Fourth Straight For Kazimoto
Aug 7

Kazimoto kicked off Industry Day this afternoon at Grand River Raceway with his fourth straight victory in the first of three Ontario Sires Stakes divisions for three-year-old pacing colts.

Kazimoto and his connections following his win today. (Grand River Raceway photo)

Jody Jamieson and The Dark Shadow protected the rail position as the race got underway. Silverinyourpocket came on hard to take over command but Jamieson came right back out to retake by the :26.4 opening quarter.

The Dark Shadow continued on top by the :57 half and just before that marker Alfie Carroll pulled Kazimoto out from fourth and they steadily advanced on the leader and were neck and neck by the 1:26.2 third panel.

Kazimoto went on by as they blew through the final turn and hit the wire first in 1:56. Sylvain Filion had Rebel Voyager pacing up the inside to grab second while The Dark Shadow hung on for second.

It was the fourth straight win for the gelding by Caseys Bonanza trained by Vic Puddy for owner/breeder Michael Kwietniowski of Erin, Ontario who trained the sophomore up until the first of July.

Dream Of Luck Takes Second Split

Favourite Dream Of Luck and Doug McNair grabbed control early in the second division and tripped the opening quarter in :28.2. The half was recorded in :58.1 and the three-quarters in 1:27.1 with Dream Of Luck remaining in command.

Play For Gold tried to collar the leader around the final turn but Dream Of Luck was not to be caught this day as he won by three in 1:55.1.

Play For Gold was on his own in second while Thrownoutofbetter took third.

The long striding winner is owned by trainer Jeff Gillis along with partners Mac Nichol and Gerald Stay. This was the fourth win this year for the Camluck gelding, a three-quarter brother to $846,000 winner Eighteen.

Third Division To Southwind General

In the third and final Grassroots split Pickled Preacher grabbed the early lead but was covered up by Southwind General before the :28.1 opening panel.

Southwind General hit the half in :57.4 and Ugottobinittowinit applied pressure on the outside as they went by the third panel in 1:27.

Southwind General continued on top out of the final turn and held off Ugottobinittowinit to win in 1:56.4. Heza Big Dealer took third.

It was the second win in eight starts this year for the three-year-old Sportswriter gelding owned by trainer Jack Darling.


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