Woodbine Mohawk Park Hosts Exhilarating Qualifiers
Standardbred season is in full swing at the Woodbine Mohawk Park, with the venue hosting a thrilling set of qualifiers.
Things are slowly returning to normal at the Woodbine Mohawk Park, with the horseracing venue hosting 11-event qualifiers this week. The races, which took place on 3 August, saw some fresh blood at the circuit, with Kolby Two Steps clocking the fastest mile amongst the newbie packing males, with a time of 1:55.3.
Ontario’s horseracing industry is busy recovering from the most recent suspension of races in April, with standardbred competitions returning to full swing in August.
As mentioned, Kolby Two Steps got the best time among the novice pacing males. The performance by Betterthancheddar lead through fractions of 29.3, 58.3, and 1:27.3, before reaching the finish line in a :28 final quarter, 2-½ lengths better than pocket-sitter, Ship Disturber. The lucky steed’s jockey was Bob McClure and the trainer Tim Gillespie.
Earlier, Unity headed the foal race with the fastest mile of 1:59.2 for the pacing fillies. He’s Watching tracked the late-loose leader Kays Writer, securing a winning spot when pacesetter Ivory Hanover swung wide and backed across the field. He’s Watching was ridden by Jody Jamieson and trained by Jack Darling.
Bob McClure and trainer Luc Blais joined forces for the speediest mile by a freshman trotter when Star Power Hanover clocked the time of 2:01. The son of Wheeling N Dealing was placed fifth with a tempo of 31.1, 1:01.2, and 1:31.1 set by Bubba Louie, cruising with a time of :28.2 to win by 3-½ lengths ahead of Rose Run Xcaliber.
During the 11- event qualifiers, Lovin Julie recorded the fastest trotting mile by a two-year-old filly, with a time of 2:00. The mare set the pace with:30.1 in the first half and sat pocket to Gyre Hanover with three-quarters in 1:30, before bolting to a one-length victory. Louis-Philippe Roy was in the sulky, behind Tony O’Sullivan as the trainer.
For the entire event, check out the track’s official YouTube channel.