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Invitro captures Final, Blossom Seelster sets record
July 16, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

DUNDAS, ON — Invitro captured her second Gold Series Final trophy with an impressive effort from Post 8 at Flamboro Downs on Friday.

The Camluck daughter and regular driver Paul MacDonell fired off the gate to land in fourth spot as Taylor Lynne clocked an opening frame of :27.4. Heading for the half MacDonell sent Invitro after the lead and by the time :56.4 flashed up on the teletimer the talented three-year-old pacing filly had taken a one and one-quarter length lead, which she maintained through the 1:26 three-quarters and on to the 1:54 finish.

Taylor Lynne delivered a steady effort along the pylons to earn the second-place finisher’s share while fan favourite Special Magic had to settle for third, six length behind the leaders.

Gordon Irwin of Cobourg trains Invitro for his partner and fellow breeder Murray Ross of Norwood. The pair have banked a total of $174,155 on the filly’s behalf this season, adding to the $254,458 she earned as a two-year-old.

Sent off as a close second choice behind Special Magic, Invitro returned $6.60 to win, $3.50 to place and $3.30 on a show voucher. Taylor Lynne’s runner-up effort was worth $6.10 and $3.40, while Special Magic returned $3.00 to show. An exactor featuring the two early season Gold Final winners paid $76.20 and adding Special Magic for a triactor play earned fans $150.90.

In addition to the three-year-old pacing filly Gold Final, Flamboro Downs fans were treated to four exciting Trillium Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies.

Prohibitive favourite Blossom Seelster did not disappoint in the second division, halting the clock at 1:57.3 to record a new track record. The Tagliabue daughter sailed across the wire five and a half lengths ahead of Raising The Bar and 10 lengths in front of Sno Doubt About It to shave three-fifths of a second off the record set by former Ontario Sires Stakes star Earl Of My Dreams in 2002.

Hanover resident Mark Etsell trains and drives the gifted filly for his partners Robert Newton of Walkerton, Larry Clements of Listowel and Chuan Tan of Cambridge. Pennsylvania-sired, Blossom Seelster is eligible to the Trillium Series because of her 100 per cent Ontario ownership.

Gold Series regular Incredible Iam scored her second victory of the season with a 1:59.2 effort in the first Trillium division. Trained by Kevin Davidson for Giuseppe Serratore of London and Catherine Stewart of Campbellville, Incredible Iam romped across the wire six lengths ahead of Hetties Charm and Chelemark Spring.

The other two Trillium divisions went to Ross Henry trainees Indys Kylee in 2:02.1 and Fiesty Kindof Luv in 1:59.1.

The three-year-old pacing fillies renew their Gold Series rivalry Aug. 7 at Woodbine Racetrack while the sophomore trotting fillies return to Flamboro Downs on Aug. 6 for Gold Series action or head to Dresden Raceway on Aug. 8 for Grassroots action. They make their second Trillium Series start Aug. 19 at Hiawatha Horse Park.