Sans Frontiere Scores; More Middlesex Mania

Published: October 30, 2012 08:24 pm EDT

A group of eight lined up behind the starting gate to contest Tuesday’s $12,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace at The Raceway at the Western Fair District and Sans Frontiere knocked off even-money favourite Classy Lane Rose by using her patented closing kick to perfection.

Classy Lane Rose accelerated to the lead and chopped out :28-second opener before being pressed to the half in :57.2 by Roca Rei. Those two continued their tussle to the three-quarter pole in 1:26.1, with Sans Frontiere lurking second over for trainer/driver Marie Claude Auger. The mare vaulted off cover turning for home and used a :30.1 final frame to draw clear by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:57 over a track listed as ‘good’ with a one-second allowance. Classy Lane Rose held on for the runner-up award, with Your Beautiful taking home third prize.

Sans Frontiere, a homebred owned by Denise Auger of Trois-Rivieres, QC, won for the third time in her last four outings. The five-year-old daughter of House Of Fun-G Js Bayama improved her 2012 record to 5-2-3 from 18 starts with the win and she boosted her lifetime earnings to $184,972 in the process.

The first leg of the Middlesex County Series was also contested on Tuesday’s card, with male pacers sparring in five divisions.

Victorydaze Wilwin took the first of the $8,000 contests for trainer/driver Mark Etsell in a time of 1:58.3. Despite suffering early interference, the three-year-old son of Whosurboy-Jenny Get Lucky recovered and drew clear to win by an eight-length margin as the 1-2 favourite. Mr Yokassippi was next best, with Lucky Millionaire rounding out the top three finishers.

It was the second consecutive score for the pacer who owns a 3-3-2 record from 12 starts this year after being unraced as a rookie. Rhandy Patton of Collingwood, ON holds the ownership papers on the career winner of $17,895.

Donegal Jim went to the front and didn’t look back in the second division for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Rheal Bourgeois. The four-year-old son of Modern Art-Donegal Rose threw down fractions of :27.4, :58.3 and 1:28.1 before slipping home in :30-second clip to seal the deal in 1:58.1. Quiteaworkofart saw his late bid fall short by a mere quarter of a length, while HST Kruzer was a distant third.

Sent off as the 1-5 choice, Donegal Jim won for the seventh time this season in 14 starts for Super Mile LLC of Blasdell, NY. The pacer has banked just shy of $20,000 to date.

R Es Art captured the third split in 1:58.2 giving driver Trevor Henry back-to-back wins in the series. It was the first win in Ontario for the recently transplanted gelding from the Maritimes, who now hangs his harness bag in the barn of trainer Dean Nixon. The three-year-old son of Modern Art-Best Of Philly sped through panels of :28.3, :59 and 1:28.1 before cruising home in :30.1 to post the win in 1:58.2. The 4-5 favourite defeated The Big Bite and Jet Flight.

Brett Revington of Stratford, PE and Gary Revington of London, ON share ownership on the eight-time winner who has racked up five of those victories this season. He’s also stashed away more than $16,000 this year which brings his lifetime total to $22,411.

St Lads Zoom Zoom extended his winning streak to two-in-a-row thanks to his front-stepping score in the fourth division for the team of driver Alfie Carroll and trainer Greg Horn. Despite starting from Post 7, the three-year-old son of Apaches Fame-St Lads Sassy went to the front and kept on trucking through intervals of :27.3, :57.2 and 1:26.2. He used a :29.2 kicker to win by 4-3/4 lengths over even-money favourite Cat Quick in 1:55.4. Goliath Reigns tagged along to finish a well-beaten third.

St Lads Farm of Ruscom Station, ON and Diane Stephenson of Carleton, MI share ownership on the homebred, who now boasts a 6-1-0 record in his first seven starts. Despite not racing in his freshman season, the pacer has banked more than $17,000 to date.

Western Majesty overcame a challenging trip to take home top honours in his assignment for trainer/driver Jim De Chellis. The three-year-old son of Royal Mattjesty-Im Magic Two came first-over against Jet Fun and eventually wore down the pacesetter and drew clear to win by a one-length margin in 1:59.3. Rebel Pride was second best to the 6-5 favourite, with Boston Hill taking home the bronze medal.

Nino De Chellis of Welland and Robert Prest of Fonthill, ON share ownership on the lightly-raced performer. He’s won two of his first five starts after failing to race as a rookie. The lion’s share of the purse in Tuesday’s test pushed his lifetime cash haul to $8,960.

To view results for Tuesday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – The Raceway at the Western Fair District.

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