Campbellville, ON --- Metro Pace winner Boomboom Ballykeel returns to Ontario Sire Stakes action on Friday (Sept. 20) at Mohawk Racetrack and the 2-year-old pacing colt is in a must win situation if he is to extend his season through next weekend’s C$200,000 Super Final.
The Mach Three-Teig N Riley son has just five points to his credit from a fifth-place finish in the July 8 Gold Series leg at Mohawk and the current cut off for a berth in the Super Final is 38. A win, worth 50 points, would launch the Richard Moreau trainee into the post-season, but a runner-up result, worth 25 points, will leave him short.
“He’s got himself in a jackpot,” says owner-breeder Cam McKnight ruefully.
“He is sharp, he trained in 1:55 on Wednesday (Sept. 11) at Mohawk, but then again everything has to line up,” adds the Tillsonburg resident. “You’ve got to be lucky. You don’t just have to have a good horse; you have to have a lucky horse.”
Boomboom Ballykeel and regular reinsman Sylvain Filion will be looking for luck from post five in the tenth race on Friday, in a division that is loaded with talent.
Point leader Three Of Clubs will start from post three for trainer Gregg McNair and his partners Tony Lawrence and Shady Hill Racing Stable and Mid-Summer Challenge winner Arthur Blue Chip gets post seven for trainer Dr. Ian Moore and Shadow One Stable.
Two other colts ranked in the top 10, Twin B Spy, who races out of Casie Coleman’s barn for West Wins Stable, Mac Nichol and Adriano Sorella, and Cluster Hanover, owned and trained by Jack Darling, will start from posts one and four, respectively.
The other C$105,000 freshman pacing colt division goes postward as race five.
In addition to the 2-year-old pacing colts, Mohawk will also host the regular season finales for the 2- and 3-year-old trotting colts. The freshmen will star in races one, two and nine and William Wellwood Memorial runner-up Harper Blue Chip is in the same dilemma as Boomboom Ballykeel, needing a win and some luck to land in the post season. The Mark Steacy trainee, who is also piloted by Filion, will start from post three in the second race.
The sophomore trotting colts will wage their battles in races three and six, and division point leader Thankyoukessel will be looking to make it two in a row for trainer Joseph MacIsaac and owner-breeder Carolyn Williston from post six in the sixth race.
Post time for Friday’s Ontario Sire Stakes laden program is 7:25 p.m.
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