Samira Hanover still cruising in Autumn Series
November 22, 2013
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After a comfortable victory in the second round of the Autumn Series, Samira Hanover has established herself as the horse to beat heading into the $33,600 final next Friday at Woodbine. The 3-year-old trotting miss captured her division in the opening round last week before cruising to a new lifetime best of 1:55 to kick off the Thursday program.
Keith Oliver and Magic Peach were first to the front before the opening station in :28, but Samira Hanover and Paul MacDonell quickly gained the lead well before the half in :57.4. MacDonell and the heavily-favored daughter of Kadabra cruised past three-quarters in 1:26.1, before dashing away from her rivals to win by 1 1/2 lengths. Magic Peach stayed for second, with Katla (Sylvain Filion) finishing third.
Trained by Mike Keeling for owners P C Wellwood Enterprises Inc., Steve Organ, William Weaver III and A K Malik Stable, Samira Hanover increased her bankroll to $64,968. She paid $2.40 to win.
In the other split, Ocean Miss Beauty and Jody Jamieson provided the upset to complete the early double.
Jamieson guided the daughter of Kadabra, who led from start to finish through panels of :27.1, :57.2 and 1:26.2, before fending off a late challenge from I Like My Kaddy (MacDonell) to win in 1:57. Candida (Pat Hudon) finished third.
Trained by Rene Dion for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc., Ocean Mist Beauty celebrated her first career tally as her bankroll climbed to $39,439. She paid $10.90 to win.
Four Autumn Series divisions took place in total, featuring the pair for sophomore trotting fillies and two for 3-year-old old pacing fillies.
On the pacing side, Putmeintogo and Lyonssweetie stamped themselves into the $35,300 final with victories in their respective divisions.
Putmeintogo, driven by Roger Mayotte, posted a 1:53.4 victory in the first division as the favorite.
Mayotte put Putmeintogo on the front past the quarter in :26.4 and continued to lead past the middle half in :57 and 1:25.2. Turning for home, Mayotte asked his charge for more pace and the four-time winner responded with a :28.2 final quarter to win by 2 1/4 lengths. Stonebridge Adore (Doug McNair) finished second, with Miss Poppycock (Jamieson) third.
Trained, owned and bred by Robin Morley, Putmeintogo increased her lifetime earnings to $52,054. She paid $5.20 to win.
In the other split, Lyonssweetie and Randy Waples found the wire first in 1:52.3.
Waples and the daughter of No Pan Intended were first to the front before the opening station in :27.1, but allowed Lutetia Semalu (Sylvain Filion) to pocket-pull their way to the front. As Lutetia Semalu marched towards the half in :56.2, heavily-favored Machnbyrd Princess (Roger Mayotte) angled out of fifth and aimed towards the front, but couldn't pass the tempo-setter.
Lyonssweetie continued to enjoy a perfect, pocket trip around three-quarters in 1:24.2, before wearing down the tempo-setter en route to victory. Lutetia Semalu stayed for second, over Panstakingly (Donald Jobin), who was third.
Trained by Corey Johnson for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound, Lyonssweetie increased her bankroll to $51,378. She paid a handsome $23.80 to win.
All four Autumn Series finals for 3 year olds of both gaits and sexes will take place next Friday, Nov. 29. (WEG)