Thirty-three pacing colts and geldings lined up behind the starting gate Monday evening (January 2) to contest four $20,000 Snowshoe Pacing Series divisions. Wizard Of Art, Cobalt Man, Big League and Modern Legend found the winner's circle for their harness racing connections.
The series is for colts and geldings who are three and four-year-olds in 2012 and are non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime as of midnight, October 31, 2011.
Sent off at odds of 7-2, Wizard Of Art and Scott Zeron delivered in the first division, stopping the timer in 1:55.
The son ofsat behind fractions of :28, :57 and 1:25.2, which were set by the even-money favourite, Wisher (Randy Waples). Zeron positioned Wizard Of Art third-over around the final turn before taking the lead in deep stretch to score the victory by three-quarters of a length. Pictonians Matador (Billy Davis Jr.) finished second with Pisti (Keith Oliver) rounding out the triactor.
Wizard Of Art, a three-time winner, increased his bankroll to $29,450 for trainer Tony O’Sullivan and owner Joseph Martinelli. He paid $9.50 to win.
Zeron found the winner’s circle again in the second division as he guided the Jason Robinson-trained Cobalt Man to victory in 1:55.4.
Sent off as the even-money favourite, Cobalt Man sat in the pocket behind Arthur (Jody Jamieson) through fractions of :28, :58 and 1:27.1, before tracking down the first-over attacker, Giddy Up Blackfly (Billy Davis Jr.), in deep stretch to score the win. Giddy Up Blackfly stayed for second over Emerging Grin (Chris Christoforou) who was third.
Owned by Robert Main, Cobalt Man increased his lifetime earnings to $70,335 as he celebrated his seventh career victory. The son ofpaid $4.10 to win.
Big League did not disappoint as the 2-5 favourite in the third division for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Tony O’Sullivan as he marched to victory in 1:55.4.
Undefeated in nine career starts, the son ofwon in gate-to-wire fashion, holding command through splits of :27.3, :58 and 1:26.4, before cruising to a four and a quarter-length victory. Piston Broke (Sylvain Filion) came from off-the-pace to finish second over Lucky Flier (Keith Oliver).
Owned by Let It Ride Stable, Robert Cooper Stable, Dana Parham and Jerry Silva, Big League increased his career earnings to $43,440. He returned $2.90 to win.
After capturing the $60,000 Autumn Stakes final in his most recent outing, Modern Legend returned to victory in the final division with pilot Jack Moiseyev.
Moiseyev guided the four-year-old gelding to a gate-to-wire score for trainer/owner David Drew. The bay held command through fractions of :26.4, :56 and 1:25.2 before cruising to his sixth lifetime victory. Weigh The Odds (Paul MacDonell) finished second with Western Bandit (Chris Christoforou) rounding out the triactor.
Sent off as the 1/9 favourite, the son oflifted his career earnings to $86,085 as he paid $2.30 to win.
The $30,000 second leg is scheduled for Thursday, January 12 with the $50,000 final slated for Saturday, January 21.
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