All age, gender and gait categories of the 2022 Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing season are officially underway, with two divisions kicking off the Gold campaign for rookie colts on July 9 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
In the $101,300 premier division, Stockade Seelster (State Treasurer) won in his pari-mutuel debut.
Leaving the rail position, Jody Jamieson put Stockade Seelster fourth early behind a 27.1 first quarter set by favorite Moment Is Here.
Jameison sent trainee Dr Ian Moore up front as the peloton entered the backstretch and took the lead at halfway. Moment Is Here attempted another move in the stretch, but Stockade Seelster proved the best, winning by a length in a solid 1:51.3.
“When I got in the back he got in front pretty easily,” Jamieson said, “Half in ’56 and he did the rest himself, he’s just a nice colt.”
It was Jamieson’s first time sitting behind Stockade Seelster, but he saw what he could do up close in his pair of qualifiers which he won by two lengths apiece.
“I was in both qualifying with him and saw how dominant he was and how much speed he had,” Jamieson said. “I knew he had talent, but you never know how they’ll turn out the first time around, but Doc told me he was ready to go, and he wasn’t lying.”
The win netted owners Sally Macdonald (Souris, PEI) and Paul Macdonald (Toronto, Ont.) $50,650.
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Moment Is Here finished second in the match, closing in 26.3. Trevor Henry drove the All bets off son of Hall of Fame coach Bob McIntosh. McIntosh co-owns the colt with Al McIntosh Holdings Inc, (Leamington, Ont.), Frank Baldachino (Harvey Cedars, NJ) and Mardon Stables (Loretto, Ont.).
Gregg McNair’s trainee, Sounds Good, finished third, with McNair’s son, Doug, on the race bike. Michael and Sam Sergi of Canton, NY own the The pleasure of bettors foal.
Write me a rose (sports editor) won the $102,200 Second Division, giving trainer Rob Fellows his second Gold Division win of 2022.
The colt was kicked out as the favorite in the pack of eight and starting from post four found himself off the pace behind a sluggish 57.3 first half in sixth.
“When you watched the race and saw the cheap half, you thought, oh no, we’re in a bad place,” Fellows said.
But Sylvain Filion was able to maneuver his charge into fourth as the peloton entered the stretch, and he powered home in 26.1 to fend off the late closing Better Be Bold.
“Every time all these babies come through the door, they surprise me every year with how fast they are,” Fellows said. “So far he’s been a fine colt, so let’s just hope he can stay healthy and have a good summer, and we can put him away safe and sound in October.”
The Windermere Stable LLC homebred now has two wins in two starts in his rookie campaign.
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Better Be Bold posted a final fraction of 26.0 to finish second by half a length, with Louis-Philippe Roy at the wheel. Shawn Steacy trains the betterthancheddar colt for owners Mark Steacy (Lansdowne, Ont.) David Reid (Sydenham, Ont.) and Landmark 15 Racing Stable (Lansdowne, Ont.). Rod Boyd’s apprentice Nightime Dancer finished third with Johnathan Drury in the race bike.
Results – July 9 Woodbine Mohawk Park
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by Austin Stanton, for the Ontario Sire Stakes