REXDALE, ON — Ontario’s three-year-old pacing colts continued their new philosophy of sharing the wealth in Sunday’s $130,000 Gold Final at Woodbine Racetrack.
One week after longshot Tinys Million stole a Gold Elimination win, lightly rated Golden Seven stepped up to claim the Gold Final title with an impressive performance in a race that saw five colts take a turn on the lead.
The stage was set for an upset as soon as the starting gate pulled away from the field of 10. Tinys Million made a break at Post 2 and interfered with fan favourite Bigtime Ball along the rail, who then made his fourth straight break.
While fans watched the action on the inside in dismay, Sky Tantrum won the early battle for the lead from Post 6 and hit the opening quarter in a sharp :26. Reigning Gold Final champion Deuces And Jacks was already gunning up the outside and had established a two length lead by the :54.1 half, which he then relinquished to Semalu Express before the 1:22.3 three-quarters.
Around the final turn Along Came Polly, who had been leading the parade up the outside, reached the front and was on top by three-quarters of a length at the top of the stretch. However, the colts that had been drafting along behind him were full of pace and both elimination winner In The Irons and Golden Seven quickly powered by.
A :27.4 finishing kick earned Golden Seven the victory, propelling the Camluck son under the wire two and three-quarter lengths ahead of In The Irons in 1:51. Along Came Polly stayed game for third, with Sipwiththepres and Transcending rounding out the money earners in the last Gold Final of the sophomore pacing colt campaign.
Cambridge resident Mark MacDonald guided Golden Seven to the win for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge and owner Niele Jiwan of Burnaby, BC. It was the handsome roan colt’s fifth trip to the winner’s circle in 12 starts this season, and his first Ontario Sires Stakes victory in three provincial appearances.
The first foal of $354,479 winner Silver Seven, a Gold Elimination winner in her sophomore season, Golden Seven made his sophomore debut back in April and posted one first, one second and one third in five starts before being sidelined by sickness in early June. The colt did not return to the races until late August, and since then he has racked up an impressive record of four wins, one second and two fourths in seven starts. Sunday’s Gold Final triumph boosted his sophomore earnings to $122,597.
Sent off as the fans’ sixth choice, Golden Seven returned $40.40 to win, $13.80 to place and $7.50 to show. Second choice In The Irons paid a more modest $4.90 to place and $3.20 to show, while Along Came Polly, the longest shot on the board delivered a $17.70 show windfall.
Combined, Golden Seven and In The Irons padded the wallets of their backers with a $217.70 exactor pay out, Along Came Polly boosted that to a sizeable $11,938.00 triactor bonus, and seventh choice Sipwiththepres pushed it to an incredible $26,205.55 superfecta bonanza.
Golden Seven’s victory also secured him a berth in the Nov. 10 Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack, where the top 10 point earners from the regular season will square off for $300,000 and the division title.
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