Western Fame, Sintra win Confed Cup elims
May 15, 2017
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Western Fame and Sintra will headline the field for next weekend's Confederation Cup 39 after earning victories in Sunday night's elimination round at Flamboro Downs.
Early trailer Western Fame tracked the live cover of 1-9 favorite Check Six then out-sprinted that foe to the finish line to win the first of two $20,000 eliminations.
Trevor Henry drove the Brittany Farms homebred pacer to victory in 1:52.4, defeating Check Six (Yannick Gingras) by a head with pacesetter Mr. Wiggle Pants (Doug McNair) finishing third. Dr. J Hanover (James MacDonald) finished fourth to earn a spot in the final as well while Magnum J (Jody Jamieson) was fifth ahead of Daylight Rush (Jonathan Drury) in field of six.
The top four finishers in each elimination will advance to next weekend's final, and one fifth-place finisher will also draw in to join the field. After both eliminations were completed, Magnum J was selected as the final starter in the post draw.
Jimmy Takter trains Western Fame, a 4-year-old son of Western Ideal and Shyaway who has banked more than $485,000 lifetime.
Western Fame, who hit the board in 15 of his 25 sophomore starts against stakes competition, won his 2017 season's debut at the Meadowlands on April 29 in 1:51 ahead of Check Six and was a runner-up behind the second elimination starter Sintra in the Graduate Series on May 6. Sent postward at odds of 8-1 in his Confederation Cup elim, he returned $19.60 to his backers at the betting windows.
In the second elimination, heavy 1-9 favorite Sintra also closed off cover to post a matching win time of 1:52.4 for local connections.
After fanning three wide turning for home, Sintra and driver Jamieson blew by race leader Roll Away Joe (Gingras), who was just edged out by first-over challenger Seeley Man (MacDonald) with Stonebridge Beach (Stephane Pouliot) closing inside in the three-across finish for the runner-up honors. First Car (Phil Hudon) was fifth while Easy Lover Hanover (McNair) completed the finish order.
David Menary trains and co-owns the Mach Three-Dancin Barefoot gelding, who is undefeated in his first three starts of his 4-year-old campaign and has lifetime earnings of more than $352,000. Menary's partners on Sintra are Brad Gray of Dundas, Ont. and Michael Guerriero of Brampton, Ont.
The $176,000 final of Flamboro's signature race (post positions below) will highlight the Sunday, May 21, card of harness racing, which begins at 7 p.m.
Here is the field in post position order for next Sunday's feature event:
$176,000 Confederation Cup
1. Magnum J
2. Roll Away Joe
3. Seeley Man
4. Western Fame
5. Stonebridge Beach
6. Check Six
7. Mr Wiggle Pants
9. Dr. J Hanover
AE1. First Car