Toronto, October 23 - Beginning tonight Woodbine Racetrack will be playing host to the Autumn Series featuring two-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters as well as three-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes.
Each series will consist of two preliminary legs and a final.
A quartet of divisions kicked off on Thursday evening.
Two divisions for two-year-old filly trotters and a pair for rookie pacing fillies highlighted the 12-race programme.
Trainer Ron Parsons and owner/breeder Bob Key took both trotting divisions to sweep the daily double.
In the opening dash, Wonderland Snow, driven by, let gate-to-wire in 2:00.1. The daughter of led through panels of :29, 1:00.1 and 1:31.2, before using a :28.4 final frame to seal the victory. Post time favourite Aphrodity ( ) finished second with Andrea Lea ( ) finishing third. onderland Snow, a two-time winner from 10 career starts, increased her rookie bankroll to $25,300. She paid $5.20 to win as the second choice.
In the next race, Sweetie Hearts came from behind to score the win in 1:57.3.
Sent off as the heavy favourite, Sweetie Hearts also enjoyed her second career victory as her lifetime earnings increased to $13,900. She paid $3 to win.
Filly pacers were up next and Witch
The heavily-favoured daughter of cleared to the front past the :27.4 opening quarter and never looked back through the middle-half of :57 and 1:25.1 before sailing to an open length victory. Zenobia Blue Chip ( ) finished second with Exhilarated ( ) completing the triactor.
Trained and co-owned byalong with Aaron Waxman and , Witch increased her rookie bankroll to $28,320. She paid $3.20 to win.
In the final division, Noble Jilly andfound the wire first in 1:54.1. The daughter of came from well off the pace through fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25, before picking up all the pieces in deep stretch to seal the win. Stellllllla ( ) finished second with Artful Impulse ( ) grabbing third.
Trained by Harry Poulton for owner/breeder Banjo Farms, Noble Jilly now has back-to-back wins and $29,854 in career earnings. The pacing miss celebrated a new lifetime best in the process and paid $6.30.
The Autumn Stakes returns to Woodbine tomorrow night with six divisions on the 13-race card.
Post time is scheduled for 7:25 p.m.