Rebounding from an accident in last weekend's Futurity final, Dontchase Justpace set a new divisional track record at Miami while winning the $11,142 Silk Lace Stakes final for Manitoba-sired three-year-old fillies on Sunday (September 9).
Owned, trained and driven by Dean Rey, the Charms Shark-Major Story filly lowered the record by three-fifths of a second to 2:00.1. The former record was held by Hot Pace.
Dontchase Justpace moved into second-place at the half then overtook pacesetter Release The Baby (:28.1, :58.1, 1:27.4) in the stretch en route to a six-length victory. It was her fourth stakes win of the season from seven starts.
Rey completed a sweep of the sophomore finals as Good Eye Hawkeye took the $11,452 Golden Boy for colts in 2:04.2 over Reys N A Ruckus and Givitathottakashot. Unraced as a two-year-old, the Whatayasay-Dragonali Outofbed colt has finished no worse than third in nine starts with today's effort marking his fourth victory.
Trained and driven by Don Howlett, Saskabush Steve romped to a five-length triumph over a pair of rivals in the $4,180 Juvenile Stakes final for two-year-olds. Cory Manning's homebred colt, a son of Lambretta and Jk Fantasy, earned his second (consecutive) win from six starts and a new mark of 2:03.1.
Howlett ended the day with a training-driving triple as Honey Booboolina extended her win streak to seven when she circled a field of four in the $3,200 Invitational Pace. The six-year-old As Promised-Bouboulina mare prevailed by half a length over False Advertising in a two minute mile for owners Wanda Howlett and Cynthia Hoey.
This week's $3,000 Preferred 2 went to Tahuya Rico and Clayton Braybrook in 2:00.1.
The Manitoba fair circuit will close out its 2018 harness racing season next Sunday at Miami, followed by the annual horsemen's meeting. First race post time is 1:30 p.m.
To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Miami.