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f="" target="_blank">Mets Hall matched his lifetime mark and just missed equalling the stakes record with his 1:52 triumph for Team Miller.

The son of Cantab Hall-Mets Inn fired to the lead from Post 7 and had the field chasing him past the opening quarter in :27.2. He gave way to Alarm Detector in the backstretch, and that O’Brien Award winner then coughed up the top to Lawmaker at the mid-way point in :55.3. Lawmaker was still in charge at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1, but he gave way in the late going. Mets Hall shook loose in the lane and stormed home in :27.1 to win by 3-3/4 lengths over Run Director. Missle Hill was third.

“I wasn’t sure how it would unfold, but I knew I’d be going forward off the gate and sitting up close,” said driver Andy Miller. “When I got room in the lane there, he just shot by them. He likes to be up close. Usually when he comes off the last turn, he’s going to trot home. Ever since the Hambo, he’s really showed up and done what we thought he would.”Julie Miller trains the colt, who was sent off as the even-money favourite. The eight-time winner pushed his lifetime earnings to $807,690 for New Jersey-based partners, Stroy Inc and Andy Miller Stable Inc.

$95,600 O.S.S. Gold Series – 1st Division Three-Year-Old Colt Pace

Backstreet Shadow lived up the 1-5 hype by turning in a 1:49.2 victory for the team of driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Richard Moreau.

The speedy son of Shadow Play-Backstreet Sweetie got away third before quarter pole-moving to the lead in the backstretch. After watching the first quarter flash up in :27.2, he sliced out middle splits of :55.3 and 1:23 before rocketing home in :26.2. He defeated the late-driving Levis Day and Sharp Action Money.

Ali, who was trailing as the field entered the stretch, fell when beginning a rally from the backfield. He got out of gear and fell, and when he did he ejected trainer/driver Patrick Lachance from the racebike.

The horse got up on his own power afterward, but Lachance was injured in the mishap and was transported to nearby hospital. Trot Insider has learned Lachance suffered a broken leg and will require surgery. Please join Standardbred Canada in wishing Patrick a speedy recovery.

As for Backstreet Shadow, he improved his 2018 record to 5-2-1 from 10 tries with the victory. He's racked up close to $120,000 to date for owners Lindsey & Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI.