Magic Wheel and driver/trainer Joe Hudon
capitalized off of a second-over trip to score
the first filly elimination in 1:55.
Martini (Rick Zeron), Extraordinaire (Wayne
Henry) and Nordic De Vie (Trevor Ritchie) all
left the gate alertly and were looking for
position in the early going. Heading past the
first turn in :28, Peach Martini was in command
with Nordic De Vie parked on the outside with
Extraordinaire in the pocket.
Nordic De Vie would take command going
towards the half, but Rick Zeron was not content
in the two-hole and regained the lead with Peach
Martini past the half in :57.
As the sophomore fillies marched into the
final turn, Extraordinaire began the first-over
attack and Magic Wheel was tracking her. Hudon
tipped his charge three-wide as Peach Martini
passed three-quarters in 1:26.3.
The talented fillies were inseparable down
the stretch, but Peach Martini would begin to
tire in deep stretch as Magic Wheel would score
a two-length victory.
Peach Martini stayed for second over Eagle
Canada (Chris Christoforou) with Aquanilla (Paul
Beginning from post 11 wasn’t a concern for
Hudon. “I knew I was going to get away good,
even with Baillargeon’s filly that was scratched,”
he said. ”It’s better than the eight, nine or
10-hole I think.”
The Acton, Ont. resident was confident in his
trotting miss as they entered the stretch.
“She was full of trot around the turn and she
is kind of like a little bull,” said Hudon. “She
grabs on pretty hard and when she says go, we
got to go.”
The veteran horseman was hoping for a
delightful trip, and he got it.
“I was coming out (of the hole); I didn’t
know how strong they were going to be behind me.
Sometimes you get locked in fourth and Wayne
Henry’s filly (Extraordinaire), she’s a nice
filly, so when they came first up, he gave me a
With the win, the daughter of Kadabra
lifted her earnings of $159,802 for owners Karen
Hudon and Margaret Payne. She paid 17.50 for the
In the second filly elimination,
China Pearls and Randy Waples
survived a first-over attack to
stop the timer in a new lifetime
best of 1:54.3.
start, L A Freeway (Paul
MacDonell) brushed to the lead
ahead of Marys Out Cruisin (Jody
Jamieson) and Summer Of Love
(Scott Zeron) to lead past the
opening station in :27.3.
The field would remain the
same past the mid-way point in
Heading into the final turn,
China Pearls angled to the
outside from fifth and began the
first-over attack. Ms Canada
Kadabra (Rick Zeron) also moved
to the outside to track China
Pearls as L A Freeway past
three-quarters in 1:26.1.
Down the stretch, L A Freeway
was given all she could handle
as China Pearls motored on by,
but had to deal with the
hard-closing Intense America (Sylvain
Filion) who exploded from the
China Pearls would score the
win over race-time favourite,
Intense America by a nose in a
photo finish. Ms Canada Kadabra
finished third over Summer Of
After having to come
first-over, Waples says he tried
to give his filly an easy trip,
but it almost backfired on him.
“Sometimes you’re stuck with
a hand you don’t want to play,”
explained Waples. “She’s kind of
lazy and green so it didn’t
really bother me too much being
first-over. She tracked well and
she was doing everything good.
“Down the stretch, I thought
I had everything in hand and I
was letting her idle then all of
a sudden I could hear Sylvain
(Filion) coming and I seen him
out of the corner of my eye. He
kind of caught me sleeping, but
I am glad she won for Carman and
Trained and co-owned by
Carman Hie, the daughter of
Kadabra now has
career earnings of $58,502 for
owners Blake Anthony, Ted
Murrell and Peter Kloepfer.