Unlike last week’s troubled mile that still ended up victorious, Father Patrick and driver Yannick Gingras took no chances Saturday at Mohawk Raceway as the duo stream rolled their way in scoring a romp in the $365,000 final of the William Wellwood Memorial Trot for two-year-olds.
Father Patrick won by six open lengths in 1:54.3, tying his lifetime mark and rewriting the Stakes, track and Canadian record for two-year-old trotting colts.
The third race co-feature began with trainer/driver Dan Daley leaving hard from post seven with Odds On Amethyst to take command with Harper Blue Chip (Sylvain Filion) grabbing the two-hole trip by the opening quarter mile in :27.1.
Daely then backed down the pace as the field entered the backstretch, going to the half mile in only :57.2 but at that point Gingras already had Father Patrick on the move and they cleared to the lead with ease.
By the three-quarter mile marker, Father Patrick was in command as Filion came first-over with Harper Pool Chip in 1:26.1. But once the field started down the stretch, Gingras and Father Patrick said goodbye and pulled away for the easy victory. Harper Blue Chip was second with Credit Fashion (Brian Sears) third.
His time of 1:53.4 was just one-fifth of a second off of the world record held by Muscle Hill.
“He had plenty left in the tank,” Gingras said after the race. “I heard how close he was to the world record. It was a cool night and he could have crushed it. He has some quirks about him (referring to last week) but it was my fault not trying to take any chances and I was trying to give him an easy trip and that got us in a little bit of trouble. So tonight I just wanted to give him a clear path, moved him to the front at the half and it was lights out from there.”
Sired by Cantab Hall, it was the seventh win in eight starts this year for Father Patrick. He is trained by Jimmy Takter and is owned by the Father Patrick Stable of Windsor, NJ. Sent off as the overwhelming 1/9 betting favorite, Father Patrick returned just $2.30 to win.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com