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Kadabra 2YO breaks, still takes OSS Gold

August 27, 2011
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The Game Plan delivered as the bettor’s choice in the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for two-year-old colt trotters Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The John Kopas pupil captured the Gold trophy in a new lifetime mark of 1:56.3, despite a break in stride past the quarter pole.

Il Mago (Trevor Ritchie) took the field to the first quarter in :28.1, but at the half in :57.4, a parked out Ill Be There (Doug McNair) poked a head in front as he broke stride making a bit for the lead. Il Mago regained command and passed the three-quarter marker in 1:26.3.

As the freshmen trotters turned for home, The Game Plan and driver Jack Moiseyev exploded from back in seventh to take the lead in deep stretch and win by one length. Il Mago finished second with Good Sound Advice (Randy Waples) rounding out the trifecta.

“Everyone was jockeying for position and Luc (Ouellette with Warrawee Nimby) had me pretty tight there,” said Moiseyev, following the win. “[The Golden Child] made a break and I had to jerk mine over a little bit and he made a break.”

The Game Plan shocked Moiseyev with his ability to recover from his miscue and he thought they were out of the race until the pair hit final turn.

“He surprised me,” said the veteran driver. “He came right back trotting after six strides. Going around the last turn he swelled right back up again. He was still loaded, I couldn’t believe it. He just dug right in.”

The gelded son of Kadabra-Image Control picked up his fourth win in six career outings, increasing his bankroll to $150,800 for Kopas, LLK Stable, Gary Grieve and Anthony Wagner.  (WEG)
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