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Gold Goes To 'Molly' & Mach Pride

Published: July 22, 2012 8:47 pm ET

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Right On Molly and Mach Pride became Ontario Sires Stakes Gold champions with a pair of victories in Sunday's $130,000 finals for two-year-old pacers at Rideau Carleton Raceway.

Right On Molly remained undefeated in three career starts -- all in the OSS program -- with a 1:53.2 triumph in the Gold Final for pacing fillies.

The Stonebridge Regal-Right On filly and driver Jody Jamieson were flushed first up from fourth at the half and hooked up in a battle for the top spot with leader Adventurepan during the third panel. Adventurepan (Scott Zeron), who had cleared to command at the :27.1 first quarter mark and put up middle splits of :57 and 1:24.3, gave way to her attacker around the final turn. Right On Molly then cruised home to a new career mark while second over Kims Royal Day (Anthony MacDonald) chased her home to place, finishing two and three-quarter lengths behind. Adventurepan finished six lengths back in third.

The time of the mile was four-fifths of a second off the long-standing freshman filly track record, set by Odies Fame in 1998.

Note: There was a teletimer malfunction and the official winning time was 1:53.2

Right On Molly paid $2.70 to win as the odds-on favourite. The filly began her career with a victory at the Grassroots level on July 1 at Mohawk Racetrack before sweeping her Gold elimination and final. She is trained by Otis Hall for Ontario owners Sauble Hill Farms of Tara and Nasussito Racing Inc. of Ayr.

Mach Pride also completed a sweep of the Gold Series event for pacing colts and geldings with a 1:52.3 triumph in the second $130,000 final.

Driver Anthony MacDonald fired the Mach Three-Cyber Wave colt off the gate from post four and cleared to command at the :26.4 opening quarter mark. The 2-5 favourite led the rest of the way through fractions of :56.2 and 1:24 before holding off the pocket-pulling Windsong Jack (Scott Zeron) for the half-length victory. Southwind Amazon (Doug McNair) advanced first over to finish third, three and three-quarter lengths behind.

The mile time was just two-fifths of a second off the divisional track record, held by Warrawee Needy.

Mach Pride now boasts four wins and has yet to finish off the board in six career starts. Among his wins are another Gold elimination on June 29 at Mohawk. He finished third in that final the following week. Louie Eftimiadis trains the colt for owner Gerald Mijal, Westland, Michigan.

Mach Pride paid $2.90 to win.

To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Rideau Carleton Raceway.


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