MILTON, May 21, 2022 – Adare Castle and Silver Label captured a pair of SBOA Stakes finals on an abbreviated Saturday evening card at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
A severe weather event early in the day Saturday left Woodbine Mohawk Park and surrounding area without power. While Milton Hydro attempted to restore power to the area, the outage continued after sun down, forcing the cancellation of Saturday’s card after five-races.
The five contested races did include a pair of SBOA Stakes finals for three-year-old fillies.
Adare Castle crushed her rivals with a dominating five-length 1:53.2 score in the $151,575 final for three-year-old trotting fillies.
Driver James MacDonald allowed an early scramble to unfold before rushing to the top with Adare Castle from fourth. The Mark Etsell trainee hit the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.4 before capping off the blowout win with a :28.3 kicker.
Saundra finished second, while Clockwork Orange was third.
A daughter of Muscle Mass, Adare Castle is now two for two this season after winning seven of nine starts as a rookie. The O’Brien Award winner has now earned $574,324 for owners Etsell, Robert Newton, Graham Hopkins and Peter Porter.
Adare Castle paid $2.30 to win.
Silver Label wore down a game I Love Ongait to win the $147,575 final for three-year-old pacing fillies.
I Love Ongait charged from post-ten to grab command, posting opening fractions of :26.3 and :55.2. Silver Label got away fourth and made the first up bid around the far turn. After reaching three-quarters in 1:23.1, I Love Ongait showed plenty of heart in an attempt to fight off the heavy-favourite, but Silver Label would not be denied, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.1.
Big Bettor Hanover finished third, while Fade Out was fourth.
Trained by Nick Gallucci, Silver Label was making her season debut Saturday for owner/breeder Millar Farms. The daughter of Bettors Delight won six of eight starts during her rookie campaign. Her only losses were runner-up finishes to stablemate Prohibition Legal.
Silver Label has now earned $415,512 in her racing career. She paid $2.30 to win.
The SBOA Stakes finals for three-year-old colts and geldings have been rescheduled. The final for trotters will go as a non-wagering event on Monday at 6:30 p.m. The final for pacers will take place next Saturday (May 28) evening.