CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Nebupanezzar proved last week’s elimination victory was no accident with an impressive 1:54 triumph in Sunday’s $120,000 Gold Final, over a Mohawk Racetrack oval rated one second slower than normal.
The No Pan Intended son and driver Steve Condren of Milton floated away from Post 2 and landed in fourth spot on the rail, as Windsong Fortune sprinted away from Post 10 to reach the opening quarter in :26.3. Heading for the :55.4 half, Condren sent Nebupanezzar after the lead and the colt easily took command of the race, reaching the three-quarters in 1:25.4.
Turning for home Nebupanezzar was three lengths ahead of his peers, and while OK Boromir gunned it down the stretch he was only able to reduce the margin by two lengths, giving Nebupanezzar the 1:54 victory. World Away finished third, six lengths behind No Pan Intended sons Nebupanezzar and OK Boromir.
Windsor resident Bob McIntosh trains Nebupanezzar for owner and breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. The young pacer captured his elimination last week with a strong 1:54.1 victory and prepped for his Ontario Sires Stakes debut with a fifth-place finish in overnight action at Grand River Raceway on July 4.
The full brother to $278,723 winner The Mohegan Pan — a Canadian Breeders Elimination winner at Mohawk on Saturday evening — Nebupanezzar has already earned $80,350 in just three starts.
While it was sons of No Pan Intended waging battle in the Gold Final, in the $20,000 Gold Consolation it was a pair of Camluck colts who had the crowd on their feet.
Starting from Post 5, Milton resident Randy Waples gunned McIntosh trainee Lucky Herb out to the lead and the colt rolled through fractions of :28, :57.4 and 1:26.4. Ahead by over three lengths at the top of the stretch, Waples and Lucky Herb looked like a shoe-in for the consolation prize, but Shady Cam and Jason Brewer had a slightly different idea.
Travelling up the outside for the entire race, Brewer had Shady Cam sitting fourth at the top of the stretch, but the reinsman had yet to hit the colt’s turbo button. Once Brewer hit the accelerator, Shady Cam delivered an outstanding :26.4 last quarter to wrestle the 1:55 victory away from Lucky Herb.
Shady Cam’s last quarter was the fastest final fraction timed at Mohawk on Sunday evening, and left Lucky Herb one and three-quarter lengths back in second, with Medoland Glenno four and a half lengths back in third.
Bred and owned by Larry Pollard of Harrow, Shady Cam was fourth in his elimination last week, where he sprinted home in :27.1 for Brewer and trainer Rodney Duford. The elimination was the Camluck son’s third start following a single qualifier at Dresden Raceway on June 22. On June 28 Shady Cam finished sixth in an overnight event at Hiawatha Horse Park, pacing his own mile in 1:57. Seven days later he returned to the Sarnia oval and finished third with a 1:55.3 effort.
The son of $232,613 winner Shady Willow has earned $13,920 for Pollard in four starts.
The two-year-old pacing colts will light up the skies over Flamboro Downs on Aug. 10 when they make their second Gold Series start. On Monday, July 28 Mohawk Racetrack will welcome the two-year-old trotting fillies for their second Ontario Sires Stakes appearance.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rmohssu.html.