Day At The Track

Million Dollar Cam delivers

02:52 PM 30 Jun 2014 NZST
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Little Brown jug winner - Million Dollar Cam Million Dollar Cam
Million Dollar Cam is having an excellent debut season in Australia as a sire
Million Dollar Cam - A son of Cam's Card Shark

A lot was expected of a few of the first season harness racing sires this year headed by the likes of Sportswriter and in the main they have delivered.

One who has probably exceeded expectations to this point is Million Dollar Cam 1:50.4 ($969,792).

Coming to Australia after several years at stud in North America where his progeny have earned over $21,500,000, this son of Cams Card Shark has made a real impact with his first crop having had 19 starters and six winners to date for stake earnings of $221,503.

Standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud in New South Wales, Million Dollar Cam has only an average sized crop of just sixty to represent him in his debut season.

But those numbers haven't stopped him leaving some lovely individuals as was evident in the New South Wales Breeders Challenge Finals at Menangle yesterday.

In the $125,000 colts division Its Only Rocknroll looked to have a big future as after burning the gate early from seven to find a handy position, he stormed between runners late to claim a deserved victory in 1:55.5. This was his second lifetime win and took his stake earnings to $96,910.

Another son, Million Dollar Wave 1:57.6 ($28,243) also made the field for this Final.

Its Only Rocknroll

In the fillies division, the Million Dollar Cam lass Ameretto showed great gate speed to lead from barrier five before trailing the favourite Bamoko Mali. Try as she might in the home straight, Ameretto couldn't quite pick up the leader but stuck on gamely for second, beaten just 1.4 meters. The winner of four of her previous seven starts, Ameretto took her stakes earnings to $49,675 with her second placing.

Another daughter in Karalta Impulse 1:56.8 pl ($18,165) also made the field for the $125,000 race.

While his next two crops of just 46 and 35 will make life difficult for the next couple of years on the track, the performance of his two year olds this season coupled with a service fee of just $3,000 should ensure that Million Dollar Cam serves a much larger book of mares in the coming season.

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