Day At The Track

Customer appreciation night this Saturday

08:26 PM 14 Sep 2010 NZST
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This Saturday, Mohawk Racetrack will offer one of its finest harness racing cardsof the year. The $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic will be taking place along with the $500,000 William Wellwood Memorial, $466,000 Peaceful Way Stakes and a lone elimination of the Milton Stakes for the continents best older pacing mares.

Racing fans will also be treated as this Saturday is also customer appreciation night on behalf on Mohawk Racetrack. The first 2,000 fans will receive a complimentary slice of pizza and beverage.

Mohawk will offer a guaranteed pool of $50,000 on Saturday’s early pick-4 as part of the festivities and fans who can’t make it to the track can watch live coverage of the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic and $500,000 William Wellwood Memorial during a two-hour special, from 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., on The Score.

Pastor Stephen is one horse who will headline the $500,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotters. The son of Cantab Hall won his elimination last Saturday for driver Yannick Gingras in 1:56. Pastor Stephen also was victorious in the $500,000 Peter Haughton Memorial on August 7 at The Meadowlands but was disqualified and placed sixth. The result has been appealed by trainer Jim Takter and owners John Fielding, Brittany Farms and Christina Tatker.

Pastor Stephen will enter Saturday's race with $117,315 in earnings and will leave from Post 2.

Immediately following Pastor Stephen's elimination victory last Saturday, WEG's media department caught up with the Quebec born driver were he offers his thoughts coming into the final this Saturday. Gingras also comments on the outcome of the Peter Haughton Memorial were he was disqualified.

"I didn't think it was the right call. I don't think that changed the outcome of the race at all. It's a horse race, my horse knuckled over, its like a horse that hits his knees. My horse took a bad step but he was never off-stride and I think he should of stayed as a winner," Gingras commented.

To watch the complete video interview with driver Yannick Gingras on the Woodbine Entertainment Website, click here.

Greg GANGLE

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