CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies put on a good show for Mohawk Racetrack fans on Saturday night, competing over a surface rated two seconds slower than normal thanks to the latest round of thunderstorms to traverse the province.
Stepping up to the gate in Race 8, the field of 10 fillies powered out to a :28.2 opening quarter, with elimination winner Im Just Special establishing the early lead for driver Jody Jamieson. The pair’s time on the front was as brief as the day’s sunny periods however, as Chancey Lady and driver Mike Saftic took command well before the :55.4 half.
One and three-quarter lengths on top at the 1:23.4 three-quarters, Chancey Lady and Saftic were able to hold In Just Special at bay down the stretch and crossed the wire one length on top in 1:53. Style Semalu delivered an outstanding finishing kick to close from fifth and nab the third-place finisher’s share of the $140,000 Gold Final purse.
An elimination winner last weekend, Chancey Lady maintained her undefeated streak in Ontario Sires Stakes action and boosted her record to five wins and one third in seven starts. A winner of $350,340 as a two-year-old, Chancey Lady has added $552,715 to her bankroll this season. In addition to two Gold Eliminations and two Gold Finals, Chancey Lady’s resume also boasts a 1:51.1 win in the $733,031 Fan Hanover Final.
John Pentland trains Chancey Lady for Niele Jiwan of Burnaby, BC, who acquired the daughter of Camluck and Art Of Design for $60,000 from the Lexington Select Yearling Sale in 2006. The filly was making just her second start under Pentland’s tutelage, having competed from the Casie Coleman stable through the end of June.
Chancey Lady and her three-year-old pacing filly peers now enjoy a one month hiatus from Gold Series action before returning to Mohawk on Sept. 13 for their fourth provincial event. In the meantime, Campbellville and area fans can catch the talented distaffers in the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association Stake Eliminations on Friday, Aug. 15, with the Final on Friday, Aug. 22. Many of the top Ontario-sired fillies will also appear in the Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk on Aug. 31.
Ontario Sires Stakes excitement reaches a peak tomorrow evening as three-year-old pacing colt sensation Somebeachsomewhere makes his first start in the provincial program. Mohawk Racetrack hosts the $180,000 Gold Final, which will see seven OSS regulars take their shot at besting �The Beach’ in Race 7.
Mohawk fans will receive a poster of Somebeachsomewhere and can have it signed by the colt’s driver Paul MacDonell or trainer Brent MacGrath between 6 and 7 pm. A trip to �some beach, somewhere’ will also be up for grabs. Doors open at the Campbellville oval at 5:30 pm, with the first race getting under way at 7:30 pm.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rmohssa.html.