One of two in the race for trainer Chris Lancaster, Canadian Pharoh managed to hold off a furious charge from her stablemate and odds-on choice Portrstownchris IR to win the $10,500 featured pace at Century Mile on Saturday (Jan. 22).
The seven-year-old Mach Three gelding cleared control from Shark Week past a :28 first quarter and cruised uncontested up the backside to a :57.2 half. With the tempo tepid to the far turn, Portrstownchris IR came rolling out of fourth and swiftly matched strides with her stablemate by three-quarters in 1:28.1. Canadian Pharoh cut the corner and regained a length advantage on Portrstownchris IR coming into the stretch, but his margin slowly diminished. However the beam came in time, with Canadian Pharoh keeping a nose in front of Portrstownchris IR to win in 1:58.2. The pair finished seven lengths clear of Jessies Girl in third and Shark Week in fourth.
Lancaster co-owns Canadian Pharoh along with Rob Ostashek Holdings Ltd. The gelding won his 21st race from 105 starts, pushing his earnings to $282,312.
Dave Kelly drove the $7.60 winner, one of five for him on the day. His other four wins came from his barn – Coz Im Special ($5.20), Outtheresomewhere ($3.60), Tajmarival ($11.80) and Bonus Round ($3.80).
Another hot barn on the day was Trevor Williams' stable, which had three winners on the 12-race card. He sent Pure Addition ($2.50), A Cowboys Dream ($2.80) and True Crime ($3.60) all to victory.
To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Century Mile.