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Friendly Amigo, Windsong Soprano triumph in Trillium
November 21, 2009
By Sandra Snyder

TORONTO, ON — Friendly Amigo cruised to victory in the first of two $33,263 Trillium Series divisions at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday evening.

In high gear from the outset, the Amigo Hall lass accelerated away from Post 5 to reach the opening quarter four lengths ahead of her three-year-old trotting filly peers in :28.1. Maintaining her momentum, Friendly Amigo continued to lead the field of six fillies through the :57 half and 1:25.3 three-quarters, then drew away in the stretch to record a six and three-quarter length victory in 1:55.1.

Keep The Spirit earned the second-place share of the Trillium Series purse, with Ldees Creditreport three more lengths back in third.

Regular pilot Bruce Richardson engineered Friendly Amigo’s fifth victory of the season for trainer Blair Burgess and owners Robert Burgess of Campbellville, ON and Karin Olsson Burgess of Milton, ON.

The 1:55.1 effort was a new personal best for Friendly Amigo, who has amassed a record of five wins, four seconds and one third in 22 starts this season, banking earnings of $275,458. In addition to Saturday’s victory she was a two-time Gold Elimination winner and recorded an Ontario Sires Stakes speed record winning a Gold Final over Grand River Raceway’s half-mile oval in early September.

The second Trillium Series division was also won in convincing fashion by American-sired Windsong Soprano. Starting from Post 1 with Randy Waples in the race bike, the daughter of Windsongs Legacy landed in third early, watching Another Vixen ring up a sharp :27.4 opening quarter. Waples moved Windsong Soprano to the lead well before the :57.2 half and the filly sailed through a 1:26.1 three-quarters before sprinting away from the field to a 1:54.3 victory.

SOS Respect finished nine lengths back in second, edging out Another Vixen, who settled for third. Super Final champion Elusive Desire was absent from the field due to sickness.

Windsor, ON resident Bob McIntosh trains Windsong Soprano for Lothlorien of Cheltenham, ON. Competing against the top fillies in North America, the talented trotter has posted 10 wins, two seconds, three thirds and earned $661,758 in 19 sophomore starts. Saturday’s victory pushed the filly’s lifetime earnings over the $1 million mark.

The three-year-old trotting fillies wrap up their Trillium Series season at Western Fair Raceway next Saturday, Nov. 28, while Woodbine Racetrack hosts the final Trillium event for the three-year-old pacing fillies on Monday, Nov. 30.

For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r1121wdbsn.dat.