Campbellville, ON--Vegas Vacation, driven by Brian Sears, set a new Simcoe Stakes record of 1:48.3 on Saturday (Sept. 7) at Mohawk Racetrack.
The stakes-filled card also included Canadian Trotting Classic elims, Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old pacers and Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old pacers.
Two $121,737 Simcoe divisions for 3-year-old pacers took place with Fool Me Once capturing the other split.
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|Vegas Vacation heads to the Little Brown Jug after this 1:48.3 Simcoe Stakes win.|
Vegas Vacation received a perfect pocket trip behind Sunshine Beach (Chris Christoforou) through panels of 26.4, 55 and 1:22.2, before getting the better of Sunshine Beach in deep stretch en route to victory. Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) finished third.
Trained by Casie Coleman for owners Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaten, Phyllis Saunders and West Wins Stable, Vegas Vacation now has $650,061 in career earnings. The son of Bettors Delight has a 7-3-1 record from 13 starts this season. He paid $2.80 to win.
His next start will be the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio, on Sept. 19.
Fool Me Once, with Brian Sears, took over before the half and fended off all challengers to take the first $121,737 division of the Simcoe Stakes.
A highly competitive group went postward in the Simcoe, with Fool Me Once and Lucan Hanover both 2-1 co-favorites on the toteboard, although the latter was the official choice.
They hooked up in early stretch, but Fool Me Once prevailed by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:49.4, while longshot Captive Audience collared Lucan Hanover for place.
Trained and co-owned by Mark Austin of Fergus, Ont., along with partner Dan Smith of London, the son of Art Major-Fool That I Am has now won nine of his 12 outings this year.
After knocking heads with the elite in the division, including a close fourth-place finish to champion Captaintreacherous in the Pepsi North America Cup in June, Fool Me Once won four of his next five starts in New York Sire Stakes.Fool Me Once, who reached the half in 55.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.3, paid $6.60 to win.
Precocious Beauty leads Champlain Stakes filly winners
|Precocious Beauty won her Champlain split in 1:52.|
Precocious Beauty remained the division leader with a workmanlike tally in the second of two $121,791 divisions of the Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies.
Fresh off a hard-fought, half-length win last week in the She’s a Great Lady Stakes, Precocious Beauty and driver Doug McNair had an easier time on Saturday, gliding to the front over Beach Gal just before the half, then digging in to repel a stretch challenge from her rival to win by two lengths in 1:52. Bahama Blue was third.
Trained by Gregg McNair, Precocious Beauty, bred and owned by James Avritt of Lebanon, Ky., has now won five of seven starts, with two seconds, and over $375,000, with her career mark of 1:50.2 coming in the Eternal Camnation on Aug. 17 and equaled in the She’s a Great Lady on Aug. 31.
Sent postward the prohibitive 1-2 choice, Precocious Beauty, a daughter of Art Major-Precious Beauty, paid $3.10 to win.
In the other division, heavily favored She's Da Bomb cruised to victory in 1:52.3 for driver Jody Jamieson.
The daughter of Art Major-Armbro Bombay came from off-the-pace through panels of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.1, before Jamieson showed her open road and She's Da Bomb responded with an :27.4 final quarter to win by 2-3/4 lengths. Porsche Seelster (Doug McNair) came on to finish second, over Impatience (Sylvain Filion).
Trained by Tony O’Sullivan for owner Frank Bellino, She's Da Bomb now has a 4-0-0 record from five starts this season along with $131,356. She paid $2.70 to win.
Winds Of Change and Luck Be Withyou win Champlain splits for colts
Winds Of Change and Luck Be Withyou delivered in a pair of $130,797 divisions of the Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old pacers.
Winds Of Change (10)
Third-over turning for home, Winds Of Change, an American Ideal-Art's Temptress colt trained by Linda Toscano, flew by the leader and favorite Journeyman, but was all out to hold off a flying Jet Airway on the inside by a neck in a career best 1:51.4. Crafty Master, on the outside, was only a half-length behind in third.
It was the second win in seven starts for Winds Of Change, who came into the Champlain off a sixth place finish to Boomboom Ballykeel in last week’s Metro Pace, after finishing a solid second to Western Vintage in an elim a week earlier.
Owned by Brittany Farms of Versailles, Ky.,and Val D'or Farms of Millstone, N.J., Winds Of Change had to overcome the 10-hole for the victory, but Tetrick worked out a perfect trip to get the job done.
Winds Of Change paid $18.90 to win.
In the second division, Luck Be Withyou and Yannick Gingras found the wire first in 1:52.The talented son of Western Ideal-Trim Hanover cleared to the lead past the quarter in 27.2 and never looked back through panels of 56.1 and 1:24.1, before dashing away from his rivals to score the win. Fort Knox (Scott Zeron) finished second with Some Major Beach (Brian Sears) third.
Trained by Bill Cass for owner John Craig, Luck Be Withyou now has a 3-1-0 record from eight starts this season and $99,542. The swift pacer is also a three-quarter brother to world record holder American Jewel (1:48.2 - $1,834,823).
He paid $3.40 to win.