LONDON, ON — Paris Oaks will compete in Trillium Series action at George Cuthbert’s hometown oval on Saturday night, but by the time the three-year-old trotting filly goes postward at Western Fair Raceway the Ingersoll resident will no longer own her.
“She’s in the (Fall Extravaganza) sale on Saturday, so if people buy her they’ll be able to race her Saturday night,” explains Cuthbert. “We have a bunch of young horses, so we try and move some out after their three-year-old season. We bought two yearlings and we have to find a stall for them.”
Cuthbert, trainer Michael Robblee and Ronald Thomson of Embro purchased Paris Oaks from the 2005 Forest City Yearling Sale for a modest $8,000 and will sell the Mr Lavec daughter with a total of $70,493 on her card. In 25 lifetime starts Paris Oaks has scored two wins, four seconds and seven thirds.
A Gold Series regular at two, this season the filly battled at the Grassroots level, earning her way to the post season where she finished third in her Oct. 18 Semifinal and fifth in the Oct. 27 Championship over a rain soaked Kawartha Downs oval.
“She had a rough trip and raced well,” says Cuthbert of the filly’s Grassroots Final performance. “She comes from a good family. She’s a good, strong filly.”
Paris Oaks is a daughter of Celtic Merizi, whose full sister Celtic Contessa is the dam of $1.9 million winner Majestic Son. Her half-brother Loose Change Louie has banked $390,099 in his career, some of it over the Western Fair half-mile.
Brad Forward will steer Paris Oaks from Post 2 in the third $23,560 Trillium Series division on Saturday, facing off against a tough field that includes Middlesex County Trotting Final winner Apeachtoremember from Post 1, Grassroots Champion Featured Image from Post 3, and three time Grassroots winner B Js Fancy from Post 5.
“I don’t think she’s drawn inside the four-hole in the last six weeks, so hopefully the inside will help her a little better,” notes Cuthbert, who has owned, trained and driven Standardbreds for more than three decades.
“She’s a nice filly, she’s easy to handle, she hasn’t got a mean bone in her body,” adds the horseman, who still handles feeding duties each morning, but leaves the training to Robblee. “She’s just kind of a big lazy thing. She never gets too excited.”
Whether the partners hold her ownership papers or not, they will still be watching Paris Oaks closely on Saturday and hoping the filly comes up with a piece of the Trillium Series pie.
The other two Trillium divisions feature a line-up of heavy weights from the Gold Series division. In the first split, Gold Elimination winner Jtlady Strong starts from Post 1, while former Gold Final winner Caught My Eye gets Post 3 in the second Trillium contest, facing off against Gold Series rival J M Aggie from Post 5.
Post time for Western Fair Raceway’s Saturday evening program is 7:35 pm, with the three-year-old trotting fillies scheduled to wage their Trillium Series battles in Races 1, 2 and 6.
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