Freshman pacing fillies kicked off their OSS season Tuesday evening at Mohawk Racetrack in a set of $105,000 Gold Series divisions.
Sir Native, who was sent off as the 3-5 favourite, turned a two-hole trip into a rich payday. The daughter of Allamerican Native-Private Splendor sat the pocket trip behind Southwind Geo through panels of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:26.2. Jody Jamieson angled Sir Native off the rail in the lane and the filly powered home in :27.3 to win by three-quarters of a length over Vintage Book in 1:54.1. Southwind Geo faded to finish third.
“I thought this filly had an outside shot tonight, but then with the scratches it really opened the door for her, big time, to get a great trip,” said driver Jody Jamieson. “She was a very, very easy winner. I picked her up last week and I got to keep her because I had a little bit of success with her. She’s just a little filly, but great gaited, huge heart; her heart is probably bigger than the rest of her.”
Mike Weller trains the career winner of $56,000 for lessee Chuck Grubbs of Louisville, KY.
Action Majesty turned in a 1:54.1 mile of her own for Team McNair, and in doing so she’s now a perfect 2-for-2 to start her career. Doug McNair got away third with the youngster, but he had her in top gear in the backstretch. She brushed past St Lads Hotcakes, who supplied the :28 opener, and proceeded to knife out middle splits of :57.3 and 1:26.2. Aint Free OK brought heavy heat to the leader around the final turn, and they continued to wage war through the length of the stretch before Action Majesty prevailed by a neck. Aint Three OK was a brave runner-up, with the show dough going to Soiree Seelster.
“She was a little green on the top,” said driver Doug McNair. “But when the one (Aint Three Ok) got to her she kind of come back on again. She feels like she’ll be a better filly following, but it worked out tonight.”
Gregg McNair trains the Royal Mattjesty-Action Grin homebred for Kenneth Sommer of Sheffield, OH. Her lifetime earnings soared to $59,500 with the win.
One fan from the U.S. took home a solid return of $57,152.92 U.S. ($73,155.73 Cdn.) thanks to a score in Tuesday’s Jackpot Hi 5 wager. The fan, who spent $134.40 through EBETS USA, played a $.20 ticket on the combination of 4/2,10/All/All/All.
(Standardbred Canada with quotes from OSS)