Prodigal Seelster romps to Gold Final win

12:06 AM 02 Sep 2011 NZST
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Prodigal Seelster shredded the Kawartha Downs track record on Thursday evening with a dominant harness racing victory in the third $130,000 Gold Final of the three-year-old pacing colt season.

As the field of talented pacers fired away from the starting gate in Race 7, local colt Cam B Zipper, owned by W G James Stables Ltd. of Blackstock, was hustled away from Post 5 by Reg Gassien and rang up a :26 opening quarter. Cam B Zipper’s tenure on the front end was brief however, as driver Scott Zeron quickly brushed Prodigal Seelster to the front and led the field to a :54.4 half.

From the halfway marker home, the story was all Prodigal Seelster as the Camluck son opened up a three length lead by the 1:22.1 three-quarters, a six length lead by the top of the stretch and paced under the finish wire a dominant 11 and one-half lengths ahead of runner-up Mystician. The 1:50.1 clocking was a season’s best for Prodigal Seelster and peeled three-fifths of a second off the old 1:50.4 track record — originally set by former OSS star Bigtime Ball in 2007 — that he equaled in last week’s elimination.

Mystician clawed his way up the outside and passed three horses in the stretch to earn the second-place finisher’s share of the $130,000 purse, with Machal Jackson and Cam B Zipper hot on his heels in third and fourth. The final cheque earner was Bullet Speed in fifth.

Dave Menary conditions Prodigal Seelster for his father Larry Menary of Cheltenham, Denis Breton of Welland, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown and Double Or Nothing Stables of Hamilton. The win was the colt’s first Gold Final victory of the season, and added to two Gold Elimination wins, one second in elimination action, and one second and one third in Gold Final action, gives Prodigal Seelster a healthy lead atop the division standings with 212 points, 32 points ahead of rival Mystician.

The win boosted Prodigal Seelster’s sophomore record to five wins, two seconds and three thirds in 13 starts for earnings of $327,422. Through his two-year racing career the colt has amassed $806,877 for his delighted owners.

The division leader will begin defence of his Gold Final title on Sept. 21 at Grand River Raceway, with the fourth $130,000 Gold Final of the season going postward one week later on Sept. 28.

Prodigal Seelster’s outstanding track record performance wrapped up Kawartha Downs’ 2011 Ontario Sires Stakes season, which also saw a record set by two-year-old pacing colt Tye Seelster in Grassroots action last weekend.

Sandra SNYDER

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