05/11/2015 10:24AM

Flamboro: Track record set in Confederation Cup elims

All Bets Off posted a 1:50 4/5 winning mile on Sunday.

All Bets Off and Lets Drink On It scored impressive victories Sunday night at Flamboro Downs in the eliminations for the Confederation Cup.

A group of 16 four-year-old pacers were split into two $20,000 eliminations to determine the field for next Sunday’s $226,575 Confederation Cup final.

The top four finishers from each elimination Sunday, plus one fifth-place finisher drawn by lot, qualified for the final.

In the first elimination, All Bets Off established a new Flamboro Downs track record with a dominant 1:50 4/5 victory.

Driven by Yannick Gingras, All Bets Off sprinted off the wings of the gate to hook up with Three Of Clubs in an early battle for the front. After being parked past the opening-quarter in 26 2/5, All Bets Off overtook the lead and cruised by the midway point in 55 1/5.

National Debt came first up from third to challenge the leader, but All Bets Off turned aside the pressure and began to extend his lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.

All Bets Off paced away from his competition in the final-quarter to score a 3 ½ length victory. Bettorever, who was seventh at three-quarter pole, was able to split his way between rivals on the final turn to finish second, while National Debt and Big Boy Dreams finished third and fourth, securing spots in the final.

The final time of 1:50 4/5 established a new track record for aged pacers, shaving a fifth-of-a-second off of the previous mark of 1:51 set in 2007 by Rare Jewel.

A son of Bettors Delight, All Bets Off is trained by Ron Burke for the ownership group of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, The Panhellenic Stb Corp and the Estate of Rosemary J Shelswell.

Last year’s Messenger Stakes winner, All Bets Off's elimination victory was his first in two starts this season. The Burke trainee now has 16 career victories and earnings of over $1.1 million.

All Bets Off returned $3.80 to win.

Lets Drink On It got a perfect second-over to trip to score an impressive five-length victory in the second elimination.

Trained by Joe Seekman, Lets Drink On It was scheduled to be driven by Tyler Smith, but a late driver change saw Billy Davis Jr. pick up and make the most of a live drive.

Lets Drink On It got away sixth in the early stages, as Limelight Beach hustled out to the lead and posted an opening-quarter of 26 1/5.

Heading to the half, Davis moved Lets Drink On It to the outside and was able to pick up the cover of Ideal Cowboy, who came out from third to challenge first up.

Limelight Beach and Ideal Cowboy went toe-to-toe by the half in 54 1/5 and three-quarter pole in 1:22 3/5, while Lets Drink On It sat comfortably second-over.

Davis sent Lets Drink On It three-wide at the three-quarter pole to sweep around the leaders and the Seekman trainee responded by pacing off to an easy five-length victory in 1:51 4/5.

Somewhere Fancy came on late to finish second, while Ideal Cowboy and Limelight Beach qualified for the final by finishing third and fourth, respectively.

A son of Art Official, Lets Drink On It now has two wins in four starts to start his four-year-old season. He is owned by Tina Seekman, Larry Bond, Hal Hewitt and Vincent Boido Jr.

Sunday’s elimination victory gives Lets Drink On It 15 career wins and pushes his bankroll over $630,000.

A $2 win ticket on Lets Drink On It returned $10.70.

A draw was held following the eliminations to determine which fifth-place finisher, Mattamerican or Nirvana Seelster, qualified for the final. Nirvana Seelster won the draw to qualify for the final, while Mattamerican will be the also-eligible

The post position draw for the Confederation Cup final will take place Wednesday afternoon.

The $226,575 Confederation Cup final will be contested next Sunday (May 17) evening. Post time for the Confederation Cup card at Flamboro Downs is 6 p.m.

-edited release (WEG)