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Barrieau Reflects On Golden Victory

Published: June 25, 2014 7:02 pm ET

Last Comment: June 26, 2014 2:50 pm ET | 2 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

For veteran trainer Marcel Barrieau, Jitterbug’s victory this week in the $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series final for three-year-old trotters at Mohawk Racetrack brought both relief and elation.

It had been seven years since a horse from his stable last captured a six-figure purse, going back to Amazing Dealer in the $200,000 Coupe des Eleveurs final for three-year-old trotting fillies at now-defunct Hippodrome de Montreal in 2007.

“That felt real good,” said the New Brunswick native, who for the second consecutive summer has moved his 10-horse stable from his base in Les Cedres, Quebec to Ontario’s Shamrock Training Centre.

Like Amazing Dealer, Jitterbug is co-owned by Barrieau’s longtime friend and supporter Conrad Leber, who watched the race on TV from his home in Montreal. “He called and was very excited. He said ‘we’ll have to go shopping again this fall’,” Barrieau said.

Jitterbug, a son of Kadabra, was a $39,000 yearling. He showed ability at two, notably in last summer’s $150,000 mid-season OSS final at Mohawk, where he finished a good third to Muscle Matters.

“I’ve always been high on this colt, but he was big and interfered with himself. This year, he seems to have grown out of that,” said Barrieau, 67.

The victory, with Sylvain Filion in the sulky, was the third in eight career starts for Jitterbug and bumped his earnings to more than $104,000 for Barrieau, Leber and another of Barrieau’s longtime owners, Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longueuil, Quebec.

(Trot Insider exclusive by Paul Delean)

June 26, 2014 - 2:50 pmGlad to have seen you in the

Glad to have seen you in the winner's circle Marcel, you certainly deserve it for all the hard work you and your crew put into this business in the last 40 years or so and also glad for Connie. Much more good luck in the future.

June 26, 2014 - 12:15 amWhen I seen this horse in to

When I seen this horse in to go ( Jitterbug ) right away I thought he had a shot. But, most of all I was rooting for him as I wanted to see Marcel win one here for this kind of purse. I think of Marcel as a good friend and a great hard working horseman. Good for you Marcel ; Paul L

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