It is the early season knockout showdown at the Meadowlands this Saturday in the $75,000 William Buddy Gilmour Final between the first leg winners Capital Account and National Debt.
Capital Account comes into the final with a three race winning streak, including a five length victory in the first leg of the Gilmour in 1:51. The lightly raced colt has four convincing wins in five lifetime starts.
National Debt stormed into the first leg of the Gilmour undefeated and was voted as last year's Alberta Two-Year-Old Colt of the Year. He responded in his Meadowlands debut with an eye opening three length victory in 1:50.3, last quarter in 26.3.
Both colts rested up and skipped the second leg that was won by Dinner At The Met. National Debt was a convincing winner over Dinner At The Met in their first leg meeting. Both colts are heavily staked to many of the major three-year-old stake races including the Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup, and the Breeders Crown.
Post position and racing strategy will play prominently into who comes out victorious in the final. Their appears to be no advantage in the post position draw as National Debt drew the one post and Capitol Account drew the three post.
National Debt recently had a 33.3 % interest in the three-year-old colt sold to prominent racing owner Jerry Silva. Alberta horseman Kelly Hoerdt and Blair Corbeil of Alberta retained ownership of the remaining 66.6%. National Debt is trained by New Jersey based trainer Ron Coyne. Tim Terick drives the early season sensation.
Capital Account is owned and bred by Brittany Farms of Versailles Kentucky. Jimmy Takter trains and Yannick Gingras drives the outstanding colt.
"Capital Account is a very fast and strong horse who is also very green," Jimmy Takter said. "I see the race as another step in his development for the future. I want to see him learn how to race as he is a very young horse. He's going to be shut down after this race and get ready for the stakes season this summer.
"He has so much speed and is very fast," Takter added. "He has to learn how to manage his own speed. Capital Account is staked very heavily to all the major races. I think he has the ability to go with the other horses in the big stake races. He paced in 1:51 on a cold night in the elimination. I think he has the ability to pace in 1:49 and some. National Debt is a very outstanding young horse who is also a very green horse. He has shown that he has tremendous ability."
"Capital Account is ready for a big time effort in the final," Yannick Gingras stated. "He went in an easy 1:51, all wrapped up in his last start. I like my chances a lot. Post position three is perfect for me. It gives me a lot of options. He has never been tired at the wire and keeps improving. We haven't seen his bottom yet. We hope the horse keeps improving with every race."
"National Debt is very versatile in that he can race both on and off the pace," Ron Coyne, Jr. explained. "It is up to Timmy to see how he is going to race him. It is actually a very good race with some nice colts in there. I was pleasantly surprised by his first race. If he had gone in 1:52, and his last quarter in twenty seven, I would have been happy.
"Nobody expected him to go in 1:50 with a twenty six kicker," Coyne said. "Timmy said he was very easy to drive with a quick acceleration. Timmy called on him again in the race and he responded like a old pro. He has shown the ability so far to be a possible Grand Circuit horse. He still has a way to go. The colts in the summer will be pacing in 1:48. It looks like he will be going to the Bobby Weiss next at Pocono."
"In his first start under the lights National Debt definitely impressed me," Tim Tetrick said. "He's got a tremendous amount of talent and a bright future. I mean he went in 1:50 in his first lifetime start. He only qualified in 1:56. If he can keep improving like that he has a chance to be a very good three-year-old. I just want to put him in the best possible place in the race and give him a chance to win. Capital Account is a very nice horse with a lot of speed. He went in an easy 1:51. He looks like he gets a little steppy and they have to protect him a little bit. Hopefully I can use that to my advantage."
It is very rare to have such outstanding three-year-old colts squaring off in a stake race in March. The future looks bright for these two lightly raced colts. It is still to early to predict if these two young colts will continue to develop into competitive stake horses come the big races of the summer. It will surely be a exciting race to watch this Saturday at the Meadowlands.
by Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com