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Special Magic thwarts stablemate to earn victory
July 9, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

DUNDAS, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing fillies put on another display of speed and style at Flamboro Downs on Friday afternoon as they competed in a pair of $58,846 Gold Eliminations.

The quickest elimination saw a battle between stablemates Special Magic and Los Angeles result in a 1:54 clocking, two-fifths of a second off the track record for sophomore fillies. Just half a length separated the Bob McIntosh trainees at the wire, with fan favourites Special Magic and Steve Condren earning their second straight Gold Elimination trophy.

Brittany Farms bred and owns Special Magic, a daughter of Camluck and $533,784 winner Art In The Park. The win boosted the filly’s record to three wins, two seconds and one third in six starts this season for earnings of $104,708.

Double Creme rounded out the top three in the eighth race and Lucys Fame, owned by Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Carl Jamieson of Princeton and Karl Ungerman of Toronto, also advanced to the July 16 Gold Final.

Reigning Gold Final champion Invitro scored her second win of the season with a 1:54.1 victory in the first elimination. In rein to Paul MacDonell the Camluck daughter took control of the race heading for the halfway marker, fought off a challenge from Cohenikova at the three-quarters and sailed home two lengths on top.

Armbro Berlin, owned by Ben Wallace of Milton and Jeffrey Langfelder of Atlanta, GA, finished second and Taylor Lynne, owned by Carl Jamieson of Princeton, Jerry Jamieson of Blenheim, Gerald Rattray of Hamilton and Arthur Slack of Cumbria, ENG, picked up the third-place finisher’s share. Cohenikova, owned by Equifund Investments of Hamilton, stayed game for fourth.

Gordon Irwin of Cobourg trains Invitro for his partner Murray Ross of Norwood and the pair have watched their talented filly earn $363,613 through the last two seasons.

The top four finishers from each elimination return to Flamboro Downs next Friday for the third $130,000 Gold Final on their sophomore schedule.