In the first of two $40,000 Ontario Sires Stakes eliminations, the leading divisional money earner Its No Secretand driver Anthony MacDonald led the field, which was scratched down to four fillies, through fractions of :28.4, :59.4, and 1:29.3 before stopping the clock in 1:57.4. She prevailed by one length ahead of first over advancer Raise Your Glass (Scott Zeron) while In The Wheelhouse (Billy Davis Jr.) and Mary Celeste (Stuart Sowerby) rounded out the field.
Bob Hamather of Exeter, Ont. owns and bred the Badlands Hanover-Secret Departure filly while Shawn Robinson handles the training duties. Its No Secret, winner of the last Gold Final on Sept. 14 at Grand River Raceway, now has a 3-2-0 record in the OSS program from five starts. She has never finished worse than third in eight lifetime starts, including a top three finish in the Battle Of The Belles, for earnings totalling $186,500.
The overwhelming favourite paid $2.10 to win.
In the second elimination, divisional point leader Kims Royal Day and driver Billy Davis Jr. led a field of six fillies through fractions of :29.2, :59.1, and 1:27.3 en route to victory in 1:56.2. Longshot Best Impressions (Roger Mayotte) followed three lengths behind from the pocket and Prynne Hanover (Paul MacKenzie) came on for third. Kamkar Kutie (J.R. Plante) and favourite Macharoundtheclock (Scott Zeron) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
The daughter of Royal Mattjesty out of the Badlands Hanover mare Kims Caper is owned by Stuart McIntosh of Essex, Ont. and trainer Blake Macintosh of Cambridge, Ont. Kims Royal Day has put together an OSS record reading 3-2-1 in seven starts to earn most of her $132,080 career bankroll.
The 3-2 second choice paid $5 to win.
The field for next week's $130,000 Gold Final is listed below in post position order.
1. Kims Royal Day
2. Prynne Hanover
3. Raise Your Glass
4. Best Impressions
5. In The Wheelhouse
6. Mary Celeste
7. Its No Secret
8. Kamkar Kutie