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McIntosh fillies deliver one-two punch in Windsor
WINDSOR, ON — The smile that appeared on Bob McIntosh’s face after Thursday’s post position draw grew to a full-fledged grin on Sunday night when Lady Graceful and Miss Frizzle finished first and second in their $130,000 Gold Final at Windsor Raceway.
Leaving from the rail position after Nicki Newton was scratched, Miss Frizzle and driver Wally McIlmurray, Jr. grabbed the early lead and led the three-year-old pacing fillies past a :27 opening quarter. The duo were not alone on the front end for long however, as Chris Christoforou moved Lady Graceful to the outside as the field rolled toward the backstretch.
At the :55.2 half Lady Graceful had a one-length lead on her stablemate, which she maintained past the 1:25 three-quarter pole. Miss Frizzle mounted a gutsy challenge through the final turn, but Lady Graceful displayed the talent which earned her $524,365 last season and pulled away to a one and one-quarter length victory, stopping the clock at 1:53.3.
Go Alberta Go finished two more lengths back in third, making the order of finish identical to the second Gold Elimination last weekend. Angel In Disguise, owned by Doug McIntosh of Wheatley and Michael Dockendorf of Chicago, IL, was unable to replicate her elimination winning trip from Post 8 and failed to have an impact on the race, finishing sixth.
Robert Waxman of Ancaster owns Lady Graceful, who pushed her earnings to $618,052 with the win. Windsor resident McIntosh shares ownership on Miss Frizzle with Larry Pollard of Harrow and Dwight Stacey of Mitchell.
Sunday’s Gold Final was the second time this weekend that horses trained by a McIntosh finished first and second in a $130,000 race. On Saturday night at London’s Western Fair Raceway Ryan Hall and Semper Fi Hall, both trained by Doug McIntosh, finished one-two in a three-year-old trotting colt Gold Final.
Both Bob McIntosh’s three-year-old pacing fillies and Doug McIntosh’s sophomore trotting colts will head to Woodbine Racetrack for their next Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series start. The colts compete in Gold Elimination action on June 3, with the fillies squaring off two weeks later.
Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Windsor Raceway on June 26 when the two-year-old pacing colts will make their provincial debut in Gold Series Eliminations.