As owner Denis Breton predicted, it was Windsong Jack's quick turn of speed that propelled him to Ontario Sires Sakes Gold Final glory at Flamboro Downs on Saturday evening.
The 2-year-old pacing colt and driver Scott Zeron lined up in post 2 in the $130,000 Gold Final and when fan favorite Mach Pride rocketed away from the starting gate to a :27.1 opening quarter, Zeron opted to drop Windsong Jack, a son of Santanna Blue Chip, into second. Driver Anthony MacDonald took his foot off the gas after the sharp quarter and Mach Pride cruised along on the front to a :57.1 half and a 1:26.3 three-quarters.
Mach Pride turned for home with a one and three-quarter length lead, but when Zeron asked Windsong Jack for his big gear the colt responded with a finishing kick that propelled him to a one-quarter length victory in 1:55.3.
Reigning Gold Final champion and Gold Series point leader Mach Pride had to settle for second-place spoils, while Windsong Jack's stablemate Slight Touch recovered from an early break to finish third. F Twenty Two paced into fourth and Bad Boy Hill made a series of breaks that left him well back in fifth. Only five colts entered the third Gold Series of the season, meaning all five advanced directly to Saturday's final without need for an elimination round.
Zeron crafted Windsong Jack's third lifetime victory for trainer David Menary and owners Breton, Larry Menary, Kenneth Ewen and Geoffrey Lyons Mound. The partners acquired Windsong Jack from last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale for $48,000 and can now boast a $134,000 return on investment.
Windsong Jack started his Ontario Sires Stakes career at the Grassroots level, scoring a 13-length win at Flamboro Downs on July 4.
Windsong Jack will begin defence of his Gold Final title on Sept. 22 at Mohawk Racetrack, with the Gold Final slated for Sept. 28. (Ontario Sires Stakes)