Hldontghttoyurdrms headlines Don Mills

12:38 AM 13 Apr 2014 NZST
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Hldontghttoyurdrms in prior win at Woodbine
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TORONTO, April 12 - Hldontghttoyurdrms, who recently captured the Horse And Groom final at The Meadowlands late last month, will headline the opening round of the Don Mills Series Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack.

The talented son of Muscles Yankee will begin from post six in the lone division in race nine for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Corey Johnson.

A 15-time winner in his career, Hldontghttoyurdrms has certainly made his mark on the WEG Circuit this season as the five-year-old has amassed a 5-2-0 record from nine starts, including four straight wins at the Preferred level.

"He definitely looks like one of the better ones in the series," said Drury. "He's had a terrific season so far and is coming into the race in top form. I can't say enough good things about him. He makes my job look easy."

After finishing fourth and second in the preliminary legs of the Horse And Groom Series, Hldontghttoyurdrms showed his true colours as he led gate-to-wire to capture the rich $60,600 final by five lengths in 1:53.4.

"He wasn't himself in the first leg and wasn't trotting the best in the second round, but in the final he was on his game," Drury said. "Corey did a great job getting him right and I knew at the quarter he was back to his old self. He grabbed a hold of me like he usually does and was all business."

Hldontghttoyurdrms then shipped home following the final and was entered to race at Woodbine the following Thursday in the $34,000 Preferred Trot event.

Drury elected to use the same tactics with Hldontghttoyurdrms, but the result was different as the bay finished second, behind Amigo De Grande.

"You can't take anything away from his effort the other night," said the young reinsman. "He was parked out past the three-eights, cleared, faced pressure right away and was still around at the wire. He also shipped home from The Meadowlands on Sunday and raced Thursday, so I'm sure that took a little out of him as well."

Drury was quick to mention the attributes of the career winner of $233,015, who is owned by Frank and Saverio Spagnolo along with Frank Schimizzi.

"He's such a handy horse to drive," said Drury, a resident of Rockwood. "He's got terrific gate-speed and then he'll come right back to you in the second quarter. I'm not sure where his bottom is, but he's going to go a big trip one day. I think he's better off a helmet and if solid fractions are put up, I'm not sure how fast he can go."

Drury is also on pace for a career year with 61 victories to his credit along with over $600,000 in purse earnings.

"It's certainly been a lot of fun this season," noted the 25-year-old pilot. "Anytime you get power it certainly helps your confidence and driving horses like Hldontghttoyurdrms and for Corey (Johnson), good things usually happen. Hopefully it continues."

The Don Mills is for four and five-year-olds who are non-winners of $150,000 as of December 31, 2013.

The lone $18,000 division of the Don Mills will line up as follows:

1. Its Payday Friday
2. West Side Story
3. Tough Mac
4. Mego Moss
5. Photo Mass
6. Hldontghttoyurdrms
7. Enough About You
8. Crosbys Clam Bake
9. Sixth Man
10. Our Mojo
11. Quit Smoking Now

by Greg Gangle, for WEG

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