Round one of the Autumn Series for three-year-olds continued on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack.
Three $15,000 divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and two $15,000 splits for the sophomore pacing colts and geldings were contested.
In the first division on the trotting side, Warrawee Prince went gate-to-wire for a 1:57.1 victory.
Driven by Sylvain Filion, Warrawee Prince went straight to the front and posted fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:27 before trotting home in :30.1 and just holding off Sas Warkentin by half a length. Lexus Rocky took the show spot.
A son of Angus Hall, Warrawee Prince is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Daniel Plouffe and Jean Dessureault. The leg one victory was his fifth win in 15 starts this season for earnings of over $30,000.
Warrawee Prince paid $9.70 to win.
Dontcheatonmenow and Phil Hudon delivered as the public’s choice in the second division.
The son of Deweycheatumnhowe made a first up move from fourth along the backstretch and eventually cleared to the front in the third quarter. In the stretch, Dontcheatonmenow trotted home in :29.4 for a length and three-quarter victory in 1:56.3. Me The Boss finished second, while Valorscross was third
Trained by Corey Johnson, Dontcheatonmenow now has two victories in 15 starts this season for earnings of over $26,000. The three-year-old trotter is owned by Rolling Hills Racing Stables.
He returned $4.90 to win.
In the final division, Totally Ripped rallied from far back to win in 1:56.2.
Driven by Steve Byron, Totally Ripped trotted along near the back of the pack for the majority of the mile and was seventh and almost nine lengths off the lead at three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Totally Ripped flew by his rivals to win by half a length. Headsaregonna Turn, who cut the mile, held on for second over Windsun Cobra.
A son of Muscle Mass, Totally Ripped is trained by Jeff Byron for owner Donald Leschied and has now won five times in 16 starts this season for earnings of over $57,000.
A $2 win ticket on Totally Ripped returned $4.30.
Kindofabigdeal turned in a big mile to win the first Autumn Series division for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings.
Driven by Filion, the son of No Pan Intended was first up around the final turn and pressing the leader and favourite Eveil Dun Champion. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4, Kindofabigdeal powered by Eveil Dun Champion at the top of the lane and pulled away to a length and a quarter victory in a career-best 1:51.4. Bugger Bruiser finished third.
Kindofabigdeal has now won three of five career starts and has earned over $23,000 for owner Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc.
He returned $7.00 to win.
In the second division for the pacers, V I P Bayama gave Filion his third leg one victory of the night.
The son of Mach Three got away second, made a second-quarter move to the lead and never looked back en route to recording his second win of the season. V I P Bayama took the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4 and paced a final quarter of :27.2 to win by a pair of lengths in 1:52.1. Rural Art took the place spot, while So Bad Im Good finished third.
V I P Bayama is trained by Stephane Larocque for owners Dan Mogridge, Jeffrey O’Borne and Pat Lachance. The three-year-old pacer has now earned over $37,000 in 16 starts this season and lowered his career mark by two-fifths of a second.
V I P Bayama paid $5.50 to win.
The second round of the Autumn Series for the three-year-old colts and geldings will take place next Friday, November 21. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:25 p.m.
To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Woodbine Racetrack.
(With files from WEG)