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Trotting colts ready for $130,000 battle Saturday
FRASERVILLE, ON — Ontario’s gifted three-year-old trotting colts return to Kawartha Downs on Saturday night for their third $130,000 Gold Final.
Elimination winners Samuel Oak, B Cor Kenny and It’s A Fact Jack will start from Post 4, 5 and 7, while reigning Gold Final champion In Conchnito gets Post 3 in the fifth race. Although In Conchnito did not win his elimination last week, trainer Bob McIntosh was satisfied with the colt’s runner-up effort and expects him to be ready for battle on Saturday.
“He did race tough in the first quarter and just tired a little in the stretch,” says McIntosh. “He had raced six Saturday’s in a row and when they go week after week like that it’s tough. We’ll lighten right up on the training and give him kind of an easy week this week.”
McIntosh shares ownership on the King Conch colt with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville and CSX Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Boyle also expects the colt to deliver a top effort over his local oval in Saturday’s Final.
“He’ll race well, he won’t disappoint us. I’m hoping not anyway,” says Boyle. “He raced good last week for us and he’s a pretty nice colt.”
In addition to enjoying In Conchnito at the racetrack, Boyle will play host to the colt and three of his stablemates for the weekend as McIntosh sends the horses up from his LaSalle facility to Boyle’s farm on Friday.
“I’m looking for him to land in here Friday afternoon with a barn full for me. I get a lot of enjoyment out of that too,” says the long time owner and breeder. “Maybe that will perk the colt up, getting some of his buddies trucking with him.”
Don McElroy will be back in the race bike behind In Conchnito on Saturday and the two-time Lampman Cup winner as the Ontario Sires Stakes program’s top driver will be keeping a careful eye on the three elimination winners and former Gold Final winner Witness Perfection, who starts from Post 6.
At the halfway mark in their sophomore season Witness Perfection currently leads the division standings with 162 points. Coventry, who made an uncharacteristic break last weekend and did not advance to the Final, sits second with 150 points and In Conchnito has 100 points for sole ownership of third spot.
Kawartha Downs’ first race rolls in behind the starting gate at 7:20 pm on Saturday evening with the talented three-year-old trotting colts featured in Race 5.