Raceway fans were treated to the Jack Campbell Memorial Pace, captured by Trevor Henry and Daniel Semalu in 1:56, and the Legends Day Trot, which saw Hall of Fame horseman Ray Remmen steer former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor The Northern Dude to a 1:59 triumph.
The two-year-old trotting colts make their final regular season Grassroots start at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 9, while Clinton Raceway wraps up its 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Sunday, Sept. 8 with a visit from the three-year-old pacing colts in their final Grassroots test.(Ontario Sires Stakes)