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Taylor Lynne ready to defend Gold title Monday
REXDALE, ON — Woodbine Racetrack hosts its first Ontario Sires Stakes event of the season on Monday, with three Gold Series Eliminations for the high speed three-year-old pacing fillies.
Leading the field of talented youngsters after one Gold Series event is Taylor Lynne, who captured her elimination and the $130,000 Gold Final at Western Fair Raceway in late May.
“She’s just a champion, that filly. I wish I had a whole barn full like her,” says trainer Carl Jamieson. “She’s been super good coming back.”
A winner of $272,615 in the Sires Stakes program as a two-year-old, Taylor Lynne has two wins and one third-place finish under her belt since returning to action on May 14 and Jamieson expects another strong performance from the Fit For Life daughter on Monday.
“I think she drew into the toughest division of the whole works, but she should be knocking at the door,” says the Princeton resident, who shares ownership on the filly with Jerry Jamieson of Blenheim, Gerald Rattray of Hamilton and Arthur Slack of Cumbria, England. “She has some gate speed. Jody left over there in London and then took her back and put her in the two-hole and she just relaxed. She’s easy on herself.”
Jamieson’s son Jody will pilot the filly from Post 9 in Monday’s sixth race, facing off against Canadian Breeders champion Special Magic from Post 1, 2003 division leader Serious Comfort from Post 2, the talented Invitro from Post 5 and Princess Pacing Series runner-up Armbro Berlin from Post 6.
In addition to Taylor Lynne, Jamieson will also harness Ja El Shamrock in the first elimination and Lucys Fame in the second.
Ja El Shamrock enjoyed the best luck of the trio in Thursday’s draw and will start from Post 2 in the second race. The strapping Rustler Hanover daughter logged a fifth-place finish in the May 22 Gold Elimination at Western Fair and heads into Monday’s contest off a 1:55.1 effort at Mohawk Racetrack on June 3.
“I don’t think she’s really a Gold horse, but she doesn’t get around a half-mile track very good,” explains Jamieson, who owns Ja El Shamrock in partnership with breeder Joanne Morrison of Beeton and Karl Ungerman of Toronto. “We’re just hoping she can get a cheque.”
Like Taylor Lynne, Lucys Fame will be hampered by Post 9 in the fourth race but Jamieson is hoping the Apaches Fame daughter can use her early speed to land near the front of the nine-horse field.
“She’s got a fair bit of gate speed, but she can get a little bit rammy when you try and put her in a hole,” he says. “From the nine-hole Jody should be able to drive her into a hole without taking her back too much.”
Lucys Fame earned $70,167 last season for owners Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Jamieson and Ungerman and has a trio of third-place finishes to her credit through five starts this year.
Woodbine Racetrack’s first race steps up behind the starting gate at 7:40 pm and the cream of the Ontario sohomore pacing filly crop will take centre stage in Races 2, 4, and 6. The top three finishers from each elimination, plus one fourth-place finisher selected by random draw, will return to the Toronto oval on June 21 for the second $130,000 Gold Final of their 2004 season.