Milton, ON — After tasting defeat for the first time in his career a week ago, rookie Stockade Seelster started a new winning streak with an impressive performance in the CA$900,000 Metro Pace on Saturday night (Sept. ) at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
A bay son of State Treasurer-Soiree Seelster, Stockade Seelster came to the Underground with a third-place finish in his elimination race Sept. 17, ending six consecutive trips to the winner’s circle.
That night, he did two bests and found himself in a familiar place.
Lined up from the far post, Stockade Seelster, at the controls of Jody Jamieson, escaped fourth as Tickertape Hanover floated up front and led the first parade, reaching the quarter in: 27.4.
Save America, the 3-5 pick, escaped fourth, but Yannick Gingras quickly put Nancy Takter’s apprentice in motion after the quarter, and the pair struck in front. Stockade Seelster and Jamieson were also on the move, moving up to second, slipping inside as Save America momentarily drifted off the rail.
Completing three quarters in 1:23, Save America, undefeated in its previous four starts, quickly had company, as Stockade Seelster came calling early, eventually getting the measure of his rival to score a three quarters at a time. of 1:50.1. Save America remained second, Aces Of Aces finished third, and Tickertape Hanover finished fourth.
“Well, Yannick was looking to let me go and I knew that when I moved him,” noted Jamieson, who picked up his third Tube triumph. “He’s a difficult horse to ride at the moment. He is green and he wants to go fast all the time. There was a void there and I took it, it’s as simple as that. At the start of the route, I thought I had it. I was a little shocked that I got it, but I thought I had it, and it just dug in and walked to the wire.
Trained by Dr Ian Moore, celebrating his first Metro crown, the bay colt is owned by Paul MacDonald and his aunt, Sally MacDonald.
“He’s a really nice colt, and I should have made the change to the bridle long before that,” said Moore, who also trained State Treasurer. “He was obviously much more manageable tonight, and we got a full performance from him tonight. And Jody did a hell of a job, there’s no doubt about it.
Buying CA$45,000 at the 2021 London Virtual Yearling Sale, Stockade Seelster wasted no time in making an impression, winning his first outing and stringing together several head-turning efforts, including running the mile fastest in Ontario Sires Stakes history by a freshman, 1:49.3 on Sept. 3 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Now he can add a Metro Pace title to his growing list of accomplishments.
“I was very happy,” Moore said. “I thought our luck might have turned when he drew the two hole. I was expecting the 10 hole so that was a surprise. The week before in the elimination I wasn’t not happy here on a Saturday night Me and the horse fought all week and he just wasn’t in great shape for me This week I was very happy I warmed him up he had two fingers tonight, I could have done another round, but I was happy.
Stockade Seelster paid $10.30 for the win.
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