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Trillium Series wraps up OSS season at Flamboro Sunday
November 5, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs wraps up its 2004 Ontario Sires Stakes season with a pair of Trillium Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday evening.

Cohenikova heads into the Trillium event, worth a total of $73,664, off a 1:55.4 victory over the Flamboro oval and trainer Scott McEneny hopes the Gold Series regular is rounding into form as she readies for the Nov. 13 Super Final.

“I don’t train her too much, she usually races every week. We just try to keep her happy and keep the weight on her,” says the Waterdown resident. “She’s not a mare that keeps weight on very well, so once in a while she needs two weeks off and that’s what she got before her Flamboro start (Oct. 31). Now she’s got three races in a row.”

The Camluck daughter and driver Jack Moiseyev will start from Post 1 in the sixth race on Sunday and McEneny expects the filly to capitalize on her half-mile track ability in the Trillium Series contest.

“She likes a half-mile track, she likes the small tracks better than the big tracks,” says McEneny, who trains the filly for Equifund Investments of Hamilton. “For a big mare she is great on a half.”

Among the fillies Cohenikova will face in Sunday’s contest is Grassroots Champion Illusionist, who is the early favourite from Post 5.

“I wish I wasn’t in with her, but I’m glad we drew inside anyway,” says the trainer. “We’ve beat her before and she’s beat us, but if she’s on her game she should be tough. Although we might be a little handier than Illusionist on a half.”

Cohenikova’s personal best over the Dundas half-mile is a 1:53.4 effort she delivered on Aug. 8. Her season’s best effort came at Mohawk Racetrack in the spring, when she paced around the seven-eighths mile oval in 1:53.3. Since then she has amassed a record of three wins, five seconds and one third in 20 starts for earnings of $108,656 in spite of battling a serious virus early in her sophomore campaign.

“She won her first start in 1:53.3 and then she got really sick on me,” recalls McEneny. “So for her to come back from how sick she was, she was pretty close to having pneumonia, is pretty good.”

The other Trillium Series division also features several fillies using the event as a prep for the season ending Super Final. Lucys Fame hopes to sneak into the rich event off a strong finish from Post 5 in the tenth race and Serious Comfort will be looking for a solid result from Post 7.

Race 1 rolls up behind the starting gate at 6:20 pm on Sunday evening and Flamboro Downs fans will be treated to sophomore pacing filly Trillium Series action in Races 6 and 10.