(Attribution: The Harness Edge - August 12, 2012)
In a photo finish, Michaels Power prevailed over Dynamic Youth and Pet Rock to take today’s $581,500 Confederation Cup, the 36th edition of Flamboro Downs’ signature race and one of the few major stakes remaining that goes with heats and the final on the same day.
Scott Zeron and Michaels Power left hard from post six as the final got underway but Pet Rock, leaving from the rail with Brian Sears, made him work for the lead which he finally obtained by the :26.1 opening quarter. They weren’t able to enjoy the view from the top for long and Sears was right back out to retake command with Pet Rock.
One of the two heat winners, Pet Rock paced by the half in :54.4 over a half-mile oval which started out the day rated good due to rain but was upgraded to fast before the final went to post.
As the field headed towards the three-quarters Randy Waples had I Found My Beach battling with the leader at the 1:23.4 marker. Meanwhile Zeron and Michaels Power waited patiently in the garden spot and once the field straightened for home he took advantage of the passing lane to squeeze up the inside.
On the outside and closing hard was Dynamic Youth and Andrew McCarthy but they were a few strides short at the wire tripped by Michaels Power in 1:52.4. Dynamic Youth had to settle for second this day while Pet Rock held for third and I Found My Beach was fourth. Warrawee Needy took the final cheque while the other elimination winner, State Treasurer, took seventh.
When asked what the difference was between this trip and his heat (where he finished second) Zeron replied: “I drove him great in the final. In the elimination I tortured him a little bit. (In the final) I just tripped out beautiful, to sit in the two hole and slide up the passing lane, it’s such an unbelievable feeling.
“He’s a spectacular animal. Every time he comes on the track he gives it his all. Nobody knows how a horse is going to handle two heats, he proved that he could do it no problem. I’m so excited.”
“It’s just as sweet if not sweeter to win a race like this and to do it twice, it’s a dream come true,” noted trainer Casie Coleman comparing this victory to her first Confederation Cup win with American Ideal.
“(Scott) gave the absolute perfect drive in the final,” she noted.
“Anybody who knows this horse knows he does have bad feet, he’s not the soundest. My mom, Linda Coleman, takes care of this horse and she does an unbelievable job trying to keep him sound enough.
“He’s just been phenomenal all season. We jog him on the bark mulch track, he doesn’t even train during the week, he doesn’t jog on the regular track. He’s not the soundest creature on his feet but he keeps on going, he’s all heart,” added Coleman noting that Michaels Power’s next start will be the upcoming Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event at Rideau Carleton.
Michaels Power is now 10-1-0 in 12 starts this year with $955,000 in earnings for owner/breeder Jeffrey Snyder of New York. The three-year-old gelding by Camuck is the 10th foal from the $695,000 winner Michelles Jackpot. Michaels Power is a full brother to $1.3 million winner Michelles Power and half-brother to $810,000 winner Michaels Marvel.
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