DUNDAS, ON — The front end was a tough place for two-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday evening at Flamboro Downs, as fan favourites in both the $120,000 Gold Final and $20,000 Gold Consolation did all the early work but were unable to hang on in the stretch and claim the provincial hardware.
Fans sent Daylon Mystique off as their top choice in the Gold Final and the undefeated daughter of Amigo Hall looked to have things well in hand as she turned for home two lengths ahead of the field. What the filly and trainer-driver Wayne Henry were not counting on was an impressive late rush by pocket sitter Cumin First, who sprinted down the stretch to steal a three-quarter length victory in 1:59.4, just one-fifth of a second off the track and Ontario Sires Stakes record set by Birminghim in 2005.
Keep In Dutch trailed in third, five and one-quarter lengths behind the battling leaders, over a soggy track rated one second slower than normal.
Oakville resident Rick Zeron engineered the victory for Cumin First, who qualified for the Gold Final with a solid 2:02.4 win in her elimination. The Striking Sahbra lass is trained by Frank O’Reilly of Orton for Mary Anne Lauzon and Dr. Ruth Irving of Russell, Jim Fielding of Toronto and John Jesson of Tillsonburg. The partners acquired the talented youngster for $77,000 at the Two’s In Training Sale on June 8.
Cumin First laid down an impressive 2:07.1 qualifier at Mohawk Racetrack on the day of the sale, and O’Reilly sent her out for a second tour of the Campbellville oval on June 21, where she clocked a 2:04.3 victory. A third pre-season event on July 4 saw Cumin First make a break in the early going, but Zeron was able to settle the young trotter and hustle her home to a :29.3 last quarter.
In last week’s elimination, the daughter of Striking Sahbra and $113,110 winner Look Whos Cumin overcame the outside Post 7 to claim her one and three-quarter length victory. Through two starts Cumin First has already banked $80,000 for her delighted owners.
In the Gold Consolation Oaklea Rae was the fans’ top choice, and the Angus Hall miss led the field through fractions of :29.3, 1:01.2 and 1:31.3, but she could not hold on to the lead through the last quarter and had to settle for third.
Flamboro regular Paul Mackenzie engineered an impressive come-from-behind effort for Magical Debut, who sprinted from fifth to first in the final quarter to claim the 2:02.2 victory by a full two lengths. Maplewood also closed well to earn the third-place finisher’s share of the $20,000 Consolation purse.
Jason Libby trains Magical Debut for Anne and Bertha Postmus of Ingersoll, who offered up $18,000 for the Striking Sahbra daughter at last fall’s Forest City Yearling Sale. The filly finished third behind Daylon Mystique in last week’s elimination after winning a pair of qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack on June 21 and 28.
The two-year-old trotting fillies are right back in Gold Series action Monday, July 28 at Mohawk Racetrack, while Flamboro Downs fans will have to wait until Friday, Aug. 1 for their next dose of Ontario Sires Stakes excitement — a Grassroots event for the lightning fast three-year-old pacing colts.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rflmdsu.html.