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Banner Yankee shreds track record at Georgian Downs
July 13, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing colts headed to Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening to compete in their second Gold Series event and, for the second time, Carl Jamieson trained colts captured two of three eliminations in impressive style.

Lincoln Parke captured the first $39,735 elimination with a narrow 1:55.2 triumph over Fastest Rustler and Grand Bend Turbo. The mile equalled Georgian Downs’ track record for two-year-old pacing colts, set in the 2002 Grassroots Championship by Tommys Luck.

Jody Jamieson piloted Lincoln Parke to the come-from-behind victory, his second in Ontario Sires Stakes action, for Ted Smith of Milton, Karl Ungerman of Toronto, Arthur Slack of Cumbria, ENG and George Harrison of Lancashire, GB. A $20,000 yearling acquisition, the Astreos colt has already banked $40,234 for his owners through three starts.

Jamieson’s other entry in the first elimination, Caviarandsoftmusic, finished fourth.

The Princeton resident earned his fourth Gold Elimination trophy of the season in the third elimination when Banner Yankee obliterated the track record with a seemingly effortless 1:53.2 victory. Leaving from Post 2, Jody Jamieson took the Grinfromeartoear colt directly to the front and laid down sedate early fractions of :28 and :58.1 before cranking up the tempo to the 1:26.4 three-quarters and the record setting finish. Silent Swing was one and a half lengths back in second and reigning Gold Final champ Armbro Chivalry was third.

The Banner Yankee Stable of Princeton purchased the ridgling for the modest sum of $13,000 US last fall and have already seen a four-fold increase in their investment through three starts.

The other elimination went to Loverboy Hanover in a comparatively sedate 1:57.2. Chris Ryder of Allentown, NJ trains the Island Fantasy son for his partners Norman Smiley of Boca Raton, FL and Gerald Smiley of Cote-Saint-Luc, QC.

Jamieson trainee KDSMercury went off as the fan favourite and carved out all the fractions in the second elimination, but could not hold off Loverboy Hanover through the stretch and had to settle for second-place by a quarter length, while Toy Rocket was nine lengths behind the leaders in third.

The top three colts from each elimination will return to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, July 20 for their second $130,000 Gold Final.