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Modern Legend heads to the winner's circle after the Cam Fella Series Final.
With the Thoroughbreds off for the winter months awaiting their April opening, Woodbine hosts Standardbred racing over the 7/8 mile stonedust oval 4 nights a week. There were two Stakes finals contested on Saturday night over the track rated fast, under clear skies and temperatures in the mid 30's and minimal wind.
The feature race was the $100,000 final of the Cam Fella Stakes for 4 and 5-year-olds, run at the standard 1 mile distance around 2 turns. A full field of 10 lined up behind the starter, with Modern Legend sent off as the 1-10 choice, off a 6 race win streak including the first two legs of this series and a sweep of all three legs of the Snowshoe Series. In to challenge him included 9-1 second choice Leafs and Wings, second and fourth in the first two legs of the series, and 10-1 third choice Audreys Dream, third in the first two legs of this series after winning an allowance on February 18. Driver Billy Davis Jr. sent 53-1 Arsenal to the lead first time past the stands through an opening 1/8 in 12 4/5 and 1/4 in 26 3/5, while stalked by 23-1 Sonic Dancer and favorite Modern Legend. Down the backstretch, Sonic Dancer broke stride and dropped to last, briefly causing Modern Legend to check, but he regained his stride quickly and charged up to take over the lead through 1/2 in 1:23. Modern Legend led into the lane, getting 3/4 in 1:23, and drew off to win by 5 1/4 lengths over late-running Leafs and Wings in 1:50 4/5. It was another 1/4 length back to 40-1 Mach Wheel third.
Pgm Horse Driver Win Place Show 3 Modern Legend Moiseyev 2.20 2.10 2.10 1 Leafs And Wings Waples 3.60 3.00 5 Mach Wheel Hudon Jr. 6.20 Winning Time: 1:50.4 $2 EXACTOR (3-1) paid 7.50 $1 SUPERFECTA (3-1-5-8) paid 68.15 $2 TRIACTOR (3-1-5) paid 36.00Results Chart
Left: Modern Legend in the winner's circle. Driver Jack Moiseyev said, “I thought he was the best horse in the race so I wanted to drive him like he was the best. When Jody (Jamieson)’s horse (Sonic Dancer) made a break, he ran into me which caused my horse to break, but he quickly reset. At the top of the stretch, I didn’t think anyone was going to catch me. I didn’t really give him his head because he was pacing so strong. He is such a nice horse.”
Right: Modern Legend in the post parade. The son of Modern Art out of Camluck mare Ruby Cam is now six-for-six this year with $135,000 earned, and boasts a lifetime record reading 11 wins, 2 seconds, and 0 thirds in 15 starts and career earnings totalling $211,085 for owner, breeder, and trainer Dave Drew of St. Catharines, Ontario.
Results chart from Standardbred Canada
Left: Ole Miss in the winner's circle. Driver Billy Davis Jr. said, “She’s got terrific gate speed and from Post 10, I thought I had to use it tonight. I was very surprised that she went off at 14-1 because she can go with these horses and also won the Preferred at The Meadows against older horses. I was lucky enough to get covered up by Scott (Zeron behind Jolting Kate) down the backside. Turning for home, I thought I could get by him and I also heard Luc (Ouellette) yelling at his horse (D G's Tinkerbell) and I had lots of horse left. I was pretty confident turning for home.”
Right: Ole Miss leads shortly after the start. The four-year-old daughter of Art Major out of Camluck mare Biloxi has won half of her eight starts this year while banking $89,050 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino, and Lawrence Karr. Lifetime, the David Menary trainee boasts a record of 10 wins, 10 seconds, and 9 thirds in 42 starts and earnings totalling $172,704.
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