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Eilean Donon twice Golden

October 02, 2003

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Two-year-old trotting colt Eilean Donon earned his second straight Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Final victory with an impressive front-end effort on Thursday (Oct. 2) at Mohawk Racetrack.

The son of Angus Hall—Legend Queen and driver Chris Christoforou fired out of Post 5 and ticked off fractions of :27.4, :59 and 1:28.2 on their way to a career-best 1:57.1 victory over a hard-closing Grand Sovereign and Beardmore. The win was Eilean Donon’s first since the Sept. 1 Champlain Stakes at Mohawk and trainer Brad Maxwell attributed the youngster’s solid effort to a change from a blind bridle to a bridle with side rolls.

“He was much quieter this week; much easier to drive,” said Maxwell.

The other alteration to the colt’s routine was the change from driver Tom Strauss to Christoforou, made by Eilean Donon’s owners Steve Stewart of Paris, KY, Joseph Taylor of Lexington, KY and Benjamin Taylor of Nicholasville, KY.

“Tom did a terrific job with the horse in training him with me,” said Maxwell. “It was an owners’ decision to make a move.”

Eilean Donon sports a record of 6-2-1 in 10 starts and earnings of $318,201.
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