One week after being beaten a neck for all the money, Ontario Success did not disappoint those that bet him down to odds on favouritism in the top-level condition pace for $17,000 on Saturday night at The Meadowlands.
Released as the even-money choice, driver Yannick Gingras took no prisoners, sending his horse to the lead past the opening quarter in 27-seconds. He was able to work out a :57.3 middle half-mile, hitting the half-mile in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. On the far turn, he faced a bold challenge from 35-1 longshot Kingofthejungle, who launched a big move and was at the leaders throat latch coming off the far turn. Martini Hanover was tracking from the pylons while Rockin Wizard began to rally off the cover of Kingofthejungle. In the middle of the stretch, Kingofthejungle stumbled and Ontario Success suddenly found himself with a two-length lead. Rockin Wizard was closing well down the center of the track, but the wire came just in time for Ontario Success, who scored in 1:51.2 over Rockin Wizard. Martini Hanover, last week’s winner in this class, finished third.
The victory was the sixth of the season for Ontario Success. Trainer Ron Burke co-owns the gelding with Weaver Bruscemi LLC.
(Standardbred Canada With Files From The Meadowlands)