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Trotting colts looking for gold in Windsor Wednesday
July 31, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

WINDSOR, ON — Windsor Raceway kicks off an exciting month of Ontario Sires Stakes action on Wednesday with two $48,885 Gold Series Eliminations for the talented two-year-old trotting colts.

Reigning Gold Final champion Brazen leads the field of 20 colts into their second Gold Series event and will start from Post 3 in the first elimination. Hoping to take advantage of the champion’s absence from the second elimination is George Zirnis trainee Looks Like Gold, who boasts a record of one second and one third through three starts.

“He’s a nice trotter. He’s always had a lot of speed, but he’s a little hard to handle. A lot of things scare him,” says Zirnis. “I think with time he’ll make a real nice trotter.”

Zirnis shares ownership on Looks Like Gold with Dennis Fairall of Windsor, Clarence Devos and breeder Terry Devos of Langton. The Earl colt opened his season with a pair of wins in qualifying action at Mohawk Racetrack June 12 and 19 and then finished third in the season opening Gold Elimination at Woodbine on July 12. In the July 19 Final Zirnis fired the colt out of Post 10 and led through the first half, but Looks Like Gold faded to sixth through the final turn.

Last Wednesday the colt competed in a Flamboro Breeders event and finished second to an American-bred rival after carving out all the fractions over a Flamboro Downs track rated one second slower than normal.

“The other day when I raced him at Flamboro it was real muddy and I thought I’d better go to the front because I didn’t know how he’d like a bunch of mud hitting him in the face,” says the veteran horseman. “Larry Walker was coming up beside me and I thought he had the horse to beat (Image Bill) so I went the third quarter pretty good to make Larry work so he wouldn’t idle along beside me, but the horse following Larry, a Self Possessed colt that didn’t show much (Armbro Chronicle), trotted around Larry and away from us in the stretch.

“I was actually trying to beat the wrong one, but that’s the way it goes with racing young horses.”

Zirnis expects Looks Like Gold to rebound well from the July 28 start and will be looking for early position from Post 5 in the eleventh race.

“He’ll always get positioned because he can really fly off the gate,” notes the Elmira resident. “He’ll get cheques. I’m not saying he’ll win, but they’ll have to go because he’s got some step.

“He’s a nice easy, fluid gaited colt and he doesn’t really have to work at it, it just comes natural to him.”

Among the nine colts Zirnis and Looks Like Gold will face in the second elimination are four making their debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes program and five veterans from the season opening Gold event, including elimination winner Hudd who will start from Post 8.

Windsor Raceway’s Wednesday evening program begins at 6 pm and the two-year-old trotting colts will vie for a top five finish in Races 9 and 11. The top five finishers from each elimination will return to Windsor on Wednesday, Aug. 11 for their second crack at a $130,000 Gold Final.