CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Super Final Night 2013 kicked off with a pair of trotting filly showdowns and Ontario harness racing fans witnessed impressive performances by two-year-old prodigy Riveting Rosie and three-year-old megastar Bee A Magician.
Starting from Post 7 in the first $200,000 Super Final, driversent Riveting Rosie straight to the front and controlled the tempo through fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.1. The fan favourites cruised home two and one-half lengths ahead of Miss Aultsville and Luck Is All Ineed in 1:56.
“She’s just so dominant, she’s big, she’s strong, I think we haven’t seen the best of her yet. I think next year when she grows up and fills out she’ll be something else,” said MacDonell from the winner’s circle. “There’s no effort to her gait, she’s smooth, and got a nice mouth on her, she’s got all the attributes to a good one.”
The Guelph resident piloted Riveting Rosie to her sixth lifetime win for trainerof Peterborough and his partners Don Allensen of Wyoming, J And T Stable Newmarket and John Hayes of Sharon. In addition to her Gold Series successes, the daughter was also victorious in the Peaceful Way Final and Champlain Stakes at Mohawk and rounds out her freshman campaign with $468,613 in earnings.
Bee A Magician captured the two-year-old trotting filly Super Final last November, kicking off a win streak that stood at 13 races heading into Saturday night’s showdown. With an impressive 1:52.2 triumph from Post 6 the filly became just the eighth horse to repeat as the Super Final champion and she extended her streak to 14 races.
“She’s all business. She gets on the track, she just wants to go, and she wants to do it. She’s a dream,” said Ottawa resident Melvin Hartman, who shares ownership ofdaughter Bee A Magician with Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach. FL.
“I will challenge anyone that Kadabra is as good, if not the best stallion in the world,” Hartman continued. “He has thrown some tremendous horses, they’ve raced in Ontario and they’ve gone on to race in North America, and it’s great for the Sires Stakes program.”
Among Bee A Magician’s sophomore triumphs are the Hambletonian Oaks, Casual Breeze, Elegantimage, Del Miller Memorial and Simcoe Stakes, giving her a two season bank roll of $1,876,617. The Richard “Nifty” Norman trainee will make her fourteenth sophomore start in the Breeders Crown Eliminations at Pocono Downs on Oct. 12.
Anaffairtoremember and Charmed Life, with Paul MacDonell aboard for John Bax, completed the top three.
MacDonell was back in the winner’s circle following the third Super Final battle, guiding three-year-old pacing filly Regil Elektra to a 1:50.4 personal best for trainerand owner Fred Monteleone Stable LLC of Pompano Beach, FL. The win was the daughter’s eleventh of the season and her second in Ontario Sires Stakes action.
“Her form obviously shows that she’s been coming up to a good race, and they said that she was as sharp as she’s been,” said MacDonell, who had driven the filly earlier in the season. “You get a good feeling when you get on the bike and the connections say that to you.”
MacDonell and Regil Elektra swept up the outside to grab the one and one-half length win over fan favourite Love Canal and Best Impressions.
Muscle Matters delivered a commanding victory in the two-year-old trotting colt event, cruising home three lengths ahead of Massive Muscles and Valorscross. The 1:55.4 clocking was a personal best for the son of Muscle Mass trained by Rockwood residentfor his partners Nunzio Vena of Bolton, Santo Vena of Brampton and Richard Thompson of London.
“The other thing is my son (Johnny) just got engaged today, so this is sweet, icing on the cake. It’s perfect, a perfect day,” said Santo Vena from a winner’s circle packed with family and friends.
Liette Flanagan of Repentigny, QC was also celebrating perfection following the three-year-old trotting colt final. Flanagan Memory, named in honour of her late father and the colt’s breeder Michel Flanagan, trotted to his fifth win in five Ontario Sires Stakes starts. The Kadabra son and driverof Campbellville controlled the race from start to finish, sailing home one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Creampuff Macdaddy and Thankyoukessel in a personal best 1:53.
Flanagan shares ownership of the colt with trainer Rene Dion of Saint-Lazare, QC.
Two-year-old pacing colt favourite Bugger Bruiser also earned a Super Final crown off a front end effort that featured a sizzling :25.4 opening quarter. Theson and driver Anthony MacDonald of Guelph hung on for a neck victory over Crafty Master and Three of Clubs, both trained by Guelph resident Gregg McNair, in a sharp 1:50.3 clocking.
of Stouffville trains Bugger Bruiser for his father Rocco Auciello of Stouffville and Denarben Stables of Thornhill. The partners purchased the gelding at the beginning of September and have banked $196,000 in four starts.
“Nobody expected this,” said trainer Auciello with the Super Final trophy in his arms. “The horse has a heart bigger than this trophy here, and that’s a big trophy, the biggest one I’ve ever got in this business anyway. I’m just happy, I’ve got my family here, there’s tons of us here, and it’s just a thrill. I’ve been waiting for this my whole life.”
The two-year-old pacing filly division was also decided by a neck as Performing Art, Lady Shadow and favourite Sudoku emerged from the rapidly gathering fog and battled to a 1:52 finish.daughter Performing Art’s personal best equaled the Ontario Sires Stakes record first set by Chancey Lady in 2007 and matched in 2011 by Apogee Hanover. Cambridge resident r. engineered the win on behalf of trainer Otis Hall of Ayr and his father Larry Hall’s Sauble Hill Farms of Tara, ON.
The last Super Final trophy was awarded to Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, QC and Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC, who bred and own three-year-old pacing gelding Duc Dorleans. Theson and driver of Milton roared out of the fog and down the stretch to a 1:49.2 triumph over Tarpon Hanover and Brocks Fortune.
Trained by, Duc Dorleans scored his fourth win of the season, and his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action, with the personal best effort.
Ontario Sires Stakes fans will have one last opportunity to see the provincial stars in action as Grand River Raceway and Western Fair Raceway host Gold and Grassroots Consolation events on October 13, 14 and 15.