Ontario sired 3-year-old fillies stepped into the spotlight Saturday (May 13) night at Mohawk Racetrack for the eliminations of the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (S.B.O.A.) Stakes. A total of four C$25,000 eliminations were contested on Saturdayâ€™s 11-race card. A group of 18 pacing fillies and 16 trotting fillies were split into their respective eliminations. Driver Louis Philippe Roy and trainer Casie Coleman teamed up to sweep the eliminations for pacing fillies.
The first elimination saw Windy Sport make a big statement in her third start of the season, as the Sportswriter filly went gate-to-wire for a career best 4-1/2 length victory in 1:51.3. Dancing Shadows K finished second, while Stonebridge Sundae was third. The final two spots in next weekâ€™s final were grabbed by Gottalovemyshadow and Soiree Sister.
Owned by West Wins Stable and Calhoun Racing Ltd, Windy Sport cruised home in :27.2 for driver Roy to score her first win of the season and third overall. Saturdayâ€™s victory increases the pacing fillyâ€™s career earnings to over C$158,000.
Windy Sport paid $6.00 to win.
Fade came through with a career-best 1:53.3 score in the second elimination to complete the sweep for Roy and Coleman. The Shadow Play filly got away third for driver Roy, who chose to come first-up into a slow opening-half of :58. Fade cleared to command entering the turn and proceeded to pace a :28 third quarter followed by a :27.3 final quarter to win by 1-3/4 lengths. Talbot Chanel finished second, while Dudesalady was third. The final two spots in the final were secured by Action Majesty and Blameitonthenight.
Racing for the same connections as Windy Sport, Fade now has one win in three starts this season after winning once in eight as a rookie. The Coleman traineeâ€™s career earnings now sit at over C$159,000. Fade paid $4 to win.
Over on the trotting side, Magic Presto took care of business at 1-9 in the first elimination for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Richard â€˜Niftyâ€™ Norman. The Kadabra trotting filly got away third for Henry and sat along the pylons until nearing the half. Magic Presto marched first-up to poke a head in front at three-quarters in 1:27.2. In the stretch, the heavy favorite trotted home strong in :27.4 to score a 2-1/2 length victory in 1:55.1. Royal Witch finished second, while Tymal Reign was third. Holiday Promise and Expose Yourself rounded out the top-five finishers to advance to the S.B.O.A final.
Owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David Mc Duffee and Little E LLC, Magic Presto was making her second start of the season Saturday after finishing third last week at The Meadowlands. As a rookie, the Kadabra filly banked C$393,049, thanks in large part to her triumph in the Goldsmith Maid at Woodbine. Magic Presto, who is now a five-time winner, paid $2.10 to win.
Unlike the first elimination, the second split did not got as expected and featured a 10-1 upset. Mrstery Bear converted off a perfect two-hole trip from driver Billy Davis for a career best 1:55.4 victory. The Gaetan Hebert trainee was coming off a maiden-breaking score last week and now has two wins in four starts this season. Gravitator rallied from well back to finish second, while Paradise Image held on for third after leading throughout most of the mile. Stuck In My Spanks and Anikadabra rounded out the top five.
A daughter of Majestic Son, Mrstery Bear did not earn a check in four starts as a rookie. This season, the trotting filly has won two of four and banked over C$20,000 for owner Gaeton Hebert. A $2 win ticket on Mrstery Bear returned $22.30.
Following the conclusion of the eliminations, the post positions for next weekâ€™s S.B.O.A. finals were drawn. The final for pacing fillies will go for a purse of C$132,130, while the trotting fillies will battle for C$130,130.
Next Saturdayâ€™s (May 20) finals will be part of the annual Mohawk Fireworks and Family Fun Night. An early post time of 6:30 p.m. will be in effect next Saturday.
The draws for the S.B.O.A finals can be viewed below.
S.B.O.A. Pacing Fillies â€“ Purse: C$132,130
1. Soiree Seelster
2. Talbot Chanel
4. Windy Sport
6. Dancing Shadows K
7. Stonebridge Sundae
10. Action Majesty
AE: Manhattan Play
S.B.O.A. Trotting Fillies â€“ Purse: C$130,130
1. Stuck In My Spanks
2. Paradise Image
3. Magic Presto
4. Mrstery Bear
5. Expose Yourself
7. Royal Witch
9. Tymal Reign
10. Holiday Promise
AE: Sweet Of My Heart