Ontario-sired 2YO pacers win Gold finals
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Kims Royal Day closed well to earn second-place honors, leaving Adventurepan to settle for third, six lengths behind the winner.
Jody Jamieson engineered Right On Molly's third straight victory for trainer Otis Hall's Nasussito Racing Inc. of Ayr and his father Larry Hall's Sauble Hill Farms. Sunday's victory stripped almost two full seconds off the filly's personal best and boosted her bank balance to $97,000. The Hall's purchased Right On Molly at last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale for a modest $5,000.
Three races later the two-year-old pacing colts stepped to centre stage and Anthony MacDonald wasted no time getting elimination winner Mach Pride onto the front end. The fan favorite led through fractions of :26.4, :56.2 and 1:24 before fending off a challenge from pocket sitter Windsong Jack in the stretch and ringing up a one-half length victory, with the time of.1:52.3, just two-fifths of a second off the track and Ontario Sires Stakes record. Southwind Amazon was three more lengths back in third.
Louie Eftimiadis conditions Mach Pride for Gerald Mijal of Westland, MI, who purchased the son of Mach Three and Cyber Wave as a weanling. Through six starts the talented youngster now boasts four wins, one second and one third for earnings of $126,000. Sunday's triumph lowered his personal best, set in last week's elimination round, by two-fifths of a second.
Right On Molly will not begin defence of her Gold Final title until Sept. 7, when the two-year-old pacing fillies invade Grand River Raceway for their third Gold Series event. Like his feminine counterpart, Mach Pride will have to wait until September to collect a fourth Gold Series trophy. The two-year-old pacing colts begin their third Gold Series battle on Sept. 8 at Flamboro Downs.
Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to the nation's capital on Friday, Aug. 17 when Rideau Carleton Raceway welcomes the gifted two-year-old trotting fillies for their fourth Gold Series contest. (Ontario Sires Stakes)