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St Elmo Hero makes it 25!

April 03, 2011

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After being scratched from the Cam Fella Stakes elimination in his most recent start, St Elmo Hero made his Woodbine debut a winning one to extend his unbeaten streak to 25 straight victories in the $28,000 Preferred 2 pace.

The son of Western Hero was urged on from the start as driver Jody Jamieson rolled him to the front past O K Boromir at the quarter in :27. Heading towards the half, Lennon Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald), who was sitting third, angled to the outside and took over command at the half in :55.2.

As the field marched into the final turn, Rock Me Please (Randy Waples) made the first-over attack from fourth but flushed the cover of St Elmo Hero before three-quarters in 1:23.2. When the field turned for home, St Elmo Hero showed his true class and began to sprint away from his rivals using a :27.4 final-quarter to win in 1:51.1. Rock Me Please stayed for second over O K Boromir, who used a ground saving trip, with Lennon Blue Chip fourth.

“He is just a terrific horse to drive,” Jamieson said after the win. “I was surprised that Mark (MacDonald) came at me when I made the front. I decided to pull before the three-quarter because I didn’t want to get locked it. When you’re trying to keep a horses huge unbeaten streak alive, you have to take your shot and move him.

“When I pulled him to the outside, he was pacing so hard that I hadto keep him together. Once we straighten up he was gone. He’s a contender in the Open ranks this year, that’s for sure.”

Owned by John Barnard, St Elmo Hero lifted his career earnings to $216, 950. He paid $2.90. (WEG)

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