Seaside Rory picked up her second Gold Series win on Monday evening at Grand River Raceway and the three-year-old pacing filly did it in impressive fashion.
Getting away from Post 3 with regular reinsman Jody Jamieson in the race bike, Seaside Rory sat just off the pace in fifth as fan favourite Jan It Jackson rolled through sharp early fractions of :27, :54.3 and 1:24.1. Rolling down the backstretch for the second time Jamieson sent Seaside Rory up the outside and the filly had edged by Jan It Jackson before the head of the stretch.
With a little more gas in her tank than her rival, Seaside Rory was able to accelerate away to a one and one-half length victory in a track record 1:53.1. The mile shaved one-fifth of a second off the mark set by Jet Speed in last fall’s Grassroots Semifinals. Jan It Jackson settled for second, with Wildcat Hanna another length back in third.
Hillsburgh resident Jeff Gillis trains Seaside Rory for his partners Mac Nichol of Burlington, M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE and Ellen Ott of Buffalo, NY. The victory, the Mach Three daughter’s sixth of the season, boosted her career earnings to $116,608.
The second $70,000 Gold division saw the Jeff Gillis trainee Bad Feeling finish third behind division point leader Pan Luis Obispo and Leaveumlady. The field finished more than six lengths behind fan favourites Pan Luis Obispo and Randy Waples, who stopped the Grand River teletimer at 1:54.3.
Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh conditions Pan Luis Obispo for owner-breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. Through 11 sophomore starts the No Pan Intended daughter has tallied five wins, three seconds, two thirds and earnings of $232,333.
The final battle was won by first time Gold Series starter Regil Elektra, who rocketed down the stretch to a three length triumph over Request For Parole and Marlee B in a personal best 1:53.3. Brad Forward crafted the win for trainer Shawn Robinson and owner Fred Monteleone Stbl LLC of Pompano Beach, FL.
The three-year-old pacing fillies wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 12, while Ontario Sires Stakes action is back at Grand River Raceway this Wednesday, Aug. 28 with a pair of Gold divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts.
To view results for Monday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – Grand River Raceway.