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Top colts record Gold Elimination wins at Flamboro
October 26, 2002
By Sandra Snyder

DUNDAS, ON — Division leaders Meadowview Sunny and Kingdom rose to the occasion at Flamboro Downs on Saturday afternoon, capturing their respective Gold Series Eliminations in flawless front-end fashion.

Meadowview Sunny opened the two-year-old trotting colt event with an effortless 2:02.2 victory over Ethen Seelster and Armbro Acme. The fan favourite hit the wire two and one quarter lengths on top, stopping the clock in 2:02.2. Reigning Gold Final champion Hawaiian Clipper was not a factor from Post 1, but finished fourth and will join the top three colts in next Saturday’s $130,000 Gold Final.

Veteran reinsman Doug Brown drove Meadowview Sunny to the victory, the pair’s sixth of the season, for trainer Paul Shakes of Stayner and owner-breeder Charles Reid of Orono. Shakes and Reid opted to restrict the colt’s season to the Ontario Sires Stakes program and the colt has captured two Gold Finals and four Gold Eliminations in nine starts. He has never been worse than third and sports a point total of 362 heading toward the $300,000 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Nov. 16, 150 points more than second ranked colt Kingdom.

Kingdom boosted his point total to 212 with an impressive seven length triumph in the second division. The King Conch colt made a costly break in the Oct. 3 Gold Final at Mohawk and Flamboro Downs fans hedged their bets by making At A Boy Eric their first choice, but Kingdom was clearly back on form.

Leaving from Post 3 trainer-driver Rick Zeron fired Kingdom to the front and rolled through fractions of :32, 1:03.1 and 1:32.4. The duo fended off a challenge from At A Boy Eric at the three-quarter marker and then simply powered away from the field to the 2:03.3 victory. At A Boy Eric delivered an impressive runner-up performance, overcoming a break at the start that left him more than 10 lengths off the pace, and Second Go Round put in a steady effort to finish third. Zoltar Seelster also advanced to the $130,000 Final with his fourth-place result.

Oakville resident Zeron shares ownership on Kingdom with The Camel Club Stable of Hamilton and Gestion Charest Ltee. of Montreal, QC. The partners acquired the colt for $30,000 at last fall’s Canadian Classic Yearling Sale and have recouped more than four times their initial investment. From nine starts Kingdom has posted three wins, two seconds and one third for earnings of $128,611.

The top four colts from each Elimination will return to Flamboro Downs’ half-mile oval next Saturday for their last $130,000 Gold Final. After wrapping up their regular season the top 10 Gold Series point earners will then head to Mohawk Racetrack on Nov. 16 for their lucrative $300,000 Super Final.