WINDSOR, ON — Deuce Seelster made winning look easy at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday evening, loafing along on the front end to his third Gold Final title.
Starting from Post 5 in the field of eight freshman pacing colts, Deuce Seelster accelerated off the starting gate alongside Fun Of The Game and was sitting on that colt’s shoulder when he hit the opening quarter in :27. Deuce Seelster carried on past Fun Of The Game and was on top by a length and a quarter when he reached the :55.4 half.
Deuce Seelster maintained a modest one length margin through the 1:24.1 three-quarters and around the final turn, then accelerated away from his rivals to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:53.2.
The Mohegan Pan, trained by LaSalle resident Bob McIntosh, closed hard to earn the second-place finisher’s share of the rich $234,313 Gold Final purse, and Believeinbruiser edged out Fun Of The Game for third. Memory In Motion, owned by trainer Don Rankin Jr. of McGregor and the Keltic Racers of Brighton, MI, earned his first Gold Final cheque with a fifth-place effort.
Regular reinsman Paul MacDonell guided Deuce Seelster to his eighth freshman victory, which marked his fifth in Ontario Sires Stakes action. In 11 starts the Darren McCall trainee has garnered eight wins, two seconds and one fourth for total earnings of $486,579.
Katherine Bardis of Sacramento, CA owns the talented young pacer who counts three Gold Finals, three Gold Eliminations, and an elimination of the Metro Pace among his victories. A $16,000 yearling at last fall’s Forest City Sale, Deuce Seelster was sold to Bardis before his first start for a significantly larger sum.
The son of Western Maverick and Demi Seelster wrapped up his regular season Ontario Sires Stakes campaign atop the division standings with a total of 325 points, well ahead of runner-up Keystone Horatio. The rivals will meet up for their last provincial battle on Nov. 10 at Woodbine Racetrack in the $300,000 Super Final. Only the top 10 point earners earn a berth in the rich season finale.
Windsor Raceway also has one event remaining on its provincial stakes schedule, a Trillium Series contest for the two-year-old pacing fillies this Sunday, Nov. 4 at 7 pm.
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