SBOA Finals Main Event Saturday Action at Woodbine Mohawk Park

SBOA Finals Main Event Saturday Action at Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, May 9, 2024 – A quartet of SBOA Stakes Finals for Ontario sired three-year-olds will be held Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

The SBOA Stakes is the season kick-off event for Ontario’s top three-year-olds. The SBOA was introduced many years back for fillies, while the colt and gelding events were held for the first time last year.

The four SBOA Finals have been carded as Race 4 through 7 on Saturday’s 12-race card. Below are some of the horses to watch in Saturday’s feature events.

Race 4 - ​ 3-Year-Old Filly Trot

O’Brien Award winner Willys Home Run (PP5, James MacDonald) didn’t miss a beat in her season debut, taking one of two eliminations by three lengths in 1:56.1.

The elimination scored by Willys Home Run was capped off by a wicked :26.3 final-quarter, rallying from sixth for the score. It was the seventh win in 11 career starts for the Kyle Fellows trainee.

A daughter of Archangel, Willys Home Run swept the OSS Gold season last year, winning six-times, including the Super Final.

R Liza (PP3, Jody Jamieson) took advantage of miscues by prominent rivals to post an 8-1 upset in last Friday’s other elimination. The Susie Kerwood trainee made a break in last year’s Super Final after having won a Gold division the start prior. The daughter of Muscle Mass has a career record of five wins from nine starts.

The SBOA Filly Trot Final goes for a purse of $138,400.

Race 5 – 3-Year-Old Filly Pace

Last season’s standouts Pass Line (PP4, Louis-Philippe Roy) and Its A Love Thing (PP5, James MacDonald) both appear poised for more success after their stellar rookie campaigns.

Pass Line kicked home in :27 to win her elimination in 1:51.1. The Dave Menary trained daughter of All Bets Off was making her season debut after winning 10 of 13 starts as a two-year-old and finishing second in the Breeders Crown.

Its a Love Thing, also trained by Menary, came up just short in her elimination despite a :25.3 final-quarter. The daughter of Bettors Delight raced off the pace and rocketed home from seventh to finish a half a length behind winner Sorcha Seelster (PP6, Bob McClure) in 1:51.1.

The John Pentland trainee Socha Seelster shot home in :26.1 for the career-best victory over last year’s Shes A Great Lady Stakes winner.

The SBOA Filly Pace Final will he held for a purse of $141,500.

Race 6 – 3-Year-Old Colt Trot

The SBOA Colt Trot was the lone event to not require eliminations. A field of nine will square off Saturday, with a pair of last year’s stars, Willowtime (PP7, Bob McClure) and Griff (PP9, James MacDonald), making their season debuts.

Most eyes though will be focused on the Bob McIntosh trainee Convoy Hall (PP4, Sylvain Filion), who is a perfect six for six to start his career. The gelded son of Muscle Mass will face his toughest challenge on Saturday, having won all six of his starts convincingly against lower competition.

Convoy Hall’s last start was a career best 1:55.2 victory in the Ontario Spring Series Final on April 27.

The SBOA Colt Trot Final will go for $124,000.

Race 7 – 3-Year-Old Colt Pace

Pepsi North America Cup eligible Funtime Bayama (PP3, Sylvain Filion) is the headliner in the SBOA Colt Pace.

The Richard Moreau trained Funtime Bayama posted a sharp 1:51.2 elimination score, pacing home in :25.4. The gelded son of Hes Watching was making his season debut after a strong rookie season that saw him win four of seven starts, never finishing outside the top-three.

Enforcer (PP4, Doug McNair) got things all his own way in the other elimination, posting soft fractions before a :27 kicker to win in 1:54. It was alos the seaaon debut for the Gregg McNair trainee.

Storm Shadow (PP10, Bob McClure), another prominent Pepsi North America Cup eligible, will have to overcome the outside starting spot Saturday. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee and third-place finisher in last year’s Breeders Crown was making his seaaon debut.

Unrivaled Hanover (PP6, Jonathan Drury), Always A Thrill (PP8, Jody Jamieson) and Do Better (PP9, James MacDonald) are also Pepsi North America Cup eligible horses competing in Saturday’s SBOA final.

The purse for the SBOA Colt Pace is $127,000.

Programs, Post Time and More

Post time for Saturday’s 12-race card is 7:10 p.m.

To download free programs for all cards of live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park, click here.

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Mark McKelvie
Mark McKelvie Sr. Manager Communications, Woodbine Entertainment


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Woodbine Entertainment is the largest horse racing operator in Canada, with Thoroughbred horse racing at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, and Standardbred horse racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Milton. Woodbine Entertaiment also owns and operates HPIbet, Canada’s only betting platform dedicated to horse racing. Woodbine and Mohawk Park are host to several world-class racing events including The King’s Plate, three Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races, and the Pepsi North America Cup. Run without share capital, Woodbine Entertainment has a mandate to financially invest all profit back into the horse racing industry and the 25,000 jobs it supports across Ontario.   

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