FORT ERIE, September 13 – Stakes action on the $400,000 Prince of Wales undercard at Fort Erie Race Track kicked off in race two with leg two of the Ontario Sire Heritage Series for three-year-old colts and geldings, the $100,000 Lake Erie Stakes. Bossy Holiday bested Uncle Joe in deep stretch to win and move into first place in the Ontario Sire Heritage Series.

Breaking sharply from post four Luis Contreras steadied his mount, and he dueled on the lead with Uncle Joe through opening fractions of 22.29 and 46.00. The pair continued their battle for the remainder of the six-furlong main track sprint.

“He broke really sharp and after that he was just fighting the whole way,” said Contreras. “He was fought the whole way home and I was so happy.”

Josie Carroll trains the Ivan Dalos homebred who now has a win to go along with his runner-up finish in the opening leg of the series, the $100,000 Lake Huron on August 12 at Woodbine Racetrack. Carroll also conditioned Bossy Holiday’s sire, Ami’s Holiday, for Dalos and his Tall Oaks Farm operation.

“That’s what’s a lot of fun training for the Dalos’, we have generational horses, and it makes it very special,” said Carroll.

It was Bossy Holiday’s first-time racing over the dirt, but the surface was no trouble for the dark bay.

“It’s an unknown surface up here, but he’s a pretty versatile little horse,” said Carroll. “I just left it in Luis’ hands. We just got him warmed up and ready to come out.”

With a win and a runner-up through two legs of the series, Bossy Holiday is in the driver’s seat for the $20,000 first place prize awarded to the horse with the most points at the end of the three $100,000 legs, and $100,000 final. Second and third place receive bonuses of $10,000 and $5,000.

Bossy Holiday earned a career best Equibase speed figure of 91 in the effort and moved over $150,000 in career earnings. He paid $17.00 for the win.

A $2 exacta with Uncle Joe (Souper Speedy) paid $38.80, and third-place finisher Silent Runner (Silent Name JPN) completed a $1 trifecta that paid $52.25.

Leg three of the Ontario Sire Heritage Series is October 21. The $100,000 Thunder Bay Stakes for colts and geldings is scheduled for seven furlongs over the E.P. Taylor Turf course at Woodbine Racetrack.

Click here for details on the Ontario Sire Heritage Series that offers $800,000 in purse money, and $70,000 in bonus money as part of Ontario Racing’s Thoroughbred Improvement Program

Image: Bossy Holiday wins the Lake Erie Stakes on September 13 at Fort Erie Race Track (Michael Burns Photo)