DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs fans got the first clue that they were in for an extraordinary day of racing Sunday when three-year-old trotting gelding Define The World lowered the track, Ontario Sires Stakes and world record in the second race on the matinee program.
Starting from Post 2 with regular reinsman Paul MacDonell in the race bike, Define The World got away second behind elimination winner B Strike Three. Through a :27.4 quarter, a :56.2 half and a 1:24.4 three-quarters, Guelph resident MacDonell and Define The World were easy for fans to identify as they relaxed along the rail, two lengths behind the pacesetter and two lengths ahead of the rest of the Gold Final field.
MacDonell shook the gelding up heading around the last turn, and B Strike Three found his lead cut in half as the trotters squared off for the stretch drive. The rivals battled fiercely down the stretch, but in the end the hot early fractions took their toll on B Strike Three, and Define The World earned his first Gold Final title by half a length in a Flamboro Downs, provincial and world record 1:54.2.
Third-place finisher Mccarron reached the wire well back of the leaders, with the remainder of the eight horse field strung out behind him.
Define The World rewrote the great Majestic Son’s track and Ontario Sires Stakes record, shaving three-fifths of a second off the 1:55 clocking Majestic Son established on the 2006 Gold Series circuit, and lowered not just the world record for sophomore geldings, but for all three-year-old trotters. Green Day owned the former world record of 1:55.1 for three-year-old geldings, while colts Chip Chip Hooray and Macs Crown, and filly Olympics, had trotted around half-mile ovals in 1:54.3.
John Bax trains Define The World for breeder Al Libfeld of Pickering. Through 15 sophomore starts, the Duke Of York son now boasts a record of eight wins and five seconds for earnings of $318,588. Sunday’s 1:54.2 effort was one-fifth of a second off the personal best Define The World recorded at Mohawk Racetrack in his July 26 Canadian Breeders Championship elimination.
Three races later two-year-old pacing colt Western Heart claimed the Gold Consolation victory in a field that was greatly reduced due to illness. Three of the eight colts slated to start in the $20,000 contest were scratched due to sickness.
With Cambridge resident Jody Jamieson at the helm, Western Heart employed come-from-behind tactics to score the 1:55.1 victory, finishing one length ahead of M A Sailor and Alexie Mattosie. Carl Jamieson of Princeton trains Western Heart, and shares ownership on the Western Terror colt with Thomas Kyron of Toronto, Jeffrey Gillis of Guelph and The Hastings Mill Inc. of London.
Ontario-sired Somebeachsomewhere wowed Flamboro fans in the Confederation Cup Eliminations as expected, and while the sophomore colts rested for the final, freshman pacing colt Nebupanezzar demonstrated his own star qualities with a commanding victory in the $120,000 Gold Final.
Milton resident Steve Condren sent the No Pan Intended son straight to the front from Post 3 and the pair simply left the field in their wake, leading by two lengths for most of the mile before drawing away in the stretch to a five length decision in a track and Ontario Sires Stakes record equalling 1:53.4. Elimination winner Shady Cam recovered from an early break to finish second, with Uncle Bill Mac rounding out the top three.
Nebupanezzar’s effort equalled the provincial standard set by Sir Luck at Flamboro in 2002.
Bob McIntosh of Windsor trains Nebupanezzar for breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. The talented young pacer remains undefeated through four Gold Series starts, and has banked $160,350 in the first six weeks of his racing career.
The colt’s older brother The Mohegan Pan earned his way into the Confederation Cup Final with a fourth-place finish behind Somebeachsomewhere in the elimination round, and came back with a strong effort in the $493,000 second heat to finish third, but the afternoon belonged to the monster from the Maritimes, who trounced the field by four lengths in a world record 1:49.2.
Somebeachsomewhere and driver Paul MacDonell led through every station in the Cup Final, reeling off fractions of :26.1, :55.2 and 1:22.4 before laying down a :26.3 final quarter to claim the win. The Mach Three son, owned by the Schooner Stables of Bible Hill, NS, has recorded 14 wins in 15 lifetime starts and boosted his earning to $2,324,092 with Sunday’s victory.
Ontario fans will hope to see Somebeachsomewhere make one last local appearance in the Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 6.
The three-year-old trotting colts make their fourth Gold Series start at Mohawk on Sept. 21, while the two-year-old pacing colts lock horns for the third time on Sept. 20 at the Campbellville oval.
Flamboro Downs fans will have time to recover from the excitement of Sunday’s events before the three-year-old trotting fillies arrive in town for their fourth Gold Series battle on Wednesday, Sept. 17.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rflmdsu.html.