REXDALE, ON — John Bax’s Oaklea fillies wrapped up the 2006 Ontario Sires Stakes season the way they started it, leading their three-year-old trotting filly peers across the wire in a pair of Trillium Series divisions at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday evening.
First and second in the season opening Gold Final at Hiawatha Horse Park on May 25, Oaklea Odessa and Oaklea Omega did not miss a provincial stake event all season, making Saturday’s Trillium victories a testament to their skill and conditioning. Oaklea Odessa sailed around the Woodbine oval to a personal best 1:55.3 and Oaklea Omega matched the 1:55.1 personal best she posted in 17 degree Celsius weather at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 14.
From Post 5 in the first $32,216 Trillium test, driver Paul MacDonell sent Oaklea Odessa directly to the front and rolled her through fractions of :27.2, :58 and 1:27.2 on the way to the 1:55.3 lifetime mark. Meadowview Tiffy overcame an early break to finish four and three-quarter lengths back in second and Taylorlane Crush was another length back in third.
Peterborough resident Bax shares ownership on Oaklea Odessa with Ariel Stables of North York and Glenn Van Camp of Port Perry. The partners acquired the Balanced Image miss for $21,000 at the 2004 Forest City Yearling Sale and the filly pushed her lifetime earnings to $454,853 with her ninth career victory.
Oaklea Odessa kicked off her sophomore season with five straight victories, including her Gold Elimination and the Final at Hiawatha Horse Park and a division of the Casual Breeze Stakes at Woodbine. A two time winner in Trillium Series action, Oaklea Odessa also captured her Canadian Breeders Championship Elimination and finished second to Pure Ivory in the final. As long as she remains healthy and sharp, Bax expects to give the talented youngster another crack at the racing wars next season.
One race later MacDonell was back on the racetrack with Bax’s second trotting weapon and the reinsman delivered the identical race strategy from Post 4, sending Oaklea Omega directly to the front and laying down fractions of :28.1, :58 and 1:27 before kicking home to the 1:55.1 victory.
Emmamazing, owned by trainer Don LeBlanc and Wayne Moriarity of Burlington, Kevin Perry of Bolton and Raymond Perry of Waterdown, finished seven and a half lengths back in second and Self Desire rounded out the top three, nine and a half lengths behind the winner.
Owned by Bax, Van Camp, Brilo Farms of Sharon and Venture K Stable of Little Britain, Oaklea Omega wrapped up her sophomore season with a record of eight wins, four seconds and one third in 24 starts for earnings of $370,179.
Also a daughter of the late Balanced Image, Oaklea Omega captured a division of the Casual Breeze Stakes and her elimination of the Elegantimage Stake at Woodbine in June, won Gold Eliminations at Western Fair Raceway in June and Mohawk in September, went undefeated in three Trillium Series outings and won her Flamboro Breeders Stake division on Oct. 28.
A $28,000 yearling at the 2004 Forest City Sale, Oaklea Omega will wrap up her racing career with earnings of $449,172. The well bred filly has generated a great deal of interest from breeders in North America and Europe, and Bax does not expect her to race at four.
Saturday’s Trillium Series event completed an outstanding 2006 Ontario Sires Stakes season which saw nine stakes records rewritten by horses like Majestic Son, who also captured the Breeders Crown, Canadian Trotting Classic and Goodtimes Stake against the top three-year-old trotting colts in North America.
Ontario Sires Stakes fans were also witness to the first Canadian-bred winner of the Little Brown Jug when Gold Final victor Mr Feelgood travelled to Ohio and posted a two heat world record over the lightning fast Delaware oval.
With horses sired in Ontario continuing to take their rightful place on the world stage, 2007 promises to be another exceptional year in the provincial stakes program.
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