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Waples rings the bell five times at Mohawk
Friday, April 16, 2004 - by Jeff Renton, media/communications, the Woodbine Entertainment Group

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Rexdale, ON --- Randy Waples was the standout among drivers on Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack: He bagged four of the 10 races on the card.

Wilma Hall (Mohawk photo)
Wilma Hall was one of five winners for Randy Waples on Thursday at Mohawk
Currently sitting third behind Luc Ouellette and Chris Christoforou in the Woodbine driver standings with 95 victories, Waples notched scores in the first two dashes on the program with the Joe Stutzman trainee Erics Image ($4.80) in the opener, and the Fred Hoffman student Mistaken Identity ($2.90) in the second.

Waples found the wire first in the sixth race with Wilma Hall ($12.40), who hails from Brett Robinson’s barn, and Waples and Hoffman hooked up again in the eighth race with Millenium Ball ($10.80).

Pair may pass earnings milestones on Saturday

There is a very good possibility that not one, but two distinguished pacers will be crowned Canadian millionaires on Saturday evening at Mohawk.

Royal Mattjesty (Mohawk photo)
With a win on Saturday, Royal Mattjesty would be in tall clover (Mohawk photos)
With a successful journey in the C$117,500 final of the Spring Pacing Championship, Perretti Racing Stable and John Rizzo’s Royal Mattjesty would collect sufficient funds to reach the milestone.

Prior to a victorious qualifying mile at Mohawk on March 23, Royal Mattjesty hadn’t raced since finishing a close fifth in a $40,000 Open at the Meadowlands on January 31.

“He’s been great (in the preliminary legs),” said trainer Nat Varty, who conditions the talented 5-year-old son of Matt’s Scooter. “He has been really fresh and that has been the key.”

After getting behind the gate during the Spring Pacing Championship’s opening leg, the stakes-seasoned veteran, teamed with driver Randy Waples, went a sharp mile clocked in 1:504 and prevailed by one and three-quarter lengths over Wolfdancer Mindale. Fast forward to the second leg and Waples and the career winner of 12 races finished second by a diminishing neck to Camcracker, the winner of the past two Spring Championships, in a 1:514 mile.

“He can do it (race well) from every position,” proclaimed Varty confidently. “Ideally, I’d like to see him close to the speed, maybe mid-front. But, I just really want to see him stay out of trouble.”

For Saturday’s final, which will be race four, scheduled to start at 8:43 p.m.(EDT), Royal Mattjesty, who is a son of the No Nukes mare Lady Hathaway, has drawn post position four in the eight horse field. The morning line oddsmaker has selected Royal Mattjesty, who will again have Randy Waples in the sulky, as the 9-5 second choice.

Attempting to become the only horse to “three peat” in the Spring Pacing Championship’s 17 year history, Camcracker, who is trained by Mark Harder, has drawn along the cones and has been deemed the early 7-5 choice. Camcracker recently became a Canadian millionaire and will be in rein to Mario Baillargeon for the second consecutive week.

Indicative of a prestigious field, Admirals Express, Woodbine Entertainment’s Overnight Horse of the Year in 2003, will be exiting the outside post position, number seven seven. The lumbering grey reached the Canadian million dollar mark on January 24 at Woodbine.

Yet, before one focuses on the fourth race on the program, attention must first be given to the second race, that will start at 8:01 p.m. on Saturday.

Yulestar N, who is about as close as one can get to Canadian millionaire status without tripping over it, will be part of a seven horse field assembled for a C$40,000 Preferred pace.

Owned by the Enzed Racing Stable of Allentown, N.J., Yulestar N is a 10-year-old gelded son of Cameleon and out of a Lordship mare named Victoria Star. Trained by Brett Pelling, Yulestar N has notched 28 career wins and sports a record of 3-2-5 in 13 starts this year.

Steve Condren is set to drive Yulestar N and the duo have to finish in third or better to surpass the milestone. Here are the fields for Saturday’s features:

$40,000 Preferred Pace
PP – Horse – Driver – Trainer – Line
1 – Daylon Frontier – M. Baillargeon – W. Budd – 20-1
2 – Whosurboy – L. Ouellette – M. Ford – 2-1
3 – McDylan – T. Ritchie – C. Campbell – 3-1
4 – Daylon Trooper – R. Mayotte – B. Maxwell – 8-1
5 – Noble Intent – M. Vanderkemp – R. Auciello – 9-2
6 – Scott Is A Leader – Ra. Waples – N. Varty – 8-1
7 – Yulestar N – S. Condren – B. Pelling – 5-2

The $117,500 Spring Pacing Championship
1 – Camcracker – M. Baillargeon – M. Harder – 7-5
2 – Diamond Edition – R. Zeron – M. Hales – 12-1
3 – Pinnacle – T. Ritchie – Br. Robinson – 20-1
4 – Royal Mattjesty – Ra. Waples – N. Varty – 9-5
5 – Wolfdancer Mindale – S. Condren – J. Stutzman – 9-2
6 – Arts Chip – M. Evers – M. Evers – 25-1
7 – Firstline Luck – L. Ouellette – J. Gillis – 20-1
8 – Admirals Express – P. MacDonell – M. Hales – 7-1

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