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Au Rumba hoping for more Gold Series riches
October 30, 2002
By Sandra Snyder

LONDON, ON — With just two weeks remaining in the Ontario Sires Stakes season the two-year-old pacing colt division has been whittled down to just five entrants for Saturday night’s Gold Series Elimination at Western Fair Raceway.

However, the five colts who will line up behind the starting gate in the twelfth race are a gifted group that includes the three colts who sit right behind division leader and million dollar winner Sir Luck, who is enjoying a planned rest from the racing wars until the Nov. 16 Super Final. Sir Luck’s stablemate Boulder Creek will start from Post 3, Aug. 18 Gold Final winner Au Rumba gets Post 2 and number four colt Village Blitz will start from the advantageous Post 1.

With an impressive Gold Final victory over the Flamboro Downs half mile on his resume, Au Rumba will be one of the favourites in Saturday’s showdown.

“It appears that he can go pretty near as much on a half as he can on a mile or seven-eighths,” says owner and breeder Robert Hamather of Exeter. “He’s got a bit of a different gait to him than the rest (of his siblings) and he’s a fair-sized colt to get around a half-mile track. He kind of surprised me.”

Out of Hamather’s great mare No No Abby, Au Rumba’s siblings are an impressive bunch and include $637,622 winner Freedoms Friend, $204,670 winner Abby Admiration and $173,378 winner Bold Tactic. With $146,179 already on his card from 11 starts the Pacific Rocket son has no trouble fitting at family reunions and a solid effort in Saturday’s $111,031 contest would further boost his status.

“That mare’s been awful good to me,” says Hamather of No No Abby, who also earned $241,064 as racehorse. “She’s been a pretty good broodmare.”

In spite of the small field, Hamather expects the Gold Elimination to be a first class race and he decided to delay a trip to the Harrisburg, PA yearling sale in order to be in London on Saturday night.

“That Boulder Creek is a pretty tough colt and there are some other good ones in there. It won’t be a cake walk,” he says. “I was going to Harrisburg, but I think I’ll wait and go later.”

In addition to Boulder Creek and Village Blitz, Bill Robinson trainee Au Rumba will face the tenth ranked colt Stonebridge Premio from Post 5 and the twelfth-place point earner Vandango Hanover from Post 4. All five colts will pick up an engraved invitation to the Nov. 8 Gold Final upon crossing the finish line.

Western Fair Raceway kicks off its Saturday evening program at 6:30 pm and the two-year-old pacing colts will liven things up in Race 12.