Harness racing trainer Bruce Goit and driver J. R. Plante dominated the final leg of the Slots Cup Series, staged July 22 at Grand River Raceway. Dr Dew left from post two in the first division, took control of the field at the half and managed his first win of the season in 1:55.2.
The sophomore pacer was out of action for the past two months but qualified well at Flamboro last week and was the top betting choice in the six-horse field.
The lion's share of the $12,000 purse elevated him to eighth in the standings, guaranteeing him a spot in the $100,000 final at Hiawatha Horse Park on September 3.
Thegelding is owned by JL Benson Stables Inc. and Aaron Waxman.
Stonebridge Memoir and Texas Seelster rounded out the top three.
Warners Speedy Art and Encore Seelster finished fourth and fifth respectively and will join Dr Dew in the final.
Cajon Thunder extended his impressive winning streak to seven, including all six legs of the Slots Cup Series. Theson wired the field in 1:53.4 and boasts $36,000 in series earnings for Benson, Waxman and KDM Stables Corp. He's a career winner of 11 races and $126,279.
Fellow finalists Web Cam, Larjon Barty, Ciona Bromach and Lawmen Reign rounded out the top five.
The top nine money-earners and two also-eligibles from the qualifying legs advance to the $100,000 final at Hiawatha Horse Park on September 3, 2011.
They are as follows:
FINALIST .............SLOTS CUP EARNINGS
CAJON THUNDER $36,000
LARJON BARTY $17,840
EVERY DAY $14,880
LAWMEN REIGN $11,640
WEB CAM $9,960
ENCORE SEELSTER $9,600
WARNER SPEEDY ART $9,480
DR DEW $8,040
CIONA BROMACH $6,960
STONEBRIDGE MEMOIR $5,400 (AE1)
BAKARDI ARTI $4,200 (AE2)
This is the fourth season of the Slots Cup Series, which is contested by Ontario-sired pacers ages four and under. The endeavor is a joint effort between ROMP (Racetracks Of Ontario Marketing & Promotions), horsepeople and the OLG.
Previous legs were contested at Western Fair Raceway, Hanover Raceway, Clinton Raceway, Flamboro Downs and Georgian Downs.
Racetracks Of Ontario Marketing & Promotions (ROMP) is a group of marketing managers from racetracks and industry associations working together to maximize marketing opportunities and resources.