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Peaceful Way’s owners have tasted both bitter and sweet
WINDSOR, ON — In spite of a phenomenal season that has seen her win nine of 13 races, Peaceful Way’s owners have learned to be cautious when going into stakes finals. So while the filly is favoured to win Sunday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Windsor Raceway, Joseph Myers is simply hoping that the three-year-old trotter minds her manners.
“We’re just hoping she behaves herself on Sunday. She is such a difficult filly, not only in the respect that she is unpredictable in races, but she’d never make a pet for anybody. She’s a firebrand,” says Myers. “She’s not the kind of horse you want to relax around. But it’s all those things that make her the individual she is.”
Peaceful Way has missed the top two in just three races, but two of the ones that got away were the biggest races of the season for sophomore trotting fillies, the Aug. 7 Hambletonian Oaks Final and the Breeders Crown Final on Oct. 23 at Woodbine Racetrack. She won eliminations of both events and was among the favourites for the finals before making breaks that knocked her out of contention.
“Our other horse, our two-year-old filly (Honour Way), was also racing in the Breeders Crown and she made a break too. It was not a good night to say the least,” says Myers of the Breeders Crown disappointment. “But that’s the business. I can’t think of any business with more extremes than this one.”
And while the Hambletonian and Breeders Crown disappointments have coloured their view of the filly’s sophomore campaign, Peaceful Way has given Myers and his wife Barbara, trainer Dave Tingley of Guelph and breeder Angie Stiller of London more than their share of wonderful memories.
“She certainly has been everything an owner could ask for and more,” says Myers. “When we picked her out of the Forest City Sale, to envision that she would be the filly that she is... I never would have imagined it.”
Over the last two seasons Peaceful Way has won 17 of 23 starts and earned $1,475,235. She is undefeated in Ontario Sires Stakes action and possesses win photos from the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of Ontario Stake, the Delvin Miller Memorial, Goldsmith Maid and Oakville Stakes.
After this year’s Super Final, at Woodbine Racetrack on Nov. 13, the partners plan to give the filly a well earned rest and then get her ready for what they hope will be another successful season in the open trotting mare ranks.
“We are going to lay her off for the winter and try to bring her back as a four-year-old,” says the principal of Goin My Way Stable. “But Dave Tingley and I are both of the belief, should she run into health problems or, and I can’t imagine her not being able to compete, but if that were the case she would be retired.”
Myers has also ruled out the possibility of performing an embryo transfer on Peaceful Way, a procedure that would allow her to continue racing while a surrogate mare carried and raised her offspring, preferring to wait until her racing career is complete before transferring her to the broodmare ranks.
In the meantime Myers and his partners are hoping for another strong effort from Peaceful Way over the Windsor oval. She cruised to a four length victory in 1:56.4 last weekend and makes her bid for a second Gold Final title from Post 4 in Sunday’s tenth race. Zorgwijk Emani and Kevin Wallis captured the other elimination by a similar margin in 1:57.3 and will start from Post 3, while two-time Gold Final winner McCall Magic will have to over come the outside Post 9 to add another Ontario Sires Stakes notch to her belt.
Windsor Raceway kicks off its Sunday evening program at 6 pm and sends the gifted three-year-old trotting fillies after Gold Final glory in Race 10.