SARNIA, ON — Heavy favourite Precious Delight wrapped up the three-year-old pacing fillies’ Trillium Series season with a 1:53.1 score at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday evening.
Leaving from Post 9 the Precious Bunny daughter and Greg Wright, Jr. landed in sixth spot through the early going while Go Alberta Go fired off a :26 opening quarter and :55.4 half. Heading to the three-quarter marker Wright shifted Precious Delight into gear and the $1.2 million winner was just one length behind leader Northern Sky at the 1:24 third fraction. By the top of the stretch Precious Delight had seized control of the race and was well on her way to the five and a half length victory in 1:53.1.
Jim Ainsworth and Maddy Girl closed well to be second in the $67,047 event for partners Shelley Ainsworth of Sarnia and Martwest Racing Stable of Mississauga, while long shot Pastrami Hanover rounded out the top three.
Fan favourite Precious Delight’s victory was worth $3.90 to win, $3.30 to place and $2.50 to show. Local fans sent Maddy Girl off as their second choice and the filly returned $4.40 to place and $3.30 to show and Pastrami Hanover paid a hefty $22.60 for her third-place effort. The Precious Delight – Maddy Girl exactor was worth $8.20 and adding Pastrami Hanover for a 8 – 4 – 5 triactor was a $283.90 decision.
The win was Precious Delight’s ninth in 16 starts this season and pushed her 2002 earnings to $641,971 for owner-breeder Peter Heffering of Port Perry. The filly makes her next start in the $300,000 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Nov. 16 along with Go Alberta Go and Oven Mitt.
Precious Delight’s victory, just one-fifth of a second off the track record for three-year-old pacing fillies, wrapped up the 2002 Ontario Sires Stakes season at Hiawatha Horse Park. Sarnia and area fans enjoyed an eight race slate of provincial events this season, and witnessed a track and OSS record mile by three-year-old trotting filly Pepi Lavec in the process. The Ontario Sires Stakes looks forward to another exciting season at Hiawatha Horse Park in 2003 when a new crop of trotters and pacers will be eager to make their marks on the provincial scene.