Repeat Winners In Harvest Series
Four divisions of the Ontario Sires Harvest Series for two-year-old colts and geldings were contested Thursday evening, with trotters sparring in a set of splits and their pacing counterparts clashing in the other two divisions.
Kipper Whipr Snipr, who was a 1:58.3 winner in last week’s opening leg assignment, took down his $17,000 division on Thursday in 1:57.2 for driver Louis-Philippe Roy and trainer Rob Fellows.
Sent off as the 1-9 favourite, the son of Royalty For Life-New Years Day shot to the lead and after whacking out fractions of :27.4, :59.1 and 1:29.1 he kicked home in :28.1 to win by a pair of lengths over Lenis. Taking home the show dough was Ricky Resolve.
The victory improved the homebred’s record to 4-2-1 from 10 assignments and it lifted his lifetime earnings to $123,083 for owner/breeder Edward Wilson of Seagrave, Ont.
Angels Express went to the front and didn’t look back en route to a 1:59 triumph in the second division for driver Phil Hudon and trainer Tom Durand.
The son of Archangel-Daylon Mistress laid down fractions of :28.3, 1:00.4 and 1:30.3 before using a :28.2 final frame to win by 2-3/4 lengths over Crooked Dealer. Ima Standup guy rounded out the Trifecta ticket.
June Durand of Puslinch, Ont. owns the gelding who now owns a 2-3-0 record from 10 attempts. The $8,500 payday lifted his overall cash stash to $43,640.
Sports Advisor won the opening division for pacers, and he turned it into a blowout score for driver Doug McNair and trainer Rick Zeron.
A 1:54.3 winner in last week’s opening leg assignment, the son of Sportswriter-Shark Tail got away third before quarter pole-moving to the lead in the backstretch. He cleared to the top and then laid down middle panels of :56.2 and 1:25.1 before rocketing home in :28 to win by 6-3/4 lengths over Final Cheeserecipe in 1:53.1. Race favourite St Lads Sterling had to settle for third prize.
Sent off at odds of 3-1, Sports Advisor cruised to the handy victory for Rick Zeron Stables and John Donato. The win improved his rookie record to 3-0-1 from 12 tries and boosted his bankroll to $35,147.
Ron went gate to wire in the other division, and in doing so extended his winning streak to three in a row for the duo of driver Phil Hudon and trainer James ‘Friday’ Dean.
Ron sprinted to the lead and wound up laying down fractions of :27.1, :57.3 and 1:26.3 before flying home in :26.4 to win by a wrapped-up two lengths over Kobra Kai in 1:54.2. Jabberwocky kicked home late to finish third.
To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Woodbine Mohawk Park.