OTTAWA, ON — Owners Mary Anne and Geoff Lauzon and Dr. Ruth Irving of Russell had hoped their two-year-old trotting filly would regain her winning form over Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday night, and Cumin First not only met their expectations, she exceeded them with an impressive track record effort in the first of three Gold Eliminations.
Starting from Post 2, the Striking Sahbra daughter and regular reinsman Rick Zeron allowed Oaklea Rae to take command early while they settled in third through the :28.4 opening quarter. Oaklea Rae continued to lead the field by the :59.1 half, but Zeron had Cumin First driving up the outside and the fan favourites went by the leaders effortlessly, reaching the three-quarter pole two lengths ahead of their peers in 1:28.4.
Four lengths on top when she turned for home, Cumin First loafed down the stretch to a five and three-quarter length win in 1:59.2, shaving two-fifths of a second off the track record set by former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Birminghim in 2005.
The Lauzon’s and Irving share ownership on Cumin First with Jim Fielding of Toronto and John Jesson of Tillsonburg. Through eight starts the talented young trotter has earned five wins, all in Gold Series action, and one second for earnings of $190,000. The two-time Gold Final winner was bred and raised at Irving’s Hamstam Farm Inc. in Russell.
Frank O’Reilly trains Cumin First, and the Orton resident also harnessed Quantum Royalty for Friday’s Gold Elimination. The Angus Hall daughter, formerly trained by Daniel Martin, started from Post 6 and sat in the middle of the field for most of the mile before firing down the stretch to snatch a three-quarter length victory away from pacesetter and fan favourite Easter Bonnet and pocket sitter Daylon Mystique.
Rick Zeron engineered the 2:00 win for Quantum Royalty, whose only other start was in a July 28 Gold Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack where she made an early break and finished sixth. Jean Pierre Lareau of Montreal, QC owns the filly, who was a $52,000 yearling at last fall’s Lexington Selected Sale.
The last Gold Elimination went to Ill Wait For You, who logged a front end victory that clocked in faster then the old track record. In rein to trotting specialist Trevor Ritchie, I’ll Wait For You fired out to the front from Post 3 and led the field through fractions of :29, 1:00, and 1:30 on her way to the 1:59.3 victory over Paycheck Lavec and Cuddler.
Ill Wait For You’s victory was her third in Gold Elimination action, and trainer Dan Creighton and his partners in the Danterra Racing Stable of Strathroy were relieved to see the Kadabra daughter land Post 2 for next week’s Gold Final. In her first two Gold Final appearances Ill Wait For You was saddled with Post 9 and she made breaks and finished well out of contention in both.
A $62,000 purchase out of the 2007 Forest City Sale, Ill Wait For You boasts a record of three wins and one third in eight starts for earnings of $71,820 and currently sits second in the race toward a berth in the season ending Super Final with a total of 150 points.
Ill Wait For You landed the most advantageous post of the three elimination winners; Cumin First and Quantum Royalty will line up alongside each other at Posts 6 and 7. The top three finishers from each elimination will make their way back to Rideau Carleton Raceway next Friday for their second last $120,000 Gold Final, with the complete field lining up behind the starting gate as follows:
Post 1 — Paycheck Lavec
Post 2 — Ill Wait For You
Post 3 — Pajama Land
Post 4 — Cuddler
Post 5 — Easter Bonnet
Post 6 — Cumin First
Post 7 — Quantum Royalty
Post 8 — Daylon Mystique
Post 9 — Stonebridge Diva
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rridcffr.html.