Confed Cup Elims To Western Fame & Sintra
May 14

Western Fame and Sintra will headline the field for next weekend's 39th edition of the Confederation Cup, Flamboro Downs' signature race, following elimination wins in tonight's eliminations.

Early trailer Western Fame tracked the live cover of 1-9 favourite Check Six then out-sprinted that foe to the finish line to win the first of two $20,000 splits. Trevor Henry drove the Brittany Farms homebred pacer to victory in 1:52.4, defeating Check Six (Yannick Gingras) by a head with pacesetter Mr Wiggle Pants (Doug McNair) finishing third.

Dr J Hanover (James MacDonald) finished fourth to earn a spot in the final as well, while Magnum J (Jody Jamieson) was fifth ahead of Daylight Rush (Jonathan Drury) in the field of six.

The top four finishers in each elimination advanced to next weekend's final and one fifth place finisher drew in to join the field. After both eliminations were completed, Magnum J was selected as the final starter in the post draw.

Jimmy Takter trains Western Fame, a four-year-old son of Western Ideal and Shyaway who has banked more than $485,000 lifetime.

In the second elimination, heavy 1-9 favourite Sintra also closed off cover to post a matching win time of 1:52.4 for local connections.

After fanning three-wide turning for home, Sintra and Jody Jamieson blew by race leader Roll Away Joe (Yannick Gingras), who was just edged out by first-over challenger Seeley Man (James MacDonald) with Stonebridge Beach (Stephane Pouliot) closing inside in the three-across finish for the runner-up honours. First Car (Phil Hudon) was fifth while Easy Lover Hanover (Doug McNair) completed the finish order.

David Menary trains and co-owns the Mach Three - Dancin Barefoot gelding, who is undefeated in his first three starts of his four-year-old campaign and has lifetime earnings of more than $352,000. Menary's co-owns Sintra with Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero.

The $176,000 final will go postward a week from tonight at the Dundas half miler and will face the gate as follows:

$176,000 Confederation Cup
1. Magnum J
2. Roll Away Joe
3. Seeley Man
4. Western Fame
5. Stonebridge Beach
6. Check Six
7. Mr Wiggle Pants
8. Sintra
9. Dr J Hanover
AE1. First Car
(Files, SC/FD)


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