Dundas (Ontario) harness racing trainer Isaac Waxman has conditioned some pretty nice horses in his time - including 261 career winners who have banked more than $2 million - but now just over six years into his career the 24-year-old believes he's found his fastest horse yet.
And that pacer is former New Zealand Group and Listed winner Georgetown. The 8-year-old son ofarrived in Ontario just under two months ago.
Last Thursday (March 15) he easily won his qualifier with a huge late run for driver Doug McNair at Mohawk.
"I have to be honest with you I had big reservations about him when he came because he had a pastern injury, which apparently caused him troubles when he raced for Michael (Langdon) in Australia.
"But he has been vetted regularly here and my vet gave him the green light. You can hardly tell where the old injury was. He was also a bleeder 'Down Under' and I think Lasix has completely changed the horse.
"I have no doubt he is the fastest horse I have ever trained. He will win a big stakes race. His acceleration is amazing. I knew because of the way I've been training him down - and then after the Qualifier Doug told me just how fast he was.
"He said in future races all we had to do was situate him back in his races and he could go past anything. That's exactly what he did in his Qualifier. He settled back and just ran over the top of them. What a sprint! (see video)," Waxman said.
"He paced a (career best) 1:53.1 mile and a 25.4 quarter. That is unheard of. I have never been so excited about a racehorse," he stressed.
Waxman was confident Georgetown N would kick off his Canadian campaign with a win in a $15,000 Preferred event at Kawartha Downs today (Monday March 19). he has drawn the ace in the fifth race.
"Travis (Henry), who works for me, will drive him and then next week I'll line him up at Woodbine. I can't tell you how excited I am about this horse.
"It's got nothing about him being from ‘Down Under' and how he did or did not perform there. He just feels good and can sprint like I've never seen before," Waxman said.
Waxman rated Machal Jackson as one of the best pacers in his barn, that was until the horse named after a small town outside of Oamaru (New Zealand) arrived.
"Machal Jackson is a quality racehorse who has won nearly $400,000. He finished nice second at Woodbine on Friday (March 17), but I still think Georgetown has more potential - and that is saying something because I rate Machal Jackson very highly," Waxman said.
Georgetown raced 52 times in New Zealand for 10 wins and $410,364. He was mostly trained and driven there by Ken Barron.
Then he was exported to Australia on November 30, 2010 where he won just two of his 21 starts between December 2010 and November 2011 for Michael Langdon.
All up he's now won 12 of his 73 starts and placed 23 times for $510,902.
By Duane RANGER (editor)
Georgetown winning his Qualifier at Mohawk last Thursday (March 15, 2012):