10/02/2017 9:51PM

Mohawk; Yaris Bayama, Histoire Enchantee, Dreamfair B J grab Gold at Mohawk

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Yaris Bayama was the second Ontario Sires Stakes winner driven by Sylvain Filion on Monday night

Three-year-old pacers of both sexes were involved in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series races on Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack.  A bulky field of 12 fillies lined up in one C$126,600 test, while colts were divided up into two C$98,000 sections.

2-5 favorite The Joy Luck Club (Doug McNair) took the lead away from 30-1 Dudesalady (Phil Hudon) beyond the 26 1/5 first quarter in the filly tilt, but Fade (Trevor Henry) advanced to the public choice's outside up the backstretch, and although she was left on the rim, she forced The Joy Luck Club to go a half in 53 4/5 to keep her in that position.

The Joy Luck Club dispatched of Fade on the far turn, and McNair was able to rate the third quarter some, getting to three-quarters in 1:22 3/5, but in the lane 6-1 Yaris Bayama (Sylvain Filion) came to the outside out of the three-hole, and she had pace to go with the space, getting by The Joy Luck Club in the final eighth and going on to a 2 1/4 length win in 1:51 2/5, a career-best.  The Joy Luck Club had to settle for second, followed by Dancing Shadows K (Randy Waples).

"It was a really good effort," remarked Stephane Larocque, who trains Yaris Bayama for owner/breeder Bayama Farms Inc.  "We haven't been lucky with her - she was always close, but tonight the trip worked out for her, and she raced really good.  She's not too big, so we try to just keep her for the stakes races, and hopefully we'll have her peak for the Super Final."

A daughter of Sportswriter, Yaris Bayama is now a seven-time winner in her life, and she pushed her bankroll to C$372,968.  She returned $15.70 to win.

Filion would also win the opener for the colts, guiding favorite Histoire Enchantee to a 1:50 4/5 victory.  Starting from post ten, Histoire Enchantee blasted to control before the 26 4/5 opening quarter, and then when he was confronted by a first-over Mach Deja Vu (Louis-Philippe Roy), he gave him the cold shoulder through the half in 54 3/5 and the three-quarters in 1:21 4/5.

Histoire Enchantee put away his first-up pursuer turning for home, and then held off one final challenge from a rallying Bills Fella (Mike Saftic) to win by a neck in 1:50 4/5.  Saulsbrook Lanny (Henry) was the third-place finisher.

"Post ten was a difficult test to do, and I was wondering if he was going to be good enough to make it," said victorious trainer Maxime Velaye.  "Luckily he made the lead really easy, and after that, I knew my horse was going to fight until the wire, and he did.  I'm very proud of him tonight."

Histoire Enchantee is a gelded son of Shanghai Phil who competes for owner/breeder Guy Corbeil.  This was Histoire Enchantee's seventh career victory, and he has now earned C$80,633.  He paid $5.70 to win.

Sports Column (McNair), coming off a close second-place finish to Huntsville in the Jenna's Beach Boy at Hoosier Park, was the 2-5 pick in the other colt dash, and he moved from second to first around Tymal Peacemaker (Filion) past the 26 2/5 front quarter.  Sports Column would then click off a half in 55 seconds before he was challenged by a first-over Rebellious (Rick Zeron) on the final bend.  Sports Column was unable to fend off that move, and Rebellious became the new boss just before the 1:22 2/5 three-quarters, with Tymal Peacemaker left first-over and Dreamfair B J (Roy) slotted second-over.

Tymal Peacemaker surged by Rebellious early in the stretch, but Roy brought Dreamfair B J three-wide off Filion's helmet, and when shown the racetrack Dreamfair B J exploded by on his way to a three length victory in 1:50 3/5.  Tymal Peacemaker wound up second and Tigers way (Hudon) came on to get third.

"He just took a little longer to mature, but once he found his gait and everything we made a few changes on him, and he's an absolute totally different horse as she showed last week (a 1:49 2/5 win on September 23)," offered victorious owner/breeder John Lamers.

Pat Fletcher trains Dreamfair B J, a Big Jim gelding.  Dreamfair B J sports a record of 5-4-4 from 25 career appearances, and he has now put away C$141,166.  Sent off at 7-2 he returned $9.20 to win.