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McClure wins five; MacDonell sweeps Harvest divisions

October 9, 2018

MILTON, October 9, 2018 – Reinsman Bob McClure made the winner’s circle his second-home by capturing half of Tuesday’s 10-race card at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

The Elora, Ontario resident swept the opening four-races on the card before picking up his fifth win of the evening in the eighth-race.

McClure’s ‘high-five’ included a victory with four-year-old trotting mare Dream Together ($4) in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. The Luc Blais trainee made a second-quarter move from third to first and proceeded to trot away to a 1:52.4 (last-quarter :27.2) victory.

Dream Together picked up her sixth win in 15 starts this season and increased her seasonal earnings to $260,494. She is now a 14-time winner with $772,794 earned.

McClure’s four other victories came with sophomore pacer Mission Three ($2.60) for Rob Fellows, rookie trotter Steuben Hanover ($11) for Blais and veteran claiming pacers Regil Tiger ($29.80) for Terry McKibbin and Company Man ($13.30) for Dean Nixon.

In total, McClure won five of nine drives and earned a cheque in eight-races. His five-win night pushes him into a tie for second with Doug McNair in the Mohawk Park driver standings (116 wins).

The Harvest Series continued Tuesday with the completion of the first-leg for two-year-old pacing fillies and series opener for two-year-old trotting fillies.

Charmbo Brie took the pacing filly event in 1:54.2 for driver Paul MacDonell and trainer John Rier. The $17,000 Harvest Series division was raced as a non-wagering event prior to the races after being postponed due to fog on Monday.

A daughter of Betterthancheddar, Charmbo Brie sat fifth through the opening half and angled to the outside on the far turn, eventually rallying from fourth to nail Highmoon Sunshine by a neck. The Rier trainee paced home in :27.4.

Loves Delight was third, while Fresh Eyes was fourth.

A homebred for Rier, Charmbo Brie earned her second win in 11 starts and pushed her earnings to $25,821.

The second-leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies goes next Monday (October 15).

MacDonell made it a Harvest Series sweep Tuesday by guiding Briarwood Belle to victory in the lone 11-horse division for two-year-old trotting fillies.

A daughter of Archangel, Briarwood Belle came from third-over turning for home to trot by tiring rivals and score a 3 ¾ lengths victory over Nifty Trick in 1:59. Royaltys Pearl, who led at three-quarters in 1:28, finished third, while Eramosa Magic recovered from an early-break to finish fourth.

Trained by Rick Zeron, Briarwood Belle broke her maiden with the victory and increased her earnings to $16,870 in nine starts for owners Rick Zeron Stables, James Walker and Hugh Sutherland. She paid $19.70 to win.

The rookie trotting fillies will return for the second-leg on Tuesday, October 16.

Ontario sired two-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series.

Live racing resumes Thursday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.

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