FRASERVILLE, ON — Battling against wintry weather and a track rated four seconds slower than normal, two-year-old pacing filly Go Get Her logged the fastest win of two Trillium Series divisions at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday afternoon.
With veteran reinsman Mario Baillargeon in the race bike, Go Get Her floated off the starting gate in her $42,498 Trillium skirmish and settled in on the rail in second behind fan favourite St Lads Seraph. As the pacesetter, in rein to Phil Hudon, rolled through fractions of :29.3, :59.2 and 1:28.2, Baillargeon took full advantage of the wind break, maintaining a steady one and a half length margin between Go Get Her and St Lads Seraph.
Local filly Southwind Piaya mounted a challenge heading for the third-quarter, but turning for home the only fillies in the game were St Lads Seraph and Go Get Her, and a :29.3 last quarter earned Go Get Her the one length victory in 1:58.2. Etelka, owned by Harry Locke of Oshawa, closed well to earn the third-place finisher’s share.
The win marked Go Get Her’s first visit to the winner’s circle through 11 tries. Competing in tough stakes company the Western Hanover miss will wrap up her freshman campaign with one win, three seconds and one third for earnings of $92,534. Mark Austin trains the filly, a $47,000 US purchase at last fall’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale, for Michael Cecile of Windsor.
The first Trillium division saw Tony Kerwood and Windsong Eva employ the same tactics to earn a 2:01.4 victory. The pair sat in behind pacesetter Maddam Luck through a :29.3 opening quarter, a 1:00.4 half and a 1:31 three-quarters before pulling away in the stretch to the quarter length victory. Maddam Luck was second and Legacy Of Life was nine lengths back in third. Fan favourite Maeve Hanover made a break and was never a factor, nor was Andiamonuts.
William Cass of Milton trains Windsong Eva for his partner John Craig of North York. The pair acquired the full sister to $206,243 winner Windsong Cruiser for $9,700 at the 2006 Canadian Open Yearling Sale and have campaigned the Rambaran daughter to two wins, four seconds and earnings of $74,718 in 13 freshman starts.
Tuesday’s contest wrapped up the two-year-old pacing fillies’ provincial campaign and brought the 2007 Ontario Sires Stakes season to a close. The year was highlighted by 13 Ontario Sires Stakes records, an outstanding evening of racing in the Nov. 10 Super Finals at Woodbine Racetrack and two weekends of thrilling racing in October when Kawartha Downs hosted the Grassroots Semifinals and Finals.
The provincial program will return to the Fraserville oval in 2008 with a fresh crop of precocious young trotters and pacers eager to make a name for themselves on the Ontario Sires Stakes stage.
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