Day At The Track

Jack Moiseyev had successful 'Game Plan'

04:49 AM 18 Sep 2011 NZST
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The Game Plan
The Game Plan - The Kadabra son now boasts $400,300 in career earnings
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Not only did harness racing driver Jack Moiseyev capture the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, the Hall of Fame driver held on to win the $469,000 William Wellwood Memorial Trot with The Game Plan.

Sent off as the 4-5 favourite, American Gangster (Brian Sears), who set a track record in his elimination last week, broke stride behind the starting gate. Money On The Mind (Andy Miller) took the early lead, clocking the opening panel in :27.3.

Moiseyev tipped the John Kopas trainee off the rail and launched a first-over attack from third to take command before the half in :56.3. The duo couldn't be touched as they cut the three quarters in 1:26.

The 7-2 second choice, held on to score the victory by a head in 1:55.2. Money On My Mind finished second with Little Brown Fox (Ron Pierce) rounding out the triactor.

"I knew I had a nice colt," said Kopas, following the win. "I didn't know he was this kind of a colt so it's been a wonderful surprise."

The conditioner was confident that The Game Plan, who captured his elimination last week, was going to find the winner's circle with the veteran driver in the sulky.

"I wasn't anxious at all I knew Jack would pull it off," said Kopas. "He has done that for a lot of people over the years. He's probably one of the greatest drivers to have ever lived and he's probably one of the best friends I'll every have. I met Jack probably way back in 1982. He and I were bumping around the New Year Sire Stakes and he had a lot of talent then and it's proven out."

The victory gave Kopas a training double while Moiseyev notched his third victory of the night.

The son of Kadabra-Image Control has a lifetime record of 6-1-1 in nine starts and with the lion's share of the purse the gelding now boasts $400,300 in career earnings for Kopas, LLK Stable, Gary Grieve and Anthony Wagner.

The Game Plan paid $9.20.

The $469,000 William Wellwood Memorial Trot with The Game Plan

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