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ARMBRO BACH IN TUNE

 

Armbro Bach is playing beautiful music these days. He's doing it on the main stage as Fraser Downs' best horses head to Saturday's $70,500 Clash of the Pacific final.

 

With arrangements by trainer Ray Gemmill and conducting by driver Jim Marino, Bach is a classic composition. The four-year gelding by Village Jiffy out of Lindwood Metra captured his second straight Clash elimination, his third win in a row and his sixth win in his last seven starts last Saturday.

 

Bach covered the mile in 1:56.4 in winning by 41/2 lengths, all the while with the red-hot Marino seemingly just having to enjoy the ride.

 

Bach, the odds-on favorite, started from the five hole and was fourth at the quarter and the half (four lengths back of the lead). He peeked out after the half, was second outside at the three-quarter pole and then impressively pulled away without urging.

 

He likely will use much the same strategy in the final where he has the six hole and he and entry-mate Dale Reo have been made 2-1 morning line favorite.

 

Haras Colta Cola, the 5-2 second choice in the elim, took the early lead and was easily second best while Red Star Sammy took third and Broadway Time fourth.

 

Expect Cola, in the two hole, to start fast and try to go to the front in the final. He has been established as the 7-2 second choice.

 

As Bach's melodious tones grab attention, a stranger in town has also added interest to the final.

 

Duke Is Duke, owned - along with Joseph Lin - trained and driven by Serge Masse, strode into the scene. Making only his fourth start (all others on the so-so side) at the Downs, Duke roared to victory in the other elim, also in 1:56.4.

 

Duke, third choice in the elim at 4-1, went gate-to-wire in winning by 11/4 lengths over Red Star Admiral, who was second all the way, with Dale Reo third. Infinite Dreams, the 3-2 favorite, came late for fourth and Spider M trailed in the five-horse field.

 

But while the Duke was seventh, ninth and seventh in his previous races at the Downs, he may have just been getting used to the surroundings. The seven-year-old gelded son of Jennas Beach Boy has a lifetime mark of 1:51.1 (set last year at the Meadowlands). He will start from the trailing nine hole.

 

Spider M drew the rail, track record holder Infinite Dreams the three spot, Broadway Time four, Dale Reo five, Sammy seven and Admiral the outside eight in the final.

 

The Clash's final purse is a result of the original $60,000 from the purse pool and $500 from each of the 21 horses that were originally nominated.

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