Heading into the harness racing Grey Huron Stakes Finals, a clear favourite has emerged. Saturday night was a wet one at Hanover Raceway, as eleven races went to the gate for $10,000 each for the Grey Huron Stakes. In the tenth race Sonic Breeze solidified herself as the clear favourite heading into the fillies & mares pacing final on June 16th.
After winning her elimination at Clinton Raceway on May 27th in 1:58.0, the four-year-old daughter ofstopped the clock in 2:01.1 over an off track in Hanover. The win was more impressive than the time of the mile suggests, as Sonic Breeze had to overcome an ambitious leader that looked to have put her away heading into the stretch.
However, driver Mark Williams was able to get enough out of Sonic Breeze to trip the wire and edge out Ryan Holliday and Alexacam. Saturday night’s victory was the fifth straight for Sonic Breeze and trainer William Kirkpatrick.
It’s hard to believe that this mare went winless through her first ten starts, as she has now won a third of her 15 lifetime races with a personal best coming at the Raceway at Western Fair District in the City of London Series finals on May 25th.
Elsewhere on the card, several horses were able to sweep the elimination phase of the Grey Huron Stakes, with second leg wins. Rustlemewithenvy won the night’s first race in 2:00.2 to add to his 2:01.2 victory at Clinton last weekend.
Maria Flink found another great effort from Call Me Hanover, winning the fourth race for trainer Tommy Andersson. So Sure also managed back to back wins with Nick Steward in the bike employing front-end tactics yet again in the sixth race.
I Wanna Be Geared had Trevor Henry in the bike this week and earned his second lifetime win for trainer George Plyley in 2:00.1, after a 1:58.3 clocking at Clinton. Then in the nightcap event, Macktwowilldew did enough to wire the field in 1:59.3 with Lorne House on the lines for Ken Houston of Harriston, Ontario.
The finals for this event will be held on the weekend of June 16th and 17th. The fillies and mares will compete for over $25,000 in each of their two finals on the Saturday night in Hanover, while the boys compete in their finals the next afternoon in Clinton.
Fans at the finals will have the chance to win either a Huron County or Grey County Getaway including 2 nights accommodation, golf and a dinner VIP package at each track.
Next Saturday Hanover Raceway plays host to the Ontario Sires Stakes as 3 year old Filly Pacers hit the track. Hanover will also feature its annual Trevor Breadner Memorial Pace.
The Flesherton area native was a longtime fan at Hanover and passed away after a battle with Cancer.
Post time at Hanover Raceway is 7:15pm.
by Gord DOUGAN