Bell Wins The Belles
Aug 7

It seemed only appropriate that the filly named Play The Bell would win the $139,250 Battle of the Belles final, the filly companion race to the Battle of Waterloo, Grand River Raceway’s signature race on today’s Industry Day at the Elora oval.

The Shadow Play daughter recovered from an early miscue which put her behind while Ashlee Sport grabbed control early but she was quickly passed by Sudden passing who hit the quarter in :27.4. The half was reached in :57 and first up was Play The Bell and that pair were neck and neck at the 1:25.2 three-quarters.

Play The Bell (Grand River photo)

Play The Bell took over around the final turn and opened up on the field and she could not be caught down the stretch and hit the wire in 1:54.4.

Rendezvous Hanover was second followed by Lady Bubbles. The latter filly drew in with the scratch of Write Me A Song.

It was the first Battle of the Belles win for Bob McClure who was thrilled with his filly’s performance.

“I probably could have cleared half way up the backside, but I was taking it easy. I just kept her attention all the way home. She was flicking her ears looking at stuff so I don’t think we’ve seen the bottom of her,” noted McClure.

Play The Bell is now 3-0-1 in five lifetime starts. She won her elimination last week and with today’s effort she’s already paid for herself as she was a $60,000 yearling purchase. “When I bought her I absolutely loved her. She’s built like a tank. I didn’t plan on having to spend that much money for her," said trainer Casie Coleman.

"She wasn’t the easiest filly to break. Anyone who watched her post parading or warm up she’s kind of half galloping when she’s going slow.

"It took me a little while to figure out how to get her to pace. She scared me for awhile with the money we paid for her but she’s obviously come around good.”

As to having Canada’s top driver in terms of winning up behind Play The Bell Coleman noted:

“He’s the leading driver at all of these smaller tracks, his stats speak for themselves. I put him on her when I put her in the Grassroots at Georgian and he drove her great. Actually he’s three for three on her now.

"I’ll likely ask him if he’ll drive her in the gold, hopefully it works out with his schedule that he can stay on her.”

Coleman shares ownership of the winner with Mac Nichol and Calhoun Racing. Bred by Winbak Farm, the filly sold at Harrisburg. She is a half-sister to Panfully Cool ($307,000) and Bottome Deals ($228,094).

It wasn’t a great day for trainer Jack Darling in the Belles. He was to have a pair racing but Write Me A Song was scratched and his other filly, Neon Moon was refunded when it was determined she did not receive a fair start.


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