DUNDAS, ON — Cambridge resident Jody Jamieson put two more ticks in his win column at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening, steering two sophomore pacing fillies to victory in Trillium Series action.
Jamieson made his first appearance in the Trillium winner’s circle with Apricot Brandy, who delivered an admirable effort from Post 7 to earn the lion’s share of the $22,947 purse.
Quiteasassybanana led the field of pacing fillies to a :27.1 opening quarter, but was quickly under pressure from Pretty Thing, who clocked the :56.2 half and the 1:24.3 three-quarters without seeing the rail. Jamieson had followed Pretty Thing to the outside before the halfway marker, and sent Apricot Brandy after the lead around the final turn.
Three-quarters of a length on top as she turned for home, Apricot Brandy sprinted away from the field to a four and a half length triumph in 1:54. After acting as a windbreak for the winner, Pretty Thing settled for second, with Northern Duchess closing to be third.
Sent off as the fan favourite, Apricot Brandy is trained by Blair Burgess for owners Robert Burgess of Campbellville, ON and Karin Olsson Burgess of Milton, ON. Unraced at two, the Real Desire daughter has amassed six wins, six seconds and five thirds in 23 starts this season for earnings of $130,554.
Jamieson’s second Trillium Series victory came aboard his Grassroots Championship mount Star Of Show. Starting from the advantageous Post 1, Jamieson and Star Of Show wrestled control of the race away from St Lads Popcorn just past the :27.2 quarter, and blazed a trail around the Flamboro oval with a :56.1 half and a 1:25.1 three-quarters.
With St Lads Popcorn hot on her heels in the stretch, Star Of Show dug hard to the wire, keeping a head in front for the 1:54 victory. St Lads Popcorn picked up the second-place share, with Jinglejanglejingle well back of the leaders in third.
Trained by Mark Steacy for breeders Peter and David Heffering of Port Perry, Star Of Show has scored seven wins, one second and seven thirds in 21 starts this season for earnings of $119,020. Sunday’s victory was the Astreos daughter’s first since her Grassroots Semifinal triumph at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Oct. 25 when she logged a personal best 1:53.3. The point leader through the regular Grassroots season, Star Of Show could not overcome Post 8 in the Grassroots Championship and finished a disappointing fifth.
To cap off his successful afternoon, and further his effort to claim the North American dash title and set a new record for wins on Canadian soil, Jamieson also engineered a victory aboard four-year-old pacer KG Comet in a claiming event at Flamboro Downs on Sunday. As of Nov. 15 Jamieson led all driver’s in Canada with 670 wins at Canadian tracks, 71 shy of Mark MacDonald’s record. Through Nov. 22 the talented reinsman was also sitting atop the North American standings with 694 wins, 12 more than second ranked Jason Bartlett.
The other Trillium Series division went to Keepers Destiny and Paul Mackenzie, who watched from the backfield while three fillies battled for the early lead, then swept up the outside to score a five and a half length victory in 1:54.3. Gargantua Hanover and Allamerican Damsel closed well to finish second and third.
Phillip Coleman trains Keepers Destiny for Merlin Howse of Langton, ON and Casie Coleman of Cambridge, ON. The win was a personal best for the Intrepid Seelster daughter, who has six wins, six seconds and three thirds to her credit through 20 sophomore starts, giving her earnings of $68,487.
Sunday’s event wrapped up the 2009 provincial schedule at Flamboro Downs, while the three-year-old pacing fillies will meet for their final Trillium Series skirmish at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday, Nov. 30.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r1122flmdn.dat.