Colts Clash In Grassroots At Mohawk Park

Published: September 12, 2022 10:50 pm EDT

A parade of freshman stars made its way to Woodbine Mohawk Park for Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action Monday evening, and there was a strong display of speed and skill in the quartet of divisions.

Joker On Jack nabbed his first stakes score thanks to a rallying score in his $23,000 division under the guidance of driver Jody Jamieson.

After getting away second, the Dave Menary trainee took a shuffle to fourth before swinging to the outside and catching cover on the way to the three-quarter pole.  With fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:25 in front of him, Joker On Jack split horses in deep stretch and used his closing quarter of :28 to win by a head over Watch My Chips in 1:53.3.  Scribblers was a lapped-on third.

Sent off at odds of 5-1, the son of Bettors Delight-JK Molly improved his 2022 record to 2-2-0 from six tries with the win.  He’s banked $26,950 for Menary Racing Inc, Michael Guerriero, Alan Alber and Larry Menary.

Reign Supreme was a popular winner in his $22,600 division for the tandem of driver Bob McClure and trainer John Pentland.

The son of Control The Moment-Amulet Seelster pressed his way to the lead in :27.2 and he went on to control the pace through middle splits of :57.1 and 1:26 before rocketing home in :27.2 to win by 1-1/4 lengths over Thong Control in 1:53.2.  The Golden Jet was third.

Zack Carroll of Shedden, Ont. bred and owns the colt who is 3-for-5 in his rookie season.  The $11,300 payday lifted his earnings to $30,930.

Hes A Sweetheart gave trainer Dave Menary his second stakes score on the card thanks to his victory which came by way of Chicago.

James MacDonald had the son of Hes Watching-Lyonssweetie parked every step of the way through fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:24.4 before using a :27.4 closing panel to win by 2-1/4 lengths over race favourite Fade To Light in 1:53.1.  Watchmaker was third.

Menary Racing Inc, Michael Guerriero and Alan Alber share ownership on the youngster who won for the first time in his career.  He now boasts a 1-1-3 record from eight assignments.  His bankroll climbed to $23,778 with the win.

Ahi Sunshine also used rallying skills to capture the final division in 1:52.4 for the tandem of driver Bob McClure and trainer Shawn Steacy.

The homebred son of Sunshine Beach-Racey Miss got away in mid-pack before swinging out to catch cover on the way to the three-quarter pole.  With fractions of :27.1, :55.2 and 1:24.1 in front of him, the colt then powered home in :27.3 to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Wise Thinking.  Bettor Bea Terror took home third prize.

Sent off as the 6-5 favourite, the colt improved his rookie record to 4-1-0 from eight starts for owners Hudson Standrdbrd Stb Inc, Allen Sellen and Bridle Path Stables Ltd.  His overall cash stash climbed to $68,249 with the win.

To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – Woodbine Mohawk Park.