Pacer Steps Out Of Sibling's Shadow

Published: November 27, 2010 11:57 am EST

With three consecutive wins in the top pacing class at Rideau Carleton Raceway, six-year-old Montreal Phil has pulled ahead of his accomplished eight-year-old full brother Shanghai Phil in seasonal earnings.

Montreal Phil, who'll be looking to extend the streak to four at Rideau in the eighth race on Sunday, has made $73,919 so far this year, while Shanghai Phil, who returned to the races in April after a hiatus of more than four years, is at $67,700. They've made $184,195 and $635,322 lifetime, respectively.

The two sons of Blissfull Hall from top producing mare Matter Of Style have been the stars this season of Quebec owner Tony Infilise's 17-horse stable. His Hudson Standardbred Stable owns Shanghai Phil in partnership with trainer Dustin Jones and Montreal Phil outright.

"They are the biggest money earners for me this year," said Infilise, head of the Quebec Jockey Club. "Plans are for both to race in 2011."

Another sibling is on the way. Matter of Style - a 100 per cent producer whose offspring have collected more than $1 million to date - is back in foal to Blissfull Hall.

(A Trot Insider Exclusive by Paul Delean)