Toronto, ON — After being scratched from the Cam Fella Stakes elimination in his most recent start, St Elmo Hero made his Woodbine debut a winning one on Saturday (April 2) to extend his unbeaten streak to 25 with a 1:51.1 score in the C$28,000 Preferred 2 Pace.
The son of Western Hero was urged on from the start as driver Jody Jamieson rolled him to the front past O K Boromir at the quarter in :27. Heading towards the half, Lennon Blue Chip, who was sitting third, angled to the outside and took over command in :55.2.
As the field marched into the final turn, Rock Me Please made the first-over attack from fourth but flushed the cover of St Elmo Hero before three-quarters in 1:23.2.
When the field turned for home, St Elmo Hero showed his true class and began to sprint away from his rivals using a :27.4 final quarter to win in 1:51.1. Rock Me Please stayed for second over O K Boromir, who used a ground saving trip, with Lennon Blue Chip fourth.
“He is just a terrific horse to drive,” Jamieson said after the win. “I was surprised that Mark (MacDonald) came at me when I made the front. I decided to pull before the three-quarters because I didn’t want to get locked it. When you’re trying to keep a horse’s huge unbeaten streak alive, you have to take your shot and move him.
“When I pulled him to the outside, he was pacing so hard that I had to keep him together. Once we straightened up he was gone. He’s a contender in the Open ranks this year, that’s for sure.”
Owned by John Barnard, St Elmo Hero lifted his career earnings to C$216,950. He paid $2.90 to win.
Greg Gangle, WEG Media