Text Me, Mach Of Ballykeel win Gold finals
August 15, 2010
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A come from behind effort and a patient steer earned Text Me and Mach Of Ballykeel their respective Gold Final crowns at Flamboro Downs on Sunday afternoon, as Ontario’s finest three-year-old trotting colts and two-year-old pacing colts warmed up the sun drenched crowd ahead of the $547,000 Confederation Cup.
The trotting colts kicked off the stakes action in the third race, and fans sent Hidden Message off as their top choice from Post 1, giving the Canadian Breeders Champion the edge over elimination winners Text Me (Post 7) and Windsong Geant (Post 4). However, things went slightly awry early for the fan’s first two choices, as Hidden Message was off stride before the quarter and Text Me was 14 lengths to the rear after trailing the gate by six lengths at the start.
Windsong Geant got away without incident and driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON had the Kadabra son on top by two and a half lengths by the :27.2 quarter. The pair continued to control the pace through the :57.2 half and did not face a challenge up the outside until Scotty Doesnt Know tipped off the rail heading for the 1:27 three-quarters.
While Scotty Doesnt Know was unable to circle around Windsong Geant, the Malabar Maple son did serve as the perfect windbreak for Text Me, who had been tipped to the outside by driver Randy Waples just before Jack Moiseyev made the same move with Scotty Doesnt Know. The colts pressed the pace from the outside around the final turn and just before the stretch Waples edged out three-wide to give Text Me a clear view of the finish line.
With victory in sight, Text Me dug hard and was able to trot by Windsong Geant, who had to settle for second in the 1:56.3 mile. Pocket sitter Go Go Red Marty claimed the third-place share of the $130,000 purse, while Scotty Doesnt Know earned the fourth-place cheque for his efforts and Arriba Amigo rounded out the top five.
Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON trains Text Me for his partners Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. Through 11 sophomore starts the homebred son of Kadabra and Dial Nile has seven wins, one third and three fourths for earnings of $275,741. The winner of the season ending Super Final as a freshman, Text Me has only the missed the top three once in 16 career Ontario Sires Stakes starts, finishing fourth in his elimination of the 2010 Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack in May.
Milton, ON resident Waples was at the helm of elimination winner Cam B Zipper in the two-year-old pacing colt Gold Final, and the reinsman fired the colt away from Post 3 hoping for a second Gold Final triumph. Unfortunately the novice pacer made a miscue through the first turn, leaving Kyron and Jody Jamieson with the lead heading for the :28.1 quarter.
Kyron carried on to a :57.4 half, at which point Some Mach Some Win stepped to the outside followed by elimination winner Dr Dew, who had been gapped at the start after a brief miscue, and Lyons Elite, who had also skipped off stride through the first turn. The colts carried on toward the 1:26.1 three-quarters, but when Some Mach Some Win failed to advance, Burlington, ON resident J. R. Plante sent Dr Dew out three-wide in a bold attempt to score their third straight victory.
With the challengers failing to gain any ground around the final corner, Kyron turned for home one and three-quarter lengths on top. However, Sylvain Filion and Mach Of Ballykeel had been sitting in great comfort behind the pacesetter, and when Filion asked his mount for a late charge Mach Of Ballykeel exploded out of the pocket and roared off to three length victory in 1:55.
Kyron settled for second and Cam B Zipper delivered a gutsy effort up the outside after recovering from his early error to grab third-place honours. Some Mach Some win was fourth and heavy favourite Dr Dew rounded out the cheque earners in fifth.
Cameron McKnight trains Mach Of Ballykeel and shares ownership on the colt with his wife Cynthia through their Ballykeel Racing of Tillsonburg, ON. The homebred son of Mach Three and Teig N Riley started his Ontario Sires Stakes career in the Grassroots program, where he finished second by a neck from the outside Post 7 at Clinton Raceway in the July 18 season opener. In his next start, on July 26 at Mohawk Racetrack, the colt delivered a 1:53.3 win, earning him the promotion to the Gold Series. In last week’s elimination round Mach Of Ballykeel finished fourth behind Dr Dew.
Mach Of Ballykeel will try to defend his Gold Final title when the two-year-old pacing colts gather at Mohawk on Sept. 18 for their third Gold Series event. The three-year-old trotting colts make their fourth Gold Series start at Mohawk on Sept. 27. (OSS)