A pair of $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions kicked off Saturday’s stakes action with the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings competing in their fifth and final leg of the regular season.
Sintra earned his second Gold trophy of the season as driver Jody Jamieson directed him to a career-best triumph for trainer David Menary.
Sent postward as the 1-5 favourite, Sintra looped early leaver Voracity (David Miller) after the :26 opening quarter and cruised to the half in :55.2 and then three-quarters in 1:23 en route to a four-length victory in 1:49.3. Voracity chased Sintra home in second while Nocturnal Bluechip (Tim Tetrick) followed in third.
Sintra entered Saturday’s Gold leg ranked third in the Ontario Sires Stakes point standings following a victory in the first leg of the series on May 27 over The Raceway at the Western Fair District and three runner-up efforts to divisional leader Betting Line, who drew in a separate split tonight facing the second-place colt Magnum J.
“We missed Betting Line,” said Jamieson of opting for a front-end strategy with Sintra in Saturday’s leg. “So anytime you miss Betting Line and even Magnum J for that matter, I’m glad he gets to tango with Betting Line this week instead of the me. I mean those are probably the three best colts in the division right now. It was nice to be able to get back to the lead nice and easy and the horse, he just always responds. He’s a real good horse. Hopefully, he stays with this form.”
After just three starts as a freshman, the Mach Three-Dancin Barefoot gelding has earned eight wins from 13 sophomore starts and the bulk of his $265,400 bankroll for his Ontario connections, including Brad Gray of Dundas, Michael Guerriero of Brampton, and Menary Racing Inc of Rockton.
In the following division, the top-ranked sophomore Betting Line continued his perfect Sires Stakes season and extended his current win streak to 10 for trainer Casie Coleman.
Driver David Miller had fan favourite Betting Line on the move early and worked to command over Piranha (Trevor Henry), who had out-sprinted Arsenic (Tim Tetrick) through a :26.1 first quarter. The 1-9 bettors’ choice cleared at three-eighths and led the field past the half in :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. Betting Line remained clear on top through the stretch to score the one-length victory in 1:49.3 over Piranha, with Magnum J (Doug McNair) advancing first over into third.
“Dave had the plugs in and didn’t speak to him too much coming to the wire so it was a good, easy mile for him and I was real happy with him as I always am,” said Coleman, who shares ownership of the Bettors Delight-Heathers Western colt with Burlington’s Ross Warriner as the West Wins Stable, along with partners Christine Calhoun of Chatham, and Mac Nichol of Burlington.
With a 10-for-11 seasonal record, Betting Line has boosted his bankroll to $1.7 million during his sophomore campaign.