Day At The Track

Takter's Shark Gesture colt wins easy again

04:50 AM 12 Jul 2011 NZST
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Warrawee Needy and Jody Jamieson
Warrawee Needy and Jody Jamieson - in a track record 1:52.1

Rideau Carleton Raceway kicked off its 2011 Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing season with a pair of impressive Gold Elimination performances by the two-year-old pacing colts.

As the starting gate pulled away from the field for the first $40,000 elimination, Jody Jamieson hustled Warrawee Nonsuch away from Post 6 and posted a :27.1 opening quarter. The colt's tenure on the front end was brief however, as Two Guys had taken control by the :55.4 half.

The game of musical chairs continued as Jake Sully powered up the outside to a 1:24 three-quarters and then Best Ears hustled around the final turn to open up a two length lead by the top of the stretch. The Shark Gesture colt and driver Scott Zeron continued to accelerate to the wire, halting the teletimer at 1:52.4, three and three-quarter lengths ahead of Jake Sully. Warrawee Nonsuch trailed in six more lengths back in third, just ahead of Orse Power and Caddy Jeff.

Jimmy Takter conditions Best Ears for John Fielding of Toronto, ON, R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, ON and his wife Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ. The colt finished eighth in the Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on June 27, but came back the next week with a sharp 1:52.3 score in a race for colts that did not advance to the Gold Final.

An $82,000 purchase at last fall’s Lexington Select Yearling Sale, Best Ears is a half-brother to former OSS star Tiz To Dream, who has banked $702,578 in her career to date.

Zeron will send Best Ears after his third straight victory from Post 5 in next week’s $130,000 Gold Final.

Best Ears

In the second elimination, local colt Retail sprinted away from the starting gate for trainer-driver Guy Gagnon and rang up a :27.3 opening quarter and a :56 half. Heading by the grandstand Retail fought off a challenge from Daniel Semalu and then faced the anticipated onslaught from reigning Gold Final champion Warrawee Needy heading down the backstretch.

Warrawee Needy had fans holding their breath when he skipped off stride briefly, but driver Jody Jamieson quickly collected the young pacer and the pair continued their drive toward the front. A nose behind Retail at the 1:24.2 three-quarters, Warrawee Needy sailed around the final turn and down the stretch to a five and one-quarter length triumph in 1:53.4. Machapelo trailed Warrawee Needy up the outside and into second, with Retail, who is owned by Robert Seguin of Gatineau, QC, hanging on for third ahead of Daniel Semalu. Warrawee Newton was well back in fifth-place.

The win was Warrawee Needy’s fourth straight for trainer Carl Jamieson of Princeton and his partners Tom Kyron of Toronto, Dr. Michael Wilson of Rockwood and Floyd Marshall of Jarvis, ON. The strapping son of E Dees Cam and Great Memories has already banked $113,500, giving his owners a healthy return on the $20,000 they invested at last year’s Canadian Open Yearling Sale.

Jody Jamieson and Warrawee Needy will line up at the trailing Post 9 in next week’s Gold Final, hoping for a smoother trip around the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval.

Warrawee Needy


The complete field for the July 18 Gold Final is as follows:

$130,000 Gold Series Final — Monday, July 18 at Rideau Carleton Raceway

Post 1 Warrawee Nonsuch

Post 2 Machapelo

Post 3 Daniel Semalu

Post 4 Orse Power

Post 5 Best Ears

Post 6 Caddy Jeff

Post 7 Retail

Post 8 Jake Sully

Post 9 Warrawee Needy


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