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Freshman pacing colts back in action Tuesday
July 9, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

INNISFIL, ON — Fresh off an impressive performance in their season opening Gold event at Woodbine Racetrack, the two-year-old pacing colts head to Georgian Downs on Tuesday for round two of their Gold Series campaign.

Twenty-four talented Ontario-sired youngsters will compete for a total of $119,205 in three Gold Eliminations, with reigning Gold Final champion Armbro Chivalry headlining the event from Post 4 in the eighth race. In addition to the colts who butted heads at Woodbine, nine new faces will line up behind the gate in Innisfil.

Queenssuccessor makes his Ontario Sires Stakes debut from Post 6 in the second race for owners Melvyn, Chris and Craig Varcoe of Thornton. Trained by Murray Brethour, Queenssuccessor heads into the race off a fourth-place finish against older horses in a maiden event at Kawartha Downs and the Varcoes are looking forward to seeing how their homebred shapes up against the Gold colts.

“Murray keeps it pretty tight to the vest,” says Craig Varcoe. “He said we’re going to put him in there and try him, see how he makes out, and that’s all I know.”

The Presidential Ball son is the second foal of the Varcoe’s mare Runningtobe Aqueen, who captured the Grassroots Championship as a two-year-old in 1998 and earned $52,724 from five wins and one second in eight OSS starts that season.

“We raised his mother so he’s a real home-grown colt,” says Varcoe. “And Murray had the mare also.”

The 32-year-old is a third generation Standardbred breeder and owner, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Clarence, a longtime resident of Alliston who passed away in January, and his father Melvyn.

“My father has been involved for the better part of 30 years,” he explains. “We have two other ones of racing age, a couple of yearlings and their broodmares.”

Varcoe hopes to catch Queenssuccessor in action on Tuesday, where the colt faces the toughest of the three eliminations. The novice pacer will make his stakes debut amidst Gold Elimination winners Lincoln Parke (Post 2) and Grand Bend Turbo (Post 7) and five other horses who finished fifth or better in the June 28 elimination round.

With three eliminations, Races 2, 5, and 8 on Tuesday’s 7:30 pm program, only the top three finishers will return to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, July 20 for the $130,000 Gold Final.