TORONTO, ON — The air temperature at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday evening was frosty, but the stretch battle in the last three-year-old pacing filly Gold Final of the season was a sizzler.
Woodbine fans sent two-time Gold Final winner Western Silk off as the heavy favourite in the $130,000 contest, but it was the filly’s stablemate Bay Girl who exploded away from her outside Post 10 to a :12.2 opening eighth and a :26 quarter. While Bay Girl set the sizzling early pace, regular reinsman Mark MacDonald settled Western Silk into fifth spot on the rail and bided his time.
Heading for the halfway marker Jody Jamieson popped Preppy Party Girl off the rail from third, and MacDonald was more than happy to roll into the outer lane and use the fan’s second choice as a windbreak. After being camped out on the outside alone, Putnam Mackenzie was delighted to have some company and glued her nose to MacDonald’s helmet.
Bay Girl continued to lead the field through a :55 half and a 1:22.2 three-quarters, but by the time she had the finish line in sight, Preppy Party Girl had taken command. Unfortunately, as soon as Preppy Party Girl had shaken loose of Bay Girl, MacDonald gave Western Silk a clear shot at the wire and the fan favourite used her patented late stretch sprint to get up for a neck victory in a spectacular 1:50.3.
Western Silk and Preppy Party Girl, who is owned by John Fielding of Toronto, ON and John Carver of Rapids City, IL, sprinted away from the field during their battle to the wire, leaving a gap of four lengths back to third-place finisher Putnam Mackenzie. The Grassroots Champion, who finished third in all three of her Gold Series appearances, was two lengths ahead of fourth-place finisher Bay Girl, and Tiz To Dream was another two lengths back in fifth.
Cambridge, ON resident MacDonald engineered Western Silk’s tenth sophomore victory for owner-trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge and her partner Tom Hill of Lancashire, GB. Through 14 starts this season the daughter of Western Terror and Extemporaneous has posted 10 wins, one second and two thirds for earnings of $951,112.
In Gold Series action Western Silk is undefeated, scoring two Gold Elimination wins and three Gold Final victories — at Western Fair Raceway in May, Mohawk Racetrack in August, and Friday’s triumph over the Woodbine oval.
Beyond the borders of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, Western Silk has also had an outstanding season, winning the Fan Hanover Stakes Final at Mohawk in June, the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association Stake at Mohawk in August, and the historic Jugette at the Delaware, OH Fairgrounds in September.
Western Silk will attempt to add a Super Final title to her list of accomplishments next Saturday, Nov. 13 at Woodbine Racetrack. The top 10 point earners from the five regular season Gold Series events will battle in the $300,000 season finale, part of a $2.4 million championship evening which features eight Super Final events for the province’s best two and three-year-old trotters and pacers.
For complete results click: Woodbine Racetrack Results — Nov. 5, 2010