A stretch surge propelled favoured Love Canal to a 1:52.3 victory in the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series final for rookie pacing fillies on Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack.
Based on her impressive 1:53.3 clocking in the elimination round, Mohawk fans sent Love Canal off as their top choice and the filly started off in similar fashion, easing away from post four and settling into sixth spot on the rail.
Its No Secret and Adventurepan battled through the opening eighth, with Adventurepan getting the call at the :27 quarter. Not content to sit in the pocket, Its No Secret circled out to the front before the :56 half and a parade of fillies stepped to the outside in her wake, including Love Canal.
Its No Secret continued to lead through the 1:24.3 three-quarters, but Adventurepan had stepped to the outside behind her and the other fillies were closing the gap. Around the final turn driver Jody Jamieson shifted Love Canal into gear and the filly circled around her peers and was within two lengths of the leader when she reached the seven-eighths.
In the stretch Love Canal simply sailed by Its No Secret, completing a :27 final quarter to secure a three length victory. The daughter of Badlands Hanover stopped the clock in an impressive 1:52.3, just shy of the 1:52 Ontario Sires Stakes record shared by Apogee Hanover and Chancey Lady. Elimination winner Its No Secret earned the second-place share of $130,000 and Adventurepan rounded out the top three.
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Moffat, Ontario, resident Jamieson engineered Love Canalís second straight victory for trainer Tony OíSullivan of Cambridge, Ontario, and owner-breeders Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Robert Cooper Stables LLC of Boca Raton, Florida. The talented filly is out of their $448,984 winning mare A Votre Pante.