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Oh Sweet Baby claims third Gold Elimination trophy
October 2, 2011
By Sandra Snyder

WINDSOR, ON — Exactly three months after her last Gold Series victory, Oh Sweet Baby returned to the provincial winner’s circle with an impressive front end effort at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening.

Lining up behind the Windsor starting gate at Post 5, driver Mario Baillargeon had Oh Sweet Baby keyed up and ready to roll early. The filly responded with a snappy :27.3 opening quarter that saw her grab an early two and one-half length lead. Heading into the second panel Baillargeon took his foot off the accelerator and Marys Out Cruisin rolled up the outside to challenge Oh Sweet Baby, whose lead had been carved to three-quarters of a length by the :58.3 half.

Oh Sweet Baby refused to yield however, and when Magic Wheel made her move at the 1:27 three-quarters, the pacesetter kept a stubborn nose in front and left the challenger parked in the outer lane. Turning for home just a half-length separated the dueling pair, but Oh Sweet Baby had speed in reserve and left Magic Wheel in her wake en route to a three length victory in 1:55.3.

Magic Wheel settled for second in the $40,000 Gold Elimination, with fan favourite and defending Gold Final champion China Pearls coasting home seven lengths back in third. Four lengths further back were fourth and fifth-place finishers Eagle Canada and Marys Out Cruisin. With just 10 fillies competing in the elimination, only Ally Oop will not be making the return trip to Windsor for next Sunday’s $130,000 Gold Final.

The 1:55.3 clocking established a new sophomore trotting filly standard at Windsor, lowering the 1:56 record set by Carolyn AS in 2007 and matched by Random Destiny in 2010, and was just one-fifth of a second off Oh Sweet Baby’s personal best.

The daughter of Angus Hall and Galahads Damsel boosted her sophomore record to four wins, three seconds, two thirds and earnings of $216,108 in 15 starts. In Gold Series competition Oh Sweet Baby has captured three Gold Elimination trophies and finished fourth once, and posted two runner-up finishes, one third and one fourth in Gold Final action for a total of 242 points and second spot in the division standings.

Rockwood resident Benoit Baillargeon conditions Oh Sweet Baby for Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC, who made a wise investment when he offered up $35,000 for the filly at the 2009 Harrisburg Yearling Sale.

Oh Sweet Baby will make her bid for a Gold Final trophy from Post 7 in next Sunday’s regular season finale. The complete line up for the $130,000 Gold Final is as follows:

$130,000 Gold Series Final — Sunday, Oct. 9 at Windsor Raceway

Post 1 Marys Out Cruisin

Post 2 Peach Martini

Post 3 China Pearls

Post 4 Eagle Canada

Post 5 Magic Wheel

Post 6 Nordic De Vie

Post 7 Oh Sweet Baby

Post 8 Enchantment

Post 9 Pretty Crafty

Also Eligible 10 Ally Oop

For complete results please go to: Windsor Raceway Results -- Oct. 2, 2011