You Will Be Queen and pilot Tyler Jones (Photo New Image Media)

MILTON, ON – SEVEN. September 28, 2021 – You Will Be Queen scored his first victory in 2021 and harness racer Tyler Jones claimed his first ever Gold Series victory in the final regular season event of the three-man trotting filly calendar years, Tuesday evening (September 28). ) at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

The purse was $ 156,400 rich for the dash alone and Jones rewarded his supporters with odds of 43-1, paying $ 89.70 to win.

The pair started from position 6 in the top seven trotting fillies field and Jones opted to float out of the gate and settle sixth behind last year’s Super Final champion Dashing Muscle. Dicentra controlled the tempo, clocking a quarter of: 27.4 and heading towards half-pilot of: 57.4 James MacDonald edged out Dashing Muscle in the outside lane, awaiting a windbreak from one of the favorites ahead. him.

Jones kept You Will Be Queen on MacDonald’s helmet and when driver Doug McNair tipped Up And Ready from third place the two fillies were quick to close the gap. Up And Ready began to challenge Dicentra beyond three quarters of 1: 26.4 and once the field gathered in the stretch MacDonald and Jones moved their fillies to an open lane.

Both trotters aimed for the leaders, but it was You Will Be Queen who found the bigger equipment and swept their peers to a three-quarter victory with a personal best 1: 54.4. Favorite Up And Ready was second and Dashing Muscle was third in the $ 156,400 contest.

Driver Tyler Jones (New Image Media photo)

“When the blanket moved, it followed the helmet well, and going around the last corner, I thought, ‘Dude, she does whatever we need to, it’s tight on James’s helmet and she is fine. “We waited for the stretch, and James knocked over the first blanket, and I knocked her back over and pulled the caps off, and she started to trot. next to James and I was like, “No way, no way”, and she just went on and on, and then I walked past Doug and I was like, “We got it”, and I could ‘I don’t believe it, “Jones said.” When I was halfway there and knew I was going to win it was a big adrenaline rush. It was amazing. I almost fell when I got off (from the racing bike).

The 27-year-old Waterdown, ON resident claimed the victory for his father, Waterdown coach Dustin Jones, who shares ownership of the Royalty for life filly with Hebert Horses Inc. from Montreal, QC.

Young Jones had driven You Will Be Queen in his two preseason qualifiers and at a nightly event on July 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but Tuesday was his first time riding his racing bike for a stake event.

“That was sort of the plan. I was going to be able to drive maybe at night and for the Sires Stakes it would be a regular WEG (Woodbine Mohawk Park) rider or, like the Elegantimage last week (September 18), an American rider, who for me, from In my first year in Ontario, I was happy with this plan, ”Jones said. “We thought we had it really good last week so we tried Yannick (Gingras) and it just didn’t work and then I had my chance.”

YOU WILL BE QUEEN REPLAY

Jones made his debut in the Ontario Driving Colony in 2016, and over the last few years he combined a part-time career as a driver at the Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa and the 3R Hippodrome in Trois-Rivières, QC with a full-time career as a social worker. in youth protection services in Sherbrooke, QC.

This spring, he made the decision to focus full time on harness racing and returned to Ontario, where he works full time in his father’s stable while building his racing career. Tuesday’s win was his first in the 2021 Ontario Sires Stakes program, but Jones amassed a record 27 wins, 51 seconds and 30 thirds in 272 starts this summer, bringing his mounts to prize money of $ 201,621.

The victory took You Will Be Queen from sixth to fourth in the three-year-old trotting filly rankings with 92 points and she will head to the Super Final on October 16 with confidence thanks to Tuesday’s victory and support. of a new regular pilot.

“My dad kind of confirmed to me after the race that I would get the Super Final, so that’s a bonus,” Jones said. “But it was a bonus tonight, we were just hoping for a check and she took the win, which was really amazing.”

Imextraspecial leads the three-year-old fillies trotting in the Super Final with 183 points, followed by HP Mama B and Up And Ready. The top 10 scorers will enter the $ 225,000 season finale on October 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

On Thursday, September 30, Woodbine Mohawk Park will host the two-year-old grassroots semifinals, with top young trotters and coaches hoping to earn a spot at the grassroots championships next weekend. The semi-finals are scheduled for races 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11 on the Thursday night card, which will start at 7 p.m. Fans can download a program and watch the live stream at Woodbine Mohawk Park website.

For full race results click here.

From Ontario Sire Stakes