The $1.6 million Championship Night of Ontario Sires Stakes finals Saturday at Mohawk kicked off with Riveting Rosie delivering on her 1-5 pari-mutuel promise in the $200,000 Super Final for two-year-old trotting fillies.
Fresh off a victory in the Peaceful Way Stakes, Riveting Rosie and driver Paul MacDonell hustled off the gate form post seven and cruised through fractions of :28.1, :58.4, and 1:28.1 en route to the 1:56 victory. Miss Aultsville (Jack Moiseyev) followed three lengths behind off a two-hole trip while Luck Is All Ineed (Doug McNair) came on for third.
"I thought the best spot for her to be was on the front and then she could control the pace," said winning trainer John Bax after the race. "Paul did it again so everything went the way it was supposed to."
While Riveting Rosie made the victory look easy, Bax noted that he doesn't take her talent for granted. "It always looks tough to me, I get nervous," he said.
The Muscle Mass-Rose De Vie Stena filly closed out her 2013 campaign with six wins, one second and one third in eight starts and earnings of $468,613 for Ontario owners Parkhill Stud Farm of Peterborough, Don Allensen of Wyoming, J And T Stable of Newmarket, and John Hayes of Sharon.
Superstar trotting filly Bee A Magician continued her magical sophomore campaign earning her second Super Final victory with a 1:52.2 winning effort.
Driver Rick Zeron settled the overwhelming 1-9 favourite away fourth from post six while Charmed Life (Paul MacDonell) fired to the front with Motown Muscle (Jody Jamieson) charging by past the :27-second opening quarter mark.
Bee A Magician began to roll down the backstretch and edged by the leading Motown Muscle, eventually clearing well past the :55.1 half-mile mark.
She reached three-quarters in 1:23.2 and began to open up on the field down the stretch to secure the 1:52.2 triumph. Anaffairtoremember (Jack Moiseyev) closed for second and Brenway Dixie (James MacDonald) finished third.
"They made me work for it tonight," commented Zeron in the winner's circle. "Jody really stretched her out going around the last turn. I looked over there the three-quarters in 1:23 and a piece and I said well now we'll see what the big girl is made of and she just kept right on going. There was nothing that was going to top stop her."
Bee A Magician has been perfect since winning last year's Super Final on Nov. 10, 2012 at Woodbine Racetrack. She's won all 13 starts during her million-dollar sophomore campaign, including two Gold Series legs and the Mid-Summer Challenge. She's also faced North America's top fillies setting a world record in the Delvin Miller Memorial and winning the Hambletonian Oaks and Elegantimage Stakes, among others.
"She's the best three-year-old trotting filly in the world. Period," stated Zeron.
The Kadabra-Beehive filly is trained by Richard 'Nifty' Norman for owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Ont. and Florida's Herb Liverman and David McDuffee.
Driver Paul MacDonell returned to the Super Final spotlight winning with three-year-old pacing filly Regil Elektra.
Raacey Miss (Chris Christoforou), divisional leader Pan Luis Obispo (Randy Waples) and Request For Parole (Rick Zeron) traded turns on the lead through opening fractions of :26.2 and :54.2. Request For Parole pressed on to three-quarters in 1:22.1 with Jan It Jackson (Sylvain Filon), favorite Love Canal (Doug McNair) and Regil Elektra in the outer flow. But Regil Elektra set sail down the lane and out-sprinted Love Canal to prevail in a career-best 1:50.4. Racey Miss finished third.
"I had some horse left [at the three-quarters] and Love Canal looked like she was working a bit harder on the turns tonight," said MacDonell from the winner's circle. "Ricky was in front with Request For Parole and she looked like she was starting to tire a bit so I felt good at that point."
Unraced as a freshman, Regil Elektra earned her 11th win in 25 starts and now boasts a bankroll of $231,587 for trainer Shawn Robinson and Florida owner Fred Monteleone Stable LLC.
Sent postward as the 6-1 fourth choice in the wagering, Regil Elektra paid $14.20 to win.
Muscle Matters went wire to wire to collect the Super Final trophy for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings.
Leaving from post nine after a recall, driver Mario Baillargeon put his brother Ben's trainee on the front and carved out panels of :27.2, :57.4 and 1:27 en route to the career-best 1:55.4 open length victory. The 5-2 second choice paid $7.70 to win. Massive Muscles (Jean Bernard Renaud) and Valorscross (Keith Oliver) came on for second and third.
The Muscle Mass-Sister Mary Lindy colt is owned by his Rockwood, Ont. conditioner along with Ontario-based partners Nunzio Vena of Bolton, Santo Vena of Brampton and Richard Thompson of London.
Muscle Matters is now three-for-six in his career. He's earned the bulk of his $218,800 bankroll with wins in the Mid-Summer Challenge and tonight's Super Final.
Heavy 3-5 favorite Flanagan Memory topped the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings as he romped to a career-best 1:53 victory in the following Super Final.
With regular reinsman Chris Christoforou aboard, the Kadabra-Classy Stacy colt took command of the field from post seven and never looked back as he cruised through panels of :27.1, :57 and 1:25 en route to victory lane. Launching a late charge in the stretch, Creampuff Macdaddy (Randy Waples) came within one length of the winner to earn runner-up honours while Thankyoukessel (Mike Saftic) finished third.
"He's very versatile, but I didn't want to have any traffic problems tonight so I just let him roll on out of there," said Christoforou, adding that it is "his heart" that makes Flanagan Memory the champion that he is. "He's got great determination."
Flanagan Memory now boasts seven wins, two seconds and one third-place finish in 11 seasonal starts. His major wins include the Goodtimes Trot, Super Final and Mid-Summer Challenge, which helped propel his sophomore earnings over the $400,000 mark.
Trainer Rene Dion co-owns the homebred colt with Liette Flanagan of Repentigny, Que.