Mississauga, ON --- Wednesday morning's qualifying session at Mohawk Racetrack looked like a blast from the past as two horses that had been retired to stallion duty both returned to the races in impressive fashion.
The first horse to show up on the docket was 2011 Canadian Trotting Classic and O'Brien Award winner Daylon Magician. Now five, the son of Kadabra-Daylon Marvel last saw action almost one year to the day with a fifth-place finish in the 2012 Breeders Crown Open Horse Trot.
Jack Moiseyev was back in the bike for the David Lemon pupil, and the duo showed no signs of race rust whatsoever. With temperatures hovering just a few degrees above freezing, Daylon Magician closed with a :28.3 quarter to trounce his trotting rivals in 1:56.1 by a margin of more than 11 lengths.
Daylon Farms still owns the millionaire, who set world records on both a half-mile (3,1:54.2h) and five-eighths-mile (4,1:52f) track before standing stud in 2013.
Another stallion returning to the races after a tour of stud duty is 2007 Breeders Crown winner Santanna Blue Chip. The 8-year-old son of Art Major was back at the familiar controls of driver Jody Jamieson for the first time since December 2008 and the combination clicked once again.
Santanna Blue Chip was a comfortable winner, nearly eight lengths to the good in a time of 1:56.3.
After standing in Ontario and Ohio, Santanna Blue Chip now reports to the barn of trainer and co-owner Jeff Gillis.