Despite drawing the outermost post in a six-horse field, The Fixer slid to the lead and strode clear to a 1:54.4 victory in the $12,500 Preferred 2 Trot on Tuesday (Aug. 18) at Georgian Downs.
With odds-on favourite Mass Production making a break at the start, The Fixer cleared to the helm with Power And Grace tracking from second. The Fixer took the field by the stations in :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.2 before opening his lead to three-lengths heading for the finish. Power And Grace gave pursuit from second while Esquire, the longest shot on the board, took third.
A four-year-old gelding by Trixton, The Fixer won his sixth race from 16 starts this season and his 12th from 44 overall, earning $155,273. David Frey trains the $8.90 winner for owners 1652281 Ontario Ltd. while Scott Coulter had the reins.
Manhattan Night motored first over to take the co-featured event on the card, a $12,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 & 3 Handicap.
Driver Travis Henry floated Manhattan Night away sixth while Sports Flix took the field to the first quarter in :28.2. Heading to a :57.3 half, Henry sent Manhattan Night for the leader and advanced towards the top as the tempo accelerated to three-quarters in 1:25.3. The Anita Ouellette trainee matched strides with Sports Flix into the final turn and edged to a narrow lead into the stretch in progress to a one-and-a-half length score in 1:54.1. Sports Flix settled for second with Tilikum coming from second over for third.
Owned by Luc Ouellette Incorporated and Alan Alber, Manhattan Night won her third race from 15 starts this season and her 10th from 38 overall, earning $110,849. The four-year-old Dali mare paid $6.50 to win.
Caviars Triumph kicked off cover around the final turn to take the $9,500 Preferred 3 Trot in 1:59. The five-year-old Triumphant Caviar gelding raced fifth through most of the mile as Y C Broadway set a clip of :28.1, :58 and 1:27.4—facing only a brief challenge from Parkhill Nonstop into the final turn. Driver Scott Coulter tipped Caviars Triumph to race third over in a stalled flow heading to three-quarters, but promptly angled the Steve Coulter trainee around the competition. Through the stretch Caviars Triumph recouped six lengths to best Y C Broadway by a single length, while Teddys Littleangel came from second over for third.
Co-owned by Steve Coulter with Steve Adams, Caviars Triumph won his fifth race from 17 starts this season and his 17th from 84 overall, earning $116,419. He paid $6.60 to win.
To view Tuesday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Tuesday Results - Georgian Downs.