3YO Mach Three filly Monkey On My Wheel wins
August 08, 2011
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Monkey On My Wheel made it easier for trainer Travis Umphrey to reschedule his missed vacation time when she cruised to a commanding victory in the $130,000 three-year-old pacing filly Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening.
After Monkey On My Wheel swept to victory in her elimination and the final of the Canadian Breeders Championship in July, Umphrey decided to postpone a planned week of vacation and ship the filly to Rideau Carleton for the third Gold Series event, in hopes of “striking while the iron was hot.”
The Mach Three daughter made his decision look like a wise one when she easily captured her Gold Elimination last weekend, but landing the outside post 8 for Sunday’s Gold Final may have given Umphrey a moment’s pause. Fortunately for his vacation fund, the filly easily overcame the handicap, going straight to the front in Sunday’s fifth race and rolling through fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:23.4 on her way to a three and one-quarter length score in 1:52.2.
Last year’s division champion Modern Connection finished second, with Athenas Legacy circling three-wide around a stalled Look Cheap to claim third-place honours. Waasmula and Village Janus rounded out the cheque earners.
Umphrey shares ownership of Monkey On My Wheel with breeder Mac Nichol. In 10 starts this season the consistent filly has posted four wins, three seconds and one third, for earnings of $238,725, in addition to the $388,725 she earned last season.
Three races after Monkey On My Wheel claimed her first Gold Final of the season, the two-year-old pacing fillies stepped onto the track for their third Gold Series event.
YS Gold Star stepped off the gate sharply for Denis St. Pierre, reaching the quarter in :27.1, then handed off to Mindsweeper, who took the field of 10 fillies to a :56.3 half and a 1:26 three-quarters. Turning for home with a one and one-half length lead, Mindsweeper was reeled in by Classy Lane Rose, who had watched the pacesetter from third for most of the mile.
Mario Baillargeon engineered the one-quarter length victory, which saw Classy Lane Rose halt the teletimer at 1:54.3, a new personal best for the daughter of Jeremes Jet. Mindsweeper settled for second, with YS Gold Star only half a length off the pace in third. Fan favorite Apogee Hanover made an early break and was never a factor in the $40,000 Gold Elimination, leaving her the only filly without a return invite for next weekend’s Gold Final.
Bred and owned by trainer Ben Wallace of Milton and Jamie Millier, Classy Lane Rose has been a consistent player on the provincial circuit through the early season. Debuting in the Grassroots program at Hiawatha Horse Park on June 30, the filly logged a runner-up finish. Moving up to the Gold Series she finished second in her July 11 elimination at Mohawk Racetrack and third in the July 18 Gold Final won by Apogee Hanover.
Classy Lane Rose scored her first victory in an elimination of the Battle of the Belles at Grand River Raceway on July 25, and then delivered a fourth-place effort in the Aug.1 Battle of the Belles Final from the trailing post 9.
Baillargeon and Classy Lane Rose will be handicapped by the outside post 8 in next week’s Gold Final, with $130,000 on the line at Rideau Carleton Raceway. (Ontario Sire Stakes)