TORONTO, ON — Daylon Magician trotted to his second Ontario Sires Stakes record with a 1:55.3 victory in his $300,000 Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday evening.
The gifted two-year-old trotting colt was eased away from Post 7 by veteran reinsman Jack Moiseyev and sat sixth through the early going. Heading for the halfway marker Moiseyev sent Daylon Magician to the outside and they were three-wide briefly before settling into the outer flow in sixth. Three lengths off the pace turning for home, the colt laid down a spectacular late sprint to reel in the leaders and record the one length victory.
“He was just good, he’s been good right from when we started with him,” said breeder, owner and trainer Dave Lemon of Komoka, ON. “He had a few little issues, where maybe I didn’t have him set up just right, he was touching himself behind and making a couple breaks, but he’s going good now.”
Pacesetter Sim Brown settled for second in behind Daylon Magician, with Imperial Count rounding out the top three. Fan favourite and division point leader Buckhams Bay finished out of the money in sixth.
Saturday’s victory was Daylon Magician’s third and marked his second entry in the Ontario Sires Stakes record books. In Gold Elimination action at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 25, the Kadabra colt wired the field in 1:57.4 to record a new provincial mark for two-year-old trotting colts on a half-mile track. The colt’s 1:55.3 Super Final effort shaved one-fifth of a second off the former record for freshman trotters on a seven-eighths mile track set by Windsong Espoir at Mohawk Racetrack in 2007.
“This has been the biggest thing for me, winning in the Gold,” added Lemon, who dispersed the bulk of his Daylon Farms broodmare band three years ago.
“We decided not to sell any yearlings a couple years ago and keep them and train them ourselves, so it worked out pretty good,” he added.
In the two-year-old trotting filly division, Oh Sweet Baby was an upset winner, powering up the outside to best favourite Peach Martini and pacesetter L A Freeway by half a length in 1:56.2. Milton, ON resident Mario Baillargeon piloted the Angus Hall daughter to her second lifetime win for his brother, trainer Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood, ON, and owner Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC.
“She had a real bad foot all summer,” explained Mario Baillargeon. “My brother worked really hard on her foot and got her sound. We schooled her last Tuesday and she schooled very well. I knew tonight, you know that track is a little softer than Mohawk here, so I knew she would like that track tonight.”
Oh Sweet Baby won her Gold Elimination at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sept. 24 and was a narrowly beaten second in the Gold Final one week later, but a break in her Oct. 11 elimination at Mohawk prompted the Baillargeon’s to give the filly some time off in hopes of fully healing the right front foot that was bruised by a stone while the Angus Hall daughter was out in her paddock this summer. The move paid off, and after Saturday’s victory her connections are looking forward to next year.
“She’s a filly that grew all year too,” added the driver. “So I think next year, she’ll be probably (be one of) the top three fillies in the OSS division.”
Random Destiny proved without a doubt that she ranks among the top fillies in this year’s sophomore trotting filly division, with an impressive first over effort that saw her reel in pacesetter Emmylou Who in the stretch for the third straight week.
“I am used to driving in Finland and you go there first over, you don’t go, you just stay there,” explained trainer-driver Riina Rekila, who displayed nerves of steel and tremendous confidence in her filly as she dogged Emmylou Who’s heels for half a mile before pulling away to a three-quarter length victory in 1:55.
Last year’s Super Final winner Poof Shes Gone finished third in the $300,000 contest, three lengths behind the battling leaders.
Rekila trains shares ownership of Random Destiny with Esa Lahtinen, her partner in Overseas Farms Ltd. of Campbellville, ON. The native of Finland piloted Random Destiny to six wins, three seconds and two thirds in 17 starts this season. The Ken Warkentin filly has accumulated $691,223 in her two year racing career, and Rekila hopes to bring her back to the races next season.
Driver Mark MacDonald posted three victories in Super Final action, while rival Randy Waples picked up two. Cambridge, ON resident MacDonald captured the two-year-old pacing filly division with Modern Connection, who halted the teletimer at 1:52.1, the three-year-old pacing colt title with Mach Dreamer, who got a neck in front of Twin B Warrior at the 1:50.2 finish, and the three-year-old pacing filly title with Western Silk, who dueled to a head victory over Preppy Party Girl in 1:50.4.
Milton, ON resident Waples earned his visits to the winner’s circle with two-year-old pacing colt Prodigal Seelster, who delivered a commanding 1:51.3 victory, and three-year-old trotting colt Text Me, who cruised to his second Super Final victory with a 1:54.4 effort.
The hard working stars of the Ontario Sires Stakes program will now enjoy a well deserved rest before they begin preparations for their three and four-year-old campaigns, or embark on a second career as stallions and broodmares.
To view all eight Super Finals click: Super Final Results
For complete results please go to: Woodbine Racetrack Results — Nov. 13, 2010