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Jamieson sends powerful trio into Gold Final
July 1, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

REXDALE, ON — When the two-year-old pacing colts square off in their first Gold Final on Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack, three of the 10 finalists will hail from the Carl Jamieson barn.

Jamieson’s dream team captured two of three eliminations last week and the Princeton resident is confident that Caviarandsoftmusic could have made it three for three if his race had played out in a slightly different fashion.

“He was stuck in a hole and Jody thought he was getting a little tired because of the fractions,” says Jamieson of the 1:54.4 mile the colt was involved in. “But he can sit in a hole and never tighten the lines, then when a horse gets up beside him he’s different all together.”

Caviarandsoftmusic finished third, four lengths behind winner Grand Bend Turbo, last week and will attempt to improve on that from Post 3 in Monday’s fifth race with Jamieson in the race bike.

A full-brother to former Jamieson star Cupcakesnwhipcream ($447,157), the son of Camluck and Landfair Caveat was a $65,000 purchase at the Canadian Classic Yearling Sale last fall and is owned by Jamieson, Ken Henwood of Schomberg and Harvey Weiner of Ottawa.

Banner Yankee scored the fastest mile of the three eliminations last week, confirming the opinion that Jamieson had of the Grinfromeartoear son all winter.

“I like the whole team, but I always said Banner Yankee was really the best,” says the veteran horseman. “He’s a really nice horse. You could race him over pavement and not hear a sound, he just floats over the ground, and that means a lot.”

The colt stopped the Woodbine teletimer at 1:54.1 after recovering from a break in stride at the start, an error Jamieson does not expect to be repeated this week.

“It was just kind of a speed break,” he explains. “They went a :26.3 quarter and Jody was just maybe pushing him a little bit. I wouldn’t worry about that.”

Jody Jamieson will return to Banner Yankee’s helm this Monday and the pair will attempt a second straight victory from Post 5.

A relative bargain at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Banner Yankee was hammered down to the Banner Yankee Stable of Princeton for just $13,000 US. His siblings include $506,752 winner Electric Yankee, $172,842 winner Five Star Yankee and $166,399 winner Abbem.

Jamieson’s other elimination winner, Lincoln Parke, will start from Post 1 in the $130,000 Final on Monday and the trainer has chosen Mark MacDonald to pilot the Astreos colt. Lincoln Parke is the only horse in Jamieson’s barn that he does not own a share of and after the colt’s effortless 1:55 victory his trainer is experiencing a bout of seller’s remorse.

“I sold my share to George Harrison. He’s a friend of Arthur Slack’s from England and he was interested in buying one,” recalls Jamieson. “I didn’t have a horse at the time and I wasn’t buying any more, so I sold him my piece of that horse. Now I’m kicking myself.”

Harrison, of Lancashire, GB, and Slack, of Cumbria, ENG, share ownership on the $20,000 yearling with Milton’s Ted Smith and Karl Ungerman of Toronto.

Monday’s Gold Final goes postward as Race 5 on Woodbine Racetrack’s 7:40 pm program, which also features three divisions of the first leg of the Town Pro Pacing Series for three-year-old fillies. Fans unable to make it to the Rexdale oval can catch the $130,000 Final on The SCORE.