Buckhams Bay is flawless
July 20, 2010
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Buckhams Bay remained perfect in his young career with another flawless performance in the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes final for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack.
With veteran Jacques Hebert in the bike, the son of Ken Warkentin - Merles Image left sharply from post eight and was the first leader before releasing post-10 starter Plato to command at the opening marker in :29.4.
Buckhams Bay came back out to retake on the way to the half and Trevor Ritchie, driving Plato, stretched him out through a brisk :57.4 first half. At that point, Blazing Benny moved first-over to challenge and pressed the tempo setter through three panels in 1:27.4.
In the stretch, the long-striding colt began to edge away from his rivals and was able to cruise to the easy win in 1:57.3. Imperial Count rallied well to pick up the place spot with Holy Kadabra finishing third ahead of Plato. The winner returned $3.90 as the bettor’s choice.
The victory was the second straight for Buckhams Bay who won his elimination a week earlier in 1:57.2. The regally-bred youngster, who is a sibling to $1.1 million winner McCooeye, vaulted his seasonal earnings to just over $85,000 for owner-trainer John Smith of Woodlawn, Ontario. (WEG)