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Im On Cloud Nine, winner of the Celias Counsel Trotting Series just over two weeks ago at Woodbine Racetrack, added another series title to her resume on Wednesday afternoon at Flamboro Downs.

Driven by Jack Moiseyev for trainer Kevin O'Reilly, Im On Cloud Nine wore down the tempo-setting elimination winner, Fiorentina, en route to a four and a half length victory in the $58,400 Ontario Prep Series final for three-year-old filly trotters.

Im On Cloud Nine settled away third, but advanced out and around 65-1 longshot Winbak Tess and Bruce Richardson to tuck in behind Fiorentina and driver-trainer Eddie Green near the half. She then surged past the leader -- who had carved out fractions of :28.4, :59.1, and 1:29.2 -- around the final turn and opened up down the lane to score in 2:00.2 over the 'good' track rated two seconds slow. Fiorentina was second. Real Housewife and Paul MacKenzie finished nearly 10 lengths behind after rallying from the backfield to show. The winner paid $5.80 as the 9-5 favourite.

With the victory, the Angus Hall-Celebrity Angel filly surpassed the $100,000 mark in career earnings and is now four-for-five on the year having swept the Celias Counsel and finished third in her Ontario Prep elimination last week.

Im On Cloud Nine was purchased by W. J. Donovan of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at the end of her freshman campaign, during which she earned a victory in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots program.

The Ontario Prep Series is for three-year-old Ontario sired pacers and trotters that are non-winners of $40,000 in 2011. Trotting colts will wrap up the series action in their $50,000 (added) final next Sunday, May 13.