Mister Herbie pushed his win streak to eight for the O’Brien Award winning driver-trainer duo of Jody Jamieson and Jeff Gillis in the $50,000 Open Trot on a foggy Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.
Mister Herbie didn’t disappoint as the 2-5 favourite in the Open Trot as he advanced first up down the backstretch and wore down pacesetter Windsong Geant to win in 1:53 flat by half a length.
Windsong Geant (Scott Zeron) fired to command ahead of another popular Gillis trainee, the O’Brien Award winning Frenchfrysnvinegar (Randy Waples), and carved out fractions of :27, :56.3, and 1:25.1 while Mister Herbie began to roll from fifth. The streaking trotter made it up alongside the leader as they entered the stretch and pushed ahead during the final eighth of a mile. Order By Roosevelt (Paul MacDonell) finished over three lengths back in third with Mr Web Page (Sylvain Filion) and Frenchfrysnvinegar rounding out the top five finishers.
Last year’s divisional Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final champion paid $2.30 to win for the second time this year and eighth time in a row for the ownership group of J Gillis G Stay of Hillsburgh, Ont. and Mac Nichol of Burlington, Ont. The Here Comes Herbie-Independent Lassie gelding is now 12-for-26 in his career with $379,403 banked in purses.
(courtesy Standardbred Canada)