Driver Tyler Borth cleared command with Top Royal past the half and maintained control through the finish to take the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Preferred 3 Pace at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Tuesday, Dec. 31.
Race-favourite Catch An Ace parked to a :28.4 first quarter before crossing to the front. Top Royal, tracking Catch An Ace, then raced uncovered into a :57.3 half. Up the backside Top Royal drew to a one-and-a-quarter length lead passing three-quarters in 1:26.1 and withstood a centre-track rally from Sporty Tori to win in 1:56.2. The Joy Luck Club finished third.
A six-year-old mare by Royal Mattjesty, Top Royal won her ninth race from 35 starts this season and her 28th from 130 overall, earning $231,389. Randy Henry trains the $9.50 winner for owner Brydown Farms Inc.
P C Dream Ticket went wire to wire in one of two $6,000 Auld Lang Syne events, winning the trot in 2:02.3.
The nine-year-old gelding by Cornaro Dasolo pushed for the front from the pylon post and took the field to the first quarter in :30.2. He withstood a first-over challenge from Tinas War through splits of 1:01.1 and 1:32.1 to then hit the finish one length in front. Oaklea Uptown, sitting the pocket, finished third.
Owned by Taylor Fritz, John Gray and Christopher Jewitt, P C Dream Ticket won his second race from eight starts this season and his 15th from 86 overall, earning $134,631. Travis Henry drover the $9.40 winner for trainer Jared Bako.
Stonebridge Scout followed suit in the Auld Lang Syne Pace with a wire-to-wire blowout in 1:58.2.
The 11-year-old Western Maverick gelding launched for the front and led the field by the quarter in :29. Odds-on favourite Keaton sat the pocket as no challengers approached Stonebridge Scout through middle fractions of 1:00.2 and 1:29.1. Rounding the final turn Stonebridge Scout widened his lead and through the stretch opened to a seven-and-a-half length win over Keaton. Stoney Durkin took third.
Owned by Gladys McCarty, Stonebridge Scout won his second race from 27 starts this season and his 25th from 269 overall, earning $161,314. Marc St Louis Jr. drover the $10.20 winner for trainer Andy Hardy.
Tuesday night’s New Years Eve card held at The Raceway at Western Fair District produced an all-time overall and per race record handle.
The 10-race card produced an overall handle of $795,590 and $79,559 per race on the evening.
The previous record handle was $765,685 through 16 races on December 23, 2016.
“A big thank you to the horseplayers who support our product all season, and to our horsemen for their continued support. This is truly an incredible milestone for The Raceway,” said Racing Manager Greg Gangle. “Our track crew had the oval in fantastic shape and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to wrap up 2019.”
The program was bolstered by a pair of increased $10,000 Guaranteed Pool Pick-4 wagers, which bolstered the handle with nearly $30,000 in both pools.
The Raceway will be back in action tomorrow (Jan 1) with another action packed 11 race program as we begin 2020.
(with files from The Raceway at Western Fair District)