Filion has a Dream Maker of a night at Mohawk
July 31, 2012
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It was a good night at the office for driver Sylvain Filion as he captured the $50,000 Dream Maker Pacing Series final and both $20,000 opening-round divisions of the Bridger Trotting Series on Monday at Mohawk.
After Lucan Hanover (Brian Sears) clocked the opening panel in :27.2, Evenin Of Pleasure made a bid for the lead from the two-hole at the three-eighths marker. The 7-5 favorite cleared before the half in :55.3 and then clocked the three-quarters in 1:24.3 before getting under the wire in a new mark of 1:52.2. Dress The Part (Randy Waples) was beaten by one length and Captive Audience (Billy Davis Jr.) finished third.
"He felt so good,” said Filion from the paddock. "I thought if I could control the pace I had a better shot. He was so good. Once I cleared to the front, there was no way that they were going to go by me. I could have stayed there (in the pocket); I just went on the safe side.”
The 2-year-old son of Dragon Again-Armbro Amour is two-for-three this year with $41,440 in earnings for owner Gestion Jean YvesBlais of Montreal.
Evenin Of Pleasure paid $4.80 to win.
Filion, a resident of Milton, also scored with a pair of 2-year-old trotters in their respective opening-round divisions of the Bridger Series.
Wheeling NDealin survived a first-over journey to win by four and a quarter lengths in the first dash for trainer Dustin Jones.
The son of Cantab Hall-Quick Credit got away fourth and was on the move into the backstretch. He cleared to the lead after the 6-5 bettors' choice, Kinetic King (Roger Mayotte), cut the first quarter in :29.1 and half in 1:00. Wheeling NDealin held command past the three-quarters in 1:28.2 and got under the wire in a new mark of 1:57.2. Theatrical Session (Trevor Ritchie) and Kinetic King finished second and third, respectively.
Wheeling NDealin is now two-for-two in his debut season with $19,000 in earning for Montreal's Ecurie Synergie. The colt paid $5.90 to win as the second choice.
The Richard ‘Nifty' Norman trainee sat in the pocket spot behind Hobsons Choice (Randy Waples), who put up fractions of :29.1, 1:00.2 and 1:30.1. At the head of the lane, Filion fed the son of Angus Hall-Marie E Hanover open racetrack and he tracked down the tempo-setter to score the one and a half length victory in 1:59.Hobsons Choice finished second and Shimmering Crown (Scott Coulter) was third.
WinbakSullivan is owned by Enzed Racing Stable Inc of Allentown, N.J. The gelding paid $8.90 to win.
The $30,000 second leg is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 9, with the $50,000 final slated for Monday, Aug. 20. (WEG)