Kadabra Queen captured the first of two O.S.S. Gold Series divisions for the tandem of driver Scott Coulter and trainer Chad Milner.
The daughter of Kadabra-Queen Street was treated to a ground-saving journey through the opening half before popping to the outside in the third quarter. Illusioneesta and Ms Miller took turns on the lead through fractions of :29.3, 1:00.3 and 1:30.3 but when the dust settled it was Kadabra Queen who came out on top. She fired home in :28 to win by a length over Illusioneesta in 1:59. Zorgwijk Sophia was third.
Sent off at odds of 9-1, the homebred score her first ever win for Harness Horsepower Inc and Frank Monte.
Sorceress Seelster was a popular winner in her $96,400 division for the team of driver Trevor Henry and trainer Jack Wray.
Henry shot the top with the daughter of Holiday Road-Self Desire, and together they led the field through first-half fractions of :27.4 and :59.4. Gotta Pay To Play made an early miscue but took the lead in the backstretch and marched the field to the three-quarter pole in 1:29.4. Sorceress Seelster found room in the lane and fired home in :28.3 to win by two lengths over Miss Mimi in 1:58.4. Shamrock Shaker took home third prize.
The younger, full-sister to Sergeant Seelster (1:53.3 - $111,786) was purchased for $13,000 by Jack Wray and Thomas Wray from last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale.
A set of $18,800 O.S.S. Grassroots divisions also went postward for two-year-old trotting fillies, and the hardware went to Christmas Candy and P L Layla in those contests.
P L Layla, a homebred daughter of Glidemaster-P L Blue Opal, got away fourth for driver Randy Waples before marching to the lead in backstretch. The filly carved out middle panels of :59.2 and 1:29.4 before scooting home in :30 to win by 2-1/2 lengths over Dalliance Seelster in 1:59.4. Kant Afford It was third.
Matt Dupuis trains the trotting lass for owner/breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, Ont.
Christmas Candy was a wire-to-wire winner in the second division for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Ian Downey. The Angus Hall-Solange Kosmos homebred led the group through fractions of :30.1, 1:01.4 and 1:33 before kicking home in :29.1 to win by three-quarters of a length over Warrawee Trip in 2:02.1. Third prize went to race favourite Lady Intuition.
S S G Stables of North Boston, NY, bred and owns the first-time starter.