Is there an Upper Canada Oscar waiting for Oscar Oscar?
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If you’re Jeff Brooks of Boca Raton, Fla., you don’t think twice about adding more money to the table--$30,000(C) to be precise. Having slipped in the back door, Brooks and his hot-horse Oscar Oscar will look to upstage all comers in Saturday’s $480,000(C) Upper Canada Cup at Georgian Downs.
Brooks’ supplemental entry surprised no one in winning his Cup elimination in a handy 1:53.3 for Mark MacDonald, earning back $12,500 of Georgian Downs’ money with ease. It was his sixth win in seven starts, sending the slick-gaited youngster’s earnings over $75,000.
Bred by slot machine game inventor Mike Timpano at Phelpston, just 20 minutes northwest of
Brainard burst onto the
The petite 32 year old continues to pack a powerful punch on this side of the border, currently posting a .340 training average, with over $720,000 in earnings. A lifetime horse person, Brainard is the daughter of the late Denny Brainard. The family plied their trade at
These days Brainard’s 32-horse stable is based at the Ideal Training Centre near
Oscar Oscar will be out to justify his star billing against eight rugged opponents who won’t bow easily. But driver MacDonald has confidence in the talented colt with the distinctive elongated white forehead star.
“He just has a lot of raw speed,” MacDonald says. “He can leave or he can come off a helmet quick. He can race in front or he can go first over. He’s still green, but he’s figuring it out.”
It will be a night of theater at Georgian Downs on Saturday as the Innisfil track regales spectators with early 1800s-costumed staff, ostentatious opening ceremonies, bountiful promotions and elaborate post parades. The historic Upper Canada Cup could just provide the perfect setting for an Academy Award performance by Oscar Oscar. (Georgian Downs)