Toronto, ON --- Sugar Wheeler, a sophomore daughter of Angus Hall-Quick Credit, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for the second leg of the Celias Counsel Series, set for Thursday (April 12) at Woodbine.
Trained by Mike Keeling, the winner of $38,210 finished third in the opening leg. The veteran conditioner feels his charge will be much improved this week.
“I think she’s coming into it (second leg) better than last week,” Keeling said. “We gave her a four-week break and we're trying to manage her the right way.”
A $55,000 yearling purchase at the 2010 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Sugar Wheeler boasts a record of 4-2-1 from eight career starts.
Keeling is optimistic the bay filly can compete at the highest level. Whether it will be in the Ontario Sires Stakes or Grand Circuit remains to be seen.
“We do (think quite highly of her),” Keeling said. “We started her off slow and gave her a chance to learn how to win and I knew the first time Paul MacDonelldrove her that he liked her. That’s always encouraging when a driver says that.”
Sugar Wheeler, owned by P C Wellwood Enterprises Inc., Alan Hainsworth, William Weaver III and Kelley Racing Stable LLC, has stakes engagments this summer that include the Elegantimage, Casual Breeze, Canadian Breeders, Champlain, Simcoe and OSS, just to name a few.
She will begin from post five in the second and final division on Thursday evening.