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Jamieson fillies headline Gold Final Tuesday
FRASERVILLE, ON — Since the start of the freshman season Carl Jamieson horses have dominated both the pacing colt and pacing filly divisions. The Princeton-based trainer has sent out multiple entries in three Gold Finals and Tuesday’s event at Kawartha Downs is no different, with a pair of two-year-old pacing fillies flying the stable colours.
Reigning Gold Final champion Lucks Mistress headlines the $130,000 Final and will make her bid for a third straight victory from Post 9 in Tuesday’s seventh race. The Camluck daughter captured her elimination last week in an effortless 1:55.2, sailing home four lengths up on the competition.
“She went a pretty handy trip there the other day in 1:55.2,” says Jamieson. “She’s all racehorse and loves to do her job. She doesn’t wear a head pole, doesn’t wear a boot. You couldn’t ask for any better really.”
Jamieson acquired the royally bred filly at last fall’s Canadian Classic Yearling Sale for the regal sum of $110,000 and offered 10 shares to his regular owners and a handful of newcomers to his operation. Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown and Ken Henwood of Schomberg joined Jamieson and regular owners Beverley Kyron of Toronto, Gerald Rattray of Hamilton, Deborah and Ted Smith of Milton, Karl Ungerman of Toronto, Dr. Robert Boyce of London, 1140545 Ontario Ltd. of Dundas and Arthur Slack of Cumbria, ENG on the filly, making for large and boisterous winner’s circle photos.
“It didn’t cost too much to get involved with an expensive filly,” explains Jamieson. “And they all seem pretty happy at this moment.”
Jamieson’s son Jody will return to the race bike behind Lucks Mistress on Tuesday, and the 53-year-old will handle the lines on his second stringer Ingrid Bergrin himself.
The Grinfromeartoear daughter captured her elimination last week in 1:56.4, getting a nose in front of Seafood Athena at the wire, and will start from Post 2 in the $130,000 Final. Jamieson, breeder Boyce, Jerry Jamieson of Blenheim and Thomas Kyron of Etobicoke share ownership on Ingrid Bergrin, whose early season success has come as a surprise to the partners.
“She’s been kind of a surprise thing for us. We didn’t really expect her to be that good,” says Jamieson. “She was born with big curbs, but we worked on them all winter and got them pretty tight. They were pretty big, but they are looking a lot better.”
In the July 8 Gold Final at Woodbine Racetrack where she finished third behind Lucks Mistress, Ingrid Bergrin’s knee boot slipped off during the race and she injured her knee slightly. Jamieson says the filly had recovered enough to race last week, but is still not quite perfect.
“It swelled up and we just had it down before that race (last week),” says the veteran trainer. “She raced pretty good really and it doesn’t look too bad now, but it’s still swelled up a little bit.”
And if the filly’s injury was not enough to cause Jamieson worry last week, he had a flat tire on his way to Kawartha and arrived at the Fraserville oval with barely enough time to warm her up.
“We ran over something sharp and blew a brand new tire on my truck. We got there about 4 pm and were in the third and fourth races,” he recalls. “Ingrid Bergrin went out and went around the track once each way after the first race and then raced in the third and the other filly went out after the second race and raced in the fourth.
“We raced them a little bit like Thoroughbreds. They hardly had time to warm up, but I guess if they’re good enough it shouldn’t matter.”
Jamieson’s fillies will try to prove they are good enough again this week in Race 7 on Kawartha Downs’ Tuesday evening program, which gets under way at 4 pm.