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Boulder Creek cruising into Gold Final
REXDALE, ON — Woodbine Racetrack presents an exceptional card of North America’s premier pacers on Saturday evening, including a $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for three-year-old pacing colts.
After recording an impressive 1:50.4 victory in last weekend’s elimination round, Boulder Creek is one of the favourites heading into Saturday’s $130,000 contest.
“Boulder, he was just on cruise last week,” says the colt’s trainer Bill Budd. “He’ll be all right Saturday, with any luck.”
Boulder Creek, who was the division’s top Ontario Sires Stakes money earner as a two-year-old, will be making his first start in a Gold Final this season. The Pacific Rocket son failed to qualify for the season opening Gold Final and skipped the second event in favour of the Meadowlands Pace, where he captured his elimination before finishing off the board in the Final. C And I Siegel Racing Stable Ltd. of Brooklyn, NY own the talented pacer, who has boosted his lifetime earnings to $712,030 this season and rides into Saturday’s Final on a two-race win streak.
Budd will also harness elimination winner Famous Seelster in Saturday’s fifth race, with the fast Rustler Hanover son and driver Mike Saftic making their bid for a Gold Final triumph from Post 3. Cliff Siegel shares ownership on the colt with John Fodera of Staten Island, and the duo would love to see things set up for the pacer they acquired out of the spring mixed sale for $100,000.
“He’s a one brush horse. That’s the way he’s been,” says Carlisle resident Budd. “He’s not a big leaver, so he’s got to get the fractions set up for him.”
Since moving into the Siegel-Budd operation, Famous Seelster has captured two Gold Eliminations, the Clearwater Cup and an elimination of the Canadian Breeders Classic, finishing off the board on only two occasions. After Saturday’s Final both he and Boulder Creek will enjoy a seven-week hiatus from the Ontario Sires Stakes program and Budd says both colts deserve the rest after their action-packed early season.
“They get a month off and that will not hurt them,” he says. “They’re eligible for the Nat Christie (at Stampede Park) in August sometime so that’s a possibility, but they’ll get some time off.”
The other elimination winner, Daylon Alert, will also be looking for his first Gold Final victory from Post 9 in the fifth race, with reigning Gold Final champ Winning Breed getting Post 1.
In addition to the talented three-year-old pacing colts, Woodbine Racetrack presents Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations and a warm-up for the Roses Are Red pace for aged mares on Saturday’s 7:40 program. The $130,000 Gold Final lights up the seven-eighths mile oval in Race 5, the top older pacers compete in Pacing Derby eliminations in Races 4 and 8 and the Fillies and Mares Open is slated for Race 6.