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Longshots land the hardware at Flamboro Wednesday
Thursday, October 05, 2017 - from the Ontario Sires Stakes

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Dundas, ON --- Ontario’s 2-year-old trotting fillies wrapped up their regular season at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 4) and fans of the longshot had a field day as the favorites faltered in both $75,840 Gold divisions.

In the opener second choice Sorceress Seelster fired out of post four to an early lead, reaching the quarter pole 3-1/4 lengths ahead of her peers in :28.1. The filly continued to draw away from the field heading for the :57.1 half, but skipped off stride in the third turn and left Allerage Stargazer in brief possession of the lead.

Heading into the backstretch for the final time, driver Lyle MacArthur sent Zorgwijk Sophia to the front, reaching the three-quarters in 1:28.2, and the filly was on cruise control from there to the wire. The longest shot in the six-horse field, Zorgwijk Sophia stopped the Flamboro Downs teletimer at 2:00.1. Allerage Stargazer was 4-1/2 lengths back in second, holding off a charging P L Layla who finished third. Favorite Smoke And Mirrors recovered from a series of breaks to be fourth.

MacArthur drives and trains Zorgwijk Sophia for Linda Wellwood and Tammy Aspden. With Wednesday’s win the Majestic Son-Zorgwijk Haughty daughter jumped into fourth spot in the division standings with 77 points from one win, two thirds, one seventh and one eighth in five Gold Series starts. The victory also more than tripled the filly’s earnings, which now stand at $56,309 after eight starts.

The second division saw Wayne Henry fire longshot Gotta Pay To Play out of post four and take command of the early tempo. Illusioneesta and Shamrock Shaker took a run at the pacesetter heading by the :29.4 quarter, but Henry refused to yield control and they tucked back onto the rail in second and third.

Gotta Pay To Play carried on to a :59.2 half and when heavy favorite Kadabra Queen mounted a challenge rolling off the third turn, Henry once again opted not to concede the lead and just after the 1:30.3 three-quarters Kadabra Queen went off stride. From there Gotta Pay To Play sailed home to a two length victory in 1:59.1. Illusioneesta finished second and Shamrock Shaker was third. Kadabra Queen finished well back in sixth.

Henry drives, trains and owns first-time winner Gotta Pay To Play, who had two fifths, one sixth and one seventh-place result in her first four Gold Series starts. The victory bumps the Windsong Espoir-Phoenix Goal daughter up to seventh spot in the point standings and increases her freshman earnings to $49,450.

Both Zorgwijk Sophia and Gotta Pay To Play will compete in the C$225,000 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Oct. 14, along with the other eight leading point earners, part of the Ontario Sires Stakes program’s C$1.8 million season finale.

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