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Mr Coolie Makes A Clean Sweep In Ontario Boys

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Published: February 27, 2010 8:38 pm ET

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Mr Coolie effectively overcame on off track and a tough post position to complete a sweep of the Ontario Boys Pacing Series for four-year-olds on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.

With Doug McNair in the driver’s seat in the $60,000 final, the son of No Pan Intended - Armbro Vertical got away fifth in the first quarter and watched as Justalittleluck (Jody Jamieson) put up an opening panel of :26.2.

As the field straightened up towards the half, McNair decided to send his charge to the attack and the pair moved up powerfully to take over command just past the half in :56.2. Mr Coolie continued to lead the field with no one challenging through three-quarters in 1:25.2.

As the field turned for home, Mr Coolie tried to kick away in his rivals with Justalittleluck coming to the outside to challenge. Longshots Lakers Vett (Mike Saftic) and Ponder Seelster (Sylvain Filion) had also moved up into contention along the inside.

It was Lakers Vett who closed strongest of all on the outside and chased Mr Coolie right to the wire. Mr Coolie held off the closer by a head with Ponder Seelster landing the show spot and Topcornerterror (Mario Baillargeon) rallying to finish fourth in the 1:54.2 mile.

The winner returned $8.30 to his backers and triggered a superfecta worth $5,778.10.

The victory was the third straight for Mr Coolie, who went winless in four starts last year and his first five outings this season before breaking out in the opening leg of the series. The winner’s share of the purse boosted his career earnings to $107,000 for trainer Gregg McNair, who co-owns along with Ian Fleming of Londesborough, Ont.

For the third consecutive week, Hyperion Hanover held off Keystone Horatio by a narrow margin to win Woodbine's $50,000 Open Pace in his quest for millionaire status.

Arts Ragin Jet (Rick Zeron) was first to fire off the gate with the 9-5 Keystone Horatio (Randy Waples) leaving from the center of the track and sweeping up to take over before the first turn. Keystone Horatio put up a :27.1 first quarter before Hyperion Hanover and Jody Jamieson made a backstretch brush from fourth. The 6-5 favourite rolled past the half in :57.3 and shook off a challenge from Stonebridge On Ice (Mike Saftic) near the three-quarters mark of 1:26.2.

Hyperion Hanover led the field of six down the lane with Keystone Horatio making a move late from the pocket and missing by a head. Hyperion Hanover stopped the clock in 1:53.4 over a track rated 'good' and two seconds off. Major Hottie (Mark MacDonald) rounded out the top three.

Hyperion Hanover returned $4.50 to win.

Rob Fellows trains the seven-year-old gelded son of Camluck - Hattie for the S S G Stables of North Boston, New York. Hyperion Hanover’s win improved his 2010 record to 3-1-2 in eight outings and lifted his earnings to $107,500. Lifetime, the career winner of 30 races has banked $981,343.

To view Saturday's results, click here.

(With files from WEG)


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