CAMPBELLVILLE — A star-studded line-up of three-year-old trotting colts will kick off the 30th anniversary season of the Ontario Sires Stakes on Saturday night (May 10) at Mohawk Racetrack.
Headlining the first of two Gold Series Eliminations is last year’s top money earner Meadowview Sunny, who will take aim on another $280,000-plus season from Post 4 in the first race. The Classic Adam son, owned by breeder Charles Reid of Orono and trainer Paul Shakes of Stayner, will be joined by five other veterans of the two-year-old circuit and a pair of newcomers to the racing scene.
Among the colts hoping to challenge Meadowview Sunny’s superiority is Mr Garjangles, who captured legs of the Tie Silk Series at Mohawk on April 17 and 24. The Mr Lavec son finished fourth in the May 1 final, a disappointing result his connections attributed to a restless night spent in the detention barn.
“He tied up in the retention barn, that’s why he didn’t perform well,” says Albert Imbrogno of Etobicoke, who shares ownership on Mr Garjangles with Doug Hyatt of Milton, Doug Millard of Woodstock and Stephen Scarff of Bedford, Nova Scotia. “We went to see him the night of the race and you sensed it. You sensed he was nervous, he wasn’t himself.”
With Post 7 in Saturday’s first Gold Series Elimination and regular driver Steve Condren of Milton back in the race bike, Imbrogno is confident the colt will improve on last week’s result and add to the $21,936 he has earned in just three starts this season.
“He really matured over the winter — matured into his body — and we have high hopes for him this year,” says Imbrogno. “[Trainer] Brad Maxwell has done a great job bringing him back.”
Rick Zeron is also pleased with what five months away from the racetrack did for Kingdom, the Number 3 colt in last year’s OSS standings and the reigning Canadian Breeders’ Champion.
“He’s come back very sound and he’s come back with a little more of a bull dog look to him,” says Zeron. “I think he’s looking forward to a fantastic year.”
The Oakville resident conditions Kingdom for his partners The Camel Club Stable of Hamilton and Gestion Charest Ltee. of Montreal, Quebec and he will send the King Conch son after a piece of the $53,617 pie from Post 5 in the third race.
The trotting colts kick off their 2003 season at 7:40 pm Saturday with the top five finishers from each Gold Elimination returning to Mohawk Racetrack on May 18 for the first of five $130,000 Gold Finals on their 2003 schedule.