CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Friday night’s Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack was a good news, bad news sort of experience for the Kevin O’Reilly stable.

On the good news front, Bella Dolce thoroughly erased any lingering doubts about her ability to dominate the three-year-old trotting filly division with an outstanding 1:56 victory from Post 10. The bad news was that stablemate Feels Like Magic continued her streak of making breaks in Gold Finals, and reached the wire well behind Bella Dolce in ninth.

Based on her last three impressive outings, fans decided to support Bella Dolce in spite of her post and sent the Kadabra daughter off as the prohibitive favourite. As the starting gate swung away from the field, Benediction Lindy won the race to the front and rang up a :27 opening quarter, while Paul MacDonell allowed Bella Dolce to coast down into fifth.

Benediction Lindy maintained control of the pace through the :56.3 half, and MacDonell allowed Bella Dolce to loaf along on the outside in fifth until the field angled into the final turn. When he set the filly loose, Bella Dolce responded with an impressive kick that saw her reach the front by the 1:26.1 three-quarters and then sprint away from the field to a four and three-quarter length victory.

Pasadena Princess and Countess Stormont also closed hard from the rear of the field to set up a triactor pay out Mohawk fans do not see every day. Fans holding a 10 – 9 – 8 triactor ticket earned a $304.90 return on their investment.

Moffat resident O’Reilly trains Bella Dolce for breeder David McDuffee of Nashua, NH. Through 10 sophomore starts the filly now has four wins and three seconds for earnings of $229,346. Since returning to Ontario after a brief stint in New Jersey due to an injured back muscle, the talented young trotter has not put a foot wrong, sweeping her elimination and the final of the Canadian Breeders Championship and the Gold Series.

Bella Dolce will attempt to maintain her win streak as the sophomore trotting fillies now turn their attention toward the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association Stake Eliminations at Mohawk on Aug. 15.

Joining the Gold Final fillies will be the 10 trotters that vied for supremacy in the Gold Consolation. Hamster Dance triumphed in the $20,000 skirmish, closing from tenth at the three-quarters to claim the nose decision over Gaelic Mistress in 1:57.3. Abby Kadabra was one and three-quarter lengths behind the duelling leaders in third, while fan favourite and pacesetter Warrawee June faded badly in the stretch to finish eighth.

Hamster Dance was making her first appearance in the Gold Series, after starting her provincial campaign with one win and one second in Grassroots action. Torgeir Hagmann trains the Angus Hall miss for Natan Schlachet of Sundbyberg, SWD and Kjell Magna Andersen of Oslo, NOR, and Jody Jamieson engineered Friday’s victory.

In eight starts Hamster Dance now has four wins, one second and one third to her credit this season.

The three-year-old trotting fillies will battle in the fourth Gold Series event of their sophomore campaign on Sept. 17 at Flamboro Downs, while Mohawk Racetrack’s action-packed Ontario Sires Stakes weekend continues on Saturday night with the three-year-old pacing filly Gold Final.

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