POST HELPS TOUGH
GINNY TAKE DOGWOOD
Post position, post
driver/trainer for Red Star Ginny, explained that was a
vital part of Ginny’s impressive win in the $22,000
Dogwood Stake for three-and four-year-old fillies last
Sunday at Sandown Park.
There was no doubt
it helped. The 7-2 second choice had the rail, which
allowed her to sit sweetly in the two hole and have
something left for the stretch. But one has the feeling
that Ginny also may be getting better with every start.
A week before in a
Dogwood elimination she started from the four-hole and
went gate to wire to win by 10 lengths in 1:56, a new
In the final, she
covered the mile in a nifty 1:54.3 (the second best
clocking of this Sandown meet) and won by two lengths over
1-5 favorite Lucky Jenny. The latter started from the four
post and battled Ginny for the early lead, gaining a 1½
length (outside) by the first quarter.
That lead never
changed – through fractions of 26.4, 57 and 1:25.2 – until
the head of the stretch when Ginny unleashed a big kick to
pass Jenny enroute to the wire.
“If she had been in
the five or six hole it would have been a lot tougher to
stay close to Jenny,” Warrington explained of the
fortunate post draw.
He also added “she
had been a hard-luck horse in stake races with poor posts
and bad trips. But today everything worked out.”
“I wish all horses
worked as hard as her,” he also said in praise of the
daughter of Pacific Rocket out of A Lot Of Urge. “If you
ask her to go she always tries.”
Ginny, who is owned
and bred by Robert Murphy, was seventh in the B.C.
Breeders two-year-old final, seventh in the Northlands
Filly Pace in June and fifth in the Compass Rose but now
has her first stakes win.
She has earned more
than $30,000 this year with five career wins.
Jimmy Jams Jubilee
finished third, three lengths behind Lucky Jenny.
Hudon just missed with Jenny but he had a big day on
Saturday when horses he trains finished one-two in the
boys’ division of the Dogwood.
Art D Trumpet and La
Ocasey were a 4-5 favored entry from the Hudon barn but it
was a mild surprise when Trumpet, played beautifully by
driver Tim Brown, who grabbed the winner’s cheque.
Like Ginny, Trumpet
had the rail and an early battle for the lead. Tahuya
Emory A led by a head on the outside at the quarter but
Art D Trumpet hit every note perfectly to the wire.
son of Artiscape out of Jazzabel Hanover, won by
three-quarters of a length over Ocasey in a new life mark
“Dave had him good,”
said Brown who admitted he saw his stablemate coming but
who drove hard to the finish. “He (Trumpet) put in hard
fractions (27.2, 56.3 and 1:24.4) but had enough in the
tank to get it done.”
Ocasey, winner of
the Oak Tree a month ago, was sixth at the quarter but had
to work hard on the outside to get to second. Red Star
Best finished third.
Trumpet, who is
owned by Bill Boden and Gerry Hudon (Dave’s brother), now
has four wins in 15 starts in 2005. The $11,000 winner’s
share pushed his 2005 earnings to more than $30,000 and
his career cache to more than $50,000.
“It’s always tough
to decide (which to drive) but Ocasey is probably tougher
to drive,” said Hudon when asked if it was tough to decide
which horse to drive and why he took Ocasey.
Hudon, who has had
several Dogwood winners (including Danielles Charm and
Keystone Romola) over the last few years, admitted he
thought he could catch Trumpet at the head of the lane but
then added his horse had battled several tough trips in
Casie Coleman’s American Ideal continues to impress.
With a performance
that should stamp him as one of the top three-year-olds in
North America, American Ideal overpowered eight other
three-year-old pacers to capture the $459,000
Confederation Cup Sunday at Flamboro Downs.
Despite racing just
two races after an elimination (which he also won),
American Ideal, driven by Mark MacDonald, won in a track
American Ideal is
owned by Mac Nichol of St. Albert, AB and Brittany Farms
of Versailles, KY and is trained by Coleman, who got her
start at Fraser Downs. The Western Ideal-Lifetime Success
colt now has six career wins and nearly $500,000 in 2005.
Ideal won this time
despite a trailing nine-hole. He has battled poor posts
while impressing in the Meadowlands Pace and the North
And it continues.
Coleman and company supplemented American Ideal to
Saturday’s Cane Pace at Freehold and he drew an outside
post (the six-hole) in an elimination.
BATTLE HEATS UP:
It will be a battle to the wire for top driver honors at
the Sandown Park meet.
With but two weeks
to go, three drivers -- Jim Marino, Dave Hudon and Bill
Davis --shared honors with 20 wins each.
Davis joined the
fray last weekend when he rolled to four victories, three
coming on Saturday. Marino and Hudon could manage only one
win over the two days.
Adding a little
spice to the event is Scott Knight who chalked up three
wins on Sunday to run his total to 16.
However, the fight
will not involve Davis who has traveled to Calgary to
compete at Stampede Park.
Tim Brown, Jim
Wiggins and Clint Warrington had two wins apiece last
The race for top
trainer is a two-man fight although Hudon holds the upper
hand. He had two triumphs last weekend to boost his to
total to 17 for the meet. All of Knight’s driving wins
came on his own horses so he jumped to second with 14.
Warrington had two wins as a conditioner on the weekend.
Brown has taken over
as head trainer for the Lil Dude Ranch stable.
“It’s exciting and a
challenge,” Brown said of the role handled by several over
the past couple of years. “I’ve hired a good crew and look
forward to doing well.”
Brown and company
will return to the races for the Fraser Downs meet.
Bill Davis continues to do his magic with Red Star
Fiddler. Davis leases, trains and drives Fiddler and last
Saturday he drove the 10-year-old son of Scruffy Hanover
to his third win in a row.
victory – the 30th of his career – came in a $12,500
claiming event. On April 22 Fiddler raced for $4,000. From
that day he has climbed the claiming ranks and won eight
times in 11 starts.
M M Scotty, Kim and
Scott Knight’s seven-year-old son of Creva Dickie, made it
two in succession last Sunday, winning in a new life mark
of 1:57.2. The Knight’s Addicted To Chaos, who has done
yeoman service as the horse providing rides to patrons
after the races on Saturdays, also won Sunday in a new
mark of 1:57.3. Knight got a third win with six-year-old
$4,000 claimer Sunset Strip, who looked like he might
break the track record with a 56 second half. He slowed
down a little coming home but still won by 2½ lengths.
Sues Delema, owned by Bill Eastgate and trained and driven
by Barry Treen, won her second straight. The five-year-old
daughter of Freedoms Pass dropped her mark to 1:55.4.