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Samuel Oaks delivers solid victory in Gold Final
July 17, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

FRASERVILLE, ON — Samuel Oaks proved there is another three-year-old trotting colt to be reckoned with this season when he captured the $130,000 Gold Final at Kawartha Downs on Saturday night with an impressive come from behind effort over the rain-soaked track.

With trainer-driver Paul Walker in the race bike, Samuel Oaks eased out of Post 4 and settled in the middle of the nine horse field as Its A Fact Jack and Trudel battled to a :28.1 opening quarter. While In Conchnito fired to the front and took the colts past a :57 half and a 1:27 three-quarters, Walker moved his colt to the outside and began to shorten the distance to the leaders.

Turning for home In Conchnito was one and a half lengths on top, but an impressive finishing kick propelled Samuel Oaks past the reigning Gold Final champion and into the winner’s circle to claim the crown as his own.

The Angus Hall son stopped the clock at 1:57.2 over a track rated one second slower than normal, trotting under the wire one and a half lengths ahead of In Conchnito and another length up on third-place finishers B Cor Kenny.

In spite of the colt’s 1:58.1 victory in last week’s elimination round, Kawartha fans sent Samuel Oaks off as their fifth choice. Those that bucked the trend earned a hearty $21.70 on their win tickets, $6.20 on a place wager and $4.70 to show. In Conchnito returned $3.80 to place and $3.20 to show and B Cor Kenny paid $4.80 to show. The exactor was worth $70.50 and those who correctly handicapped the top three earned $272.40 on their triactor play.

A $23,000 yearling purchase in 2002, Samuel Oaks raced just four times last year and Walker opted to skip the season opening Gold event in an effort to give the colt an education in the non-winners of two class at Mohawk Racetrack. The decision paid off as the colt now boasts an impressive record of four wins and one third in six starts this season. The young trotter’s only off the board finish came in the June 26 Gold Elimination at Woodbine Racetrack where he made an early break and finished seventh.

Owen Sound resident Walker and his long time partners Carscot Stables of Toronto share ownership on Samuel Oaks, who will defend his Gold Final title on Aug. 15 at Flamboro Downs. Ontario Sires Stakes action continued at Kawartha Downs next Tuesday, July 20 with the $130,000 Gold Final for the lightning fast two-year-old pacing fillies.