WINDSOR, ON — Western Silk scooped up her third straight victory with an effortless 1:53.1 mile in Gold Final action at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday evening.
The talented two-year-old pacing filly and driver Mark MacDonald eased away from Post 6 and were sitting fifth on the rail when early pacesetter FBs Terror reached the opening quarter in :27.1. Brushing quickly past the four horses in front of them, MacDonald and Western Silk took command of the race and had established a two and one-quarter length lead before the :54.4 half.
Maintaining their lively tempo through the 1:22.4 three-quarters, Western Silk and MacDonald cruised down the stretch to a one and a half length victory in 1:53.1. FBs Terror followed the fan favourite under the finish line to secure the runner-up’s share of the $130,000 Gold Final purse, with Misty Moonstone four lengths to the rear in third.
Cambridge resident Casie Coleman trains Western Silk for her partner Tom Hill of Lancashire, GB. The pair acquired the daughter of Western Terror and $111,847 winner Extemporaneous for $50,000 at last fall’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale, and the filly has been worth every penny. Through 10 starts she has posted five victories, one second and two thirds for earnings of $221,932.
In Gold Series action Western Silk has two Gold Elimination trophies and two Gold Final trophies to her credit and boasts a division leading 233 points. The two-year-old fillies wrap up their Gold Series regular season at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, with the top 10 point earners then advancing to the Nov. 14 Super Final, worth a cool $300,000.
Also on Western Silk’s radar is a possible appearance in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack. Eliminations for the Breeders Crown — which attracts the top competitors from across North America — go postward on Oct. 16, with the $600,000 final slated for Oct. 24.
Wednesday’s outstanding performance by the province’s top two-year-old pacing fillies wrapped up Windsor Raceway’s 2009 Ontario Sires Stakes season, which kicked off in May with a Trillium Series event for the three-year-old trotting fillies and finished up with two weeks of high speed action this fall.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r1007wrfn.dat.