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Chancey Lady rebounds to claim third Gold Final crown
September 20, 2008
By Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Mohawk Racetrack fans gave the edge to rival Im Just Special, but three-year-old pacing filly Chancey Lady proved that she is back on form Saturday night with an impressive performance to claim her third Gold Final title of the season.

Starting from Post 7, driver Mike Saftic allowed Chancey Lady to coast away from the starting gate and the pair were sitting fourth on the outside when elimination winner Voelz Hanover reached the opening quarter in :26.3. Voelz Hanover’s time in the spotlight was brief, as Ms Goliath charged up the outside to the front before the :55.1 half, leaving Chancey Lady uncovered on the outside in second.

Campbellville resident Saftic opted to take command of the race, and Chancey Lady had pulled away from the field by two and half lengths before the 1:22.2 three-quarters. The Camluck miss extended her lead around the final turn and still had enough in the tank to fend off a late charge from Voelz Hanover and claim the 1:51.1 victory, matching the personal best she set in the June 14 Fan Hanover final.

Voelz Hanover posted her best result in a Gold Final this season, hitting the wire a length and a half back in second, while Ms Goliath held off a hard charging Southwind Swallow to finish third.

Chancey Lady now owns three Gold Final trophies, and two Gold Elimination trophies, with last weekend’s loss to Im Just Special marking the only time she has been bested in Ontario Sires Stakes action this season. In nine outings the talented pacer has tallied six wins, one second and one third and posted earnings of $622,715 for owner Niele Jiwan of Burnaby, BC.

Dorchester resident John Pentland trains Chancey Lady, who sits atop the division standings with a total of 275 points and will begin defence of her Gold Final crown for the last time on Oct. 20 at Woodbine Racetrack.

In the $20,000 Gold Consolation, Windsong Eva sprinted home to claim a 1:52.1 victory over fan favourites Cant Quit Smiling and Shake That Junk. It was the second trip to the winner’s circle this season for the Rambaran lass, who is owned by trainer Bill Cass of Milton and his partner John Craig of North York. Campbellville resident Luc Ouellette guided the filly to the win.

Ontario Sires Stakes enthusiasts were also treated to a pair of Gold Eliminations for the two-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, and Nebupanezzar made a triumphant return to the winner’s circle with a 1:52.3 score in the second $40,000 split.

Starting from Post 9 the No Pan Intended son and driver Steve Condren of Milton stepped off the gate with enough gusto to land in fifth spot, where they sat through the :27.4 opening quarter clocked by longshot Azoreansailor. As Nassagaweya Stake winner Shipps Xpectancy took over the pacesetter’s role heading for the :55.4 half, Condren sent Nebupanezzar up the outside, and the pair had advanced to second by the 1:24.2 three-quarters.

Still second at the top of the stretch, Condren kicked Nebupanezzar into high gear and the gelding made short work of his rival, pulling away to a one length victory in 1:52.3. Shipps Xpectancy was an easy second, while Surrealist held off Mild Mannered to claim the third-place finisher’s share. Long shot Waffles And Cream rounded out the top five, who all earned a return ticket to the Campbellville oval for next week’s $120,000 Gold Final.

The talented Nebupanezzar now boasts a record of six wins and one second in eight starts, including a flawless record in the first two Gold Series events, a win in his Metro Pace Elimination and a runner-up finish in the $1 million Metro Final on Aug. 30, his last start before Saturday’s appearance. Bob McIntosh trains the winner of $450,350 for owner and breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH.

The other elimination went to first time Gold Series starter Millionaire Cam, who got a near identical steer from Cambridge resident Jody Jamieson to earn the 1:51.2 victory. Starting from Post 1 the pair sat sixth through the :27.3 opening quarter and then made steady progress up the outside before reaching the front around the last turn.

A sharp finishing kick propelled the Million Dollar Cam son to the one and a three-quarter length victory over Shady Cam. Stonebridge Terror, owned and trained by Cambridge resident Jack Darling, finished three and three-quarter lengths behind the winner in his Gold Series debut, while Trail Boss and Rescue Plan duked it out two more lengths to the rear for fourth and fifth.

A half brother to former Gold Final winner Michelles Power, Millionaire Cam is owned by breeder Jeffrey Snyder of New York, NY and trained by Tony O’Sullivan. Saturday’s outing was just the colt’s third lifetime, and marked his second visit to the Mohawk winner’s circle. He also captured his debut at the Campbellville racetrack on Aug. 31.

The top five finishers from each elimination will make their way back to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 27 for the third $120,000 Gold Final on their schedule this season. The freshman pacing colts will line up behind the starting gate as follows:

Post 1 — Trail Boss

Post 2 — Stonebridge Terror

Post 3 — Millionaire Cam

Post 4 — Mild Mannered

Post 5 — Rescue Plan

Post 6 — Waffles And Cream

Post 7 — Nebupanezzar

Post 8 — Shipps Xpectancy

Post 9 — Shady Cam

Post 10 — Surrealist

Also Eligible 1 — Windsong Fortune

Also Eligible 2 — A Spring Of Hope

Also Eligible 3 — Uncle Bill Mac

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