Wednesday, August 29, 2018
English Illusion kicked off Canadian Millions Sales Stakes Night by upsetting defending champion Johnny Bear in the OLG Halton Stakes presented by Tipperary Equestrian.
A runner-up to Johnny Bear in last year’s 1-1/2 mile turf event, English Illusion prevailed by 1-1/2 lengths in 2:29.72 racing for trainer Sylvain Pion and 4U Thoroughbred Racing Stable Inc. Claimed for $45,000 from his last start on August 5, the five-year-old English Channel-Stormy Illusion gelding provided an immediate return on investment to his new connections taking the lion’s share of the $100,000 purse.
Turning for home, English Illusion fanned out three-wide and struck the front in the stretch with Johnny Bear locked and loaded behind horses. The defending champion eventually found a clear path but had to settle for the runner-up role as English Illusion got the jump on his foes and forged on to victory.
A claim of foul in the stretch on the winner from Johnny Bear’s jockey was disallowed by the judges.
“That’s was amazing! We’ve been waiting for three years to run in a race like that. It was incredible,” said co-owner Dave Robinson, who also praised Pion and Hernandez.
English Illusion/Halton - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dznOZzMV6zA
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