ELORA, ON - Elimination races for Grand River Raceway's 24th annual Industry Day event were contested this evening, July 28.
A total of five elimination dashes were featured for two stake events: the $217,000 Battle Of Waterloo (ON-sired two-year-old pacing colts) and the $138,000 Battle Of The Belles (ON-sired two-year-old pacing fillies).
Both stake finals will be featured during the 11-race afternoon card valued at more than $560,000 on Monday, August 4.
It was a big night for local trainerof Cambridge, ON, who secured two hopefuls in the Battle Of The Belles, and four colts in the Battle Of Waterloo. In addition, finalists sired by her powerhouse stallion account for five of the nine starters in each race.
At just 33, Coleman is a five-time winner of the O'Brien Award for Canadian Trainer Of The Year. She has already won many of harness racing's biggest races, but is still chasing her first victory in the Battle Of Waterloo.
BATTLE OF THE BELLES
Solar Seelster secured the first of two spots in the final for the race's 2013 winning trainer,of Guelph, ON. The 1:58 score in the first division marked the filly's maiden win. piloted the regally-bred daughter of millionaire pacer Cabrini Hanover from post seven for owners David Willmot and Clay Harland Horner.
and Win The Gold closed well to finish second for trainer . Shes Dignified was third, securing a spot in the final for trainer and driver . The pair won the 2011 edition of the Battle Of The Belles with another homebred, Your Beautiful. The filly's sire, was the winner of the second edition of the Battle Of Waterloo in 1999.
McNair secured a second spot in the Belles final with Betty And The Jets, who finished second to cand driver. Leaving from the outside post eight, the 5-1 shot powered down the stretch to finish a quarter length the best over Betty And The Jets and Sassafras Girl, trained by and driven by .
daughters swept the third and final division where Sports Chic didn't disappoint as the 7-5 favourite for trainer and co-owner . A $35,000 yearling, the miss has amassed $70,000 and three wins in four starts. was aboard for the 1:57 mile - the quickest elimination clocking on an unusually chilly summer eve.
Business As Usual was three lengths behind to finish in the runner-up spot withfor Coleman. Capela rounded out the top three for trainer and reinsman .
BATTLE OF WATERLOO
is a five-time winner of the Battle Of Waterloo, including the inaugural edition in 1998. His race favourite in the first division of the Battle Of Waterloo, Sporting The Look, recorded his second win in three starts. Purchased as a yearling for $72,000, the colt was driven by three-time Battle Of Waterloo winning driver .
Go Daddy Go, driven byfor Robert McIntosh was the runner-up, followed by pupils Southwind Indy and Mikes Powerhouse. Fifth-place finisher Win One Soon drew into the final field during the post position draw conducted after the final elimination division.
Sportskeeper andwired the field in the second division to win by two lengths for Coleman and co-owner Merlin Howse. The homebred colt is unbeaten in two career starts. Sports Bettor was the runner-up for local trainer of Fergus, ON. Race favourite Bob Ben And John overcame traffic troubles and an outside post to finish third for Coleman.
A double-placing in the second division ultimately gave Supersonic Jet the final berth in the Battle Of Waterloo. Theson is trained by , winning trainer of the 2009 edition of the race.
The placings unfolded when Seaforth (#2) went off-stride approaching the quarter and made a brief break, but enough to interfere with Supersonic Jet (#5) which resulted in the placing of #2 behind #5. In addition, Robert Hill (#3) made a break on the first turn and caused interference to #2 and was placed behind #2. Because of the double placings, #5 who finished 6th was placed up to 5th as a result of the first placing, then to 4th as a result of the second placing.
The sixth annual Battle Of The Belles and 17th annual Battle Of Waterloo will be contested during Industry Day at Grand River Raceway on Monday, August 4. Post time for race one is 1:30 p.m.
For complete event details, visit www.IndustryDayCelebration.com
Post position draws for both stake races were conducted on July 28. The following are the fields for the finals on Industry Day:
POST POSITIONS FOR THE $217,000 BATTLE OF WATERLOO
Post position/Horse name/Trainer/Driver
1. Southwind Indy
2. Supersonic Jet
3. Bob Ben And John
4. Sporting The Look
5. Mikes Powerhouse
6. Win One Soon Ken Fritsch
7. Go Daddy Go Robert McIntosh
9. Sports Bettor
POST POSITIONS FOR THE $138,000 BATTLE OF THE BELLES
Post position/Horse name/Trainer/Driver
1. Business As Usual
2. Win The Gold
4. Betty And The Jets
5. Sassafras Girl
6. Sports Chic
7. Southwind Mischief
8. Shes Dignified
9. Solar Seelster