Western Vintage and driver Yannick Gingras seemed to have the $683,000 final of the Metro Pace all but wrapped up Saturday evening at Mohawk Raceway, until mid stretch when driver Sylvian Filion found clearance from sitting third along the rail and rallied Boomboom Ballykeel to win in an upset at odds of 10-1.
The race was marred by numerous horses bumping into one another and one pair locking wheels in the stretch and it took five minutes before the judges could sort it all out, reviewing the video tape and talking with the drivers involved.
At the start it was Tellitlikeitis and driver Ron Pierce going out to the early lead but that was short lived as driver Yannick Gingras had Western Vintage on the move and in command by the opening quarter mile in :26.1. The 3/5 betting favorite then cut the mile to the half in :54.3 as Luck Be Withyou (Scott Zeron) started up first-over with Let’s Drink On It (Jim Morrill, Jr.) following second-over.
Racing down the backstretch Luck Be Withyou went off-stride and that left Let’s Drink On It first-over on the final turn as they passed the three-quarters in 1:22.2. Some Major Beach (Doug McNair) was able to slip out and follow Let’s Drink On It second-over. Meanwhile, Filion was trapped in third place along the rail with Boomboom Ballykeel.
As they started down the stretch, horses beared into each other, broke stride, locked wheels, all the while Western Vintage and Tellitlikeitis were clear of any interference and then Filion, who pulled out of third place with Boomboom Ballykeel, closed with a great rush of speed, blowing by Western Vintage before the finish to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:50.4. Some Major Beach closed well for third with Tellitlikeitis fading to fourth place.
“It was tight quarters coming down the stretch,” Filion explained, “I was pretty confident that I was in my own rights…anytime there is a race like this, going for big money, the judges need to check out and they did.
“He (Boomboom Ballyreed) was full of himself tonight,” Filion said. “I knew if we could get some cover he would be real close. When we drew the rail I knew we had a pretty good shot in here. He raced so good last week, just missed. You have to give credit to trainer Richard Moreau, he has done a great job with this horse.”
It was the third win in seven starts this year for Boomboom Ballyreel. Sired by Mach Three from the Presidential Ball mare, Teig N Riley, Boomboom Ballyreel is a homebred colt bred and owned by Ballykeel Racing of Tillsonburg, Ontario. At 10-1 odds, Boomboom Ballyreel paid $23.00 to win and he lowered his lifetime mark by five full seconds.
“We had a full brother to him (Boomboom Ballykeel),” said trainer Richard Moreau, who is also the Mayor of Tillsonburg. “He was a nice horse too so we thought this one would be good. It wasn’t until his first qualifying race that he showed great closing speed that we knew he was very good.”
by Steve Wolf