CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Impeccably bred two-year-old pacing colt Millionaire Cam delivered an impressive come from behind effort at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening to capture his first $140,000 Gold Series Final.
An elimination winner at the Campbellville oval last weekend in his Gold Series debut, Millionaire Cam was sent off as the fans’ second choice behind two-time Gold Final champion Nebupanezzar. With Cambridge resident Jody Jamieson in the race bike, the Million Dollar Cam son eased off the starting gate from Post 3 and was sitting fifth when Stonebridge Terror paced by the opening quarter in :27.3.
A series of rapid lead changes occurred on the way to the :56.3 half, with Shipps Xpectancy pacing to the front around the first turn and then yielding to Nebupanezzar. Out in the flow behind the favourite, Jamieson allowed Millionaire Cam to pace on up the outside and was sitting just over a length back in second when Nebupanezzar reached the three-quarters in 1:25.3.
Nebupanezzar was still on top by a length when the colts turned for home, but all nine drivers were reaching for the overdrive button. Nebupanezzar battled furiously down the stretch, logging a :27.2 final quarter, but Millionaire Cam charged home in :27 and grabbed the Gold Final title by three-quarters of a length. The final, contested over an off track rated one second slower than normal, was timed in 1:52.4.
Shipps Xpectancy hit the wire four and a half lengths back in third, narrowly fending off Shady Cam, who rocketed through the last quarter in :26.2.
The win was the second straight for Millionaire Cam, and his third in four lifetime starts. The colt captured his elimination last weekend in similar style, pacing up the outside to halt the Mohawk teletimer at 1:51.2. The pacer’s first visit to the winner’s circle came after an Aug. 31 overnight at the Campbellville oval, where Millionaire Cam and Jamieson sprinted home to a 1:54.4 victory.
Cambridge resident Tony O’Sullivan trains the royally bred youngster for Jeffrey Snyder of New York, NY. The eighth foal from Snyder’s superstar broodmare Michelles Jackpot, a winner of $695,439 in her own right, Millionaire Cam’s siblings have earned an average of $243,523, with former Ontario Sires Stakes stalwart Michelles Power leading the way with $1.1 million in earnings. In his first four lifetime starts, Millionaire Cam has already banked $102,500.
The colt will have two more opportunities to pad his bank balance and Gold Series point total this season. The two-year-old pacing colts compete next weekend, Oct. 4, at Kawartha Downs, and start their last Gold Series on Oct. 31 at Western Fair Raceway.
Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues through the weekend at Mohawk Racetrack, with the three-year-old trotting colts waging a Gold Final battle on Sunday. Post time for Mohawk’s Sunday evening program is 7:30 pm.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rmohssa.html#N6.