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Lucks Mistress captures $130,000 Gold Final
July 8, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

REXDALE, ON — Jody Jamieson delivered a textbook come-from-behind steer to earn Lucks Mistress the hardware in the first Gold Series Final of the season for the two-year-old pacing fillies.

“The game plan was to come from off-the-pace. We got to the rail pretty well,” said the young driver after the race, “I was waiting for Mike (Saftic) to pull. I got in behind him and when I asked her to go she responded well.”

Leaving from Post 9 Jamieson settled Lucks Mistress in fourth spot as favourite Pleasure Beach rolled to a :27.2 opening quarter and a :56.4 half. As the fillies headed for the three-quarter mile marker Mike Saftic sent Claires Apache to the outside from third and Jamieson tucked Lucks Mistress in behind.

Flashing by the three-quarters in 1:24.3 only a neck separated the fillies and at the top of the stretch it was still anyone’s game, but when Jamieson asked Lucks Mistress for another gear the filly pulled away to a one and a half length victory in 1:55.2. Claires Apache fought hard to earn the second-place share of the $130,000 purse and Carl Jamieson and Ingrid Bergrin paced into third spot.

Carl Jamieson trains the daughter of Camluck and Mystic Mistress and owns a share along with his partners in the Lucks Mistress Stable of Princeton. The win was the filly’s first of the season after finishing second by a quarter length to Claires Apache in the elimination round last week.

With just two starts under her belt, the full-sister to $779,728 winner Camystic has already made a deposit of $74,538 against her $110,000 purchase price.

Fans opting for second choice Lucks Mistress over Pleasure Beach earned $13.60 on a $2 win wager, $6.30 for a place ticket and $6.00 to show. Claires Apache, sent off as the fifth choice in spite of her elimination win last week, paid $8.30 to place and $5.80 to show, while elimination winner Ingrid Bergrin’s third-place effort was worth $6.90 to her backers. The Lucks Mistress - Claires Apache combination returned $79.50 on an exactor wager and using the second Jamieson entry Ingrid Bergrin on your triactor ticket netted $773.40. Fans daring enough to play the superfecta with long shot Teig N Riley earned $3,817.80.

The fillies make their second Gold Series start on July 20 at Kawartha Downs, while Ontario Sires Stakes action continues to entertain Woodbine Racetrack fans Friday evening with the $130,000 Gold Final for the spectacular three-year-old trotting fillies.