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Finals Galore At Western Fair Saturday

Published: November 5, 2010 11:16 am ET

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Western Fair’s Saturday night stakes schedule will showcase the finals of the four Middlesex County Series and a $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold final for three-year-old pacing colts.

Horseplayer Interactive viewers will be able to watch most of the action, as it will be pick up the card in progress.

The first Middlesex tilt, which is the $49,300 final for trotting males and will head to post as Race 4, will feature morning line favourite Northern Inferno, He has captured his two Middlesex preliminary legs by a combined 24 lengths. Owned by trainer Michael Kwietniowski, Bill Manes and William Cripps, the four-year-old Angus Hall gelding will leave from Post 2.

The second Middlesex finale, for trotting mares, will head to post for Race 5 and will see Yorke Puddin look to complete a series sweep from Post 8. The three-year-old daughter of Duke Of York is trained by William Hamm and driven by Thomas Hamm and will start from the trailing Post 8.

The richest of the Middlesex finals, which offers a purse of $54,400, is for pacing mares (Race 6), and two distaffers have the potential to record a series sweep. Ella V Horse, a three-year-old daughter of Royal Mattjesty, has won both of her preliminary legs for trainer/owner Fred Drouillard of Dutton, Ontario. Alex Lilley will guide the filly from Post 1. Amanda Star has also captured both of her preliminary legs for trainer Richard Moreau and driver Doug McNair. Owned by Gaetan Bono of Quebec, the sophomore Rustler Hanover miss will start from Post 6.

The same scenario exists in the final Middlesex split (Race 8), the $52,300 final for pacing horses. Warners Speedy Art will leave from Post 1 with driver Trevor Henry. The three-year-old Modern Art colt trained and owned by John Warner of St. Thomas, Ont. has won both of his preliminary Middlesex legs. Loverboynik, a three-year-old by Camluck, also has the potential to sweep the series. He has drawn Post 8 for trainer Bryce Fenn, driver Dave Wall and owner Souren Hovseplan of Florida.

The Saturday night stakes action concludes in Race 10 with the $130,000 Gold final for the Ontario Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing colts. The field has been reduced to seven with the early scratch of leading point earner Mach Dreamer. Stonebridge Tonic, who established a new track record at the half-mile oval of 1:52.4 in last week’s elimination, has Post 5. Doug McNair will again be at the lines of the Camluck colt for his father, Gregg, who trains and co-owns with Angie Stiller, Artana Stables and Len Gamble.

A reminder that Western Fair’s new Pick-4 with a reduced takeout of 15 per cent begins tonight, November 5.

Program pages and live video of the races are available at

To view the entries for the card, click here.

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