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Freshmen impressive in Gold Series at Mohawk
Friday, July 21, 2017 - from the Ontario Sires Stakes

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Campbellville, ON --- Freshman pacing colts invaded Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening (July 20) and delivered impressive performances in two Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions.

Shadow Moon made the transition from Grassroots to Gold look easy, doing all the work on the front-end and then digging in down the stretch to hold off Western Passage and Sports Legend. The 1:53.4 clocking matched the effort Shadow Moon delivered in the 2-year-old pacing colt Grassroots opener at Mohawk on July 10 and boosted his earnings to $45,547.

“This colt’s been a nice colt from day one, he actually was my favorite all winter long,” said trainer Dr. Ian Moore from the winner’s circle. “He ran into some problems in March so he got behind the rest of them for about a month, so I opted to start him in the Grassroots -- in fact this was probably only his fourth time on a starting gate and fifth time in a bike -- so I hummed and hawed about where we should start him tonight. Anyway, a bit of a slow last quarter, but he got it done.”

“We went a very fast third quarter (:26.4),” added driver Trevor Henry. “I think that’s why he didn’t pace home that fast, but he’s a nice colt. He can leave the gate fast.”

Moore shares ownership of Shadow Moon with R G McGroup Ltd., Serge Savard and Gordon McComb. The son of Moore’s former trainee Shadow Play out of Lofty Yankee was a $60,000 purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale.

The other $76,788 Gold Series division was captured by Jimmy Freight, in his first start since being acquired by Adriano Sorella and moving from Iowa to Ontario. The son of Sportswriter-Allamerican Summer tussled with Lucky Sport and Goth Hanover throughout the mile before prevailing over those two colts, also sons of Sportswriter, by a neck in 1:52.3.

“I thought the colt was ultra-impressive considering the fact that he was purchased on Thursday (July 13), shipped from Iowa to New Jersey on Friday, trained Monday in New Jersey and shipped to Canada on Tuesday,” said New Jersey-based trainer Tony Alagna. “He bounced off the trailer and got the job done tonight, with a huge step up from county fair racing to Gold action on a big track.

“I knew the family, having owned the sister to Jimmy Freight (Frog Pond Princess), and I have driven horses previously on the Iowa tracks he was winning on, I know what kind of miles those were,” Alagna added, referring to the colt’s record of five wins in five starts on the Midwestern county fair circuit. “Huge congratulations to Adriano Sorella for stepping up and buying the horse.”

Jimmy Freight and driver Jonathan Drury will have an opportunity to cement their position as top contenders in the Ontario freshman pacing colt ranks in the third Gold Series event on Aug. 19 at Mohawk.

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