Live harness racing continued on Sunday, Sept. 17 at Flamboro Downs, with driver Tyler Borth sweeping the two divisions of the Prospect Series for sophomore filly trotters to highlight the nine-race card.
The Ballykeel Deal and Borth kicked off the Prospect action with a gate-to-wire win in the $8,600 first division.
Starting from post four in the field of five, Borth wasted no time getting The Ballykeel Deal to the front, taking command through an opening quarter of :29.3, The Ballykeel Deal remained loose on the lead through the middle half of the mile in :59.4 and 1:29.3. The Ballykeel Deal had plenty left in the tank for the final quarter, opening up her lead to 3-1/2 lengths with a :29.3 final quarter to score in hand in 1:59.1. Pajamas Optional and Jeffrey O'Brien finished second, with Kenogami Courage and Colin Kelly finishing third.
The Ballykeel Deal paid $2.10 to win as the heavy favourite. Trained by Katie MacNeil for owner Ballykeel Racing Inc., which also bred the daughter of Wheeling N Dealin-Ballykeel Majestic, The Ballykeel Deal scored her fifth victory in 11 season starts. With the victory, The Ballykeel Deal now boasts a career bankroll of $41,682.
Borth swept the Prospect action on the evening, deploying off the pace tactics to score in the $8,700 second division aboard April Duford.
Saddled with the far outside post six, Borth landed in the fifth position in the early stages as Champagne Bettina and Preston Shaw took command through a :30.3 opening quarter. Champagne Bettina continued to lead to the half in 1:01 before Angelic KT and Bruce Richardson challenged first-up to three-quarters in 1:30.3 with April Duford in tow second-over. Angelic KT forged to the lead at the top of the lane; however, Borth unleashed a furious rally with April Duford off cover. April Duford powered home in :29.2 to collar Angelic KT by a head on the wire in 2:00.4. Sant Ambroggio and Daniel O'Brien finished third.
April Duford paid $5 to win. The victory was the sixth in 22 seasonal starts for the three-year-old rookie trained by Ashley Duford. April Duford has now banked $37,940 for owner Dennis Duford.
To view Sunday's harness racing results for Flamboro Downs, click the following link: Sunday Results - Flamboro Downs.