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Casimir Camotion's trainer confident
Friday, August 27, 2004 - by Jeff Renton, media/communications, the Woodbine Entertainment Group

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Rexdale, ON --- Suffern, New York’s M and M Harness Racing LLC stepped up to the plate this past Monday and paid the C$85,000 supplemental entry fee for Casimir Camotion so that he could test foes in this Saturday’s second of two $55,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Eliminations at Woodbine.

And nobody knows that the bay son of Camluck--Adulation deserves it more than his regular pilot, 28-year-old conditioner Pat Lachance.

Patrick Lachance (Woodbine photo)

Patrick Lachance

“I’m confident going in with him,” said Lachance. “It’s always a gamble (to supplement), but we had to give him a shot. He wasn’t staked up to much so we put him because he has earned it.”

The top five finishers in each division will return on September 4 for a C$920,000 final, which will the richest of any of the Derby’s 62 annual installments.

Casimir Camotion, a gelded 4-year-old, has had a tremendous year to date, and has battled some of the best horses in North America. The majority of his 22 races this year have taken place at the Meadowlands, but just as the meet at the East Rutherford, N.J. oval began to wind down, the career winner of 14 races just seemed to begin to get sharp.

In a three race stretch, from July 3 to July 31, Casimir Camotion may have posted only one triumph, but as his times tell he was flying.

“He has been good,” Lachance said. “We’ve been able to race him either way (on the lead or from off the pace). He’s been tripping out and racing large and brave.”

July 3 saw the Casimir Stables and Errol Platt-bred finish two lengths back of Eaton Road Kill (1:48), and he paced his mile in 1:482. His next mile came during a July 17 Free For All, in which he came home with a :263 final quarter-mile, but again fell victim to Eaton Road Kill, this time by one-half length in a mile clocked in 1:483. Casimir Camotion would not be denied on July 31, though. After going to the lead early from post position five, Lachance let horses go past him on the backstretch, retook at the three-quarter pole, and came home strongly in a mark-lowering 1:484 mile.

After a short layoff it may not have been another sub-1:49 mile on August 14 at Woodbine, but Casimir Camotion made his presence felt in his first Open upon his return to the Toronto oval. Racing at the back of the pack until the head of the stretch, he powered home with a blistering :252 final quarter-mile and made up four and one-quarter lengths from the head of the stretch onward, en route to a score by a neck in 1:51.

Casimir Camotion will be going into Saturday off of a sub-1:50 mile (1:494), put in this past weekend in a C$50,000 Open, one in which Life Source simply would not be stopped. Casimir Camotion finished second to the determined victor and paced another strong final quarter-mile of :263, and finished just one length in arrears.

“He’s a fresh horse right now,” continued Lachance. “We’re confident coming into Saturday, but we just wish he could have drawn a little closer (to the rail).”

Having missed the board just four times in 22 races this year, he has posted a 8-6-4 record and has earned $213,095. Casimir Camotion will start from post position seven in Saturday’s eight horse second division, which will be race 10 and will start at 10:49 p.m. (EDT). Given respect on the morning line, the career winner of $295,615 has been deemed the even money favorite. Here are the fields:

Canadian Pacing Derby Eliminations – Purse C$55,000 – 1st Div.
PP – Horse – Driver – Trainer – Line
1 - Aces Up – Y. Filion – J. Filion – 25-1
2 - Whatanartist – C. Christoforou – V. Morgan, Jr. – 20-1
3 - Arts Chip – M. Evers – J. Poliseno – 8-1
4 - Quarter Carat – G. Brennan – C. Garofalo – 10-1
5 - Life Source – L. Ouellette – R. Banca – 8-5
6 - Peruvian Hanover – J. Morrill Jr. – M. Vanderkemp – 5-1
7 - Boulder Creek – R. Pierce – M. Silva – 2-1
8 - Quality Western – D. Miller – B. Burgess – 8-1

Canadian Pacing Derby Eliminations – Purse C$55,000 – 1st Div.
1 - Artesian – D. Dube – C. De Pinto – 7-1
2 - Allamerican Captor – D. Miller – V. Morgan, Jr. – 7-1
3 - Escape The Wind – R. Mayotte – R. Mayotte – 10-1
4 - Royal Mattjesty – J. Campbell – N. Varty – 3-1
5 - Dr Drew – D. Hiteman – J. Seekman – 7-1
6 - Power Park – G. Lamy – J. Beaulieu – 20-1
7 - Casimir Camotion – P. Lachance – P. Lachance – 1-1
8 - Life Sizzles – L. Ouellette – J. Miller – 15-1


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