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Jamieson Likes ‘Tapioca’


Published: May 15, 2009 11:13 am ET

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During the afternoon of Sunday, May 17 at Clinton Raceway, a surprisingly strong group of entrants will contest Race 12, the $23,200 final of the Central Huron Stakes colt and gelding pace division. Pilot Jody Jamieson has explained why he has opted to steer Tapioca Blues.

“I had a choice of two in that final, Sign Of Fame and Tapioca Blues,” Jamieson told Clinton Raceway publicity. “I decided on Tapioca Blues. I just felt he’d give me the best chance of winning. He raced just great for me last week. (Trainer) Andy Hardy has done a great job with him. He went first over and dug in down the lane for me to win in 1:59.1.

“It’s a really good group for that final. Greystone Cash, out in Post 7 this week…I understand he was sold privately a few starts ago and if he gets his gate manners squared away, he scares me as much as any of them. He could go on to become a really nice colt, too.”

As much as the four finals of the Central Huron Stakes -- for purses ranging from $20,000 to $24,800 -- are an attraction, so too has been Jamieson’s willingness to make the Sunday afternoon trek from his home base in Cambridge to Ontario’s Midwest for a third straight Sunday. Last week he won five races on the card and he’s scheduled to have mounts in at least eight races in Clinton races this on Sunday.

“In years past I’d been to Clinton for several special days like the drivers’ charity challenges and the Sires Stakes,” Jamieson said. “It’s got a special atmosphere that you feel good about going to. It fits my schedule. It’s no problem to make it over to Mohawk in time for the Sunday evening programs."

Trackside Horsepower

The May 17 program at Clinton Raceway will be accompanied by the NASCAR simulator. Fans will get a chance to experience handling a retired race car of Jeff Gordon and get a chance to win a package of four tickets to Michigan International Speedway.

Through September 20, first race post time at Clinton Raceway each Sunday is 1:30 p.m. There is no live program during the Spring Fair on June 7.

Click here to view Clinton's Sunday entries.

(With files from Clinton)

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