J Js Delivery and Chris Christoforou went gate-to-wire to win the second leg the WEGZ Series on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.
A compact group of seven three-year-old pacing colts and geldings squared off in the $17,000 second round of the WEGZ. However, only four of the seven horses were returning from last week’s first leg.
One of the new faces to the series made an immediate impact, as J Js Delivery picked up the victory in his first start of 2015.
A son of Jeremes Jet, J Js Delivery got his cue to sprint off the gate from driver Christoforou and grabbed the early lead. Dialamara, the first leg winner, got away in second and would tag along in the pocket. Around the final turn, Dialamara spoiled his two-hole trip by making a break at the three-quarter pole. The costly break by the leg one winner allowed J Js Delivery to create plenty of separation on his rivals in the stretch and draw clear for a four and a quarter length victory in 1:54. Halton Hurricane took second, while Jet Settin Mitt finished third.
Trained by Bill Robinson for owner Robert Hamather, J Js Delivery was making his season debut Saturday night off a sharp qualifier on March 5. The sophomore pacer, who made his last start of 2014 on December 15, recorded two wins from nine starts and banked just over $30,000 in his rookie season.
The clocking of 1:54 matched J Js Delivery speed-mark from last year.
A $2 win ticket on J Js Delivery returned $4.10.
The WEGZ series will come to a close next Saturday (March 21) with the $42,400 series finale.
This week's $34,000 Preferred Pace went to Tony O'Sullivan trainee Avatartist in a mild 7-1 upset victory. He earned his second win in seven seasonal starts and first against Preferred company after an interference placing set him back two races ago.
After making the lead early and then being shuffled back to third as favourite Ultimate Beachboy and then Sparky Mark took their turns in front, Avatartist set sail into the final turn and regained the lead in deep stretch. He prevailed in 1:51.3 by half a length with the quick-closing, Levy Series eligible Apprentice Hanover getting by Sparky Mark late to secure second-place honours.
Winning driver Mike Saftic shares ownership of the five-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding with William Hill, Peter Harrison, and James Walker.
Avatartist returned $16.50 to win.
The Jackpot Hi 5 carryover for Monday night's harness racing card is over $600,000.
To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Racetrack.
(With files from WEG)