Ontario Super Finals on Saturday at Mohawk
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The 2017 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) season will come to a close with the $1.8 million Super Finals this Saturday (October 14) at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of eight $225,000 championship races will be contested to decide the best Ontario sired two and three-year-olds.. Post time is 7:30 p.m.
Here is a quick glance at each of the eight $225,000 OSS Super Finals.
Race 2: 2-year-old Filly Trot
Kadabra Queen (PP8, Scott Coulter) is four for nine this season with all four victories coming in OSS Gold events. The Chad Milner trainee has risen to the occasion in stakes action and will be looking to add to her bankroll of $215,880 for owners Harness Horsepower Inc. and Frank Monte. She was the only horse in this division to win multiple Gold events during the regular season.
Race 3: 3-year-old Colt & Gelding Trot
Ben Baillargeon trainee R First Class (PP3, Sylvain Filion) is two for four in Gold events this season and comes into the Super Final with lots of momentum. The gelded son of Kadabra has won six of his last nine starts and during that stretch also had a runner-up finish in the Simcoe Stakes.
Magic Night (PP1, Louis Philippe Roy), Capteur De Reve (PP2, Dan Dube) and Lmc Mass Gem (PP5, Doug McNair) also each had two Gold victories during the regular season.
Race 4: 3-year-old Filly Pace
Trainer Gregg McNair is poised to clean up in this division, as he sends out the strong duo of The Joy Luck Club (PP6, Trevor Henry) and Action Majesty (PP8, Henry). Action Majesty went three for five in Gold races this season, while The Joy Luck Club, who sports an incredible 13 for 21 record this year, was two for five.
Yaris Bayama (PP10, Filion) will try to build off her victory in the most recent Gold, but has a tough post to overcome.
Race 5: 2-year-old Colt & Gelding Pace
This championship has the ability to be the race of the night. Nine different rookies won Gold events this season and all nine will be competing in Saturday's Super Final. Jimmy Freight (PP2, Jonathan Drury) and Shadow Moon (PP6, Henry) were the only two-time Gold winners during the regular season.
Race 6: 2-year-old Colt & Gelding Trot
A competitive field of nine rookies will clash in this $225,000 championship. There was no two-time Gold winner during the regular season, as six different rookies captured Gold divisions. McNair trainee T Barr (PP9, Mike Saftic) finished just ahead of Alagna student Levitation (PP8, Doug McNair) atop the standings.
Race 8: 3-year-old Filly Trot
Luc Blais trainee On A Sunny Day (PP3, Filion) is the horse to beat in this nine-horse field. The daughter of Muscle Mass is five for 10 this season and was victorious in three of five Gold events, including the most recent leg on September 27.
Race 9: 2-year-old Filly Pace
Kendall Seelster (PP2, Randy Waples) has stamped herself as a special filly over the last month and will look to add to her impressive bankroll of $426,985. The Paul Reid trainee is a four-time winner this season and has finished first or second in nine of 10 starts. Her biggest payday was a runner-up finish in the $500,000 Shes A Great Lady.
Dr. Ian Moore trainee Percy Bluechip (PP5, Henry) will be looking to take the spotlight back. The Shadow Play filly won her first four starts in impressive fashion, but has since been held winless in her last three starts.
Race 10: 3-year-old Colt & Gelding Pace
The final championship race should be a dandy, as this division has been competitive all season. The Blake MacIntosh trainee Sports Column (PP10, McNair) finished atop the regular season standings after winning two of five OSS starts.
The field of ten also includes Gold division winners Bills Fella (PP1, Saftic), Dreamfair B J (PP2, Roy), Mc Mach (PP5, Henry), Histoire Enchantee (PP6, Dube) and Nascar Seelster (PP7, Waples).
Saturday's card also features a mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5 (Race 12). The carryover coming into the mandatory payout is $978,779.26.
A program proof for Saturday's card can be viewed by clicking here. Post time Saturday is 7:30 p.m.(Mohawk)