Coleman reaches pace final

Casie Coleman will get her shot at Saturday’s $1 million Meadowlands Pace and attempt to be the first woman trainer to win it.


Coleman trains American Ideal who finished fifth in one of the Pace eliminations last Saturday at the Meadowlands. American Ideal, a son of Western Ideal, and owned by Mac Nichol of Edmonton and Brittany Farms of the U.S., was driven by John Campbell. They used a strong finish to land one of the 10 spots in the final despite starting from the nine-post.


Leading X Ample slipped up the pylons and caught Cam’s Fool in the final strides to win by a head in the first of the two elims, in 1:50.1. George At Bigs was third, Allamerican Inca fourth and Load The Dice fifth to advance.


Stonebridge Regal upset 1-5 favorite Rocknroll Hanover for a ¾ -length margin in 1:49.3 in the other elim. Longshot Team Hutch finished a length back in third with Village Jolt fourth and American Ideal fifth.


It was the second race at the East Rutherford oval for Coleman, a 25-year-old native of B.C., who competed as a driver and trainer at Fraser Downs. American Ideal, who was eighth in the North America Cup at Woodbine, got his first taste of the Meadowlands on July 2 in a $22,000 condition pace and won by 2½ lengths in 1:50.1.


Unfortunately, this Saturday Casie and her star pupil will have to overcome another post 10 to accomplish the feat.


At Tuesday’s news conference to select the post positions, it came down to two peas left – the 10 and the one, with two horses names yet to be drawn – American Ideal and Village Jolt. And just like in last month’s $1.5 million North America Cup final, American Ideal drew the dreaded 10.


Coleman, who is now based in Dundas, Ont., already has more than 100 wins this year with most of her races at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto.  


OO LA LA: La Ocasey made an impression in his first start in B.C.


The four-year-old gelded son of Jate Lobell captured, in convincing fashion, one of the two $3,000 eliminations for the Oak Tree Stakes for three-and four-year-old colts last Saturday.


Trained and driven by Dave Hudon, La Ocasey, a 16-1 shot, won by a length, covering the mile in 1:56.1. It was his fastest time, coming in his third win in eight starts, of the year. He had made seven starts at Northlands in Edmonton.


La Ocasey, owned by Nigel Holmes and Kelly Hudon, was well back early (sixth at the quarter) but started a move outside before the half. He was fifth (five back) after three quarters but a 29.2 second last quarter propelled him to the victory.


Thisisbliss, another newcomer who most recently raced at the Meadowlands, led from the start before caught in the stretch and finished second. Better Days, the even-money favorite was third and Western Promise fourth.


There was also a milder surprise in the other elim when Dancelikeahos set a lifetime mark of 1:57.2 in winning by three quarters of a length.


Owned by Ray Soh, trained by Rick Lancaster and driven by Gord Abbott, Dancelikeahos, a 6-1 choice, sat in the two-hole most of the way before pulling to run down even-money favorite Rambo Pass who had led to the head of the stretch. Longshot Tahuya Emory A closed strongly for second, Lunar Tko slipped into third and Rambo Pass got the last spot in the final.


Dancelikeahos, a three-year-old son of Dancing Puddles, now has won three in 10 starts in 2005.


Despite his win and two-hole spot on the gate in Sunday’s $20,200 final, Dancelikeahos is only third choice in the morning line odds. La Ocasey, part of an entry with Rambo Pass that is the 3-1 favorite, will start from the five spot while Thisisbliss, despite the outside seven hole, is the 7-2 second choice. 


HUDON HOT: Dave Hudon has taken early command of the driver and trainer honors at Sandown.


Last weekend Hudon picked up four victories – two each day of the weekend – to run his totals to eight as a driver and six as a trainer.


Andy Arsenault and Gord Abbott each had two driving wins to share second spot for the weekend. Bill Davis is second at the meet with five wins while Abbott and Scott Knight each have four.


Bill Young had two victories – both on Sunday -- as a conditioner, the only person other than Hudon to have more than one. He also has three for the meet to be closest to Hudon.

Meanwhile, talk about a Davy N Goliath story. 


Patricia Fleming, who has been working with veteran trainer Wendell Smith and learning the trade, recently obtained her trainer’s licence. She also picked up an ownership share with Smith of the three-year-old colt Davy N Goliath.


The son of Goliath Bayama out of the Cam Fella mare Elite Betty Ann now has made two starts at Sandown under the care of Fleming.


The results are a second, and a win on July 9 in a claiming $6,000, non-winners two event.


The quick start for Fleming, a resident of Aldergrove, has given her an astounding .777 universal rating. 


HORSE TALES: Woodmere Windrop, the 11-year-old son of Drop Off has won two straight – the 52nd and 53rd of his fine career – at Sandown. Woody has used two late rallies for the wins for trainer Bill Young.


Red Star Ginny, a three-year-old daughter of Pacific Rocket, returned from Northlands where she was in seven races including the Compass Rose. Her results there were a shade disappointing but she quickly displayed her fondness for Sandown by winning in a lifetime mark of 1:56.4 for trainer Clint Warrington.


Lucky Jenny, a four-year-old daughter of Camluck, also likes Sandown. She made it two straight, winning in a lifetime clocking of 1:55.2 for trainer Dave Hudon.


As Noted and Smart Line N each had made 18 starts in 2005 without a win but that ended last Sunday as they paced to victory in impressive fashion.