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Hard luck colt hopes for change in fortunes
July 5, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

GLOUCESTER, ON — After spending the month of June taking on the best North America has to offer, Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing colts return to Gold Series action Thursday evening at Rideau Carleton Raceway.

Hoping to break the jinx that has affected each of his starts away from the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) tracks is Flashy Baron, owned by Gloucester resident William MacQuarrie’s 1187422 Ontario Inc.

“He’s a great colt, but he likes racing at home more than he likes going away to race,” laments regular reinsman Rick Zeron. “He just runs into bad luck when he’s not at home. If he had all his races at home things would be different.”

In seven races on the WEG tracks the Rambaran colt boasts a record of four wins, one second and a fifth in his North America Cup elimination. In three races away from home he has only one third-place finish to show for his efforts and has never been closer to the rail than Post 7. In fact in all 11 starts the colt has only started inside Post 5 on two occasions, the most recent being July 3 when he circled the Woodbine Racetrack oval in 1:50.3 after starting from Post 2.

True to form the colt will start from Post 7 in the eighth race on Thursday evening and Zeron feels he faces the toughest of the three divisions.

“He drew bad again up in Ottawa and he’s in the toughest division. “He’s just a hard luck horse wherever he goes.”

Already committed to drive in Toronto on Thursday, Zeron will not be able to pilot Flashy Baron in the elimination, but predicts the colt will be charging hard when the field straightens out for home.

“I imagine they’ll peel him off the gate and sit at the back and then sprint for home to try and get third or better,” says the Oakville resident. “He’s not a very big colt so if you eat him up early he doesn’t have too much to spit out at the end.”

With Zeron otherwise occupied, trainer Herbert Holland has selected Keith Oliver to drive the colt and will be relying on the driver’s steady hands to get the fractious colt through the elimination round.

“He’s a little bit of a handful to drive,” acknowledges Zeron. “Once you get to know him he’s all right, but he’s a tough little nut. He’s got his own ways.”

Flashy Baron and his peers are featured in Races 4, 6, and 8 on Rideau Carleton Raceway’s Thursday evening program, which gets under way at 6:30 pm. The top three finishers will return to the Gloucester oval on Thursday, July 15 for the second $130,000 Gold Final of their sophomore season.