FORT ERIE, September 13 – Labour Day is in the rearview mirror which means no white pants, and school is in session. Josh Attard must have missed the second half of that memo, as he was playing hooky to watch Pleasure’s Gold win in the $100,000 Rondeau Bay, leg two of the Ontario Sire Heritage Series for three-year-old fillies.
Josh groomed Pleasure’s Gold, and his grandfather Tino Attard conditions the daughter of Souper Speedy who improved on her runner-up finish in leg one of the Ontario Sire Heritage Series, the $100,000 Georgian Bay on August 12 at Woodbine Racetrack.
“It feels amazing, that’s why I came,” said Joshua. “I skipped school, and it was a perfect present.”
Heavy rain had fallen prior to the Rondeau Bay in race four, and Pleasure’s Gold broke awkwardly from post five. Jockey Rafael Hernandez steadied his mount and was fifth in the seventh horse field through a quarter mile.
“I didn’t see the break, then I saw she was in last, and I said what’s she doing up there,” said Tino. “She should be close to there. Then I saw her coming. She’s got a lot of heart this horse.”
Pleasure’s Gold overcame the troubled start, the wet track, and showed impressive resilience and speed. She moved into second by the half-mile marker, and powered home to win by two lengths over fellow daughter of Souper Speedy, Souper Flashy.
“She’s better and better, every time she runs, she’s always right here,” said Tino. “She’s a nice filly. We love her like we love my grandkids.”
Through five starts in her three-year-old campaign Pleasure’s Gold has a mark of 2-2-1 and over $105,000 in earnings. She paid $14.80 for the win.
Through two legs, Pleasure’s Gold is well positioned to earn one of the first, second, or third place bonuses of $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 awarded at the conclusion of the Ontario Sire Heritage Series.
A $2 exacta on Pleasure’s Gold and Souper Flashy paid $30.70. American Gamble rounded out a $1 trifecta that paid $81.30.
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.
Leg three of the Ontario Sire Heritage Series is October 21. The $100,000 Thunder Bay Stakes for fillies is scheduled for seven furlongs over the E.P. Taylor Turf course at Woodbine Racetrack.
Image: Pleasure’s Gold wins the Rondeau Bay Stakes on September 13 at Fort Erie Race Track (Michael Burns Photo)