INNISFIL, ON — Second in every Gold Final since mid July, two-year-old pacing filly Kims Royal Day finally found her way to the winner’s circle with a convincing four and three-quarter length victory at Georgian Downs on Saturday night.
Sent off as the second choice behind elimination winner Macharoundtheclock, Kims Royal Day inherited the lead when the fan favourite went off stride heading by the quarter, which she reached in 27 seconds. Driver Billy Davis Jr. and Kims Royal Day fought off a challenge from Keep The Dream at the :57.3 half, and then cruised along for the remainder of the mile, reaching the three-quarters in 1:26.1 and the finish in 1:56.3.
Eloge followed the pacesetter from start to finish and stepped into the runner-up role, while Macharoundtheclock recovered from her early miscue to finish third. Keep The Dream and Burlesque rounded out the money earners in the $130,000 Gold Final.
Racing almost exclusively in the Gold Series program, Kims Royal Day amassed a record of four wins, four seconds and two thirds in 11 starts for earnings of $239,580. Trainer Blake MacIntosh of Cambridge and Stuart McIntosh of Essex share ownership of the daughter of Royal Mattjesty and Kims Caper, who was a modest $1,500 purchase from the 2011 Canadian Yearling Sale.
Kims Royal Day has three Gold Elimination trophies to go with her Gold Final hardware and will lead the two-year-old pacing fillies into the Nov. 10 Super Final with 312 points.
The equally consistent Windsong Jack picked up his second Gold Final title with a front end effort in the two-year-old pacing colt contest. Starting from Post 5 the elimination winner and driver Randy Waples laid down fractions of :27.4, :58.1 and 1:26.2 before battling down the stretch to a nose victory in 1:54.3.
OK Fantastic, owned by Mardon Stables of Loretto and Carlo Rovella of Toronto and trained by Alliston resident Bruce MacDonald, nearly got the job done, going from fifth to second with a :27.3 last quarter over a racing surface rated two seconds slower than normal. Mach Pride was two and three-quarter lengths behind the battling leaders in third. Windsong Jack’s stablemate Tarpon Hanover finished fourth and elimination winner Duc Dorleans paced into fifth.
Dave Menary conditions Windsong Jack for his father Larry Menary of Cheltenham, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, Denis Breton of Welland and Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford. In 10 starts the Santanna Blue Chip son, who was a $48,000 purchase out of last fall’s Canadian Yearling Sale, has posted five wins and four seconds for earnings of $261,500.
In addition to his Gold Final victories, the gelding also captured one Grassroots division and one Gold Elimination. Saturday’s win boosted him to the top of the division standings with 270 points.
The top 10 point earners from each division will now hone their skills for the $300,000 Super Finals at Woodbine Racetrack on Nov. 10.
Saturday’s Gold Finals completed the 2012 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule at Georgian Downs, which saw the Innisfil oval’s record books rewritten by two-year-old trotting colt Murmur Hanover and two-year-old trotting filly Bee A Magician.
For complete results please go to Georgian Downs Results — October 13, 2012