Tyler Nostadt trainee Wildcat Delight dashed to the lead late in the mile to deliver as the 3-5 choice in the $27,600 Autumn Series Final for two- and three-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday (Oct. 25) at Flamboro Downs.
Double Play battled with Passion N Pearls for the lead to a :27.1 first quarter but won the early duel as she opened to a three-and-a-half length lead to a :55.4 half. Wildcat Delight sat behind the top pair in third and circled past Passion N Pearls as she faltered moving to three-quarters in 1:26. Into the final turn Wildcat Delight slowly reeled in Double Play, pulling pocket spinning into the stretch and surging to a one-and-a-quarter length victory in 1:57.1. Betchuloveme rallied from near-last for third.
A three-year-old filly by Bettors Delight, Wildcat Delight won her fourth race from 13 starts, earning $28,911 for owner Blueshoe Investments. Travis Cullen drove the $3.50 winner.
Champagne Phil wired his competition to pull a 15-1 upset in the $11,500 Horses & Geldings Preferred 2 Handicap Pace. Driver Scott Coulter sent the 10-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding to the lead while Choreographer sat pocket to a :27.4 first quarter. Pro Beach tipped first over from third past a :57 half and advanced to the pacesetter’s throat as the tempo quickened to three-quarters in 1:24.4. Off the turn Pro Beach stalled as Choregrapher kicked up the open stretch, but finished a head behind Champagne Phil in a 1:53.2 mile. Pro Beach held third.
Returning $32.30 to win, Champagne Phil won his third race from eight starts this season and his 43rd from 220 overall, earning $599,731. Kenneth Oliver trains the winner for owner ICR Racing.
Sports Authority scored a coast-to-coast victory in the first of two divisions of the $8,500 Horses & Geldings Preferred 3 Pace. The pylon starter secured the front to a :27.3 opening quarter and led pocket-sitter Prestige Seelster to a :56.1 half and by three-quarters in 1:25, where the leader endured a backside blitz from Premier Joy A rolling three wide towards the front. However Premier Joy A retreated into the final, leaving Sports Authority alone to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths in 1:54.2. Prestige Seelster held second while Paparazzi Hanover finished third.
Owned and trained by Cassandra Lecourt, Sports Authority won his third race from 16 starts this season and his 16th from 116 overall, earning $127,624. Anthony Haughan drove the seven-year-old Sportswriter gelding who paid $13.40 to win.
Toot Toot N took the other $8,500 Preferred 3 Pace off a pocket trip in 1:53.1. G A Speed Sammy cut the mile through a clip of :27.3, :57 and 1:24.4 while facing a mid-race challenge from 2-1 favourite YS Lotus. YS Lotus stalled straightening for the finish but Toot Toot N stalked the dueling leaders and shot through the open stretch with fresh legs to win by three-quarter lengths over G A Speed Sammy.
Co-owned by driver Ed Hensley and trainer Ashleigh Hensley, Toot Toot N won his sixth race from 22 starts this season and his 33rd from 146 overall, earning $229,689. He paid $13.00 to win.