Making her debut at The Raceway at the Western Fair District, four-year-old pacing mare Kayla Grace went from last at the half to first across the wire in the featured $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Handicap on a snowy Wednesday night in London, Ont.
Kayla Grace fanned four-wide down the backstretch and swept past the field of seven to notch her first win of the year in 2:00.3 over the track rated "good." Favourite Zip Car was parked from the start and still managed to edge out pacesetter Mother Hen for second-place honours over one length behind the winner.
Skip DeMull drove the Michigan-bred daughter of Hes All That for trainer Kevin St. Charles and his partners from E C S Racing LLC. Kayla Grace, an 18-time winner last season, now has 31 victories in 45 starts lifetime and earnings totalling $167,806.
She paid $9.30 to win as the 7-2 third choice.
Keystone Orion ($7.20) and driver Nick Steward won the $7,700 Preferred 3 Trot in 2:02 by four and a half lengths over the rallying favourite, Order By Commander, and gusty first over challenger, Moonbeam Hall. The six-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall picked up his first victory of the year for Anthony and Albina Montini of Acton, Ont.
To view Wednesday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Wednesday Results - Western Fair Raceway.