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Ethen Seelster scores upset in Gold Final
November 2, 2002
By Sandra Snyder

DUNDAS, ON — When trotters are sold at auction as yearlings their new owners should receive a complimentary one year supply of antacid to guard against the heartburn that goes along with the typical two-year-old trotter’s season. Saturday afternoon’s freshman trotting colt Gold Final at Flamboro Downs was clear proof of this medical necessity as the owners of Gold Elimination winners Kingdom and Meadowview Sunny were running for the heartburn medication just moments after the race began.

As the Flamboro starting gate pulled away from the field of six colts Kingdom, who had moved over to the rail when Armbro Acme was scratched, made his second straight miscue in Gold Final action. Moments later division leader Meadowview Sunny joined Kingdom at the back of the pack when he made an uncharacteristic break in stride through the first turn.

With the fans’ first and second choices out of the running third choice At A Boy Eric and Jody Jamieson felt obliged to take control of the situation and led the colts through fractions of :29.3, 1:01.3 and 1:31.3. At the top of the stretch At A Boy Eric was on top by one length but pocketsitters Chris Christoforou and Ethen Seelster were just shifting into gear.

As Christoforou hit the gas the son of Mr Lavec and Edbars Nanci, who was second to Meadowview Sunny in last week’s elimination, powered off to a one length victory in 2:03.3. Hawaiian Clipper also caught up with a tiring At A Boy Eric through the stretch to earn the runner-up’s share of the $130,000 purse leaving the pacesetter to settle for third. Fourth-place finisher Second Go Round was eight and a half lengths back while Elimination winners Kingdom and Meadowview Sunny trailed home 10 and 18 lengths to the rear.

Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor shares ownership on Ethen Seelster with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville and CSX Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The trio offered up $42,000 for the impeccably bred colt at last fall’s Kentucky Standardbred Yearling sale and have needed their own supply of antacid through an up and down season that has earned Ethen Seelster two wins, two seconds and $110,674 in 10 starts. Saturday’s victory moved the colt into third spot in the division standings, behind Meadowview Sunny and Kingdom, with 158 points.

The fan’s fourth choice returned $20.40 to win, $6.30 to place and $2.90 to show. Hawaiian Clipper returned $8.10 to place and $3.60 to show and At A Boy Eric’s third-place effort was worth $2.40. Coupling Ethen Seelster and Hawaiian Clipper in the exactor earned fans $165.00 and adding At A Boy Eric for a triactor ticket resulted in a $720.80 return.

The top 10 point earners now have two weeks to freshen up before their Nov. 16 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack. The brief respite from racing action will also give the young trotters’ owners an opportunity to stock their medicine cabinets before the colts square off in the $300,000 season finale.

Saturday’s contest was the season finale for Flamboro Downs’ Ontario Sires Stakes season. Dundas and area fans were treated to an exceptional display of Ontario-bred talent in 2002, with track records broken or equalled on eight different occasions and five new Ontario Sires Stakes records established. The provincial program looks forward to the 2003 season at Flamboro’s fast half-mile oval when a new crop of two and three-year-olds will be eager to write their own names in the sport’s history books.