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Speed on the menu at Rideau Carleton Friday
GLOUCESTER, ON — Speed will be the main course in Rideau Carleton Raceway’s dining room on Friday night as nine of the fastest three-year-old pacing colts in Ontario square off in their $130,000 Gold Final.
In last week’s elimination round Silver D Moon came within three-fifths of a second of the 1:52.1 track record set by Northern Luck in 1997, and trainer Benoit Baillargeon predicted that his colt would rewrite the history books in the Final.
Baillargeon’s prophecy will be easier for Silver D Moon to achieve this week as the Run The Table colt will start from Post 2 instead of the trailing Post 9. In the elimination Silver D Moon, who is owned by the Estate of Lonnie Beck of Stockton, CA, came from the rear of the field via the outside to score the 1:52.4 victory.
The other elimination winner, Dreamfair Vogel, had an easier victory but has not fared so well in the days following his 1:55.2 win. Owner John Lamers reports that the Village Jiffy colt developed a low grade temperature after the race and is being monitored carefully at his Ingersoll farm.
“He got a bit of a temperature so we did a blood (analysis) on Sunday and his levels were out a little bit,” says Lamers, who bred the colt in partnership with his wife Mary. “It was a cold day and it is a six hour ship for us there and back, so I attribute his health to that.”
As a result of his brush with sickness Dreamfair Vogel has been on a special regimen this week of nutritional supplements and extra time off and, while Lamers is confident the colt will bounce back quickly, if he is not fully recovered before Friday Dreamfair Vogel will stay at home while his peers compete in Ottawa.
“We are giving him vitamins to build his blood back up, trying to keep him up to snuff,” adds Lamers. “We’ll take another blood (analysis) on Thursday morning and if it is not up to par we will not race him. I will not race a sick horse.”
If all goes well Dreamfair Vogel will start from Post 6 in Friday’s eleventh race and Paul Mackenzie will be looking for another sweet trip for the winner of $279,828. In the elimination the duo tagged along behind race favourite Camystic and then ducked up the passing lane in the late stages of the race to score the two length victory.
“He got a really nice trip behind Camystic,” says Lamers. “It wasn’t a tough trip, he was well within his means.”
Dreamfair Vogel will be flanked by Camystic to his left at Post 5 and Pacific Titan to his right at Post 7. Last year’s top two performers, Camystic finished second to Dreamfair Vogel in the elimination round after carving out all the early fractions, while Pacific Titan finished a hard closing second to Silver D Moon after a rough and tumble trip up the outside.
Rideau Carleton Raceway sends its first race into the starter’s hands at 6:30 pm and the exciting three-year-old pacing colts are scheduled to bring down the house in Race 11.