As predicted, Ontario's exciting 3-year-old pacing fillies delivered another sizzling performance at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening.
Ottawa fans sent reigning Gold Final champion Apogee Hanover off as their top choice, with elimination winner Jet Wash ranked second and pole sitter Katys Jet third, and they did not have to wait long for the expected battle to begin.
Driver Scott Zeron had the pedal to the floor on Katys Jet and so did Doug McNair aboard Apogee Hanover. The pair battled tooth and nail to a :26.4 opening quarter on an evening where the temperature was struggling to reach six degrees Celsius. Zeron blinked first and Apogee Hanover took the field to a comparatively relaxed :55 half.
McNair stepped up the pace again heading for the 1:23.1 three-quarters as Denis St. Pierre tipped Memumsnotnice three wide around a stalled Mia Seelster, and Apogee Hanover turned for home with a one-length margin.
The top of the stretch however, simply signaled round two of the high speed battle as Katys Jet muscled out of the pocket and Jet Wash and Hope For Paddy came flying out of the back field. The four fillies battled through the wire and Rideau Carleton Raceway officials once again needed their magnifying glasses to sort out the finish.
Katys Jet emerged triumphant from the fray with a head decision over Apogee Hanover. Jet Wash was a neck back in third and Hope For Paddy one-quarter length to the rear in fourth. Fifth-place finisher Machet Rocket was one and one-quarter lengths behind the dueling leaders, who halted the teletimer at 1:53.1.
The top three finishers are all by sire Jereme's Jet, while the fourth and fifth-place fillies are by the province's leading pacing sire, Mach Three.
Zeron crafted the victory for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge and owner Steve Calhoun of Chatham. The win vaulted Katys Jet to the top of the 3-year-old pacing filly standings, one point ahead of Apogee Hanover and six points ahead of two-time Gold final winner Cooking The Books.
Katys Jet competed in all five regular season Gold Series events, with her only other victory coming in an Aug. 2 Gold elimination at Kawartha Downs. She finished a nose behind Jet Wash in last week's elimination.
A $105,000 yearling purchase from the 2010 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Katys Jet boasts a lifetime record of six wins, four seconds and four thirds in 24 starts for earnings of $255,062.
The daughter of Jereme's Jet and Major Delight and her peers will now begin preparations for the Nov. 10 Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack, which will see the top 10 point earners vie for $300,000 and the division crown. (OSS)