After failing to find the winner's circle in both preliminary legs, Reasonable Force found his best stride when it counted the most as he captured this year's edition of the$36,200Youthful Series final Monday at Woodbine. In doing so, the Doug McNair-driven sophomore returned $33 to his backers.
McNair and Reasonable Force were in no hurry off the gate as Account Rollover (Randy Waples) cleared to the lead past the opening station in :27.1. Account Rollover, who found the wire in the first leg of the series, continued to lead his nine rivals past the half in :56 and three-quarters in 1:24.4. McNair began the first-over attack around the final turn and was within striking distance of the tempo-setter turning for home.
Down the stretch, McNair asked his charge for more pace and the three-time winner responded with a two-length win in 1:53.1. Post time favorite Andreios Kardia (Steve Byron) finished second, with Dragon Seelster (Paul MacDonell) finishing third.
Trained by Tony Montini for owners Doug Dunbar and Steve Leblanc, Reasonable Force lifted his career earnings to $44,840. The son of Shadow Play now has a 2-2-1 record from eight starts this season.
Also on Monday's program, the second round of the Lifetime Dream series continued with two $18,000 divisions.
Rose Run Oriana (Randy Waples) kicked-off the 10-race program with a 1:54.2 score in the first division.
The daughter of Trainforthefuture enjoyed a new career best in the debut for trainer Corey Johnson.
Waples led gate to wire with the 15-time winner through panels of :28, :57 and 1:25.3, before fending off 3/5 favorite Rockin With Dewey (Mario Baillargeon) in deep stretch to win by 1 1/2 lengths. Samira Hanover (MacDonell) finished third.
Owned by Rolling Hills Racing Stables, Rose Run Oriana will look for the series sweep next week as her bankroll increased to $134,717. She paid $4.90 to win.
One race later, Her Name Is Lola (Phil Hudon) enjoyed her fifth career score at odds of 3-1.
The daughter of Majestic Son laid parked on the outside at the quarter in :28.2, before clearing to the lead before the half in :57.2. From there, the trotting miss led her five rivals past in 1:26.1 before fending off a late challenge from Frisky Magic (Waples) to win by a nose. Standing My Ground (Sylvain Filion) finished third.
Trained by Russell Bax for Baxmar Holsteins Ltd, Her Name Is Lola increased her bankroll to $85,560. She paid $8.70 to win. (WEG)