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Fillies head to Georgian Downs for provincial swan song
INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs wraps up its 2006 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 14 with a pair of $38,105 Trillium Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies.
Headlining the first division are two fillies who scored wins in Trillium Series action at Kawartha Downs last Tuesday, Nov. 7. Handy front end winners from inside post positions last week, Likely Volo and Caught My Eye will be looking for a different strategy starting from the outer half of the starting gate at Georgian Downs on Tuesday.
Likely Volo and driver Chris Christoforou, Jr. will make a bid for their third win of the season from Post 5 in the first race. In addition to their 2:02.4 Trillium victory last week, the pair were impressive winners of a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington’s historic Red Mile on Sept. 27, stopping the clock in 1:57.
Anders Wolden trains the daughter of Yankee Glide and Likeable for owner Ely Iversen of Moffat. Iversen acquired Likely Volo for $122,000 US at last fall’s Lexington Select Yearling Sale, and the full-sister to $231,072 winner Livorno has earned $75,895 through seven freshman starts.
A consistent performer on the Gold Series circuit this season, Caught My Eye will make her bid for a third straight victory from Post 7 on Tuesday. The daughter of top Ontario sire Angus Hall and Lookin At You Babe boasts a record of seven wins, two seconds and one third in 13 starts and was only worse than fifth on one occasion.
Acquired by trainer Frank O’Reilly of Orton, John Fielding of Toronto and John Ferguson of Windsor for $55,000 at the 2005 Forest City Yearling Sale, Caught My Eye earned $261,420 in her impressive freshman campaign. She and regular reinsman Bill O’Donnell head into Tuesday’s contest off a 2:02.1 victory in Trillium action at Kawartha Downs and a 2:04.2 romp in a Flamboro Breeders Stake division on Oct. 27.
Also vying for a share of the Trillium Series purse in the first division is Caught My Eye’s Gold Series rival Tymal Timeout, who will start from Post 8 for trainer-driver Wayne Henry, his partners in the Arthur-based Henry Stable and Daniel McCann of Parkhill. Through 13 starts the gifted daughter of Royal Strength has amassed a record of six wins and four seconds for earnings of $230,140.
Heading the list of fillies competing in the second Trillium division at Georgian Downs on Tuesday is Jayportcashforlife, who goes into the second race off a fourth-place finish behind Caught My Eye in last week’s contest. The Dream Vacation-Kash Echo daughter has one win, one second and one third to her credit in 10 freshman starts and delivered her biggest effort in a division of the Champlain Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 4.
Master trotting reinsman Trevor Ritchie drives the filly for trainer Brent Belore and owner Thomas Porchak of Woodstock. Ritchie will send Jayportcashforlife after her second lifetime victory from Post 3 in the nine filly field.
Wayne Henry will harness two fillies in the second race, with H S Gingersnap starting from Post 5 and Tymal Francesca getting Post 6. Fiesty G G daughter H S Gingersnap was third in her Trillium division last week, finishing five lengths behind Likely Volo for the Henry Stable and Daniel McCann and Tymal Francesca was fifth, four and a half lengths behind Caught My Eye.
The Henry Stable, James Laverty of Sauble Beach and breeder Ron Waples of Guelph share ownership on Berndt Hanover daughter Tymal Francesca, who finished fifth from Post 7 in the Grassroots Championship at Flamboro Downs on Oct. 7.
The talented two-year-old trotting fillies will battle in Races 1 and 2 on Georgian Downs’ Tuesday night program, getting things under way at 7:35 pm.
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