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Coleman wins record 6, including two Champlains 2FPs

September 12, 2010

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Trainer Casie Coleman equaled the record for wins on a single program on the WEG/OJC Circuit for a trainer by sending out six winners Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. In the early years of the OJC, records were not kept; therefore, Coleman has equaled Kevin McMaster's modern day record which was set on Jan. 8, 2001 at Woodbine Racetrack. All six winners were piloted by Mark MacDonald, who came one victory short of tying the record of wins on a single night on the WEG/OJC Circuit.
Among her six victories tonight Coleman captured two of three divisions of the $93,130 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies with Pretty Katherine and Idyllic. Coleman was also victorious with Our Lucky Killean, Firethorn, Lucky Man, and Kyle Major as he captured his $247,894 division of the Simcoe Stakes.

Modern Connection survived a first-over trip to capture the opening division of the Champlain Stakes for driver Brian Sears.
Swinging Beaty (Doug McNair) established early command from post eight as she took her rivals past the opening panel in a wicked :25.4. Swinging Beauty continued to control the pace through middle-half fractions of :56.2. and 1:25.3. Sears angled Modern Connection to the outside around the final turn and held off a late challenge from Day To Ponder (Steve Condren) to win in 1:52.4, which is a new lifetime best effort. Day To Ponder finished second with Mater Deo third.
"I was looking to move her back to the front when we went a slow second quarter but they were gapped out," Sears commented. She's a big strong filly; she put in a great effort and was going forward at the end. She isn't really aggressive at times, the first time I drove her she was really good, then she let go on me."
The daughter of Modern Art now has freshman earnings of $212,797 for trainer Joe Seekman and owners Yousif Yousif and Ameer Najor. Modern Connection paid $4.30 for the win.
After tasting defeat for the first time in her career last week in the $688,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes final, Pretty Katherine delivered as favored in the second division for trainer Coleman and driver MacDonald.
Rockabye Babe (Jody Jamieson) gunned his charge to the front from post seven at the quarter in :27.1. As the field marched towards the half, Brian Sears moved So Perfect to the front from the two hole at the half in :57.2.
As the fillies entered the final turn MacDonald had positioned Pretty Katherine second-over behind Strike An Attitude (Steve Condren) but that filly cleared her rivals to take over command leaving Pretty Katherine alone on the outside past the three-quarters in 1:25.2.
The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover took over command from Strike An Attitude at the top of the stretch to win in 1:53.3. Strike An Attitude stayed for second with So Perfect finishing third.
"She was just awesome, I know she got beat last week and it ruined her undefeated streak but the filly raced absolutely unbelievable. My other filly (Idyllic) got the perfect trip and she's a great filly too but just got by her," winning trainer Coleman commented. "When your coming from off the pace, slow fractions are never a good thing but (Pretty) Katherine is just a classy filly and Mark (MacDonald) had her well in hand at the wire and she needed a trip coming from off the pace."

With the victory, Pretty Katherine lifted her freshman earnings to $300,578 for owner John Liviakis. Pretty Katherine paid $2.40 for the win.
Pretty Katherine's stablemate Idyllic captured the final division, keeping her undefeated streak in tact. The daughter of American Ideal was victorious one week ago in the $688,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes final and remains unbeaten in her six career tries.
Driver MacDonald positioned Idyllic third past the opening panel of :27 set by Jamaica Hanover (Ron Pierce). As the field headed towards the half, Idyllic took over command and led her rivals past middle half fractions of :57.1 and 1:26.2. Around the final turn, Jamaica Hanover enjoyed a two-hole trip with Shyaway third along the rail.
Down the stretch, Idyllic opened up on her rivals but in the late stages of the mile Shyaway used a charge but came up short as Idyllic gave Coleman and MacDonald their sixth win of the night.
"The track is really heavy, its hard to see and its pretty bad conditions right now," MacDonald commented. "Its hard to say what the right thing to do is on this track, it kind of turned into a sprint and they can only sprint so far on a heavy track."

Idyllic lifted her earnings to $470,829 for owner West Wins Stable, Joseph LaCova, Michael LaCova and John Campagnuolo. (WEG)

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