Prohibition Legal prepares for Ontario title defense

Milton, ON — Prohibition Legal, an Ontario Super Final champion in her rookie season, will make her return to the races after a two-month absence in one of two C$104,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Monday (Sept. 26) at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

The daughter of Big Jim was nearly flawless as a freshman, winning eight of nine starts en route to an O’Brien Award as Canada’s top pacing female 2-year-old.

Prohibition Legal, shown winning the 2021 OSS Super Final, returns from a two-month absence in one of Monday’s OSS Gold events for sophomore pacing fillies at Woodbine Mohawk Park. New Image Media photo.

Her sophomore record was 0-2-2 through five starts for trainer Nick Gallucci when stomach issues extended some planned time off after racing in a Gold division on July 8 at Mohawk.

“She’s doing really well,” said Gallucci. “It was kind of a plan to give her a bit of a break. We were hoping to have her back from the Simcoe (on Sept. 10 at Woodbine Mohawk Park), but I didn’t get her trained down as fast as I would like.”

After a careful training plan to set up her return, Prohibition Legal qualified in 1:52.3 on Sept. 13 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, winning by four lengths on the strength of a :26.3 final panel.

“We made sure she had a lot of miles and was ready for that qualifier,” said Gallucci. “She had lots left, and the plan was always to go one qualifier and one race.”

As for what she will have in the tank on Monday night, the Millar Farms homebred will be ready.

“She’ll put her best foot forward,” said Gallucci. “I don’t know if she’s as tight as some of the other fillies are because they have a lot more races underneath them this year, but if she is half the filly I think she could be, then she has a really good chance.”

James MacDonald has been tipped for the drive. He will sit behind Prohibition Legal and leave from post four in race eight.

Division leader Silver Label drew one post inside her stablemate on Monday night as she looks to continue her impressive sophomore campaign.

The Bettor’s Delight filly has a mark of 5-2-0 from 10 starts this season, and the Millar Farms homebred is aiming for her third consecutive Gold score after off-the-board finishes in her first two OSS starts this year.

“I’m hoping she finishes the season strong,” said Gallucci. “We haven’t over raced her. She’s only raced in one overnight this year. Other than that, it’s been all stakes races, so hopefully she still has a few starts left in her. Coming into this race, she is in good form.”

Doug McNair will be in the race bike behind Silver Label, appointed the 8-5 second morning line choice behind 6-5 favorite Prohibition Legal.

Gallucci’s third entrant in Gold action, Velvet Stinger, is the 2-1 first choice in race three, the other Gold division, with MacDonald driving.

The daughter of Bettor’s Delight is also a Millar Farms homebred, and comes to the final Gold leg of the season off a win in the Simcoe, where she tracked down Silver Label in a blistering :26 final quarter.

“She’s been a really pleasant surprise,” said Gallucci. “It seems like she’s as a good as she’s been all year as she is right now, so we will see how things work out.”

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