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Bold move earns freshman filly a Gold Final crown
July 7, 2005
By Sandra Snyder

DUNDAS, ON ó As is often the case in the unpredictable world of two-year-old racing, the longshot finished first and the favourite finished last in the freshman pacing filly Gold Final at Flamboro Downs on Thursday afternoon.

Firing out of Post 8, elimination winners Mike Sumner and Alias Seelster were anxious to have command of the race and sat three-wide through the :28.1 opening quarter before wresting control away from Imagine Freedom. The pair led the field through the :57.3 half and on to the 1:27.3 three-quarters before longshot Bold Bidder powered up from sixth and circled three-wide to the front.

Once they hit the front it was all smooth sailing for Bold Bidder and driver Mark MacDonald. On top by four when they turned for home, the duo cruised under the wire six and three-quarter lengths to the good in 1:57.3. Fellow longshots Stunning Beauty and Imagine Freedom rounded out the top three, while favourite Laura Mae was a well beaten ninth.

John Pentland trains Bold Bidder for Karen Carroll of Shedden, who acquired the Grinfromeartoear lass for $16,000 US at last fallís Harrisburg Yearling Sale, a bargain for a filly from a 100 per cent producer who boasts three siblings with earnings over $100,000.

Bold Bidder earned her way into Thursdayís Gold Final with a runner-up performance behind Donít You Smile last week that saw her use similar come-from-behind tactics from the trailing Post 9. Driver Mike Saftic taught Bold Bidder the three-wide trick in the elimination round, choose to steer Stunning Beauty in the Final and had a ringside seat for the repeat performance as he followed Bold Bidder up the outside when she made her move at the three-quarter pole.

Fans who made Bold Bidder their first choice earned $48.80 on a win wager, $25.10 for a place voucher and $7.20 on each show ticket. The few who selected longshot Stunning Beauty took home $30.50 to place and $10.30 to show and the fansí sixth choice Imagine Freedom paid $4.10 to show.

Anyone whose favourite numbers are 3 and 7 earned $568.80 on their exactor play and the 3 - 7 - 1 triactor was worth a hearty $5,510.80. No one in attendance coupled the top three finishers with Valkyrie Hanover for a superfecta wager, which paid out $1,554.50 on the combination of Bold Bidder, Stunning Beauty, Imagine Freedom and any other horse in the field.

Bold Bidder will have the first of four opportunities to defend her Gold title on July 17 when the two-year-old pacing fillies make the journey to the nationís capital for their second Ontario Sires Stakes event.

Flamboro Downs fans will now have a look the Grassroots group of two-year-old pacing fillies when they compete in seven $15,101 divisions over the Dundas oval this Sunday, July 10.

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