DUNDAS, ON — Daylon Magician did more than warm up the crowd for the upcoming Confederation Cup heats at Flamboro Downs on Sunday afternoon, the three-year-old trotting colt set the half-mile oval afire with an Ontario Sires Stakes record equaling performance.
Starting from Post 1 with regular reinsman Jack Moiseyev in the race bike, Daylon Magician moved smartly away from the starting gate, holding Mr Joe Sixpack and a charging Imperial Count off the rail through the first turn. Jody Jamieson opted to drop into third with Mr Joe Sixpack, while Scott Zeron urged Imperial Count to the lead by the :27 quarter. Sitting in the pocket did not appeal to Moiseyev and the veteran reinsman sent Daylon Magician to the front heading by the grandstand for the first time.
From the :56.1 half, Daylon Magician simply accelerated away from his peers, reaching the three-quarters two lengths on top in 1:25.3 and then rocketing down the stretch to an eight length victory in an Ontario Sires Stakes record equaling 1:54.2. The mile matched one set by Define The World at Flamboro in 2008.
Delcrest Julian and driver Rick Zeron closed well to earn the second-place share of the $130,000 Gold Final purse, with Lakefield two more lengths back in third. Imperial Count trotted into fourth, with reigning Gold Final champion Tamarind rounding out the cheque earners.
Daylon Magician is owned by trainer Dave Lemon of Komoka, ON, who also bred the son of Kadabra and Daylon Marvel. Through nine starts this season the gifted trotter has posted seven wins and one third for earnings of $305,477, adding to the $225,300 he earned at two. In addition to Sunday’s Gold Final triumph and last weekend’s Gold Elimination victory, the colt also swept the Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack in May, the Canadian Breeders Championship at Mohawk on July 23, his Gold Elimination at Georgian Downs on July 2 and the Goodtimes Consolation at Mohawk on June 17.
Following two exciting Confederation Cup Eliminations the two-year-old pacing colts paraded onto the track for their $130,000 Gold Final and treated fans to another thrilling contest.
From Post 2, Addwater was quickest away, reaching the opening quarter with a four length margin in :27. The longest shot on the board continued to lead by two lengths at the :55.1 half, with Machapelo sitting in the pocket and Hard To Mach settled in third on the rail. The surprises continued for fans when favourite Warrawee Needy made a break heading for the half way marker and spotted the field more than 20 lengths.
Addwater started to fade heading toward the three-quarters, so driver Scott Zeron and Machapelo took command of the tempo before the 1:24.4 fraction, but the pair were quickly under siege by Randy Waples and I Found My Beach, who had clawed their way up the outside by circling out three-wide at the half. Turning for home I Found My Beach had a short lead and the Mach Three son extended it to one and three-quarter lengths by the time he crossed under the wire in 1:53.4.
Machapelo finished a strong second, with Winbak Warrior just over eight lengths back in third. Noble Andrew was 13 lengths back in fourth, and Warrawee Needy’s flawless Ontario Sires Stakes record came to a halt with his fifth-place finish.
Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh trains I Found My Beach for his partner, and the colt’s breeder, Robert Kauffman of New Albany, Ohio. The Windsor resident has started the son of Mach Three and Ohio Annie four times this season, making three appearances in the winner’s circle, including last week’s Gold Elimination.
One race later Jack Moiseyev capped off a superlative afternoon with a victory in the $352,500 Confederation Cup Final with Bestofbest Hanover. Camluck colts and OSS archrivals Mystician and Prodigal Seelster were hot on the winner’s heels in the 1:52 mile.
In addition to the outstanding action on the racetrack Sunday afternoon, nine Flamboro fans were selected as finalists for the Ontario Sires Stakes program’s Win The Thrill contest. John Moniz of Cambridge, Jim Jewers of Cambridge, Ken Robertson of Guelph, Roger Carmichael of Cambridge, David B Hill of Ohsweken, Jason Shaw of Hamilton, Margaret Elcich of Port Colborne, Dawn George of Brantford, and Amadeo Capoferri of Hamilton earned a shot at the Grand Prize Draw for a share in the 2011 Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association’s New Owner Mentoring Program.
The Grand Prize draw will be held during Grassroots Championship night at Mohawk Racetrack on Oct. 1, and the winner will join eight other newcomers to Standardbred ownership as they are supported through the acquisition and ownership of an Ontario-sired yearling by trainer Tony O’Sullivan and mentor Brian Webster.
For complete results please go to: Flamboro Downs Results — Aug. 14, 2011