Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sintra Rallies to Capture $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sintra Rallies to Capture $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack

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Sintra wins $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby

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CAMPBELLVILLE, Ont. - Driver Jody Jamieson and Sintra gained a measure of redemption Saturday night.

Sintra, a 12/1 pick, overtook favourite Rockin Ron on the inside in deep stretch to win the $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack. That came after Sintra and Jamieson settled for second in their elimination race last weekend behind Rockin Ron, who won in a career-best time of 1:47.2.

"It just worked out," said Jamieson, who started Saturday's race from the No. 9 post. "I wasn't sure what I was going to do out of the gate.

"Dave (trainer/co-owner Dave Menary) didn't want me to get away 10th and I didn't want to be blasting out to the lead. I just wanted to get to the lead at the wire . . . I wasn't sure it was going to work out, even at the head of the stretch."

Jamieson, of Moffat, Ont., earned his first career Derby win, guiding Sintra across the finish line in 1:48.1 on a fast track. Rockin Ron, the even-money favourite driven by Louis Philippe Roy of Mont-Joli, Que., was second by a neck in the 10-horse field.

McWicked took third in Canadian harness racing's oldest stakes event (first race was run in 1936).

The remainder of the field, in order of finish, was: All Bets Off and Nirvana Seelster (dead heat); Keystone Velocity; Easy Lover Hanover; Check Six; Dealt A Winner; and Lyons Snyder.

Roy took Rockin Ron to fourth from the start before surging to the lead just prior to the half-mile mark. The duo remained in front coming off the final turn before being caught late by Jamieson and the hard-charging Sintra.

"Jody's horse came through the inside, I didn't see him," Roy said. "He (Rockin Ron) wasn't steering as good as he was last week.

"Last week he was perfectly straight, but he was a little bit on the line tonight. Ron (trainer Ron Burke) will correct that and he'll come back as good as he was last week. …

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