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Lucky Angel, Wacky Sign capture Trillium hardware
WINDSOR, ON ó Windsor Raceway fans got their first look at the two-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday evening as they competed in a pair of Trillium Series divisions.
The first division featured a sizeable upset as the fansí fourth choice Wacky Sign captured the victory by a neck over sixth choice St Lads Survivor, owned by Veronica St. Pierre of Ruscom Station and Reginald Mulholland of Leamington, and seventh choice Knob Hill Socks.
As the starting gate rolled away from the field of eight Carl Jamieson fired favourite Deal Me Sevens out of Post 5, grabbing a six length lead before the :27.1 opening quarter. The pair continued to set a blistering pace, reaching the half in :55.3 and the three-quarters in 1:26.2, and were on top by as much as eight lengths. However, as the fillies moved into the final turn the pace began to wear on Deal Me Sevens and the fillies who had been pacing steadily behind her all powered by in the stretch.
Wacky Sign and Windsor resident Kevin Wallis earned the 1:58.1 victory on behalf of trainer Gregg McNair and owners Douglas Dunbar of London and Brad Dunbar of Ilderton. Fans who had supported the Life Sign daughter earned $22.40 to win, $8.40 to place and $5.40 to show. St Lads Survivorís local fan club banked $12.40 on a place wager and $5.60 to show and Knob Hill Socks returned $9.70 to show. The exactor was worth $178.40 while winning triactor ticket holders pocketed $2,224.10.
The second race did not have the drama of the first, with Roger Mayotte and Lucky Angel pacing to a well rated 1:58 victory on the front end for trainer Joseph Intine and owners Touch Stone Farms of Guelph and Mary Intine of Brantford.
Favourite Teig N Riley was four and one-quarter lengths back in second with Three Kilo hot on her heels in third.
Sent off as the second choice, Northern Luck daughter Lucky Angel returned $6.30, $2.90 and $3.20 for her winning effort, Teig N Riley paid $3.00 and $2.40 and third choice Three Kilo delivered $3.60 to show. The exactor paid $17.10 and the triactor $46.20.
All three fillies were veterans of the season opening Gold Series at Woodbine Racetrack. The second Gold event goes postward July 20 at Kawartha Downs, while the Grassroots trail reaches Woodstock Raceway on July 24. The fillies do not return to Trillium Series action until Oct. 22 at Western Fair Raceway.
Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday, Aug. 4 with Gold Series Eliminations for the two-year-old trotting colts.