08/07/2016 9:34PM

Georgian Downs: Betting Line leads Ontario Sires Stakes winners


Betting Line was passed by Sintra past three-quarters, but the North America Cup champion fought back in the stretch to regain the lead and a 1:51 4/5 victory in his C$105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes test for 3-year-old colt pacers on Sunday evening at Georgian Downs.

Driven by Jonathan Drury, Betting Line got away third, but then moved from that position and took the lead away from Sintra (Jody Jamieson) before the 56 second half-mile mark.  Betting Line would go on to hit three-quarters in 1:25 1/5, but then Sintra popped back to the outside and took the lead on the final bend.  He couldn't clear Betting Line, though, and Betting Line re-rallied on the inside to get the lead back in the stretch.  He began to pull away again late, reaching the wire a length to the good.  Voracity (Randy Waples) finished third.

Casie Coleman trains Betting Line, a Bettor's Delight colt, for West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, and Mac Nichol.  This was his 13th win from 20 career starts, and he has now earned C$1,277,422.  The 1-9 favorite, Betting Line paid $2.10.

Gerrie's Sport (Sylvain Filion) won the other division for 3-year-old pacing colts, leading through splits of 27 2/5, 56, and 1:24 1/5 on his way to a 1:52 3/5 triumph.  He beat Magnum J (Doug McNair) by a neck, with War N Munn (Drury) a half-length back in third.

A Mach Three colt, Gerrie's Sport is trained by Richard Moreau for owner/breeder Gerrie Tucker.  He won for the eighth time in his life, and he now has a bankroll of C$193,463.  Sent off at 2-1, he returned $6.10.

There were also a pair of C$105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes events for sophomore trotting fillies on the card.  In the first of those dashes, Emoticon Hanover (Filion) moved from second to first past the 29 second opening quarter, and she wouldn't be passed from that point, winning by 3 3/4 lengths in 1:55.  Catch A Mission (Mario Baillargeon) was up for second, and Dewdle All Day (Chris Christoforou) took third.

Luc Blais trains Emoticon Hanover, a Kadabra filly, for owner Determination.  She is now seven-for-16 in the win column, and she has earnings of C$361,908.  She paid $2.90 as the 2-5 favorite.

Wanaka (Trevor Henry) captured the other trophy for the group, taking over the lead from first-over past the 1:27 three-quarters and holding off a charging Jangone (Dagfin Henriksen) late to score by half a length in 1:56.  Dottie (Christoforou) checked in third.

A daughter of Manofmanymissions, Wanaka is trained by Shannon Henry for Trevor Henry Stables Inc. and 1035840 Ontario Inc.  Wanaka picked up her sixth lifetime tally, and she has now put away C$128,160.  Sent off at 5-1, Wanaka returned $12.30.