FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs brings the curtain down on its 2006 Ontario Sires Stakes season this Tuesday, Nov. 7 with three Trillium Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
Former Gold Final winner Caught My Eye headlines the first $24,713 division, and the Angus Hall miss comes into the race off an impressive five length romp in a Flamboro Breeders Stake division on Oct. 27.
“She drew pretty good in that last race, it didn’t stress her too much,” reports trainer Frank O’Reilly. “We were going to quit with her, but she seemed pretty fresh.”
Through 12 starts Caught My Eye sports an impressive record of six wins, two seconds and one third for earnings of $249,064. Orton resident O’Reilly shares ownership on the talented young trotter with John Fielding of Toronto and John Ferguson of Windsor, and the trio have thoroughly enjoyed the filly’s freshman season.
“She’s just a sweetheart,” explains the trainer. “And she’s by far the biggest earner I’ve had as a two-year-old.”
In addition to her Gold Final title and Flamboro Breeders victory, Caught My Eye grabbed three Gold Eliminations and a Trillium division. She was a hard closing fourth in the $300,000 Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 14, and O’Reilly says a little racing luck would have seen the filly matching strides with winner Carolyn AS.
“If she gets out in the Super Final, she eats them for dinner,” he asserts. “She was locked in from the first turn and, if you watched her come to the wire, she was just running over them.
“But at least we got out for fourth, at one point we were seventh,” he adds.
Hall of Fame horseman Bill O’Donnell will steer Caught My Eye from Post 3 in the first race on Tuesday, and will also be in the race bike aboard O’Reilly’s second entry, Garden Magic in Race 4.
“She’s just been kind of a hard luck thing,” notes O’Reilly of his second stringer. “But she’ll be there and ready to do some trotting (Tuesday).”
Garden Magic heads into the second Trillium event of the season off a fourth-place finish in her Flamboro Breeders division and will be looking for her first top three finish from Post 2.
“She thinks she’s ten feet tall and bullet proof, but she’s not,” quips O’Reilly. “She’s a Grassrooter.”
The trainer shares ownership on Garden Magic with John Jesson of Tillsonburg, Kevin Feagan of Stratford and John Ferguson, who has turned his attention from harness racing to hockey with the start of the NHL season in San Jose, CA where he is a Special Consultant to San Jose Sharks’ General Manager Doug Wilson.
Post time for Kawartha Downs’ Ontario Sires Stakes swan song this Tuesday is 4:15 pm, with the two-year-old trotting fillies warming up things at the Fraserville oval in Races 1, 2, and 4.
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