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Sophomore Trotters Sizzle In Simcoe

Published: September 7, 2019 12:09 am ET

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A trio of Simcoe Stakes divisions for three-year-old trotters highlighted a terrific, 10-race card Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Green Manalishi S dug deep late to reach up for a thrilling victory in the lone $174,503 Simcoe division for three-year-old colts and geldings. The victory gave driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Marcus Melander each a stakes hat-trick on the card.

All Wrapped Up made a second-quarter move from third to first and led the field by the half in :57. Green Manalishi S and Tetrick got away fourth and sat there until the midway point of the mile, angling out to come first-up.

The third-quarter saw All Wrapped Up ramp up the tempo :28.1, while Green Manalishi S grinded up to the leader’s wheel.

In the stretch, All Wrapped Up was all out and kept Green Manalishi S more than a length away with an eighth of a mile to go. The Melander trainee would not be denied a victory, finding more in deep stretch and powering by just in time for a 1:53 victory.

“I thought I was a little messed up there when I let them get over to the half too slow and I was a little far back,” said Tetrick. “I had to come a little early there going to the half, but my horse sat out there and put his nose up when it was time.

“Top of the lane a little bit (worried),” admitted Tetrick. “Half way down the lane he started kicking in and right by the tote board he took off for me and I knew I was going to get him.”

Union Forces finished third, while Smart As Hill was fourth.

A son of Muscle Hill, Green Manalishi S was making his first start at Mohawk Park since capturing last year’s Wellwood Memorial. The Melander trainee improved to four wins and $385,726 earned in eight starts this season.

Green Manalishi S will now head towards next Saturday’s (September 14) Canadian Trotting Classic with nine wins and $945,883 in career earnings for owner Courant Inc.

A $2 win ticket on Green Manalishi S returned $2.80.

The entry box for the Canadian Trotting Classic closes Tuesday morning (September 10) at 10:30 a.m. The top-ten money earners to enter will compete in the rich final.

The Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies saw a group of 13 separated into a pair of divisions.

Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry made her first start since August 3 and got things her own way to win the $85,029 first division

Now racing for trainer Carmen Auciello, When Dovescry and driver Simon Allard trotted out to the lead and got away with soft fractions of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:27.4. Special Honor followed the leader’s every move from the two-hole, while 3/5 favourite Evident Beauty sat third.

The sprint for home saw Evident Beauty trotting up a storm and appearing to have a chance to defeat When Dovescry until she made a break entering the final sixteenth, handing the victory to When Dovescry in 1:54.4. Special Honor finished two-lengths back in second, while Evident Beauty finished third.

“I got lucky,” said Allard about the break made by Evident Beauty. “She didn’t race in a little while and we needed a race and we ended up winning, so that’s great. She’s been good all along and sometimes the good horses do everything right and it works out for them.”

A daughter of Muscle Hill, When Dovescry picked up her third straight win to bring her sophomore record to three wins and $328,054 earned in six starts. She now sports career numbers of eight wins and $618,764 earned for owners Go Fast Stable, Yves Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh and Lawrence Dumain.

A $2 win ticket on When Dovescry returned $4.50.

Sisters Promise went to the top and never looked back to win the $86,028 second Simcoe division in a career-best 1:53.4.

Driven by Tetrick, Sisters Promise trotted out to the lead and set fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:25.3. Race-favourite The Ice Dutchess sat fourth and angled out heading towards three-quarters.

Sisters Promise got away from her rivals after creating separation at three-quarters and trotted home in :28.1 to win by three-quarters of a length. The Ice Dutchess finished second, while Bright Eyes M was third.

“She’s always had enough talent, just hasn’t been able to put it together,” said Tetrick. “I got off the car and got an easy first-eighth and kind of cruised to the half and then I stepped on the gas and she held off The Ice Dutchess late.”

A daughter of Father Patrick, Sisters Promise was winless in 11 starts this season prior to her Simcoe score. The Linda Toscano trainee has now earned over $100,000 this season to bring her career totals to four wins and $192,109 earned for owners Brittany Farms.

Sisters Promise paid $20.20 to win.

The top finishers from Friday’s Simcoe Stakes are all eligible to next Saturday’s (September 14) Elegantimage Stakes. The top-ten money earners to enter by Tuesday morning will line up for the rich event.

Friday evening’s card also featured a $30,000 Mares Preferred. Youaremycandygirl followed up her stunning victory from a week ago with a 1:48.3 victory over Seaswift Joy N and Kissin In The Sand.

Making her second start from trainer Richard Moreau, Youaremycandygirl brushed to the lead in the second-quarter and never looked back to win. The four-year-old mare and driver Louis Philippe Roy posted fractions of :54.4 and 1:21.4 before firing home in :26.4 for her third win of the season.

Owned by Bill Donovan, Youaremycandygirl sports career numbers of 21 wins and over $1.5 million earned. She paid $3.50 to win.

Live harness racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with more Grand Circuit action. Rookie pacers, colts and fillies, will compete in the Champlain, while three-year-old pacing fillies will duel in the Simcoe.

Post time is 7:10 p.m.

(Woodbine Mohawk Park)

To view results for Friday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Friday Results – Woodbine Mohawk Park.


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