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Mill Work sets his sights on trio of Gold Final trophies
DUNDAS, ON — Two-year-old trotting colt Mill Work could complete a Gold Final hat trick with a victory in the eighth race at Flamboro Downs this Friday.
Trainer-driver Rick Zeron and the Mr Lavec son have already claimed Gold Final victories at Windsor Raceway (Aug. 11) and Rideau Carleton Raceway (Aug. 27) and prepped for Friday’s contest with a 2:02.4 victory in their elimination last weekend.
“He was coming off a couple of weeks rest,” notes Oakville resident Zeron. “So I just let him float along until he decided to get going and then he finished up strong.”
Mill Work sat on the outside at the back of the pack last weekend and then powered around the last turn and down the stretch to get a neck in front of St. Lads Speedy. The young trotter’s :29.4 last quarter, over a track rated two seconds slower than normal, was a full second faster than any of his competitors.
It was the colt’s first start since the Oct. 4 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, where he made a break just after the halfway marker that knocked him out of contention.
“A horse pulled out in front of me and then waited for the horse in front of him to pull out and my colt kind of went up on the back of Steve Condren’s colt and made a break,” explains Zeron.
“I was a little concerned about taking him over to the smaller track,” he adds. “But it didn’t seem to bother him at all. He’s raced very well on all size tracks for me.”
Mill Work and Zeron will start from Post 5 on Friday and the veteran horseman hopes the colt can replicate his elimination effort and take advantage of any early speed generated by the horses starting to his left, which include the other elimination winner Feeling Frazzled from Post 1 and reigning Gold Final champion Classic Lavec from Post 3.
“He’s an overall good colt, he races from mid-pack or from wherever I want to race him,” says Zeron. “And he’s a good finisher.
“He’s ready to play on Friday.”
Zeron shares ownership on the winner of $195,097 with Leonard Tucker and Gestion Charest Ltee. of Montreal, QC and numbered company 9131 5929 Quebec Inc. of Lachenaie, QC. The partners acquired the colt at last fall’s Forest City Yearling Sale for a bargain $23,000.
Flamboro Downs sends its first race into the starters hands at 2:45 pm on Friday, and the two-year-old trotting colts step to centre stage for the last Gold Final of their season in Race 8.