Starting from Post seven in the first C$200,000 Super Final, driver Paul MacDonell sent Riveting Rosie straight to the front and controlled the tempo through fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.1. The fan favorites cruised home 2-1/2 lengths ahead of Miss Aultsville and Luck Is All Ineed, in 1:56.
“She’s just so dominant. She’s big. She’s strong. I think we haven’t seen the best of her yet. I think next year when she grows up and fills out she’ll be something else,” MacDonell said in the winner’s circle. “There’s no effort to her gait, she’s smooth, and got a nice mouth on her, she’s got all the attributes of a good one.”
MacDonell piloted Riveting Rosie to her sixth lifetime win for trainer John Bax and his partners Don Allensen, J and T Stable and John Hayes. In addition to her Gold Series successes, the daughter of Muscle Mass was also victorious in the Peaceful Way Final and Champlain Stakes at Mohawk and rounds-out her freshman campaign with C$468,613 in earnings.
Bee A Magician captured the 2-year-old trotting filly Super Final last November, kicking-off a win streak that stood at 13 races heading into Saturday night’s showdown. With an impressive, 1:52.2 triumph from Post six, the filly became just the eighth horse to repeat as a Super Final winner and extended her streak to 14 races.
“She’s all business. She gets on the track, she just wants to go and she wants to do it. She’s a dream,” Melvin Hartman said; He shares ownership of Bee A Magician (by Kadabra) with Herb Liverman and David McDuffee.
“I will challenge anyone that Kadabra is as good -- if not the best -- stallion in the world,” Hartman continued. “He has thrown some tremendous horses, they’ve raced in Ontario and they’ve gone on to race in North America, and it’s great for the Sire Stakes program.”
Among Bee A Magician’s sophomore triumphs are the Hambletonian Oaks, Casual Breeze, Elegantimage, Delvin Miller Memorial and Simcoe Stakes, giving her a two season bankroll of C$1,876,617. The Richard “Nifty” Norman trainee will make her 14th sophomore start in the Breeders Crown Eliminations at Pocono Downs on Oct. 12.
Anaffairtoremember and Charmed Life, with Paul MacDonell aboard for John Bax, completed the top three.
MacDonell was back in the winner’s circle following the third Super Final battle, guiding the 3-year-old pacing filly Regil Elektra to a 1:50.4 personal best for trainer Shawn Robinson and owner Fred Monteleone Stable. The win was the daughter of Mach Three 11th of the season and her second in Ontario Sire Stakes action.
“Her form obviously shows that she’s been coming up to a good race, and they said that she was as sharp as she’s been,” MacDonell said. He had driven the filly earlier in the season. “You get a good feeling when you get on the bike and the connections say that to you.”
MacDonell and Regil Elektra swept up on the outside to grab the 1-1/2 length win over the fan favorite, Love Canal, and Best Impressions.
Muscle Matters delivered a commanding victory in the 2-year-old trotting colt event, cruising home three lengths ahead of Massive Muscles and Valorscross. The 1:55.4 clocking was a personal best for the son of Muscle Mass trained by Benoit Baillargeon for his partners Nunzio Vena, Santo Vena and Richard Thompson of London.
“The other thing is my son (Johnny) just got engaged today, so this is sweet icing on the cake. It’s perfect, perfect day,” Santo Vena said in a winner’s circle packed with family and friends.
Liette Flanagan also celebrated perfection following the 3-year-old trotting colt final. Flanagan Memory, named in honor of her late father and the colt’s breeder, Michel Flanagan, trotted to his fifth win in five Ontario Sire Stakes starts. The son of Kadabra and driver Chris Christoforou controlled the race from start to finish, sailing home 1-1/4 lengths ahead of Creampuff MacDaddy and Thankyoukessel in a personal best 1:53.
Flanagan shares ownership of the colt with trainer Rene Dion.
Two-year-old pacing colt favorite Bugger Bruiser also earned a Super Final crown off a front-end effort that featured a sizzling, :25.4 opening quarter. The son of Believeinbruiser and driver Anthony MacDonald hung on for a neck victory over Crafty Master and Three Of Clubs, both trained by Gregg McNair, in a sharp, 1:50.3 clocking.
Carmen Auciello trains Bugger Bruiser for his father Rocco Auciello and Denarben Stables. The partners purchased the gelding at the beginning of September and have banked $196,000 with him in four starts.
“Nobody expected this,” Auciello said with the Super Final trophy in his arms. “The horse has a heart bigger than this trophy here, and that’s a big trophy, the biggest one I’ve ever got in this business, anyway. I’m just happy. I’ve got my family here. There’s tons of us here, and it’s just a thrill. I’ve been waiting for this my whole life.”
The 2-year-old pacing filly division was also decided by a neck as Performing Art, Lady Shadow and the favorite, Sudoku, emerged from the rapidly gathering fog and battled to a 1:52 finish. The daughter of Shadow Play, Performing Art’s personal best equaled the Ontario Sire Stakes record first set by Chancey Lady in 2007 and matched in 2011 by Apogee Hanover. Billy Davis Jr. engineered the win on behalf of trainer Otis Hall and his father Larry Hall’s Sauble Hill Farms.
The last Super Final trophy was awarded to Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. and Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc., who bred and own the 3-year-old pacing gelding Duc Dorleans. The son of Shanghai Phil and driver Sylvain Filion roared out of the fog and down the stretch to a 1:49.2 triumph over Tarpon Hanover and Brocks Fortune.
Trained by Jacques Dupont, Duc Dorleans scored his fourth win of the season, and his first in Ontario Sire Stakes action, with the personal best effort.
Ontario Sire Stakes fans will have one last opportunity to see the provincial stars in action when Grand River Raceway and the Raceway at Western Fair Raceway District host Gold Series and Grassroots Consolations on October 13, 14 and 15.
For complete results please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0928mohsn.dat.