INNISFIL, ON — Mach You And Me’s connections have been quietly confident in her abilities all season, and the three-year-old pacing filly finally delivered the win they have been waiting for with her 1:52.2 score at Georgian Downs on Tuesday in the last Gold Final of the campaign.
Starting from Post 6, Mach You And Me coasted off the gate and landed in sixth spot on the rail as early speedster Luck Of Michelle hit the opening quarter in :27. When Luck Of Michelle throttled back heading for the :56.4 half, a parade of fillies started up the outside in pursuit, with Simply Mavelous in front, Mach You And Me on her heels and fan favourite Michelles Power bringing up the rear.
Luck Of Michelle picked up the pace en route to a 1:24.1 three-quarters, but the fillies on the outside continued to gain ground on the leader, and when she turned for home her advantage had been shortened to a neck. The fillies that had stalked the pacesetter battled down the stretch, and at the wire it was Mach You And Me grabbing the half length victory over elimination winner Michelles Power, with Simply Mavelous staying game for third.
Paul MacDonell guided Mach You And Me to the 1:52.2 victory, which was just two-fifths of a second off the 1:52 mile the filly paced losing by a neck to Michelles Power in last week’s elimination. The Guelph resident also shares ownership on the Mach Three daughter with breeders Carwin Stables of Orono.
Cambridge resident Ron O’Neill trains Mach You And Me, who boosted her sophomore record to five wins and three seconds in 15 starts, for earnings of $200,117. In Ontario Sires Stakes action the filly has one Gold Final win, one Gold Elimination win, and runner-up finishes in both an elimination and a final, giving her a total of 150 points and second spot in the sophomore pacing filly division standings behind Michelles Power.
The top ten point earners will meet up for the last time in provincial action at Woodbine Racetrack on Nov. 10 for their season ending $300,000 Super Final. All eight fillies that battled at Georgian Downs on Tuesday have qualified for the lucrative post season.
The Ontario Sires Stakes program makes one last stop at Georgian Downs this season, when the two-year-old pacing fillies make their way to the Innisfil oval for a Trillium Series event on Saturday, Nov. 17.
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