Done Well wins 41st Confederation Cup
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Elimination winner Done Well topped his performance a week ago with a 1:50.2 gate-to-wire score in the $188,500 41st edition of the Confederation Cup on Sunday at Flamboro Downs.
A four-horse charge led the field into the first turn, with Dorsoduro Hanover yielding position from post one to Jimmy Freight while Done Well hustled towards the lead and Rockin Speed took back for a pocket. Jimmy Freight strung out Done Well to a :26.2 opening quarter before letting the Well Said gelding clear command moving to the second turn.
Dorsoduro Hanover tipped first over marching towards a :54.3 half and made steady gains on his stablemate as the speed continued into a 1:22.2 third quarter. Jimmy Freight remained close in the pocket turning into the stretch and mounted the only bid at Done Well heading to the finish but came less than a length from victory in the 1:50.2 mile. Dorsoduro Hanover held off Rockin Speed and The Downtown Bus, respectively, for third.
(There was an anxious moment) a little bit late in the homestretch,” driver Dexter Dunn said after the race. “It’s never nice to have a horse like Jimmy Freight on your back with the speed he’s got. But (Done Well) traveled great like he was here last week—ears pricked the whole way; he was liking his work. I was still pretty confident turning for home, but like I said—with a horse like Jimmy Freight on your back, ready to pounce off your helmet—he did a good job.”
Competing for the Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables, Purnel & Libby and Wingfield Brothers LLC, Done Well has now earned $583,779 from nine victories in 24 starts. The Ron Burke trainee returned $2.50 to win. (SC)