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Banner Yankee earns gold flag at Georgian Downs
July 20, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

INNISFIL, ON — Freshman pacing colt Banner Yankee delivered a convincing victory to capture the Gold Final crown at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening.

Young reinsman Jody Jamieson gave the colt a flawless front end steer, gunning off the gate from Post 8 to reach the lead with a :27.3 opening quarter and then pacing off evenly rated fractions of :57.3 and 1:27.1. As Banner Yankee swept by the three-quarter marker his stablemate Lincoln Parke and driver Phil Hudon started to apply pressure and were hot on the leader’s heels until the colt made an unfortunate break as the pair straightened for the sprint down the stretch.

The break left Banner Yankee all alone on the front and the Grinfromeartoear son sailed under the wire one and a half lengths on top in 1:54.4.

Lincoln Parke crossed the wire second but was placed back to sixth for causing interference to another stablemate, KDSMercury. That moved Fastest Rustler into the second-place finisher’s position and July 5 Gold Final winner Armbro Chivalry into third-place.

Savvy Georgian Downs fans opted for Banner Yankee as their top choice and earned $5.00, $4.20 and $2.90 on each win, place and show ticket. Fastest Rustler, the fans’ fourth selection, returned $5.10 to place and $3.90 to show and third choice Armbro Chivalry’s effort was worth $2.10. The Banner Yankee - Fastest Rustler exactor paid $49.60 and the triactor delivered $147.40 to those with an 8 - 1 - 2 ticket.

The impeccably bred Banner Yankee, a half-brother to $506,752 winner Electric Yankee, was a $13,000 yearling purchase at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale last fall. Carl Jamieson trains the winner of $137,734 for his partners in the Banner Yankee Stable of Princeton. The veteran conditioner started four colts in the $130,000 Final, finishing first, fifth (KDSMercury), sixth (Lincoln Parke) and ninth (Caviarandsoftmusic).

The two-year-old pacing colts resume their Gold Series rivalry on Aug. 14 at Flamboro Downs, while Ontario Sires Stakes action does not return to Georgian Downs until Saturday, Sept. 25 with the fourth Grassroots event of the two-year-old trotting colts’ season.

In addition to its five remaining regular season events the Innisfil oval will also play host to the $200,000 sophomore Grassroots Championships on Saturday, Oct. 30, with the Semifinals going postward one week earlier (Oct. 23).