FRASERVILLE, ON — Early Renegade returned to the winner’s circle for the fourth time this season when she delivered the fastest mile of three $25,043 Trillium Series divisions at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday afternoon.
The two-year-old trotting filly and trainer Kelly Sheppard wasted no time taking command of the seven filly field and reeled off fractions of :29.2, 1:00.3 and 1:30.3 over a rain soaked surface rated one second slower than normal. The fan favourites hit the wire in a personal best 2:01, two and three-quarter lengths ahead of former Gold Final winner Tymal Timeout and her Wayne Henry stablemate Powerline Mesa.
The win was the fourth in seven starts for Early Renegade, who went undefeated through two regular season Grassroots starts and her Semifinal before finishing third in the Grassroots Championship on Oct. 7. The CR Renegade daughter went into Tuesday’s Trillium contest off a third-place finish in a Flamboro Breeders Stake division on Oct. 27.
Dundas resident Clifford Sheppard bred and owns Early Renegade, who has earned $61,256 through seven starts this season.
Former Gold Final winner Caught My Eye picked up her second straight victory in the first Trillium division, cruising across the wire in 2:02.1 for Bill “The Magic Man” O’Donnell. Jtlady Strong and fan favourite Delcrestclassyhall were one and a half lengths back in second and third. All three fillies are daughters of leading Ontario trotting sire Angus Hall.
Through 13 starts Caught My Eye has amassed an impressive record of seven wins, two seconds and one third for trainer Frank O’Reilly of Orton and his partners John Fielding of Toronto and John Ferguson of Windsor. The $55,000 yearling has more than repaid her purchase price, earning $261,420 for the partners.
The final Trillium division went to Likely Volo, who was making her second trip to the winner’s circle for trainer Anders Wolden and owner Ely Iversen of Moffat. With Chris Christoforou, Jr. in the race bike the favourite hit the wire in 2:02.4, three and one-quarter lengths ahead of Manvers Maple and H S Gingersnap.
The mile improved the Yankee Glide daughter’s freshman record to two wins and two thirds in seven starts for earnings of $75,895.
The two-year-old trotting fillies have one Trillium event remaining on their schedule, Nov. 14 at Georgian Downs. Tuesday’s contest completed Kawartha Downs’s outstanding provincial stakes season, which saw J M Aggie shatter the two-year-old trotting filly track record in August and To Helen Back shave one-fifth of a second off the three-year-old pacing filly record in October.
The Ontario Sires Stakes program will return to the Fraserville oval in 2007 with a fresh slate of youngsters eager to make their mark in the Kawartha Downs record books.
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