Mark Etsell wanted to see if his son of Vision of Gold was ready for the Dream of Glory. Afterwards he said, the 3 year old passed the test. Not only did The Golden Child pass the test, the son of Striking Sabra tied the track record set by the 1st ever Dream of Glory winner, Abbey Road C set in 2002.
The Golden Child left like a rocket out of post 6 and quickly grabbed a 3 length lead by the 1/8th mile marker. He never looked back hitting the quarter in 29 seconds flat and the half in 1:00.1.
Thats when Etsell put the pedal to the medal and The Golden Child put in a 28.1 3rd quarter to separate himself from the field and won by 7 lengths in a time of 1:57.
No one has even come close to that track record until Traverse Seelster just missed it last year.
Dougan gave Etsell the good news after the race, and the Barrie driver trainer said although his 3 year old had raced in the gold and grassroots sires stakes the past 2 years, it wasn't until recently they learned that he was allergic to some of his feed. Etsell says he's been sick, but we figured it out and now we think he's ready for the Dream of Glory.
Co-owner Robert Newton of Walkerton says ever since he won his 1st start at Hanover as a 2 year old they knew they had a good horse on their hands, but allergies and bad trips and bad luck have kept him from winning more than 40,000 in his 14 previous starts.
Newton says Mark (Etsell) wants to win the Dream of Glory more than anything, and now that we've figured out his allergy, we are excited about our chances. Neil Spahr of Wellsley also shares ownership of the 3 year old. The Dream of Glory Trot Eliminations will be held on July 28th, with the top 8 returning August 4th for the 100,000 dollar final.
Hanover continues racing this Saturday night with another 11 great races including the 1st 2 events for 2 year old Maidens. Post time is 7:15pm.
by Gord DOUGAN