Third time\'s a charm for \'Strike Three\' in OSS Gold Final
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B Strike Three hit one out of the park tonight (Friday) in winning the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:56.2.
The clocking was just one-fifth of a second off of the all-time OSS record of 1:56.1 established by Cincinnati Kid back in 2003.
In tonight\'s contest, driver Rick Zeron got the son of Striking Sahbra - B Floto away well from post one and the pair was sitting third past the first station in :27.4 which was put up by Keystone Titan (Dave Wall) who drew in off the also eligible list.
Zeron was not content with the pace in the second quarter and brought his charge to the outside and brushed quickly to command just before the half in :57.4. B Strike Three cruised by three-quarters in 1:26.4 while extending his advantage.
The compact colt continued to widen his margin in the stretch and hit the wire more than five lengths ahead of runner-up Pizzazzed (Roger Hammer) with Hot And Coldplay (Luc Ouellette) rallying to pick up the show spot.
\"He wasn\'t really happy sitting third, and when I moved him he was flawless,\" said driver Rick Zeron. \"I could have slipped along a little more for a track record. I\'m sure he\'ll set a track record at some point. He\'s a phenomenal colt. He waits for you to speak to him, and when you push the button he\'s gone.\"
B Strike Three now boasts three wins in just four career starts for trainer Raz Mackenzie and owner Ben Robards III of Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Tonight\'s win vaulted his seasonal earnings up over the $100,000 mark. (WEG)