Day At The Track

An action-packed Youthful series

04:45 PM 05 Apr 2015 NZST
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Doug McNair
Doug McNair
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An action-packed second leg of the harness racing Youthful series was the Doug McNair show Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.

A pair of seven-horse $15,000 divisions took place in the second and final preliminary leg of the Youthful series for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings.

The first division of the evening featured a matchup between round one winners Dialamara and Legion Of Boom.

The public put their support behind Dialamara, as the Patrick Fletcher trainee was sent off as the 1/2 favourite, while Legion Of Boom was the second-choice at 5/2.

Driver Sylvain Filion wasted no time putting Dialamara on the front-end and the pair were able to control the tempo down to the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1.

Legion Of Boom and driver Doug McNair were situated second-over around the final turn, but still several lengths off the leader as they turned for home.

In the stretch, Legion Of Boom blasted down the centre of the racetrack and would pace by an all-out Dialamara to win by half a length in 1:53.4.

Giovanni finished third, while Pantheon Hanover rounded out the Superfecta.

A son of Artistic Fella, Legion Of Boom is co-owned by driver Doug McNair and is trained by his father, Gregg. Equus Standardbreds Inc. rounds out the ownership of the gelding pacer.

Legion Of Boom now has a record of four wins from seven starts in his first season on the track. The leg two victory pushes his bankroll over $49,000 and his clocking of 1:53.4 knocks a full-second off his previous career-mark.

A $2 win ticket on Legion Of Boom returned $7.10 to win.

Legion Of Boom

The second leg of the Youthful took place five-races later on the card and by that time snowy conditions had taken over the Toronto oval.

American Rock and McNair would take the second division at 2/1 to give the reinsman a round two sweep.

A son of Rocknroll Hanover, American Rock came first up in the second-quarter and overtook the lead just past the mid-way point from Nobettorplacetobe.

After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1, American Rock and McNair would hold off their rivals in the lane to score the victory by a length over Nobettorplacetobe in 1:54.1.

Team Captain came off second-over cover to finish third, while Vegas Rocks took fourth.

American Rock is trained by Ben Wallace for owner Brad Grant and now has four wins from seven starts in 2015. The sophomore pacer was purchased by his connections during the Meadowlands Mixed Sale in January.

American Rock, who finished second in last week's opening leg, now has earnings of over $38,000. He paid $6.30 to win.

American Rock

In order to be eligible to the Youthful Series, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of three races or $15,000 in 2014.

The $37,000 Youthful final will take place next Saturday (April 11) at Mohawk Racetrack.

Mark McKelvie
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