After posting his 25th consecutive victory in his most recent start two weeks ago at Woodbine Racetrack, St Elmo Hero has been entered into the $45,000 Open Pace this Saturday at the suburban Toronto oval
Owner John Barnard's U.S. trainer, Charles Eustis, recently suffered a loss, as his daughter, Michelle, was killed on Monday during an early-morning accident in the backstretch of Balmoral Park. The tragic event has influenced Barnard's decision to leave St Elmo Hero in Ontario.
"It felt like the right thing to do," Barnard commented from his home in Illinois. "With 'Chuck's daughter passing away, I would like to be here and there wasn't a race for 'Elmo' other than Indiana, so we decided to leave him in Ontario for the time being."
When asked what the short-term plan is for St Elmo Hero, Barnard said he is taking it day-to-day.
"We are on a day-to-day schedule with him right now. I didn't enter him last Saturday because we wanted to make sure he came out of the race well and everything is correct. I decided to race him this weekend because I don't want him off three weeks. I will be leaving either tomorrow or Friday to see Elmo race this Saturday."
The four-year-old son of Western Hero has career earnings of $216,950 and is currently being trained by Meg Crone. Jody Jamieson will make his second appearance behind St Elmo Hero this Saturday night in race nine beginning from Post 5.
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(With files from WEG)