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Another OSS record for Dreamfair Vogel
October 7, 2002
By Sandra Snyder

WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway fans were treated to another outstanding display of speed and ability on Sunday evening when the three-year-old trotting fillies and pacing colts gathered at the five-eighths mile oval to compete in their second last Gold Finals.

The sophomore trotting fillies put on an impressive show in the tenth race, with the acknowledged heavy hitters of the division going head-to-head again this week. Driver Mario Baillargeon hustled Early Secret off the wings from Post 7 and took control of the race just past the :27.1 opening quarter. Baillargeon and the Earl daughter then logged fractions of :57.2 and 1:26.1 under heavy pressure from Natashas Kiss and Corinas Mission, while fan favourite Pepi Lavec clawed her way up from the rear along the outside. At the head of the stretch Early Secret still owned the lead, but the fillies behind her were lining their sights up on the wire.

As Early Secret tired and Natashas Kiss took herself out of the running with an untimely break in stride, Corinas Mission and Pepi Lavec were left in a classic stretch duel that saw Pepi Lavec earn the 1:56.4 win by a head. Meanstoyourdreams closed well behind Pepi Lavec and was moved into third spot from fourth when Natashas Kiss was placed back for interfering with Balance The Paige. Early Secret moved up one spot from fifth to fourth and Bob McIntosh trainee Direct Dial picked up the final share of the $130,000 purse.

Pepi Lavec is trained by John Bax of Peterborough for his partner Glengate Farms of Campbellville and the veteran trotting conditioner said before the race that the winner could be the filly who did not get roughed up through the early stages of the race.

“Pepi (Lavec) feels good right now, but Corinas Mission is racing well and Early Secret is always tough, so whoever gets to ride on the other ones’ backs gets the advantage,” he said. “Likely one of those will have to be sacrificed on the front end.”

Pepi Lavec’s next start will be in the Breeders’ Crown Eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 12 where she will meet the best North America has to offer for the second time this season. The winner of $688,659 finished second the prestigious Hambletonian Oaks at The Meadowlands in New Jersey on Aug. 3.

Two races after Pepi Lavec’s triumph the exciting three-year-old pacing colts roared into the spotlight and Dreamfair Vogel treated the assemblage to a second straight Ontario Sires Stakes record performance to earn his first Gold Final trophy of the season.

Mario Baillargeon picked up the drive on the Village Jiffy colt when Randy Waples opted for Pacific Titan and Baillargeon opted for a come-from-behind strategy in his second shot a $130,000 purse. Leaving from Post 5 Dreamfair Vogel and Baillargeon landed in fourth on the rail, but were out gunning for the lead before the halfway marker. By the three-quarters Dreamfair Vogel was on top and from there the race was for second and third as the colt drew away to a one and three-quarter length win over the other elimination winner Luckyisasluckydoes.

The Cammissioner, owned by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. of Windsor, Dwight Stacey of Mitchell and Michael Kohler of Sterling Heights, WI, finished three and a half lengths back in third.

John and Mary Lamers of Ingersoll bred and own Dreamfair Vogel, who moved to the top of the division point standings with the 1:51.2 win, his third straight. Hagersville resident Bill Robinson trains the pacer, who also boosted his lifetime earnings to $431,596.

Dreamfair Vogel and his peers make their final regular season Gold Series stop on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 at Mohawk Racetrack, while the trotting fillies head for Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa on Oct. 31 and Nov. 7. The top ten point earners from each division will then gather at Mohawk Racetrack on Nov. 16 for their season ending Super Final, with each championship race worth a cool $300,000 this season.

Windsor Raceway hosts one last Trillium Series event on Oct. 18 for the three-year-old trotting fillies before turning its attention to the Grassroots Semifinals and Championship for the three-year-old competitors on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3.