TORONTO, October 20, 2022 – The third leg of Ontario Racing’s Thoroughbred Improvement Program’s Ontario Sire Heritage Series, the $100,000 Thunder Bay for three-year-old fillies, and $100,000 Lake Superior for three-year-old colts and geldings, share the spotlight on Friday afternoon’s card at Woodbine Racetrack.
Nine fillies, including series leader, Pleasure’s Gold, will take to the E.P. Taylor Turf Course for the 7-furlong Thunder Bay, slated as race five.
A homebred owned by Elizabeth and Gordon Lickrish, the daughter of Souper Speedy-Good as Gold brings a 2-2-2 record from six starts into Friday’s engagement.
Trained by Tino Attard, Pleasure’s Gold was second when she tested out the grass for the first time in the 5-furlong Georgian Bay Stakes over the Inner Turf at Woodbine on August 12. The race was the opening leg of the Ontario Sired Heritage Series for sophomore fillies.
Pleasure’s Gold broke her stakes maiden in the $100,000 Rondeau Bay, leg two of the Ontario Sire Heritage Series, at Fort Erie Race Track last time out, a two-length triumph in the 6-furlong main track event on September 13.
Other starters include Souper Flashy (trained by Attard’s son Kevin), who was second to Pleasure’s Gold in the Rondeau Bay, and Sacred Dancer, a four-length winner in her latest effort, on September 29 at Woodbine.
Seven starters will vie for top prize in the Lake Superior.
Bossy Holiday, an Ivan Dalos homebred, heads into the race in winning form and atop the Ontario Sire Heritage Series point standings.
Trained by Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee Josie Carroll, the son of Ami’s Holiday-Bossy Saratoga showed plenty of grit in taking leg two of the Ontario Sire Heritage Series, the $100,000 Lake Erie Stakes over the Fort Erie main on September 13.
Under Luis Contreras, who will be in the irons again, Bossy Holiday, in front by a head at the stretch call, was able to stave off his rivals to win by the same margin in the 6-furlong race.
The dark bay colt is 3-1-0 from 10 starts
Bossy Holiday will be tested by Silent Runner the winner of leg one of the Ontario Sire Heritage Series the $100,000 Lake Huron, and Elgin Stakes victor Full Screen, and ultra-consistent Julia Carey pupil Giant Teddy.
Full Screen and Giant Teddy were first and second, respectively, in the Elgin Stakes on August 28, a 7-panel Tapeta race for Canadian yearling sales graduates.
The Ontario Sire Heritage Series is comprised of three $100,000 legs and a $100,000 final. At the conclusion of the final $70,000 in bonuses will be paid to the top three horses in each division based on a points system, with $20,000 to first, $10,000 to second, and $5,000 to third.
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Image: Pleasure’s Gold winning Leg two of the Ontario Sire Heritage Series on September 13 at Fort Erie Race Track. (Michael Burns Photo)
With files from Chris Lomon / Woodbine Communication