TORONTO, ON — Oakville resident Scott Zeron captured both Gold Finals at Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday evening, delivering one upset and one expected result.
The three-year-old pacing fillies opened the glittering parade of Ontario talent in the third race, and Zeron was aboard Modern Connection from Post 7. As the starting gate pulled away from the field of eight, Zeron put the pedal down and Modern Connection roared out to a :13 eighth and a :27 quarter with Village Janus in the pocket and fan favourite Monkey On My Wheel sitting on the rail in third.
Zeron backed off the speed heading to the :57 half and Jody Jamieson tipped Monkey On My Wheel to the outside. The reigning Gold Final champion sailed effortlessly to the front, reaching the three-quarters in 1:24.3, and was still on top at the 1:38 seven-eighths, but heading down the stretch Monkey On My Wheel started to drift off the rail, which left a clear path for Modern Connection.
Twenty-two year old Zeron urged Modern Connection up the rail and the pair reeled in Monkey On My Wheel to score a half length victory in 1:52. Camille came from mid-pack to finish two lengths behind the dueling leaders in third. Village Janus and Waasmula rounded out the top five in the $170,000 Gold Final.
The win was the second this season for Modern Connection, who has also tallied three seconds and two thirds in 13 starts. The Modern Art daughter has banked $218,686 this season for owner-breeders Yousif S. Yousif of Chesterfield, MI and Ameer Najor of Detroit, MI. David Menary conditions the filly, who has struggled all year to replicate her standout freshman season results.
Five races later Zeron was back out at Post 7 with two-year-old trotting filly Miss Paris, but opted for a different strategy, easing into fourth as Counter Pointe fired out to a snappy :13.1 eighth and a :27.2 quarter. The pair watched from fourth as Circles launched her attack, battling fiercely with Counter Pointe through a :56.4 half, and then started their own quick step to the lead.
Miss Paris sailed by the battle weary leaders and was on top by two and one-quarter lengths at the 1:26.3 three-quarters, a margin she stretched out to five and three-quarters by the wire, where she halted the Woodbine teletimer in a personal best 1:56.1.
Circles was a solid second in the $130,000 skirmish, with Counter Pointe three more lengths back in third, and another three lengths back to Racing Dreams and Justasmalltowngirl.
It was the fourth straight victory for Zeron and Miss Paris, who also swept their Gold Elimination and the Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway in September. The daughter of Kadabra and Pizza Dolce has six wins, two seconds, one third and earnings of $286,437 through 11 freshman starts for owners Mel Hartman of Ottawa, ON, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL.
Richard “Nifty” Norman trains Miss Paris, who will make her next start in the Oct. 21 Breeders Crown Eliminations at Woodbine.
Gold Final excitement continues at the Toronto oval Friday evening as the two-year-old trotting colts and two-year-old pacing fillies battle for their share of $130,000. The first race gets under way at 7:30 pm.
For complete results please go to: Woodbine Racetrack Results — Oct. 13, 2011