Milton, ON — Momentary Control won the third race Thursday night (Sept. 28) at Woodbine Mohawk Park, a C$101,300 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division for 3-year-old pacing fillies.
Tyler Jones kept Momentary Control (Control The Moment) off the pace set by leader Savethelastdance (Bettor’s Delight) and driver James MacDonald, through fractions of :26.2, :56 and 1:24.3. In the backstretch, Momentary Control overtook Savethelastdance to take the lead but quickly lost the advantage in the far turn. Then in deep stretch, Momentary Control rallied back to cross the wire first in a time of 1:51.1. Talk Curdy To Me (Betterthancheddar), driven by Louis-Philippe Roy, challenged Savethelastdance late in the race to win the battle for second place.
“I think she matched up well with the Gold fillies all year,” said Jones. “She’s been racing really, really well in her last three starts, and it gave me extra confidence going in that I beat out some of them last week.”
The Control The Moment filly has made C$198,216 over the course of her career for co-owners Andrea Lea Racingstables Inc. and Colin McKenna. Momentary Control has also collected C$76,906 in OSS earnings this year and is trained by Dustin Jones.
“We focused on OSS this year and we thought if she was going to be good enough, she was going to make her money in this program,” said driver Jones. “It’s one of the best in the world.”
Momentary Control’s Gold win paid $9.00.
“We are pretty confident in the OSS program, and now we’re sitting pretty good for the Super Final,” said Jones.
The second division of the night for 3-year-old pacing fillies was race eight on the card and One Last Wish (Bettor’s Delight) and driver Paul MacDonell came away with the win by crossing the wire at 1:51.1.
MacDonell took One Last Wish straight to the front out of post one and kept the lead through fractions of :27.1, :56.1, and 1:23.3. She was challenged late in deep stretch as they were three across at the line, but One Last Wish proved too strong. Mist Amber (Betterthancheddar), driven by Sylvain Filion, finished in second while Lyons Bettorday (Bettor’s Delight), piloted by Doug McNair, finished in third.
“She’s come back phenomenal this year,” said MacDonell. “Right from the start she was strong, a lot stronger than last year, and she’s carried it right through the year.”
One Last Wish has made C$297,802 over the course of her career and C$224,544 in OSS earnings this year for co-owners Brian Legge and Dr. David Legge. The Bettor’s Delight filly is trained by Ken Sucee and paid $5.90 for the win.