INNISFIL, ON — Kingfishers Gypsy took advantage of some hot early fractions to sweep down the Georgian Downs stretch and capture her first Trillium Series victory on Saturday evening.
Starting from Post 8, Michael Whelan eased the two-year-old pacing filly off the starting gate and was sitting at the back of the pack as Windsong Eva rocketed to a :27.1 opening quarter over a surface rated one second slower than normal. While John Kovacs and Windsong Eva maintained their sharp tempo to the :55.4 half, Whelan and Kingfishers Gypsy continued to sit at the back of the eight filly field.
Kovacs took his foot off the gas heading for the 1:25.2 three-quarters so Whelan tipped Kingfishers Gypsy to the outside behind Andiamonuts and Blue Mist. At the top of the stretch favourite St Lads Seraph seemed poised to claim a victory off her pocket trip behind Windsong Eva, but Whelan was just getting Kingfishers Gypsy into gear.
Georgian Downs fans were treated to a thrilling stretch drive as Kingfishers Gypsy reeled in a game Windsong Eva to claim the 1:56.1 victory by half a length, and longshot Etelka edged St Lads Seraph out for third. Just over one length separated the top four finishers at the wire.
The win in Saturday’s $89,586 Trillium skirmish alleviated some of the pain Kingfishers Gypsy caused owner Michael Capton of Ohsweken and trainer Rob Fellows of Rockwood when she finished last in the $100,000 Grassroots Championship after winning her Semifinal. The victory boosted the filly’s freshman record to four wins, two seconds and two thirds, and doubled her earnings to $90,067 through 12 starts.
The daughter of Bo Knows Jate and Shame Shame will have another opportunity to visit the winner’s circle when the freshman pacing fillies wrap up their provincial season with a Trillium Series event at Kawartha Downs on Nov. 27.
Saturday’s exciting stretch duel was a fitting end to Georgian Downs’ 2007 Ontario Sires Stakes season, which saw provincial competitors set a total of five track records. Between June 23 and Oct. 23 records were set by the three-year-old trotting fillies, three-year-old pacing colts, two-year-old trotting fillies, two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old pacing fillies.
The Ontario Sires Stakes program will return to the Innisfil oval in 2008 with a fresh group of trotters and pacers eager to carve their own name into the track’s history books.
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