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Bay Of Sharks Streaks To Final Friendship Win

Published: June 2, 2012 11:49 pm ET

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The Friendship Pacing Series wrapped up on Saturday night back at Georgian Downs with Bay Of Sharks taking all the glory.

Undefeated in the first three legs of the series and fresh off a break after sitting out during the fourth round, Bay Of Sharks trouced his rivals -- in particularly three Randy Van Meer trainees -- with a 1:53.2 wire-to-wire victory in the $44,800 final over a 'good' surface rated one second slow. With the inside post advantage, driver Paul MacKenzie and the six-year-old Cams Card Shark-Whitley Bay pacer took the lead and carved out fractions of :27, :56.1, and 1:24.3 en route to the two length tally over closers Amazon Art (Jonathan Drury) and Straight Shooting (Scott Coulter). Pocket-sitter Power Off (Stephen Byron) finished third. The favourite paid $2.40 to win.

Bay Of Sharks has won 10 times in 18 starts this year while banking $158,260 for trainer Corey Johnson and owner Michael Sergi. Tonight's win was his 21st lifetime and boosted his bankroll to $483,747.

The series, which featured alternating legs at Georgian and Kawartha Downs throughout the month of May, was for three-year-olds and up that are non-winners of $75,000 in 2011.

Saturday's $15,000 Preferred 2 Pace was won by the front-striding Piece Of The Rock in 1:52.4 with Robert Shepherd in tow. The half-million dollar earner is trained by Robert Young, who also co-owns with Jamie Trott of Orangeville, Brian Barton of Carlisle and Frank Aloise of Brampton. Scottiestrikesfame (Travis Bowman) finished one and three-quarter lengths behind in second off a pocket trip and Ok Boromir (Paul MacKenzie) rounded out the top three after a first over journey. The five-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Paulas Promise gelding paid $5.30 to win as the bettors' choice.

To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Georgian Downs.


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