TORONTO, January 10 – Conditioners Joe Cirasuola and Carmen Auciello were red hot Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack despite the frigid temperatures.
Both Cirasuola and Auciello sent out three winners over the 11-race card to continue their strong starts to 2015.
Cirasuola recorded his hat-trick first on the card with victories in races five, six and eight.
In the fifth race, pacer Four Boys picked up his second win in his last three starts with a 1:53.2 victory. James MacDonald guided the four-year-old for Cirasuola.
That duo would team up again a race later with pacer I Scoot Sam.
Despite being last at the three-quarter pole, MacDonald was able to do some nifty stickhandling in the stretch to record a 2 ½ length victory in 1:55.
E W Fisher and driver Kody Massey capped off the triple for Cirasoula in the evening’s eighth race.
Massey sent the eight-year-old trotter straight to the front and recorded a 2 ¼ length victory in 1:57.
The Auciello stable didn’t waste anytime picking up a victory Saturday night, as their first of 11 starters was successful in the first race.
Pacer Oceanview Bindi and driver Jonathan Drury rallied from sixth at the three-quarter pole to score a 1:55.3 victory.
The Auciello/Drury combo would click for a second time in the seventh race, the $34,000 Preferred pace.
Drury put Camaes Fellow, the 7/5 favourite, on the front end and never looked back en route to scoring a 2 ¼ length victory in 1:53. Saturday night’s victory was the second consecutive Preferred pace win for Camaes Fellow.
In the ninth race, Drury and Auciello scored an 18-1 upset with pacer Electrify to complete their respective hat-tricks. Despite being first up, Electrify grinded his way to a length and a half victory in 1:56.
Following Saturday night’s training triples, Auciello and Cirasuola now sit one-two in the WEG trainers standings this year.
Auciello, who captured the 2014 WEG training title, sits first with 8 wins from 29 starts over the first five cards of 2015. Cirasuola holds down second place with six wins from 14 starts this season.
Both conditioners will be front and centre again on Monday night, as Cirasuola’s stable will send out four starters and Auciello’s three on the 10-race card.
Post time Monday night is 7:25 p.m.