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In Conchnito headlines sophomore trot at Kawartha
July 7, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

FRASERVILLE, ON — Kawartha Downs kicks off its 2004 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Saturday evening with a visit from the talented three-year-old trotting colts, led by reigning Gold Final winner In Conchnito.

Owned by trainer Robert McIntosh of LaSalle, Dave Boyle of Bowmanville and CSX Stables of Liberty Center, OH, In Conchnito captured the second Gold Final of the season last Saturday with a 1:54.4 effort over Woodbine Racetrack’s seven-eighths mile oval. The effort was just one-fifth of a second off the Ontario Sires Stakes record for sophomore trotting colts.

“He raced super for us on Saturday,” says Boyle. “I don’t think we expected it from Post 10, maybe Steve (Condren) did, but he doesn’t say too much.” Don McElroy replaces Condren n the race bike this weekend, and the two-time Lampman Cup winner will be looking to extend the King Conch son’s win streak from Post 2 in the third race.

“Week to week you just hope he comes back as good as he was before,” says Boyle. “I’ve been in it long enough to enjoy the highs, but I don’t get too excited because there are a lot of lows. It’s like last Saturday, you’re just hoping you can get a cheque and hoping he races good.”

Through the last two seasons In Conchnito has provided Boyle with more highs than lows. As a two-year-old the colt posted a record of six wins, three seconds and two thirds in 17 starts for earnings of $516,287 and he is currently on-track for a second stellar year with two wins and two seconds in five starts and earnings of $133,211.

“Like Bob says, he’s a handy colt and an honest colt,” notes Boyle. “And as you know, an honest colt can make you a lot of money and they don’t have to win every race.”

While his colt has only has a quarter of In Conchnito’s experience, Robert Quinn hopes Boyle’s sentiments about honest horses hold true for Mikies Will this season.

Since making his racing debut at Kawartha Downs on May 8 the Brylin Boyz son has yet to win a race, but he has not missed earning a cheque through six starts.

“He’s been going good. We started him in the Sires Stakes and he’s got a second and a third in the Grassroots,” says Quinn. “We’re trying him in the Gold now because its close to home, so we’ll see how he does.”

Mikies Will makes his Gold Series debut from Post 4 in the seventh race for Newcastle resident Quinn and his partner Lennox Lepine of Ajax. The colt heads into Saturday’s contest off a third-place effort in the non-winners of two class at Woodbine on June 29.

“I’ve taken him downtown twice and he’s done all right downtown,” says Quinn, adding that Woodbine reinsmen Randy Waples and Chris Christoforou were instrumental in his decision to tackle the Gold Series. “When the two top drivers say you’ve got a nice horse coming along it means a lot.”

In addition to Races 3 and 7, the sophomore trotting colts are featured in the fifth race on Kawartha Downs’ Saturday evening program, which gets under way at 7:20 pm. The top three finishers from each elimination will return to the Fraserville oval on Saturday, July 17 for the third $130,000 Gold Final of their season.