INNISFIL, ON — With her main rival sidelined due to sickness, Likely Volo cruised to an effortless seven length victory in the first of two $38,105 Trillium Series divisions at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening.
Leaving from Post 5 with regular reinsman Chris Christoforou, Jr. in the race bike, Likely Volo snapped off a :28.3 opening quarter to establish her dominance over the field of two-year-old trotting fillies. A 1:00.1 half and 1:30 three-quarters followed, and then Christoforou and the daughter of Yankee Glide and Likeable stepped things up down the stretch to hit the wire seven and a half lengths ahead of their peers in 1:59.3.
Fabtowin took full advantage of her pocket trip behind the winner to claim the runner-up spot while former Gold Final winner Tymal Timeout landed the third-place finisher’s share. Tymal Timeout’s Gold Series rival Caught My Eye was scratched out of the race due to sickness.
A $122,000 US yearling, Likely Volo improved her record to three wins and two seconds in eight starts with the effort, which pushed her freshman bankroll to $94,947. She was also a winner in Trillium Series action at Kawartha Downs on Nov. 7 and in a division of the Bluegrass Stake at The Red Mile in Lexington, KY on Sept. 27. Anders Wolden trains the talented young trotting lass for Ely Iversen of Moffat.
The other Trillium division saw Whitesand Electra earn her second victory with a 2:01.2 effort. With Bill “The Magic Man” O’Donnell at the lines, Whitesand Electra floated out of Post 4 into third spot behind early pacesetter To The Rescue and H S Gingersnap.
As To The Rescue rolled through a :29 opening quarter and :59.1 half O’Donnell sat comfortably in third with Whitesand Electra and then sent her up the outside after the lead heading by the 1:30.1 three-quarters. On top by four lengths around the last turn, the pair were reeled in through the stretch by favourite Jayportcashforlife, who recovered from an early break in stride to narrow Whitesand Electra’s winning margin to one and a half lengths. Green Machine finished eight and a half lengths behind the leader in third.
Jerry Duford trains Whitesand Electra for his partner Joanne Wray of Campbellville. The pair have watched the daughter of Angus Hall and Hey U Guys post a record of two wins and two seconds in 14 starts this season, for earnings of $46,804. The filly’s first victory also came over the Georgian Downs oval, in a Sept. 16 overnight that saw her hit the wire in 2:00.1.
Tuesday’s Trillium event wrapped up both the two-year-old trotting fillies’ provincial campaign and Georgian Downs’ 2006 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule. This summer Innisfil and area fans were witness to three track record performances by provincial stakes competitors, including an Ontario Sires Stakes record by three-year-old trotting colt, and Breeders Crown champion, Majestic Son.
Next spring the Ontario Sires Stakes program will return to Georgian Downs with a fresh crop of young trotters and pacers eager to impress fans with their speed and ability.
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