Hilo continues winning ways, Jamieson takes national lead

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MONTREAL, Que. - Paul Grays five-year-old pacer Hilo made every call a winning one to win for the 11th time in his last 12 tries by scoring in last Sundays $12,000 Winners-Over Pace at the Hippodrome de Montreal.

MONTREAL, Que. - Paul Grays five-year-old pacer Hilo made every call a winning one to win for the 11th time in his last 12 tries by scoring in last Sundays $12,000 Winners-Over Pace at the Hippodrome de Montreal.

Gray, who was in attendance for the race, said Hilo looked extremely sharp in the victory, taking the front in the opening quarter and maintaining a two-length lead throughout the 1:54.1. mile.

The five-year-old Grinfromeartoear gelding won nine straight from Nov. 11 until Jan. 27 before tasting defeat in his Feb. 24 race. However, the Pierre Touchette trainee has begun a new streak with two straight victories.

Hilo paid $3 to win as he improved his 2008 record to 4-1-0 with $25,950 in earnings. Over his career, the pacer has won 25 of his 55 races and has banked $88,532.

Gray says he plans to continue to race Hilo on the Quebec circuit for the next month or so before bringing him home for the Maritime free-for-all circuit. The pacer will likely get a bit of rest at Grayland Farms in Pugwash before launching his 2008 Maritime campaign.

Hilo will be honoured this Saturday night at Truro as the 2007 Aged Horse of the Year at Truro Raceway.

The guest speaker for the Truro Harness Horse Owners Awards banquet will be Paul Macdonell, driver of world champion Somebeachsomewhere, Canadas co-horse of the year.

Schooner Stables of Truro announced Monday that the agreement to sell one-third of the world champion pacer has fallen through after the party who entered the right of purchase agreement failed to consummate the deal.

Jerry Silva of New York was reported to have offered $3 million to purchase one-third of the horse with the Schooner Stable still controlling the management of the horse.

But the period of due diligence passed last Thursday night without the sale being finalized and the Schooner stable took the deal off the table.

Somebeachsomewhere, who set a world record for two-year-olds with a 1:49.3 win in the $1-million Metro Pace last year at Mohawk Raceway, has been established as the favorite to win the 2008 Little Brown Jug. He is among 144 three-year-olds nominated for the September race.

Ranked as the runner-up is Santana Blue Chip, a colt trained by Wallace native Carl Jamieson, who co-owns the colt with his son Jody. Santana Blue Chip was the sports leading money two-year-old in 2007 with more than $900,000 in earnings. He is one of three colts nominated to the Little Brown Jug by Jamieson.

Jody Jamieson, who won the OBrien award as Canadas top driver of 2007, has vaulted into the lead among Canadian drivers in money earnings this year. Jody has driven 72 winners for $1,153,211,

Saint Johns Gilles Barrieau had five winners on Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway and now leads the driver standings with a .544 average. Barrieau was Canadas top average driver for the last three years.



Organizations: Hippodrome de Montreal, Exhibition Park Raceway

Geographic location: MONTREAL, Quebec, Pugwash New York

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