TORONTO, October 4 – This weekly feature offers a look back at the best Standardbred races and performances of the week at Mohawk and Woodbine.
A FRESH START
#5 – Monday, October 3; Race 1 – Driver Scott Zeron and the seven-year-old gelding, Mintoes, won the first race at Woodbine Racetack, as the pair kicked off the fall/winter standardbred meet. Mintoes won the claiming handicap event in 1:56.3 for trainer Les Fuller. Click here to read more.
Click here to watch the video replay – October 3; Race 1
AN UNWORLDLY PACER
#4 – Saturday, October 1; Race 7; Preferred 2 – The Rob Fellows-trained Hyperion Hanover used front end tactics to score in the $30,000 Preferred 2 Pace. Sent off an 8-1 longshot, the eight-year-old gelding won by one length in 1:52 with Sylvain Filion in the bike. The son of Camluck paid $19.10 to win.
Click here to watch the video replay – October 1; Race 7
‘REBEKA’ BESTS ‘DREAMFAIR’
#3 – Friday, September 30; Race 8; Fillies and Mares Open – The Justin Filion-trained and Sylvain Filion-driven Rebeka Bayama rallied from the back of the pack to win the $42,000 Fillies and Mares Open. The four-year-old mare beat Canada’s reigning horse of the year, Dreamfair Eternal, by half a length. The bay used a :26.4 final quarter to stop the teletimer in 1:51.1. Rebeka Bayama paid $6.50 to win as the second choice.
Click here to watch the video replay – September 30; Race 8
THE ‘THUNDER’ ROLLS
#2 – Saturday, October 1; Race 2; Grassroots Final – In gate-to-wire fashion, driver Anthony MacDonald guided Thundering Ovation to victory in the $100,000 OSS Grassroots Final for two-year-old filly trotters. The 14-1 upsetter, held on to score the triumph by a nose in 1:58.3 for trainer Gerald Sloan. The daughter of Thunder Road-Shesintuff paid $31.10 to win.
Click here to watch the video replay – October 1; Race 2
WHAT A ‘HOTTIE’
#1 – Saturday, October 1; Race 1; Open Pace – Driver Chris Christoforou took 39-1 longshot, Major Hottie, to the front in the $50,000 Open Pace and didn’t look back. The Stephen Charlton pupil secured the victory with a two and a quarter length lead as he crossed the wire in 1:49.4. The six-year-old bay paid $80.40 to win.
Click here to watch the video replay – October 1; Race 1