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Fast Pay Sets OSS Record, Bay Girl Wins


Published: August 10, 2009 9:10 pm ET

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Fast Pay became the fastest performer in the history of the OSS program when he buzzed over Mohawk Racetrack’s seven-eighths mile oval in 1:49 on Monday eveningin the $130,000 OSS Gold Series final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings.

The Dave Menary trainee and driver Paul MacDonell shaved two-fifths of a second off the former OSS mark of 1:49.2 set last season by the multiple award winner Somebeachsomewhere.

Fast Pay settled away seventh while Lyons Horace and Primary Purpose battled to the quarter pole in :26 seconds. Lyons Horace eventually took over the lead, but was quickly looped by Primary Purpose, who later gave way to a backstretch-brushing Shipps Xpectancy.

Shipps Xpectancy tripped the teletimer at the mid-way point in :53.2, and he maintained the top spot as the field zipped by the three-quarter pole in 1:21. Fast Pay, in the meantime, was tracking cover from third over for MacDonell. Fast Pay uncorked a :27-second final frame to propel himself to one-length victory over OK Boromir in 1:49. Stonebridge Terror rounded out the top three.

Larry Menary, Denis Breton, Phil Silvestri and Joe Settimi share ownership on the colt, who has put together a 5-2-1 record in his first 11 starts of the season. It was the second Gold final score of the year for the career winner of $285,920.

The OSS Gold final for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings plus an OSS Gold Series elimination for two-year-old pacing fillies were originally scheduled for Sunday night at Mohawk Racetrack, but a severe storm forced the cancellation of that card and the rescheduling of both events.

In the OSS Gold Series elimination for two-year-old pacing fillies Bay Girl used last second heroics to take home top prize in the $40,000 affair for the team of driver Mario Baillargeon and trainer Ben Wallace.

The daughter of Royal Mattjesty-Whitley Bay was last (ninth) at the mid-way point but first to the line thanks in part to a :27.2 final frame. The margin of victory for the filly was a neck for Bay Girl, who hauled down The Big Scoop in the closing strides. Sweetest Smile was third.

Bay Girl, who is owned by members of the Sergi family – Michael, Sam and Pat of Canton, NY - now owns a 1-1-1 record in her first three tries. The $7,000 purchase from last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale has banked $28,040 to date.

The top five finishers from Monday’s elimination will join the top five finishers from Sunday’s elimination in the OSS Gold Series final on Sunday, August 16.

$130,000 OSS Gold Series Final
1. Sweetest Smile
2. The Big Scoop
3. Precious Cammill
4. Bay Girl
5. Give The Gift
6. Tiz To Dream
7. Tymal Dalia
8. Euphrosini
9. Western Silk
10. Lily Ellie

To view Monday’s non-wagering harness racing results, click here.

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