05/16/2016 3:07PM

Western Fair: Field taking shape for the Molson Pace


The Raceway in London has announced that four more starters have been confirmed for this year’s Molson Pace which is now just over a week and a half away on Friday, May 27.

Among them will be a pair of millionaire performers in All Bets Off and Sunfire Blue Chip. The former was an ultra impressive winner this past weekend at Pocono where he rallied from last to first to score in 1:50 2/5 over a sloppy track. The 5-year-old son of Bettors Delight, who was runner-up in last year’s Molson, was never better according to pilot Matt Kakaley and will come into this year’s event with just shy of $2 million in career earnings to his credit.

Like All Bets Off, Sunfire Blue Chip has proven himself a premier half-mile performer over the course of his career for conditioner Jimmy Takter. The smooth-gaited pacer, who won the 2014 Prix D’Ete at Trois Rivieres in 1:50 3/5, boasts 21 career victories including a sparkling 1:51 4/5 tally two starts back at Yonkers Raceway.

Bettor Rock On N will also make the trek north of the border for his trainer - Ontario native Andrew Harris. The son of Bettors Delight raced very well in the recently-concluded Levy Series at Yonkers where he had a pair of runner-up finishes. He has won three of 10 races overall this season including a 1:52 1/5 victory on May 7 at Yonkers against Preferred company.

The mystery horse in this year’s event is Machtu N, fresh off a scintillating 1:50 4/5 score versus Preferred rivals this past Saturday night at Yonkers. The Nick Surick-trained son of Mach Three has had just three starts in North America so far and has shown extreme talent with final quarters in 27 2/5 or faster in all three outings over the New York half-miler.

The impressive quartet will join three-time defending champion State Treasurer along with Evenin Of Pleasure and P H Super Cam in this year’s $150,000 Molson. One more spot remains available and the race office will finalize that this week. Stay up to date by visiting www.molsonpace.com.

--edited release (Western Fair)