OTTAWA, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old trotting fillies faced a sloppy oval for the first time this season as rain soaked the Rideau Carleton Raceway surface for much of the day Thursday, but that did not put a damper on the performance delivered by either Gold Elimination winner.
In the first $40,000 skirmish Rideau Carleton Raceway fans sent reigning Gold Final champion Cross Of Lorraine off as their top choice, and heading by the quarter pole in :29.1 the filly was in her accustomed place at the front of the six filly field. However, Lyle MacArthur decided not to allow the fan favourite control over the tempo, and sent Emmylou Who to the front as the fillies swept by the grandstand.
Emmylou Who hit the halfway marker in :58.3 and the three-quarters in 1:28.4, and when MacArthur hit the accelerator coming off the final turn the filly pulled away to a six and one-quarter length victory in 1:58.3. In spite of a perfect pocket trip Cross Of Lorraine was not able to hold off Levis Lady at the wire and had to settle for third. Also advancing to next week’s Gold Final out of the first elimination were fourth and fifth-place finishers Angostura and Lookout Dutchess.
St. George Brant, ON resident MacArthur trains and drives Emmylou Who for Linda Wellwood of St. George Brant, Tammy Aspden of Caistor Centre, ON, Anne Shunock of Dorchester, ON and Diane Ingham of Mount Pleasant, ON. Thursday’s win was the Ken Warkentin daughter’s third this season through 13 starts. She has also posted five wins and two seconds and banked $309,938.
Emmylou Who arrived in Ottawa a very fresh filly, having last raced in the Aug. 14 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack won by her rival Cross Of Lorraine. MacArthur prepped the talented youngster for her return to action with a qualifier at Mohawk on Sept. 10 where she rocked around the seven-eighths oval on the front end in 1:56. The pair will make their bid for a Gold Final title next Thursday from Post 4.
The second split saw Wilsonator return to the Gold Series after spending three months competing at the Grassroots level and deliver a commanding front end victory. Fan favourite Random Destiny sat tucked in behind Wilsonator through fractions of :29, :59 and 1:29.1, but could not gain any ground on the pacesetter, who swept across the finish one and three-quarter lengths ahead in 1:58.3. No Magic To It finished well back in third and fourth-place finisher Woke Up Dreaming also earned a berth in the $130,000 Gold Final.
Through 12 starts this season Wilsonator has posted five wins, one second and two thirds for earnings of $150,949. Edward Wilson of Seagrave, ON and Michael Pozefsky of Gloversville, NY bred and own the filly, who was a Gold Final winner at two.
Wilsonator started her sophomore season at the Gold Series level, winning an elimination of the season opener at Woodbine Racetrack in May, but when she finished a disappointing seventh in the final trainer Rob Fellows decided to drop down to the Grassroots level for the second event. Young reinsman Scott Zeron picked up the catch drive at Hiawatha Horse Park on June 10 and piloted Wilsonator to a commanding victory. Zeron then drove the Kadabra daughter to Grassroots victories at Clinton Raceway on July 4 and Sudbury Downs on Aug. 11, which earned him Thursday’s trip to Ottawa. Zeron will steer Wilsonator from Post 1 in next week’s $130,000 Gold Final.
The complete field for the Thursday, Sept. 23 Gold Final is as follows:
$130,000 Gold Series Final — Thursday, Sept. 23 at Rideau Carleton Raceway
Post 1 Wilsonator
Post 2 Lookout Dutchess
Post 3 Angostura
Post 4 Emmylou Who
Post 5 Woke Up Dreaming
Post 6 Cross Of Lorraine
Post 7 No Magic To It
Post 8 Random Destiny
Post 9 Levis Lady
For complete results please go to: Rideau Carleton Raceway Results — Sept. 16, 2010