With the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals just over a week away, a number of youngsters were in action at Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday prepping for those championship events
The daughter of Angus Hall-Balanced Breeze enjoyed a ground-saving journey behind fractions of :28 and :58.1 before going into first-over attack mode into the final turn. She was third and parked past the three-quarter pole in 1:27.4 before using a :29.3 closing panel to rally past the leaders for the 1:57.3 score. Race favourite Counter Pointe, who ranks second in the OSS standings, came up a half-length short, while Racing Dreams, who ranks 15th, finished third.
All eyes were on The Game Plan, who leads the two-year-old trotting colt and gelding division, in Race 3 at Woodbine on Thursday but he got picked off in the final strides by a 78-1 longshot named Midfield Magic.
The Frank O’Reilly trained two-year-old son of Kadabra-Midori Hanover collared The Game Plan in the final strides en route to posting a career-best clocking of 1:57.2. Heres The Magic, who ranks second in the OSS standings, was third in the $20,000 tilt.
Legal Entity was an impressive winner in her $20,000 conditioned assignment for the tandem of driver Luc Ouellette and Shawn Robinson. The daughter of Modern Art-Legal Wish, who ranks third among the OSS program’s leading two-year-old pacing fillies, rallied to a career-best clocking of 1:52.2 against fellow rookies in addition to a number of older foes.
Legal Entity improved her record to 4-5-2 in 12 tries for owner/breeder Bob Hamather of Exeter, ON. She defeated Mindsweeper, who ranks seventh in the OSS standings, and Janie Bay.
Classy Lane Rose, who ranks fifth among the leading two-year-old pacing fillies, turned a two-hole trip into a career-best clocking of 1:53.3 for driver Mario Baillargeon. The daughter of Jeremes Jet-Titanic Rose sprinted past the quarter pole in :26.3 before getting covered up through middle panels of :56.1 and 1:25.1. Baillargeon rallied his charge to the lead in deep stretch and she comfortable defeated Almost Lucky and Banner Brule.
Trainer Ben Wallace of Milton and Jamie Millier of Puslinch, ON co-own and bred the pacing lass, who now boasts a 3-2-3 record from 14 trips to the track this season. The lion’s share of the $19,000 purse offered in the conditioned assignment brings her bankroll to $107,130.
All eight of the $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals will be contested at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday, November 12.
To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Woodbine Racetrack.