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Trotting fillies impress Ottawa fans in elimination action
July 28, 2005
By Sandra Snyder

GLOUCESTER, ON — Lisa’s Mission impressed Rideau Carleton Raceway fans on Thursday with an effortless victory in her Gold Series Elimination, stopping the clock just shy of the two-year-old trotting filly track record.

The defending Gold Final champion and driver Mike Saftic delivered a powerful performance from Post 7 that saw them lead the field through fractions of :29.3, 1:00.3 and 1:30.2 before coasting across the finish line two lengths on top in 2:00.3. The time was just three-fifths of a second slower than Exclusive Lavec’s 1998 track record.

Sophie Soleil and driver Sylvain Filion closed well to earn the second-place share of the $33,608 provincial purse, with Indigo Sakra nailing down the third spot, five lengths behind the winner.

Lisa Morgan of Midhurst owns Lisa’s Mission, who was a $28,000 yearling purchase at last fall’s Canadian Classic Yearling Sale. Through three starts the full sister to $543,891 winner Corina’s Mission has earned $85,113 for Morgan and trainer Adrian Hickey of Midhurst.

Patsy’s Point also put together a smart effort from the outside Post 8 to score her second straight Gold Elimination victory. Trainer-driver Jimmy Takter eased the filly off the gate into sixth position and then pulled to the outside behind Oaklea Omega heading toward the half. As Oaklea Omega assumed command, Takter tucked Patsy’s Point in behind her and waited until the fillies were straightening out for home to make his move.

At the wire Patsy’s Point had edged in front by half a length, stopping the clock in 2:01.3. Birminghim closed smartly to earn the nod for second over Oaklea Omega, who advanced to next week’s Gold Final with her third-place effort.

Takter trains Patsy’s Point for his wife Christine Takter of East Windsor, NJ and John Fielding of Toronto. A sister to three $100,000-plus winners, the daughter of Striking Sahbra and Island Bound was a $17,000 acquisition at the Tattersalls Yearling Sale last fall and has earned $63,094 with two elimination wins and a runner-up finish behind Lisa’s Mission in the July 11 Gold Final.

The other Gold Elimination went to Sears Tower and trainer-driver Marcel Barrieau, who opted for a front end strategy from Post 1. Controlling all the fractions the pair cruised to a three-quarter length victory in 2:02.3.

Oaklea Odessa overcame an early miscue to claim the second-place cheque and Spirit Of The Law rounded out the top three, five and a half lengths behind the leaders.

Barrieau trains Sears Tower for his partners Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC, Richard Karper of Saint-Laurent, QC and John Breau of Moncton, NB. The group offered up $14,000 for the filly, another daughter of Striking Sahbra, at last November’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale and Laval resident Barrieau has teamed her to earnings of $34,099 with one win, one second and one fourth in four starts.

The top three fillies from each elimination will return to Rideau Carleton Raceway next Thursday, Aug. 4 for their second $130,000 Gold Final, with the elimination winners lining up from Posts 2 (Sears Tower), 4 (Patsy’s Point) and 5 (Lisa’s Mission). The remainder of the two-year-old trotting lasses will line up as follows:

Post 1 Spirit Of The Law

Post 2 Sears Tower

Post 3 Indigo Sakra

Post 4 Patsy’s Point

Post 5 Lisa’s Mission

Post 6 Birminghim

Post 7 Oaklea Odessa

Post 8 Oaklea Omega

Post 9 Sophie Soleil

AE1 Pepper

AE2 Vanity Hall

AE3 Promise To Win

For complete Gold Elimination results please go to:

http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rridcfth.html