GLOUCESTER, ON — While the other Gold Elimination winners had to fight their way into the Rideau Carleton Raceway winner’s circle on Sunday night, reigning Gold Final champion Whatta Hotty cruised home a two and one-quarter length winner in an effortless 1:57.3.
Starting out from Post 4 in the third $40,000 Gold Elimination, driver Garrett Whelan allowed Whatta Hotty to coast away from the gate while fan favourite Warrawee June and Jayporthasitall battled to a :27.4 opening quarter. Jayporthasitall won the opening round and led the field of seven to a :58.1 half, with Whelan continuing to sit on the rail in fifth with Whatta Hotty.
Heading down the backstretch Countess Stormont started up the outside and Whelan opted to follow. By the 1:27.2 three-quarters Countess Stormont was putting heavy pressure on Jayporthasitall, but the pair were running out of steam, so Whelan tipped Whatta Hotty out three wide and circled around the tiring leaders. At the top of the stretch the reigning Gold Final champ had established a two length lead, and none of her peers were able to close the gap before Whatta Hotty powered under the wire in 1:57.3.
Warrawee June converted her pocket trip into a second-place finisher’s cheque, and Improper Hall closed hard to claim the third-place finisher’s share.
The win matched the personal best Whatta Hotty established winning the Sept. 24 Gold Final at Flamboro Downs and pushed her win streak to three. In 12 sophomore starts the daughter of Yankee Paco and former Ontario Sires Stakes stalwart Our Kuli Girl has posted three wins, two seconds, two thirds and earnings of $185,175.
Trainer Jim Whelan of Troy and his long time partners Clarence, Mary and Terry Devos of Langton, bred and own the talented filly, who moved to the top of the Gold Series division standings with the win.
John Bax trainee Gaelic Mistress made a dramatic leap up the point standings with a hard fought victory in the second elimination. In rein to Stephen Byron, the Striking Sahbra daughter was beaten away from Post 1 by three other fillies and sat fourth through the :28.3 opening quarter and :58.2 half rung up by Condi Lane.
With the 1:28.2 three-quarters in sight, Byron sent Gaelic Mistress up the outside and by the time the field turned for home she had a neck lead on Kadealia. Kadealia was not able to maintain her momentum down the lane, but fan favourite Only Lonely picked up the fight and pushed Gaelic Mistress to the 1:58.4 finish. Fans held their breath for a moment until it was announced that Gaelic Mistress had earned the victory over Only Lonely by a short neck.
Kadealia finished third, with the remainder of the field a full 14 lengths behind the leaders.
Peterborough resident Bax owns Gaelic Mistress in partnership with Wooden Lissen Stable of Port Perry, Venture K Stable of Lindsay and Lewis Palmer of Oshawa. The win was the filly’s fourth of the season, and her first in Gold Series action, boosting her from sixteenth to eighth in the division standings and guaranteeing her a berth in the $300,000 season ending Super Final.
First time Gold Series starter Pleasure Girls made an impressive leap from the Grassroots program to claim the first elimination. In rein to Guy Gagnon, the three-time Grassroots winner cruised down to the rail in third from the five-hole and watched contentedly as Stephen Byron and Nashotah stepped off a :28.3 opening quarter.
However, Gagnon had Pleasure Girls on the move before the :58.4 half and the Dr Ronerail lass had established a two length advantage by the 1:27.4 three-quarters. Still on top by two as she turned for home, Pleasure Girls fought off a late charge by Its My Time to claim the half length victory in 1:58.2.
Its My Time finished a smart closing second and Abby Kadabra, owned by Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, was hot on her heels in third. Once again, the remainder of the field was well back of the leaders.
Trainer Richard Moreau of Lachenaie, QC shares ownership on Pleasure Girls with Jean Dessureault of Candiac, QC and numbered company 2095589 Ontario Inc. of Toronto. Through 16 starts she boasts six wins, four seconds and earnings of $77,400.
Whatta Hotty will defend her Gold Final title against the top three finishers from each elimination next Sunday at Rideau Carleton Raceway, with the complete field lining up behind the starting gate as follows:
Post 1 — Kadealia
Post 2 — Abby Kadabra
Post 3 — Whatta Hotty
Post 4 — Pleasure Girls
Post 5 — Its My Time
Post 6 — Warrawee June
Post 7 — Gaelic Mistress
Post 8 — Improper Hall
Post 9 — Only Lonely
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rridcfsu.html.