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Mohawk Qualifiers Aflush With Babies

Published: June 25, 2018 9:48 am ET

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A sizeable two-year-old qualifying session was the talk of Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday morning (June 25). A robust 14 dashes faced the starter during the session after inclement weather had caused the cancellation of baby races late last week.

The fastest of the morning miles was recorded in Race 2 by the Victor Puddy-trained and Trevor Henry-driven The Regulator (Bettors Delight–Exotic Pleasure). The brown colt showed multiple moves in the mile and came on again late to nail the wire in a sharp 1:53.3.

In Race 11, Stonebridge Symba, a full brother to $1.2-million career earner Manofmanymissions, made his second-ever charted line a victorious one. The Yankee Glide colt started from Post 7 and cut all the speed (:30.4, 1:02.4, 1:33.4) before posting a three-quarter-length victory in 2:02.2 for trainer Amy MacDonald and driver James MacDonald

Race 13 saw $180,000 yearling purchase Quatrain Blue Chip post a three and a quarter-length victory in 1:59.2 for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Casie Coleman. The victorious move was a first-up advance to the lead in the second quarter. Quatrain Blue Chip (Somebeachsomewhere–Frontierpan) was plucked out of the Harrisburg sale.

Another six-figure yearling buy, Stag Party (Bettors Delight–My Lady Day), posted a victory during the session. Stag Party, a $125,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, fanned off of cover heading into the lane in Race 6 and went on to post a handy win in 1:56.2 for driver Doug McNair. Stag Party is trained by Casie Coleman.

Quick recaps of each race appear below.

To view the harness racing results for the Monday qualifying session at Mohawk, click the following link: Monday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park (Qualifying).

Race 1 (Trotting Colts)
Cesar Duharas (Muscle Massive–Cleopatra Duharas)
(Driven by Wayne Henry– Trained by Wayne Henry)
Win Time – 2:03
Fractions – :31.2, 1:03.3, 1:34.4

Cesar Duharas, a homebred of Haras De L Estrie Inc. (of Dunham, Que.), sat in the pocket through the fractions. The bay colt moved from the garden spot on the final turn and powered home from there. Cesar Duharas is the second foal out of Cleopatra Duharas (by Cantab Hall).

Race 2 (Pacing Colts)
The Regulator (Bettors Delight–Exotic Pleasure)
(Driven by Trevor Henry– Trained by Victor Puddy)
Win Time – 1:53.3
Fractions – :29.1, :58, 1:26.1

The Regulator was on the point in the opening half before he yielded to an advancer in the third quarter. Henry called on his charge again in the lane, and The Regulator responded by getting up for a gritty victory in deep stretch. The Regulator is the fourth foal out of Exotic Pleasure (by Modern Art). The Regulator was a $43,000 yearling purchase.

Race 3 (Pacing Colts)
Sporty McSportster (Sportswriter–Magical Bestern)
(Driven by Jonathan Drury – Trained by Casie Coleman)
Win Time – 1:56.2
Fractions – :29.2, 1:00.1, 1:28.3

The $75,000 Lexington Sale purchased got into the mix at the half-mile marker, cleared to the lead, and was a professional the rest of the way home. Rivals came calling in the stretch, but Sporty McSportster, who is out of Magical Bestern, dug in and was first down to the wire. Sporty McSportster is the first foal out of Magical Bestern (by Cambest).

Race 4 (Pacing Colts)
Better Earl (Betterthancheddar–Bad Sister)
(Driven by Jonathan Drury – Trained by Casie Coleman)
Win Time – 1:56.3
Fractions – :31.3, 1:00.3, 1:28

Better Earl got into gear in the latter part of the second quarter, as he chased down Antique Master K, who was loose on the lead. Better Earl, who was a $37,000 Lexington Selected buy, cleared in the third quarter and started to put some daylight between him and his foes. He was strong right through the wire. Better Earl is the first foal out of Bad Sister (by Badlands Hanover).

Race 5 (Trotting Colts)
Dream Nation (Archangel–Mississippi Dream)
(Driven by Louis-Philippe Roy – Trained by Jacques Dupont)
Win Time – 2:01.4
Fractions – :33.1, 1:04.2, 1:33.2

Dream Nation launched first-up in the second quarter, cleared in the vicinity of the half-mile pole, and was strong the rest of the way home for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. The brown colt is the fourth foal out of Mississippi Dream (by Dream Vacation) and was a $42,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected sale.

Race 6 (Pacing Colts)
Stag Party (Bettors Delight–My Lady Day)
(Driven by Doug McNair – Trained by Casie Coleman)
Win Time – 1:56.2
Fractions – :29.4, :59.4, 1:28.4

Stag Party, a $125,000 Harrisburg yearling buy, fanned off of cover heading into the lane and went on to post a handy win in 1:56.2 for driver Doug McNair. The Casie Coleman trainee out of My Lady Day (by Western Ideal) shaved one-fifth of a second off of her qualifying mark, which had been taken earlier this month over Mohawk. Stag Party is the first foal out of My Lady Day.

Race 7 (Pacing Colts)
Silver Beast (Betterthancheddar–Danika Patrix)
(Driven by Trevor Henry – Trained by Corey Gillis)
Win Time – 1:56.2
Fractions – :29.2, :57.4, 1:27.1

After having raced from off the pace, Silver Beast, a homebred of Brad Gray (of Dundas, Ont.), prevailed from a group at the wire to post a narrow victory in Race 7. Silver Beast is the first foal out of Danika Patrix (by Rocknroll Hanover).

Race 8 (Pacing Colts)
Heisman Player (Sportswriter–Simplyirresistible)
(Driven by Rick Zeron – Trained by Rick Zeron)
Win Time – 1:54.3
Fractions – :28.4, :58, 1:27.1

The Rick Zeron-trained and driven Heisman Player emerged on the outside in deep stretch to get up for a narrow victory in 1:54.3. The $30,000 yearling buy (from the Lexington Selected sale) was making his career pari-mutuel debut. Heisman Player, who is a Sportswriter colt, is the first foal out of Simplyirresistible (by Richess Hanover).

Race 9 (Trotting Colts)
Darlington Hall (–)
(Driven by Doug McNair – Trained by Gregg McNair)
Win Time – 2:01.4
Fractions – :30.4, 1:03, 1:33.4

In what was his second career charted line, the Doug McNair-driven Darlington Hall was a winner on the point in Race 9. The brown son of Angus Hall, who cut all the speed in the dash, is the seventh foal out of Credibility (by Credit Winner). Among others, Credibility has produced the $538,000 earner Buddy Hally.

Race 10 (Trotting Colts)
While Your Up (Royalty For Life-Color Me Pretty)
(Driven by Dustin Jones – Trained by Dustin Jones)
Win Time – 2:03
Fractions – :31.2, 1:03.2, 1:33.3

While Your Up was the second horse to loop to the lead in the second quarter. He was in charge from that point onward, as he trotted to a roughly two-length win for trainer/driver Dustin Jones in Race 10. While Your Up was making his career charted debut in the mile. The bay colt is the tenth foal out of Color Me Pretty (by Muscles Yankee). His notable siblings include $748,000 winner Dont Rush and $149,000 winner Justalittlefaster.

Race 11 (Trotting Colts)
Stonebridge Symba (Yankee Gilde–Armbro Vanquish)
(Driven by James MacDonald – Trained by Amy MacDonald)
Win Time – 2:02.2
Fractions – :30.4, 1:02.4, 1:33.4

Stonebridge Symba, a full brother to $1.2-million career earner Manofmanymissions, captured Race 11 for James MacDonald in what was his second-ever charted mile. Stonebridge Symba was a $35,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected sale. Stonebridge Symba is the twelfth foal out of Armbro Vanquish (by Garland Lobell). Stonebridge Symba’s other notable siblings include $183,000 earner Team Six and $120,000 earner Without A Clue.

Race 12 (Pacing Colts)
Mach West (Mach Three–Imawesternlady)
(Driven by Doug McNair – Trained by Gregg McNair)
Win Time – 1:58
Fractions – :30.4, 1:02.1, 1:31.2

Mach West stalked in Race 12, and when he came on, he came on with a flourish. In what was his second career qualifier, the bay colt flipped the switch early in the lane and was a fresh winner at the wire in 1:58. Mach West is the eighth foal out of Imawesternlady (by Western Hanover). Imawesternlady is also the dam of $252,000 career winner Mysticism.

Race 13 (Pacing Colts)
Quatrain Blue Chip (Somebeachsomewhere–Frontierpan)
(Driven by Jonathan Drury – Trained by Casie Coleman)
Win Time – 1:59.2
Fractions – :31, 1:01.3, 1:31.2

After having employed a successful first-over move in the second quarter, the Casie Coleman-trained Quatrain Blue Chip was strong and victorious in Race 13 for driver Jonathan Drury. Quatrain Blue Chip, who was a $180,000 yearling purchase from the Harrisburg sale, is the first foal out of $317,000 winner Frontierpan (by No Pan Intended).

Race 14 (Pacing Colts)
Lyons Coppertop (Well Said–Renees Queen)
(Driven by Scott Young – Trained by Bruce Goit)
Win Time – 1:58.3
Fractions – :31.1, 1:00.4, 1:30.2

The Bruce Goit-trained and Scott Young-driven Lyons Coppertop converted a front-end trip into a 1:58.3 victory during the fourteenth and final qualifier of the morning session. The bay colt is the fifth foal out of Renees Queen (by Kingston), who was a $448,000 earner during her days on the track. Renees Queen has also produced $411,000 earner Lyons Johnny, among others.


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