Michael's Power captures Confederation Cup
August 12, 2012
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Michael's Power shot up the passing lane in the 36th edition of the $581,500 Confederation Cup to prevail in a thrilling three-horse photo finish on Sunday afternoon at Flamboro Downs.
After finishing second to the pylon-skimming Pet Rock in his elimination heat earlier in the day, Michael's Power and driver Scott Zeron turned the tables on that foe in the final.
With the inside post advantage, Pet Rock and Brian Sears established the early lead, but Zeron fired Michael's Power off the gate from post six and took over command during a :26.1 opening quarter. Refusing to sit a pocket trip, Pet Rock reclaimed the top spot and led the field in front of the grandstand to the half in :55.4.
At the midway point, I Found My Beach and Randy Waples advanced first-up from fifth with Secretsoftheknight and Doug McNair following their cover. Pet Rock reached three-quarters in 1:23.4 as the field began to bunch up with State Treasurer and catch-driver Paul MacDonell rallying three wide from the backfield. But at the top of the stretch, Zeron sent Michaels Power up the passing lane and edged by Pet Rock to prevail in 1:52.4. Dynamic Youth and Andrew McCarthy surged home from the back of the pack into the win photo forcing Pet Rock to settle for third.
"In the elimination I tortured him a little bit and I just tripped out beautiful in the two hole and slipped up the passing lane," said Zeron, who earned his first Confederation Cup trophy with the win. "I had to leave. I had his nose right on the gate and was gunning him out of there as fast as I could.
"He's just a spectacular animal," continued the 23-year-old Oakville, Ont. reinsman. "Every time he comes on the track he gives it his all. Nobody knows how a horse is going to handle two heats and he proved that he could do it no problem. I'm so excited!"
The Camluck-Michelles Jackpot gelding is trained by Casie Coleman for owner and breeder Jeffrey Snyder. Michael's Power has won 10 of his 12 races this year, including the Upper Canada Cup, Somebeachsomewhere Stake, Canadian Breeders Championship and two Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Finals, while earning the bulk of his $970,650 career bankroll.
"He's been unbelievable and anybody who knows this horse knows he's not the soundest. He does have bad feet," said Coleman. "My mom takes care of his horse and she does an unbelievable job trying to kepp him sound. He has just been phenomenal all season. This horse doesn't job on a regular track and doesn't train during the week. He's not the soundest creature on his feet, but he just keeps on going hard."
The Confederation Cup victory was the Cambridge, Ont. resident's second. She also won the 2005 edition with American Ideal.
"It's just as sweet, if not even sweeter," said Coleman of her second victory. "To win a race like this and to do it twice is just a dream come true. It's unbelievable."
Michaels Power is expected to race next in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series event in Ottawa. (SC)