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Top 5 Races of the Week (July 7- 12)

July 13, 2011

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 13 – This weekly feature offers a look back at the best Standardbred races and/or performances of the week at Mohawk.

#5 – Monday July 11; Race 3; OSS Gold elim – The Bob McIntosh-trained Class Of O Nine is now three-for-three in her freshman season after winning her Ontario Sires Stakes Gold elim for two-year-old pacing fillies. Sent off at 3-5, the Camluck miss got under the wire in 1:55.4. Click here to read more.

Click here to watch the video replay – July 11; Race 3  

#4 – Saturday, July 9; Race 9; Summertime final – Driver Mike Saftic and Fantaddy found their way to the winner’s circle in the $60,000 Summertime final. The Tony O’Sullivan trainee won from off-the-pace in a new lifetime mark of 1:50, three-quarters of a length ahead of Odysseus Bluechip and Mario Baillargeon. The sophomore paid $7.50 to win.

Click here to watch the video replay – July 9; Race 9 

#3 – Saturday, July 9; Race 5; Beat The Heat Pacing Series final – Junior K was a 22-1 upsetter in the inaugural $60,000 Beat The Heat Pacing Series final.  The Robin Davies-trained and Roger Mayotte-driven seven-year-old ridgling defeated 11 rivals, winning by half a length in a career-best clocking of 1:50. The son of Astreos-Winterwood Beauty paid $46.20.

Click here to watch the video replay – July 9; Race 5 

#2 – Tuesday, July 12; Race 5; Town Pro final – Sophomore pacing filly Swinging Beauty was victorious in the $60,000 Town Pro final for trainer Gregg McNair.  With his son, Doug, in the sulky, the pair won from off-the-pace in a career-best effort of 1:52. The Art Major filly paid $6.40 to win. After the win, Doug jumped into a helicopter and flew off to Georgian Downs and picked two more stakes trophies in OSS Grassroots action. To read the recap, click here.  To read more on Swinging Beauty, click here.

Click here to watch the video replay – July 12; Race 5 

#1 – Tuesday, July 12; Race 8 – In preparation for this year’s Maple Leat Trot, Il Villaggio and driver Jody Jamieson won an overnight by seven and a half lengths in 1:51.4, a lifetime best and record equalling performance. The four-year-old matched the nation’s fastest trotting mile of the 2011, set by San Pail on July 5 at Mohawk.  Il Villaggio also equalled the track record as well as the Canadian record for older trotting horses. 

Click here to watch the video replay – July 12; Race 8

Click here to read the recap of the Beat The Heat Pacing Series and Summertime finals.

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