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Shiny Mach Scores In A Snowshoe Shocker


Published: January 16, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Last Comment: January 17, 2009 1:17 pm ET | 3 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Shiny Mach won a stretch-long battle and prevailed as an upset winner of Friday's $47,600 Snowshoe Pacing Series Final for three and four-year-old colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack.

The final clocking of 1:54.4 was impressive considering the race was contested under frigid conditions as the recent cold snap in Toronto continued.

Leaving from Post 8 on Saturday night, driver Roger Mayotte took Shiny Mach off the gate and settled away second from last in the field of 10 as they reached the opening marker in a quick :27 seconds.

The front-running Mighty Me (Luc Ouellette) took the field up to the halfway point in :57 seconds with the outside horses beginning to mount challenges. At that stage, Shiny Mach was underway but had only made it up to eighth on the outside.

Despite a quickening tempo in the third quarter, the outside flow continued to advance and Shiny Mach found himself within striking range fifth on the outside at the third marker in 1:25.3.

As the field turned home, the leader began to tire and the backfield came to life.

Shiny Mach kicked off his cover with authority but had to hold off race favourite Carat Hanover (Rick Zeron) who had followed his cover all the way into the stretch. At the end, Shiny Mach was able to dig in and hold on for the hard-fought win with Carat Hanover finishing second and Windsun Twister (Chris Christoforou) rallying for the show spot.

Shiny Mach, a four-year-old son of Mach Three - Armbro Jemstone, notched his fourth career win in just seven starts for trainer Neil MacInnis who co-owns along with Gerald Stay of Williamsvilee, New York. He returned a whopping $85.20 in the win and boosted his career bankroll to just shy of $50,000.

To view Friday’s results, click here.


January 17, 2009 - 1:17 pmLooks like a good young

big lou (not verified) SAID...

Looks like a good young horsemen with a future in this business.He is also smart to use Roger Mayotte here is a guy who can offer some good advice on staying in this game on a long term basis.

January 17, 2009 - 7:53 amWay to go Neil! Looks like

Darren McDonald (not verified) SAID...

Way to go Neil! Looks like this winter will be a continuation of the great summer you have had back home here in the Atlantic Provinces. Good work and continued success. Perhaps, "Gold Cup and Saucer", may not be outside the realm of possibility.

January 16, 2009 - 11:46 pmCongratulations Neil

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Congratulations Neil MacInnis. Both pacer and trainer have a bright future ahead of them.

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