Campbellville, ON --- Jimmy Takter’s Father Patrick lowered his own track, stakes and Canadian record when he captured the C$365,000 William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Saturday at Mohawk.
In an effortless manner, the sport’s top trotting star got under the wire first in 1:53.4 for regular pilot Yannick Gingras, just one-fifth off the world record, which was set by Muscle Hill in 2008.
The talented son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream is the favorite to win the O’Brien Award as
His victories include the Peter Haughton Memorial, his division of the Champlain Stakes and his ‘Wellwood’ elimination last week.
Beginning from post four, Gingras floated the 1/9 favorite Father Patrick off the gate and landed third as Odds On Amethyst (Dan Daley) marched to the front before the opening station in :27.1.
As the field settled into position, Gingras angled Father Patrick to the outside and cleared to the front before the mid-way point in :57.2. Odds On Amethyst was now in the pocket with other elimination winner Harper Blue Chip (Sylvain Filion) sitting third.
Father Patrick continued to lead the field of 10 past three-quarters in 1:26.1 and widened his lead down the stretch en route to a comfortable 5-1/2 length score. Harper Blue Chip came on to finish second with Credit Fashion (Brian Sears) finishing third.
“It's scary to say that; he was a fifth of a second off the world record and it's a cool night,” Gingras said following the win. “He could have definitely crushed it. He’s definitely the fastest 2-year-old I’ve ever sat behind and it’s just a pleasure to drive him”
Owned by the Father Patrick Stable of
Father Patrick returned $2.30, $2.10 and $2.10, combining with Harper Blue Chip ($4, $2.30) for a $6.50 (4-3) exactor. A 4-3-8 (Credit Fashion, $4.10) $1 triactor was worth $12.60.