Campbellville, ON --- Weather brought Mohawk Racetrack’s Friday (Sept. 20) program to an early halt, but not before fans got a taste of what they can expect when the top Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series horses return to the Campbellville oval for Super Final Night.
Two Gold divisions for the 3-year-old trotting colts, two for the 2-year-old trotting colts and one freshman pacing colt division were completed before ongoing power outages caused the cancellation of the program. The remaining divisions, one each for the freshman trotters and pacers, will be contested as non-wagering events beginning at 6:30 pm on Saturday (Sept. 21).
All five Gold Series divisions that were completed featured impressive performances, highlighted by an Ontario Sire Stakes record clocking for William Wellwood Memorial Trot runner-up Harper Blue Chip.
Sent off as the fan favorite, Harper Blue Chip eased off the starting gate into fourth as Muscle Matters powered out to a :28.1 opening quarter. Sylvain Filion sent Harper Blue Chip up the outside heading for the :58 half and the colt had taken command by the 1:26.3 three-quarters. Muscle Matters mounted a fierce challenge in the stretch, but Harper Blue Chip was able to keep a head in front to claim the victory and the 1:55 Ontario Sire Stakes record. Alerthemedia finished well back in third.
The mile eclipsed the 1:55.2 2-year-old trotting colt record set by Muscle Matters’ stablemate Murmur Hanover over the Mohawk oval in 2012.
Mark Steacy conditions Harper Blue Chip for his partners, Landmark 6 Racing Stable, David McDonald and David Reid. The win gives the Majestic Son-Winning Jonlin colt a record of one win and one sixth in two Gold Series starts, which will leave him short of the cut off for a post season berth.
Fan favorites Deweykeepumnwhy and Jody Jamieson captured the other freshman trotting colt division with a 1:55.4 score for trainer Ronald Parsons and owner Norah Parks. The trotter will be back at Mohawk in next week’s C$200,000 Super Final.
The 3-year-old trotting colt divisions featured personal bests by both Buddy Hally and Flanagan Memory. Buddy Hally and reinsman Doug McNair captured the first $101,850 split with a 1:53.4 score for trainer Gregg McNair and his partners Howmac Farms Ltd., Reginald MacPherson and Wayne MacRae. The win vaulted last year’s Grassroots champion to the top of the sophomore trotting colt point standings.
Flanagan Memory and Chris Christoforou cruised along on the front end to a 1:53.3 triumph in the other division. The win was the Kadabra colt’s sixth in 10 starts this season for trainer Rene Dion and his partner Liette Flanagan. The winner of the Goodtimes final is undefeated in three Gold Series starts and will be looking to make it four in next weekend’s Super Final.
The sole 2-year-old pacing colt division that was contested saw Bugger Bruiser edge out pacesetter Crafty Master at the wire in a sharp 1:50.3 clocking. Favorite Jet Airway finished third. Anthony MacDonald piloted the Believeinbruiser-How Is Carrie son to his third straight win for trainer Carmen Auciello and owners Denarben Stables and Rocco Auciello.
The finalists for the freshman pacing colt and trotting colt Super Finals will be determined after the last two divisions are contested on Saturday. Post time for the rescheduled events is 6:30 p.m., while Mohawk Racetrack’s Saturday evening program, featuring the C$400,000 Grassroots Championships, gets underway at 7:25 p.m.
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