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Dream vacation on the line in trotting colt Super Final
November 10, 2004
By Sandra Snyder

REXDALE, ON — With $300,000 up for grabs and division titles to be decided, there is a lot riding on each competitor in the $2.4 million Super Finals at Woodbine Racetrack Saturday. And when trotting colt Mill Work steps up behind the gate, the two-year-old will be carrying some additional weight on his shoulders.

“If he goes well we’re all going on holiday,” says Oakville resident Rick Zeron. “We’re going to Hawaii for 10 days to two weeks.”

The Zeron family’s chances of making it to Hawaii are better than average. Through nine Gold Series starts the Mr Lavec son has garnered two Gold Final trophies, a pair of elimination wins, one runner-up finish and one third. Zeron will pilot the colt from Post 7 in Saturday’s fourth race, which should suit the youngster’s racing style perfectly.

“He’s a come from off the pace trotter and a :28.1 or :28.2 last quarter should have us right up in the hunt,” says Zeron. “If the front end horses get things rocking and rolling for me, I’ll just sit back and hope that we can sling shot around them.

“They’ll probably go around 1:57.”

Zeron shares ownership on Mill Work with Leonard Tucker and Gestion C. Charest Ltee. of Montreal, QC and Marino Fabbri’s numbered company 9131 5929 Quebec Inc. of Lachenaie, QC. The partners offered up $23,000 for the colt at last fall’s Forest City Yearling Sale and have banked $205,497 on his behalf through 12 starts.

Trying to derail Zeron’s vacation hopes are seven talented trotting colts including Oct. 4 Gold Final winner Classic Lavec from Post 4 and reigning Gold Final champ Feeling Frazzled from Post 8.

Saturday’s first Super Final contest, the two-year-old trotting filly event, is also a talent laden field, with six of the 10 starters boasting earnings over $100,000. Starting from the advantageous Post 1 is former Gold Final winner Honour Way and driver Chris Christoforou is looking forward to piloting the Angus Hall daughter in her first start since the Oct. 23 Breeders Crown Final.

“Dave (Tingley) seems to think she is at her best right now so hopefully she’ll put in a good performance,” says the Campbellville resident. “As long as she doesn’t get used up too much, gets a decent trip, she’ll be dangerous in the stretch.”

Christoforou owns Honour Way in partnership with trainer Dave Tingley of Guelph, Goin My Way Stable of Holland, PA and Murray Goldberg of Longboat Key, FL. Tingley and Joe and Barbara Myers of Goin My Way Stable co-own Ontario Sires Stakes star Peaceful Way, who Christoforou has driven to $1.5 million in earnings over two seasons.

“I was looking to get a yearling with Dave Tingley, we were going to spend $20,000 or $30,000,” recalls Christoforou. “Then this filly came along so we decided we’d go the three of us.”

Tingley, Christoforou and the Myers’ acquired Honour Way for $43,000 at the Forest City Sale and then welcomed Goldberg aboard in February. Through eight starts the filly boasts a record of two wins, three seconds and two thirds and has delivered a $208,898 return on investment.

Among the fillies Christoforou and Honour Way will face on Saturday are Gold Final winners Elena, World Class Image and Maleficent, who will line up shoulder to shoulder from Posts 6, 7 and 8.

Woodbine Racetrack’s first race goes postward at 7:40 pm Saturday, with the eight Super Finals providing fans with drama, speed and excitement in Races 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.