DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs fans were right on the money Sunday evening, correctly predicting the winner of both two-year-old pacing colt Gold Eliminations.
Kicking off the evening in the first race, Nebupanezzar took command just past the :27.2 opening quarter and proceeded to cruise through a :56.2 half and 1:26.1 three-quarters before accelerating away from the field to a 1:55 victory. A Spring Of Hope finished four and one-half lengths back in second, while O K Boromir was nine lengths to the rear in third. Fourth-place finisher Uncle Bill Mac also earned the right to compete in the Aug. 17 Gold Final.
Milton resident Steve Condren engineered the No Pan Intended son’s third straight victory for trainer Bob McIntosh and owner-breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. The reigning Gold Final champion is the full brother to sophomore Gold Series regular The Mohegan Pan, who has earned $335,178 in his career to date. The typical over achieving younger brother, Nebupanezzar has already earned $100,350 in his first four starts.
In the second $40,000 Gold Elimination, Flamboro fans once again hit the jackpot when Shady Cam logged an impressive come-from-behind effort to score his own four and one quarter length victory in 1:56. Driver Jason Brewer sent Shady Cam up the outside after Josh Seelster following the :28 opening quarter, trailed that colt through the :58 half and 1:27.1 three-quarters, and then sprinted around the last turn and down the stretch to the win.
Josh Seelster settled for second and Medoland Glenno closed well to finish third, nine and a half lengths behind the leader. Early pacesetter L H Remachable claimed the fourth-place share of the $40,000 purse and the final spot in the $120,000 Gold Final.
Rodney Duford trains Shady Cam for owner and breeder Larry Pollard of Harrow. Brewer picked up the drive on the son of Camluck and Shady Willow in the July 13 Gold Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack and guided the colt to a fourth-place finish, just a length behind the leaders, then came back the next week to engineer a 1:55 victory in the $20,000 Gold Consolation. Through five starts the colt has earned $33,920.
The top four finishers from each elimination will return to Flamboro Downs next Sunday for their second $120,000 Gold Final. The Final will warm fans up for the afternoon’s main event, the Confederation Cup for three-year-old pacing colts, expected to be the next start for Ontario-sired wunderkind Somebeachsomewhere.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rflmdsu.html.