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Brazen captures the gold at Woodbine
July 19, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

REXDALE, ON — Brazen delivered a commanding performance at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening to capture the first Gold Final of the season for the two-year-old trotting colts.

In rein to trotting specialist Trevor Ritchie, the Balanced Image son landed in fourth spot as the colts powered away from the start to a :28.1 opening quarter. Heading for the :58.4 half Ritchie sent Brazen to the outside and the colt trotted strongly around leader Looks Like Gold to establish a two length margin before the 1:29 three-quarters.

As the colts turned for home Brazen was still two lengths ahead, and the talented youngster had widened the gap to five lengths by the time he flowed under the wire in 1:59. Monsieur Kan Due and Image Bill picked up the second and third-place finisher’s shares of the $130,000 provincial purse with strong efforts through the last quarter.

Trond Smedshammer trains Brazen for American Viking Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ. A $30,000 US purchase at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale last fall, the colt has already earned $81,878 winning his Gold Elimination last week and Monday’s rich Final.

Brazen is a full-brother to Village Barrister, who earned $198,517 in 10 races as a two-year-old, including the elimination and final of the first Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series he entered.

Woodbine fans sent Brazen off as their second choice behind elimination winner Zorgwijk Fortunate, who made an early break that knocked him out of action. The colt’s winning effort returned $6.10 to the fans who selected him to win, $3.80 to those who liked him to place and $3.40 to those who went with the conservative show wager. Monsieur Kan Due paid $10.50 to place and $6.90 to show and long shot Image Bill’s third-place effort was worth $14.00 to show. The exactor paid $76.80, the three horse triactor returned $581.10 and fans wise enough to select the top four finishers — Brazen, Monsieur Kan Due, Image Bill and Classic Lavec — earned $3,457.50 on their winning superfecta ticket.

The two-year-old trotting colts do not return to Gold Series action until Wednesday, Aug. 4 when they head to Windsor Raceway for round two of their Ontario Sires Stakes season. The provincial program returns to Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday, Aug. 7 with Gold Eliminations for the three-year-old pacing fillies.