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Shakes debuts with freshman trotting fillies Tuesday
REXDALE, ON — Gold Series action begins Tuesday night at Woodbine Racetrack for the two-year-old trotting fillies, with 22 youngsters competing in a pair of $49,645 eliminations.
Trainer Brad Shakes will start one filly in each elimination, and Allraes Super Girl and Meadowviewprincess will not be the only ones making their stakes debut. Tuesday will mark the 22-year-old’s first appearance as a trainer of record in a Gold Series.
“I took over the reins in April, but nothing really has changed,” says the Stayner resident, who learned his craft working alongside his father Paul. “I’m here full-time and Dad still has a job in a factory so he leaves all the training to me, but we still decide together what to do and where to race.”
Shakes was a integral part of the team that engineered Meadowview Sunny’s $489,673 Ontario Sires Stakes career, and one of his first Gold Series starters is the former provincial star’s half-sister Meadowviewprincess.
“She has the same gait as her brother, a nice, big, long stride up front,” notes the young trainer. “And she’s just as tough as her brother. She loves top compete. You could send her first up for the whole mile and she’d just keep digging.”
The Angus Hall daughter heads into Tuesday’s contest off a pair of second-place finishes in qualifying action at Mohawk Racetrack. Doug Brown will send the petite filly into the Gold Series fray from Post 8 in the sixth race for his long time friend Charles Reid’s Meadowview Farms Inc. of Orono.
Stablemate Allraes Super Girl will start from Post 7 in the third race with “Mr. OSS” Dave Wall at the helm. The Angus Hall daughter is owned by breeder Earl Beirnes of Sauble Beach and has one fourth and one win in qualifying action under her belt.
“The first time I took her to Mohawk it was a very windy day and she just got a little weak at the end. She was out almost the whole mile,” says Shakes. “She qualified very well last week.
“I think she knows she’s pretty good. She’s got a little bit of an attitude and she carries it out on the racetrack.”
Shakes says there is not much separating the fillies, who learned their early lessons side-by-side at the family’s Stayner farm.
“I don’t know which is the best one. They trained down together and I think one is just as good as the other,” he says, noting that Tuesday night’s races will be another step along the learning curve for the young trotters. “We just want them to race well.”
Post time at Woodbine Racetrack on Tuesday evening is 7:40 pm and the two-year-old trotting fillies are spotlighted in Races 3 and 6. The top five fillies from each 11-horse field will return to the Rexdale oval next Tuesday, July 13 for their first $130,000 Gold Final.